At our elementary schools, your child will be offered a very special curriculum called Core Knowledge. 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. In grades K-6, students will be exposed to a broad range of historical, scientific, and cultural topics that will build on one another to prepare them for later educational success. This wide array of subject matter will not only develop cultural literacy but also will build the strong vocabulary necessary for true reading comprehension. Core Knowledge tries to develop cultural literacy in a way that is systematic but leaves room for creativity for both teacher and student. This curriculum eliminates the gaps and repetition that characterize a curriculum in which textbooks and programs are selected more or less at random.
Your cooperation and support of your child’s education is crucial. Parental involvement can make the difference between success and failure.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL
• Be familiar with the Core Knowledge topic being studied in the classroom and discuss
them with your child. You can request a copy of the year-long plan and read books
related to the topics together with your child.
• Provide enrichment opportunities to reinforce the curriculum — trips to libraries,
museums, music venues, and children’s theaters.
• Provide your child’s teacher with feedback about circumstances that might affect the
classroom learning experience
• Keep a scrapbook of schoolwork and student achievements. Let your child know how
important his or her school life is to you.
(Taken from the Parent Brochure at