A Guide to Using Printable Kindergarten Worksheets
Learning should be fun, especially in kindergarten. Kindergarten worksheets are very useful in helping children learn and reinforce basic concepts in an interesting way. If they're printable—even better!
Of course, worksheets should form only one part of the learning. There must be a lot of other activities and games for children. And the sheets should be fun and interesting with nice pictures, cartoons, and so on.
This article will cover the following:
- Printable worksheets, tips on using them (includes videos), how to incorporate them into the classroom (includes videos), and why printable sheets are the best option
- Tips on teaching children the ABCs and how to count and identify numbers
- Videos containing short animated stories appropriate for kindergarteners
Tips for Using Worksheets
- Use worksheets that are appropriate for a child's level. Give an easy one for each concept immediately after you teach it.
- If a child finds any activity too tough, give them an easier one. It is important that the child doesn't get frustrated. Keep in mind that different children have varying levels of comprehension and pace of learning.
- It's good if the worksheets are well-illustrated. The use of cartoon characters and familiar situations and objects will make it far more interesting.
- Try to supplement each worksheet with a practical, real-life activity.
- Remember, a child is learning many new things at once and has an amazing capacity to learn many new things fast. However, they can also forget them equally fast. Do activities to reinforce everything that they're learning.
- Give positive feedback and encourage a child. Their fine motor skills are just developing. Do not have them write until they are fully comfortable with holding a pencil. Do not expect or try for perfection. Spend sufficient time and continually reinforce the learning in day-to-day situations.
- Most importantly, have fun!
There are many workbooks available for kindergarten children. A good option is to use printable worksheets. The advantage is that you can print out whichever sheet you wish. If you need to reinforce a certain concept, you can usually print out that sheet again.
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Worksheets can cover the following content for the first year of kindergarten (junior kindergarten):
- Mathematics: Topics can include identification of numbers, numbers in sequence, counting, before-after-between, more and less, comparison of numbers, and identification of common shapes.
- General knowledge: Topics can include animals, birds, fruits and vegetables, parts of the body, vehicles, things we eat, days of the week, people at work, and things we do.
- English: Identification of capital letters and small letters, letters in sequence, matching pictures with letters, matching pictures with words, words with short vowel sounds, writing simple words, on and in, opposites, colors, and one and many.
Why Use Printable Worksheets?
Printable worksheets offer several advantages:
- You can download them instantly, print them out, and start. You don't have to order them and wait for them to arrive.
- You can buy and download from the comfort of your armchair. You don't have to travel long distances to visit a bookstore.
- They are usually priced quite reasonably, though this may vary. You have to do your own analysis on this one.
- With printable sheets, you can print out only the relevant sheets. For example, if the workbook contains sheets that are too advanced or too elementary for your child, you don't need to print those sheets out. This ensures your child will not get frustrated by trying out sheets beyond their skill.
- You can usually print out any sheet as many times as you need. Thus, if your child needs more practice on any particular concept, you can print out multiple copies of those sheets.
Of course, the flip side is that you need to have a printer and supply of paper!
Are Worksheets Enough?
While kindergarten worksheets offer an enjoyable way to reinforce basic concepts, for better results and for a better experience they should be accompanied by other physical activities.
In addition, you should try to reinforce learning by integrating it in day-to-day life. This will make learning natural, help avoid monotony, and give a sense of where the learning is going to be really used in life.
Tips for Teaching the ABCs
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in teaching children to identify the letters of the alphabet.
- The alphabet song: Perhaps the most basic, but very useful, tool. Sing it slowly and distinctly and sing it often. Have a large alphabet chart and point out each letter while you sing. If you can give all children letter cards in order (alphabet flashcards), they can even hold up each letter as it is sung.
- Write a letter on the board and have children say it out loud in a chorus. Write it out slowly each time it is said.
- Bring models of the letter (you can make cut-outs of the letter using cardboard) and pass it around to all children. If you can, make enough letters to give one to each child. They can slowly build up a collection of the entire alphabet.
- Keep models of various letters on the table and ask children to pick up the correct letter.
- Write several letters on the board and ask children to choose the right letter. Initially, do not write letters with very similar shapes as that may confuse children at an early stage. Later, when they are more accomplished, they will be better equipped to avoid confusion.
- Bring objects or models of things that start with that letter. For example: for B, you can bring a ball, bat, banana, etc. Pass these around for all to see.
- Have different objects on the table. Ask children to pick out objects that start with the given letter.
- Call on a child whose name starts with that letter. They can say, for instance, "Hello, I am Arun," "A for Arun," and so on. They can then be the leader for that day.
- Show them a magazine or picture book. Ask them to identify all instances of the given letter on any page.
- Play "Hunt for the Letter." Ask children to look around the room and pick up all objects that start with the letter.
- Use colouring pages often. Most children love to colour. The colouring pages should have large letters. They may also have objects that begin with the letter.
- Hand out letter cards to all children. Call out a letter. The child with that card has to come in front of the class and display the letter. This activity can also be done with picture cards. In this case, the child with the picture that starts with the letter called may come and show the picture. Then the class can say in chorus, for ex: ‘"B for ‘Ball."
- Divide the class into two groups. Give one group letter cards. Give the other group various objects. The first group will hold up a letter. The second group should hold up an object that starts with that letter.
Tips on Teaching Children How to Count
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in helping children learn to count and identify numbers:
- Sing number rhymes like, "One, two, three, four, five; once I caught a fish alive," aloud to them often. Soon they will begin to recognize the sounds of the numbers.
- Read stories from picture books and emphasize counting. For example, read aloud stories like "The Three Little Pigs" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." Make it a point to count out the characters in the picture book. This will enable them to understand the concept that the numbers relate to specific amounts.
- Use common objects like marbles, pencils, etc. to show physical representations of numbers. Keep them in groups to show what 3 or 4 looks like and so on. In the beginning, touch each object when you count. Let children start slowly first and learn to count up to 3, and then gradually one by one the number may be increased.
- Use every opportunity to reinforce counting skills in practical situations. For example, the child could count out three biscuits, two bananas, etc.
- The child needs to be able to relate the number to a symbol (i.e identify the shape) of the written number. For each number, bring models of the number (you can make cardboard cut-outs of the number) and pass around to all children. Try to make enough so that you can give one to each child. They can build up a collection of the numbers 0 to 9.
- Use lots of number colouring pages as most children love to colour. The colouring pages should have numbers in large sizes to colour.
Kindergarten stories can be fun for kids—you can often use stories to teach children too. Videos of animated stories often appeal to children.