CURRICULUM GUIDE QUESTIONS
The Basic kits are the nuts and bolts backbone of the curriculum. You’ll cover the essentials of math, language arts, and thinking skills. Mostly workbooks, no bells and whistles, but for those of you on a tight budget, this will get you off to a great start. Most families find they can add science and history using their local library to maximize that budget.
Complete kits include everything listed above, plus science, history, and the best hands-on learning components.
Elite kits include all of that, plus the bells and whistles we’d add if money wasn’t an object. Depending on your grade level, you’ll learn a second language, paint more, build cells, learn through puzzles, and much more.
Accredited is a term used for schools, so since Timberdoodle is not a school (we never grade your student’s work, for instance) we cannot be an accredited curriculum. For a more complete answer, see this blog post: Is Timberdoodle’s Curriculum Accredited?
You have two great options. Our preference is to combine students in history and science, at least in the elementary grades. (High school students usually find they need to stay on their own track to accomplish all they want to check off before graduation.) To do this you can order one Complete or Elite kit with the science and history you want to study this year, and order Basic Kits for the other students. Or, customize the kits (by phone or email now, online customization coming soon) to remove duplicated science and history while leaving the hands-on thinking skills games and other bells and whistles.
Some families prefer not to combine subjects. If you’re one of those, know that our goal is to help your child begin working independently as early as possible so your workload as the teacher will dramatically decrease as soon as your child is confidently reading. You might also appreciate the case study in this blog post.
This is the question we’re most excited to answer – an automated way to customize curriculum kits is coming soon. Watch for the beta launch on Facebook this month, and an email with complete instructions shortly thereafter. We can’t wait to show you how easy this is! (Of course, we will always be happy to customize kits for free over the phone or via email as well; that’s not changing – we’re just adding a new option for those of you who’d prefer to do it all by yourself!)
Yes, absolutely! There will be a way to do this online shortly, but for now just let us know when you place your order what you’d like to change and we’ll make it happen. There is no charge either, unless, of course, you are choosing a more expensive level!
Absolutely! Virtually every item is available separately. Curriculum Guides, and occasionally kit items with very limited availability, are only available in the kits.
As a general rule of thumb, if you’re ordering more than a basic curriculum kit then you’ll qualify for the free shipping and special discounts of a Curriculum Kit, regardless of which items you’re changing. For instance, if you’re looking at first grade the basic kit is priced at $249. Let’s say you already own some of the basic items but after removing them and adding in what you really want from the elite and complete kits you’ll still need $350 of curriculum; you’ll still get the discount. This is more art than science as we fine-tune all of our calculations here, but it should give you some idea of what we’re striving for! It may also help to know that we are always happy to help customize your curriculum plans, regardless of whether or not you’ll qualify for the additional discount. Our goal is that you succeed this year, however you get there!
Yes, there is a teacher’s guide included. No, it doesn’t have day-by-day instructions. We have found ourselves frustrated by those in the past, when a simple dentist appointment or sick day threw off the entire schedule. So to simplify your life, we’ve designed our curriculum kits to operate on a weekly checklist basis. Simply check off the work for this week in each subject, and you’ll know you’re done. It won’t matter if you do math on Monday or Friday, or a little each day. You’re also free to decide each week whether you’re working at this five days or you want to race through it in three or four and spend the others at the lake.
Yes, each grade has a table of contents, sample page and sample weekly checklist (from the complete kit) on the item page. So if you’re interested in first grade, just look at the pictures on the First Grade Kit.
Both. You’ll receive a complete printed edition, plus a PDF of the weekly checklists for easy reprinting.
You’re thinking of this page: http://timberdoodle.com/schedule
The 2014 edition is a bit different than previous years. To make it easier, you’ll get a standard schedule page emailed to you when you purchase your kit, and at the link above there is a completely blank scheduler to allow you to plug in whatever you need.
Honestly, the Teacher’s Guide is very laid back. We include information on why each item was included, tips on how to approach it, and scheduling information, along with a few articles in the back. Most families will find using the blank form here http://timberdoodle.com/schedule works well for combining grades. However, if you’d like the guides to both, just let us know when you order the kit and we will be happy to sell you the second guide for a small fee.
We pull from a wide range of resources, including numerous publishers and manufacturers, to create our curriculum kits. As a business owned by a Christian family, our faith and values are generally reflected in the curriculum choices we make, however not all of our material is explicitly Christian. We also include a number of resources from quality secular publishers as well. For those homeschooling families who do not share our faith, and those who are part of programs funded by public resources which cannot be used to purchase religious materials, we do have secular alternatives available up through 8th grade. Read a more complete answer on our blog here.
Bible is much bigger than a box on your school checklist. It should happen whether it’s a school day or not, whether you feel like it or don’t, and even whether you homeschool or *gasp* opt to send your children to school. On top of that, it desperately needs to be tailored to your family’s interests, time-frame, and perhaps even what you’re studying at church. For a more complete answer, check out this blog post: The Bible: It’s Not Curriculum. It’s So Much More!
Many of our customers fall in love with our curriculum kits but rely on school funding (yes we take P.O.s) to be able to afford the curriculum their children need. However, this is a big problem since school districts are not able to purchase the Christian components of our complete kits. We’ve always allowed for customizing a curriculum kit to remove or substitute items, but this year we’ve made it even easier for you by pulling together a complete kit for grades 0-8 that you can order easily here.
We simply haven’t found alternatives to many of the components that truly live up to Timberdoodle standards without including Christian-based items. We would be happy to help you customize a curriculum to not include those items, but prefer to work one-on-one with you so that you know exactly what you are (and are not) getting.
We work hard to give our customers the very best price we can, cover our overhead, and hopefully put food on the table :o). As much as we would like to, with the discounts we already offer on most of our products plus the additional discount built into the curriculum kits, we just don’t have the ‘wiggle room’ in our pricing to add another layer of discounts.
We do not have a free shipping price (orders over $_ ship free) simply because shipping costs are so high right now. However, all curriculum kits get free ground shipping, as do Teaching Textbooks and Rosetta Stone orders. For more free shipping offers, be sure to stay tuned to our Daily Deals list. We typically have 3-5 free shipping items a week, and if you buy that item the whole order ships free! (Don’t have a ground shipping address? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an autoreply with information on how we apply the same discount to your order.)
We have a 120 day/120% policy. If we put the item you purchased on sale within 120 days of when you bought it, just let us know and we’ll refund you 120% of the savings. IE if you bought a construction kit for $100 and next week it went on sale for $80, we’d refund you $24. You’d save even more than if you’d bought during the sale!
No, we do not have that capability here. However, we do work with Paypal and they have a Bill Me Later program that could meet your needs. You can get more details on that here.
Yes, but you can use Doodle Dollars to pay shipping too, so it doesn’t have to cost you. And of course if you order a Daily Deals item, you could qualify for free shipping on the entire order!