Zoo-Phonics the animal to the ABC'S
The Zoo-phonics Multi sensory Language Arts Program is
a developmental, sequential and comprehensive phonics and
literature-based language arts program for early and
primary education: toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners
and first graders. Beginning with the teaching of the alphabet,
phonemic and print awareness, the curricula move
children playfully, developmentally, and physically into
each of the early reading, spelling and writing domains.
Children of ages 18 months to 36 months will learn letter sound recognition before learning actual letter recognition, as that will all come together after age 40 months unless the child is very eager to learn, we do not push this.
Zoo-phonics is taught in Head-start preschools, and almost most preschools. Its a ZOO-fabulously A FUN way to learn your alphabet at any age!!!
Children first learn through the Lowercase Animal Alphabet,
where animals are drawn in the direct shape of each lowercase
letter (Ehri, et al., 1984). This is the first and most crucial
mnemonic that Zoo-phonics uses to turn abstract symbols
into concrete and playful animal letters.
Each Animal Letter has an alliterative name that helps the child
master the sounds of the letters quickly: allie alligator, bubba
bear, catina cat, etc. This auditory mnemonic bridges the gap
between the visual and the auditory alphabetic process.
Each Animal Letter has a related body movement (Signal)
that acts a catalyst and a third mnemonic that cements letter
sounds to the letter shapes (alligator’s jaws open and close,
/a/; bear reaches for honey, /b/; cat washes her face, /c/; etc.).
The children “see, say, hear and do” as well as touch, sing,
dance, pantomime, toss, catch, slither, jump and run. The
Uppercase Animal Alphabet is comprised of the capital
letters with the same animals as the lowercase alphabet,
which provides an associative affect for easy mastery.
Zoo-phonics teaches the alphabet as a whole entity, taught in
alphabetical order. Zoo-phonics focuses on the lowercase letters
and their sounds first before teaching letter names and capital
letters because 95% of text is written with lowercase letters.
Children learn the shapes, sounds and Signals of the letters so
quickly (long term memory), there is no need to teach the most
frequently used letters first. Within two weeks to two months,
most children have the entire alphabet to utilize.