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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Chemistry 101 review by Wonder-filled Days

Suzanna says, “I have two sons doing high school chemistry this year.  This year I have a son in 9th grade and one in 11th so one of them is using Integrated Physics and Chemistry and one of them is using Jay Wile’s Discovering Design with Chemistry. So when Timberdoodle offered me a copy of Chemistry 101 in exchange for a review I jumped at the chance.  I knew that having a teacher that’s passionate about the subject matter would make Chemistry come alive for them.” Read the rest of her review at Wonder-filled Days.

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Why don’t we add a Bible portion to our curriculum?

Why don’t we add a Bible portion to our curriculum? From the time our children could sit in our laps, family devotion was a mainstay in our home, so teaching Bible to our children was paramount. But for too many families the sum total of Bible instruction for their children is Bible workbooks that are little more than read-and-regurgitate exercises, and that alarms me. Yes, I did want children to know the facts of the Bible – who killed a giant with a small stone; who was thrown into a lion’s den; and who changed water into wine, and The […]

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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 […]

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Timberdoodle Kit Options

With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to know which kit would be right for your family. Each of our Timberdoodle Curriculum kits is available in 3 models: Basic, Complete, or Elite. What’s the difference (besides price)? I’m glad you asked! Our Basic kit includes grade-specific materials for language arts, math, and thinking skills. It is not a complete curriculum. You’ll need to add in history and science materials. This is a great option for families on a strict budget who are willing to do the work to find those materials at the library, or for those with […]

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Recipe for Conductive Dough

Making your own play dough is easy, fun, and inexpensive. The kids love helping mix in the colors… or mixing together two different colors of finished play dough to see what new color they can make. Obviously, there are endless sculptures to be created with play dough, but did you know it can also be used to conduct electricity? Here’s a recipe for an easier to make conductive play dough from our team here at Timberdoodle. It can be used along with our DIY Electro-Dough Kit for a fun summer activity. Conductive Dough Ingredients 1 cup water 6 oz salt 1 […]

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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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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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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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