Back in 2002, Marcon completed research on different preschool models to see which model affected children’s academic outcomes by 5th grade. Marcon noted that children achieved greater academic levels in 5th grade if they were in preschools that had a child-initiated curriculum vs an academic-initiated (i.e. teacher-led) curriculum.
As Alfie Kohn says, “Children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions” – [The Homework Myth, chap. 10]
This may lead to the next logical conclusion that it may be better, even when parenting, to let your child choose the activities they are interested in and then, as parents, build on their knowledge and skill level about items and activities that they are already engaged in. It may have a lasting effect on them!