Those of you who know me know that I am not a huge fan of reproduced worksheets for young children. In a Kindergarten classroom they are not developmentally appropriate, are often used as busy work and can be overdone. Now, having said that, most first grade classrooms use worksheets for all subject areas and this influx of paperwork takes some getting used to for incoming first graders. Time management is a real struggle for first graders as they learn to organize themselves, stay on task without direct teacher assistance and finish their work in a timely manner. Sound easy! Believe me, it is not!! One way that you could ease your child into this mountain of paperwork headed his/her way is to slowly start doing some worksheets at home. You could buy a ‘workbook’ or simply go on the internet and type in free downloadable Kindergarten worksheets and choose from the many available. Try setting a timer for your child so that he/she knows how much time he/she has to finish the paper. As your child improves and is able to finish the papers in a short time without any adult help, you might try to give him/her some first grade papers as an introduction. The goal is not to stress your child by using a timer, but to help him/her become aware of time and how not to waste it. Next year your child will receive many worksheets, often be expected to read the directions on his/he own and also be expected to move from one finished sheet to the next without a teacher’s help. It is time to start some foundational work for this task now so your child won’t be so overwhelmed when first grade starts.