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 […]
Plan for Convergent and Divergent Thinking As you begin making plans for next school year, you’ll want to keep in mind the necessity of incorporating both convergent and divergent thinking into your curriculum selection. Experts recognize these as the two major types of brain challenges we all encounter. What is Convergent Thinking? Convergent thinking generally involves finding a single best answer, and is important in the study of math and science. Convergent thinking is the backbone of the majority of curriculum, and is crucial for future engineers, doctors, and even parenting. Much of daily life is a series of determining […]
#1) Family Owned and Operated Since 1985 Timberdoodle was founded for one reason: meeting the needs of fellow-homeschoolers. We aren’t here for your money (though we’d never exist without your purchases!) but we want your family to find homeschooling to be stress-free and bursting with excitement and will do whatever we can to make homeschooling a feasible endeavor for your family! #2) We Offer 3 Crazy-Smart Kit Options for Each Grade Basic kits for those on a strict budget or combining more than one grade. Complete Kits for you who are looking for an all-in-one solution with a mix […]
There’s been a lot of buzz, discussion, and anxiety in the homeschool community for the last few years about the Common Core State Standards. Many of you have asked us what our stance is on the standards, and whether our curriculum is designed to comply with them. What is the Common Core? According to the CCSS website, “The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt.” Why Homeschoolers are Concerned There is some real concern […]
We believe that history and science are best studied as a family, especially in the elementary grades. Not only will it promote family unity, but it will also take pressure off you since you don’t need to teach multiple science programs or portions of history at the same time. On top of that you’ll save money since you aren’t purchasing science and history textbooks for every child every year. (You may still want each one to have their own workbook or notebook though.) Need help deciding which programs to go with? Here are some starter hints. Science Apologia Elementary is […]
Every Curriculum Seller Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life As summer draws to an end I am amazed with the inundation of emails I receive advertising curriculum kits; each of which claims that their package will solve all your problems and leave you with a magical, happy school year. Your children will skip out of their room every day and beg to do their school work. You will never be confused about what to teach next. Messes will clean themselves up, and the dog will probably learn to read too! If you believe all the claims you will be […]
We are often asked about the documentation included in our Core Curriculum Kits, and with good reason. You know that your curriculum manual will set the tone for the year. With that in mind, we wanted our Scheduling Helps Folder to be extremely simple, easy to use, and promote independent study. We wanted you to be up and running today without being overwhelmed, bored, or confused. So what exactly do you get and what does it look like? Each Core Curriculum Kit comes with its very own Scheduling Helps Folder. We are still in the midst of revising them for […]
In the academic world, our hands-on babies are at a disadvantage. These children learn best by doing… Keep in mind that God put those wiggles in your baby. When you think you just cannot clean up one more mess, tell yourself that to excel academically your baby needs as much active time as possible. I like to think that the more weary I am, the brighter my hands-on baby is becoming.
What changed between 2011 and 2012? Why? Where should your student start?
Absolutely! There are two things to be aware of though. All school P.O.s must pay actual shipping costs. Before we will accept any P.O.s from your school district we do need to have an application filled out, which you can download here as a PDF: Timberdoodle’s PO Approval Form 2011