These first years are ordered to the acquisition of the skills necessary for any further learning. At this stage the student should concentrate on learning to read well, and learning to write, both in terms of letter formation and power of expression. He should also spend time acquiring facility in addition and subtraction. If these skills are learned well, all the rest of his school time will be much more profitable and his education will be more complete.
As a parent and teacher the time spent with your child is valuable. If he does not learn to read in kindergarten or first grade, it won't finally make much difference in his life. But you should spend time reading to him during these formative years. The saint stories, the tales of noble actions performed by noble people, and the fairy tales, with their clear divisions between good and bad, will make a lifelong difference.
We have been with MODG for all of our seven-plus years of homeschooling. We homeschooled my eldest son and daughter through 12th grade. The MODG program enabled my son to graduate early from high school. He started in the Honors Program at The Ohio State University in 2005 at the age of 17, and is currently a senior Honors Physics major at the Ohio State University. My eldest daughter is currently a freshman in the Honors Biology program at The Ohio State University. We truly believe that the MODG program was instrumental in enabling us to prepare our two eldest children for the rigors of their Honors college programs.