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Wilson Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Students in grades K-3 receive a systematic program in critical foundational skills, emphasizing:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics/ word study
  • High frequency word study
  • Reading fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension strategies 
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling



By the end of Level 1, first grade students will be able to:

• Segment words into syllables • Segment syllables into sounds (phonemes)- up to five sounds

• Name sounds of consonants (primary) and short and long vowels when given letters

• Name corresponding letter(s) when given sounds of consonants and vowels

• Identify word structures such as blends, digraphs, basewords, suffixes, syllable types (closed and vowel-consonant-e syllables)

• Read and spell words with the following syllable patterns: CVC, CCVC, CCVCC, CVCe words

• Read and spell compound words and other words with two syllables

• Read and spell words with s, es, ed, and ing suffixes

• Read and spell approximately 100 Trick Words or targeted high-frequency words

• Construct sentences using vocabulary words

• Read controlled stories 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

• Retell facts from expository text 




 Students will learn to read words with vowel teams.