Published at Wednesday, 25 November 2020. Worksheets. By Halette Legall.
If the materials do not specifically indicate "brain-based," determine if they are at least brain-friendly. This would mean that you are looking for lots of color, material interesting to the child, many varied activities-especially involving movement, and using several of the senses. I saw one company whose worksheets included the instruction to "say the number out loud as you..." This is very good! Speaking out loud is very important for learning to occur. Ideally, all worksheets should include this instruction. If you can not find any that do, then you need to add that instruction yourself.
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!
Homeschooling educator networks, seasoned teachers, and the internet are all wonderful resources for reading lesson plans, activities, and programs. The internet has opened up a world full of sites where in-school educators and homeschooling parents "gather" to share their ideas for creative lesson plans and activities such as book reports and writing activities. Any homeschooling parent who finds themselves at a loss for new material can visit the internet for reading resources.
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