26. Elementary Schools in the U.S.
Most children in the U.S. begin school at
5, when they go to kindergarten. This is
beginning of elementary or primary school. Most children
in elementary schools till they are about 11
old. Elementary schools are divided by grades. The
children begin in kindergarten at 5, and then
to first grade, second grade and so on.
elementary schools go up to fifth or sixth
The focus of an elementary school is basic
and socialization skills. Mostly children learn how to
, write, count, add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Students
learn the rules of English grammar, spelling and
. Children also learn basic social studies or history,
, art and music skills, and participate in gym
physical education. In elementary schools children also learn
to follow directions, share, and work in groups.
usually stay in one classroom all day with
teacher who stays with them throughout the year.
may leave the classroom to visit the school
, the school gym, and attend special science, art
music classes. Students also usually leave the classroom
lunch and recess. For lunch students sit at
, separated by grade, in a large cafeteria. Recess
usually a half hour when children go out
a yard to play. The typical school day
at about 8:00 in the morning and ends
about 3:00 p.m. Students go to school from
to Friday and have the weekends off.
teachers are licensed by the state where they
. They have to graduate from college, or even
school taking special classes in Early Childhood and
Education. Before teachers can be in a classroom
students, they have to pass a background check
take an exam.