What Is Fundations?
This year our school has started a new program to help students with reading, writing and spelling. The name of the program is Fundations [TM]. It is part of the Wilson Reading System [TM] and promotes, among other things, phonemic awareness. It is not a core program but is meant to supplement programs already in place at your schools.
The Fundation lesson is a 30 min. daily lesson taught as a whole group. Students that are in the lower 30% can work in smaller groups, one on one, or with a skilled educator for 30 minutes 3-5 times per week. We have Wilson trained reading teachers that have already been teaching this method so they take the children that need extra help in pull outs.
The program meets all five components required by “Learning First. “
- Phonemic Awareness
Incorporating The Program
There is a Fundations [TM] Teachers kit and a CD. You can watch the program being taught in the classroom and see how to "tap" out the words and how to use the materials in the kit. All this is available on their website, www.fundations.com.
Our Wilson reading teachers went to the workshops and learned how to teach it to the teachers. We have had staff development days dedicated to showing us how to use it. Then the reading teachers took time to come to classrooms a couple times a week and show the students and the teachers how it worked. The children love the whole program and look forward to that part of the day.
There is also a place on the website to find workshops to attend.
Some Interesting Concepts
Fundations [TM] teaches lower case letters first. On the site they explain teaching a program that helps students learn to spell and read at the same time exposes them to more lower case letters than upper case. In addition, they assert most students come to Kindergarten knowing their upper case letters.
After three months I see a lot of growth in spelling and reading with our students.
The site is easy to use and has all the information you need to get started.