When children enter school in the early years it is call the elementary education years of study. The use of the term elementary when used to describe school years refers to basic or beginning education. These years are the years that build the child’s foundation for learning. It is when they learn all of the tools that will help them to be successful learners in the future. A child can either become inspired to learn as a result of his elementary education years or he may loose his desire totally. The introduction to learning can be a very gradual one for some children and the early years help them to ease into it.
Many children will begin their formal elementary education at the age of six years. In some countries it may begin as early as four years of age. Some cultures feel children are ready and welcome elementary education from an early age and that an early start gives them an advantage. In the early years the focus is on the forming of their learning minds. Some people feel this can not start too young and children should be in school very young. Others feel children need time before their creativity is limited.
Even though an elementary education does encourage creativity it also requires the child to begin to think in an organized manner. Some parents feel they would like their child’s personality to be strong before they are subjected to formal structure in a class room. These feelings vary between cultures and child rearing methods. Some cultures even have different standards for children of different sexes.