Typing Instructor for KIDS Platinum 5.0 Windows

This (Typing Instructor for KIDS Platinum 5.0 Windows) is a nice, varied program that keeps my ADHD daughter's interest. She has done well learning where the keys are and how to position her hands. The two major drawbacks to Read more

Morphology Junior Game

Great family game! This is a great game for families--it's fun and challenging for all ages. The rule adaptations from the "original" Morphology are well-designed to make play easier for the younger kids, but it keeps the quirky/crazy feel. PROS Creative Hands-on Quirky Unique   BEST USES Creative Read more

Purpllinker

Much better than I expected! We got this for our 4-year-old daughter, and it has been used so much! She loves to make letters with it, although it bothers her a little that she can't really do curves. However, she Read more

Anaconda deserves a 10 star rating!

As a former home school parent, I've been familiar with Timberdoodle for years. As a classroom teacher in public and private schools, when I needed quality, "thinking" games and activities for my classroom students, I continued to turn to Read more

The Usborne Sticker Dressing Knights

What child wouldn't love this! A sticker book about knights! My daughter loves this book. She is all about. Princesses, princes, knights and castles so this book was right up her alley! When we are through with it, it Read more

Homeschool 1st Grade

Purpllinker

Purpllinker

Much better than I expected!

We got this for our 4-year-old daughter, and it has been used so much! She loves to make letters with it, although it bothers her a little that she can’t really do curves. However, she is happy just doing pointy letters with it, as well as using it in many other ways. Her baby brother also loves to manipulate it. What is it that makes this little plastic object so fascinating? I’m not quite sure, but it is definitely a hit around here. It can be made into many different shapes, and is also a great toy for the car. One thing I especially like about it is the way it has allowed my daughter to grasp some of the directionality of letters. She figured out by using the Purpllinker how N and Z, M and W, etc., are the same shape, just turned different ways.

By Tricia
from Goreville, IL
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Bananagrams – Fun and learning in one, from 2-90

This is a neat game for all ages. Even though my 2 year old can’t play, he can find the letter for me and hand them to me. He can put them down for me where I say.
My 9 year old like to make up her own rules for almost any game she plays and Bananagrams is no different. I am fine with any rules she has as long as she is learning and having fun.
We enjoy getting a long run together and seeing just how big of an area we can cover with the words we’ve made. It is very challenging to use up the last of your letters and makes my daughter really think hard to do so.
Sometimes she has to go back and rearrange several times. It teaches logic, reinforces spelling, and induces family fun time together.
What a fun game all household should have!

By Erin
from Atwater, Oh
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Language Lessons for Little Ones 3

Language Lessons for Little Ones 3

Child and family friendly Language Arts

As a parent to seven children and a homeschool graduate myself I cannot praise this program enough. Not only will you give your child an excellent language base, you will be doing so with the most gentle yet effective program available. There is no need to spend thousands per child nor hours each day to give your child an excellent education in reading /writing/grammar. This is the ONLY Language Arts program I will ever give 5 stars. It’s the perfect fit for most every teaching parent and child.

Stefanie 
Palmer, AK
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Editor in Chief is such a worthwhile program!

Editor-In-Chief C1

I am a firm believer in the importance of proofreading! I tell my children often that we all make mistakes, but it is every writer’s responsibility to check for their own mistakes. Just think how much embarrassment we could save ourselves! Editor in Chief is an interesting, fun way to practice proofreading/editing skills in just a few minutes a day. I like the balance between obvious errors and those that take some time and awareness to find. I also like the fact that they sneak in a lot of interesting information on topics my children might not otherwise read about.

Amy S.
Palmyra, NY
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Easy Grammar Ultimate Grade 12

Easy Grammar Ultimate Grade 12 Teacher's Guide

Great Product!

This (Easy Grammar Ultimate Grade 12) is a great PAINLESS product that keeps your older student up to speed in grammar. Heads up to parents… I have found we prefer to purchase ONLY the teacher’s edition as it is JUST THE SAME as the student edition but the brief answer key is ALL in the back of the book. As long as your student is not tempted to look in the back for answers I have found this edition to work well. As a parent, I prefer the ease of answers in the back of the book if I need to check one and my students are not distracted by them. It also keeps me from having to order a workbook AND a teachers manual. Good deal!!

Ladonna
Wilton, CA
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Daily 6-Trait Writing Grade 2

Daily 6-Trait Writing Grade 2

Challenges the “norm”…

This is our first year homeschooling our 2 school aged daughters who have already been in public school for a few years. I was so frustrated with how “cookie cutter” public education was, especially when it came to creativity. When I saw this book (Daily 6-Trait Writing Grade 2) I though, “huh, what good will such short lessons do?” I couldn’t have been more wrong!!! These short lessons do NOT take much time but they DO get your child thinking outside of the box and paying more attention to the ins and outs of writing. My 2nd grader is surprised by the challenge, but I love to see her rise up and face it. Thanks for such a great product!

MamaC from GA
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English From the Roots Up Volume 1

English From the Roots Up Volume 1

Word Fun

I never studied Latin or Greek, but what can be more fun than submarine means ‘under sea’? So, we have a lot of fun making a game of the cards. My daughter was 8 when we started. We put photos next to a lamp for ‘light’ and we put tele on a shelf far away for ‘far away’ and then put skopeo under reading glasses for ‘examine’ etc, etc, and then we say what the words mean and then make full words ‘telescope’, ‘telephotos’ and say what they mean. It is a lot of fun, but not enough cards. So I am ordering the second set. You need the book for looking up on what card a word is located (saves a lot of time, plus the author will inspire you for the reasons to study word roots). We also make some cards for Latin/Greek roots not in the set. My son is 5 and he is captivated by the fact that Tyrannosaurus Rex means ‘King of the Tyrant Lizards’.

Anne
Helotes, TX
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Kid-O A to Z Magnatab Magnetic Writing Tablet

Kid-O A to Z Magnatab Magnetic Writing Tablet

I was really excited when I saw this product, as  I knew it would be great for my 5 year old son who is struggling with his handwriting. I like a gentle approach to handwriting, but who has time to make pudding all day long and let them trace in it?! This solves my desire to let my son have hands on activities for handwriting, yet without the mess.

I would really like it if the pen was attached to the magnetic board. I’m trying to figure out a way to attach it myself.

Even my 13 month old loves to use this! The sound of the magnetics being pulled up keep her happy.

I really hope they come out with a numbers one, I would buy it!

Caroline
from Oak Grove, MO

The Magnatab is now available in Uppercase Letters, Lowercase Letters, and Number!! You can find all three at timberdoodle.com

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Editor-In-Chief A2

Editor-In-Chief A2

For the teacher, the answer key clearly identified the needed corrections with the explanation as to why the grammar correction is needed. I presented the book as seat work for him to do while I worked with my other student. I let him pick the stories that caught his attention and while we have not started from the beginning of the book it does not take away from the grammar instruction. My son tackled the exercises with enthusiasm. He found the articles interesting and the challenge of finding the mistakes “fun”. He loves to read and this challenged him to pay attention to the readings and to look for mistakes.

S. MIller
Bloomington, IN
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Word Roots B1

Word Roots B1

Word Roots B1

Wow! Spelling and Vocabulary review that is actually INTERESTING without drudgery! My children have LOVED Word Roots. I LOVE the fact that they have maximize learning value with a minimal amount of busywork. Even if you do not use them for the school year they are a PERFECT little workbook to take along on a vacation or in the car to keep the brain stimulated!

Ladonna
Wilton, CA
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