K-2 Curriculum

Reading/ELA Curriculum


Research is very clear that reading begins with the fundamental mastery of the alphabetic principle. For the vast majority of learners, creating the neural pathway in the brain necessary for this mastery requires explicit, systematic phonics instruction. This systematic instruction must be intentional, organized, and sequential–not opportunistic or sporadic. Most important, it must continue for two or three years for students to truly master the alphabetic principle so they can access the written word accurately and automatically. The Superkids program provides that clear sequential path of instruction that leads to reading mastery while it simultaneously teaches students to write and spell. It is a powerful and engaging combination of rigor and fun.

Superkids provides the right reading instruction at the right time.
More and more administrators are learning that primary-grade teachers provide the strongest reading instruction when the teachers choose the programs that best meet the needs of their own students. No program in the market today teaches children to read more effectively than Superkids does. With Superkids, children are fluent, automatic readers by the time they leave second grade.

Extensive reading research has overwhelmingly validated the importance of Superkids’ systematic, phonics-based instruction for the primary grades (K—2).

Phonics should not be taught as a stand-alone subject area or added on to another program. Mixing different types of instruction confuses children, slows their decoding fluency, and diminishes their comprehension.

The Superkids Reading Program is a comprehensive reading and language arts curriculum with phonics at its core.

As Superkids builds strong phonics and decoding skills, it simultaneously integrates instruction in comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. The program also develops students’ skill in writing, spelling, grammar, usage, and mechanics. As a result, Superkids produces students who can read and spell accurately and fluently, readers who can comprehend an author’s ideas, and writers who can express their own ideas with confidence and precision.

(credit: http://www.superkidsreading.org/)

Mathematics Curriculum


Mastery, Not Memorization

Supporters of Singapore math credit the Singaporean methods of instruction and curriculum for its students’ success. Singapore math focuses on children not just learning but also truly mastering a limited number of concepts each school year. The goal is for children to perform well because they understand the material on a deeper level; they are not just learning it for the test.

Students in the same classroom may learn the concepts at different paces, but ultimately they all learn them and help develop their own solid foundation for further math learning. This prevents the need for reteaching as students move to the next grade.

What Type of Students Benefit from Singapore Math? 
There is no guarantee that the Singapore method will make your child a math whiz, but its reliance on understanding number sense, problem solving and conceptual understanding creates a greater depth of knowledge than the traditional drill and kill. Singapore math requires children to understand how something works, like long division. But they’re also going to understand why long division works, not just the how but the why.

Singapore math also relies heavily on visualization. It asks students and teachers to draw a diagram of the concepts going on. .Students  learn to use model drawing to solve those word problems that many of us remember fondly from elementary school. Instead of trying to picture the problem in their heads, then writing out the equation to solve it, students in Singapore math diagram the elements of the word problem. It gives them the tools to decode problems in a systematic yet visual way. 

Why at CCES?

Singapore math, which refers to the teaching methods or the actual curriculum used for kindergarten through sixth grade in the small island country, has become popular due to Singapore’s consistent top ranking on an international assessment of student math achievement called the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). In the latest TIMSS report in 2007, Singapore was ranked in the top three in fourth- and eighth-grade math scores, while the United States ranked ninth and eleventh, respectively. At CCES we want our students to be globally competitive which means providing them with the best, in-depth curriculum available. 

(credit: http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/math/math-tips-for-parents/whats-singapore-math/)