thinking of
homeschool
next year?

Come to a community info night to help you assess if homeschooling is right for you and your family.

Wednesday 25th November at 7.30pm at the historic village, Tauranga.

If you're considering homeschooling next year, come and join us for a short presentation covering information like the requirements of homeschooling, your options when planning, and different approaches you can take to learning.

Ask questions and learn about your options and obligations

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An online alternative to schooling for children aged 5 to 12.

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How does our online homeschool curriculum work?

Watching

Approximately 2 hours of videos per day. Taught by an experienced teacher with over 10 years experience in the classroom.

Doing

Students pause videos to do hands-on exercises and activities like painting, maths, sculpture, writing, reading and more.

Learning!

Students learn without the social pressures of school, peacefully and at their own pace.

A new way to learn from home

Functional Education offers a complete schooling solution for your child. The entire New Zealand curriculum, delivered online, by a qualified teacher with over 10 years experience in the classroom.

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!"

- another Grateful parent

using technology safely

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.

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.

Meet Francean, your childs new teacher

A qualified scientist and teacher, she believes that every child deserves the opportunity to learn in a safe, encouraging environment, one where learning is exciting, and students graduate not only well educated academically, but socially resilient, with the ability to tackle problems logically. Functional Education was born to bring this dream into reality.

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.

what subjects are covered?

Every day, your child's lessons will include every core subject of the New Zealand curriculum:

  • Maths
  • English
  • The Arts
  • Science
  • Technology

Wait.. isn't homeschooling a lot of work for parents?

Homeschooling your child is not hard, when you use Functional Education.

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.

A proven teaching method

Our approach takes the best of Waldorf Steiner, Montessori and enquiry teaching methods. Waldorf and Montessori schools have been around for over one hundred years.

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.

what does it cost?

The first week is FREE. After that, subscribing to the Functional Education curriculum costs NZ$29 a week, per student, billed monthly.

There are discounts for larger families, or parents wanting to subscribe to single subjects only.

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Make a positive step for your childs future, and start your free trial now.

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Kids need relationships
Not robots.

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.

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NO ADS. No bullies

A peaceful, online environment. Your children can study safely at home. None of our content contains advertisements.

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BE involved as much or as little as you like

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.

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Fantastic feedback from parents!

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!

- Happy Home-School Mum

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!”

- Mum & Trained Teacher

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.

- thankful parent

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Single Subject

$10 / Week

Billed monthly
FREE ACCESS TO one full day

Just need help with one subject? Subscribe to a single subject to watch just part of the full curriculum.

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Full Curriculum

$29 / Week

Billed monthly
FREE ACCESS TO one full day

Students learn the entire curriculum through up to 2 hours of video per day, plus hands on activities.

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Family Pass

$45 / Week

Billed monthly
FREE ACCESS TO one full day

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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