Published at Tuesday, 30 July 2019. Kids Worksheet. By Fabienne Louis.
If you have read my article Helping Your Child With Basic Arithmetic? Stay Away From Worksheets then you know that I am not a fan of traditional worksheets. After writing that article, I found another credible teacher who has written many articles expounding on the benefits of worksheets. I decided some clarification of position is in order. The primary problem with most math worksheets is that the problems are already written out and the child need only write the answers. For learning and practicing the basic skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, it is much more beneficial for the child to write out the entire fact and say the entire fact out loud.
Among the dozen or so math word-problem books of note published in the past decade, one, written by Mary Jane Sterling, from a well-known, popular brand of information books, which I am unable to name here, stands out. The publisher has put a decent chunk of the book online at books.Google.com (go to books.Google.com and search for sterling word problems). If you are considering arranging extra math drills for your child, keep in mind that story problems are more like the real-life problems he or she will encounter, and, they help develop his or her critical-thinking skills. Children develop mental maturity like they do physical maturity. Think about the strikingly different mental development that ordinary math worksheets might foster in comparison to math word problems.
I will admit that there is one type of worksheet that I used in the past and found relatively beneficial, although it had a different kind of flaw. For my Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra classes, I had several books of self-checking worksheets. These worksheets had puns or puzzle questions at the top, and as the students worked the problems they were given some kind of code for choosing a letter to match that answer. If they worked the problems correctly, the letters eventually answered the pun or riddle. Students enjoyed these worksheets, but there are a couple problem areas even with these worksheets. Some students would get the answer to the riddle early and then work backward from letter to problem answer, so they were not learning or practicing anything.
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