I am shocked that after one day at school, Ruby has been set some work to do at home. I never expected her to be having homework this early on, it just does not seem right and it really does not sit comfortably with me. Do you think four is too young for homework? She has gone from a play school where she was able to wear what she wanted and have independent play, to a school in which she wears a uniform, the days are structured and she is in an environment very different to what she has previously experienced; I think that it is such a big transition and change for a child of any age, let alone Ruby who turned four just a few short weeks ago.
For her homework, Ruby was asked to talk to me about what makes her feel happy, what she likes to play with and what she wants to learn at school. Ruby had no problem at all talking to me and telling me that she is happy when the sun is shinning so she can play outside, making cakes with me and cuddling Lottie. She then went on to tell me that she likes to play with her play kitchen and dressing up clothes. When I asked Ruby what she is looking forward to learning and doing whilst at school she said she was looking forward to making new friends, playing with new toys and learning how to write her name.
The second part of Ruby's homework was a lot more of a challenge. Ruby has never really been interested in drawing and colouring in things, I think I may be to blame in part for this as I never actively encouraged her with pens and paper as I was always worried about the mess. Well back to the homework, Ruby was asked to draw her home along with members of her family.
I sat down at the dinning table with colouring pencils and plenty of paper, it took some persuading to get Ruby to come and sit at the table as she would much rather be outside playing. When she eventually sat at the table I explained what she needed to do, however she ended up just scribbling so I showed Ruby how to draw a house with straight lines, but she did not have the concentration or motivation to do any more. I was really disappointed but decided to not push too hard to get Ruby to draw a house as she was getting annoyed. I think I tend to forget that Ruby is one of the youngest in her school year and because she is so confident in so many areas, but drawing is certainly not one of those.
I really need your help, how can I encourage Ruby in her drawing? I am going to make more of an effort to try and get Ruby to spend more time just drawing as she pleases but what else can I do?