Kid math worksheets are an indispensable part
of teaching. They provide the necessary practice the students
need in mastering a concept or skill while making a positive
contribution to the classroom teacher's sanity! While the
teacher does teach many math problems, they need time to catch
their breath, and at such times, the best means of keeping
the kid busy is by working out math worksheets. Of course
textbooks have practice exercises; but these exercises are
limited to the actual amount of practice they offer. They
may provide sufficient material for the student to master
the skill, but then there will be no more material left for
the kid to review and brush up his skills.
Kid math worksheets are also more portable than textbooks.
Giving the kids textbooks to be completed may end up with
the kid not doing anything from the textbook. Moreover, textbooks
tend to be expensive. Workbooks too are disadvantage like
textbooks; they are costly and the student tends to leave
them at home or to simply lose them after some time! Sometimes
the exercises in the kid math worksheet may not target the
concept or skill that requires the extra reinforcement.
Teachers usually have a collection of blackline masters
and assorted math worksheets that they have either created
themselves over the years or may have gleaned from other sources
over the years. There are some teachers who prefer chalking
down math problems on the blackboard for the children to copy
to be completed. The advantage of these types of math worksheet
is that the cost is negligible, as the only cost here is that
of the chalk! The disadvantage lies in the fact that not all
the children may be able to copy down all the problems in
the allotted time. Sometimes the copied problems too may not
be copied correctly.
There are some teachers who place the math problems on a
transparency and with the help of an overhead projector, projects
the problems to the children. This is an improvement over
the chalkboard, but the same problems of the children not
copying in time or of making mistakes still arise.
The advantages of kid math worksheets lie in the fact that
they can be created to target the exact skill or concept that
is being taught. Then depending on requirements, they can
be extended to as little or as much practice the child may
require. The kid math worksheet can also be customized to
meet the learning requirements of the individual students.
The teacher can send the math worksheet home as homework,
without the fear of loss as they can be easily replaces if
required. And of course, kid math worksheets are relatively
economical and can be saved for future use if required.
Of course, the only disadvantage of worksheets is that they
have to be created! To make this task easy, there are many
worksheet creation software available like Mathematics Worksheet
Factory to make this task a breeze. A 20question addition
worksheet with four addends with values between 10 and 99
is available in a few seconds! You can also create a worksheet
for telling time practice with a traditional clock face in
a few seconds.
