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Elementary Academics

What to Expect

While each school is individual, most schools generally follow the below listed guidelines in education.

What to Expect in First-Second Grades

  • The first and second grades are generally devoted to teaching a child how to read. Children in this age group will work with phonics, recognizing syllables, blends, and learn how to make and sound out words.
  • This age group will learn to write in print form.
  • Children will learn how to spell age appropriate words of one and two syllables.
  • Children will learn basic grammar, as well as punctuation.
  • Children will be introduced to maps, and learn north, south, east, and west.
  • Children will learn to recognize continents and oceans.
  • Children will learn to read and write numbers 0-100 in first grade, and 0-1000 in second grade.
  • Children will learn to count by twos, fives and tens in second grade.
  • Children will learn how to add and subtract.
  • Children will learn about money and its value.
  • Children will learn about the place value of digits in second grade.
  • Children will learn to recognize common fractions, such as ½ in second grade.

What to Expect in Third-Fourth Grades

  • Children will continue to expand their ability to read by conquering multi-syllable words and by age appropriate spelling words.
  • Children will learn how to summarize points from a passage they have read, such as doing an oral or written book report, or telling what they did over the holidays or summer break.
  • Children will learn how to use a dictionary, an index, and a table of contents.
  • Children will begin to learn how to write in cursive.
  • Children will learn about prefixes and suffixes.
  • Children will be introduced to abbreviations.
  • Children will be introduced to homophones.
  • Children will learn to distinguish sentences from fragments, and be introduced to nouns, verbs and other parts of speech.
  • Children will learn more about geography and how to measure things on a map using a bar scale.
  • Children will learn Roman numerals.
  • Children will be able to put numbers in order, up to one million.
  • Children will learn how to round numbers.
  • Children will learn how to multiply and divide.

What to Expect in Fifth Grade

  • Children will become a fluent and effective reader.
  • Children will be introduced to different forms of literature.
  • Children will learn to write reports, both creative and reference.
  • Children will be able to identify the parts of speech in a text.
  • Children will learn about longitude and latitude.
  • Children will learn about climate zones.
  • Children will learn about American History.
  • Children will be able to write numbers in the billions.
  • Children will learn about fractions and decimals.
  • Children will learn how to multiply and divide with fractions and decimals.
  • Children will learn about measurements.

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