Published at Friday, 11 December 2020. Worksheets. By Karolina Laporte.
In my first year of teaching and for many years that followed, I spent an inordinate amount of time preparing my own first day of school handouts. I thought it was the "hook" that students needed. I thought that teacher dominated discourse represented learning. But it really wasn not. It was actually a cover up for understanding the true purpose of what a good handout actually is all about.
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).
For the kids who love stickers they are not left behind, with plenty of birthday printables to choose from stickers are abundant. For those who love nature, they will get butterfly, rainbow, flowers and plenty of others just to decorate their bedroom or anything they desire. It will really look like a natural landscape once they are done. Books can be decorated with clouds, smiling faces and lots of toys to choose from, if not yet filled up. A room can be transformed into a cozy personal space with love stickers that surely will fill the room with a warm fuzzy look and feel.
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