How to create worksheets that benefits your students whether it be in a classroom or at home can be a challenge. Doing a bunch of that work this year to help home school my young friend with Autism has taught me a lot about the dos and don’ts of making worksheets.
In this blog post, I’ll give you all my tips to help you navigate the world of making your own worksheets to fit your student’s needs and interests.
How to Create Worksheets
When thinking about how to create worksheets for your students it’s important to keep in mind their academic ability. Making a worksheet too difficult can discourage them. On the flip side, making it too easy doesn’t challenge your students to learn and discover.
For example, if many of your students are visual learners ensure your worksheets have plenty of graphics for them to work with. Or if you have lots of hands-on learners pairing your worksheets with manipulatives is also be helpful. Remember to balance the type of worksheet you’re giving out to benefit all your students.
If you’re homeschooling it’s easier to pick the way your child or children learn but giving them a diverse variety of worksheets will benefit them and challenge them to learn in different ways.
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How to Create Worksheets using the Right Tools
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the most artistic person on the planet. While I’m pretty darn crafty and have created my fair share of amazing bulletin boards over the years (All the classroom teachers out there know what I’m talking about!) I can’t draw to save my life. I’m also not great at creating graphics from scratch on the computer. That’s where Design Bundles comes in.
Design Bundles has over 150,000 products on their site created by talented independent designers. When I’m looking for graphics for my worksheets it’s my first stop. With images that can be big or small with designs like pencil svg graphics and even pre-make worksheets, you’ll love what they have to offer!
This year Noah, my young friend with Autism, has been really into farms and farm animals. As a result, I’ve used quite a few chicken svg graphics in my worksheets. From the lifecycle of a chicken to this super fun barnyard making game I made, Design Bundles has helped me a lot!
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There will always be that one kid that catches your mistake on a worksheet. And let’s be honest we’re all human and we all make mistakes. While I always applaud the child that minds the mistake or puts down an answer I didn’t think of, it’s best for our sanity to ensure that our worksheets are as accurate as possible.
Check and double-check you’re writing, spelling, and answers before giving out a worksheet.
Make Sure it’s Fun!
I’m over boring learning. In the US kids see school as a chore instead of a privilege. As educators, we are the ones that can help flip the narrative on what learning is. Plus, if we’re having fun chances are that the kids will get wrapped up in it too! Good luck!