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.).

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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