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Why Math Worksheets Play an Essential Part in Learning Math?

K5 Math worksheetsMost parents with kids in elementary school are very familiar with math worksheets.  They often take them home from school and many school use them in timed tests.  We all know that math is about persistence and diligence and many parents look for solutions online that provide free math worksheets.  If you haven’t already, please check out K5’s free math worksheet section?

Why math worksheets?  What can they do to help improve your kids’ math skills?

Improved problem-solving skills

Working through math worksheets, kids start to learn and understand the patterns and logic of math.  Understanding the basics of math ensures that kids can work through the computational aspects of math, apply and enhance their problem solving skills and logically work out solutions.

Grasped concepts

Math worksheets help students absorb math concepts.  By working through core concepts from front to back and then front again, it ensures they grasp each specific concept that can then be applied to different situations.

Practice makes perfect

As with anything in life, you need to practice at it to become proficient.  Math worksheets are a great learning method for practicing basic math facts, and in turn learning to understand math concepts and patterns. 

Learned focus

When you learn to apply yourself to a specific task and you repeat that task on a regular basis, you get better at focusing on that task.  The same goes for math. Math worksheets are a great way to ensure younger students learn to focus on math.

Time management skills

Some students do badly at math problems, because they panic and run out of time when completing math assignments or tests.  In working through math worksheets on a regular basis, they will become more confident mathematicians and have an understanding of the time it takes to solve math problems.  Over time, they learn basic math sums by route and can more easily work at higher level math equations without panicking and worrying about time running out.

Improved efficiency

Regular practice, committing basic math facts to memory and a clear understanding of math concepts and patterns helps students be more efficient on solving math problems. 

Little and often

We often say this at K5 Learning: little and often is the solution.  No more than 20 minutes a day helps your child commit learned math facts to long-term memory.  Anything longer than that won’t help.  We all need time to absorb new information in bite-size chunks.