There's Nothing Like a Lambs & Ivy Education

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Students enrolled in Core Knowledge® schools learn and retain more because they are offered a coherent sequence of specific knowledge that builds year by year.

Core Knowledge® is:

  • Solid knowledge includes, for example, the basic principles of constitutional government, important events of world history, essential elements of mathematics and of oral and written expression, widely acknowledged masterpieces of art and music, and stories and poems passed down from generation to generation.
  • Sequenced- sequential building of knowledge not only helps ensure that children enter each new grade ready to learn, but also helps prevent the many repetitions and gaps that characterize much current schooling.
  • Specific- clearly specifying important knowledge in language arts, history and geography, math, science, and the fine arts, the Core Knowledge® Sequence presents a practical answer to the question, "What do our children need to know?"
  • Shared- Literacy depends on shared knowledge. To be literate means, in part, to be familiar with a broad range of knowledge taken for granted by speakers and writers.

“There is a significant difference between Core Knowledge® schools and their counterparts in the national school system," commented Dr. John Wedman of the University of Missouri on the study that he and his colleague, Dr. Alex Waigandt, recently completed. The two researchers evaluated test score data from twenty-two Core Knowledge® schools in thirteen states to identify trends in student performance. Working with national rankings from 1998 through 2003 in six content areas — reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, environmental studies, and science — Wedman and Waigandt found that schools supported by Core Knowledge® performed “well above the national average.”


  • Language Art/English
    • Reading and Writing
    • Poetry
    • Fiction
    • Sayings and Phrases
  • History and Geography


    • Spatial Sense
    • Overview of the Seven Continents

    • American
    • Geography
    • Native Americans
    • Early Exploration and Settlement
    • Presidents, Past and Present
    • Symbols and Figures

    1st Grade

    • Geography
    • Early Civilizations
    • Mexico

    • American
    • Early People and Civilizations
    • Early Exploration and Settlement
    • American Revolution
    • Early Exploration of the American West
    • Symbols and Figures
  • Visual Arts


    • Elements of Art
    • Sculpture
    • Looking at and Talking About Art

    1st Grade

    • Art from Long Ago
    • Elements of Art
    • Kinds of Pictures: Portrait and Still Life
  • Music
    • Elements of Music
    • Listening and Understanding
    • Songs
  • Mathematics
    • Patterns and Classification
    • Numbers and Number Sense
    • Money
    • Computation
    • Measurement
    • Geometry
  • Science


    • Plants and Plant Growth
    • Animals and Their Needs
    • Human Body (Five Senses)
    • Introduction to Magnetism
    • Seasons and Weather
    • Taking Care of the Earth
    • Science Beographies

    1st Grade

    • Living Things and Their Environments
    • Human Body (Body Systems)
    • Matter
    • Properties of Matter: Measurement
    • Introduction to Electricity
    • Astronomy
    • The Earth
    • Science Biographies