Printable Kindergarten Worksheets
Learning should be fun, especially in kindergarten. Kindergarten worksheets are very useful in helping children learn and reinforce basic concepts in an interesting way. If they're printable—even better!
Of course worksheets should form only one part of the learning. There must be a lot of other activities and games for children. And the sheets should be fun and interesting with nice pictures, cartoons and so on.
Worksheets to Print
Tips for Using Worksheets
Keep these points in mind to get the most out of these activities.
- Use worksheets that are appropriate to a child's level. Give an easy one for each concept immediately after you teach it.
- If a child finds any activity too tough, give him an easier one. It is important that the child doesn't get frustrated. Keep in mind that different children have varying levels of comprehension and pace of learning.
- It will be good if the worksheets are well-illustrated. The use of cartoon characters and familiar situations and objects will make it far more interesting.
- Try to supplement each worksheet with a practical, real-life activity.
- Remember, a child is learning many new things at once. A child of this age has an amazing capacity to learn many new things fast. However, he can also forget them equally fast. Do activities to reinforce everything that he's learning.
- Do give positive feedback and encourage a child. His fine motor skills are just developing. Do not have him write until he is fully comfortable with holding a pencil. Do not expect or try for perfection. Spend sufficient time and continually reinforce the learning in day-to-day situations.
- Most importantly, have fun!
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Worksheets can cover the following content for the first year of kindergarten (junior kindergarten). A typical set may cover the following:
Topics can include identification of numbers, numbers in sequence, counting, before-after-between, more and less, comparison of numbers, and identification of common shapes
Topics can include animals, birds, fruits and vegetables, parts of the body, vehicles, things we eat, days of the week, people at work, and things we do
Identification of capital letters and small letters, letters in sequence, matching pictures with letters, matching pictures with words, words with short vowel sounds, writing simple words, on and in, opposites, colors, and one and many.
Why Use Worksheets?
Printable worksheets offer several advantages:
- You can download them instantly, print them out and start. You don't have to order and wait for weeks.
- You can buy and download from the comfort of your armchair. You don't have to travel long distances to visit the bookshop.
- They are usually priced quite reasonably, though this may vary. You have do your own analysis on this one.
- With printable sheets, you can print out only the relevant sheets. For example if the workbook contains sheets that are too advanced or too elementary for your child, you need not print them out at all. In effect you can customize a workbook with only sheets appropriate for your child. Thus she will not get frustrated by trying out sheets beyond her skill.
- You can usually print out any sheet as many times as you need. Thus if your child needs more practice on any particular concept you can print out multiple copies of those sheets.
Of course the flip side is that you need to have a printer and supply of paper!
Are Worksheets Enough?
While kindergarten worksheets do offer an enjoyable way to children to reinforce basic concepts, for better results and for a better experience they should be accompanied by other physical activities.
In addition you should try to reinforce learning by integrating it in day-to-day life. This will make learning natural, help avoid monotony, and give a sense of where the learning is going to be really used in life.
Tips for Teaching the ABC's
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in teaching children to identify the letters of the alphabet.
- The alphabet song: Perhaps the most basic, but very useful. Sing it slowly and distinctly and sing it often. Have a large alphabet chart and point out to each letter while you sing. If you can give all children letter cards in order (alphabet flashcards), they can even hold up each letter as it is sung.
- Write a letter on the board and have children say it out in chorus. Write it out slowly each time it is said.
- Bring models of the letter (you can make cut-outs of the letter in cardboard) and pass it around to all children. If you can make sufficient numbers you can give one to each child. They can slowly build up a collection of the entire alphabet.
- Keep models of various letters on the table and ask children to pick up the correct letter.
- Write several letters on the board and ask children to choose the right letter. Initially do not write letters with very similar shapes as that may confuse children at an early stage. Later, when they are more accomplished, they will be better equipped to avoid confusion.
- Bring objects or models of things that start with that letter. For example: for B you can bring a ball, bat, banana etc. Pass these around for all to see.
- Have different objects on the table. Ask children to pick out objects that start with the given letter.
- Call on a child whose name starts with that letter. He or she can say, for instance, Hello, I am Arun. ‘A’ for ‘Arun’ and so on. He can be the leader for that day.
- Show a magazine or picture book to children. Ask them to identify all instances of the given letter in any page.
- Play "Hunt for the Letter." Ask children to look around the room and pick up all objects that start with the letter.
- Use colouring pages often. Most children love to colour. The colouring pages should have large letters to colour. They may also have objects that begin with the letter.
- Hand out letter cards to all children. Call out a letter. The child with that card has to come in front of the class and display the letter.
- The above activity can also be done with picture cards. In this case the child with the picture that starts with the letter called may come and show the picture. Then the class can say in chorus, for ex: ‘B’ for ‘Ball’
- Divide the class into two groups. Give one group letter cards. Give other group various objects. The first group will hold up a letter. The second group should hold up an object that starts with that letter.
Tips for Learning Counting and Numbers
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in helping children learn to count and identify numbers:
- Sing number rhymes like, ‘One, two, three, four, five; once I caught a fish alive,’ aloud to them often. Soon they will begin to recognize the sounds of the numbers.
- Read out stories from picture books and emphasize counting. For example, read aloud stories like "The Three Little Pigs" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." Make it a point to count out the characters in the picture book. This will enable them to understand the concept that the numbers relate to specific amounts.
- Use common objects like marbles, pencils etc. to show physical representations of numbers. Keep them in groups to show what 3 or 4 looks like and so on. In the beginning touch each object when you count. Let children start slowly first and learn to count up to 3, and then gradually one by one the number may be increased.
- Use every opportunity to reinforce counting skills in practical situations. For example the child could count out three biscuits, two bananas, etc.
- The child needs to be able to relate the number to a symbol i.e identify the shape of the written number. For each number, bring models of the number (you can make cut-outs of the number in card-board) and pass around to all children. Try to make many so that you can give one to each child. They can build up a collection of the numbers 0 to 9.
- Use lots of number colouring pages as most children love to colour. The colouring pages should have numbers in large sizes to colour. They may also have that many number of common objects to colour.