Published at Saturday, November 19th 2016. by Edmee Firdaws in Worksheets.
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.
Addition worksheets can be a big help to your home schooling. Worksheets can give your kids a boost in their math or they can become a big pain in the neck, a source of contention, and the scene of many battles. It’s all up to you. When Should You Use Addition Worksheets? Worksheets should be used to help your child remember math facts. Children need to know their basic facts without thinking. By knowing their facts automatically, they become faster at their math while making fewer mistakes. This helps them score better on standardized tests and helps you on a day-to-day basis. How?
In my research, I did find one excellent book by Marcia L. Tate titled ”Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites.” She is referring to the latest in brain research that shows that boredom actually destroys dendrites (connectors in the brain). She gives 20 different strategies for improving learning and provides many different activities designed for K-8 math. I highly recommend her books. Both Marcia Tate and I are saying the same thing–don’t use boring, fill-in worksheets. We want our children growing new dendrites, not destroying them. I also offer a caution here. Many of the materials offered online for parents to help their children are nothing more than worksheets. Look before you buy. You don’t need worksheets. Use a small whiteboard instead.
5. Goal setting worksheets provide accountability and allow you to monitor your success. Life has a lot of distractions and sometimes it is easy to lose sight of what you are working toward, so it is very beneficial to have a way to keep track of your progress. Check your worksheets regularly and mark off any objectives you have successfully reached. Recognizing your accomplishments will boost your self-confidence and motivate you to continue even when faced with setbacks or discouragements. Continual monitoring will also help you identify where you went wrong so you can make revisions or adjustments along the way. Remember, your plan is not carved in stone. It provides direction and a framework for you to work within, but there may be times when circumstances require you to be flexible or make changes that will improve your plan of action. 6. Goal setting worksheets increase your chance of success and help you achieve your goals faster. Having a clear plan will keep you focused and motivated, especially if your short-term goals are realistic and measurable and allow you to celebrate successes on a regular basis. Many people fail to achieve a goal because they do not know what to do to make their dreams a reality. These forms provide clarity and focus so you know exactly what is expected on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Having a clear understanding of which steps you should take will help keep you committed and see the plan through to the end.
Practice makes perfect. Learning math requires repetition that is used to memorize concepts and solutions. Studying with math worksheets can provide them that opportunity; Math worksheets can enhance their math skills by providing them with constant practice. Working with this tool and answering questions on the worksheets increases their ability to focus on the areas they are weaker in. Math worksheets provide your kids’ the opportunity to analytical use problem solving skills developed through the practice tests that these math worksheets simulate.
3. It will help if the worksheets are well-illustrated. Use of cartoon characters would make it more interesting for a child. Encapsulating common situations encountered at home, school, in the market place etc and using common objects known to children would make the worksheets more relevant. 4. Try to supplement each worksheet with a real-life activity. For example after a worksheet on counting, you can ask the child to pick out 3 biscuits and 2 carrots from many. 5. Remember, a child is learning many new things at once. A child of this age has an amazing capacity to learn many new things fast. He can also forget them equally fast. Doing many interesting worksheets with cartoons etc would be fun for him and would help continually reinforce what is learnt. 6. Give positive feedback and encourage a child. His finer motor skills are just developing. Do not expect or try for perfection. Do not give any writing exercise too early i.e until he is fully comfortable with holding a pencil. Spend sufficient time and continually reinforce the learning in day-to-day situations. Most importantly, it should be fun for the teacher and the taught!
I believe in the importance of mathematics in our daily lives and it is critical that we nurture our kids with a proper math education. Mathematics involves pattern and structure; it’s all about logic and calculation. Understanding of these math concepts are also needed in understanding science and technology. Learning math is quite difficult for most kids. As a matter of fact, it causes stress and anxiety to parents. How much stress our kids go through? Parents and teachers are aware of the importance of math as well as all of the benefits. Taken in the account how important math is, parents will do whatever it takes to help their struggling children to effectively manage math anxiety. By using worksheets, it can play a major role in helping your kids cope with these stressful. This is a good way to show our children that practicing their math skills will help them improve. Here are some of the advantages using math and worksheets.
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