I am always on the prowl for quality resources to support my children’s education. If you are a home educator or a parent wanting to supplement school work then look no further than Twinkl.
We are lucky to be using Twinkl for the next year and will continue to share posts about how we are getting on as we go. Let me tell you a little bit about the resource.
What is Twinkl?
Twinkl is a dedicated resource site for teachers, home educators and parents. It was started in 2010 as a support website for teachers and quickly grew. There is everything that you can possibly imagine to support your children as they learn. The site is colourful and well organised with easy to follow menus plus it has a fast download time. You can see something, download it and have it in front of your little one before you have finished your cup of coffee.
What do we love about Twinkl?
- The resources are written by teachers so you know each printable has been researched well.
- The resources support the National Curriculum from early years foundation all the way to key stage 3/4.
- There is a home educators dedicated menu which we think is fantastic. Here you will find a variety of topic based learning projects such as the spy assignment that my 7-year-old is currently working on. Twinkl have clearly researched how home educators differ from mainstream schools and have created a range of projects which encompass key skills such as maths and English.
- There is a SEN section with excellent resources.
- The parents section contains parents guides to education – strategies to use at home when teaching specific subjects. There are a plethora of materials to help you get organised, learn how to engage your children and great tips on well-being.
- We are a fan of the ‘inspire me‘ button. This marvellous tool is perfect for those days when you need a helping hand to get the kids learning. By clicking the button and adding a couple of details – roughly what topic area you fancy and if it’s a lapbook or one-off printable , you will be presented with a list of possibilities. It’s a real stress buster.
- Planit is an amazing tool so much so that it has won an award. It includes detailed lesson plans, lesson presentations, creative and differentiated lesson activities and resources, home learning tasks, challenge cards, fact cards, eye-catching display packs, key vocabulary grids and formative assessment materials. You are guided through entire topics from the overview through the students work.
- Twinkl Imagine is a really inspirational tool. Each day a new image appears along with prompt questions to kick off conversations about a wide range of topics. I find this to be a lovely morning warm up activity.
- Twinkl Create allows you to custom make your own resources using the templates provided. I can not wait to use this aspect of the site as I know it will come useful for creating worksheets for my 12 year old.
- There are forums and support groups for teachers and parents alike.
- If you have a question or even have a resource request you can contact them with ease. They are ultra fast at responding and very open to helping with new topic suggestions.
What we think.
It’s been incredibly useful so far. I have printed off lots of resources to keep my 7-year-old busy during December. He’s enjoying his spy project which I am delighted with as it is encouraging him to write as well as experiment. The festive crafts and worksheets have been invaluable. There is just so much to choose from that my aim is to plan the topics we want to study next year and then search, print and clip into binders. Remember that we home educate so it is a more involved process to some degree. If you are supplementing your child’s school work you could easily find suitable work within a few minutes. I have to discuss what topics each child is interested in and then create a resource bank that they will enjoy.
Enjoyment – now that’s something I have found in abundance with Twinkl. The resources are fun and doesn’t that go a long way when you’re helping a child learn? I haven’t had a single eye roll from either boy when I have presented them with a Twinkl worksheet. This is helped in part because I found the Minecraft section, there really is something for everyone.
There are three membership levels with each one offering a little more than the basic plan.
The Gold plan (£29.99) lets you personalise resources with the Create tool, lets you use the Imagine daily picture topic prompt, Support whenever you need it, free shipping on materials and access to the Twnkl school font.
The Platinum plan (£47.99) gives you all the Gold plan offers plus access to either Plannit, the classic resource bank or the assessment and planning for early years
The platinum Plus ( £69.99) plan allows you full access to the whole site including Plannit, Create, resources for the new 2014 curriculum, Imagine, the school font,shipping and support from Twinkl Care team.
The Twinkl team have given me a 12 month Platinum plus subscription to giveaway to one lucky family in time for the new year. To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize simply enter using the rafflecopter below. The giveaway will end on Sunday 8th January.
The subscription wasprovided to me for free for the purpose of this review. The views and opinions expressed here are my own. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.