Core Knowledge

A Core Knowledge Education
The idea behind Core Knowledge is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. The more you know, the more you are able to learn. This insight, well established by cognitive science, has profound implications for teaching and learning. Nearly all of our most important goals for education from increased reading comprehension to the ability to think critically and solve problems, are a function of the depth and breadth of our knowledge. Core Knowledge outlines the precise content that every child should learn in language arts, literature, history, geography, mathematics, science, music, and the visual arts. The Core Knowledge curriculum identifies the foundation of knowledge that every child needs and presents it grade‐by‐grade and year‐by‐year, in a coherent, age‐appropriate sequence.

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Help your child master the priceless skills of critical thinking and close reading with Great Books K‐12 engaging texts and the powerful Shared Inquiry™ method of learning.

Singapore Math

What is Singapore math?
Singapore math refers to the teaching method and curriculum used in Singapore, China where scores in mathematics typically rank at the top of international assessments of student achievement. The curriculum is based on a framework developed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education that emphasizes mastery of concepts through dynamic problem solving and communication. One of the defining features of Singapore math is visualization. The concrete, pictorial, and abstract progression of teaching math concepts underscores real‐world applications of math. Students move from hands‐on activities to pictorial representations, and numeric expressions.

Riggs Spelling

The Riggs Method
The Riggs Method incorporates the phonics‐based spelling with rules system dating from the Webster‐Oxford standardization of English spelling, but also provides realistic phoneme/grapheme correspondences from contemporary dictionaries. It is possible to teach correct spelling as well as regional dialects and varied pronunciations across the English‐speaking world. This phonetic system and the rules of English were regularly taught in colleges of education and were incorporated in orthography student texts during the pre‐"Dick and Jane" era (the 1920's and before), in a time when children who were privileged to attend school almost all became highly literate. It simply requires a realistic alignment of worldwide speech patterns with the English spelling system (and our slight revision of the phonograms). See Dr. Linnea Ehri's research and commentary on the importance of the grapheme over the phoneme.

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