Foundations is designed for ages 4-7. Due to the playful nature of Foundations, many students as young as four have been completely successful starting the program. Typically, though, Foundations is used for Kindergarten and First Grade, or Kindergarten, First, and Second, depending on your pace and the student's age when you begin.
A few 7-year-olds will find Logic of English Essentials a better fit, but most 7-year-olds (and some 8-year-olds) are happier starting with the more playful, high-energy style of Foundations, even if they are already reading.
Scheduling and Pacing Tips
The curriculum is intentionally divided into separate levels so that teachers and parents can choose the schedule that works best for their students.
A fairly typical schedule is A & B in kindergarten and C and D in 1st grade, but the "right" base is the one that works for your child or class. Some choose to start Foundations A in pre-K, or to spread A, B, and C over kindergarten and first grade and teach D in second grade. These schedules will work fine as well!
If you start Foundations with a first or second grader, or with any young child who is already reading fluently, you may find that you move very quickly through A (or even skip it), move quickly through B to introduce new phonograms and rules and fill in any gaps, and then focus most of your time on C and D. Learn more: Starting Foundations with Children Who Are Already Reading.
Foundations equips students with the tools needed to read any word and lays a strong, linguistically accurate foundation for spelling, so it is an outstanding preparation for success in reading and writing throughout life. Learning the skills to the point of mastery is far more important than completing the curriculum on a certain schedule. We encourage you to respect the interests, level of mastery, and attention span of your child or students and let these be the determining factor in how you pace the curriculum.
Foundations fulfills and exceeds the Common Core Standards for Language Arts for kindergarten and 1st grade, as well as all Reading and Language standards for 2nd grade and most of the 2nd grade writing standards. Learn more.