The following are FAQs that we have received from our parents and guardians that are using Core Knowledge materials in a homeschool setting.
Our publishing partner, Amplify, is the sole source of Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) PreK–5 materials. Amplify has made these materials available as homeschool kits. Please note that on the Amplify bookstore, these are called “single student kits.” An Amplify representative would be able to explain what materials come with each grade-level single student kit. If you are interested in purchasing the program, you can reach an Amplify representative by calling 800-823-1969 or emailing [email protected].
The information below can support you with preparing to teach Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) in a homeschool setting:
CKLA is a comprehensive ELA program explicitly teaches both reading and writing skills. The K–3 program is comprised of two separate strands of instruction for Skills and Listening and Learning:
- The Skills Strand is phonics-based and has readers for students that are 100% decodable based on the sounds they learn. In Kindergarten, children are explicitly taught how to form letters as they learn the (most common) sounds each letter makes. To learn more about the Skills strand, please review this overview.
- The Listening and Learning Strand engages students in read-alouds that are fiction and non-fiction based to build background knowledge, vocabulary, and language skills. You can access an overview of this strand here.
Accessing CKLA materials
You can download and peruse the entire K–5 CKLA program through the Core Knowledge Foundation website. If you are interested in purchasing CKLA homeschool sets, please contact our publishing partner, Amplify. Please note that on the Amplify bookstore, these are called “single student kits.” An Amplify representative would be able to explain what materials come with each grade-level single student kit. If you are interested in purchasing the program, you can reach an Amplify representative by calling 800-823-1969 or emailing [email protected].
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The information below can support you with preparing to teach Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG) in a homeschool setting:
CKHG is a comprehensive program in world and American history and geography that integrates topics in civics and the arts. It is designed to help students build knowledge of the diverse civilizations, cultures, and concepts specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence.
Accessing CKHG materials
You can download all teacher and student materials for free here. The Core Knowledge Foundation has also made all CKHG materials available as homeschool sets. These can be purchased in the Core Knowledge bookstore. (Please note that you can narrow your search by selecting specific grade levels. If you prefer to search by topic, a full list of titles is available here.)
The information below can support you with preparing to teach Core Knowledge Science (CKSci) in a homeschool setting:
CKSci is a comprehensive program that will assist students with 1) building knowledge of core ideas in life, physical, and earth sciences, and engineering design; 2) developing scientific practices through firsthand experience in scientific inquiry, engineering, and technology; and, 3) connecting scientific learning to concepts across various disciplines, such as mathematics and literacy. The program was informed by both the Core Knowledge approach and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It meets the NGSS performance expectations and affords opportunities for three-dimensional learning.
Accessing CKSci materials
You can download all teacher and student materials for free here. (If you prefer to search by topic, a full list of titles is available here.) The Core Knowledge Foundation has also made CKSci materials available as homeschool sets. Materials for grades K–5 can be purchased in the Core Knowledge bookstore.
All of the student activity pages are located in the back of the CKHG and CKSci Teacher Guide in a section titled, “Teacher Resources.” You can either print or make copies of the activity and assessment pages for your child.
CKHG Online Resources can be accessed via this link: https://www.coreknowledge.org/curriculum/history-geography/ckhg-online-resources/
CKSci Online Resources can be accessed via this link: https://www.coreknowledge.org/curriculum/science/cksci-online-resources/
Please note that you have the option of searching by grade level or an alphabetical list of titles.
We have just started development of Grade 6 CKLA and middle school American History materials. As we have more information, we will announce expected releases in terms of subjects and grades.
Hundreds of parents, from across the country, use Core Knowledge materials in a homeschooling setting. Considering reaching out to your peers in order to learn more about their experiences and recommendations.
The 1st edition CKLA materials for grades 3-5 , which are offered for free download on CKF website, differ from the 2nd print materials that Amplify sells. The 2nd edition comes with various upgrades, but both versions address all of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) designated for the specific grade. Families can use either edition to support their child/children with meeting these expectations. Below, we highlight some key differences between the two, but you may wish to also reach out to Amplify to learn more about the 2nd edition before making your decision.
- Grade 3: The version sold by Amplify combines the Listening/Learning and Skills units into a single strand. While the content and skills addressed are fairly similar, some of the stories and activities were modified to fit into this new design.
- Grades 4—5: Approximately half of the units (including student texts) in the 1st are different in the 2nd edition. In these grade levels, you cannot “mix and match” the Amplify print materials available for purchase with what we offer for free download on the Core Knowledge website. We recommend that families stick with only one source for grade 4–5 CKLA instructional materials—either Amplify or Core Knowledge.
Examples of units only available on the Core Knowledge website include Brown Girl Dreaming (grade 4, unit 1) and They Call Me Güero (grade 5, unit 1). These were created (and field tested) because it was not possible to post the corresponding (Amplify) Personal Narratives units for free download due to copyright protection. Both of these units were vetted by educators and were well received.
The Core Knowledge Foundation has plans to offer a math curriculum in the future. No date of publication for math materials is available at this time.