All parents with small children must remember that they are obliged to provide primary education at elementary school as a big milestone before the children enter middle school and high school. They must really think about what to do, how much to pay and what kind of school they want to enroll their children. Education information about primary school is already abundant, but surprisingly, there are still many parents who have no idea about what to when it comes to provide their kids with education at elementary school. They are confused about the procedures and also how to choose a good school.
However, even parents whose children are already studying in elementary school are also clueless about what their children are learning about. Many parents nowadays are very busy and not really involved in their children activities, including learning. They even do not know the basics of how elementary school actually works for the development of their children.
Here is some important education information related to elementary level education that all parents need to know
What Students Learn
Basically, when a student enters elementary school, he or she moves from educational system that puts emphasis on both social skill building and academic aspects, to system that almost purely puts emphasis on academic aspects. Here, students start to learn more about subjects that are aimed to build basic knowledge of certain expertise, such as math, science, social study, history, language and computer. Activities such as sport, dance, art and such are parts of extracurricular activities, which provide different kinds of credits compared to lessons at class. These credits actually can provide positive points on the students’ grades and their records for future references when the students finally move to junior high and high school.
Different schools in different areas may have varieties in lesson focus. For example, in areas that have big population of Native Americans, there are elementary schools that put more emphasis on the history, art and study of indigenous people of America, but other lessons such as math and science must always follow the state regulations about curriculum. Other schools also start to put more attention on the history and culture of African American people, which also signify progress in education. This is actually important education information for all progressive parents to know, and they should support their children in learning about these contemporary subjects if they become parts of the curriculum.
Most activities in elementary school will take care inside the class, and the activities usually involves teaching by the teacher, exercising, doing group or individual tasks and finishing certain projects assigned by the teachers. Creative teachers may ask their students to do special tasks, such as doing interviews, going to certain places such as museum in school trips, doing interesting experiments in the school lab and such. In this technology era, teachers and school staff are expected to gain education information from progressive sources such as internet, and apply them accordingly to comply with modern school system and teaching methods.
Parents must also know about their children activities at schools; since there have been cases of teachers that provide inappropriate teaching methods, parents must be always alert about their children activities and the tasks given to them.
The Form of Evaluation
Standard evaluation system in elementary schools is periodic test, which is supported by students’ regular performances in the class, including the results of their exercise and homework as well as class projects, if any. Standard grade system in America (which is followed by various countries) uses letters from A to F to grade student: A means the best and F means fails. Parents get this education information from grade card that is presented by school every end of the semester, and parent is supposed to sign the card and consult with the teacher or school councilor if the student fails repeatedly.
All these systems are available at every elementary school, but parents must be aware about the school’s reputation, curriculum standard, teaching method, environment and safety features when they are looking for a place to enroll their children. Parents can contact the Department of Education to get necessary education information they need about primary education and elementary school.