I recently met parents of a kindergarten child named Cameron who is showing all of the signs of early school struggling.
Back in time before current technology, teachers actually created their own worksheets. Since they were teacher made, by their nature there would not be too many of them in a given week and there was not much visual information on a given page. The worksheets were probably more digestible to the average child.
Fast forward to the modern business of education and the companies invested in the production of the vast quantity of worksheets generated. Has any of this led to improved performance or a child connecting better with school? It is doubtful.
When was the last time your child came home and excitedly announced, “Mom, I got this great worksheet in school today. I can’t wait to finish it. I hope the teacher gives me some more tomorrow.”
It is my impression that too many kids are suffering from WBD – Worksheet Burnout Disorder.
Every day they are handed one worksheet after another to finish. By and large, the worksheets are dreadfully boring to the child with entirely too much to handle on a given page
Yes, there will be the dutiful types, the ones who find the worksheets boring, but they complete them anyway. Then there are the other kids, the ones who are overloaded from the continual drudgery of one worksheet after another.
If you think your child is suffering from “WBD,” try and approach the teacher and tell her your concern. Maybe you can ask her to limit them to one (two at the most) per day, including what is given for homework.
Maybe the teacher can even create a “worksheet free week” and have the kids read real stories instead – that might break up the action and relieve the WBD (for a little while at least).
Is your child overloaded by the never-ending stream of worksheets handed out daily? If so, it might be time to raise your concern with the teacher and let them know that your child is starting to experience Worksheet Burnout Disorder!