The Foundations & Fundamentals program requires both the Teacher’s Guide and a Student Workbook. There are three different Student Workbooks to choose from, based on your child’s needs. All three options include the letter pieces templates, handwriting pages, phonics book pages, number pages, shape templates, recipe cards, and graphs or other worksheets for the different activities in each lesson. The workbooks are organized by lesson with the pages presented in the order they would be used to make everything easy to find when you need it.
The Student Workbook is designed to be printed and used as worksheets with your child. We recommend printing them as you go, just the set of pages you need for the week. Our clickable table of contents will allow you to go directly to the set you need for each lesson so that you can look through them and print just what you need for the day or week. Ultimately, we believe this will save you money as there is no reason to print anything you aren’t going to use. You also are unlikely to misplace your computer the same way your child could misplace their workbook, so this keeps you from spending too much time hunting for workbooks so you can do the next lesson. While we do recommend putting completed worksheets into an organized system, you can keep going with the program, even if your binder goes missing.
Tangerine – Right-handed Learners
Tangerine is our Student Workbook for right-handed learners. The handwriting pages are designed to support a right-handed child to learn to form the letters correctly.
Apricot – Left-handed Learners
Apricot is our Student Workbook for left-handed learners. The handwriting pages are designed to support a left-handed child to learn to form the letters correctly. The directionality of several letters is changed to help the left-handed child develop more natural and legible handwriting. Part of why left-handed children struggle with writing is that they are forced to use workbooks designed for right-handed children. This means that often small motions in writing are harder for them than their right-handed counterparts. The left-handed workbook is designed to minimize that challenge and to change directionality on several small strokes in the writing process.
Pumpkin – Vision or Fine Motor Impaired Learners
Pumpkin is our Student Workbook for children with low vision or fine motor delays. This workbook has pages for writing the letters larger when it comes to handwriting, much larger. Your child will work on writing the letters at a full page size by tracing our “Circle-Arrow-Square” letters and then work on making them smaller on other provided worksheets. However, the writing all stays much larger than the writing lines used in the other workbooks. Every lesson and activity is included in the Low Vision Workbooks, they are simply made differently to help your child learn. The worksheets have bolder lines and fonts so that your child will have an easier time using this program than others. The Pumpkin Workbook may also be appropriate for children with significant motor delays who are ready to begin their journey with letters and numbers.