Believe it or not, many people don’t like workbooks. In the homeschooling universe at least, these innocent little activity books often receive a bad rap. Filled with what many parents call “busy work”, workbooks have earned the reputation of not teaching a whole lot. And though they may be fun, homeschoolers sometimes avoid them, considering the activities a useless waste of time.
But what about worktexts?
Worktexts, on the other hand, do some teaching. Though they’re filled with activity pages, the pages follow a lesson of some kind. Thus, worktexts contain pages with a purpose — pages designed to reinforce some concept introduced earlier.
For this reason, while they may look alike, workbooks and worktexts are actually quite different. Usually done in paperback and frequently inexpensive, both tend to be colorful and fun-filled, not to mention easy to tote in the car or the backpack, ready for when students need just a little something to do.
But worktexts are more than just busy work. Since they offer lessons, time spent with worktexts can be valuable, depending on the worktexts and student, of course. Parents can feel better about using worktexts because the activities, though they may not alway comprise an entire course in a subject area (though many do) or may be organized somewhat randomly, there is a considerable amount of teaching going on. And that’s always better than no teaching at all.
When shopping for workbooks or worktexts, make no apology. In my opinion, there is a time and place for both of kinds of resources. For homeschooling parents on the fence, however, worktexts may be the better option.
Check out just one of many worktexts you can purchase here.
Check your local retailer or school supplier to shop for workbooks.