This year Little H started Year 1 and even though we’re only in the first term still we’ve already noticed that it’s quite a bit harder than Early Years. She’s getting maths homework every week, plus spellings that they get tested on weekly.
Little H is coping well with the work, but is always worried about getting her spellings wrong or not being able to do her writing quickly enough.
When did 5 year old’s become so stressed about school?!
I’ve been looking for some ways to help Little H practice some of her maths and writing work to hopefully ease her worries, but knowing what books to buy or resources to download is really confusing. You don’t want to teach them something different to what they’ll be learning at school.
So when we were offered a free trial of Twinkl I was really pleased!
Twinkl provides instant access to a complete range of teacher created, engaging and inspiring teaching, planning and assessment materials that all follow the National Curriculum.
The Twinkl website has sections for teachers, parents, childminders and home educators. You can search for resources by age and subject, and can also download all sorts of work sheets and home learning suggestions based on various topics such as seasonal (autumn, Halloween, Bonfire Night), children’s books (What The Ladybird Heard, Dear Zoo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and events (Diwali, Walk to school month, World Food Day).
Twinkl is also used by teachers, and I even found some of the work sheets that we’ve already had as homework on here which was great confirmation that I was in the right place.
There’s so much content on the website that it can be a little bit daunting at first but here’s how Twinkl works…
Little H is now in Year 1 so I went to the KS1 section of the website. Next you choose the subject and I picked Maths to get to the Maths Primary Resources section. There’s teaching resources, games, activities, times tables and worksheets.
Once you’ve found your chosen resource, you simply download and print. Each resource has a description and rating, and the website shows you other resources that people have gone on to download. The PDF even has the answers on a separate sheet in case you need those!
I downloaded a ‘Mixed number bonds’ sheet. I have no idea what mixed number bonds are (what’s wrong with “sums”?!) but that’s the great thing about Twinkl, as you’re using teacher’s resources you’ll learn the language that your child is being taught at school. This makes understanding their homework so much easier.
There’s so many different topics that there’s sure to be something that interests your child, whether it’s dinosaurs or The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
You can get resources for every subject including maths, English, science, geography, languages, computing, art and music. Whatever it is that your child is struggling with you can locate the right activities and worksheets to print off.
At parents’ evening Little H’s teacher told us that she needs to concentrate on her letter spacing and making her letters a bit smaller so I printed off some handwriting sheets. I also found a sheet with the days of the week which was handy as these were our half term spellings.
Another downloadable PDF that we found useful was the behavioural charts – I’m sure most parents will need one of these from time to time! They come in a range of themes and styles ready for you to print.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or want something a bit different then you can also use the brilliant Twinkl Create feature.
Here you can create your own worksheets and activities, from colouring to crosswords to banners.
I created some handwriting sheets for the cursive letters that Little H has been struggling with, and also some of her spellings. Twinkl makes it very easy to create your own sheets specifically for the things your child needs help with. With the handwriting sheets you can select from cursive, joined up or ‘normal’ letters so it will fit in with whichever handwriting method your child is being taught at school.
The cost of an annual subscription to Twinkl varies depending on the package you go for – the cheapest is £2.50 per month and the most expensive is £5.84 per month. If you bought workbooks throughout the year you’d end up spending a lot more than that so it’s definitely good value for money in my opinion.
I could write lots more about Twinkl, I really have found it so useful and it’s made Little H less worried about her school work as we can practice at home – this of course has made me less stressed about it all too.
If you want to help you child with their school work, or are thinking of homeschooling then I cannot recommend Twinkl highly enough.
Head on over and check out their website: http://www.twinkl.co.uk
Let me know if you check it out, would love to know what you all think.
*We were given a free membership to Twinkl for the purpose of writing this review. However, all of the views and opinions here are honest and our own.
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