Comprehensive One-Day Workshop

Our comprehensive one-day workshop will enable you to quickly and effectively teach all aspects of language arts – based on phonemic awareness and phonics, taught kinesthetically and mnemonically. 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.

This workshop is recommended for anyone who wants to learn Zoo-phonics® to teach to others. Zoo-phonics® is easy to learn. A Zoo-phonic workshop will train you to implement Zoo-phonics® effectively and see quick results!

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 comprehensive one-day workshop

  • Teaches the Animal Alphabet that “cements” sounds and shapes of the alphabet into memory through a Body Movement, allowing the children to utilize the alphabet immediately. Sequentially and developmentally teaches through the educational hierarchy: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • Presents many playful phonemic awareness activities.
  • Introduces many ideas to help you teach phonics, sound blending, reading, spelling, writing and critical thinking skills through use of both decodable books and literature.
  • Emphasizes the alphabet, VC/CVC words, blends, digraphs and the schwa sound. A short introduction to the more advanced phonemic concepts (long vowels, diphthongs, silent letters and soft sounds) is included.
  • Demonstrates how to reach all of your students (special needs, ELL, gifted, etc.).

Workshop Schedule

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