Fundations

Fundations Intervention Tier 1&2As a recognized leader in multisensory, structured language programs, Wilson brings more than a decade of systematic and explicit instruction to the K-3 classroom. Based on the Wilson Reading System® principles, Wilson Fundations® provides research-based materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting program. 

Wilson Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Students in grades K-3 receive a systematic program in critical foundational skills, emphasizing:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics/ word study
  • High frequency word study
  • Reading fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension strategies 
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling

The instruction aligns with states’ rigorous college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards. 

Although Fundations includes comprehension strategies, it must be combined with a core/literature-based language arts program for an integrated and comprehensive approach to reading and spelling.

For students who will be entering Fundations Level K in kindergarten, the Pre-K Activity Set introduces Fundations activities for learning letter-keyword-sound, alphabetic order, and letter-formation skills. 

Fundations serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure. It is integral to a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RTI) framework, providing research-based instruction in Tier 1 as well as early intervention (Tier 2) for students at risk for reading difficulties. To support the implementation of an MTSS or RTI framework, progress monitoring is built into Fundations. This allows students requiring a more intensive program to be identified early before undergoing years of struggle.

Prevention
Early Intervention
Student Focus
Prevention: All K-3 students
Early Intervention: All K-3 struggling or at-risk readers in lowest 30th percentile
Daily Lesson
Prevention: 30 minutes
Early Intervention: 30-60 minutes (the 30-minute daily standard lesson plus intervention activities)
Group Size
Prevention: Whole class
Early Intervention: Small group, one-to-one
Setting
Prevention: General education classroom
Early Intervention: May be conducted within or outside the classroom
Instructor
Prevention: General education teacher
Early Intervention: General education teacher, reading specialist, paraprofessional, or intervention personnel
Professional Learning & Support
  • Wilson Academy®/Prevention Learning Community (online)
  • Program workshops
  • Coaching days
  • Facilitator and Presenter Certification
  • Sustainability plans
Materials
  • Hardcover teacher manual per Fundations® Level with explicit day-by-day learning plans
  • Extensive collection of durable and consumable materials to demonstrate and practice concepts
Supplemental Materials
Prevention: Wilson Fluency®/Basic,
Pre-K Activities
Early Intervention: Wilson Fluency/Basic,
Fundations® Progress Monitoring