Athough in France Kindergarten is considered the last level of Preschool (La Maternelle / Le Cycle 1), we are including it in this section so as to coincide with the American system. Grades 1, 2, and 3 together form Le Cycle 2, the primary objective of which is to ensure students fully assimilate the academic fundamentals. At the beginning of this new stage, students discover the joy of reading, hone their verbal communication skills, begin to develop their writing abilities, and learn about the world around them. They also begin to have homework -- and grades. This is a time of transition in other ways too, for academic subjects begin to require more of their class time than the arts, unlike what they were accustomed to in preschool. This may seem like a lot, which is why it is important that they receive praise and encouragement both at school and at home, not only for their accomplishments but also for their efforts.
The curricula for the early elementary grades revolve around the following six core subject areas in which students receive instruction for the following number of hours each week:
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