(September – October 2016 ParentEdge)
Textbooks used at school can be supplemented by workbooks at home. They provide an opportunity to do additional hands-on work – this augments the skills imparted at school. What’s more, in the higher grades, workbooks can provide alternate perspectives and additional information in a user-friendly language and style, giving children a chance to go beyond the textbook.
Big Preschool Workbook
The Big Preschool Workbook combines popular School Zone workbooks into one big workbook. The workbook is separated into five different sections – Pre-Writing skills, Colors and Shapes, Alphabet and Basic Phonics, Numbers and Early Math and More Readiness Basics. The activities are arranged in order of increasing difficulty, so children stay challenged, expanding their knowledge. There are 320 pages with many different activities. The book is from School Zone Publishing. It is available online at sites such as Amazon India, Flipkart and Firstcry India and is priced at Rs 683 on Amazon.in.
Oxford International Primary School Workbook
The Oxford International Primary School series provides workbooks for many subjects, including Geography, Computers, Maths, English and Science. The Maths books in the series take a problem solving approach that helps students discover, explore and connect with Maths. The Science books adopt an enquiry based approach to learning, engaging students with questions that make them think and activities that encourage them to explore and practice. The Geography books provide interesting perspectives in the subject. The series is published by Oxford University Press. The number of pages in each book varies between 150 and 250. The prices range from Rs. 490 to Rs. 560. The workbook series is available online at sites such as Amazon India.
McDougal Littell Middle School Workbook
The McDougal Littell Middle School Workbook series contain workbooks for subjects such as Math, Algebra, Geometry, Geography and World History. The books use real life examples to explain the topics and are great for test practice. The workbooks are published by McDougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin. The number of pages in each workbook varies between 100 and 200. The workbook’s prices range from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2000. The workbook series is available on Amazon India.
Focus on Middle School series by Rebecca W Keller
This series gives students a strong foundation in various subjects. The subjects in the series include Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Biology and Astronomy. Along with a scientific approach to each subject, these books also use a conversational tone, making it easy for students to assimilate concepts. The series is published by Gravitas Publications, Inc. The number of pages in each workbook varies between 70 and 110 pages. Each book in the series costs about Rs.1500. The books are available on Amazon India.
Pearson Longman high school workbooks
The Pearson Longman workbooks for ICSE students follow the latest syllabus outlined by the Board of Indian School Certificate Examinations. The subjects included in the series are Geography, Math, History and Civics. The books connect abstract concepts to real life situations. The series is published by Pearson Education. Each book in the series contains about 50 pages. Some of the books in the series cost Rs. 100, while others cost Rs. 850. The books are available on Amazon India and Flipkart.