Archive for October, 2010

2008 – Disasters On The Road

Oct 29, 2010 No Comments by

It all started innocently enough. Timberdoodle was invited to purchase booth space at a California homeschool convention. During the past 2 years we had been easing our way back into the local homeschool conference/convention scene and decided to go for it. Conference preparation went smoothly and we pulled out nearly on-schedule Tuesday morning. The trailer [...]

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2007 – Homeschool Firefighters?

Oct 28, 2010 No Comments by

You may remember that Abel wanted to be a firefighter from toddlerhood. At age 18 he joined as a volunteer firefighter and soon was enrolled in classes and running calls. The more he did, the more he came home and talked about his experiences, and the more he tried to persuade us to join too. [...]

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Krissy, Our Introduction To Autism

Oct 27, 2010 No Comments by

Krissy is the daughter of dear friends of ours and was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Despite participation in various early interventions through the public school system, she made agonizingly slow progress. At 5 years old, she finally began to talk, and at 6 had developed a large vocabulary of words, but had very [...]

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2005 – Disclaimer

Oct 26, 2010 No Comments

Quoted from the Timberdoodle Catalog, Summer 2005 Our children have teasingly suggested that Timberdoodle Co ought to run a disclaimer, akin to car and medicine ads, so here it is: Nearly every product Timberdoodle Co sells has been thoroughly tested by one or more of our children and in all cases fulfilled the claim of [...]

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2004 – Teaching Textbooks

Oct 25, 2010 No Comments

Do you wish you could do math over again? I do, and it is not that I particularly struggled with math, but I never mastered it and instead just got by with doing the minimum. I think if I’d had Teaching Textbooks as a student, it would have made all the difference, and in reading [...]

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6 Questions To Help Pinpoint Why You Have A Reluctant Reader

Oct 23, 2010 No Comments

“My 7-year-old is still not reading at the level I keep thinking she needs to.” “My 14-year-old has been taught phonics but is having a very difficult time with applying the rules to spelling words and reading is slow–he will see a difficult word and just say something. I really think that he is being [...]

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2003 – Credit Cards, Blessing or Curse?

Oct 22, 2010 No Comments

This letter is reprinted from our Fall 2003 Catalog: Dear Friends, Mail order has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. While we were never able to make the promised millions-at-home-while-wearing-your-pajamas, it has put food on the table, given our children honest labor and even allowed us to hire a handful of exceptional personnel. But [...]

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Taking Care Of Grammy

Oct 21, 2010 No Comments

Grammy with the bottle-fed goat kid an employee brought to work here at Timberdoodle. Like all businesses, Timberdoodle had to work harder in 2002 than we had in a long time. God was gracious though, and time and time again we saw Him at work. In August we were even able to take Grandma and [...]

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2001 – The Saga of Solid Rock Farm

Oct 20, 2010 No Comments

You may be wondering what our mini-farm has to do with Timberdoodle. A lot, actually! Solid Rock Farm was completely funded by Timberdoodle through the paychecks of us 5 kids. In addition to putting money toward clothes, gifts, tithe, treats, savings and more, we also agreed to put a certain portion of each paycheck into [...]

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What’s Growing at Solid Rock Farm?

Oct 19, 2010 No Comments

reprinted from a Timberdoodle catalog I wish I could say that when we settled on a name for our farmette that it was strictly ‘spiritual’ in nature. On Christ the solid rock we do stand, but our farm name was the result of a more literal bent. Our acreage is, for the most part, glacial [...]

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