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Excellence in Spelling: Phonetic Zoo

A unique spelling program based on A. Ingham‘s Blended Sound-Sight Program of Learning. According to this approach, “children learn best when what they see is reinforced by hearing, and when what they hear is reinforced by being seen.” The visual components of the Phonetic Zoo consist of 47 lesson flashcards and a corresponding set of smaller “zoo” cards. The auditory component consists of five audio CDs.

Each lesson begins with a new flashcard and “zoo” card. On the front side of each flashcard are pictures of animals whose names illustrate the spelling rule being taught. For example, Lesson 2 covers the “ie” rule and is illustrated with a cockatiel. The corresponding “zoo” card is labeled “The ’ie‘ Rule” and has a cockatiel printed on it. By the end of the program, the student will earn an entire zoo of animals. The spelling rule, or some jingle or hint to remind us of the rule, is printed on the back of the lesson flashcard. The rule, jingle, or hint should be memorized. The flashcard also lists 15 spelling words that confirm or are exceptions to the rule. These words can be studied before moving to the audio part of the lesson. Using a CD player and headphones, the student takes and corrects a practice test dictated on CD over the 15 words. Because the student studies, self-tests, and corrects his or her own work, the Phonetic Zoo is considered a “self-teaching spelling program.” Practice test and test corrections for each lesson are recorded on separate CD tracks so the student can easily find each one. It may take a while for the student to adjust to the speed of the dictation, but this is typical. The pause button on the CD player can always be used for short breaks or to catch up to the speaker. Two distinct voices are used on the audio CDs. Both speakers clearly enunciate, but to my ear, one speaker‘s voice was much easier to understand. Daily tests and corrections take approximately ten minutes to complete. Achieving two consecutive perfect test scores is recommended before moving on to the next lesson.

Every fifth lesson in this program is called a “personal” lesson. The words for this lesson are collected by the student and should be written on the blank spaces provided on the lesson flashcard. Possible personal spelling words can be commonly misspelled words or interesting words that the student has come across in other subjects. Personal lessons help tailor this spelling program to the student.

The Phonetic Zoo has three difficulty levels: A-primary, B-intermediate, and C-highest. All levels use different CD sets but identical lesson flashcards. Flashcards actually have three complete spelling lists printed on the back. Correct level placement can be determined by taking the placement test available online at www.writing-edu.com. A comprehensive final exam marks the completion of the level and progression to the next level. Since the goal of this program is mastery, the time required to complete a level will depend on the individual student.

This program was designed for children ages nine and above. Younger children may have difficulty memorizing some of the longer rules and writing quickly enough to keep up with practice test dictations. If focus is placed on the number of correctly spelled words rather than the number of words missed, the creators of this program are confident that lesson repetition will take care of the latter. As explained in the Introductory DVD, it may take time for students to adjust to this type of program.

Program components are available in several different sets. Complete sets for each level each contain five CDs, lesson flashcards, zoo cards, Personal Spelling (PS) flashcards, and a link to the Spelling and the online Brain video seminar. Teacher’s notes are downloadable below. Please note that the lesson flashcards are applicable to all levels. So if you already have a complete set, and want to purchase a different level, you‘ll want to purchase the CDs only for that level (CDs no longer include Personal Spelling cards). Additional zoo cards are available separately. ~ Anh



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Excellence in Spelling Phonetic Zoo Lesson Cards only Item #: 013350
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Excellence in Spelling Phonetic Zoo Level A Complete Set Item #: 013352
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Excellence in Spelling Phonetic Zoo Level B Complete Set Item #: 013354
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Excellence in Spelling Phonetic Zoo Level C CDs only Item #: 013355
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Excellence in Spelling Phonetic Zoo Level C Complete Set Item #: 013356
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Excellence in Spelling Zoo Cards Only Item #: 049763
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Excellence in Spellng Personal Spelling Cards Item #: 013349
Grades: 3-12
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Phonetic Zoo Budget Package Item #: 018597
Grades: 4-12
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Spelling and the Brain and Introduction to the Phonetic Zoo DVD Item #: 046918
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