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Approximately 2 hours of videos per day. Taught by an experienced teacher with over 10 years experience in the classroom.
Students pause videos to do hands-on exercises and activities like painting, maths, sculpture, writing, reading and more.
Students learn without the social pressures of school, peacefully and at their own pace.
Since 2018 New Zealand parents have chosen to use Functional Education to deliver a positive education to their children, and the results are fantastic!
"I just wanted to email you and tell you how much we are enjoying functional education! My daughter is so keen to get into her school work each day she has been doing classes on the weekend. It really is working very well for us, thank you so much!"
The Functional Education platform is for learning. Your child will watch their teacher deliver a lesson, filmed in a special classroom studio, and pause the video to do activities like spelling, writing, draw, craft & maths. Each days lessons will build on the previous day, and having the same teacher for every video provides a natural rhythm for your child. They'll enjoy getting to know their teacher over weeks and months.
Fran loves to help families transition into this new way of learning at home. There is an online support group available for parents, where you can chat directly with Francean and other parents using the Functional Education platform.
Your child will learn from a qualified teacher via pre-recorded videos, pausing to do hands on activities throughout their lessons. You may like to sit with your child at first, but they will soon be able to learn independently for 2-3 hours per day.
There are more than 2000 schools worldwide operating in over 200 countries. These systems are proven to work. They provide a well-researched, well documented educational curriculum suitable for a wide range of learners.
Graduates of these learning systems are held in high regard globally for their creativity, academic rigour and their personable approach to working in team environments.
Functional Education takes the best from the Waldorf and Montessori systems and combines it with the latest in enquiry based modern learning producing an outstanding curriculum without the politics of a traditional schooling environment.
There are discounts for larger families, or parents wanting to subscribe to single subjects only.
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We love answering your questions. Here are a few answers to the common queries we receive.
We can certainly help you with your exemption application when you are ready. There are a few ways we can help:
My suggestion is to follow these steps:
Below is a playlist of videos that cover the learning steps for each class, in reading, writing and maths. You may find this useful when applying for an exemption. There is also a short description of what we cover in each course on the course overview page.
Use the playlist button (top right of this youtube player) to skip between classes and subjects)
We have numbered our classes as follows:
Class 1 - first year of schooling (could be any age between 5-7 depending on when you choose to start your child at school)
Class 2 - second year of schooling
Class 3 - third year etc
Class 6 and Class 7 are the 'Intermediate' years
This question is on the MoE application form in New Zealand.
Functional Education delivers lessons that align with the standard NZ curriculum. They are designed to sequentially follow the natural learning progress for each year level. There are planning sheets provided for each topic covered and these sheets contain learning goals and outcomes so that parents can clearly see what the child is aiming to achieve. The senior classes from Class 4-7 have weekly spelling tests. Each topic is designed to have a project/presentation at its conclusion. Some children will present to their families, others will access our platform and share their projects with 'classmates' and receive/give peer feedback as part of this process.
School workbooks are kept as a record of the child's learning throughout the year, along with handcrafts, art and photographs.
Our videos are all prerecorded. You can choose to watch them at any time of day, any day of the week that suits your schedule.
Your educational choices are your own. We provide a series of videos that you are welcome to access. If a topic doesn't interest you, you can move on to the next. If a topic totally engages you, then feel free to stay with it as long as you like and move on when you are ready.
If you are based in a rural area or living/working/schooling all together trying to access the same internet connection it can cause strain on the speed of the videos. You are in control and able to change the size of the video data to help speed it up. When you open a video, on the right hand side of the screen at the bottom there is a settings icon that looks like a wheel. Click on that and lower the quality of the video a few levels and it should help. We have IT people available to talk you through this if you require assistance.
You are in control of your subscription. You only pay for what you use. Subscriptions are renewed on a monthly basis. If you are planning on going away, login to your account and cancel/pause your subscription. This stops the billing process. When you return, log back in using the same login details and re-subscribe.
As well as a device connected to the internet (laptop, smart TV, mobile phone, tablet etc.) your child will need some items each week. These are usually things found around the home like: books to write in, coloured pencils, play dough, dice, playing cards etc. You will find an equipment list at the start of each weeks lessons.
No. Functional Education teaches children gratitude, to care for their environment, to respect others, and live in awe of the world around them. It's suitable for children from all backgrounds and cultures.
You can start your child anytime. Lessons are currently available for children aged between 5 and 10 years old.
It is important that your child interacts with other kids a similar age. Sports groups, drama classes, school holiday programs, art and craft groups, reading clubs, play dates, and even homeschool social groups are fantastic ways to allow your child to grow positive social skills. Over 3,000 families homeschool in New Zealand, so there's probably a local homeschool group near you. It is not a case of hiding children from the ‘real world’ and wrapping them up in cotton wool so that they never experience the negative situations in life. It is more a case of opening the world up to your children, allowing them to discover and interact with the world in a positive way. Educating your children at home means they become independent big picture thinkers, confident and self-motivated to learn and with a thirst to immerse themselves in the world amongst all ages, cultures and backgrounds and to see the world with observant eyes, not biased judgements limited to standardised opinions.
If you are homeschooling more than one child, you can enrol using a family pass. Use the link on the enrolment page, or use this direct link:
A family pass allows a single login to see all content across all courses. We don't offer different logins under one payment plan.
Up to 5 members of the family can use the same login details to access content, and this can happen simultaneously.
While this is not strictly possible, there is a work-around that you are welcome to use:
Functional education is not an on-line repository of videos, and loosely associated video games for children to play. We don’t use cartoons or computer games disguised as learning activities. All videos include a real teacher, in a real classroom environment.Meet the teacher
Student's usually don't need much help once they're familiar with the platform, but they'll love it when parents or grand parents are interested in what they're learning.Checkout the curriculum
Everything is covered, my child was engaged and excited to do lessons each day and it took a lot of the planning time and preparing resources each day away for myself which is fabulous!
My son found it easy to understand, not rushed, there was plenty of time to process information and his teacher was animated and engaging...in his words, “my teacher isn’t boring!”
I really like how the video can be paused and replayed. My favourite part was the daily gratitude activity. Brilliant idea, something I intend to continue.
$10 / Week
Just need help with one subject? Subscribe to a single subject to watch just part of the full curriculum.
More classes coming soon.
$29 / Week
Students learn the entire curriculum through up to 2 hours of video per day, plus hands on activities.
$45 / Week
The family pass allows up to 5 students from the same family to access the entire curriculum for one simple price.
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