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: Gone are the days of free play, games, and songs. Most states now have full-day kindergarten with fairly academic programs that emphasize reading in groups, solving simple math problems (like addition and counting by tens), and developing writing skills.
-You'll find a lot of seat work and pencil-and-paper tasks as kids learn to master their letters, numbers, and writing short words like "to." (Reversing letters and numbers while writing is totally normal now.)
-Your child will be expected to sound out simple words (especially rhyming words) and learn to identify different parts of a book, such as the writer, the artist and illustrations, the title, and the story.
Don't be surprised if... Your child has a hard time sitting still to do all that work. It's expected, and a savvy teacher knows to let these kids move around a lot. For more on fidgeting and focus, learn when to test your child for ADHD.