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Education

Going to School

Grade-by-Grade Learning Guide

gradesDo you ever wonder what your kids really learn at school? They may not tell you, but we can.

These grade-by-grade portraits from preschool through fifth grade summarize what’s covered in each grade, how kids learn the information, and what the classroom experience is like. You’ll also find a guide to educational terms to help you understand what your child’s teacher means when she mentions rubrics, guided reading, developmentally appropriate practices, and more.

A panel of educators from across the country has helped develop this guide. While exact curriculums do vary from state to state, region to region, and even school to school, these grade-by-grade insights will give you a general sense of what expect. “Keep in mind that every child is unique and will learn in her own way at her own pace. It’s most important to acknowledge your child’s accomplishment and strengths and provide support and encouragement when needed,” says Diane Levin, Ph.D., professor of education at Wheelock College.

Pick a grade and find out what your children really do all day — and how you can help them learn.

  • Pre-K
  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
    • Larry

      I’m disappointed that I see no mention of music at any of the grades discussed. What’s story?

    • Lynn

      Does school stop at 5th grade? Do you have no resources for middle school and beyond? If I am not seeing them, then I apologize. Perhaps you could point me in the right direction.

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