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Core Knowledge

We pride ourselves on 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.

It is based on some of the ideas presented by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. in his well-known books, Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and The Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them, and further developed by the foundation he established in 1986. More information regarding the sequence of knowledge can be found in the series "What Your Kindergartener through 6th Grader Needs to Know".

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 particples: 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 composonds. The Periodic Table.