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.

Program Highlights

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.





Unit 1

Letter formation (a-z)

Alphabetical order

Letter names, keywords and sounds: short vowels, consonants

Unit 2

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

Unit 3

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

Unit 4

“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

Unit 5

Glued sounds: am, an

Sample words: ham, can, fan

Trick Words: from, have, do, does

Unit 6

Base-word and suffix with the suffix -s

Trick Words: were, are, who, what, when, where, there, here

Unit 7

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

Unit 8

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

Unit 9

Teach the concept of closed syllable

Sample words: kit, slip, stash

Trick Words: say, says, see, between, each

What is a closed syllable?

Closed Syllable

1 This syllable can only have one vowel.

2 The vowel is followed by one or more consonants

(closed in).

3 The vowel sound is short, marked with a breve

4 This syllable can be combined with other syllables

to make multisyllabic words.

Unit 10

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

Unit 11

Adding –s, -ed,ing suffix to unchanging basewords with closed syllables

Sample words: bumps, steps, graded, flashing

Trick Words: friend, other, another, none, nothing

Unit 12

Concept of syllable

Compound words

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.

Unit 13

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

Unit 14

Long vowel sounds for vowel-consonant-e

Sample words: stove, hope, caves

Trick Words: water, called, day, may, way

Vowel-Consonant-e Syllable

*This syllable has a vowel, then a consonant, then

an e.

*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.