All about Zoo-phonics
Zoo-phonics exceeds state standards!
The principle of Zoo-phonics maximizes understanding, memory, utilization and transference to all areas of the reading, spelling and writing process in a playful and concrete manner.
Zoo-phonics is a method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing), “oral” (speaking), “visual” (seeing), “kinesthetic” (moving), and tactile (touching)—whole brain approach. Students actually learn the sounds of the alphabet and advanced phonemic concepts through an easily understood, concrete method of presentation.
Zoo-phonics uses animals drawn in the shapes of the letters for ease in memory. A related body movement is given for each letter. This concrete approach cements the sounds to the shapes of the letters. Lowercase letters and their sounds are taught first (needed 95% of the time in text), capital letters and letter names are taught later.
Zoo-phonics also provides a springboard for all other academia such as math, art, music, cooking/nutrition, social studies, science, grooming, physical education and sensory/drama.
Every aspect of the program has been field-tested and found to be effective. Educational research repeatedly supports the focus of phonics in early reading programs, as well as the educational benefits of pictorial mnemonics and kinesthetic approaches to learning that are unique to Zoo-phonics.
The Zoo-phonics Multisensory Language Arts Program is a kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts, including vocabulary development and articulation, based on phonics and phonemic awareness.
Currently Zoo-phonics is used throughout the United States and internationally as a highly effective language arts program.
Administrators and teachers know what works!
“Zoo-phonics has made a phenomenal impact on the primary reading program in my school district over the past 5 years! No matter what the socio-economic background of the students, I see smiling children who are excited about learning to read and eager to “zoo” their letters and sounds for me wherever I go. With Zoo-phonics, children quickly learn the letter-sound basics and move on to segmenting and blending. Teachers love the program and marvel at their students’ rapid progress. Even veteran teachers tell me that they have never used a program that gets solid results so quickly and easily! It is one of the best comprehensive, foundational programs on the market today!”—Dr. Karen Tankersley, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Retired, Dysart Unified School District and Educational Author, Phoenix, AZ