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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Physics 101 review by The Flanders Family

Jennifer says, “Physics 101 did not disappoint. Although I planned to use this introductory course for my high schoolers (it’s part of Timberdoodle’s 10th Grade Curriculum Set), my younger kids quickly became engrossed in the video lessons, as well. So did I. I learned stuff in this course I never knew before — despite the fact I’d taken three years of physics in high school and college. That’s because Wes Olson, the host of the 101 Series, is a master at asking intelligent questions, then answering them with easy-to-follow explanations.” Read the rest of her review at The Flanders Family […]

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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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Extraordinaires Design Studio

The Extraordinary Versatility of the Extraordinaires Design Studio

A guest post by John Fiore. When the Creativity Hub set out to make a plaything that would introduce young people to design thinking, they ultimately created The Extraordinaires Design Studio®, a wonderful combination of empathy, design, and self­-esteem building that invites every child to do much more than just draw. As part of Timberdoodle’s Fifth Grade Curriculum Kit, The Extraordinaires Design Studio® can easily be integrated into a variety of subject area activities to support or extend values­-based curriculum goals. Writing and Empathy Every great design idea starts with a meaningful purpose. The larger-­than­-life clients depicted on the double­-sided Extraordinaires’ character cards have larger­-than-­life […]

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Are Phonics Taught in Spelling You See?

A Guest Post by Jean Soyke. We’re often asked if Spelling You See uses phonics to teach spelling. Learn how Spelling You See’s use of phonics differs from most other programs. It’s fun to be at a homeschooling convention and watch someone leaf through a Spelling You See book for the first time. The puzzled looks are often followed by questions such as: • Where are the lists? • How do you know which words to teach? • Are there tests? • Does this program use phonics to teach spelling? Are Phonics Taught in Spelling You See? The last question […]

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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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Famous Figures of the Renaissance Review by Homeschool Gameschool

The family over at Homeschool Gameschool was able to use the articulated figures from Famous Figures of the Renaissance to work on their history while they reviewed them. If you click over to the blog she’ll tell you her thoughts on them, as well as list everything she loves about them. “Lots and lots of great questions and conversation happened because of these paper dolls.” Learn about history AND have fun? Sounds great to me! Click here to read all of her thoughts on this great item and see the other pictures she’s shared with us.

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Review: Easy Grammar by Mommy Octopus

Are you looking for a way to work on grammar with your child? Or maybe a way to refresh grammar rules for yourself? Then you should check out Easy Grammar Plus. But don’t take it from me. Let Mommy Octopus tell you about it over on her blog review. She said, “We highly recommend Easy Grammar.  I’ve seen huge improvements in my children’s writing and they understand more about grammar from using this book….,” but had a lot of other things to say about it too. So click here and head over to read the rest to learn more about it […]

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