Karlee Aryanna March 23, 2020 Preschool Worksheet Activities
When you start looking for printable worksheets on the internet, look for the following: age-specific worksheets that are designed to suit your child's stage of development, rather than providing 'one-size-fits-all' exercises. Variety in the method of teaching used in each worksheet, so your child learns to understand the concepts and doesn't get bored. Worksheets that have been developed by a preschool teacher who knows what the school requirements are and what your child needs to learn. A set of worksheets that cover all learning areas is easier for you to work with, and will take up less of your time than searching for individual worksheets. Worksheets that progress from easy to more challenging to stimulate your child and prepare them for the next stage in their preschool education.
Education vs Time Filler. If your goal is to provide learning opportunities for your child, you will want more than a few pictures to color in, although this is an important skill to practice. Between the ages of 3 and 7, the so-called formative years, your child is ready and willing to learn. This is a great time to start introducing the basic skills that your child will use for the rest of their lives such as counting, reading and writing. With your help and supervision, your child can do math worksheets, alphabet worksheets and much more. If education is your goal, you may want a set of worksheets designed to teach your child all of the basic skills they will need for school.
Quality vs Quantity. Some free worksheets are not good quality - the pictures are fuzzy, backgrounds print grey or speckled - and children tend to notice these things. If you are using the worksheets to educate your child, you may want to choose good quality worksheets that encourage your child to produce good quality work. After all, it's a little difficult to ask your child to color within the lines and work neatly when the worksheet they are filling in hasn't done the same. Quality may be a little more expensive, but good worksheets will motivate your child to produce neat work that they can be proud of.
Preschools are expected to increase their fees as a result of the budget cuts, or compensate by hiring less-qualified staff. Increased fees are likely to put preschool out of reach for many parents. Less qualified staff means that your preschooler's education suffers - you are paying for a babysitting service rather than an education.
The first step to teaching the above is strengthening the small muscles in the hands and wrists that are used in handwriting. This process is often referred to as building fine motor skills. You can encourage fine motor development by having your child use art supplies like crayons, paints, markers, glue and scissors. Lacing activities, stringing beads and cheerios, playing with playdoh, scooping sand or rice, and activities like pouring and stirring are also great fine motor activities.
To Pay or Not to Pay? There are hundreds if not thousands of free printable worksheets available online. These are ideal for filling time or keeping the kids busy on a rainy day, but few of them offer a systematic set of worksheets with activities designed to teach your children a specific set of skills. If education is your aim, you may have to spend a little to get useful, comprehensive worksheets that actually help your child to learn.