I like making worksheets. Ugh. Okay, there, I admit it. When I was in 4th and 5th grade, I remember hand writing worksheets for younger kids to work on while our parents had their home Bible Study. With neon pink grading pen in hand, I still recall the joyful satisfaction it would bring me to draw smilie faces on the “grades” I would assign those home made worksheets. There was the classic 100 where you turn those eyeballs into zeros and draw a smile underneath them–sometimes those eyes would get to wear glasses and sometimes those smiles would show dimples and teeth. And whenever possible, I would embellish with stickers and encouraging phrases, like “Excellent!” or “Awesome!” Do teachers still do that nowadays? At our current school the kids get check marks. Kinda drab, and yet my daughter who usually gets perfect scores across the board will still excitedly report, “I got ALL CHECKS!” Poor kid is missing out, I say.
With the non-existence of Chinese learning resources here in Colombia, I decided the quickest way to get targeted practice on the Sagebooks series is to just make my own worksheets for the kids. All of those Chinese educational companies that offer free worldwide shipping do not offer it for Colombia. Boo. When I have time I like preparing activities for them, but worksheets are just an easy way to get some extra practice in. And for the preschoolers, it helps to reinforce some key skills like coloring, cutting, and pasting. Sometimes these worksheets are, I daresay, fun. Alright, that may be a stretch but at least I try.
I make these worksheets as they are learning the characters. So, in the style of the Sage Formula, when I create worksheets like “fill-in-the-blank”, I will utilize vocabulary that they have already learned. I know. You’re welcome.
User Notes: I have created a variety of Sagebooks worksheets in Traditional Chinese–some review characters from a whole book, some target single “sight words” or phrases, some are the first 10/second 10 words of a book, and some target a few of the harder to memorize characters (according to my kids, so totally scientific, ha). Sometimes I use the worksheets alongside the level they are reading, and sometimes I use them as review when they have already finished that level. Sometimes I pick out characters that span different books that my kids find a little confusing, such as 地，他，把. Or 的 versus 得. The fill-in-the-blank worksheets and mega word searches are mostly used to review the book.
- The bottom left side of the footer will indicate the level of the worksheet. Some are made with my 4 year old in mind so it’s labeled PreK. Some are more challenging and made to challenge my 6-8 year olds a bit more and are thus labeled Elementary. The majority of the worksheets do not indicate a level because I’m able to adapt its use for all of my kids. For example sometimes I will challenge my 4 year old to a harder worksheet and allow him to finish it in a couple of different sittings.
- It would be good to get your child to read the characters aloud whenever possible to be sure they are not just mindlessly coloring or drawing characters–they could do a whole worksheet without knowing what the character is.
- The point is not to do all of the worksheets available (remember that I made these to share among my own 4 kids). Simply try to find ones that will help to supplement your regular reading, writing practice, and/or activities.
- And as a tip please don’t refer to the mega searches and end of book fill-in-the-blanks as tests, as that may cause them not to want to do these worksheets anymore. (I may eventually label them “End of Book Challenges” or something like that.)
- Sorry, but I didn’t make any answer keys. If there’s any need, just message me and I’ll be happy to send you a photo of my children’s completed worksheets as the answer key. While we are apologizing, sorry in advance for any errors. Eventually I catch them as my 8 year-old corrects me. Her pinyin is better than mine, for instance. Every so often I’ll take down a worksheet I find with errors and put up the correct one. But feel free to reach out if you find errors so I can fix them for ya.
- Grade and praise their work! Find what works for you and your kids. I just bought these cute motivational stamps in Chinese and the kids really love seeing them on their work. And for now this wooden set is sitting in my “save for later” list since it’s a bit of a splurge for stamps. I have stacks of stickers and motivational stickers. I have been letting the kids help “grade their own worksheets” aka I’ll check them over and let them choose their stickers. Sometimes I will let them help me “grade” their own or another sibling’s worksheets, which they find fun and empowering as well. We discuss how we think some worksheets were done extra well and deserve double stickers. So generous, I know. This process 1) sneaks in another layer of character review and 2) helps them reflect a little on their own work and progress.