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Foundations: Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Journey’s Foundation program is specifically designed to instill a love of learning for your Kindergarten or 1st grader. In these beginning years the focus is on laying the optimal foundation for your student that will carry himthrough the years of his formal education. Students are taught learning through play and work in anenvironmentthat is fun and enriching. The Foundations program is designed to help students become self-reliant thinkers.


  • Reading instruction lays the foundation for strong readers and focuses on the 6 components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonetic instruction, decoding, sight word recognition, print concept, and spelling.
  • Quality children’s literature is shared and emphasized so that Journey’s beginning readers develop a love of reading at an early age.
  • Students are introduced to beginning grammar and learn to recognize concepts such as nouns, verbs, homophones, synonyms, etc.


  • The foundation of writing begins with learning to put simple independent ideas on the paper.
  • As students go from Kindergarten to 1st grade they begin to structure their ideas into sentences and then paragraphs.
  • Proper letter formation and handwriting skills are taught and practiced.
  • Writing lessons promote differentiated instruction by allowing students to work at their own pace.


  • Students are given opportunities to solve real-life math problems and receive a strong foundation in addition and subtraction.
  • Foundational concepts such as money, time, place value, odd and even numbers, story problems, and fractional parts are introduced and practiced.
  • Our math program works from fundamental concepts to complex as students review past concepts as they learn new ones.

Social Studies

  • Students focus on the world around them; from their own neighborhood to around the world.
  • Simple geography is taught including continents, oceans, and countries.
  • Social Studies is taught in units including:famous Americans, historical events that shaped our country, maps and map skills, landforms and bodies of water, holiday customs and traditions, communities, careers, and symbols of America.


  • Hands-on scientific experiments allow students to become more engaged in the scientific process.
  • Lessons open the world of science through inquiring, exploration and discovery with the objective of piquing student’s curiosity to investigating further.
  • Science is explored in units including the body, weather, seasons, plants, insects, and animals.