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Teaching Core Knowledge Sequence

We pride ourselves in focusing on the child and offering hands-on learning opportunities. In addition to learning the Sunshine State Standards, your child will develop an in-depth understanding of topics that are not frequently studied at the elementary level through the Core Knowledge Curriculum. The Core Knowledge Curriculum allows teachers to customize learning to meet the needs of each individual student while offering exciting learning opportunities. 

Royal Palm is part of a growing network of schools across the country -- public, charter, and private that use the Core Knowledge curriculum and are finding great success as measured by both standardized tests and by the students enjoyment of learning.

In each grade, students will be exposed to a broad range of historical, scientific, and cultural topics that will build on one another to prepare them for success. This wide arrange of subject matter will not only develop cultural literacy, but also will build the strong vocabulary necessary for true reading comprehension. Teachers have a guideline of what is to be taught, but they are free to teach the subject matter as creatively as they like, but the content is specified and builds from year to year.

Intense standards, rigorous curriculum

What sets the Core Knowledge curriculum apart from the curriculum in a traditional school is the specificity of the standards. The curriculum is intensely rigorous. Instead of just learning how to write, students are, for example, writing about the founding fathers or important rivers in India.

Another difference between a Core Knowledge school and what children might experience in another school is that art and music are essential elements of the Sequence, not add-on subjects that are sometimes squeezed out because of funding cutbacks or other priorities.

While it might be easy to confuse the Common Core State Standards — which most states have now adopted — with a Core Knowledge curriculum, there is a clear distinction between the two. Standards state what children should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level. A curriculum is what children need to learn in order to meet those standards.

Is a Core Knowledge education right for my child?

According to the Core Knowledge Foundation, Core Knowledge provides, “a clear outline of what children                are expected to learn in school.” Their, “sequenced set of skills and content” means that parents will know precisely what their children are going to learn with a clearly defined curriculum and structure. For children with special needs or learning differences, the Core Knowledge curriculum is adaptable for special needs  students.


Example of Core Knowledge Sequence

Kindergarten: Magnetism -- the idea of forces we cannot see, classification of materials according to whether they are attracted to a magnet.

1st Grade: Basic Concepts of Atoms -- names and common examples of the three states of matter. Water as an example of changing states of matter in a single substance; Properties of Matter measurement

2nd Grade: Lodestone -- naturally occurring magnets, magnetic poles and fields, laws of attraction.

4th Grade: Atoms -- matter made up of particles too small to see, atoms made up of even smaller participles: protons, neutrons and electrons, concept of electrical charge; Properties of Matter; mass, volume and density. The elements, basic kinds of matter.

5th Grade: Atoms in constant motion, electrons, the nucleus, paths called shells (energy levels), atoms, molecules, and compounds. The Periodic Table.

 


 

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