Published at Tuesday, 30 July 2019. Kids Worksheet. By Babette Bodin.
In my 5th grade classroom, we use a math review series that is engaging and entertaining at the same time. In essence they are simply half-page handouts with ten standards based math problems woven into a special picture or exciting scene. Remember, I want to keep the math review time quick, but effective. My students are engaged in the activity because they are always eager to find out what the next scene will be, and how the math problems will be nestled within. They also like how within each handout I inscribe the title in a way that fits with the theme of that particular scene - another attention catching technique. And since this review activity only takes about fifteen minutes of class time, it is quick yet extremely beneficial.
There are some new materials being developed now based on what we are learning about how the brain learns. These brain-friendly materials should be an improvement over what has existed. I recently bought a book by Marcia L. Tate titled Mathematics Worksheets Do Not Grow Dendrites. I highly recommend her book. She gives a great deal of information on alternative activities that are better for your child has brain development and for learning. No matter what materials you choose, it is most important that you supervise your child constantly so that mistakes get caught rather than practiced. I learned this particular lesson the hard way.
I recommend getting one of these books when you first begin homeschooling and use it as a reference throughout your home-school journey. Regardless of how long you home-schooling, you will always have doubts and questions about how your child is performing.A scope and sequence book can put your mind at ease. Once you have a scope and sequence book, make a list of each area in math that he needs to work on for the school year.For example for grades three and four, by the end of the year in subtraction, your child should be able to: Solve vertical and horizontal computation problems,review subtraction of 2 numbers whose sums would be 18 or less,subtract 1- or 2-digit number from a 2-digit number with/without renaming, subtract 1-, 2-, or 3-digit numbers from 3- and 4-digit number with/without renaming,subtract 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-digit number from a 5-digit number. When you have this list, begin searching online for free math worksheets that fit your child has scope and sequence for the year and the goals you have set for your child.
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