• Fundations 

    Fundations is a research-based program used to instruct students in word study in grades kindergarten through third grade as part of our balanced literacy approach to reading (and writing) instruction. It serves as a prevention program to help ensure reading and spelling success.  Teachers incorporate a daily Fundations lesson into their literacy instruction block. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities.


    Program Highlights

    ·       Letter formation associated with sounds

    ·       Write manuscript letters in lower-case and upper-case

    ·       Print knowledge and concepts of print: track print left to right/top to bottom of page; match spoken words to printed words

    ·       Identify separate words in an oral sentence, segment words into syllables; segment syllables into sounds (phonemes) - up to 3 sounds

    ·       Phoneme substitution, deletion, addition, and manipulation activities done with letter cards and tiles to assist with cognitive manipulation

    ·       Isolate phonemes using tapping procedure for both blending and segmenting (segment phonemes in words; blend phonemes into words)

    ·       Alphabetic order

    ·       Know a-z letter/sound relationships (map letter to sound and sound to letter) 

    ·       Read and spell approximately 200 CVC words 

    ·       Read targeted high-frequency words: the, a, and, is, was

    ·       Identify 75% of first 100 high frequency words, including 25-30 irregular (trick words) such as the, was, of

    ·       Identify and name correct punctuation (period or question mark)

    ·       Identify upper-case letter use for beginning of sentences and names of people

     ·       Retell short narrative stories

     ·       Echo-read a passage with correct phrasing and expression