Work Play Harmony

As preschoolers struggle to get their A-B-Cs and number sequence right in their enrichment classes, Jasmine Lee found out that all work and no play may not be all good for your little angels. Before you knew it, you’ve found yourself poring over a bundle of pamphlets listing the various enrichment classes available, so as to decide which of these to enlist your little one into. The preschool enrichment courses available today give attention to basic skills required for writing, reading, number and language, as well as creative activities. These classes include lessons in Phonetics and Creative Writings, Speech & Drama, as well as Music and Movement.
With studies showing quality preschool learning environment having both short and long term effects in life outcomes, many parents today favour enrichment programmes that can hone their children’s academic skills. While these classes have shown to provide distinct advantages when it comes to making the grade in formal schooling, the strong academic emphasis may not be really developmentally appropriate and effective for your child’s well-being.

Work more ­≠ gain more

Parents today often feel compelled to fill their preschoolers’ young lives with gainful and constructive academic activities, geared towards helping their child better learn and absorb. But very often, these activities are held indoors and are mostly sedentary. And at the same time, preschoolers will start to risk losing their play time as their lives become increasingly hurried and scheduled, in between shuttling to and from preschools and enrichment classes, and getting their 1 + 1s correct.

Dire effects on health and relationships

Researchers have found that as children get tied up with these deskbound activities, their physical activities decrease, which subsequently affect their physical health. This promotes health-related issues such as obesity and heart-related diseases among young children. Other studies have also shown that strong academic focus during this vital developmental stage may impede the acquirement of certain interpersonal skills by the child.