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. It is a multisensory, systematic approach. Encoding is taught in correspondence to decoding patterns. Students systematically learn leter formation, punctuation, capitalization, and editing skills. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities.
- Segment syllables into sounds
- Identify open syllables and closed syllables
- Read and spell words with -s, -es, -ed, -ing suffixes
- Fluently produce the sounds for consonants, short and long vowels, consonant blends and digraphs.
- Name sounds for r-controlled vowels (-er, -ir, -ur, -or)
- Blend and read words with "glued" sounds; ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk
- Produce the sounds and read words with vowel-consonant-e and long vowel teams ( ai,ay, ee, ea,ey, oa, oe etc...)
- Read and spell high frequency words, including irregular (trick) words.
- Read and spell compound words.
- Read with accuracy and prosody-( Stress and intonation)
- Provides multiple opportunities for skills practice and application to build mastery.
- Monitors student learning through formative assessment tools built into the program.
- Encourages parental involvement through the use of the Fundations Home Support Packet.