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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Switched-On Schoolhouse Grade 7

Switched-On Schoolhouse Grade 7

This has made homeschooling easy!

Our family greatly enjoys Switched-On Schoolhouse Grade 7.This is our first year working with this product.  I have been homeschooling my son for 6 years and this is the first year he looks forward to doing school.   Each morning my son knows what he has to get done.  The games and videos make learning fun. All subjects are on CD and I don’t have to worry about books or loose papers.  This product has given me a stress free year.Our entire family highly recommends this product to all homeschooling families.

Carolyn B
Carmel, ME
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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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Body of Evidence Curriculum

Body of Evidence Curriculum - Set of 8 DVDS

Learning so much!

I bought this series (Body of Evidence Curriculum – Set of 8 DVDS) for my 13 year old son but I’ve learned a great deal myself.  I’m an EMT and I wish I had access to these DVDs when I was taking my EMT classes. The good doc has a real gift for explaining things simply and clearly. I love his use of “props”. It’s especially good for the visual learner. Excellent series indeed!

Susie
Arlington, OR
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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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Swamp Fox of the Revolution

The Swamp Fox of the Revolution

I just finished reading The Swamp Fox of the Revolution aloud with my 9-year-old son. We both loved it. I was amazed at how much historical detail the author was able to put in the book without it being boring. I have often gotten bored with books about historical wars because there are so many confusing details that it gets dry, but that didn’t happen with this book. It doesn’t read like a novel or even exactly a biography. It simply tells the story of Francis Marion’s involvement in the Revolutionary War but with enough interesting details to hold your attention (such as what drink Marion always kept in his flask.) Marion was an intriguing man and he and his men did amazing things, so there is no need to sensationalize to make the book interesting. It’s supposed to be for 12 and up but that’s mostly because of reading level. As a read-aloud, it engaged my 9-year-old but not my 7-year-old. There was nothing graphic or disturbing to make it unsuitable for younger ears.

Sarah
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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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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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Terrapin Logo

Terrapin Logo

Math Motivator!

My 11 year-old son thinks this program (Terrapin Logo) is too much fun to be considered schoolwork!  He loves programming the turtle to draw and will ask me how to calculate lengths of sides for his houses, sidewalks, etc.  This gives me a great opportunity to remind him of the Pythagorean theorem or teach him a bit of trigonometry.  He also recently discovered that it can be used to write programs for his Lego NXT robot — a bonus!  I was especially pleased with  the printed manual and tutorial that came with the program.  I appreciate these written materials as I find them much easier to use than the usual pdf manuals that often come with products nowadays.

Tawn B
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The Fallacy Detective

The Fallacy Detective

Adds a zing of fun to our school day!!

Each year we find one favorite supplement to our core curriculum that adds a zing of fun to our school day. This year we discovered The Fallacy Detective. The thirty-six short (short!) lessons in recognizing bad reasoning require no preparation, cover all the basics of logical thought without being “teachy,” and keep us laughing. Now, when I find a commercial or news article that contains a fallacy, I don’t have to explain it to my daughter while she stares at me with glassy eyes. I hand it to her and see if she can find the logic error. Fallacies have become this year’s game. The lessons in this book will serve my children well in their lifetime interpersonal relationships as well as in becoming logical thinkers in a world of tricks and sound-bytes. It’s also the perfect introductory book to future unit studies on advertising, the media, relational aggression, psychology, and current events. My favorite thing about the book? Hearing, “Just one more chapter, please?”!

Hjordes  CA
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