Research has proven that the first 3 years of life are critical to a child’s healthy development. Here are some of the things that happen to our kids during this period:
They are discovering who they are and how others respond to them.
They are finding out what it means to express their feelings.
Their brains are being "wired" into patterns for future emotional, social, physical, and cognitive development.
With this in mind, the focus of preschool education should be on providing a young child with the opportunities to learn through play, and develop soft skills and positive learning dispositions.
Children benefit most when teachers engage in interactions that support learning and at the same time are emotionally supportive.
Homework that is inappropriate for the child's age and cognitive levels will only result in a passive form of learning, which may not be beneficial for the child. So, homework for preschoolers may not be such a great idea after all.
Learning how to read and write during preschool hours is fine. But age-inappropriate homework may take away valuable play and family time.