The secret weapon of the savvy homeschooler, worksheets are an essential teaching tool.
They make you a more effective teacher, help your child learn faster and gain a stronger grasp of the material, and can even make lesson time more enjoyable.
That's why, in this article, we look at eight benefits to using worksheets for both you and your child and why you should consider adding them to your teaching toolkit.
1. They Save You Time
As a busy homeschooling parent, of course, you
want to make sure your child reaches their potential and gets the most out of
their education, but you also know that there's only so much time that you can
dedicate to teaching to them.
That's why worksheets are a life-saver.
They let you catch a breath from active teaching
time and get on with household chores, work, or even that mythical coffee break
you've heard other parents talk about, and you can do all this without
neglecting your child's education.
That's because, far from being 'busy work',
worksheets are a great way for your child to learn.
Sometimes you can finish teaching a lesson
thinking you've done a world-class job but, while you're busy patting yourself
on the back, convinced that you're Socrates re-incarnated, your child is
secretly confused about the material.
That's why worksheets are so useful.
Worksheets don't lie.
Any time you want to find out if your child has really
got to grips with a subject, you can hand them a worksheet. After grading their
work, you can see at a glance how well they've understood the topic and, most
importantly, any areas where they're struggling.
Quick Bonus Tip:- Worksheets are also useful to
periodically 'check-in' with your child and see how much they're retaining over
the weeks. After all, there's a world of difference between understanding a
subject five minutes after a lesson and five weeks after a lesson. To do this, you can simply add older
worksheets back into the mix every now and then and see how much your child
3. They Make You a More Efficient Teacher
Because worksheets help you quickly diagnose your
child's strengths and weaknesses, they make you a much more efficient teacher.
Instead of wasting lesson time revisiting areas
your child already knows and understands, you can make sure valuable teaching
time is focused only on the tricky topics they need more help with or on
covering new ground.
4. They Reinforce Learning
For many subjects, particularly something like
maths, there's a difference between knowing and doing.
It's only when we try out our new-found knowledge
that we're able to discover whether we truly understand something.
Worksheets give your child the opportunity to
practice the new skills they've learned, explore the ideas you've introduced to
them, consolidate their knowledge, and, ultimately, gain proficiency.
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.
Worksheets help give your child that practice.
5. They Help Your Child Remember the Material
Worksheets help your child to retain lesson
material for longer.
According to psychologists, the process of recalling and using information actually strengthens our memories.
And in some subjects, like maths, this is
especially important as your child's skill relies not just on them
understanding the material but also remembering it.
Specifically, maths relies on both declarative
memory (memory of facts) and procedural memory (memory of how to do something),
and worksheets give you an incredible way to strengthen both of these types of
For instance, a statistics worksheet that forces
your child to recall the difference between the mean, median and mode boosts
their declarative memory while a worksheet for practising the FOIL method of
multiplying together two binomials strengthens their procedural memory.
And, of course, when your child remembers
material for longer, this doesn't just mean they can progress further and
faster, it also saves you from time spent review material.
6. They Let Your Child to Work at Their Own Pace
Sometimes, particularly when we're just getting
to grips with a new idea, we need to slow down our thinking, explore the ideas,
maybe even allow ourselves to make mistakes so we can work through our errors
until we're able to find the right solution.
As an independent learning activity, worksheets
give your child this opportunity to learn at their own pace.
When the material is difficult, they can slow
down and take the time to think it through.
7. They Help Build Your Child's Confidence and
Worksheets don't just tell you how well your child understands the material, it also tells them how well they understand it.
That's why worksheets are so great for increasing
your child's confidence.
Successfully completing a worksheet shows them
they've gained mastery over the material.
And while this can be rewarding any time, it's
particularly motivating if this is after time spent working on a tricky
Turning a weakness into a strength can do wonders
for your child's confidence, and can even transform a subject they dreaded into
one they enjoy.
And, of course, over time, as your child gains
more and more success and completes more worksheets, they'll be able to see
just how far they've progressed.
This can give them a real sense of achievement
and help motivate them to work even harder and progress to more advanced
8. They Are Great Training for Exams
Exams are far from the most important thing about
learning, but they are still important.
And because worksheets and exam papers both rely
on solving problems, that makes them excellent practice for your child's Key
Stage 3 and GCSE exams so that, when the time comes that they do sit their
exams, the whole process will seem much more familiar.
But, There Is a Downside...
Unfortunately, as with all things, there is a
downside to worksheets and that's the extra time that goes into creating them.
That's why, at Cazoom, we've saved you the trouble by creating hundreds of maths worksheets for students from years 7 through to 11, arranged at different levels of difficulty, and covering a total of 56 different mathematical topics.
All you need to do is print a copy, give it to
your child and then, after they're finished working, use the answer sheet that
we provide to grade their work.
So, What Now?
Now that you know the benefits of using worksheets not just for you as a teacher but also for your child, why not download one of our 30 free maths worksheets and discover the benefits for yourself.
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