And I am OK with that.
My three-year-old knows some of his letters, but not all of them. He can trace them, but not write them by himself. He can count, but doesn’t care much about which number is which.
I have a different position on early childhood education. Is it important? Absolutely. Is it more important than moral development? Not to me.
Personally, I feel that the growing pressure for our kids to be the brightest, smartest and best is pretty harsh. And I have to wonder:
If a child is trained to think they have to be the best and the smartest from a young age, what are the down-the-road character implications?
If we are focusing on beating the next kid, where is the value of acceptance, of friendship, of helping others? …of the heart?
Don’t get me wrong: We scribble sidewalk chalk with a few letters thrown casually into the mix, watch fun learning DVDs and go to children’s museums. But the way I see the grand scheme of things is like this:
Kids have their whole life to be pushed and compared in school and work. Home is a safe place: where they are accepted ‘as is’, where they have FUN, and where they learn character and love.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6