The foundation for Pineapple Cove Classical Academy’s curriculum is the Core Knowledge Sequence. The Core Knowledge Sequence is based upon E.D. Hirsch’s idea of cultural literacy, which makes it the ideal basis for a Classical Liberal Arts school.
Pineapple Cove Classical Academy seeks to provide a rigorous curriculum that uses time-tested instructional approaches with proven track records of success.
The term “innovative learning methods” refers to new ideas and new manners of delivering instruction to students. While schools should always have the worthy goal of improving student learning outcomes and concrete methods of self-evaluation, PCCA believes the greater goal is to produce students who communicate effectively, are virtuous, possess cultural literacy, and are active and productive members of American society.
In order to accomplish this valuable goal, we propose to use time-honored instructional methods that may not fit the standard definition of “innovative”, but whose results speak volumes.
These methods are the cornerstone of classical education.
Classical Education Has a History of Over 2,500 Years of Success
Beginning in kindergarten and continuing through sixth grade Pineapple Cove Classical Academy will use the Literacy Essentials literacy program.
Literacy Essentials is an “Orton-based” program. It contains the elements common to programs from this heritage. Instruction is multi-sensory, explicit and direct. Teachers use question and answer analysis and graphic organization of the content. The program begins with writing and spelling to teach reading—wiring children’s brains to think deeply.
Literacy Essentials features day-by-day organization of instructional information. The curriculum covers the areas of phonemic awareness, the alphabetic code which includes 72 common English spelling patterns or phonograms (first Basic Code then advanced code), orthography, vocabulary, writing and grammar, reading from accuracy to automaticity, and reading comprehension.