By rajakedua. Worksheets. At Sunday, August 08th 2021, 13:06:06 PM.
If you have read my article ”Helping Your Child With Basic Arithmetic? Stay Away From Worksheets” then you know that I am not a fan of traditional worksheets. After writing that article, I found another credible teacher who has written many ezine articles expounding on the benefits of worksheets. I decided some clarification of position is in order. The primary problem with most math worksheets is that the problems are already written out and the child need only write the answers. For learning and practicing the basic skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, it is much more beneficial for the child to write out the entire fact and say the entire fact out loud. A child will learn a multiplication fact much faster if they are writing out 6 x 8 = 48 at the same time they are saying ”six times eight is forty-eight” than if they just see 6 x 8 = ___ and only have to supply the 48.
I will admit that there is one type of worksheet that I used in the past and found relatively beneficial, although it had a different kind of flaw. For my Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra classes, I had several books of ”self-checking” worksheets. These worksheets had puns or puzzle questions at the top, and as the students worked the problems they were given some kind of code for choosing a letter to match that answer. If they worked the problems correctly, the letters eventually answered the pun or riddle. Students enjoyed these worksheets, but there are a couple problem areas even with these worksheets. Some students would get the answer to the riddle early and then work backward from letter to problem answer, so they weren’t learning or practicing anything.
3) The best first grade worksheets and second grade worksheets are written at the right level of difficulty. Worksheets are not fun if they are way too hard or way too easy. As you probably know, early learners are easily frustrated if something is too hard. On the other hand, if a page is too easy, it is a waste of time and resources for everyone. Strive to assign pages in which students have to work a bit to succeed. Where can you find fun spelling worksheets? There are many good sources. Look at hard copies sold in catalogs and stores as well as instant downloads online. With the wide availability of free clip art, it is also easy to make your own spelling worksheets that use exactly the words you need.