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CKLA Now Online for Free

CKLA Now Online for Free From student activity books to teacher guides, everything needed for preschool–third grade and several units from grades 4–5 are fully available for free using the CKLA Download Manager. More…

CKLA in Action

CKLA in Action Wondering what CKLA really looks like? Get a glimpse into CKLA classrooms, and hear from pilot teachers and principals about their experience with the program. More…

Core Knowledge Language Arts Program

Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) is a comprehensive, preschool through fifth grade program for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking while also building students’ vocabulary and knowledge across essential domains in literature, global and American history, and the sciences. In the early grades, CKLA focuses on oral language development through carefully sequenced read-alouds as well as systematic instruction in reading and writing skills. In later grades, CKLA continues to advance students’ knowledge and vocabulary through read-alouds and in-depth discussions while also immersing students in complex texts and advanced writing assignments that draw on the academic content they’ve been engaged in since preschool.


CKLA Preschool embeds essential skills in fun activities, putting 4-year-olds on the path to literacy. CKLA Preschool is filled with engaging read-alouds, favorite rhymes and songs, centers that boost language development while children play, and enjoyable ways to extend learning at home.


CKLA K–3 is broken into two strands—a Skills strand and a Listening & Learning strand—so that children can master sounds and letters for fluent decoding and encoding during one part of the day and then have additional time to build the knowledge, language, and vocabulary that are essential for strong comprehension.


CKLA 4–5 draws on students’ mastery of the basics as they tackle advanced grammar, morphology, spelling, and vocabulary while also being immersed in academic texts and engaged in rigorous writing across multiple genres.

Teachers Respond Enthusiastically

"Last year I visited the Museum of Natural History with my first grade students, and as we were walking through the ancient Egyptian exhibit in the museum, the students were amazed that they were getting to see things in person that they were learning about all month. Not only were the students amazed, but other museum goers and tourists were amazed at the rich vocabulary that was coming out of these little six year olds' mouths. The students were able to recognize everything from the Sphinx to the sarcophagus, it was truly rewarding as a teacher to see this happening as a result of teaching this rigorous curriculum."

– Jena Peluso, Goldie Maple Academy, New York City, New York

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CKLA Resonates

In New York

And in Louisiana