Is it just me, or does there seem to be a preponderance of evidence being published these days that workbooks and flashcards for preschoolers are
evil bad for long-term development, and that preschoolers should learn solely by self-initiated play, and that we should back off on academic endeavors (whatever those are) until they reach the magic age? Which may be 5, or 6 or 7, or 8, depending on the study?
I’m just hanging in there, waiting for the pendulum to slip back the other way… After the kids take over the world and mandate free gaming devices for all babies 2 and older. And make it illegal to turn off the TV or change the channel from the children’s station. And bring about the demise of all toys not associated with a major motion picture. And for some reason all look like Mr. Potato Head.
As a kid, I devoured workbooks. Something about getting all those answers right on page after page after page? So I’ve been stashing up workbooks for my own girl, of course.
Of course, Esmé is completely different. Worksheets, when I sneak them in, are a way for her to express her individuality. I can picture having a conversation with her one day about how intelligent she must be in order to get every single answer on her SATs wrong.
Today’s trick: The instructions were to count the number of gray rectangles and circle the correct number. So she colored in an extra gray rectangle to come up with an Esmé answer. Which was of course right. Just not according to the teacher’s manual.
Which is not what this post is about.
It’s about what YOU think.
Do workbooks and flashcards play a role in your preschooler’s life? Why, or why not?
If you DO use them, does your preschooler enjoy them, or do you use manipulative tactics?
More of my own thoughts (which are still being shaped) on the subject coming up… Next week.