My state requires homeschoolers to take annual, standardized tests and my daughter's results just came back. I was thrilled to see her spelling score leap up by 21 percentage points! This was our second year using Phonetic Zoo; the first year her spelling score improved by 26 percentage points! I realize that test scores aren't everything, but this is measurable, tangible proof of improvement--not a nebulous observation on my part that her spelling is getting better (which it is). I'm so excited! Thank You, IEW!
We used Phonetic Zoo for the first time this past school year with my 4th grade daughter, 9 at the time, and she and I both loved it!! Because there are 47 lessons in the level A, it would be quite difficult-if not impossible-to finish the whole thing in a standard school year, and we still have a few more lessons to go before she'll be done. During the summer, as a review, she and I are creating the lap-book discussed on the group earlier this month.
My daughter was behind in spelling quite badly at the beginning of the school year, and Phonetic Zoo was kind of a desperation ploy. She's never learned well from workbooks, so I was trying a completely different approach. At first, the lessons were quite difficult and sometimes took her 8 or 9 tries to complete; but as she got accustomed to the program, she started "training her brain," so to speak. Although some lessons still take longer than others, she has completed some in as little as 3 days!!!
She gets so excited when she makes 100% and goes leaping and dancing around the house!! Overall, her spelling has improved tremendously. She seems to be internalizing the patterns to spelling now, which she never seemed to do with the "rules." We will definitely be ordering level B in the fall!!!
We used Phonetic Zoo with our 8th grade son. Previously, he was taught to read using the whole-language approach and his spelling was atrocious. On average, he would make 8-10 spelling errors per paragraph. After trying other programs, we purchased Phonetic Zoo Spelling Starter Set. He worked on it for a full year. I loved the Phonetic Zoo program because our son worked on it independently. He finally learned the phonetic spelling rules and how to apply them. He is now a competent speller and makes few errors in his writing. Thank you!