So … what do you think about worksheets? As a teacher, I wasn’t a big fan, and at home I try to do a lot of hands-on activities with my kids. But occasionally they ask for them. Last week, my Four was disappointed that all the activity books we’ve been given are out of pages at his level. He asked for more. So since I had just bought this transportation clip art from Pink Pueblo, I created a set of transportation worksheets for preschool.
So, what’s the lowdown on worksheets, anyway? As a former teacher and now a mom with four kiddos, here’s my opinion:
1) A steady diet of worksheets is bad. Worksheets don’t really teach. They assess. If we’re just giving our kids worksheets, we’re checking to see if they know things we haven’t really taught them.
2) Young kids learn best through exploring and experiencing. Worksheets don’t allow much of either.
3) The best way to teach kids to read? Read to them. The best way to teach kids math? Let them sort, count, and manipulate real objects.
And yet… I think it’s a mistake to outlaw worksheets entirely.
4) Worksheets can reinforce skills kids have already learned — identifying letters and beginning sounds, practicing rhyming skills, matching, completing patterns… you get the idea.
5) Worksheets can give helpful fine motor practice as well as give kids the chance to follow directions and follow through on a structured learning activity.
6) Some kids like worksheets. If it’s what they enjoy, and you’re not skimping on authentic learning experiences, it’s not going to hurt them!
In the literacy pack you’ll find
- 4 beginning sounds worksheets
- 1 ending sounds worksheet
- 1 picture / word matching worksheet
- 1 rhyming worksheet
The worksheets are for different ability levels — ranging from about age 4-6, although your 3-year-old might be ready for some of them.
My kids liked using these dot markers to complete some of the pages.
Print in grayscale if you’d like – color isn’t necessary.
In the math pack you’ll find
- 1 worksheet of counting 1-5 objects
- 1 worksheet counting 1-10 objects
- 3 “which picture doesn’t belong?” worksheets (3 levels)
- 1 “find the biggest” worksheet
- 1 “find the smallest” worksheet
- 2 “complete the pattern” worksheets (2 levels)
- 2 addition worksheets (2 levels)
- 2 subtraction worksheets (2 levels)
Again, you’ll find that the worksheets are appropriate for different ability levels – from kids in about the age 4-6 range.
If you’d like to be able to use some of the worksheets again, you can have your child use magnets to cover the correct answer.
Again, print in grayscale if you’d like – color isn’t necessary.
I hope your preschooler or kindergartner enjoys these transportation worksheets!
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