Published at Friday, 20 November 2020. Worksheets. By Deniece Paris.
Parents are familiar with using worksheets in math classes. Even when the textbook has spaces for the insertion of answers, parents find it more economical to use worksheets so that textbooks can be resold at the conclusion of the class. Additionally, worksheets help to avoid messy textbooks where there have been insertions and erasures. However, few parents have considered the vital need for homeschool worksheets in classes other than math. This article presents compelling arguments for parents to consider using worksheets in classes other than math.
NEVER use "skill and drill" worksheets. These are the worksheets just made up of columns of problems. There are better materials out there, so do not resort to skill and drill. The very worst problem of skill and drill worksheets is the greatly increased chance of a practiced mistake. The same problem will likely appear several times on the same sheet. A wrong answer once means a wrong answer several times; and a practiced mistake takes hundreds of correct repetitions to fix. This danger alone is important enough to never use any worksheet. I am quite serious about how difficult it is to repair a practiced mistake. Learning is hard enough. Re-learning is much more difficult.
The math software is undeniably a valuable tool for discovering a students weaknesses or accomplishments. This bundle is appropriate for elementary math students as well as middle school math students, high school math students, who need to learn or re-learn the basics of arithmetic. Many students slip through their early elementary math years with holes in their elementary math education. Older learners will feel the pride of accomplishing math skills they thought they would never learn. However, this software is not only feasible for young learners but for adults as well, who needs to polish and review again their mathematical skills. Teachers on their part find the program valuable as the math tests are scored and stored by the computer for evaluation of progress. The process is also simple because after taking the test, a personalized score sheet is printed along with an evaluation of topics requiring further study. The student can then return to the body of the program and practice those sections which were identified as weak areas. The use of the tests is flexible as the student may take Test A as a pre test and Test B as a post test or Test A may be used for one student and Test B for another. As a whole, a math software is a modern blessing for both learners and teachers who would enjoy studying the numbers instead of dreading them.
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