Elementary education is generally the first stage of secondary education, approaching first grade and after secondary school. Elementary education normally takes place in first grade, the elementary school depending on where you live. Some countries also have a kindergarten system as an additional elementary education course. The teaching methods of elementary education depend upon your locale. In some areas, parents send their children to school themselves; in other areas, they may have to go to a school attached to the local kindergarten or primary school.
In many areas, the primary school ends at the age of three, although this is not always the case. In California, for example, all students still attend kindergarten until the age of three, regardless of whether they continue to go to school directly or are sent to a school that is part of the California State Department of Education's Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDA). At the age of three, students can apply to the Preschool and Pre-School Program. If a child continues to attend kindergarten until the age of four, he or she can apply to the Specialized Early Childhood Treatment Program.
There are two types of early childhood education. One is called communicative education. This course prepares students to interact with others; it includes two-way communication, descriptive vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. The second type of education is called experiential education. This teaches children about real life situations such as helping others to get ready for a day of classes or understanding how to use technology to their advantage in their everyday lives.
In the United States, there are currently six elementary education systems. They are the District of Columbia, the American Indian Religious Institutes, the Department of Education, the National Standards for Kindergarten and the New York City System. Each system is designed to educate children according to the academic standards set by the state.
An excellent way to ensure that your child receives an excellent education is by choosing an education system that is aligned with his or her needs and objectives. There are certain developmental milestones in children from birth to age seven that are covered in these systems. For example, a young infant will be unable to communicate verbally and will be unable to comprehend written language. He or she will need this teaching in order for him or her to begin forming a vocabulary.
A very good idea is to choose an education system that is aligned with your child's needs and interests. For example, if your child is a creative sponge who enjoys working with numbers, you may want to choose an education system that enables him or her to study the alphabet. On the other hand, a student who is an avid follower of the arts and would like to develop a love for reading would be better served by studying under an education system that . . . . . . allows her to participate in artistic activities throughout the day. Whichever educational goals you have in mind, it is likely that you will find an option that meets your requirements.