Kindergarten is a critical formational time in a child's life.
It is a time of transition from home, play care, and informal
learning into a full-time learning environment. Kindergarten is
when a "little kid" becomes a "big kid." Most teachers ease this
period by mixing repetition, playful learning, and rest or snack
periods to ensure that the students do not feel overwhelmed.
The subject matter for a kindergarten class seems simple, but
actually forms the critical building blocks of all future education.
The alphabet, numbers, simple words, and forming sentences are
critical to ensure that the children grow up to become functioning
members of society. Repetition is generally the best way for the
young children to learn, but it must be paired with comprehension
- not mindless parroting.
For example, most kindergarten classrooms have an alphabet chart or letter
squares on the wall that associates the letter and a related picture.
Thus, A has an apple; C has a cat, and so forth. As the students
are still learning the nuances of each letter, they remember the
details better by seeing them often. While kindergartners need
to become familiar at least with numbers up to 30, they often
learn how to count all the way 100.
Exercises involving the entire class are an effective way to
initially introduce new words, numbers, and types of math. However,
the students need to practice on their own to form fuller comprehension.
For example, a worksheet that has students practice picking the
bigger or smaller number is an excellent tool. The worksheet helps
them understand the concept by practicing its use again and again.
In addition, if it is evident that the student does not fully
understand the information, teachers or parents correcting the
worksheet can ascertain in which concepts the children need additional
Using worksheets is great as classroom activities or as homework.
Teachers can give parents a list of recommend sites with printable
worksheets, and the students can do the worksheets as extra credit
or just for extra practice.
Some of the most important qualities to look for in a teacher
worksheet for kindergarteners include simplicity, appropriate
subjects, potential illustrations, and variety. Since these students
are young, you do not want to overwhelm them with overly complex
lessons or homework. Long worksheets or ones with very challenging
problems are not a good idea at this stage (though later it helps
to challenge students to keep them engaged).
Before assigning a specific worksheet, you also want to review
it and make sure it relates to the subject matter. Sometimes a
quick skim is not enough because the worksheet may be mostly about
the topic, but includes material from the next lesson.
And last, variety is very crucial to help a students comprehend
the concepts - give them plenty of practice, and keep them engaged
in the lesson.