The Primary Stage

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.

Many times throughout the year, MODG reading selections or writing assignments will coincide with the religious feasts of the year or with national holidays that help the child to understand the here-and-now but at the same time realize their particular part in the world and in Salvation History. It would be hard to express the depth of the student’s realization when they can see their own birth date on a history time-line which begins more than 3,000 years ago.