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    Wilson Fundations is a systematic phonics program that is utilized at Belmar Elementary School by both reading specialists and TIP (Targeted Intervention Program) teachers in grades K-3. While all K-3 TIP students use Fundations in small groups, every first and second grader has the Fundations program daily. Strategies taught are integrated in all subject areas throughout the day.

    Fundations provides children of varying learning abilities with a foundation for reading and spelling. Lessons are structured, sequential, and cumulative while using multisensory teaching techniques. Students use magnetic letter boards, white boards, sound and word cards, as well as finger tapping.

    NOTE: Tapping is used for blending and segmenting sounds (phonemes) in order to read, spell, and write.



    Fundations focuses on the Foundational Skills of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and supports other standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language, as well.   


    Key K-3 Fundations Skills:

    • Letter/sound identification

    • Letter formation

    • Syllable and sound (phoneme) segmentation

    • Vowel sounds

    • Reading and spelling multisyllabic words

    • Word structures (blends, digraphs, base words, suffixes, prefixes, vowel teams, etc.)

    • Read and spell non-phonemic trick words/power words

    • Identify all six syllable types

    • Read controlled stories with fluency, expression, and understanding

    • Read, spell and identify key vocabulary words

    • Sentence writing



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