Are you a teacher, home educator or parent who wants to help your children? You might like to take a look at www.twinkl.com for resources. Twinkl is the one-stop shop for primary teachers, providing the largest and loveliest collection of free and premium downloadable and printable primary teaching resources. It is an on line educational resource, which focuses on EY, KS1 and KS2. There are over 60,000 beautiful hand drawn resources that are used in educational settings not only in the UK but around the world. There are an additional 11,000 resources available with the Premium service which costs just £2.50 per month, payable as £29.99 over a year (this price is £24.99 plus VAT). Without the premium subscription fee, they wouldn’t be able to provide all their wonderful resources.
I was given a premium membership with full access to the complete twinkl range of over 71,000 resources. It was very easy to use and navigate. They are grouped into different topics for you to choose. The only bad point is that it is not split out by EY and KS1 but they are working on this. It was very easy to download the file and print it straight out from your printer.
In the parent’s section, I have found the Parents educational guides very useful and easy to follow. They provide a nice reminder of some of the guidelines around teaching your child phonics, calculation methods etc which you may not have thought about since school.
I found the section for Wet Play Activities under the class management resources particularly useful and there are also have a lot of activities that can be found in the Winter section which is very apt for this time of year.
In February, I am suppose to teach my Lichfield Mandarin Club’s children to make a Chinese Lantern. I was so glad that I found that they have activities to make a Chinese New Year Lantern template. Now I will print out the template and use it instead of using a big red packet which I had previously blogged about.
I also like their Chinese New Year story where we can learn how the first twelve animals make it into the Chinese calendar. It was very easy to follow and read. They also have templates for Chinese numbers. It is very useful as I am teaching both of my children my mother tongue – Mandarin. In future, I hope Twinkl will cover more Chinese topics in Chinese Characters to allow me to use their materials to teach my children and my Lichfield Mandarin Club’s children.
I like to use this website because I can print out the materials whenever I like. It means that I won’t be buying a lot of assessment books, colouring books or stickers and have a lot of books sitting on book shelves. Have a look at their free resource. If you would like to know more about Twinkl, you can follow them on facebook or twitter.
Disclosure: We have been given this premium membership for the purposes of writing this review, however, all thoughts and opinions remain our own.