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The Fundations® Curriculum


Laying the groundwork for life-long literacy.

Foundational Skills for Young Learners

Informed by an extensive research base and designed to achieve success with a wide variety of learners, Fundations®  presents all skills in a systematic and sequential manner in four Levels: K, 1, 2, and 3. A Pre-K Activity Set is also available.

Each Level provides a year-long curriculum. For an integrated, comprehensive approach to reading and spelling, teachers should implement Fundations alongside a core or literature-based language arts program that includes a wide variety of text experiences and exposure to poetry, narrative and informational text.

Instruction in Critical Reading and Writing Skills

For English Language Learners

Fundations helps English language learners by teaching the skills and strategies they need to be successful in learning to read and write in English. As a comprehensive word study program addressing reading, spelling, and writing skills, Fundations prepares English language learners to meet grade-level standards for college- and career-readiness, readying them for success in subsequent grades.

Learning Strategies for Success

Modeling and scaffolded instruction ensures that students understand the skills being taught, learn the procedures, and are able to use the skills and procedures on their own. Teachers build students’ metacognitive skills by having them think about the learning tools they have acquired and consider which they should draw on if they need help. They also connect current learning to previous skills taught and explain how the new skills will help them achieve future goals. By having an integrated assessment component, teachers are able to assess students’ areas of strength and weakness and can differentiate instruction as appropriate.

Need extra support?

Fundations students who have had disrupted learning or need extra support before taking on the next grade’s curriculum may benefit from the Fundations Ready to Rise™ program, which can be done over the summer or at the beginning of the school year. Available for rising Level 1 and Level 2 students, learn more on the Fundations Ready to Rise™ page.

Curriculum Framework

Each level of the Fundations program builds on previously taught skills and concepts.

Thorough Instruction in Foundational Skills Standards

Fundations goes beyond other programs by comprehensively providing instruction on concepts and skills that are key to the acquisition of foundational skills. Fundations teaches the underlying structure of the English language and teaches decoding and spelling concurrently.

Ongoing Teacher Support

Our comprehensive professional learning opportunities ensure teachers are prepared to effectively use Fundations within their school’s Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. Individual teachers are supported through Level-specific workshops, Virtual Implementation Support, and the Fundations Learning Community.

We also partner directly with schools and districts to build local capacity to use, support, and sustain the Fundations program. Through customized plans, we can help you develop Fundations Facilitators and/or Presenters to cultivate teacher-leaders and build sustainability.

Learn about Professional Learning Opportunities

We provide educators with the training needed to enhance instruction and support implementation of our programs with fidelity to achieve student success. Whether it’s individual teacher support or school and district implementation plans, Wilson is here to help.