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.
“Over time, I have come to see the wisdom of the program, and how each piece, each year, builds onto something from the previous year and, in turn, provides the building blocks for the future. It is the most well thought out and integrated program I have seen, both among the homeschooling programs that I considered and the public and private schools that are an option for us....I have come to believe very firmly over the years that the MODG program, especially as implemented using the family consultants and the various other programs that are available, is easily the match of any other educational system, home-school or not, public or private. My husband and I each have degrees from both Harvard and the University of Chicago, and we value education very highly. We are fortunate, now, to live in an area with nationally ranked public and private schools within a short drive. We have chosen to continue to homeschool our children using MODG. I have no doubt that our children will be much better prepared for the rigors of college than my husband and I were, and I also have no doubt that they will be well prepared for whatever college they choose to attend, including anything in the Ivy League, should that be in their futures.”