Educational Resources I’ve Found Useful
I wrote recently about finding some great educational resources on the Twinkl website. I’m really pleased that, despite not following the National Curriculum, there are so many resources that are useful to us as a home educating family.
I found the site when I was desperately searching for resources to help me out when Bean decided to work on a World Cup project (you can read all about why I was so desperate in this post). I bookmarked the site, sure that I would go back to it regularly.
In fact, I didn’t go back until a couple of weeks ago, when I was looking for the number bond resources for Plum. This time, I wasn’t desperate and so took my time to have a proper look around and realised that there are educational resources there that I can use for all three children – even PK who isn’t two yet, but is already correctly pointing out letters and numbers. I don’t want to “teach” him at such a young age, but I’ve downloaded some of the “playdough mat” designs, and laminated them, before fixing them to the table he sits at to eat. I hope he’ll enjoy seeing the letters, numbers, shapes and pictures, and enjoy being able to pick out different things. It’s certainly more interesting than a blank table top!
Plum is desperate to learn to write and can write her first name. I found some lovely sheets that help her practice controlling her pencil, using different lines etc, but without the pages and pages of repeated letters I remember doing as a child. Instead, the sheets use the same skills but work them into pictures, which is much more fun for a three year old!
I could wax lyrical for post after post about all the educational resources I’ve seen that I want to use, but I won’t bore you with all the details – instead I suggest you go and have a look for yourself. I’ve only mentioned numeracy and literacy resources, but there are resources for most subjects on there, and for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
I’ll be going back to Twinkl to hunt out more resources in an organised fashion soon – this time I just grabbed things for my immediate needs, but there are so many there that I know we’ll be using many of them in the future. I don’t like to use worksheets too much, remembering the warnings of “death by worksheet” we were given during teacher training, but they can be invaluable for reinforcing learning.
As well as the worksheets, there are so many display items and they have been designed to be colourful and attractive to children. I’ve seen a number of games too, which I intend to use soon.
There’s also a very useful forum on the site, for everyone involved in educating children, from paid professionals to parents and carers. The forums are divided by key stage, as well as by subject and are designed to be a positive place to go to for help, advice and ideas.
Twinkl have recently added a tool that allows you to create your own educational resources quickly and easily as well. You can use their extensive bank of images and borders, add text, use a variety of templates – anything is possible!
Joining Twinkl is free, and free members can use most resources. There are also two paid options – Gold membership for £24.95 a year and Platinum Membership, which gives access to everything on site, for £39.95 a year, including topic packs which save you time, as everything you need is included in one download.
Disclosure: I was given a free Platinum Membership in return for an honest review of the resources available. All opinions are my own.