Core Knowledge Curriculum

Building knowledge and enhancing language skills
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Well-rounded, knowledge based learning

Used with children in the Preschool and JK/SK programs, Core Knowledge is a sequential learning model that is delivered in large group settings to foster teamwork, social-emotional development and socialization skills. Activities are subject-specific and planned to reach goals and milestones throughout the semester. This learning methodology effectively prepares children for grade school learning environments.

Key benefits of the Core Knowledge curriculum

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Sequential programming

Semesters are set up in a way that continuously build on previous learning. You learn something new by building on what you already know. The more you know, the more you are able to learn.
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Reading comprehension

In order to fully comprehend what they are reading, children also need a broad, content-rich knowledge base in science, geography, literature and the arts. They build their social skills through group work, preparing them for grade school.
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Creative and collaborative learning

Children explore, understand their emotions and express their feelings through art, music and dramatic play.

Key elements

  • Personal & social development

    Personal & social development

    The Second Step program teaches self- regulation and develops children’s social-emotional skills. It nurtures mental health and well-being by helping children understand their feelings and build positive relationships in the classroom. Activities about conflict resolution, managing strong emotions, calming oneself, listening and paying attention are covered in small group gatherings. Children build resilience and overall emotional intelligence with an awareness of the world around them.

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  • Open-ended materials

    Open-ended materials

    Open-ended materials can be manipulated in a number of ways, allowing children to problem solve and develop their critical thinking skills as they consider all of the ways that the items can be used. Loose parts are a common example, which offer endless ways to identify, categorize and explore the materials. Another example is creative expression. When presented with artistic activities and materials, children are encouraged to let their imagination take the lead and express themselves through art, however that may look for each unique child.

  • Jolly Phonics

    Jolly Phonics

    Jolly Phonics is a systematic program designed to teach children to read and write by breaking down words into sounds (phonemes) and linking them to corresponding letters (graphemes). The sounds are taught in a specific order to facilitate the blending of sounds and formation of words. Jolly Phonics is a multi-sensory program incorporating actions, songs and games to make learning more engaging and memorable. It is especially helpful for children learning English as their second language.


The Core Knowledge curriculum is applied in the following programs


Age: 2.5-4 Years

Our Preschool program lays the foundation for JK/SK and beyond. Children are exposed to Montessori and Core Knowledge curriculums balancing both left and right-brain learning.

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Age: 4-6 Years

Our JK/SK program prepares your child for a successful transition to grade one. Our educators guide students towards academic readiness and emotional stability while building confidence and supporting creative freedom.

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