A reader asked me to check out his company’s website, so here is my review of ESL Kids Download. This site is aimed at ESL learners, most likely Asian but applicable to young kids learning English with British spelling, offering four main products: books on phonics and grammar, flashcards, and puzzles.
The ESL Kids Download phonics series is of particular interest to me because phonics opens the door to early reading in an effective manner. These materials, all of which have free samples, are systematically organized to teach phonics effectively. Or at least as effectively as a pdf can do. Obviously, these books should be paired with live instruction of some sort. The illustrations are simple and colorful.
The grammar books are likewise well-sequenced and have content that is kindergarten through early elementary-based. They are heavily reliant upon fine motor skills, which is in fact a related skill being taught through these materials. For youngsters who have the dexterity and can manage to sit through so much writing (which many kids with special needs would find problematic), these would be effective in learning the basics of conversations, pronoun usage, verb tenses, and other skills.
ESL Kids Download offers an excellent set of flashcards paired with clear and colorful images. Their puzzles also support a wide range of skills.
This website includes links to its sister sites, including MANY games which look very appealing to me. (I think the links should open in a new page, but maybe I’m picky.) The bigger problem with the games is that they run on Flash Player, which has been abandoned by Adobe and is more easily hacked than the HTML5 code. Too bad! I mean you could allow Flash Player, but I wouldn’t.
If you are interested in downloadable phonics materials, if you use British spelling, and if you have students who are really into writing and drawing, this would be a good option. I do wish I could play their games!