Before you decided to use Timberdoodle, what was your biggest obstacle or concern about using a Timberdoodle Curriculum Kit?
The biggest problem I had with choosing a curriculum is that there were so many different options and I was afraid to buy something we would absolutely hate; it was overwhelming! There were so many subjects and things to consider. Before using Timberdoodle, I was creating my own program, mixing and matching items I would find online, at the library, or order from different companies. It took DAYS to plan and organize our school year, and often, things just didn’t ‘flow’ as well as I would have liked.
Then I found Timberdoodle. I ordered a couple things during the damaged book sale first, just to test it out, rather than risk spending a ton of money on something that wouldn’t work for us. My kids LOVED it. Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day and Story of the World saved our third grade homeschooling year. No kidding! We were ready to just give up.
What did you discover that helped you overcome that?
After we tried a few items, I knew we would LOVE a kit. I took the time to price the items (or similar ones) elsewhere and discovered that we couldn’t find it all, in such a convenient and organized fashion, anywhere else. We ordered a Custom Curriculum kit for Fourth Grade and it has been smooth sailing ever since.
Which Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits and editions are part of your story?
What is the very best thing about your Timberdoodle experience so far?
My reluctant reader who was three or four levels behind in reading discovered the Disasters in History series, Wile E. Coyote, and Tin Tin. One year with Timberdoodle graphic novels and he is reading two levels ABOVE his grade level! Before we used Timberdoodle, I was afraid he would never move past really basic books, but we ended our year reading Where the Red Fern Grows — and he ENJOYED reading it! I am so amazed by his growth and progress in Reading this year, and that’s not to mention the leaps and bounds my children have made in Science, Math, and Spelling. I couldn’t stop them from reading Pilgrim’s Progress. They LOVE Timberdoodle.
Would you recommend Timberdoodle Kits to your friends? And if so, what 2-3 Timberdoodle highlights would you want your friends to know?
Language Lessons can be challenging! Don’t try to force it, and if your child isn’t ready for it, customize your kit with something that will work better for your family….and Timberdoodle is wonderful because you can!
There are a ton of fun items you can expect with your kit! Give your child(ren) a few days to look through and try all the wonderful new materials. My kids were so excited to use the materials that they were actually distracted when we first started because they wanted to try everything at once!
Take advantage of the online planner! You can schedule subjects and print checklists for your children, and if you need to change your planner, you can! With Timberdoodle you don’t have to feel trapped, you can adapt it to suit your needs.
Any tips for a new homeschooler looking at Timberdoodle for the very first time?
If the cost concerns you, order from the clearance or damaged books sections (these are an amazing deal!) and try a few subjects first, and never be afraid to ask for help to customize your kit. Timberdoodle has wonderful customer service. For me, there were so many fun-looking options, I had no idea what to pick! That’s where the custom kits really helped. It narrowed down my options just enough that I could pick what we would enjoy the most without becoming distracted with all the wonderful products.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I was ready to throw in the towel. I felt like I was doing a terrible job homeschooling my two oldest children. I spent so much time trying to develop my own program, that I often forgot to make sure learning was fun. Timberdoodle gave me the confidence I needed. I knew they were getting a quality education, and the fun was built right in to virtually every subject.