Published at Monday, 02 August 2021. Worksheets. By Maurina Léana.
Teaching kids to write for the first time is quite challenging. Young ones can be a handful and when introduced to something new, they always show a lot of interest but then again, let us not forget that kids are kids. We need to keep them interested otherwise they will turn their focus onto something else the moment they get bored. A writing worksheet is a tool that will help little kids learn to write correctly in cursive or manuscript format. This is a great tool that will enable teachers to create documents that will teach, hone, and develop their students’ writing skills.
Now, consider a worksheet with 6 x 8 = ____ written ten times, but in a column. The child only has to consider the entire fact of 6 x 8 = 48 once. Then the child just writes 48 in the other slots without repeating the entire fact or even thinking the entire fact. There is a huge difference between recognizing the fact 6 x 8 = 48 and have to actively think about, write, and say 6 x 8 = 48 many times. This difference is equivalent to the difference between a multiple choice question and an essay question. The copy machine brought worksheets and worksheets greatly reduced the number of times a fact was repeated. Repetition is extremely important to learning a skill. In addition to the repetition issue is the fact that the more of your five senses you use in learning, the quicker you will learn and the longer the learning will last. Writing out the entire fact as you say it, uses vision, hearing and touch. And if you use a whiteboard rather than paper, your child will be happier about writing out the facts.
Several months ago, as I was beginning to write materials for parents to use while helping their children with math, I decided that I should do some research to see if materials similar to mine already existed. I checked a local educational store which is primarily for home-schooling parents and I checked out the new educational section Barnes and Noble had just added to their stores. I was shocked at what I found. Worksheets, worksheets, and more worksheets. I would pick up a book with a lovely cover and catchy title, but inside–just worksheets! Both stores had row after row of very enticing books and workbooks each containing page after page of worksheets. So very disappointing! What do I have against worksheets? Keep reading. I think that everyone agrees that students today are weak in their basic arithmetic skills. Many adults are equally weak with basic skills but you probably will never hear them admit it. If you were to investigate this weakening of basic skills, most sources would point to the advent of the calculator; and there is some truth to that. But the beginning of the decline in basic skills actually goes further back–to the widespread use of copy machines. Yes, copy machines.
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