The Funnix Reading Program is being offered free for the month of January 2011 for parents, homeschoolers, and educators. It was designed by Siegfried Engelmann the writer of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. The Funnix sequence teaches 2 years worth of reading skills and is usually priced at $249. The entire package of 220 lessons are available for download for free and includes everything you need to teach the program: daily lessons, workbook, and teacher's guide.
Why is it available for free? From the website:
"What is Zig Engelmann's reason for providing this amazing give-away? He indicated, "We've been trying for years to do things that make schools successful, particularly with young kids and lower performers. We figured that we're in a position to offer schools and parents a stimulus package that could be worth a lot for every kid who otherwise would not be accelerated or who would be a reading failure. Why not make the electronic package available to anybody who needs it? It doesn't cost us much to do it, and it could help in a small way to counteract the effects of bankrupt schools and dismal times."
I have not yet begun to use this program, so I cannot give you a personal opinion on it. I read about this program being offered for free and downloaded it yesterday. If you would like to read more information about the program or to download it go to this link.