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Where to Find Free Printable Worksheets for Reading and Writing
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  • Whether your child is about to start preschool or is already in school, worksheets are a great way to supplement his learning. You can even take these along at a restaurant or while traveling to keep your child preoccupied. 

    Worksheets are available in bookstores, but there are great places to find free ones online as well. Just print and you're all set! For young ones just learning to write and read, here are a few to check out: 

    1. Education.com

    Education.com has great quality free printable worksheets for kids in preschool to highschool. You'll be able to find alphabet tracing practices (they come in a set so you get all the letters already) and even creative activities like alphabet dot-to-dots. 

    But, to be able to download them, you have to sign up either with your email, Facebook or Google account. In our experience, it's easy enough and takes less than a minute. Being a member also lets you create a collection to compile all of your child's favorite reading worksheets together. 

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    2. Samut-samot

    For Pinoy kids, you can't neglect providing worksheets in Filipino. Run by a Filipino homeschooling mom, Samut-samot has great quality worksheets for preschoolers and primary students ranging in various subjects. All the activities are in the Philippine setting as well. You'll find pictures of jeepneys, Philippine fruits and animals (like papaya and maya), and Philippine money.

    However, it can be a little difficult looking for specific topics, like the name of body parts in Filipino. You’ll have to dig a little or try using the search bar. 

    3. Scholastic

    Known as the publisher for children's and young adult book, the Scholastic website is also a place to find free printables. They have a decent collection for different age groups (preschool to grade 8) on several subjects including reading, writing, math and science. 

    However, not everything is free to download. Some require a sign-up (which gets you a 30-day free trial). The illustrations are wonderful, however, and they complement Scholastic books your child may already own. 

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    4. JumpStart.com

    Though JumpStart has a fewer selection than the rest, they do have several that may appeal more to your little one. Their worksheets are a bit more creative and sometimes incorporate several subjects into one. The one on the left, for example, is a dot-to-dot number activity as well as a coloring activity. Your preschooler learns about numbers, color names and recognition, and it develops reading and fine motor skills. Plus, you don't have to download a file to get a copy of the worksheet. They have the option of printing directly from the site. 

    5. StudentHandouts.com

    Sometimes, simpler is better. StudentHandouts.com may not be the most intuitive site, but they have good quality worksheets. It's also easy to find what you're looking for thanks to the categories already laid out in one menu. 

    What we really like is that they have several worksheets just for practicing handwriting. These are straightforward, no-fuss sheets as well. We know how costly printer ink can be!

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