Puzzles are more beneficial than learning to read and write
The lecturer of the University of Cambridge claims that it is important for parents to spend time with their children, in order to help them solve problems and cope with failure in the future.
Former primary school teacher Mr. Whitebread also says there is a perception that supports the learning of writing, reading and mathematics at an ever decreasing age. Instead, he believes that activities such as cooking with their parents are more beneficial.
“If you want your child to do well at school, then spend time with them in early life. Although learning to read is an important skill, teaching reading, writing and arithmetic to toddlers is a waste of the child's time”, says David Whitebread.
He also notes that learning to read at to young an age could even be damaging for a child: “'Instead parents can share something they love, such as making cakes or playing with puzzles. The key is partly sharing the enthusiasm, but mainly the conversations they have with their children while doing it”.