Zoo-phonics® Catalog

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Our Kindergarten Kit and our Preschool Kit are BOTH award winners!

Zoo-phonics® Kindergarten Kit won a Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers’ Choice for the Classroom Award. And in 2011 our Zoo-phonics® Preschool Kit won the same award!

 

Winners were selected by a nationwide panel of teacher-judges who tested 312 products in the classroom, evaluating them on quality, instructional value, ease of use, and innovation. In 1994, Learning Magazine introduced the first Teachers’ Choice Awards program. Over the years, the program has grown to become one of the most recognized and prestigious awards in the educational market!

 

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Zoo-kids and now Zoo-grand kids!

I am a retired school social worker and  just placed an order to re-order a Parent Kit as a grandparent.  I raised my 3 children in Calaveras County, and a few of their teachers introduced me to Zoo-phonics back in the late 80's. I ran a small home preschool, and all 6 of our students learned to read in their 4th year within a few months using Zoo Phonics.  My own daughter learned in 3 days!  Later, when she went to kindergarten and was introduced to "Climbing Mount Learning" and Open Court phonics, she came home in tears.  She said they'd talked about how hard it was going to be to learn to read.  I reassured her she already knew how to read and that she already knew it wasn't hard it was fun!!   Of course Open Court's crazy system WAS confusing. "Hissing tire, hissing tire, SSS"..  I thought it was the dumbest system I'd ever encountered!  The tire is the shape of an O, the word tire starts with a T, and so how was a child to key on just the sound of S and associate it with the movement of air leaving a tire?  How many kids in the 80's encountered flat tires?   Zoo-phonics was so natural, including the stories to create the blends which the kids remembered and loved.  As parents, both my husband, who was the Special Ed Director, and I made a big pitch to the district to change; at the time it wasn't "research validated" yet so we lost that battle.  Fortunately, the special ed kids continued to access it and benefit.  I told my daughter to just ignore all the methods, read the way she already knew how to sound out words, and if she failed any phonics tests, just ask them to allow her to read to them their questions and her answers....   This brings me to today's order.  I have a 4 year old grandson who was struggling to read on our last visit but now recognizes all of his letters without any help from any system and knows many sounds.  So I delved into the garage boxes to find my Zoo-phonics materials, when I remembered I had donated them to a local preschool when I downsized.  I was so frustrated because I knew he was ready to read!  So he's coming for a visit this weekend and I wanted to be ready with materials! My next purchase will be the vowel puppets! Sincerely, Heather O'Brophy

Heather O'Brophy, retired school social worker & at home preschool owner August 31, 2018

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

Students and parents LOVE Zoo-phonics!

"Students and Parents LOVE Zoo-phonics!  My kindergartners adored their zoo animal friends, and they especially enjoyed singing “Come Meet Us At The Zoo” each morning shortly after arriving at school.  But most rewarding to me as their teacher was meeting around the table with my smaller reading groups and noticing a child using the animal alphabet signals to decode a new word.  How exciting to have equipped my students with such a useful tool!"  

Kelly Witmer, retired elementary school teacher, Achiever Christian School May 31, 2018