Elementary education continues the process that began in pre-school and kindergarten, directing the natural interest of children towards a knowledge of reality and the world around them while giving them right tools for progressive solid learning. It also develops the child’s social skills, helping to create life-long habits that enable them to work well with their peers. During this stage, students continue to form their own unique personality. Students need to feel secure and welcomed by a team of teachers who capture the maximum potential of each student whilst ensuring that the child is developing their independence skills. Regarding intellectual growth, we focus on developing:
1. Memory and comprehension, analytical and synthetic abilities. 2. The critical thinking by which they may discover reality. 3. Athletic ability reinforcing it by skills developed during physical education. 4. A capacity for decision-making relative to their age, thus favoring the acquisition of sound progressive independence.
In Primary starting from First Grade, there is also a focus on personal discipline, such as acquiring good study habits at home. It starts with school work, for First and Second Grade, and as of Third Grade and onwards, homework. The domain of language, the habit of reading and mathematical skills are essential for academic growth at this stage. The ability to summarize, outline, and even oral testing are also crucial skills for their immediate future, and the Fifth and Sixth Grade students learn to perfect these techniques. In general, early childhood and primary education are joyful stages. As the children begin developing their intellectual capabilities, it is essential to educate their feelings also, because these will affect their attitude in the later stages of education, and the future ease or difficulty of learning new things, as well as their personal attitude towards life and its meaning in general.
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