Excellence in Spelling Phonetic Zoo Budget Package

Excellence in Spelling Phonetic Zoo Budget Package

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Item #: 018597
ISBN: 9781623410223
Grades: 4-8

Product Description:

Includes the lesson cards (large flashcards), small Zoo cards, and a small printed Teacher's Book.

Publisher Description:

Homeschooling on a budget? While requiring a bit more parental involvement, this package will allow you to make use of the Phonetic Zoo program for less. (No audio CDs are included.)

An economical way to implement the program, this package includes:

  • Lesson Cards with all three levels of spelling words and rules
  • Personal Spelling Cards to keep track of your student’s typical misspellings
  • Zoo Cards that serve as a way to practice jingles or as rewards
  • Phonetic Zoo Teacher’s Notes spiral-bound book (PDF e-book also included)
  • Spelling and the Brain video seminar (link to streaming video)


Category Description for Excellence in Spelling: Phonetic Zoo:

A unique spelling program based on Anna 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 Cards and a corresponding set of smaller Zoo Cards. The auditory component consists of five audio CDs (six in Level C) or corresponding MP3 files (access provided with purchase of CDs).

Each lesson begins with a new Lesson Card and Zoo Card. On the front side of each card 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 Card and should be memorized. This card also lists fifteen spelling words for each level that conform to or are exceptions to the rule. These words can be studied before moving to the audio part of the lesson.

Using headphones, the student takes and corrects a practice test dictated from either the CDs or MP3 files. 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 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 can always be used for short breaks or to catch up to the speaker. Two distinct voices are used on the audio component. 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 as he progresses through the other lessons and should be written on the blank spaces provided on the Personal Spelling Card. 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. Each level has its own unique audio file but identical Lesson Cards. These cards actually have three complete spelling lists printed on the back. Correct level placement can be determined by taking the placement test available online at http://www.writing-edu.com/spelling/placement_test.php. 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. 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 Teacher's Notes, it may take time for students to adjust to this type of program.

Program components are available in several different sets. The Premier Package provides MP3 download links for Levels A, B, & C as well as Lesson Cards for these three levels, a set of Personal Spelling Cards, Zoo Cards, Teacher Notes cook, and a link for "Spelling & the Brain" video seminar. Starter Sets for each level contain Lesson CDs, access to MP3 files for those lessons, Lesson Cards, Zoo Cards, Personal Spelling (PS) Cards, a small printed Teacher Notes Book and access to the seminar "Spelling and the Brain" via video streaming. Please note that the cards are applicable to all levels so if you already have a Starter Set, and want to purchase a different level, you'll need to purchase the CDs Only for that level which do not include any cards but do include access to the MP3 files. Additional lesson and personal spelling cards are available separately for multiple children using the program. These cards are not necessary but students enjoy having their own set if they are working through lessons at the same time and are in different levels. Additional Zoo Cards are also available separately. ~ Anh


Primary Subject
Spelling/Vocabulary
Grade Start
4
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781623410223
Format
Other
Brand Name
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Weight
1.3125 (lbs.)
Dimensions
8.5" x 5.75" x 1.0"
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It is for a friend who requested it.
Elisabeth F on May 4, 2022
My son is taking a class teaching Phonetic Zoo
Natasha D on Aug 20, 2018
It is for a friend who requested it.
Elisabeth F on May 4, 2022
This appears to be a handwriting free program geared toward auditory learners. My child is already a good speller, but I hope to reinforce phonics and improve her pronunciation/spelling of new/infrequent words.
Heather C on Aug 5, 2019
My son is taking a class teaching Phonetic Zoo
Natasha D on Aug 20, 2018
IEW is amazing and I love all their stuff. Found the spelling CD's but needed these cards.
Sonya V on Feb 15, 2018
Because it was recommended to me.
Grace D on Jun 29, 2017
IEW materials are excellent! I've already used some of their history-based writing curriculum. This particular product was the cheaper of the Phonetic Zoo packages but still has the high-quality research-based preparation and delivery IEW gives.
Julie A on Apr 9, 2017
I want a simple system for phonics and a friend recommended this to me.
Susan P on Nov 14, 2016
This program was recommended to me by a friend and advisor.
Angela L on Jun 10, 2016
This appears to be a handwriting free program geared toward auditory learners. My child is already a good speller, but I hope to reinforce phonics and improve her pronunciation/spelling of new/infrequent words.
Heather C on Aug 5, 2019
IEW is amazing and I love all their stuff. Found the spelling CD's but needed these cards.
Sonya V on Feb 15, 2018
I just purchased the budget package through ebay, can I still access the downloads?
A shopper on Aug 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This question will have to be answered by the publisher, IEW.
what is a budget package? how is it different ?
A shopper on Sep 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The budget package doesn’t include the cds.we have used it now two years and through two kids and two levels without the cds.i believe the cds make it more independent I just didn’t have the money for the other package.hope that helps.
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This is an excellent spelling program. It take more effort from the teacher but it is much more affordable
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