If you are a teacher or a homeschooling mom, these tips on making perfect preschool worksheets will be super handy! Check them out.
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It’s true that little kids don’t take much time to grasp new things around them. They are extremely receptive to new things that are taught to them which explainswhy they take to their mother tongue like fish to water. However, it’s not advisable to take advantage of their excellent reception skills and stuff them with curriculum that’s aimed for a higher grade. While creating preschool worksheets, make sure you abide by their grade curriculum. A perfect preschool worksheet is one that will engage the kids to recall their learning and not challenge them to reproduce what they haven’t learnt.
Include a little coloring ‘thingee’
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Do you know how important it is for little preschool kids to practice coloring pages? Besides being an engaging pastime, coloring pages have a number of benefits:
- Enhance hand-eye coordination
- Improve fine motor skills
- Recognize secondary colors
- Recognize shapes and patterns
Writing only the letters of the alphabet or counting the number of an item on a preschool worksheet might become repetitive to the little learner. Try throwing in a little coloring activity with each preschool worksheet that you create. For example, if you’re making an ABC worksheet, add a picture of ‘L for lemon’; for them to color in the end. You can also add the coloring picture as an incentive. For example: if the child finishes the worksheet on time, he gets to color the picture as a bonus! So, if the child fails to complete the worksheet on time, he makes another attempt thereby practicing the skill demonstrated by the worksheet twice in a row!
The learning ability of each child is different from another. Some children start learning late while others turn out to be prodigies. In order to make preschool worksheets that can cater to all students in general, avoid cluttering them. If you’re making a math preschool worksheet, keep it simple and do not add more than 7 illustrated problems. If you’re making an alphabet worksheet, don’t add exercises where they will have to form meaningful words, spell, make sentences with them, etc. Keep them simple to optimize their learning.
Make them colorful
Colors attract kids like sweets attract bees! Adding colors to worksheets is one of the keys to creating perfect preschool worksheets. Move over monochrome and add a variety of pastel colors that make the worksheets look attractive. However, make sure you don’t add colors that don’t complement each other and look too loud or distracting as a result. Avoid blending purple with black, orange with brown, navy with bright red, etc. as they look out of place and are too loud for preschool worksheets.
Try throwing in an activity
After you’ve added the exercises that you had prepared for the worksheet, throw in a little activity in the end. For example, if you’re making a coloring worksheet for preschool kids, add a DIY activity asking the kids to cut out the picture (with dad’s help) and gift it to their Mom on Mothers’ Day! This will not only encourage them to solve more worksheets but retain their interest too!
We hope these tips optimize your efforts and the kids’ learning!