Equivalent school years
Australian years 7 / New Zealand year 8
With a good grasp of the four processes and the ability to move seamlessly between them, along with familiarity in working with both whole and part numbers, it’s now time to discover cause and effect. The students have the opportunity to explore ‘Algebra’ and the secret codes that unlock its mystery. There is also the exploration into how numbers multiply themselves and, conversely, to find what lies beyond zero. This is the time to understand some of the universal laws that govern the world of mathematical formulae. Geometry evolves now into 3D perspective drawing and measurement refines down to more intricate sizes. Statistics remains and time is spent consolidating earlier knowledge of graphs and how to select meaningful data sets that will provide actual solutions to world relevant problems. More attention is paid to the interpretation of data and of how to draw multiple conclusions to meet varying viewpoints.
The history topics including; The Age of Discovery, The Renaissance and the beginnings of The Reformation provide plenty of story fodder for the students to take sides and express their opinions in ink, solidifying the work undertaken last year on persuasive writing. Students have now had a great deal of exposure to the wide range of writing styles (recount, descriptive, explanatory, informative, predictive, persuasive and narrative) and can now choose the most appropriate style to present their work in. Time is spent editing these pieces of work well and reinforcing the principles of structure, form, grammar and punctuation. This is deepened by the study of Wish, Wonder and Surprise which emphasises how to express one’s thoughts and feelings, both spoken and written, in an articulate way. Time is spent on the seven types of figurative language including; metaphor, hyperbole, alliteration, simile, onomatopoeia, personification and oxymoron. This lends itself nicely to a wonderful creative writing module. Reports and essay styled writing feature more this year in preparation for a deeper delve next year.
An artistic component is inherent in the majority of lessons and activities. The students have been guided for many years now on techniques and are ready to become masters of their own creations, more from their own viewpoints than from following teacher modelling. There is further opportunity to develop their use of colour and perspective, along with shadowing and playing with light. The Arts includes paint, charcoal and pencil along with expression through speech, drama, music and dance. While dance and drama aren’t easily participated in through online programs, there is opportunity for poetry and the chance to learn large pieces of recitation. Students are encouraged to present their work in unique ways and encouraged to try song, dance, movies and drama as a way to report back their findings to their peers as an alternative to a written composition.
Class 7 continues to place emphasis on the sciences and builds further upon the exposure to scientific concepts presented in previous years. Physics is taken deeper with the next stage of Optics, Acoustics, Heat, Magnetism and Electricity and now added to this is the introduction of Chemistry, with particular focus on combustion, acids, bases and the generation of oxygen from plant life. Again, as with previous years, the students are encouraged to draw their own conclusions based on their individual observations in order to form an opinion. The second part of Astronomy features this year and delves deeper into the astronomers responsible for a large proportion of our thinking today alongside newer theories being presented in modern science. The study of Mechanics (levers and pulleys) has its first appearance during this class and will be built upon in subsequent years. Human Physiology is an important topic studied that encompasses more than just the systems of the human body, but also the health and nutritional aspects of maintaining an optimally functioning body. This is combined with a Biology section on herbs and plants that ties in with the Renaissance studies and the use of plant medicine by early physicians.
We absolutely love functional education, Fran is amazing!! My 6 year old son is so engaged and focused. We also really like that the classes have a strong Waldorf focus. I can tell that Fran has put a lot of thought and effort into all the classes, we now say "blessing with your fruit snack" all the time. Thank you Fran, I don't think we could have progressed so far with out you.
Thank you Fran for creating such an engaging homeschool program! Entering the home school space can be daunting, however the support we received throughout the last year has been incredible, from the extensive MOE exception process to planning our days and having the lessons all laid out - we couldn’t ask for more. Our 11 year old has thoroughly enjoyed his past 12 months - it has been great to witness him enjoy learning! We are so grateful- thank you!
Functional Education is amazing. Fran was totally born for this. We have been homeschooling for a few years and my daughter is engaged, and excited to log on to see what she is going to learn each day. For me as a parent it makes homeschooling a breeze, it is just so simple. My daughter manages her own pace and speed. Functional education is simply the best! We feel that our daughter is getting the very best education available!
Such a great platform to engage and our children participated off their chairs. Interactive and a well-rounded approach to home education. A wonderful experience thank you.
My children (11 and 8) have really enjoyed using Functional Education for their home based learning curriculum. We love the range of subjects and the different methods used for learning that engage head, heart and hands. Fran is a great teacher, really makes learning fun, and quickly responds to emails if you/your children need assistance. The website itself is easy to navigate and includes an online parents/learners community for you to share experiences/projects or ask questions in. I would recommend this curriculum, with confidence, to those thinking about signing up. Wether you are just starting your home education journey or have been doing it for a while and want to try something new. In my opinion it is very fairly priced for all that you’re getting.
Can’t recommend Functional Education enough. Having three boys who were excited each day to get their work started with Teacher Fran was really incredible to witness. Especially after years of reluctance going to public school. It’s an incredibly easy program to navigate and adjust to each child’s needs. I also found Fran’s enthusiasm for teaching really came through each lesson and the kids really responded to her genuine warmth and lovely personality even though it’s all pre-recorded lessons. I applaud her ability to have that genuineness come through the screen. Highly recommend Functional Education for anyone and everyone going the homeschool route.
The support I got from Functional Education during the MOE exemption process was excellent they provided all the necessary documentation to show my children will be taught ‘as well as’ and ‘as often as’ any school. I love that I can SEE what my children are being taught, I love that Fran is fun, friendly, relatable, knowledgeable, experienced and qualified to teach. I love that all of the daily/monthly lessons/modules are very well planned out, I love the progression of the learning steps and how my children and I can track their progress, I think it’s great they can pause and replay lessons until they pick up what’s being taught, I love that this service has made my life easier when it comes to homeschooling my children and I know they are getting an excellent education as good as any school offers if not better! My daughter said to me Mum Functional Education is COOL so that sums it up for us. We recommend you do the free trial then you can experience what COOL homeschooling looks like.
Functional education really gave us the confidence to go ahead and home school our kids. Great job Francean.
This was a great program for us when we were homeschooling. Fran is an engaging teacher and my 8 year old loved working through the classes. He especially loved the brain gym sessions, the creative projects and learning to have beautiful handwriting.
Both my school age children age 6 and 12 are absolutely loving Functional Education. It is much more tactile and I find my boys are much more engaged in their own learning. .Both children have conditions that make it more difficult to participate well in the public school setting. I cannot recommend enough.
Functional Education is a fantastic resource for home schooling our two daughters. The modules are very well put together, girls enjoy the variety of the lessons and Francean's a fantastic teacher. World Class!
Fran program is amazing and keeps our young one captivated. She especially loves story time and craft. Frans techniques have assisted us with establishing great pencil grip, quick arithmetic comprehension as well as giving her a desire to learn. If you are looking at Home Schooling don't walk past this give it a go and see how much the children enjoy it. whakawhetai koe Fran you are amazing and we love every minute of class
Our son attended Waldorf kindy & grade 1. This year we decided to homeschool Ayden, I was a bit overwhelmed with which curriculum as im still learning too Functional education sounded perfect for our family. After months of researching I was drawn to functional education, we signed up for the trial Ayden enjoyed all lessons looking forward to the following day. He loves his lessons and so do I, is a joyful experience. Ayden likes learning with Francine listening to each word, her calm tone & easily understandable guided lesson cover all Aydens learning needs. He will pause go at his own pace extending his music lessons till Aydens is ready to move on. We also have our our daily rhythm & verses learning threw play activities and nature adventures add to his learning journey. Very happy with this curriculum thankyou ☺
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