The basis of Core Knowledge is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. The more you know, the more you are able to learn. This seemingly logical insight, well-established by cognitive science, has profound implications for both teaching and learning. Nearly all of our most important goals for education – greater reading comprehension, the ability to think critically and solve problems, even higher test scores – are a function of the depth and breadth of our knowledge.
By outlining the precise content that every child should learn in language arts and literature, history and geography, mathematics, science, music, and the visual arts, the Core Knowledge curriculum represents a first-of-its kind effort to identify the foundational knowledge every child needs to reach these goals, and to teach it, grade-by-grade, year-by-year, in a coherent, age-appropriate sequence. Learn more about Core Knowledge.
Capturing Kids’ Hearts
Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a program that helps develop healthy relationships between members of a school’s educational community and to teach effective skills that help participants to do their best and be their best. The program uses a universal language to teach children to self-manage and how to handle conflict when it occurs. The core of the program is, “If you reach a child’s heart you will reach their mind.”
Saxon Math is proven curriculum that distributes instruction, practice, and assessment of related concepts throughout the year while building on the knowledge learned. Saxon Math provides the time for every student to learn, practice, process, and go beyond mastery. As a result, students retain learned concepts and reach proficiency. Unlike a traditional chapter approach that separates different concepts, such as whole numbers from fractions, Saxon Math integrates and connects strands on a daily basis. Students communicate, reason, and make connections. Learn more about Saxon Math.
Every Child a Writer
Every Child a Writer is based on the Australian genre-based approach to writing. Through direct instruction and joint construction of text, students master descriptive, explanation, instruction, persuasive, and narrative writing.
Instructional targets are differentiated in response to the needs of the group, and the teacher “scaffolds” his or her instruction, gradually releasing control and responsibility as students gain skills and confidence. Instructional targets will focus on techniques for planning, organization, vocabulary usage, sentence and paragraph structure, and conventions/mechanics (including spelling).
Reading Street is a research-based basal reading program for grades K-5 that provides explicit instruction in order to teach the five literacy priority skills: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The unit concepts connect the curriculum from start to finish, scaffolding children’s prior knowledge. Since writing has a central role in early reading development, Reading Street embeds 6-trait writing into the reading program. Learn more about Reading Street.
Pearson History and Geography
This flexible program, edited by Core Knowledge founder E.D. Hirsch, Jr., follows the Core Knowledge Sequence to teach key history and geography topics at each consecutive level. With this program, students can build a unified, solid base of academic knowledge – the key to overall literacy and future success.