Twinkl Review

Are you a Teacher? Childminder? Nursery Nurse? Or a Teaching Assistant like me? Then there is an online website called Twinkl that offers the largest collection of free and premium downloadable and printable primary teaching resources.

Twinkl can help you with display resources, lesson plan ideas, Powerpoint presentations, worksheets and role play resources.

For the past month i have been using the Early Years and Primary Teaching Learning Resource Website as part of finding resources for the classroom but also printing off work for my 5 year old to do at home. There is a vast amount of subject covered in the resource section, ranging from literacy, classroom management, maths, topics and things that we love like minibeast and the seaside.

I found a minibeast Check list that i printed out for the children in my nursery to do as it was their topic at the time, we took them out onto the playing field and walked around looking for the little bugs that were on their and at 3-4 years old they found it easy to follow as the pictures were clear and all they had to do was put a mark in the little box next to the picture.

Joseph my little boy who is 5 and in year 1 at school is quite a late developer in his reading and writing but as the school year has gone on he has improved dramatically, using Twinkl at home has helped a lot too. Under the resources page for KS1 i found a lot of work that i could print off for him to work on at home, the worksheets Contractions Butterfly, which are available for premium members, is great for reinforcing the use of apostrophes by demonstrating how the letters from different words are omitted when the two words are combined into one. Joseph has been learning this in school but struggles slightly with it, he understands what an apostrophe is but finds it hard to read works with them in.

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I sat and listened to him reading out the words on the worksheet and then reading the words that i cut out for him to glue on, he looked up at me and said

“Is will not, won’t?”

I was really pleased with how he sat and worked them out for him self and was quite surprised at how much he actually knows and can do.

 

clever boy
clever boy

Next i printed out a set or letter formations from A-Z, Joseph confuses a lot of the letters with each other like p and q or b and d, so i thought that this would help him learn how to form each letter, I know this is what they teach them in school, in their handwriting books so doing it with him at home should help him improve. There is a set of letter formation worksheets for each letter of the alphabet. Each sheet enables children to practice letter formation and apply it using the images below. Joseph found this fun to do and even asked to do more!

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Their really is lots of different resources to suit lots of ages and abilities on the Twinkl website and there is also a lovely community available too, I joined their facebook page and found lots of interesting activities to do with the boys over the summer from what other members have put on there.

I have stocked up printer ink and paper ready to print out lots of fun worksheets for the boys to do over the holidays.

A premium membership is £29.99 a year, that’s as little as £2.50 per month! Definitely worth it, you could buy a workbook for your child once a week and it would cost a lot more than that. Being a premium member gives you instant access to their full range of 88,000 printable resources and activities.

What i could write about this website just wouldn’t do it justice, all i can say is take a visit and see for yourself! You wont be disappointed! There is so much to look at and print out, i could go on forever.

I was given the access to being a premium member for the purpose of this review, may i add thought that i was already a member of this wonderful resources site and have used it on many occasions, for work and home use.

 

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Weekly Spellings

Joseph is 5 years old and in year 1 at school so every week he as part of his homework he is given a list of spellings to learn. There is normally about 10 words which will include 4 tricky words that can not be sounded out. He is given these on Monday and has to write them down every day until Friday when he takes a test in school on them.

Joseph struggles with his writing and spellings but with a bit of time and patience he is getting there with it, he spends about 15 minute a day on his writing and spellings. I have bought him a little notebook which he likes to write down a sentence every day on what he has done, a bit like a diary but he also draws a picture with his sentence too.

Along with writing down his spellings I also set up little games for him to play including the words that he has to learn just to try to make it a bit of fun for him. Joseph loses his concentration pretty quickly so keeping the games short and exiting is important.

The first game we do is WOW which is short for ‘Words On Wall’, This entails me writing down the words on a separate piece of paper, cutting them out and sticking them around the living room walls. I shout out the word and he has to run and find it, once he has found the correct word he then spells it out, we do it really quickly and he ends up getting really dizzy but he loves it!

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The second game is where we write the words down separate pieces of strips of paper and turn them over on the table so all the words are hidden, next we take it in turns to turn them over one at a time and then we have to act out the word that is written down. When the other person guesses correctly they have to spell out the word.

20130202-230238.jpgAfter each game if he has done really well then I reward him with a sticker, he loves these and tries really hard to get one.

These games seem to be working as he has starting to come home with his Super speller certificate, not every week but often than not he comes out of school with a big smile on his face at 3:10 on a Friday afternoon with s big smile on his face. Maybe its the time that I put into teaching Joseph his spellings or maybe it’s that he is concentrating more during classes in school, I just really hope the he continues to enjoy learning his spellings.

 

How do you get by with doing spellings with your little ones? Do they struggle like Joseph?

 

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Today’s photo of the day has got to be of Joseph doing his homework spellings.
When I picked him up last week on Friday afternoon from school he was jumping for joy, he had practised all week long with his spellings and he had got them all right 🙂 he was beaming from ear to ear with the biggest ‘proud of himself’ grin. He was chuffed to pieces with his super speller certificate, which is now on show on the kitchen cupboard for us to see every day.

This week he has really tried hard too with his spellings and his hand writing, I can see a huge improvement in his writing and his spellings, he has become more interested in his homework and wants to learn how to do his spellings. At first he struggled to keep his writing in the small boxes on the grid but with practice he now fits them all in there.

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