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Most students will need a short review after starting their Foundations lessons after a holiday, vacation, or summer break. Additionally, some students may have ended a school year in the middle of a Foundations level and need time to revisit concepts.
If you have taken an extended break, do not expect a student to return to the same level of mastery as before. It is a necessary part of the learning process to need time to review or reteach previous concepts.
- Spend 2-4 weeks reviewing what the student has learned so far in Foundations. The longer a break you've taken from school, the more review is likely to be needed.
- Review lessons from the previous lessons. Choose interactive practice activities, reader rereads, and spelling analysis words for an enjoyable review.
- Review the language skills taught so far, including handwriting, if it is a new skill for the student.
- Review all known phonograms, spelling rules, segmenting, and blending skills. Apply these skills through spelling analysis before moving forward from where you left off.
- Add in additional practice by playing phonogram, high-frequency word, and spelling games.
- Increase or decrease your review pace depending on how quickly the student remembers and relearns the concepts they covered before the break.
Foundations introduces concepts and build mastery in a systematic, carefully designed progression. Students need to be explicitly taught and given enough practice to become comfortable with the material before moving forward. If you've taken a break, provide time for reteaching and review.