Advanced Part II Workshop

Our advanced Part II workshop will provides a review and extension of the comprehensive one-day workshop, provides a question and answer forum on all aspects of language arts and instructs how to teach advanced phonemic concepts playfully and brain efficiently.

This workshop is recommended for anyone who has completed a comprehensive one-day Zoo-phonics® workshop.

Our target audience includes teachers, administrators and parents of Preschool, Head Start, Kindergarten, 1st-3rd Grades, Title I, Title VII, Special Education, ELL/Bilingual, and tutors or instructional aides.

A Part II training reviews and extends your one-day training…

  • Provides a question and answer forum on all aspects of language arts.
  • Instructs you how to teach advanced phonemic concepts playfully and brain efficiently, for example: 1) long vowels that stand alone in the syllable or word (me, go, remember); 2) “e” on the end of the word that gives the vowel its long sound (made, kite, hole); 3) two-vowel phonemes (rain, read, pie) and diphthongs (toy, boil, buoyant); 4) silent letters (gnome, comb, write); 5. soft sounds (cent, gentle, cyclone).
  • Gives you of practice with the phonetic concepts found above, tying them directly into reading, spelling, writing and literature.
  • Discusses how and when to edit student writing and how to maximize student performance and creativity in the reading and writing domains.
  • Helps teachers and administrators to develop a continuity in the reading and writing curriculum throughout the grades.
  • Discusses the importance of assessments and shows you how to be a diagnostic and prescriptive teacher.
  • Actively involves participants in all aspects of the Zoo-phonics® Multisensory Language Arts Program, including how to use the Zoo-phonics® Readers, Sound Flash Cards, games and other support materials, tying them into the classroom curriculum.

We also offer “Make and Take” workshops! Please contact Charmaine Turpin at 800.622.8104 or e-mail for details.

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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