A Grade-By-Grade Guide to Education
A general overview of what's being taught in public schools today, kindergarten through sixth grade. Plus, find out what else you need to get your kids ready for school
What you can expect: Teachers cover a lot of ground. In language arts, the students learn about different genres -- poetry, fiction, and nonfiction -- and how they are alike and different; they learn to read more fluently and move on to chapter books. They learn how to write and punctuate sentences. In math, first-graders are mastering addition and subtraction, how to tell time and count money, and the concepts of "greater than," "equal to," and "less than."
-Expect homework and worksheets to start in earnest this year.
-Teachers start to group students according to abilities, so there will be more emphasis on teaching reading and math to smaller bunches of first-graders.
Don't be surprised if... It's hard for your child to complete worksheets. "At this age, kids love doing their schoolwork, but they don't always like to finish it," says Wood.