Core Knowledge is a curriculum, a systematic syllabus of topics to be studied by students that includes topics and subtopics in language arts, world history, American history, geography, visual arts, music, mathematics, and science. Core Knowledge balances the description of academic skills with a prescription for subject-content knowledge. The curriculum is designed to give educators a way of knowing what students have experienced in school and to give students a common foundation on which to build additional learning.
A classical education model is built on the trivium: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. The first stage of the trivium is grammar, which focuses on teaching the mechanics of language to the student. Core Knowledge provides the strong foundation needed for students to grasp the mechanics of language.
Saxon Math is a teaching method for incremental learning of mathematics. It involves teaching a new mathematical concept every day and constantly reviewing old concepts. This spiraled approach allows students to constantly build a bank of knowledge through their elementary years.
The unique features of Shurley English give students the concrete steps necessary to relate the following:
- a definition to a concept.
- a concept to a skill practice.
- a skill practice to writing.
- writing to effective speaking.
Competent writing begins with understanding correct sentence structure, expands to paragraphs, and results in the enjoyment and satisfaction of well-written essays, reports, and letters. Shurley English provides this and will act to support Core Knowledge.