Write From the Beginning

Boulder Creek is proud to offer our students Thinking Maps and Write From the Beginning. Through the use of Thinking Maps, students are better able to create visual patterns that represent their thinking. There are eight maps that the students can use individually or in combination to represent their learning. Students will apply Thinking Maps through the use of Write From the Beginning. This assists students in writing focused and organized pieces of writing. Write from the Beginning provides teachers with a clear way to differentiate instruction along with having clear expectations for each grade level. 

Hands On Science Center 

The Hands On Science Center (HOSC) provides "kit-based" science materials that are ready to use when they arrive in the classrooms. The HOSC provides three different kits:

  • FOSS (Full Option Science System) is a modular science program comprised of 27 modules. The modules are organized under four strands:  Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science and Scientific Reasoning and Technology. The modular structure of the FOSS program is intended to give teachers the opportunity to adapt and implement the materials according to their own programs.  

  • SEPUP (The Science Education for Public Understanding Program) creates innovative science curriculum. SEPUP curriculum uses personal and societal issues to introduce and explore science. 

  • STC (Science and Technology Concepts) is an inquiry-centered, school science curriculum developed by the National Science Resource Center. Each STC module provides opportunities for students to experience scientific phenomena firsthand. 

These kit programs consist of two instructional kits per grade level. The instructional time averages eight weeks per kit. The curriculum resources, including technology, have been integrated to assure that all students have equitable opportunities to experience and learn science. 

Core Knowledge© School

The "Core Knowledge" movement is an educational reform based on the premise that a grade-by-grade core of common learning is necessary to ensure a sound and fair elementary education. The movement was started by Professor E. D. Hirsch, Jr., author of Cultural Literacy and The Schools We Need, and is based on a large body of research in cognitive psychology, as well as a careful examination of several of the world's fairest and most effective school systems. Professor Hirsch has argued that, for the sake of academic excellence, greater fairness and higher literacy, early schooling should provide a solid, specific, shared core curriculum in order to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge. Currently, hundreds of schools and thousands of dedicated educators are participating in this school reform movement throughout the United States.

The Core Knowledge© Sequence represents the common ground upon which a faculty meets and collaborates to teach a sequenced, coherent curriculum. In this cumulative curriculum, the knowledge and skills learned each year become the students' foundation for learning in subsequent years. To learn more about the core knowledge curriculum, please visit the Core Knowledge website.