Published at Friday, 17 April 2020. 1st Grade Math Worksheets. By Suzette Boulanger.
Letter Books: These are books that frequently use the same phonemes over and over so students can understand them (the link between a letter and the sound it makes). For instance, "Baby bear bounced balls". These books are really good, especially if you have the book as a colouring book that you can fill out together. Here is a good activity: say the sound like "b says...buh buh, ball" and then students race to colour in their balls in their workbook. You can hang these up after and everyone will have fun.
Everyone with little kids has paintings and worksheets on their refrigerator. How about planning a simple craft project with your child? Look for large plastic clips, preferably with magnets on the back, and using either a colorful permanent marker or a paint pen, write your child has name on the front of the clip. If you need to add a magnet to the back, you can find different size magnet strips or discs with adhesive on the back in most craft stores. Kid has bedroom doors are a great place to display their art work. Rather than just taping the paper to the door, make a banner and hang it up. Your child can help you attach yarn to a dowel rod (about a foot long) and then tape their current art work to the dowel. However you choose to display your child has art work, always praise your child and truly admire their work. Take pictures of the displays themselves, and as you replace each piece of art, remember to save some for scrap booking memories. Years from now, as you look back you will have sweet memories of your child through their art.
Never allow boredom to set in. We know now that when learning is fun and exciting, the brain is actually growing many new dendrites that make connections with many other dendrites. The more connections the better. We also know now that boredom destroys dendrites. Small children quickly become bored with worksheets, especially skill and drill worksheets. Yet another reason to avoid skill and drill worksheets like the plague. Never allow your child to use a worksheet unsupervised. Some parents use worksheets to provide time to fix supper or add another load of laundry. Unfortunately, while you are npt looking, your child just might have practiced a mistake several times. The time you thought you saved is not nearly as much time as it will take to fix that mistake. If you consistently do these things, you might be able to successfully use worksheets; but, seriously, a few minutes of your personal time will provide better learning for your child than a truckload of worksheets.
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