Sunday, April 25, 2010

Using Kindergarten worksheets

How to use kindergarten worksheets for best effect:

1. Give children worksheets that are most appropriate to their level. Give an easy worksheet for a concept immediately after you teach that concept. Gradually give worksheets that may require a little more thought.

2. The worksheets should require a child to think just a little. If a child finds any particular activity too difficult, then give him an easier one. It is important that he doesn't get frustrated. One should always remember that different children have greatly varying levels of comprehension and pace of learning.

3. It will be good if the worksheets are well-illustrtated. Use of attractive cartoon characters would make it more interesting and fun for a child. Incorporating common situations encountered at home, school, in the market place etc and using common objects that children are familiar with would make the worksheets more relevant.

4. Try to supplement each worksheet with a real-life practical activity. For example after a worksheet on counting, you can ask the child to pick out 2 apples and 3 carrots from many.

5. Do remember, a child is learning many so new things at once. A child of this age has an amazing capacity to learna lot of new things very fast. But he can also forget them equally fast. Hence doing many interesting worksheets with cartoons etc while being fun for him would also help continually re-inforce what is learnt.

6. Always give positive feeedback and encourage a child. His finer motor skills are just developing. Do not expect or try for perfection. Spend sufficient time and continually re-inforce the learning in day-to-day situations. And most importantly, it should be fun for the teacher and the taught!

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