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Why don’t we add a Bible portion to our curriculum?

Why don’t we add a Bible portion to our curriculum? From the time our children could sit in our laps, family devotion was a mainstay in our home, so teaching Bible to our children was paramount. But for too many families the sum total of Bible instruction for their children is Bible workbooks that are little more than read-and-regurgitate exercises, and that alarms me. Yes, I did want children to know the facts of the Bible – who killed a giant with a small stone; who was thrown into a lion’s den; and who changed water into wine, and The […]

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The Extraordinary Versatility of the Extraordinaires Design Studio

A guest post by John Fiore. When the Creativity Hub set out to make a plaything that would introduce young people to design thinking, they ultimately created The Extraordinaires Design Studio®, a wonderful combination of empathy, design, and self­-esteem building that invites every child to do much more than just draw. As part of Timberdoodle’s Fifth Grade Curriculum Kit, The Extraordinaires Design Studio® can easily be integrated into a variety of subject area activities to support or extend values­-based curriculum goals. Writing and Empathy Every great design idea starts with a meaningful purpose. The larger-­than­-life clients depicted on the double­-sided Extraordinaires’ character cards have larger­-than-­life […]

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Are Phonics Taught in Spelling You See?

A Guest Post by Jean Soyke. We’re often asked if Spelling You See uses phonics to teach spelling. Learn how Spelling You See’s use of phonics differs from most other programs. It’s fun to be at a homeschooling convention and watch someone leaf through a Spelling You See book for the first time. The puzzled looks are often followed by questions such as: • Where are the lists? • How do you know which words to teach? • Are there tests? • Does this program use phonics to teach spelling? Are Phonics Taught in Spelling You See? The last question […]

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Timberdoodle Communities

Looking for a place to hang out online with like-minded homeschoolers? Wondering how anyone else handled this particular science kit? Or wishing you could encourage someone just getting started this year? Join one or more of our brand new Facebook Groups:   www.facebook.com/groups/Timberdoodle Join this group if you enjoy using a Timberdoodle approach to homeschooling whether that is with one of our curriculum kits or not.   www.facebook.com/groups/EarlyTimberdoodle If you’re homeschooling using Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits for Tiny Tots, Preschool, PreK, or Kindergarten, this is the group for you!   www.facebook.com/groups/ElementaryTimberdoodle If you’re using Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits for 1st through 4th […]

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Free Placement Test for 0-K

Young children are learning machines, simply because their brains are wired for constant exploration and experimentation. Children want to learn, and while giving kids what they want isn’t always in their best interest, we make a strong exception for learning. Much of your child’s education is absorbed by daily living. But you have an option to maximize their potential with Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits. Packed with hands-on learning, brain-stretching puzzles and games, and top-notch workbooks, we’ve heard from parent after p arent that this is just the right mix for their child. And with most Timberdoodle Preschool and Pre-K students logging […]

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Timberdoodle Kit Options

With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to know which kit would be right for your family. Each of our Timberdoodle Curriculum kits is available in 3 models: Basic, Complete, or Elite. What’s the difference (besides price)? I’m glad you asked! Our Basic kit includes grade-specific materials for language arts, math, and thinking skills. It is not a complete curriculum. You’ll need to add in history and science materials. This is a great option for families on a strict budget who are willing to do the work to find those materials at the library, or for those with […]

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Recipe for Conductive Dough

Making your own play dough is easy, fun, and inexpensive. The kids love helping mix in the colors… or mixing together two different colors of finished play dough to see what new color they can make. Obviously, there are endless sculptures to be created with play dough, but did you know it can also be used to conduct electricity? Here’s a recipe for an easier to make conductive play dough from our team here at Timberdoodle. It can be used along with our DIY Electro-Dough Kit for a fun summer activity. Conductive Dough Ingredients 1 cup water 6 oz salt 1 […]

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10 FAQs About 2016 Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits

With the release of the 2016 Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits you’ve had many great questions for us. Here are our top 10 questions and answers so far. Please let us know if you have any more questions we can answer. We want you to be as excited as we are! Why did you switch to Math-U-See instead of Mathematical Reasoning? Do the components of the old kits stay on your website? Why did you switch to First Language Lessons instead of Language Smarts? Do I get reward points and the appropriate gift certificate during the pre-sale? Will the kits be available […]

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Meet Our New Bloggers

Adventures in Homeschooling is a Navy family, homeschooling two of their three children and has been a Timberdoodle subscriber and convention visitor for years. Their Navy life has added some adventure for you to follow along with. You can also find her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Facebook. Samantha of As They Grow Up is a mom to four children, homeschooling the two that are elementary-school age; their oldest is an RN, and their other daughter is in college. They love many things such as organic gardening, biking, camping, and hiking. When asked what theme song would play when she enters a room, she […]

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Doodle Timberdoodle’s 2016 Catalog!

Would you like your family’s artistry featured in a Timberdoodle catalog? Or perhaps you’re more interested in winning one of the 3 amazing prizes or taking up to $5 off your next Timberdoodle order? We’re collecting doodles for consideration in our 2016 Curriculum Catalog and Curriculum Handbooks, and we would love to consider your doodles! Entries of all skill levels are welcome; we find the toddler’s “bug” as appealing as the teenager’s B-17 or Dad’s beehive. If you or your child isn’t sure where to start, take a look at this PDF packed with suggestions! To Enter: 1. Doodle Use […]

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