We found an interesting article over on Care2.com that has opened up a lengthy discussion and debate about homework for preschoolers. The homework being assigned seems to come in the form of lengthy work sheets, which requires keeping the youngsters attention for more than just a few minutes.
I can’t speak for everyone, but when I was just 4 or 5 years old, the only way to hold my attention and make me sit still for longer than 15 minutes was to turn on Sesame Street on. Seriously, my parents would have literally hugged Jim Henson if they ever met.
So, why homework for preschoolers you ask? Yep, you guessed it, the answer is to make sure they are prepared for homework in Kindergarten. Raise your hand if you received homework when you were in Kindergarten. I’m guessing that very few hands went up.
Why I Disagree With Homework for Preschoolers
There are a few reasons that pop out at me instantly.
- Lack of attention span of any young child is incredibly low at that age. I can not believe any child would think their home work is very fun, and could in turn, create a long-term negative view of homework for that child.
- To go along with the first reason, preschool should be fun. The early fundamentals of education through preschool should be to begin socializing children in a formal setting, as well as get them started on the most basic math and writing skills.
- And lastly, children who have undiagnosed reading difficulties and symptoms of dyslexia will be beyond frustrated and their attention span will be non-existant.