My five-year-old has recently started coming home from Pre-K with homework. I know parents hold different opinions about the topic of young children being given homework from school – it’s so important that they have time to play, after all. But I, for one, absolutely love the concept of homework.
I love that it allows me to closely follow what she’s learning at school and that it gives me a chance to reinforce it. But more importantly, I love that it forces me to make sure the two of us find time to sit down together to focus on it.
It’s not always easy, as when I try to give my undivided attention to Annabel, her two-year-old sister has strong objections – which usually manifest in grabbing and plenty of yelling. I try to distract her with giant colouring books so she feels like she has her own special work to do too, and when that doesn’t work I confess that Netflix is my secret weapon…
But it’s all so worth it. It has been an unexpected thrill to watch my girl proudly forming her letters into words, and to witness her confidence in her reading growing every day. Reading and writing have been my life’s greatest passions, so the feeling it gives me to think she may one day share that is hard to explain. It’s been a gift I never expected.
What are your opinions on homework? Do you think children should be encouraged to read early? Or do you value physical play more? I’m fascinated by the debate.
Recently I’ve been contacted by education.com, which I think is a really good website for different learning-orientated activities for kids. Today they offered to share with my readers their St Patrick’s Day Maze activity – given that lots of us will be dressing in Irish green over the weekend! I hope your kids will enjoy tackling this one as much as mine did.
PS – distracting baby sister: