As a parent and educator, when I walk into an environment with early learners, whether that be in a homeschool setting or preschool setting, I want to see those kids engaged in their learning.
Young children should be manipulating materials, testing hypothesis, and exploring the world around them.
Sometimes parents like to pull out manipulatives for math worksheets to help the child “build” the answer. You really only need the manipulatives anyway, and the child will get far more out of the lesson if he writes his own equations rather than writing an answer down on a worksheet.
A worksheet is not a printable that is used to enhance a hands on activity. When we use a hands on material like unifix cubes to help solve problems on a worksheets, it’s not okay.
Children, young children especially, need time to explore concepts and manipulate materials in order to learn.
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A cut and paste worksheet on the life cycle of a butterfly is really just giving them cutting practice, not teaching them about the life cycle.
But, their answers and evidence must match the teacher’s guide and test answer key. How is it possible to get a child to think for themselves and defend their position, but also be correct 100% of the time according to an answer key? I look at it this way, if a child can defend their answer to any question using evidence then it’s correct whether the answer key says so or not.
In 20 years, do we want people running this country who only know how to give one answer, or do we want people who can be creative and think outside the box?
But if the worksheet (or printable) is used to enhance the activity such as counting mats, it’s okay.
The worksheet should be an afterthought, not the reason for the manipulatives.