SMART Foundation

Video Training for Foundation Teachers


A meaningful way to teach sounds, letters and common words.


 SMART Foundation uses a meaningful sequence to teach sounds and letters from a ‘Word of the Week’ and explicitly teaches common words from ‘The Sentence of the Week’!


The 'Word of the Week' inspires curiosity, excitement, hands-on shared experiences, rich oral language and most importantly…fun…and that makes learning stick!  Phonics is taught explicitly and systematically in a carefully structured sequence from the Words of the Week.


‘The Sentence of the Week’ places the most commonly seen words into meaningful sentences. These common words are explicitly taught by the classroom teacher and there is also home learning to support this called…‘My Weekly Words’


Enjoy a meaningful way to teach sounds, letters and common words in a related way that makes the most of meaning!  You and your kids will have so much fun!


SMART Foundation includes video training, that is supported by printable notes and 3 digital downloads (see below) that contain everything you need to use this approach straight away!

Weekly Posters

Weekly Posters that display the word of the week broken into sound boxes and the sentence of the week with words from the 100 most commonly seen words in black.

PowerPoint Display

The key learning of phonics and common words for the whole year to use of your whiteboard in your classroom daily.

My Weekly Words

Reading to send home that reinforces what has been taught at school in both phonics and common words.

Maddi Cooper, AIS Singapore


Jane Curran, Lauriston


Tracey and Bek


Andrea Walter, Lauriston


Katherine Hall, St Leonard's College


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"“The best she has ever used in 25 years of teaching” is what Prep teacher Andrea Walter thinks about the new SMART Foundation that is being implemented at Lauriston. "

Lauriston Life Magazine
Edition 3, September 2017

"Over the last 2 1/2 years I have been using SMART Foundation in my Prep classroom. It was fantastic to learn a new way to teach spelling, reading and writing that made sense, was relevant and helped to produce enthusiastic, confident and capable students within my classroom. The results speak for themselves, students are producing work well above expected level in reading, writing and spelling."

Jenny Hammond
Beaconhills College

"For me, Michelle has done something extremely clever. She has made something extremely complex, very simple to understand and apply. "

Iain Wallace

"The positive effect on the children’s ability to decode and connect with the word of the week has been evident, their knowledge of letter sound relationships gives them confidence and the children see themselves as readers and writers. The parents at our school are supportive as the program makes sense and they are seeing a huge positive impact on their children’s ability to read and write. We are proud to share the impact this program has had with our colleagues and the community."

Paula Bissinella
Ballarat Grammar

"I absolutely love it. My Preps love it. It's so easy to follow, everything you need is there. The best part is that the progress that I have seen is incredible. Their writing, reading and spelling foundations are solid. Their writing and spelling is way beyond a prep level. "

Maxine Reichenberg
Adass Israel

"SMART Foundation have given me a spring in the way I teach especially teaching little ones. I am amazed at the progress and confidence this group of children have acquired. Parents too are giving us back such positive feedback. I love coming to work every day - yes it is not just about the children but about the support and knowledge you have given us as teachers. Thank you so much. "

Joanie Arnel
St Joseph's Numurkah

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