Fundations provides children of varying learning abilities with a foundation for reading and spelling. It provides teachers with the skills and tools needed to present a structured, sequential, and cumulative phonics/spelling program using multisensory teaching techniques.
Fundations thoroughly teaches the Foundational Skills of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and significantly supports other CCSS standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language.
As a recognized leader in multisensory language programs, Wilson brings more than a decade of systematic and explicit instruction to the K-3 classroom. Wilson Fundations provides research-based materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading and writing program.
Letter formation, print knowledge, alphabetic awareness, phonological and phonemic awareness training as in Level K
Segment words into syllables and syllables into sounds (phonemes) - up to 5 sounds
Name corresponding letter(s) and short and long vowels when given letters
Name corresponding letter(s) when given sounds of letters and vowels
Identify word structure such as blends, digraphs, basewords, suffixes, syllable types (closed and vowel-consonant-e syllables)
Read and spell closed and vowel-consonant-e syllable type words
Name sounds for r-controlled vowels and for vowel digraphs and vowel diphthongs
Read and spell compound words and other words with two syllables
Read and spell words with s, es, ed, ing suffixes
Read and spell words with unexpected vowel sounds
Read and spell CVC, CCVC, CVCC,CCVCC, CVCe words
Read and spell the first 100 high frequency words, including irregular words (trick words)
Read and spell targeted high-frequency,non-phonetic words
Construct sentences using vocabulary words
Read approximately 60 words per minute with fluency and understanding
Read controlled stories (95-100% decodable) with fluency, expression, and understanding
Apply beginning dictionary skills
Apply correct punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation point)
Apply capitalization rules for beginning of sentences and names of people
Retell short narrative stories and facts from expository text
Here is the scope and sequence of Level 1 (first grade) Fundations. Each unit states the concept for the unit as well as the trick words kids should be able to read and spell.
Below is also the handwriting paper we use in the classroom.
Letter formation (a-z)
Letter names, keywords and sounds: short vowels, consonants
Blending and reading three-sound short vowel words
Segmenting and spelling three-sound short vowel words
Phonemic awareness skills: sound manipulation (initial, final, medial)
Sentence dictation procedures: Capitalization, period, word spacing
Sentence proofreading procedures
Sample words: cat, sip, log, fox
Trick Words: the, a, and, is, his, of
Concept of consonant digraph, keyword and sounds: sh, ch, th, wh, ck
Spelling of ck at the end of words
Sentence dictation procedures: question mark
Sample words: hill, puff, chop, sock
Trick Words: as, has, to, into, we, he, she, be, me, for, or
“Bonus” letter spelling rule-ff, ll, ss and sometimes zz
Glued sounds: all
Sample words: hill, puff, bill, miss, call
Trick Words: you, your, I, they, was, one, said
Glued sounds: am, an
Sample words: ham, can, fan
Trick Words: from, have, do, does
Base-word and suffix with the suffix -s
Trick Words: were, are, who, what, when, where, there, here
Glued sounds: ang ,ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk
Blending and reading words with ng and nk
Segmenting and spelling words with ng and nk
Sample words: bang, bank, pink
Trick Words: why, by, my, try, put, two, put, too, also, some, come
Blending and reading words with four sounds (+suffix-s)
Segmenting and spelling words with four sounds (+suffix-s)
Sample words: bump, stash, bled, past, steps
Trick Words: would, should, could, her, over, number
Teach the concept of closed syllable
Sample words: kit, slip, stash
Trick Words: say, says, see, between, each
What is a closed syllable?
1 This syllable can only have one vowel.
2 The vowel is followed by one or more consonants
3 The vowel sound is short, marked with a breve
4 This syllable can be combined with other syllables
to make multisyllabic words.
Blending and reading words with five sounds (+ suffix –s)
Segmenting and spelling words with five sounds (+ suffix-s)
Words with suffix –s used as action words vs. plurals
Sample words: Stump, clasp, strap
Trick Words: any, many, how, now, down, out, about, our
Adding –s, -ed,ing suffix to unchanging basewords with closed syllables
Sample words: bumps, steps, graded, flashing
Trick Words: friend, other, another, none, nothing
Concept of syllable
Syllable division rules for closed syllables: compound words between two vowels
Sample words: catnip, publish
Trick Words: people, month, little, been, own, want, Mr., Mrs.
Adding –s, -ed, -ing, -es suffixe to unchanging basewords with closed syllables
Sample words: wishing, rented, slashing, blended
Trick Words: work, word, write, being, their, first, look, good, new
Long vowel sounds for vowel-consonant-e
Sample words: stove, hope, caves
Trick Words: water, called, day, may, way
*This syllable has a vowel, then a consonant, then
*The first vowel has a long sound, marked with a
*The e is silent.
*This syllable can be combined with other syllables
to make multisyllabic words.