The Golden Ratio. Fibonacci’s Numbers. The Da Vinci Code. From the ancient Greeks to modern artists, we have long been fascinated with spirals. They are beautiful patterns that represent complex mathematical equations and are present in nature, architecture, and even the Mona Lisa. But did you know that spirals can also inspire curriculum?
At Placer Academy (PAC), our innovative TK-6 Core Knowledge curriculum features sequenced, project-based learning that is organized in a logical order, so knowledge builds on knowledge. Content and skills spiral within and through the grades, ensuring that our students enter each new grade with a foundation of understanding and ready to learn.
The Core Knowledge approach engages all TK-6 learners at PAC. Research has shown that these early years are the most impactful time to help children lay the groundwork for language development and future success. PAC’s Core Knowledge builds on strong foundations of language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science, visual arts, and music.
The heart of our Core Knowledge curriculum is the “Sequence” - a planned progression of understanding that builds student knowledge chronologically or thematically grade by grade. For example, PAC second graders learn about ancient Greece - specific events, people, and contributions to civilization, including democracy, poetry, and philosophy. These concepts are then revisited in later grades in deeper ways. Core Knowledge also encourages different grades to partner on subjects, including cross-grade level buddies working together on reading and math skills and “Fun Fridays” all-school projects. And our hands-on approach brings learning to life with STEM challenges and history reenactments.
Core Knowledge curriculum equips PAC students with the background knowledge they will need as they enter the more specialized curriculum of high school. It inspires our learners, and sets them up for success.
Interested in learning more? The founder of Core Knowledge has published a series of books for parents that details curriculum year-by-year, including specific steps that caregivers can take in supporting their learning. And contact us to find out how PAC can inspire your students today for success tomorrow!
About Placer Academy
Placer Academy is a TK-6 tuition-free, public charter school serving students in Rocklin, Lincoln, and Roseville CA and the surrounding areas. Placer Academy inspires with hands-on, Project Based Learning, giving each student the support they need to succeed. Our caring teachers and staff encourage families to be closely involved in our tight-knit community, and we partner with many area businesses on inspiring service learning projects and field trips. Join our public charter school today! Enrolling now.