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 was very drawn to MODG's classical approach, and its focus on the tools of learning. Students learn the facts in each subject area, and then the curriculum goes further to encourage thought, admiration and wonder, and to teach writing, conversation, and drawing. The MODG curriculum does the same in the spiritual area. We read the very best catechism, and the Holy Bible, and then we take it a step further, we reflect on the message, we read the example of the saints, we put our own thoughts on paper. In all areas, we don't just take in facts--which may be forgotten--but we spring from those facts to acquire the tools and skills that will make our students lifelong learners and admirers of God's creation. Yet, MODG does not neglect the acquisition of fact either. I've just started to notice that in the early years, we run over the same material year after year, while increasing the detail and the amount of information. All this is accomplished with a curriculum that is flexible and fits nicely into my family life!”