Foundational Skills Kits

Overview of Foundational Skills Kits

Laying Strong Foundations for Strong Readers​

Foundational skills are critical as they lay the groundwork for academic and overall future success. Foundational Skills Kits provide research-based instruction and classroom-tested tools to help every student master these essential skills.​

  • Grade K prepares the foundation for reading with phonemic awareness, concepts of print, and the alphabetic principle.​
  • Grade 1 builds upon this foundation with sound-spelling correspondences and spelling strategy development.​
  • Grades 2 and 3 reinforce and expand upon fluency, decoding, and encoding skills for automatic recognition.

Components for Foundational Skills Kits

Grade K

Instructional Resources

Student Components

Kit Resources

  • Alphabet Wall Cards​
  • Small-Group Alphabet Sound Cards​
  • Individual Alphabet Sound Cards (4 sets)​
  • High-Frequency Flash Cards​
  • Pre-Decodable & Decodable Take-home BLM​
  • Magnetic Letters​
  • Pocket Chart​
  • Individual Pocket Chart​
  • Pocket Chart Picture Cards​
  • Pocket Chart Word Cards
  • Lion Puppet​
  • Alphabet Letter Cards (upper & lowercase)​
  • Magnetic Dry Erase Board​
  • Alphabet Little Book​
  • Pickled Peppers Little Book​
  • Letter Cubes​
  • English Learner Photo Cards​
  • Alphabet Sound Stickers​

View Sampler
Alphabet Sound Cards
31 color-coded cards: 21 consonants, 5 long vowels, 5 short vowels. ​Three sizes: Individual, Small-Group, Wall Card​. Digital cards recite the sound card story and each picture illustrates a motion.

View Sampler
Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories
14 Core Pre-Decodable
28 core decodable stories
Available in print and digital format.

Teacher Components

Components available in both print and digital format

View Sampler
Teacher’s Guide
Every lesson provides differentiated instruction for phonics, fluency, vocabulary and language development, and word analysis.

View Sampler
Teacher Resource Book
Lesson-by-lesson instructional support for at-risk and English learners. Implemented during small-group.

View Sampler
Skills Practice BLM
Practice alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

View Sampler
Assessment BLM
Measure alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

Sample Program Online

Get a sample of Foundational Skills Kits Open Court Reading. Discover new ideas, lessons, and strategies to improve literacy skills.