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 2nd Grade

Anaconda deserves a 10 star rating!

Anaconda

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 Timberdoodle. I currently teach in Alaska. When I first discovered Anaconda in the fall of 2011, I thought it looked like the coolest logic puzzle ever. I purchased one for my resource classroom. Boys and girls ages 6-15 love Anaconda. Even some of my students who are learning disabled enjoy figuring out how to solve these puzzles with occasional help from me. I’ve watched children work together on one puzzle and enjoy sharing their ideas. Once one puzzle is accomplished, they are eager to move on to the next. Nobody is interested in looking at the solutions at the back of the book because they enjoy being ‘puzzled’ so much :) Adding more of these puzzles to my classroom arsenal is a given. One is not enough.

By L A Schuler
from Fort Yukon, AK
 
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ThinkFun Solitaire Chess

ThinkFun Solitaire Chess

I don’t usually enjoy chess or puzzles BUT our family realized that this is amazing for kids and adults alike! My 10 year old daughter found it fun right away and worked through each page like she would any puzzle book she has. I read the directions but didn’t jump into the game until I saw how much she was enjoying it. It really is an awesome logic developer! With it being very incremental and having some tips, a “non-chess” player like me could enjoy it too. It is well-made and the pieces are easy to use.

 Heidi
Ludowici, GA
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Exploring Creation with Botany

Exploring Creation with Botany.

I know this series is billed as for elementary kids, but my rising 5th and 7th graders did it independently and loved it!

As science flunkies (we start, we stop, we don’t accomplish much) we hadn’t completed much, if any formal elementary science. They began this book in late May and I set them a schedule of one chapter per week. They did the reading on their own and discussed questions and completed experiments together. I required them to each keep a notebook of vocabulary and other notes (more for the older child). My younger child, who enjoys art, loved the drawing projects. For my older dd, it was a good introduction to taking notes and reading a text in preparation for high school.

They learned SO MUCH (and not just because they had had little previous science!) My younger dd, especially, still, a year later uses the technical terms she learned in this book, referring to monocots and dicots and intelligently discussing fungi.

They have since moved on to other books in the series, completing them in the same way. I think this is a great series for independent learning for older students.

Sandwich in WI

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Extremely Wonderful!

My older sons LOVE the Extreme Dot-to-Dot books. It was very disheartening to see them “out-grow” doing dot-to-dot books. Although they still loved them, the typical dot-to-dot books were just to easy for them. I was thrilled when I found that more difficult dot-to-dot books existed. My sons, on the other hand, were ecstatic to see them! They love to work all of the different dot-to-dot puzzles in the books. Typically, I allow them to use these books whenever they desire and it is also something they may choose to do quietly if they are waiting for my help. The books are great for filling waiting time since they can be stopped at any point and easily started again later. These dot-to-dot books are extremely wonderful to our family!

 

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And I thought dot-to-dot was for little ones!

My older (4th grade and up) children LOVE these Extreme Dot to Dot Animals books! They take them in car rides and ask to do them to unwind from regular school work. They are so fun because, unlike simpler dot to dot puzzles, you really can’t tell what they are going to be so the curiosity builds as they push on to “reveal” the animal. (I may have been known to sneak in a puzzle when no one was looking :)

Jessica
Ellensburg, WA
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AMAZING!! Big Bag of Science

Big Bag of Science

I can not tell you enough how neat this bag of science truly is! It arrived today, and my two girls ages 9 and 12 were thrilled with what was inside. I carefully took the time to read the very nifty instruction booklet that came with it. Then I went through the supplies to make sure they were all in the bag. We will be starting the first several of these next week in our homeschool. I am certain that these will be very hard not to do all in one sitting!! It is SO NICE to have everything in one bag. The only things you have to add are items that are likely in your kitchen. The girls especially can’t wait to make soda shoot six feet into the air. Sounds super messy, but great fun for all of us. Thanks Timberdoodle. This was our first order, but we will definitely order again :)

Bridgett T
Gouverneur, NY
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Trucky 3

Trucky 3

Great, like everything Timberdoodle sells!

Surprise, another great find by Timberdoodle!  I got this (Trucky 3) for my 3 yo to give us something fun and new to do during Christmas break.  He likes it a lot, but it’s a bit hard for him.  I think 4 and up will probably be better.  It’s very nicely made.  The only thing I can say is the games from this company (Smart Games) don’t come with good storage.  With all these little parts, I’m going to need to make a bag or something.  They come in a cardboard tray, but you’ll never get them back in the trucks like they were, at least I won’t, lol.  If you have a child who has done vision therapy and needs more work on visual perception, they’ll find this very challenging and beneficial, even if they’re older.

Elizabeth from Ohio
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Pathway Readers Third Grade Set

Pathway Readers Third Grade Set

I was trying to find a reader that my 8 year old boy would enjoy. After reading a lot of reviews I decided to give the Pathway Readers a try. He loves them! The books are well within his grade level. I love how the books talk about different values. It’s started a lot of great conversations with us!

Melissa
Pleasant Grove, UT
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A Reason for Writing – Transition

A Reason for Writing - Transition

A Great Handwriting Program

We used A Reason for Handwriting last year. My son really liked decorating the pages and the people he gave them too really enjoyed them. People commented on his beautiful handwriting which greatly improved with this program. When it came to ordering a handwriting program this year he specifically asked to do A Reason For Handwriting again. It is an excellent program.

Cara
Beverly, NJ

 

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Big Bag of Science – Great Fun!

Big Bag of Science

The Big Bag of Science is a wonderful bargin!  There are so many fun experiments that it is hard to keep the kids to save some for other days.  Some experiments do built off each other so watch out you dont throw anything away that you will be needing.  I would recommend this kit to any parent!

Erin
from Grafton, OH
 
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