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.
“My consultations with my primary MODG teacher provide motivation, direction, and accountability. She is very skilled at emphasizing the educational goals of the school and in evaluating the progress of each student on a regular basis. She makes sure that the work is getting done and that the goals are being met.... I have watched my children grow spiritually and intellectually. I attribute much of this success to the methodology and curriculum that MODG employs. Having well thought out lesson plans with clear educational goals is invaluable to me. The daily plan and goals give structure to the day and confidence in the overall soundness of the education the children are receiving. Mother of Divine Grace has helped my children become self-motivated, independent learners.”