The Right Way to Use Worksheets

The Right Way to Use Worksheets

To judge by the interest on the About.com Homeschooling site, worksheets — word search games, quizzes, and other printables — are popular with both homeschoolers and classroom teachers. But are they a good way to help students learn? Here are some pros and cons:

Worksheets are easy to prepare : Just have children turn to the page in their workbooks, or print out a sheet from About.com Homeschooling or other sites.

They’re easy to evaluate:Worksheets usually ask for responses that are either right or wrong, so teachers can grade them by simply checking them against an answer sheet.

They keep kids busy for extended periods: Worksheets are the traditional go-to resource when adults need a way to keep students heads down at their desks. Like television and other electronic devices, they can serve as a babysitter when a parent or teacher needs to step away to deal with other tasks.