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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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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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What If Someone Else Ran Your Booth?

Since announcing Why Timberdoodle Won’t Be At Conventions in 2016, we’ve been blown away by all the generous offers to staff a Timberdoodle booth for us. Knowing the work that goes into just family scheduling, unloading, and reloading, we are stunned that you could even consider doing this for us. Unfortunately though, there are multitudes of complicating factors such as taxes, training, product demo logistics, etc. that make it impossible this year. For instance, we estimate that just the demo copies of the grades and their displays would be close to 1,000 pounds. Can you imagine the shipping to bounce […]

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Hanging over the overpass, after swinging a 180 on I90.

Why Timberdoodle Won’t Be At Conventions in 2016

After much prayer, deliberation and discussion, Timberdoodle has made the difficult decision to forgo all homeschool conferences this year. We totaled both our rig and our trailer in our wreck last year, which plunged us into much consideration and debate as we sought wisdom from God to see if we should pursue investing in a new rig, or whether we should take a year off from attending conferences to regroup. It is with both sadness and peace that we have concluded that a year off from conferences is our next step. Our convention crew will truly miss you all, your […]

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Animal Kingdom Coloring Book

Coloring: A Surprising Brain Booster

One of 2015’s biggest and perhaps most unexpected art trends has got to be the intricate coloring books for adults. Widely peddled for their stress-relieving benefits, I see their advantages through a slightly different lens. Not only have I taught five children to read, but I have also communicated with countless parents around the globe who have confirmed that beginning readers are often the fingernails on the chalkboard of homeschooling. While it is vital to listen to a beginning reader as he painfully sounds out word after word, if you find this task not just mind numbing but threatening to […]

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Original Boogie Board vs. New Jot Boogie Board

Display Now with 50% brighter writing, the Jot 8.5 uses Reflex™ LCDs that are completely reflective and use ambient light to display a bright green image; and just like paper brightness, Jot 8.5 brightness decreases in lower light. Indoors this difference was definitely noticeable, but when the sun hits it – wow! The writing almost looks sparkly! More Pressure Sensitive Just press down harder/slowly for fat lines, while fast, light strokes leave a fine line. Interestingly though, there isn’t much of a “smear” effect. If you rest your hand heavily on the board you will see a faint imprint, but […]

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Why Did Timberdoodle Add Curriculum Kits?

From time to time we’re asked why the focus of Timberdoodle has changed from the original DIY emphasis in 1985 to our current curriculum kits. At its inception Timberdoodle specialized in hard-to-find tools that would enable parents to develop their own curriculum plans for each child. Thirty years ago, the offerings were slim and hard to come by. But as the years passed, resources proliferated until it truly became overwhelming to new homeschoolers. Family after family contacted Timberdoodle to ask, “Well, if it was your 1st grader, where would you start?” By 2009 we had lists of suggestions for each […]

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Is Teaching Textbooks Math Too Easy?

Math as Foreign Language In many ways, math is like a foreign language. Different courses will teach concepts in slightly different ways and even in different sequences. For instance, one might teach greetings first, while another emphasizes colors. Of course, neither approach is wrong, they simply reflect their teachers’ interests, approaches and opinions on the best possible way to learn the material. If you took a test part way through the course, you’d find you did better in one area than another, and depending on the bent of the test-writer, you might even find that your knowledge of greetings gave […]

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Doodle Our Catalog 2.0 (and 121 Doodle Ideas)

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 2015 Curriculum Catalog and would love to consider yours! Doodles of all skill levels are welcome; we find the toddler’s “bug” as appealing as the teenager’s B-17 or Dad’s beehive. Here is a PDF of suggestions – don’t hesitate to have your kids glance over the pages and see if any interest them. To Enter: 1. Doodle Use a […]

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Developing Your Child’s Auditory Memory

In a fascinating article written by Cyndi Ringoen, a neurodevelopmentalist, she pointed out that until a child has developed his auditory short-term memory, the ability to recall a sequence of numbers, phonics training would be unsuccessful. What that means is that to utilize phonics beyond memorizing individual sounds, a child must have an auditory short-term memory. This is perfectly logical, but what do you do if your child’s auditory memory needs work? The following e-mail conversation with Danielle is shared with her permission: My daughter is 4 (5 in April) and is almost done with the K kit. She is […]

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