Keen2learn was established in 2006 with the aim to allow parents access to a range of educational games, toys and puzzles used in lessons at school. The idea was to let parents help with the schooling process by practicing what their children – or grandchildren were learning in class. Within the first year keen2learn won a national award from Intel computers and asked by teachers to extend the range. They wanted to recommend the same product they used to parents – and also wanted to buy products for their school. They found buying from one store much easier than ploughing through multiple catalogues.
Today the keen2learn range features the top teaching resources from over 50 educational suppliers. The age range extends from 5 to 15 years covering the four key stages of the National Curriculum. The products are predominately fun based to enthral children and make the learning process enjoyable. “Learning in disguise” is at the heart of the process.
New products are continually added as suppliers ask to be represented on the site. Recently the special needs range has been extended, and following the vital needs of renewable energy, a significant range had been introduced to cover fuel cells, solar, wind, wave and marine renewable energy. These exciting science products are a combination of educational games and toys also feature classroom experiments that intrigue and enthuse.
The growth of the site has been a rollercoaster of fun for the father and son team who developed it. Learning can be fun and practice is the greatest means of learning retention for children – and parents!