Zoo-phonics is a method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing) “oral” (speaking) “visual” (seeing) “kinesthetic” (moving), and “tactile” (touching)-whole brain approach.
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.
Students actually learn the sounds of the alphabet and advanced phonemic concepts through an easily understood, concrete method of presentation.
Zoo-Phonics uses animals drawn in the shapes of the letters for ease in memory. A related body movement is given for each letter. This concrete approach cements the sounds to the shapes of the letters.
Zoo-Phonics also provides a springboard for all other academia such as math, art, music, cooking/nutrition, social studies, science, grooming, physical education and sensory/drama.
Educational research repeatedly supports the focus of the phonics in early reading programs, as well as the educational benefits of pictorial mnemonics and kinesthetic approaches to learning that are unique to Zoo-Phonics.