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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Rosetta Stone is well worth the money!!

Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version

This product is fabulous! I am using it for my 10 year-old son who has autism and struggles with basic language. He is benefiting tremendously from the combined visual and auditory presentation of language, plus the kinesthetic aspect of using the computer keeps him engaged. I also like the supplementary audio companion and worksheets that reinforce what he has learned during the computer lessons. The price is quite reasonable considering all that the program has to offer.

J.M.
Newcastle, WA

The Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version is on sale at timberdoodle.com until June 10th.

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Sequential Spelling 2 Bundle

Sequential Spelling 2 Bundle

This is a MUST for every homeschooler!

I have already recommended this curriculum to many of my friends! The teaching approach makes complete sense. I never thought how difficult it would be to learn and hold information with a spelling test done with many different words that have absolutely nothing in common. This approach is based in word families and going over different variations of the words through out the week. My daughter is 7 and loves that even if she doesn’t know a particular word, she can make an educated guess based on the other words in the list. This system has really given her the courage to make those guesses, with a high chance of her being correct.

Christine
North Carolina
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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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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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Bananagrams

Bananagrams

We often play this game according to the directions, which is fun and exciting. But as a homeschooling mom, I have found many other ways to use these great little tiles…everything from spelling words to playing phonics games with my beginner reader. I also love that I can throw this in the car when we are traveling and take it inside a restaurant to play with while we are waiting for our food to arrive. I have had many people stop by our table to see what we are doing or to comment on what a great idea that is. We love Bananagrams!!

Homeschooler from Nebraska

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Sequential Spelling

Sequential Spelling

Sequential Spelling

We have used Sequential Spelling now for 18 months and I cannot say enough things about how much improvement I have seen in my son’s spelling.  He is dyslexic and spelling has always been so difficult for him.  Not anymore!  His writing used to be full of errors, now there are very few.

But the best part is that he now enjoys spelling and considers himself to be a “pretty good speller” since starting this program.  Definitely 5 stars from this family!

Rebekah
Las Vegas, NV
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Apples Spelling

Two reviews of the Apples Spelling

I was disappointed

I purchased Apples and Apples 2 as a spelling review. I was disappointed that I was not informed that at times they misspell words for the kids to correct (ex-”shun” instead of “tion”). I feel strongly that I desire my kids to only see the correct spelling of a word in print, therefore I did not use the program. It looked like a decent enough program if you don’t mind the correcting of misspelled words.

De from Wisconsin

For students that are not natural spellers

We loved Apples and Apples 2.   We used them for remedial spelling work for middle school students but I think they would be fine for most 4th-6th grade students.  The books are set up so that you don’t have to be involved or do any prep work. The student learns the rule, and fills in the blanks to use the rule-based words in sentences. These books work well, for students that are not natural spellers by forcing them to pay attention to details. These books would be unnecessary for advanced spellers.

Teni from Brookings, Oregon

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Wordigo Game

Wordigo Game

I found Wordigo Game to be exactly as advertised – an educational game that’s not so educational that it’s no fun but also not so fun that it’s not educational. Even my poorest speller begs to play. As a parent, I have to be willing to miss the completion points because I’m constantly bombarded with, ‘Mom, is this a word?’ And that’s okay because they’re spelling…and liking it!

Joann
Oakland, OR
Twenty-year home-school veteran.

Spelling can be one of the most difficult subjects to master. Timberdoodle offers great spelling games, activities, and curriculum.

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SpellQuizzer Software

SpellQuizzer Software

The SpellQuizzer has been a great way to review, test and re-test as necessary. My 4th and 6th- graders really enjoy hearing Mom’s voice quiz their spelling list, even when I am momentarily unavailable to help them study. They are tickled with the “cheering crowd” they hear when they achieve a perfect score!  The only thing I would change is being able to see the grade on tests for which they do not score 100%. A help for busy parents.

Elizabeth

Heath, OH


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Only 1 star for Sequential Spelling?

Sequential Spelling

Sequential Spelling

There was once a time that I wholeheartedly recommended this spelling program. However, that is no more. I used this program with three different students for about a year. They were three very different students- one ace speller, one in need of serious remedial spelling help, and one who was right on track in spelling. I recommended this program before because it was fun, easy, the boys enjoyed it, is relatively inexpensive, requires no teacher prep, gives immediate feedback, can be used for multiple students easily, is not consumable, and was pretty easy to complete each day. Turns out, it was too good to be true. My ace speller was terribly bored. My remedial speller made very little to no progress. My on track speller began slipping behind. I believe this is because this spelling program is completely lacking- spelling rule training phonics training segmenting/syllable training My students learned little other than how to change a few letters to make a new word in a word family. This training didn’t stick. In their daily writing I often saw misspelled words that we had already covered in their spelling tests. I wouldn’t even recommend using this program along with a supplemental program that covers all it’s missing. In my opinion it’s simply missing exactly what it claims to teach- spelling training.

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Sheri
Glennville, GA

13 other homeschoolers gave Sequential Spelling an average 4 stars. Read their reviews and see if this is the spelling program for you!

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