Institute for Excellence in Writing Phonetic Zoo Spelling is a program that will last several years. Invest in this IEW program once and you can use it for every child. Each level will take 3 or more years to complete. That's a great investment and will help your kids learn how to spell words with spelling practice. You will receive audio CDs, Flashcards for each level - A,B,C as well as a jingle for each lesson.
Phonetic Zoo is a self teaching spelling program using audio CDs, zoo flashcards which introduce new spelling rules and a word card which lists the spelling rule and words for three different levels. Many homeschool families love using this spelling curriculum.
It has especially been good for my son who is more of an auditory learner. I really like that he can use headphones to help him listen well and tune out household noises.
Once he learned how to use the system he was able to work independently and give me daily reports as to which lesson he is using and how many words he spelled correctly.
He has also had to learn a little organization by keeping up with the card, cd, ear buds, and pens needed for his daily spelling work.
This isn't a workbook type system so your student will not be doing crossword puzzles or word searches or even dictionary skills. It is just a spelling program, which means learning the spelling rule, spelling the words and checking the words. This program works well for our family.
This set contains a 5 audio-CD set, an envelope containing a set of large word cards, a set of personal spelling cards, and an introductory DVD.
Using the zoo flashcards, parents present each rule using discussion and reading the words; once learned, the child is presented with the small, personal card to serve as a reminder. The audio CD set contains five audio CDs in a plastic case. Introductory comments and the first lesson are included; each spelling word is pronounced and accompanied by a rule jingle.
Spelling words are pronounced for the child to pause and spell; the correct spelling is included at the end of the lesson. This multi-sensory approach reinforces lessons in the best way for each child to learn and retain spelling words. Grade A is intended for children in grades 4-5.
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