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.
“Thanks to Mother of Divine Grace and its caring and supportive consultants and teachers, our children are flourishing both academically and spiritually. [My son] has truly become an active learner and an independent thinker. Additionally, though no less important, his faith life has also flourished. He regularly shares what he learns with other teenagers and even occasionally helps in teaching our parish’s religious education program. All of our children are very active in our church and our oldest is often one to take a leading role due to strong communication skills. All those schooling years full of narrations, copious number of books, and challenging papers have led him to become quite a strong analytical thinker who can express himself confidently in almost any situation. Even my husband and I have grown through our years with Mother of Divine Grace School. At one time, we viewed our children’s success in life based primarily upon their academic achievements. Now, we realize there is so much more to that picture. Not only have our children been able to grow academically with this program but they have also become better individuals both in our family and as examples to others. They are clearly growing in their faith life and are learning what it means to truly be a child of God.”