Workbooks are perfect to support a child’s learning at home especially if a child needs extra support in a certain area or to support learning over the long holidays. They can be an excellent way to reinforce skills and here I’ve put together some guidelines about how to use workbooks most effectively at home:
- When buying workbooks choose a variety of layouts and subjects. Where possible, personalised workbooks make it seem a more special learning tool.
- Make sure the work inside is at a suitable level that requires thinking but is not too challenging, which can make children feel frustrated.
- Any workbooks that includes illustrations or pictures make children feel the work is more accessible.
- To reinforce the importance of learning at home, some parents call workbooks homework books and keep them in a special place.
- Like homework, children should have a set time in the day that suits their routine when they can work through their workbook.
- Sometimes workbooks can be worked through quite quickly, so it’s important that children still focus on presentation and handwriting.
- Ensure your child works through workbooks in the correct order rather than randomly picking pages they fancy doing.
- When a child is finished or the set time is up, check to see that the work is done to the same standard you would expect your child to produce for school.
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