My recent post of first grade vocabulary from the New York State Education Department’s EngageNY website created a tremendous discussion. Is Common Core curriculum produced by Core Knowledge© age appropriate? Is this a symptom of the Common Core in general? Does the Common Core address the cognitive development of primary aged students? Once again the voices of real educators appear to be left out when it comes to the education reform and the Common Core.
I believe in challenging my middle school students and want the same for my own kids, but do the supporters of the Common Core consider the diverse group of children that enter our classrooms? Will the content and delivery of the Common Core destroy the love of learning and school for a generation of students? Will the Common Core’s ties to high-stakes testing dictate what occurs in schools?
I have looked a few of the Kindergarten modules that Core Knowledge© put together for New York’s schools. My children are about to enter third and fifth grade so I have some experience in primary education from a parental view. But as a veteran middle school educator, I need the input from those who are experts in early childhood development. As many ChalkFace readers did with the first grade World Civilization piece I wrote, please provide your thoughts on these Common Core units.
Here is a portion of the module on The Five Senses. This module according to the curriculum map from Core Knowledge and NYSED is to be completed in the fall of the school year as the second unit. As this point in the school year there are children who will be turning age five.
To me the Five Senses is an age appropriate topic for kindergarteners,but some of the vocabulary is a concern.
Here is a unit for later in the school year on Colonial Times. Some difficult concepts and vocabulary here. Kindergarteners are still learning the world around them, not sure if the historical concepts will be over their heads.
Stay tuned, the Caped Crusaders will be on the lookout for more Common Core villains whose evil schemes are harming our schools. Thank you for any helpful comments.
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