Published at Wednesday, 19 August 2020. 1st Grade Math Worksheets. By Romaine Legall.
I know that many people will ignore the science in favor of the convenience. It is very difficult to fight the tide when there are so many internet sites pushing worksheets at parents, and so many reputable textbook companies doing likewise. It is difficult to remember the reasons to avoid them when one has very little time to devote to working with math. Worksheets just seem so much easier than doing things any other way. Can they really cause harm? The answer, of course, is YES they can. In my perfect world of mathematics education, no pre-school child is ever exposed to a worksheet of any kind. I would swing my magic wand, all worksheets would disappear, and the memory of them would be gone forever. In the real world, I know that simply will not happen. There will still be some parents who will insist on using worksheets.
Every child learns at a different rate, but it has important to remember that all children should be able to grasp similar concepts once they have completed first grade math. Without the ability to count, add, subtract and understand basic relationships between all three, progression to higher math becomes difficult. Though online math games can not be used to teach everything a child needs to know, they can be an invaluable tool when it comes to augmenting what is learned in the classroom. Games supply a different context and more interactive setting than worksheets and are also more dynamic, which gives kids a new way to think about the concepts they are learning and can shed light on things they may be having trouble with.The interactive world of online games makes first grade math enjoyable for young children and allows them to practice new math concepts outside of school. Both parents and teachers can use these tools to enhance traditional learning, thereby giving kids a unique and entertaining way to hone necessary math skills.
Holidays make the perfect time to introduce new toddler crafts and new knowledge. As you make your Christmas gifts or decorations, add an activity or story reading time to help your little ones understand the meaning or Christmas. Having a fun activity planned in addition to the crafts makes for great family time and learning for the kids. So when your kids are making their stuffed paper bag turkey, have them tell you what they know of the Pilgrims and the "First Thanksgiving". Give them some history of your Thanksgiving growing up and what traditions your family had. Look for coloring pages, worksheets and other fun activities to keep them interested and the knowledge pouring in.
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