Building a foundation of basic skills is necessary for any academic pursuit. For example, learning to identify letters is necessary in order to learn to read, and learning the concepts of multiplication is advisable before tackling division problems. Students need to develop basic skills in order to build up to achievements at the next level. Basic skills workbooks are available to help students build the solid foundations they need for future academic successes.
Preschool Preparation and Preschool: Alphabet Books and More
Basic skills workbooks can help educators expose children to reading and math concepts at an early age. Alphabet workbooks help children learn letter recognition and the phonics activities included in these workbooks encourage students to associate letters or groups of letters with their sounds. Learning to read can be interesting, fun, and exciting with the right tools.
The Alphabet Sounds and Pictures Home Workbook by Carson Dellosa is appropriate for pre-kindergarten to kindergarten students, and it encourages students to learn basic language skills using colorful pages with art. Carson Dellosa’s Alphabet Animals Home Workbook is another good basic skills workbook for beginners. It’s designed for those who would love to learn with some furry, scaly or feathery friends. Companion Home Workbooks in this series teach basic math skills. Studying various concepts through workbooks from these series gives students a sense of familiarity with the process while exposing them to new ideas and holding their interest with the variety of the exercises.
Language Arts and Math Skills for Children of All Ages: Core Skill Practice in Classrooms or as Homework
After getting students going on basic skills, continuing to build on those skills throughout grade school is essential. Concepts that get overlooked or that students don’t comprehend can result in gaps in their knowledge that effect their academic performances later. Fortunately, basic skills workbooks have student needs covered. These workbooks align with core standards for grade levels as they encourage students to continue to engage with concepts and build on their prior knowledge. Frank Schaffer’s Homework Helpers Series can supplement classroom study to ensure that all the bases are covered. It includes materials appropriate for in-class work or use as homework assignments. These workbooks, which include answer keys, focus on the basic skills appropriate for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and each grade level.
Kelly Wingate Publications’ selection of language arts and math practice workbooks cover skills appropriate for students from prekindergarten and kindergarten to grades 1-8. These workbooks are supplemented with flash cards for drilling basic skills and come with completion certificates for celebrating students’ mastery of the material.
Puzzling out word meanings is a core skill for readers. For grades 2-9, Steck Vaughn’s workbook series Vocabulary in Context for the Common Core Standards exposes students to learning strategies for identifying word meanings based on making observations about vocabulary words used in context.
When it comes to math, Steck Vaughn’s Math and Test Taking Workbooks can improve students’ scores. Understanding and remembering core math concepts can take practice and repetition. Some extra practice early on can enhance students’ understanding and ensure that they’re ready for the next level. Steck Vaughn’s series of The Ultimate Supplement Math Workbook is designed to reinforce the concepts learned in classrooms and from other curricula.
In addition, teachers will find that there is a workbook available from the Spectrum Series to help children learn the basics for various subjects at each grade level, whether starting young readers off with sight words or developing science skills for fifth graders. Activities, flash cards, sentence strips and other items accompany these workbooks where appropriate.
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