One Benefit of Going To School

From the Timberdoodle archives: Deb wrote this article in the early ’90s when she was still in the thick of homeschooling her children. What could your child possibly miss by not being in school? Well, obviously not the dark and shady side that is depressing to anyone who cares about children. But for years, attendance at school has yielded a hidden benefit for countless children. It is an advantage that most homeschool settings lack. No, I’m not thinking of band or gymnastics. Instead, what I am most concerned about is the lack of time management skills taught. It is easy […]

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Your Top 10 Wish List

We recently invited families on Facebook to share their Top 3 Wish List items from our site. When the results were in we tallied the votes and came up with this Top 10 list. What would you guess was the #1 choice this year? Scroll on down to find out! #10. Sphero SPRK+ Sphero SPRK+ is a versatile, programmable, go-anywhere, do-anything, high-tech robot that can be used as a tool to engage in multiple areas of critical thinking and programming. #9. Honeycombs Game There is a lot to love about the Honeycombs family strategy game, the best is that there […]

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What Do Family Devotions Really Look Like? Updated

As a foster family with little ones ages 2.5 to almost 5 years old, devotion time has radically changed from previous years, when we were a family of grown ups! Our morning devotion routine starts with gathering the family and getting the little ones seated quietly on the couch. Honestly, this is probably the most difficult part! Some mornings are finally almost effortless, but some mornings way more time is still spent on obedience than on devotions. Not to worry, this is both normal and extraordinarily valuable for the children. In fact, they may benefit as much from that training […]

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Join Us for the Homeschool Teaching Summit!

Hope and Grace are sisters, two of the Timberdoodle family’s daughters. Having employed their skills in the Timberdoodle homeschool products family business for over 30 years, they have screened and tested hundreds of products and have explained the chosen best to families at homeschooling conventions across the nation. These days they also enjoy applying their life experience as they parent their four young foster children, whom they are team-parenting along with their sister Joy in their childhood home in rural Washington. We are pleased to be featured speakers at the Homeschool Teaching Summit, a free event hosted online this October […]

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Teaching Little Ones Together

Nicole asks: “How should I dual teach a 2- and 4-year-old?” Our answer: Fantastic question! Our family has twin 2-year-olds, a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old so I completely understand the difficulties! We’ve done a few things to make life easier. Teach Independent Learning Little ones don’t know how to learn on their own, but if you can help them gain this skill you’ll find you gain a lot of freedom. Our twins have learned to put together Plus-Plus Midi so they can be handed a stack of pieces to put together and that will give you a few minutes to […]

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FREE! BambinoLUK Expansion Resources

Young children are almost always hands-on learners. That is why your child picks up and touches everything. It may look destructive, but it is how God has programmed him to learn. And because at this age your child will learn more easily using this preferred learning style, we recommend adding a hands-on thinking program to any written curriculum, to add balance and success. bambinoLUK is intended to maximize your child’s learning. It contains one easy-to-operate controller with six tiles housed in a transparent case and a number of different workbook sets targeting memorization, concentration, visual perception, logical thinking, linguistic skills, […]

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How Do Charter Schools Work?

For the sake of simplicity, throughout this blog post we’ll refer to all home-based charter schools, home study divisions of public schools, etc. under the title of “Charter School.” In a nutshell a charter school gets state funding for each child they have enrolled, just as a public school would. The charter schools we work with here at Timberdoodle pass on a chunk of the funding to you for curriculum purchases (orders usually have to be placed through them) and keep the rest of the funds to cover their overhead costs. Charter schools want you to sign up with them […]

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7 FAQs About Timberdoodle Handbooks

This time of year we receive a number of inquiries about our handbooks. Perhaps you’ve had these questions too? We hope this FAQ will help, and if you have more questions please ask away! Do I need a Curriculum Handbook? If you are a first time homeschooler, the answer is yes. Our curriculum handbooks were especially designed for you. Without this resource, parents new to homeschooling would get an enormous box of texts, workbooks, art supplies and construction kits and feel immediately overwhelmed. To make the first year of homeschooling smooth sailing, we took on the task of providing you […]

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What Do Your Family Devotions Really Look Like?

As a foster family with little ones 1-4 years old, devotion time has radically changed from previous years, when we were a family of grown ups! Our morning devotion routine starts with gathering the family and getting the little ones seated quietly on the couch. Honestly, this is probably the most difficult part! Some mornings are finally almost effortless, but some mornings way more time is spent on obedience than on devotions. Not to worry, this is both normal and extraordinarily valuable for the children. In fact, the toddlers probably benefit more from that training than from the actual contents […]

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How Our Family is Celebrating Christmas This Year

Our Christmas traditions have morphed through the years as our kids grew up. Now, after several years of having only adults at our celebrations, we welcomed three amazing foster children ages 1-4. Our excitement is palpable! To make this the best year possible for them, we’re bringing back some of our earliest traditions, while setting aside some cherished ones that would not be a good fit for them. Advent Books & Nativity Sets Introducing our little ones to the Christmas story is our highest priority this year. So we found 25 different picture books that retell the nativity story and […]

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