I am excited to have Renee from School Sparks visiting Mess For Less! Renee Abramovitz is a recently retired preschool and kindergarten teacher who is passionate about helping young children succeed in the classroom and beyond.
fact, a simple search for “kindergarten worksheets” yields nearly 5 million results. But the vast amount of potential resources can also make this search quite confusing and overwhelming and the challenge becomes finding the quality free materials among these 5 million resources.
learning opportunities for your child.
For example, if a child is learning the names of the letters in the alphabet, a valuable teaching resource will provide several opportunities to learn this. Perhaps your child will color the letter on one page and circle the uppercase and lowercase letters on another page. A variety of activities will keep your child interested while allowing him to practice the same skill – and practice is what is needed for skill acquisition. You may need to find this variety of
resources across a few different websites. The trick here is to find one website you like and then use targeted key
words to find similar materials. For example, don’t simply search for “alphabet worksheets” and then hunt website by website for activities that focus on letter sounds. Instead, search for “letter sound worksheets” or “sounds of the alphabet worksheets.” A targeted search will save you a lot of time.
level worksheets to introduce a concept and then offer additional worksheets
that present increasingly challenging tasks.
So do not be afraid to explore a website and do not limit yourself to
one set of worksheets simply because of your child’s age. For example, if your child is about to start
kindergarten, check out the website’s preschool, kindergarten, and first grade
worksheets. The preschool worksheets
might be a nice introduction, the kindergarten worksheets might be right at
your child’s existing skill level, and the first grade worksheets might be a
nice challenge for your child once he masters the other worksheets.
practice honing skills in a variety of areas, such as letters, numbers, visual
discrimination, auditory processing, and fine motor skills, to name a few. When you have materials that allow for
practice in several learning areas, your child will stay interested and
curious. So if you find a website that
has wonderful alphabet worksheets, for example, take a minute and explore the
rest of the website. If you really like
a particular website’s alphabet worksheets, the chances are high you will also
like their math worksheets.
himself. While adult demonstrations or
stories can give a child information, the best way to actually gain skills is
through practice. So do not be afraid to
let your child take control of the mouse for a minute or so and use it to point
to things on the website that interest him.
Or bring up a free game on a website like www.starfall.com and allow your child to
point (either with his finger or with the mouse) at the correct answers and
play the game online rather than print it out.
educational materials on the internet.
Using these five tips, for the cost of printer paper and a little ink,
you can easily help educate your child at home without breaking the bank.