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

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Mathematical Reasoning Beginning Pre-K

Mathematical Reasoning Beginning Pre-K

I used this book with my oldest and bought another copy to use with my second child – both started it at age 3. Both children have really enjoyed this book – the pictures are engaging and there’s plenty of repetition with each topic before moving on. I think it’s well worth the money, as it takes quite a while to work through the entire book. I highly recommend it!

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Christy
Tuscaloosa, AL
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Christian Light Education Reading to Learn Series

Reading to Learn Complete Set

We love using this series.  We use it as our reading program.  The vocabulary words are excellent, the stories are interesting, informative, and full of good biblically based lessons for our children’s spiritual growth, and the scripture verses for each stories always lead us back to rely on His word for everything. I make vocabulary tests and comprehension questions to go with the stories.  My only question is why there are two readers for Grade 2.

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Ginger
Pass Christian, MS
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Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks

I have used Teaching Textbooks for Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.  The material truly is “self-taught” (which is a huge time-saver for the teacher), although I needed to help my daughters for 10-30 minutes daily with the few problems they could not complete on their own or got incorrect.  We did not purchase the solutions sets because I have a strong background in math.  For a teacher without this background, I would recommend the solutions as well as the answer key/test booklet that already comes with the instruction book.  (Note:  I did not use the computer-based materials that are also offered.)  While the books are adequate to prepare students to do well on the ACT or SAT, I don’t think they are challenging enough for students expecting to go on to college level math, physics, or engineering (not enough advanced story problems).  I think the algebra preparation was adequate for our daughter who took a business math class her freshman year at college.  The algebra is probably also OK for students continuing in the field of chemistry.   Overall, the books are well-written and 99% error-free.  I especially liked the gradual introduction of new concepts while prior concepts are reviewed and reinforced in practice problems.  I thought the story problems were “corny”(although not offensive), but the students seem to like them.

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Evalyn
Salmon, Idaho
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Physics Solar Workshop

Physics Solar Workshop

We bought this for a Christmas gift that needed to be under $100. It was worth the money.  The solar panel will work with 12 projects so our son is able to use his imagination and desire for discovery to build, build and build and the solor panel can work with all projects.  If your kid has a bent toward engineering this is a great product for them to practice real life applications on a small scale.  Many priciples of engineering are happening at the same time, just like in real life. The electrical and civil engineers have to work together to make things work. The pieces are durable , projects take some thought perfect for our 11year old.

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Priscilla
Upper Marlboro, MD
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Horizons Math Series

Horizons Math

This program was definitely the right choice for us!  The consistent review, variety and color made it the perfect choice for our very bright daughter who struggles with ADHD.  A page full of boring addition problems would just send her into tears, but the daily review of 6 – 10 problems mixed in with fraction work, decimals, geometry, etc, makes daily math much less painful.  Concepts are introduced slowly and with lots of visual support right in the worksheet.  I rarely even have to open the manipulative box.  This program may not be right for every child, but it has definitely been the right choice for us.

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Kate
Basking Ridge, NJ
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Phonics Pathways

Phonics Pathways

I have used Phonics pathways with 2 of my children and greatly love it!  My children are reading and writing way above grade level and have a joy of reading!  My only problem with it was that the teacher has to write out the sentences to reinforce what they read.  This was very time consuming for me.  I have 2 more children to use this program with so I solved the problem by copying the handwriting sentences for the younger two!  It is a wonderful program and I am loving the results!  It truely is worth the effort!  The price of this product was fantastic in comparison to other products I have seen for teaching children how to read and write!

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Laura
New Plymouth, ID
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Light Wedge booklight

Lights the page not the room

Lights the page not the room

We live very rurally, so being in the car after dark is not rare.  We were looking for a light the kids could use without blinding us in the front seat, or other drivers on the highway.  We really like the Light Wedge!  The light is strong enough to light up the pages and even the area around the kiddos, but not a beam that can blind others.  The only complaint I have is that in both of the LightWedges we own, there are not 2 levels of brightness,as advertised, just one.  Otherwise, we really like this product and recommend it highly.

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Judi
Big Sandy, MT
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Pentago

Pentago

Pentago

Many children’s games are not fun for me to play but we all love to play Pentago.  If I’m not paying close attention, my kids beat me!  We alter the rules for my youngest(9) so that only he can rotate a tray and that’s really challenging.  Children as young as 6 could play this way.  They really have to pay attention and think to play well, but it’s not a hard game to learn.

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Kathy
Parker, CO
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Mystery of History

The Mystery of History

The Mystery of History

We love the Mystery of History series and have used it since it was first published.  It is the highlight of our day when Dad reads each lesson aloud. Our 16 and 13 year old children adore listening and learning and it is a family game to see who gets the most questions right on the tests and quizzes. The extra curricular activities are well written and explained making it an ideal curriculum. I have recommended this series to both my homeschool and non-homeschool friends and they, too, love it.

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Jan
Forest Lake, MN
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Wedgits to Go

Wedgits To Go

Wedgits To Go

This is a great toy, all my kids love it- from the 7 year old up to the 15 year old. They are just so neat to play with that you can’t put them down and the tote makes storage and picking up easy.

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Linda
Anna, Tx
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