The Core Knowledge sequence takes these facts and places them in strategic positions throughout a students’ academic career from Preschool through 8th grade. It places material in a spiraling process such that each time a topic is discussed; it is explored at a deeper level. For example, kindergarten students studying magnets identify familiar everyday objects and classifying things as or are not attracted by magnets. First graders are introduced to electricity. They discuss static electricity, basic circuits, conductive materials, and safety rules for electricity. Second graders then spiral back to magnetism and discuss unseen forces; most magnets contain iron, lodestones, magnetic poles, magnetic fields, law of magnet attraction, the Earth as a magnet, and a compass. As you can see, the depth of the discussion in 2nd grade is much deeper than that of kindergarten. The Core Knowledge sequence takes a topic that the students are familiar with and helps them appreciate it at a deeper level. As the students progress through the sequence, they find themselves in the 8th grade discussing the connection between electricity and magnetism.
Supporting the Core Knowledge sequence is the Riggs literacy program. The Riggs method is a phonics-based program that began 120 years ago by Dr. Samuel T. Orton. The program teaches students the foundational sounds made by letters and groups of letters. As young students learn to read, they are able to sound out words by using the phonograms already instilled in them. They are able to compare the sounds with words they already know until they eventually speak the correct combination. As they do this, they can identify what is right and what is not. In doing so, students learn to become self-sufficient in reading alone.
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