Published at Monday, 30 November 2020. Worksheets. By Victorina Leroux.
I know that many people will ignore the science in favor of the convenience. It is very difficult to fight the tide when there are so many internet sites pushing worksheets at parents, and so many reputable textbook companies doing likewise. It is difficult to remember the reasons to avoid them when one has very little time to devote to working with math. Worksheets just seem so much easier than doing things any other way. Can they really cause harm? The answer, of course, is YES they can. In my perfect world of mathematics education, no pre-school child is ever exposed to a worksheet of any kind. I would swing my magic wand, all worksheets would disappear, and the memory of them would be gone forever. In the real world, I know that simply will not happen. There will still be some parents who will insist on using worksheets.
The key to teaching division to young students that have only recently been introduced to more complicated forms of mathematics is to make the student feel involved with the process, whilst finding it enjoyable at the same time. Math worksheets are effective, but there are other ways you can effectively teach math. This is pretty much the generic form of teaching that proves to be most effective amongst children and young students. No matter how many times you get the child to fill out a division work sheet, or produce division assignments, there is no promise of that child being able to continually deliver with an ability to successfully perform division problems. You need to ensure that the child can relate to the division technique and be taught in a way that they actually respond to. Mindlessly filling out worksheets and booklets often proves to be worthless to many children.
When civilizations began developing written languages, they created symbols which were assigned certain sounds. Those sounds are what children are currently taught through a system known as phonics. This method of teaching people to read, write and correctly spell words has been around for several decades, and to help matters along there are additional phonics worksheets which can add more practice to the lesson plan. As early as pre-kindergarten, children are leaning their alphabet, and the differences between consonants and vowels. From this starting point, they move on to identify beginning and ending consonants and plurals. The more practice they receive the more accelerated their future schooling may be.
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