What to Expect this School Year
Published: September 11, 2018
Back to School season is now in full swing and, amid the flurry of rushed mornings and packed lunches, you may be wondering what to expect this school year, when it comes to your children’s curriculum.
From Kindergarten – ages five and six – to third grade – ages eight and nine — we’ve put together a list of skills you can expect your kids to acquire at school this year. We cover everything from reading, writing, math and science to the just-as-vital social skills that help youngsters find their place in the world. For fun, we’ll throw in a selection of WildBrain shows that complement these learnings, so you don’t have to worry about their after-school TV habits.
If you’re curious what to expect this school year, read on.
Kindergarten — age 5-6
- For many kids, this is their first time in a classroom setting. Though, initially, they may struggle with things such as self-control and attention span, these will improve throughout the year until they are able to listen quietly for around 20 minutes at a time.
Reading & writing
- Around this age, most kids will learn the alphabet and lower- and upper-case letters. Armed with these skills, they’ll soon start writing cute, misspelled notes to Mom and Dad (each with their own special place on the fridge).
- Most kids will learn to count up to 20, usually with objects within sight. They also begin to understand concepts such as “more than” and “equal to” (much to the chagrin of any older siblings who may be getting more cookies).
- Curious by nature anyway, kids will learn about the basic body parts – head, shoulders, knees and toes — as well as the elements that make up the world – such as water, air, grass, dirt – and what keeps plants and animals alive.
One show that’s perfect for this age is Cody – starring a big kid with a healthy appetite for adventure and exploring his surroundings.
First grade – age 6-7
- Age six is considered an optimal time to start teaching your kids empathy. Around first grade, their self-control begins to improve and they become able to imagine what other people might be thinking or feeling.
Reading & writing
- Around this time, kids may start reading independently, if that’s a skill they’re comfortable with. Their handwriting will improve and they will learn simple sentences and words with similar consonant-vowel patterns – such as “cat”, “bat”, “mat” — along with the use of correct capitalization, punctuation and plurals.
- By the end of first grade, youngsters may be able to count up to 100 in their head, and use simple subtraction, addition and symbols such as <, >, +, -.
- Your first grader will learn about the oceans and the different classes of animals and sea life. They will also gain enough geography knowledge to recognize continents and be able to point out their country or state on a map.
Now that you’ve got a Big Kid on your hands, they’ll need a show that matches their brave, independent spirit. We suggest Ellie Explorer:
Second grade – age 7-8
- Around this time, kids will show increased patience and self-control, as well as a better understanding of the causes and consequences of emotions. Close friendships and belonging to a group become very important.
Reading & writing
- Kids are explorers by design and will love a good challenge – such as longer reads or even novels with chapters. They will also improve their spelling and learn to identify parts of speech, such as nouns and verbs. Some kids may start keeping a journal around second grade.
- By the end of second grade, kids will learn to tackle more complicated addition and subtraction, simple fractions and even problem-solve with numbers, along with everyday skills, like counting money and giving exact change.
- Kids continue to learn more about the different functions of the human body, such as digestion. Second grade also introduces kids to learning about cultures in the past and present, and about geography and geology.
Your second-grader may be torn between an enduring love of princesses and all things cute, and a desire for smart-and-funny cartoons. Kiddyzuzaa Land is both:
Third grade – age 8-9
- Eight- and nine-year-olds may want to read in silence and take on more responsibility, such as packing their own school bag or making sure they stick to a homework routine.
Reading & writing
- By the end of the school year, your third-grader will have learned to write in paragraphs and use transitions. This is also when most kids will learn and practice cursive writing.
- Most kids start learning about fractions, decimals and how to multiply and divide double-and triple-digit numbers by single-digit ones. They can now use practical math in everyday life with ease, such as when handling their allowance, or measuring height, weight and volume.
- Third grade science will include lessons about space and the solar system, as well as using maps and globes to understand how to get around back here, on Earth. Kids will also learn the names of different countries and states and their corresponding capitals.
Most children at this age are fascinated with the world around them and will want to watch shows that reflect back this fascination. We recommend Adventure Time – and don’t be surprised when you end up loving it, too.
Posted by Sev Marcel