Published at Friday, September 11th 2020. by Isabeau Gros in Reading Worksheets.
With the new school year starting soon, many parents will be concerned about school readiness and looking for ways to help their children prepare for big school. While there are many preschool worksheets available, some are more useful than others in terms of versatility. There is a lot more to school readiness that just knowing the alphabet and counting to ten. Academically, parents can use preschool worksheets to help teach their children some of the basic skills they will need for kindergarten and school. This will include counting to ten, recognizing shapes and colors, being able to hold a pencil or crayon properly, and coloring in without scribbling. Basic math concepts such as recognizing patterns, understanding quantity and some simple addition and subtraction will be useful. By the time your child is ready for kindergarten or school, they should be able to recognize their own name and other simple written words. The sounds of each letter of the alphabet should be familiar to your child, and they should understand the principle of reading from left to right, which way to hold a book, and possibly even be starting to read three and four-letter words.
Even though personal one-on-one tutoring is probably the most effective form of tutoring, there are still plenty of excellent tutoring resources online that you can utilize. Here are some of the best online tutoring resources that you will find on the web. Sylvan Learning is one of the top providers of tutoring and supplemental education services for students of all ages and skill levels. They offer instruction on all subjects including Math, Reading, Writing, Study Skills and Test Prep. While also having 900 learning centers across the country, they also have a lot of great online resources that you can check out for free. Tutor.com has over 5 million online tutoring sessions that have been completed and has thousands of tutors at your disposal 24/7. They have been around since 1998 and offer everything from Interactive Classrooms with live Chat, recorded sessions for playback, shared documents, screen-sharing and much more.
Teaching equations to kindergarten children needs to be a hands on activity using tangible resources where children can explore, experiment and self correct. At this age, printed workbooks and worksheets should be avoided and manipulative materials used instead. So bring out all the counters, figurines, shapes and blocks you can find because this is the way in which this age group of children learn best. A simple game with a dice and counters can teach equations. Throw the dice and put out the required number of counters. Throw again and do the same. Then physically put all of the counters together to show one group and count them again (addition).
ALEKS, my personal favorite, uses artificial intelligence software to routinely assess what a student actually knows, reinforce the areas that they need extra help in, and moves them through a pie chart of skills with interactive lessons and explanations that students view along the way. Periodically, new assessments are given and the software individually redesigns the material that your student needs to learn to tailor a math course that is unique to each student. Rather than having chapter tests, students work to complete the entire pie chart. The course is complete when the student has 100% mastery, so the foundation of skills is very strong when a student completes the course. In any math program, students should also practice self-checking and use a Critique System for evaluating their personal problem areas, but with regular evaluations such as these and solid online math programs, students can significantly change the way they feel about math, as well as their skill in math. Online math is an excellent option worth considering, certainly for home-schoolers, but also for any students who want to brush up on skills over the summer.
The most important thing about these math worksheets is that they are used for tutoring and not for the main course studies. That is why they are used by tutors to offer remedial tuition and by parents at home so that they can offer their kids extra tuition to sharpen their skills. Math is known to be difficult and is often a headache for the young and so the math worksheets come in handy in helping resolve this problem. Thanks to the sites over the internet that offer free printable math worksheets, you do not need to worry about the cost of purchasing one, maybe only the ink cost. So do not go making excuses for not being able to access a math work sheet.
Whatever you do, do not use worksheets excessively. This will become very tedious to your child and will take the fun out of learning. Once your child has their facts memorized, use worksheets only occasionally unless your child sees worksheets as a challenge and loves to do them. Some children truly love the challenge of "beating their time" on timed math worksheets. If this is the case, give them all they want!
Going to kindergarten is a big deal for children. If your child did not go to preschool or even if he did, he might feel some apprehension about everything he is going to need to know when he gets to elementary school. Even during the summer months, kids slide backward, forgetting most of what they had learned during the school year, simply because they are out of practice. Rather than letting your child get out of practice or feel out of place going to kindergarten, you can use free kids learning games online to boost your child has self confidence and enhance his skills before entering kindergarten.
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