Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Twinkl Primary Resources - A review

Being a avid fan of fun, bright, educational environments for children to learn in, when I was asked if I would review the 'twinkl premium subscription'  I jumped at the chance!

I have been using twinkl's free ideas and downloads for around 18 months now with my own children, so taking the next step and using their premium listings has grown my file of home-ed resources immensely!

The website is clean, clear and simple to use and really does offer a wealth of ideas and resources for primary keystages 1 and 2.

"With over 65,000 Early Years KS1 & KS2 resources, we're the one stop shop for all your teaching needs!"

Some of you may be aware that my youngest daughter, Bailey, struggles with some of her sound pronunciations, and is currently having speech therapy.

Being 5 years old, and now in year 1 of primary school, she is undertaking the huge task of learning to write and spell on top of read and pronunciate!

This is proving to be a bit of a challenge for my little pumpkin, as she is taught to spell words how they sound when they are said, however, as she can not pronunciate some of the letter sounds correctly, she is also not spelling them correctly, as she is writing down what she hears herself say..

To top it all off, her reception teacher told me last year that she was on track with everything other than her pronunciation. She neglected to tell me that, actually, she is a way behind with her number and letter formations too.

So this school year, it is all about helping Bailey catch up a little. Twinkl has been an amazing help for us, with their workbooks and display posters, which Bailey really responds to!

Using twinkl's resources, I have created several displays around my living room so that my children, especially Bailey, can see them at all times.

As Bailey's school also uses some of twinkl's resources, Bailey is familiar with a few of our new home display items, which only helps to reiterate and reinforce her knowledge and understanding of  her current educational goals.

To demonstrate just how flexible twinkl's downloads are, here are a few photos of the displays I have created in my home so far!

High frequency word walls

'WOW' word floating cloud display

Punctuation Pyramid and Openers Pyramid

Numbers 0-9 with formation starter markers, and Connectives.

Twinkl has so many fun ideas and presentation features to engage your little ones, be it your own children, or the children in your school classes/playgroup.

The website has areas where you can submit your own ideas and photos of classroom/home displays and view those that others have submitted, so there really isn't any excuse to not be inspired and motivated.

There is even a parent's section which features a number of useful tools to help your days with your children run smoothly, so if you are like me, you don't even need to be a home educator or a teacher to find twinkl's website useful

Workbooks are also a great feature, which help with letter and number formations, and with the  PDF editable versions of many of twinkl's products, it is so easy to customise your favourite resources!

I honestly can not rate twinkl highly enough, and thanks to them, my daughter now has a fun and engaging environment away from school to help her through her school year.

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