Phonetic Zoo Spelling Series
Looking for a new approach to spelling? You will be happy to have found IEWs Phonetic Zoo programme. The Phonetic Zoo is a teacher-guided, phonetically-based audio spelling program.
This phonics-based program uses auditory input to ensure that the correct spelling of each word is absorbed by the brain. The audio allows students to work independently much of the time, while allowing for the repetition needed for mastery.
Spelling is Sequential
When we look at a word, we see it as a whole, so the correct sequence can be missed. This is why most workbook spelling programs don’t work. Auditory input and then spelling the word out loud, letter by letter, ensures accurate storage of the correct sequence in the brain, which allows for correct retrieval and accurate spelling.
After a short introductory lesson, students independently take spelling tests until mastery of the list is achieved. Students learn spelling rules incrementally, which will help with future spelling, and personal spelling lists ensure that all a student’s spelling needs are addressed.
The spelling program is for students in third grade on up and consists of three levels (A, B, and C). If you are not sure what level to start with, take the Spelling Placement Test. Once you know what level, simply purchase the Starter Set for that level. It has everything you need to begin. When you are ready for another level, all you need to purchase are the Audio CDs Only.Budget Package: NO Audio CDS
- 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)**
Teachers Notes are available but only needed if you need a replacement copy.
IEW has all 3 levels of the Audio files available for purchase as a download from their website.
For how to use the programme, instructional videos and PDF downloads please see the IEW website.