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

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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A Young Historian’s Introduction to World View

A Young Historian's Introduction to World View

Over my many years of homeschooling, Timberdoodle has become one of my favorite catalogues, mainly because they have lead me to so many unique, quality materials. But the one that stands out to me as the best of all is this Young Historian’s Introduction to World View. In my over 20 years of homeschooling this is the first curriculum that I have been inspired to recommend whole-heartily. It is a clear presentation of ideas, simple enough for middle school students to grasp with ease, but not ‘simple’ in its content. I learned much doing this with my 12 year-old son, and I have studied world view on an adult level. This curriculum would work well as a first introduction at the middle school level, but it would also be a great start to a world view course on the high school leve. The hands on projects are not just a ‘add-on craft,’ but an important part of making the topics clear. The stories are engaging and helpful in explaining the concepts clearly. All in all, I found this to be a vary valuable addition to our homeschool. I recommend it to anyone interested in adding a world view class into their curriculum at any middle school or high school age. I also recommend the history curriculum produced by the same author, An Overview of Western Civilization, as continuing the great work started in A Young Historians Introduction to World View.

Catherine
Perkasie, PA
I am the mother of four boys and have been homeschooling since 1989. I only have one left at home at this time, my other three having already been launched into the world and doing well.
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Adopted for Life

Adopted for Life

An incredibly moving book.  Look closely at your adoption in Christ and tearfully consider the deep love the Father has for you by making you His sons and daughters.  I was drawn to this book after the first chapter.  Deeply theological but easy to understand.  Made me consider adoption in a whole new light (both my adoption in Christ and the adoption of my two children).  Every member of the body should read this book; you will be encouraged.  This (Adopted For Life) was Tim Challies #1 book of the year last year.

Kelly

Nashville, TN

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Tales of Persia

Tales of Persia

Tales of Persia was full of interesting missionary stories.  The Author had a wonderful way of bringing the adventures down to a children’s level, even his explanation of the Muslim religion was easy for even our 7 year old to understand.  Our whole family enjoyed this book as a family read aloud!

Leanne
Kingman, AZ
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A Young Historian’s Introduction to World View

A Young Historian's Introduction to World View

A Young Historian's Introduction to World View

As parents, many of us will spend our children’s growing up years instructing them in the Christian faith, which is good and right.  But, how about inoculating them with an understanding of how Christianity compares and contrasts with other worldviews?

In our family, we have strive to teach our children sound Christian doctrine.  We also planned for each of our children to take worldview courses in high school because the subject of worldview seemed too lofty for us to approach until then. Well, that’s not the case anymore.  With A Young Historian’s Introduction to World View, parents and children can engage in a concrete and understandable worldview study together–and do it well before the high school years.

This immensely rewarding curriculum has many facets.  First, it’s a worldview primer, but the content is not juvenile in the least.  Parents will be pleasantly surprised by how much they will learn right along with their children. Second, this course is a tool for helping students of history get beyond the questions of who, what, when and where to discern the whys behind historical events.  Understanding and contemplating the whys makes the study of history much more meaningful.  For example, “Why did so and so’s worldview drive him to conquer a neighboring country?”  Third, this curriculum is a stimulant for dialog.  It has taught our family to ask thoughtful questions of friends and relatives in order to discover and discuss world views.  Along the same lines, this study has challenged me personally to get beyond those “pat” Christian answers, and practice articulating my faith in a deeper, more descriptive way.

If I may, I would like to make a gentle appeal here to parents who feel apprehensive about exposing their children to other worldviews.  Please let me encourage you… God is very BIG, and God makes a lot of sense!  While our children are with us, there is no better venue than the home for wrestling with hard questions about faith, and seeking deeper answers about life in this crazy, mixed-up world.

NUTS AND BOLTS

The course is broken into four long lessons, but there are plenty of good stopping places for pausing each day.  Our family took either seven or eight days to complete the course and spent an average of about 45 minutes per day for lessons, which included me reading the literature activities aloud to my children.  Once you start this study, it’s important to keep the momentum going.  We accomplished this by doing the lessons on a Monday through Saturday. Then, we picked right up again the following Monday.

A Young Historian’s Introduction to World View would be great for both parents to do along with the children.  However, if Mom and kids are doing the course during school hours without Dad, plan to do each of the four Table Talk discussions with Dad in the evenings.  Table Talk is the built-in review, and took our family about 15 – 30 minutes each evening, depending on the lesson.  One preparation suggestion:  During the second Table Talk, parents are asked to communicate to their children the evidence they have for their beliefs, and how they believe this evidence for their worldview is true and reliable.  If you haven’t had to “…give the reason for the hope that you have…” for some time (1 Peter 3:13-17), consider spending personal time in prayer and jotting down important thoughts in advance.  This way, you’ll make the most of the opportunity to share from your heart in the context of this study.

In regard to age appropriateness, A Young Historian’s Introduction to World View is slated for ages 10 and up, which is ideal. I agree with Timberdoodle’s review that younger children (ages 6 –9) could grasp many of the concepts with a slower pace, repetition and explanation (and with a parent or older child assembling the hands-on activities).  However, I personally would recommend you hold off using this curriculum until you have a few children who are ages 10 & older.  The result will be more thought-provoking discussion, more effective interaction for the activities, and better retention because the information will be more meaningful to children this age.  Additionally, I would recommend keeping a steady pace with your older children through the lessons, and reinforcing or reviewing with younger ones at a separate time during the day.

I do have one caution for families who are including children younger than 10 during a run of this course:  Some of the literature activities (stories) contain material that is written for a more mature audience, both in terms of comprehension ability and subject matter (thus, the recommendation for ages 10 & up). Before embarking on read-aloud time with younger ones, it would be wise for parents to preview the stories for age suitability.

5 stars

Lori
Washington
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