Anne Assiya Worksheets January 16, 2020 10:00:00
Most of us know how to play the game of bingo. Thus, the way to play bingo is probably may already be familiar, but if not, here is a quick recap: 1. Each player is a bingo worksheet (also known as a ”bingo card” or ”bingo board”). 2. The bingo worksheet contains a grid of squares. Each square usually contains a different number. 3. The bingo caller calls out the items printed on the worksheets in a random order. 4. As items are called out, the players cross items off their worksheets. The winner is the first player to achieve a winning pattern of crossed out items on their worksheet (in different versions of the game, different winning patterns may be used). Although of course the standard game of bingo is well-known by many people, and played by many as a leisure activity, what is not so widely known is that modified versions of bingo can be of great use in education. In fact, bingo is becoming increasingly common in classrooms, and can be used as a teaching aid in a number of K-12 subjects including reading, vocabulary, math, foreign languages and even science and history, as well as in adult education, in for example English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
You can keep the worksheet very challenging without making it boring. Be extra sensitive as to whom you are distributing these worksheets. Do not assume that Asian learners, in particular, appreciate the English alphabet. Other learners such as the Chinese, Indians, Japanese and Koreans do have high regards to their traditional letters and this should be considered at all times. Note that spelling skills in this case, is simply a challenge for them. Young Asian learners are often taught with their Mother Language first and so preparing worksheets in English require extra effort in the structure as well as in the presentation. Another key in writing worksheets is the amount of time a student will spend on it. If you prepare worksheets with several pages, they may end up bringing them at home and losing the interest to finish answering them. So be keen in preparing one at all times!
Younger students need worksheets that are easy to follow and understand. There are certain principles or guides how to make these worksheets suitable for young learns. Writing worksheets need to be age- appropriate and comprehensive. The first step is to consider the correct or appropriate font to use – the bigger the better. Avoid fonts such as the Roman Script as the curls and curves of the letters may be confusing. For kids, fun fonts such as the Comic Sans MS are advisable. It can be used as standard fonts for worksheets especially when bugger fonts are needed. Note that the font size itself may differ depending on the age of the students. So when writing worksheets for kids, font sizes between 14 and 18 are suggested. Providing enough spaces between the lines is also another key. Another tip is to always simplify the instructions. Complex vocabulary can be very misleading and often times, they do add stress to the student.
Why should you use spelling worksheets when you probably already have spelling workbooks? Aren’t there a lot of activities students can do without worksheets, such as writing sentences and copying definitions? Won’t those activities simplify the job for teachers and parents? The truth is, when you use primarily workbooks and the tried-and-tried sentences and definitions, students become bored with their spelling practice. (I suspect that you might get bored, too!) Spelling worksheets can offer quality spelling practice in a variety of formats. You can choose something fun and different each week. Such practice pages include puzzles, brain teasers, word finds and more. Some worksheets, in fact, are so much fun that kids might just forget they’re working on spelling words!
Speech therapy worksheets can be an extremely useful tool to help facilitate parents of children who are either suffering from a speech impediment or whose expressive language is lagging behind where they ought to be with respect to their peers. It is not enough to simply send your child to see a licensed speech pathologist once or twice a week. Parents also play an extremely vital role in helping their developmentally challenged children overcome their speech delay. By devoting just a little bit of time each and every single day with your child, you can make a difference in helping to accelerate the process of bringing your child up to speed in terms of his or her language development. And that is where speech therapy worksheets can come in handy. Parents will need some kind of ”syllabus” to follow. They will need some kind of guidebook that will help them formulate lesson plans and coordinate games and activities for their child. Plus they will need a way to track, monitor, and gauge their child’s progress in terms of speech development.
3) The internet. You’re probably thinking, ”Right, I’m going to spend a half-hour scouring long listings at Google to find just a page or two. Like I have time for that!” Again, that’s where your colleagues can help. Ask others which websites they like best. You may also want to remember that once you find just a handful of good websites, you can bookmark them and return to them over and over again. By taking time to find a few good sites now, the dividends can pay off for a long time. Once you decide to at least occasionally use some fun spelling worksheets for your students, I predict it won’t be as time-consuming as you think. I also predict your students will become better, happier spellers if you do!