I know of only one preschool in my town that teaches Zoo-phonics and only one kindergarten at a private school. It's a shame because Zoo-phonics is the ideal program for that age group and is so much more fun, invigorating, and effective than the tedious “letter of the week” approach that most preschools do. Yawn!
Why do so few preschools teach Zoo-phonics? The number one explanation is the extremely high turnover rate of teachers. Zoo-phonics takes training to learn, not a lot, but it does require some. Teachers need the practice to familiarize themselves with the signals and sounds and to get comfortable doing them quickly and efficiently. With teachers coming and going so frequently, most owners don't have the time and inclination to train them or to pay to send them for training. Therefore, they just stick with the “letter of the week” approach that requires no training at all but is largely ineffective.
But don't despair! At zoo-phonics.com, there are materials for moms and dads who are motivated to teach Zoo-phonics at home. I used the “Zoo Parent Kit” with my son, and it included everything we needed: a manual, an instructional DVD, a music CD, alphabet cards, and much more.
When picking up my son from preschool, I'd take a few of his buddies to our home for a playdate. I started doing Zoo-phonics with them for 10-15 minutes each visit, and they loved it. They picked it up so fast, and their parents couldn't believe it. They learned more about letters and sounds (and animals) in two short weeks than they did in the entire preschool year! Plus, they had a blast doing it.
You and your child will have a lot of fun doing Zoo-phonics together and developing your special way of communicating. It will create memories to last a lifetime and a beautiful bond between the two of you.