The Foundations curriculum is designed for young students. As such it is designed as a supplement to the printed (or PDF) curriculum, and the teacher’s role is critical for the learning process. There is no expectation that young students can learn to read on their own by simply using online resources.
- Teachers will need to use the Foundations Teacher’s Manual to plan and implement the lesson.
- Teachers will determine what will be taught with the scripted lessons in the Teacher’s Manual and what will be taught using the online video lesson.
- Teachers will monitor student progress on interactive activities and ensure students are following the procedures described in the videos. (For example, are students saying the sounds out loud as they complete the spelling analysis?)
- Teachers will monitor student progress, and, using this knowledge, will determine how much practice a student needs on a given concept. The teacher will choose hands-on games, activities, and workbook pages, and/or digital games and activities for their student to teach and reinforce the learning.
- Teachers will determine how much independence the student is capable of; for example, can the student complete online activities without the teacher overseeing, or does the student need more supervision?
- Teachers will complete the lesson assessments from the Teacher’s Manual and adjust the lessons as needed.