I understand that in Japan children start school at 6 years of age and that they are expected to learn the 46 hiragana and 46 katakana syllables by the end of that year. I'd like to know more about the methods used to teach them. I have heard that a lot of Japanese school is straight memorization and if that is the case, it's unfortunate. I'd love to hear about anything other than memorization to help children assimilate the symbols.
—————update————- We are using this method and practicing groups of structurally similar kana. 14 so far. Any critique with better methods would be most helpful