The thought of teaching three small children to read fills me with trepidation. I’ve worked on letter recognition with my youngest daughter (almost 5), but didn’t know how to proceed from there. Luckily, I’ve found a program that works for us.
I found Funnix through one of the hundreds of frugal blogs that I read. In January, they were having a download special, offering their curriculum for free. I decided to give it a try.
We’ve been working with Rachel for a few weeks using this program, and so far, I’ve been impressed. Downloading was simple, and I’ve not had any issue with the program on our Mac.
The program is geared for non-readers ages four to seven, and is designed for you to work with your child 30 minutes per day. In the beginning lessons (we’re only up to Lesson 11), you’ll finish quicker, but the later lessons become more involved. There have been some days when we’ve actually done two lessons, since my daughter was so gung-ho and excited!
Every lesson does a quick review of previously learned concepts, and follows the same pattern in each lesson. Rachel quickly grasped the routine and loves the story time section.
After learning or reviewing letter sounds, there is an accompanying worksheet for each lesson, Children work on completing a picture with tracing lines, as well as letter recognition by crossing out, underlining, or circling letters. They also work on practicing writing letters by tracing the letters in the day’s lesson.
When Funnix offered its curriculum for free in January, over 40,000 people downloaded the programs. Due to the huge response, they’ve lowered the price for those that missed out on the free special. You can now download the entire Funnix curriculum, including Funnix Beginning Reading and Funnix 2 for $25.
I’d love to hear from others who have tried this program, to see what you think, too.
I received this program for free, through Funnix’s January open promotion. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
When she’s not trying to teach her children how to read, Dianna writes at The Kennedy Adventures, sharing things faith, fitness, and family. Be sure and join her for Saints and Scripture Sundays, or catch her on Twitter.