• Phonics:  Fundations

    Fundations utilizes a structured literacy approach grounded in the science of reading to make learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for lifelong literacy. The program’s research-based approach and extensive materials allow K–3 teachers to confidently present a carefully structured reading, spelling, and handwriting curriculum using engaging, multisensory techniques. Fundations is aligned with the science of reading and guides teachers to provide effective instructional practices.

    What is the focus of Fundations ?

    Informed by an extensive research base and designed to achieve success with a variety of learners, Fundations stands out for its presentation of all skills in a systematic and sequential manner across the Levels:

    • Print Concepts
    • Phonological & Phonemic Awareness  
    • Phonics & Word Study 
    • High Frequency Words
    • Accuracy, Automaticity & Fluency 
    • Spelling  
    • Handwriting

    Additionally, it significantly reinforces other English language arts standards using an integrated approach, particularly vocabulary and comprehension.  Fundations is delivered to all students in the general education classroom.  Learning is made fun while laying the groundwork for lifelong literacy. 

    Fundations alignment to standards is available at  www.wilsonlanguage.com and in the online Fundations Learning Community on Wilson Academy.

    Why Lucy Calkins Reading & Writing Workshop?

    The Reading and Writing Project approach to instruction recognizes that “one size fits all” does not match the realities of the classrooms and schools in which they work. When you walk into a workshop classroom at any given moment, you’ll see instruction that is designed to:

    • help teachers address each child’s individual learning,
    • explicitly teach strategies students will use not only the day they are taught, but whenever they need them,
    • support small-group work and conferring, with multiple opportunities for personalizing instruction,
    • tap into the power of a learning community as a way to bring all learners along,
    • build choice and assessment-based learning into the very design of the curriculum,
    • help students work with engagement so that teachers are able to coach individuals and lead small groups.

    The routines and structures of reading and writing workshop are kept simple and predictable so that the teacher can focus on the complex work of teaching in a responsive manner to accelerate achievement for all learners.

    Lucy Calkins Presentation

    For more information, please see www.unitsofstudy.org.

    Accelerated Reader (AR)

    We will be using the Accelerated Reading (AR) program to encourage children to read and take AR quizzes.  Students will earn points as they read and take AR quizzes.  The points will add up to prizes at every grade level.  Click HERE to see more information.  

    Each quarter, Ms. Boston rewards the students who meet his or her grade level AR goal.  Rewards have ranged from an ice cream party to a field trip to see a Georgia Tech basketball game!  

    We want to create a culture of reading in our school and develop a love for reading in our students!

    To find Accelerated Reader books go here

    AR Tests can be taken at school or at home.  The children are given time throughout the day to take AR tests.  Students may come to the media center in the morning before school to take AR tests.