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 “Building a Foundation for Reading and Spelling”


Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Research indicates that systematic and explicit phonics instruction is effective for all children. Fundations provides a systematic and explicit approach to reading and spelling with phonics. Phonological and Phonemic Awareness, Phonics/Word Study, Handwriting, and Written Composition are all key components of the Fundations program. 


By the end of Level K, kindergarten students will be able to:

• Segment words in an oral sentence

• Segment words into syllables

• Segment syllables into sounds (phonemes)-up to three sounds

• Name all letters of the alphabet

• Write all manuscript letters in lower-case and upper-case

• Sequence letters of the alphabet

• Name sounds of the primary consonants and short vowels when given the letter

• Echo-read a passage with correct phrasing and expression

• Name corresponding letters when given sounds of consonants and vowels

• Read and spell CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant) example: map, wig

• Read and spell Trick Words or targeted highfrequency words: the, a, and, is, was, of

• Identify correct punctuation (period or question mark)

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

• Retell short narrative stories 


The letters, keywords, and sounds are taught in the following order: t, b, f, n, m, c, a, i, r, o, g, d, s, e, u, l, h, k, p, j, v, w, z, qu, y, x. When practicing the letter cards, be sure to name the letter, the picture then the sound.  Example: A, apple, /a/. 



Fundations Sound Cards