Fulfills Common Core Standards for Kindergarten and First Grade, as well as most Second Grade standards!


A complete Phonics, Reading, Handwriting, and Spelling program for ages 4-7.

Foundations takes children from non-readers to independent readers over the course of four engaging and multi-sensory levels of language arts instruction. The curriculum meets the Common Core standards for Kindergarten and First Grade, as well as most standards for Second. Detailed charts indicate the standards covered for each lesson.

“I have found Foundations to be the most thorough yet simple and fun way to learn to read and write. I wish this had been around years ago!"
— Debi Lowery, Kindergarten Teacher

The four volumes and the rich variety of optional activities enable teachers to customize the pacing and the individual lessons to best serve their students. Activities and games in each lesson keep children listening, moving, watching, speaking, and thinking, and a carefully designed progression helps students build a strong foundation as they follow the five strands of reading through the curriculum.

Suggested Levels by Grade

Foundations is effective for guiding any student age 4-7 into success in reading and laying a strong foundation for spelling. The curriculum is divided into four successive levels for flexible scheduling. We find that most schools prefer to teach about two levels per year and follow one of the following schedules.


Foundations and
Some classes will get through only part of B, or will finish B and start C.

First Grade

Initial year:

Foundations and
Foundations , , start

When continuing Foundations from Kindergarten:

Foundations (review/finish) and
Foundations and after a review of concepts taught in A and B

If students are starting Foundations in 1st Grade, or if they mastered only part of B in kindergarten, B and C will be the best first grade placement. Students who have already completed and mastered the material in Foundations B in Kindergarten can continue to C and D in First Grade after a review of the content in B*.

If incoming 1st grade students have weak phonemic awareness or have not learned all the sounds of the A-Z phonograms and how to write the lowercase letters, we recommend starting 1st Grade with review from level .

Second Grade

Initial year*:

Foundations (quick review) and , start
Logic of English Essentials

If continuing from Foundations C in First Grade:

Foundations after a review of concepts taught in A, B, and C

If finished with Foundations D:

Logic of English Essentials

*Scheduling note: Foundations systematically teaches students the phonograms and spelling rules they need to decode 98% of English words. Since levels C and D build on significant prior knowledge from the first two levels, students should not begin Foundations after level B. Essentials is an excellent starting point for older students.

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“As a reading specialist I have been frustrated with the reading curriculums I have seen. I felt they were lacking and incomplete. The Logic of English is the only systemic and complete reading program that I know. I am excited to teach it and thrilled with the results I see in my students. The looks of confusion are gone and the children are really getting it... Finally something does work, and it is logical, and makes so much sense. The Logic of English is truly amazing for teaching reading!”
Paula Peterson, Kindergarten Teacher

More information, sample pages, and a guided tour of Foundations
Common Core standards alignment for Foundations

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