ACADEMIC STRATEGY THAT WORKS

The Core Knowledge Curriculum Series™ provides comprehensive, content-rich learning materials based on the Core Knowledge Sequence. Student readers, teacher guides, activity books, and other materials are available for Language Arts and History and Geography.

For grades K-8, the Core Knowledge Sequence provides content-specific, cumulative, and coherent curriculum guidelines for all major content areas: language arts, history and geography, visual arts, music, mathematics, and science.

As well as learning skills in reading and writing, students read a variety of works from many cultures, including poetry, folk tales, myths, and longer works such as classic novels and plays. Nonfiction topics from other subjects in the Sequence (especially History and Science) may be effectively integrated during Language Arts instruction.

To be successful in college and beyond, it is imperative to develop the habits of mind and non-academic skills of scholars to build a foundation for personal excellence of character.

In Visual Arts, students learn about the elements of art, such as light, line, color, and perspective. They are introduced to various art forms, such as sculpture, portraits, still life, landscapes, and architecture. They learn about movements in art, such as realism, Impressionism, and abstraction. They are introduced to many specific artists and artworks in relation to their studies in World and American History, including art from ancient and medieval times; the Renaissance; Islamic art and architecture; and African, Chinese, Japanese, and American art (from early American folk art to modern American painting).

In Music, students are exposed to a wide variety of music from jazz to orchestral music, as well as vocal music that includes spirituals, folk songs, and patriotic songs. They learn about composers and their music, the elements of music (such as beat and rhythm), basic notation, families of instruments, and vocal ranges.

The detailed guidelines in the Core Knowledge Sequence can help schools ensure that the programs they follow comprehensively address important mathematical skills and concepts that build grade by grade. The Core Knowledge Foundation is in the process of reviewing Mathematics curriculum products in order to recommend effective programs to Core Knowledge schools.

The detailed guidelines in the Core Knowledge Sequence can help schools ensure that the programs they follow comprehensively address important mathematical skills and concepts that build grade by grade. The Core Knowledge Foundation is in the process of reviewing Mathematics curriculum products in order to recommend effective programs to Core Knowledge schools.