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. 

Needed Resource

Foundations: The Outline Guide for Early School

Foundations will include the complete book lists for all of Early School, including books and resources needed for Year One. Teaching notes pertinent to the Early School levels as well as suggestions for art, handcraft and music study are also contained in this guide.

This guide is all that you will need for Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory, since expectations are gentle and flexible for these years.

If you wish to add one of the natural history guides to the Preparatory level (such as Farm Life), then feel free to purchase Foundations Lesson Guide -Year One in advance, since all four natural history guides are included -especially if you plan to continue on into Year One.  


The complete lessons for Year One can be added with the purchase of the Foundations Lesson Guide -Year One.



Recommended Resources

Foundations Lesson Guide -Year One

Foundations Lesson Guide -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.


It is assumed that Foundations: The Outline Guide for Early School has already been purchased. 

This guide will include all four guides for natural history for this level: Seed Dispersion, Weather, Farm Life 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.

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Spinning Straw: Tales to Elicit Enchantment

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.


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

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