Normally, I am captaining and steering the ‘parents have a voice’ bandwagon but this week I jumped off before the next stop.
This week in the news, there was outrage.
“Four-year-olds getting homework.”
“Kids as young as four FORCED to do homework.”
“Preschool pushing homework on toddlers.”
Cranky parents, cranky parents everywhere.
Normally, I am the parent that captains and steers the ‘parents have a voice’ bandwagon.
Except this time I jumped off the wagon before we hit the next stop at ‘parents have officially gone insane' town.
Why, you ask?
BECAUSE PARENTS HAVE OFFICIALLY GONE INSANE. That’s why.
So to the parents going insane over four-year-olds getting homework let me explain a couple of things:
Both my boys have been given homework from preschool.
My son's preschool is not forcing him to be the next Albert Einstein (although, if they were, I really don’t see the problem with it…).
The homework is a sheet from an age appropriate work book, it is not an essay question from the Year 12 exams 18-year-olds are currently sitting.
No, parents, preschools aren’t making our four-year-olds read Shakespeare (but, again, I don’t have a problem if they were. Becoming familiar with his language has to be better than using terms like YOLO and ‘devo’.). They are simply reinforcing positive learning in an at-home environment.
Homework for four-year-olds creates three things:
- A sense of accomplishment
- More work for parents
Ahh, there it is. Point three. Parents do not like this.
Now I’m a parent. I’m in a household where both parents work, I have two kids that do a minimum of two extra circular activities each. Don’t think I don’t get it. Because I GET IT. I do. But I think it's important we find time to spend with our children. And how is helping our four-year-olds with their learning a bad thing?
“Let the kids be kids.” I hear you crying.