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.
“I am writing to express my admiration for the Mother of Divine Grace Long Distance Program. First, the accountability required by the administration is very strict and binding, which is a good thing. There is no tolerance for inappropriate methods of learning such as plagiarisms etc. They have built into their program filtering devices to prevent inappropriate methods of learning. We live in the state of Pennsylvania which possesses the most comprehensive legislation governing homeschooling in the United States. Mother of Divine Grace Distance Learning program provides the credibility the State of Pennsylvania requires. Second, the content and methodology that this program contains in their curriculum is most beneficial to its students. For example, we have a set of twins one daughter and one son. We were providing the education for our daughter long distance while our son was attending a local preparatory high school. We were able to really gain an insight and comparison of the content and execution of the different methodologies of education. The content of our daughter's was superior to that of our son's. Many times we needed contact on a daily basis which Mother of Divine Grace provided with graciousness and availability. We can't say that for our son's school. In conclusion, we only have great praise for this program.”