There are many Kindergarten worksheets, charts, and calendars easily accessible and available in the web. Worksheets are great ! What a joy when you see your little preschooler deliver what he knows in writing or drawing.
Whether you are at home or in preschool, kindergarten worksheets should NOT be used to replace some of the valuable time kids require, to play and to create. Sadly but true, pre-prepared worksheets can often be stifling and not so stimulating because of its structured work; and often it's because they are designed by adults.
Worksheets are more of a delight to teachers and parents giving them the assurance that the child is learning. Too much of it will turn the child away from the joy of learning and from exercising his God given creativity. This is the same with examinations and tests. However, in the educational system where parents don't see the child at school, it is understandable that they need to see some concrete work done when kids come home with worksheets done.
What happens to us adults ? Where have all that child-like creativity gone to? Did we stifle it somewhere along the way in our growth ? Did our school system put us in that learning box that wiped out most of our creativity ?
How about giving a blank page to a child and let him or her doodle - then ask "What have you drawn?" then, "Tell me a story ...."
This way, a child actually makes his own worksheets.
Remember, a preschooler's mind is like a sponge, soaking in lots and lots of information from his surrounding. Without being stifled, a child is naturally creative and enjoys unstructured worksheets.
Do you have some ideas for preschool worksheets? Share it!
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