Friday, November 9, 2018

Update on our Fundations Program

Fundations is an important part of our daily routine.  It is a systematic and explicit language arts program that teaches letter formation, letter sounds, word blending, and many aspects of word and sentence structure. Earlier in the year, I sent home a sheet outlining how we instruct students in letter formation as a guide for practice at home. This post will give other resources you can use with your child as they go through the program. I will be updating you  periodically as we go through the units of this program so that you are aware of what they are learning and how to support them.

Here are the letter-keyword- sound cards the children have learned to help them recall letter names and sounds. We also practice a particular action for each card. Ask your child to show you how we practice our sounds.

The children are introduced to "trick words" (sight words) that are tricky to sound out and spell. Here is or list of words to date.

We have introduce and practiced the rule that a sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with a period, question mark or exclamation point. Children recently learned names should also be capitalized. They are still learning what proper names are and that they include names of the weekdays, months and cities, countries, etc.

We recently introduced our first spelling rule.

That's where we are to date. I will keep you informed as we go through our units. Have a great week.

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