Balanced Literacy Curriculum Program Expands to First-Grade

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Glen Cove elementary students are building upon their knowledge of long vowels, vowel teams and more thanks to the district’s recent expansion of Wilson’s early literacy phonics program Fundations to include students in grade 1.

The Fundations program was first implemented for kindergartners last year. It employs a research-based approach and extensive program materials to assist teachers in presenting a carefully structured literacy curriculum using multisensory techniques. 

Students in Jennifer Cleary and Susan Seltzer’s integrated coteaching first-grade class at Deasy School are enjoying the new program, which equips them with wipe boards to practice letter structure. They also review letter sounds with help from owl puppets “Mommy Echo” and “Baby Echo” and other manipulatives that reinforce lessons. Mrs. Cleary said the program is effective because of the consistent and repetitive nature of the curriculum.

“It has been extremely helpful to students as they transfer to writing, and decoding words during reading,” Mrs. Cleary said.