Elementary School is an action-packed time, full of learning and development. Your grade school age child will learn to read, and transition to reading to learn. They will mature emotionally and physically as they grow more independent and reach toward adolescence. Elementary School children will gain more control over their own body and impulses and will expand their understanding of the world around them.
Elementary children notice that words are all around — in books, at the supermarket, at the bus stop and in their homes. They play with language by creating silly rhymes and nonsense words. While this is usually great fun, it is also a very important step in learning to read.
Teachers read a variety of poems, stories, and non-fiction books aloud to children. Elementary children learn that letters and sounds go together to form words, and how to identify alphabet letters and their sounds. Many children are expected to read words by the end of the year.