Should You Use Workbooks for 6-Year-Olds?


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Most 6-year-olds are in kindergarten or first grade in the United States, and there are differing opinions on whether or not workbooks aid learning at this age. Therefore, the decision to use workbooks for 6-year-olds must be decided upon by each school administration.

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Should You Use Workbooks for 6-Year-Olds?
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Many parents believe that their children should be bringing home workbook pages that show how much they are learning, according to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. These parents, and many people within American society, want children to be able to learn quickly and to compete at the highest level even when they are not intellectually ready for that level. Many children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade spend much of their doing workbooks or worksheets that require them to sit still and to use a pencil. This is not advisable, however, in the eyes of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

At 6 years of age, children are not developmentally able to spend all day doing these types of tasks. It is advised that children at this age also have time to learn using other senses and through teacher interaction. In fact, children need to learn through "natural learning experiences" that take place in "sensory experiences" of the environment around them. Without this type of learning, children are unable to learn or have more difficulty learning more abstract concepts later in life.

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