One of my favourite teaching resource sites is Teachers Pay Teachers. (It’s the one I turn to the most, after Twinkl.) I love searching for freebies, or buying cute top-up resources. TpT is an online marketplace, a bit like eBay but solely for educators. When you download a freebie, leave a feedback comment, or buy a paid product, you are contributing to the happiness of your fellow teachers, homeschoolers, and other educators.
If you just want to download, you simply need to register for a free account. If you want to upload resources, you need to change that account to a seller’s account – still free. If you manage to sell a lot of resources, the final step would be to upgrade to a pro seller’s account with an annual paid subscription. (I have a free account, SLOAH, as I mostly buy and occasionally upload a few resources. I also have an old account, where I’ve done a lot of shopping, but I wanted something new to fit my blog brand. Your past purchases are saved on your account, for future downloading.)
There are lots of freebies on TpT, as every teacher-author must offer their first uploaded resource free of charge. It helps buyers evaluate whether the seller’s teaching style, or resource creation, is a good fit for their students. It also ensures that even educators on a tight, or non-existent budget, still have access to high quality peer-authored resources!
This is what passes as a hobby, these days, as I’m always thinking about lesson prep, homeschool planning, available resources, and top-up activities. My core curriculum resources, and my Twinkl subscription, cover most of our needs but I will create my own top-up items if I can’t find them on TpT or elsewhere. So, my TpT products are always: resources I’ve used, resources I’m planning to use, or resources that are great but just don’t fit into my current term plans.
Something like this Mandarin Chinese Pinyin packet was created to accommodate our basic study level. The 2D Shapes packet was created to revise specific geometry concepts, at mixed levels, after I used some Twinkl Maths assessments with my kids. However, my Romulus & Remus packet is something I was working on a while ago, can’t quite recall if I definitely used it, but absolutely know we studied the Romans at least 2-3 terms ago and can’t use this right now. It’s still good, and I want to share it! (One day, I also hope teacher-authoring might lead to a paying “hobby”. Homeschool, like every other type of private education, doesn’t exactly run on a zero budget!)
Here are some of my favourite TpT freebies:
- Parts of a Pumpkin by A Sunny Day in First Grade
- Spelling Test (February Edition) by 1st Grade is WienerFUL
- The Runaway Rice Cake Worksheets by me (SLOAH)
And here are some of my favourite TpT paid products:
- China Country Study (Mini Book) by Beyond Imagination
- Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House Novel Study) by Violet Tabitha
- 2D Shapes (Geometry) by me (SLOAH)