Give your English Language Learners fun, playful, effective instruction…
- Zoo-phonics® supports ELL’s (English Language Learners) by providing instruction and interaction while learning English. It’s visual, auditory, aural and kinesthetic approach supports the ELL’s need to use their eyes, ears, mouths, and bodies to learn how to speak, read, spell, and write. Zoo-phonics® provides explicit instruction in the structure of English, while still teaching in a creative and kinesthetic way.
- ELL’s need a safe environment where learning how to speak, read, and write will be positively received and reinforced. Zoo-phonics® provides a fun, playful environment allowing ELL’s to take risks as they engage in conversation in English.
- Zoo-phonics® has been compared to the Total Physical Response methodology because of the concrete Animal Letters and Body Movements. ELL’s actively participate in their learning with their whole bodies.
Ever since, I have considered Zoo-phonics to be the greatest tool in my teacher’s tool box!
Our private elementary school located in Silicon Valley was about a 20 minute drive from a large country club community that boasted an excellent, well-funded neighborhood public school. Over a period of a few years, we noticed a trend: many families from the country club area utilized our Pre-school and Kindergarten, and then would transfer to their neighborhood school for 1st grade. One day I shared our observation with a parent with whom I felt comfortable, gently inquiring why this might be so. She immediately responded, ‘Oh, we talk about you out there! You see, our local school runs a developmental Kindergarten program, but when kids arrive in 1st grade they seem to be expected to know how to read. Parents feel like no one there really teaches them how to do it. The word spread between parents and we’ve learned that we can come to you, because you know how to teach children how to read!’ I am so thankful to have had a principal who equipped the Pre-school through 1st Grade teachers with the Zoo-phonics program! Ever since, I have considered Zoo-phonics to be the greatest tool in my teacher’s tool box!
Kelly Witmer, retired elementary school teacher, Achiever Christian School
May 31, 2018