Free Placement Test for 0-K

Young children are learning machines, simply because their brains are wired for constant exploration and experimentation. Children want to learn, and while giving kids what they want isn’t always in their best interest, we make a strong exception for learning. Much of your child’s education is absorbed by daily living. But you have an option to maximize their potential with Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits. Packed with hands-on learning, brain-stretching puzzles and games, and top-notch workbooks, we’ve heard from parent after p arent that this is just the right mix for their child. And with most Timberdoodle Preschool and Pre-K students logging […]


Should I Get Timberdoodle’s Preschool or PreK Kit?

I am trying to decide on curriculum for fall this year, and don’t want my child to be bored. He knows colors, shapes and numbers to ten and can recognize letters. He can cut straight lines only. He will be 4 in October of this year. Should I get the PreK or the preschool? From the description of your son’s aptitudes, his preschool skills seem to be quite solid. Our PreK kits are designed for ages 3-4, so he perfectly fits into the typical age range for the PreK curriculum as well. Placement really (depends, hinges, is based upon [you’d […]

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When Will the 2016-17 Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits Be Available

Are you having as much trouble as we are believing we’re almost through the first month of 2016? Many parents are already planning for the new school year and we are busily updating our Curriculum Kits for the 2016-17 school year. The new 2016-17 kits are scheduled to make their debut by early April. We do not anticipate major changes to our current kits; most of the key components should be staying as they are. However, we are constantly on the lookout for exciting new resources to include, and it seems like there are always a few things discontinued by publishers that […]

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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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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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Workbooks are Blank Walls! and Other Reasons to Use Workbooks With Your Little Guys

When we talk about workbooks for the 5 and under crowd we almost always hear the same thing from certain friendly folks. They thoughtfully respond that “He’s a little young for worksheets. Don’t push him into academics this young but instead just let him ‘be a kid’ for now.” We beg to differ. 🙂 Of course, let’s not forget to state the obvious! We agree 100% that there really truly isn’t a big push to get a young child enjoying workbooks. After all, we agree with these friends that we are not here to build a child genius whose incredible […]

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Schedule Planning Your Custom Curriculum Kit

You’ve created your own custom curriculum kit (bravo!), and now you’re wondering if there is any help for scheduling? The answer is ABSOLUTELY! If you drop by you’ll find a free blank schedule form that can be used with absolutely any curriculum. Start with the annual planner and input the books/programs/kits you will be using this year, along with how many lessons/pages/paintings each contains and how many weeks of school you’ll be using. Go to the next page and you’ll find your weekly checklist is ready to print and use, starting now! If you ordered a Timberdoodle Custom Curriculum […]


Has a 15-Month-Old Outgrown the Baby/Toddler Kit?

My son just turned 3…should I go with the preschool or pre k program? My youngest is 15 months do you think he will be bored with the baby program? Great question – though it’s a bit tricky to answer! The answer will vary widely by family but I think most families will prefer going with the Baby/Toddler Kit and the Pre-K kit. Here are the 3 primary reasons behind that answer: 1. The Baby/Toddler is completely reusable. If you anticipate more children, then it becomes easier to look at it as a long-time investment! (By the same factor, there […]


Homeschooling Different Grades Together

My ages and grade of my kids will be 6th, 4th and 1st. I am really wanting curriculum that is student taught for the most part PLUS that I can teach them all together. I am very scared and really don’t know what I am doing in regards to switching things up from a DVD set program to teaching on my own. Any help or suggestions I would really love….I have heard that the Apologia is a great curriculum to teach multiple grades at one time!!!! So again anything you have I would love to hear.  The good news is, […]