The first years of schooling are called the “grammar stage.” These are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid. In the elementary school years the mind is ready to absorb information. Children at this age actually find memorization fun. During this period, education involves not self-expression and self-discovery, but rather the learning of facts. Students will learn such things as the rules of phonics and spelling, rules of grammar for English writing and speaking, poems, the vocabulary of foreign languages, the stories of history and literature, descriptions of plants and animals and the human body, and the facts of mathematics. This information makes up the “grammar,” or the basic building blocks, for the second stage of education.