Despite what you may hear, I still believe that worksheets are fun and educational. They’re efficient and give a nice sense of accomplishment. Doing worksheets for a student is kind of like doing calisthenics for a Marine. It’s just something you do. You know it’s beneficial, you enjoy it, and you don’t question it.
You know the great feeling of opening a brand-new box of crayons? That’s how a lot of kids feel about a brand-new workbook. You can hear the binding crack as you open it. The pages smell like paper and ink and promise. This workbook hasn’t been messed up yet, there are no doodles and ripped pages, and every sheet offers the promise of a nice fat A+.
Lots of kids really would welcome a summer workbook. You can buy them at teaching stores like Lakeshore Learning, office stores, discount stores like Walmart and Target, dollar stores, grocery stores, book stores (Barnes & Noble has a large workbook section near kids’ books), club stores like Sam’s Club and Costco, and drugstores. Once your eyes are opened, you’ll start seeing workbooks everywhere.
Here are some recommendations:
Spectrum series: they have a workbook for every subject and grade level. The primary level Little Critter series are the most fun. Click here to learn about the wonders of Little Critter Reading, a workbook so great that I won a grant to buy a copy for each of my students.
Evan-Moor also creates workbooks for every subject. They have a great poetry series, and their fiction and nonfiction workbooks are both educational and interesting. The science workbooks are fun because they teach nonfiction reading skills and science, a topic that is now taught mostly through activities, so kids don’t have much actual science knowledge like you’d get from a book. Teachers love the Daily Math Practice and Daily Language Review books. I also like Daily Paragraph Editing, but most kids have trouble with it since grammar isn’t taught explicitly anymore.
Brain Quest workbooks cover all subjects for one grade. This is a good all-summer-long review/preview of everything.
Scholastic Success With…is similar to Brain Quest and covers all subjects for one grade.
Summer Bridge Activities is another good review/preview book and is available at teaching stores.
And, of course, Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! is great for all you math buffs. It covers multiplication, from learning the facts to mastering long multiplication and word problems.