Georgene “Gigi” Bradshaw Early-Childhood Education Fund

Zoo-phonics® Author Georgene “Gigi” Bradshaw died peacefully in September 2011 at the age of  83. In memory, her family established The Georgene “Gigi” Bradshaw Early-Childhood Education Fund for the advancement of early education through Zoo-phonics®, domestically and abroad, and the Safari Learning® Academy. Her passion for teaching will prevail in the hearts of many and through such contributions. Please know that your contribution is tremendously appreciated and will help Zoo-phonics® to continue to “Teach the World to Read.” Thank you!

Please feel free to contact us at 800.622.8104 to make your contribution or send your check, payable to Safari Learning® Trust Account, to Zoo-phonics®, Inc. 20950 Ferretti Rd. Groveland, CA 95321, USA.

For Zoo-phonics® materials
in the USA


For Zoo-phonics® materials
in Third World countries


For Safari Learning® Academy Scholarships


A special thank you to our contributors!

Gigi’s students loved her…

Dear Zoo-phonics®, Inc. I was one of GIGI BRADSHAW's students when she was teaching Zoo-phonics® at Jamestown Elementary School. She was my favorite teacher. I am 33 years old. I remember her getting Zoo-phonics® off the ground and, if it was not for her, I wouldn't have learned how to read. Gigi Bradshaw will be missed and I will all ways keep her in my heart. If she was still alive today I would tell her thank you for teaching me to read and how to dream. Because of her I want to go to college to become a teacher.

Misty (Wise) McFalls June 12, 2015

A note on the loss of our Author Gigi Bradshaw…

On September 26, 2011 Gigi passed on after living a long and full life of creativity and a love of children. Gigi was the originator of the “essence” of Zoo-phonics®. In fact, everything that is foundational to Zoo-phonics® came from Gigi: lowercase letters taught before capital letters, letter sounds before letter names, animals drawn in the shapes of the lowercase letters, a body movement for each letter – this is from our Gigi. So earthshaking were the essences of this program in its beginnings that, back when we were “homemade,” children – even children with special needs – were learning how to read, spell and write! Toddlers and preschoolers master the alphabet years earlier than is expected.

Twenty-seven years later, Zoo-phonics® is used all over the United States, in homes, private schools and public schools, and in many countries worldwide. It has been translated into three other languages besides English (Spanish, Danish, Arabic). Zoo-phonics® is used in South Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong and China, Japan, Australia, Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Africa, etc.

We are so proud to say that Gigi has directly influenced the education and lives of children all over the world. It is our hope that this fund will provide Zoo-phonics® materials for children around the world and scholarships for children at its sister company, the Safari Learning® Academy in Sonora, CA. This school is open to all children, regardless of economic status, race, creed, or special needs. This is in keeping with the love that Gigi had for all children.

Char Wrighton & the Zoo-phonics® Staff June 12, 2015

As a valued member of our Zoo-phonics® community, your name will appear on our contributor list (unless you request specific privacy) and you will receive occasional updates about our Zoo-phonics® Language Arts Program and Curriculum. Please note your contribution is NOT tax-deductable as Zoo-phonics® is not a 501(c)(3) organization.”