Jule Eugénie September 16, 2021 worksheet
Quality worksheets for preschool can help you with a lot more than just academics. For example, once your child starts kindergarten, they will be expected to sit still and complete tasks for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time. If your child is used to doing a worksheet or two, they will be able to do this quite easily, and will understand that they need to complete the task before they can move on to the next activity. Worksheets also help your child to learn how to follow instructions, and teach them about following rules.
My reason for being opposed to skill and drill worksheets for any learning is based on another important statistic. Regardless of how many repetitions it takes to learn something the first time, if a fact, a technique, a definition, etc. is learned incorrectly, it will take many hundreds-yes hundreds-of repetitions to correct the mistake. Correcting a mistake involves unlearning that which has already been ”learned” and then replacing it with the correct information.
So why wouldn’t I consider a skill and drill worksheet as an appropriate tool for accomplishing those repetitions?
Math worksheets rarely ask students to think critically or creatively. They usually present multiple examples of the same problem type with the hope of reinforcing a skill or procedure. They do not challenge students to use higher order thinking skills such as comparing, analyzing, deducing, and synthesizing. These skills are built through activities in which students discover concepts, explore ideas, test a hypothesis, solve a problem, and discuss their thinking with their peers. Exploring concepts and problems in many different ways builds interest and promotes critical thinking.
Kindergarten Worksheets present an interesting way for kindergarten children to learn and reinforce basic concepts. Since children learn best by doing and since children get bored very easily, giving them well-designed, illustrated worksheets to do makes it easier and more fun for them to learn. Completing a worksheet also gives children a great sense of fulfillment.
Why should you use spelling worksheets when you probably already have spelling workbooks? Aren’t there a lot of activities students can do without worksheets, such as writing sentences and copying definitions? Won’t those activities simplify the job for teachers and parents?