Why Worksheets Are an Essential Tool for Teaching Your Kids

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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.

In fact, that's why we recommend you incorporate worksheet time when creating your homeschooling schedule.

2. They Provide Useful Feedback

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 remembers correctly.

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 memory.

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 Motivation

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 subject.

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 topics.

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.

Simple.

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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Our maths worksheets for kids cover the UK secondary school curriculum, and provide the perfect opportunity for children to put their pencils to paper and have fun with these maths worksheets. Our maths resources are used by over 40,000 teachers, parents and schools, and we are a recommended resource for helping key stage 3 and key stage 4 students learn mathematics.

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