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Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Year 1


Children in Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory and Year One will begin the Early School level in Foundations and will remain at this level for three years or until each student has been deemed ready to move on to Lower School B. This foundation level does not fit within the historical divisions laid out for the remaining levels. Only when your student has moved to Lower School B, will students begin to work through the programs according to historical time period divisions. At that time, your students may then move into the Program # which corresponds to the time period your family will study for the year, but in the Lower School B level. 


For children in Years 2 +, please see the program guide of your choice.

For more information about the programs, please see the notes and sequences which can be found on the Curriculum by Programs page.


Step 1: Teaching Notes


Download and save or print the FREE teaching notes for this level. Click on the image to the right.


If you are looking for the FREE outline guide for the Pre-Preparatory level, then click on the image to the far right. 

 Step 2: Lesson Guide

Preparatory and Year One levels only. Purchase these below or at the Shop.

Foundations: Lesson Guide for Early School -Preparatory

Foundations: Lesson Guide for Early School -Preparatory contains the lessons which accompany this level; this level is comparable to Kindergarten. This lesson guide has not been published yet.

Foundations: Lesson Guide for Early School -Year One

Foundations: Lesson Guide for Early School -Year One contains the lessons which accompany Year One. This guide will include pre-reading notes, teaching notes, narration prompts, natural history investigations and much more.


This guide will include all three guides for natural history for this level: Seed Dispersion, Weather and Woods, Fields & Forests. You will not need to purchase any of these guides individually if you plan to purchase or have purchased this guide.

If you're student is in Year One and you would like to add a supportive resource, such as picture study, then go on to Step 3.

Don't forget to download Teaching Notes for Early School, a FREE PDF file, which can be found here or at the Shop.

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Step 3: Supportive Resources


Foundations Year One

Fairy Tales

A Mind in the Light introduces the new Finding Faerie series with two separate volumes of fairy tales.


Spinning Straw: Tales to Elicit Enchantment (Vol. 1) compiles the best versions of fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen, Andrew Lang and the Brothers Grimm. This volume is used in Foundations Year One.

Send an email for a Free copy after purchase of the lesson guide.


Into the Forest: Enchanted Explorations (Vol. 2) continues the compilation and is used in all of the Lower School B programs.


Coming Soon! Transcription or copywork selections based on Year One Books.

The Arts

Students may choose from two options with regard to music appreciation.

Option 1: Use Introduction to Music. which is based off of the Classics for Children CD and coordinating picture books.

Option 2: Families who prefer may go on to individual composer study. A different composer should be studied each term.

Art appreciation is designed so that families may choose a different artist each term. Click the image to the right to see more mini-guides for picture study and music appreciation.

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Highly Recommended: Introduction to Music [Counts for 3; Already Included]

Recommended Artists: Cassatt, Renoir, Degas or Landseer[Choose 3]

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