Our goal in grades 1 to 3 is to make proper use of language second nature to our students. The first few years of formal schooling are vital in forming a strong foundation for all subjects. At this stage, the emphasis is put on ‘grammar’, which is the learning of conventions and basic facts – the ‘grammar’ – of each academic subject. In a way, the grammar of language is the foundation on which all other subjects rest. Until a student reads without difficulty, they can’t absorb the grammar of literature, history, science, and even math; until a student writes with ease, they can’t express their growing mastery of this material.
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