At Avondale Meadows Academy, we offer a strong Core Knowledge curriculum which complements Indiana’s Academic Standards and Common Core Standards. This curriculum is integrated with and supported by enVision Mathematics and Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop.
Core Knowledge is a curriculum that provides a broad base of knowledge and the rich vocabulary needed for reading achievement and academic success. The program consists of three C’s. Visit http://www.coreknowledge.org/ for more information.
- Coherent– Identification of what children should learn at each grade level ensures a coherent approach to building knowledge across all grade levels.
- Cumulative– Core Knowledge provides a clear outline of content to be learned grade by grade so that knowledge, language, and skills build cumulatively from year to year. This sequential building of knowledge not only helps ensure that children enter each new grade ready to learn, it also helps prevent the repetitions and gaps that so often characterize current education.
- Content-Specific-Core Knowledge clearly specifies the important knowledge in language arts, history, geography, math, science, and the fine arts.
Benchmark Literacy is a comprehensive, research-proven reading and writing program that focuses on foundational skills. Students build skills in phonics, word study, and fluency to become proficient readers. Students are provided texts at their individual reading level so that all students are provided the opportunity to grow. Lessons guide students to use text evidence and encourages collaborative conversations while building their comprehension skills.
Reader’s Workshop takes place after the Benchmark Literacy mini-lesson. Students engage in a variety of literacy based activities independently while the teacher meets with a small group. The activities are focused on comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. In the teacher lead guided reading group, students are reading texts and practicing skills that are at their instructional level. These leveled groups are designed to meet a variety of learners at their different levels.
Writer’s Workshop is an approach to writing instruction that addresses the needs of all students in the class and is similar to Reading Workshop. Writer’s Workshop begins with a Benchmark Literacy mini-lesson where the teacher models the process and conventions of writing. After the mini-lesson, students write independently for an extended period of time. During independent writing, the teacher meets with individual students or groups of students to help them with their writing. Finally, Writer’s Workshop ends with a share time where students discuss and share their writing with their classmates.