Learning Phonics In Preschool

by beagooddad on December 4, 2007

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My favorite thing about preschool is that Geetle is learning how to make friends with kids her age (even the girls) and Pookie is learning how to communicate and follow routines.  That really seems to be the focus of each of their preschool classes.  I’m not really concerned about them learning much more than that at this stage.

Geetle’s class spent last year learning something like 2 or 3 letters a week which was pretty cool because she started pointing out letters in random words she would see.

This year, her class switched to a more phonics based system called Zoo-Phonics.  Each letter has an animal, sound, movement and picture (shaped like the letter).  Geetle seems to like it and it seems to actually work very well.  The combination of all the visual, audio, movements, and animals makes a ton of connections that all reinforce each other.

I’m having trouble committing to learning it myself, though.  And not just because it looks goofy.  I am almost 100% certain that they will not be using this system in Kindergarten.  Knowing that she’ll be learning an entirely knew scheme next year makes it tough to commit to investing a lot of time in it this year.

Silly I know.  And I do need to sit down and learn it some weekend so that I can work with her on it so that she can get reinforcement at home from both me and BAGM.

For the record, it really does make you look pretty silly  Case in point:

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