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 6th Grade

Key To Fractions Math

Key To Fractions

“I am pleased with this product”

“This product has really been a gem in teaching my 9 yrs old daughters’ fraction concepts. The lessons are incremental, step by step and in a strange way fun. There is some review in the beginning of each book of the prior materials taught in the previous book except of course for the first one. One gripe I may have is that it doesn’t explain exactly what happens when you multiply fractions. It shows you the steps of how to do the problem but no explanation of how and why. I was hoping for some kind of explanation with the circles or bars or something like that. The books are not meant to be math spine book but still it should have that extra component in my humble opinion. Many books don’t explain that concept well and I am sure Key To Fractions would do great job of explaining it in a simple way. I will be ordering all the other books as well and we will be cycling through all the books in one year. Book 1 fractions, decimals, metric measurement, measurement then book 2 ….”

John
Hayward, CA
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Settlers of America Trails to Rails Review

Settlers of America Trails to Rails

Love it! This is a great game to teach your children all about the history of the settling of our country, in a fun and easy way. Both our children, ages 5-11, and we parents love this game. It is fun to play, rewarding, educational, and a great deal for the money you pay. I highly recommend Settlers of America Trails to Rails to anyone who wants an indepth game to play with many ages, while teaching about things such as settling, creating towns, connecting towns, manifest destiny, and so much more.

Lisa
Grand Junction, CO
 
 
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Review of Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler

Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler

Still provides hours of enjoyment for my children!

My son asked for this book (Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler) for his 12th birthday and says it was one of the best gifts he ever received. He does experiments out of it all the time. I have had many science experiment books around the house for years, but my children never took an interest in them like this one. My kids, 10, 12, and 14 are always trying something new out of this book and calling us in to see their amazing new find. They have the best fun with it! They are able to do most of the experiments on their own with things that I really do have around the house. I can’t say enough good about it! I am planning to buy another copy or two to give away as gifts.

Julie
MN
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Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space

Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space

I used this book last year for my 6th and 2nd graders. It worked beautifully for both of them. I read the lessons aloud to them together, and we did the experiments and activities together. I chose supplemental library books for them at their own levels, and their notebook pages were done at their own levels. My only complaint is that the astronomy section is very light, so I ended up puttting together my own unit using library books. However, since I wanted the majority of the year to be spent on earth science, this was only an inconvenience. We will be using Christian Kids Explore Chemistry this year for my now 7th and 3rd graders.

Jennifer from Irvine, CA
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Squishy Human Body

Squishy Human Body

Fun and Educational

I don’t exactly know if this is a puzzle, a book, an educational tool…because it functions as all of the above. It is a puzzle in the sense that you take the body parts out and then you have to replace them in the correct order. It is a book because the book is very colorful, interesting, easy to follow and read and just wonderful. And it is educational tool…not only will you learn about the human body and the basic parts, but also the bones, the muscles and the major organs of the body. They say it is for ages 8 and up, but my 7 year old loves it and can put it together. The added medical instruments are a bonus…very fun to play doctor with as you are taking apart and putting back together the human body, plus it is good for developing fine motor skills. The squishy body parts are also a hit with my kids. This is a winner all the way around. I am glad we bought this item.

homeschooler from Nebraska

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Apples Spelling

Apples

Loving this book!

I purchased this workbook (Apples Spelling) for my two sixth graders. They needed some extra help with spelling rules. We have been using it for two weeks and I am so impressed. The kids like it because the lessons are easy to read, short and to the point. I like it because they can work independently and there is a good amount of practice but not too much. I am already seeing an improvement in some areas of weakness.

Angela
from Lebanon, OR
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Two views on Teaching Textbooks

My 4th grade son and 5th grade daughter have used Teaching Textbook 4 and Teaching Textbook 5 this year. We will be doing another curriculum next year. We’ve found the sound effects distracting and frustrating and the constant coaching belittling. My daughter actually asked to go back to Saxon Math (which I did not like teaching). We’ve found Teaching Textbooks to be below grade level compared to many other products. The main advantage that we’ve seen with this product is that the parent does not have to spend any time on math. If your child is younger and wants to make a video game out of math, or you are a parent that wants to spend no time teaching math, then this is for you.

Atlanta, GA

Another view of Teaching Textbooks

I get tears in my eyes as I remember the struggle Saxon’s Algebra 1 was for our oldest daughter. Even with the D.I.V.E. program she just could not get through some problems. We have completely switched from all other Math to Teaching Textbooks where we can. Our 3rd grader is still working on Miquon and Developmental Math and I am thinking that I will begin him on Math 5 after he finishes 3rd grade. Our 5th grader, who only did Miquon Red and Orange and DM3-12, is whizzing through the Math 5, loving it and doing really well. I just want to cry when I think of this wonderful program! We gladly spend on these courses knowing that all of the children coming behind will be able to use it in the future. Our 4 children all love it and the youngest is eagerly waiting until he can start! A note about the Math 5, our daughter does not even use the CDs. It is very usable with the textbook alone. I thank God for the Sabouri’s and Timberdoodle.

Pauline
El Salvador, Central America
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Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

This book (Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology) is truly information packed! Given that I am teaching an 8 and a 6 year old, I had to take the approach that this would serve as an introduction to the complexity and wonder of the human systems, rather than something I could expect the kids to fully know. Given the technical nature of the information, we chose to only cover a couple pages per day to allow them to digest the information better. There are great pictures and everyday illustrations/analogies to help the kids relate to the material. It truly honors God in its presentation. Couldn’t be more happy!

Jennifer K
Peoria, AZ
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What a Find! – Shakespeare Graphic Novel Collection

Shakespeare Graphic Novel Collection

Shakespeare Graphic Novel Collection

As a literature major in college, I developed quite the affinity for The Bard. However, I have never agreed with the notion that Shakespeare plays should be read as they were written to be performed. But managing to take all eight children to regularly see Shakespeare has been challenging. While we do enjoy DVDs of his plays in theatrical form from the library, it was the Graphic Novels that really brought an appreciation of Shakespeare into our home. The illustrations are engaging, several of the more famous lines from each play are quoted, and the cast of characters before the story begins is incredibly helpful. Several of our children are visual learners, which has made these graphic novels even more valuable.


Tacy
Reading, PA
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50 People Every Christian Should Know

50 People Every Christian Should Know

50 People Every Christian Should Know should be on every family’s bookshelf! This is a really great book to introduce great Christians to your family. There are a lot of books out there on lots of different people, but this one takes it to a new level. We all know who Martin Luther was. But how much do you know about his wife? Did you even know his wife? This book has a chapter focusing on her. Plus, it included details about Martin Luther that I had never heard. This is a big thick book and is definitely a keeper and worth every cent that it cost!

Mom
Buckeye, AZ
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