The Core Knowledge Sequence is much more than standards. It lays out content and skills to be taught in every subject including history, language arts, visual arts, math, science and music. This across the board approach ensures a complete education.
Students must have background knowledge to be successful in any endeavor. Most people are familiar with the saying, “3 strikes and you’re out.” Imagine if you have no background knowledge of baseball. Without that background knowledge, even the Mensa member struggles to comprehend this simple saying.
The Core Knowledge Language Arts program (CKLA) used in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade as an all-encompassing reading program that not only provides much needed background knowledge, it also opens students to multiple topics from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Native Americans, What’s in our Universe?, The War of 1812, Immigration and beyond.
Singapore Math is a world-renowned program recognized as the leader in mathematics education. The results are staggering when used in its entirety in any setting. Schools struggling to see results have sudden shifts upward and schools already near the top see instant gains. Singapore Math is designed to teach for mastery not just to passing a test. Southside-Ashpole will be using a version of Singapore math, known as Eureka.
Core Virtues is a practical, non-sectarian approach to character education on the kindergarten to sixth grade level. Each month teachers highlight a key intellectual, moral, or civic virtue – such as respect, responsibility, diligence, honesty, generosity, or perseverance. They read quality children’s literature at a “Morning Gathering” to provide inspirational or insightful examples of virtue in action. The reading of these well-written and often beautifully illustrated stories helps children fall in love with the good, and cultivate a vocabulary of virtue.
Virtues highlighted each month in the Core Virtues program are common ground, consensus virtues, not controversial social or political agendas. A partial list includes: respect, responsibility, diligence, gratitude, honesty, generosity, perseverance, courage, faithfulness, compassion, openness to inquiry, and humility in the face of facts.