Timberdoodle’s Homeschool Vodcast

We’d played with videos for awhile, so in 2010 we eagerly jumped into the world of vodcasting and set the lofty goal of one vodcast per week. 44 weeks later, we’ve produced 36 official vodcasts (including two which are awaiting release!) and released 10 Special Edition Vodcasts! You have been very understanding as we learn through experience. Employees have either delighted in or turned down opportunities to star, and we have enjoyed roping in Nehemiah’s daughter, the little ones we babysit and even local talent such as baby Elisha and his mom! About Today’s Giveaway (this post was originally part […]


Surprise! Curriculum Planning Really Isn’t For Everyone. (Let’s build curriculum kits)

Families tell us they love our Core Curriculum Packages but I wonder how many realize why it took us so long to offer that option. For over twenty years we clung to the belief that if you were going to go to the work of homeschooling, you would want to hand-select each item for each child. After all, that was what our family had chosen to do! Of course, we had always been eager to help families, and it was not uncommon for a mom to call asking where to start for a particular grade. We would give some recommendations […]


2008 – Disasters On The Road

It all started innocently enough. Timberdoodle was invited to purchase booth space at a California homeschool convention. During the past 2 years we had been easing our way back into the local homeschool conference/convention scene and decided to go for it. Conference preparation went smoothly and we pulled out nearly on-schedule Tuesday morning. The trailer was packed full of inventory and heavy shelving, and we were pulling it all with our best towing vehicle at the time, an older Ford van. Just after noon we were a little way from Medford, Oregon when one of the trailer tires totally shredded. […]


2007 – Homeschool Firefighters?

You may remember that Abel wanted to be a firefighter from toddlerhood. At age 18 he joined as a volunteer firefighter and soon was enrolled in classes and running calls. The more he did, the more he came home and talked about his experiences, and the more he tried to persuade us to join too. To make a long story short, two of my sisters and I joined the fire department in 2007, (Pearl wasn’t old enough yet) and in the fall we began EMT class. Abel has since worked a couple summers as a temporary hire for the department, […]


Krissy, Our Introduction To Autism

Krissy is the daughter of dear friends of ours and was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Despite participation in various early interventions through the public school system, she made agonizingly slow progress. At 5 years old, she finally began to talk, and at 6 had developed a large vocabulary of words, but had very limited communication skills. For instance, if she wanted a banana, she did not know to come ask for one. Instead if you asked her, “Do you want a banana?” she would echo, “banana” if she did want it, or be silent if she didn’t. Occasionally […]


2005 – Disclaimer

Quoted from the Timberdoodle Catalog, Summer 2005

Our children have teasingly suggested that Timberdoodle Co ought to run a disclaimer, akin to car and medicine ads, so here it is:
Nearly every product Timberdoodle Co sells has been thoroughly tested by one or more of our children and in all cases fulfilled the claim of the product. However, using the products in no way guarantees that said children have retained such knowledge for a lifetime. While they have all appreciated these products over others that were tried (but failed to pass the Timberdoodle Co criterion), they do not want others to suppose that they are bilingual, artistic, mechanical engineers. By God’s grace, they do love the Lord, and for that we are thankful!



2004 – Teaching Textbooks

Do you wish you could do math over again? I do, and it is not that I particularly struggled with math, but I never mastered it and instead just got by with doing the minimum. I think if I’d had Teaching Textbooks as a student, it would have made all the difference, and in reading your reviews, I see that MANY of you agree! In retrospect, adding Teaching Textbooks to our curriculum smorgasbord was the biggest event of 2004. It has played a key part in our curriculum recommendations and our own family’s math program (for those not yet graduated) […]


2003 – Credit Cards, Blessing or Curse?

This letter is reprinted from our Fall 2003 Catalog: Dear Friends, Mail order has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. While we were never able to make the promised millions-at-home-while-wearing-your-pajamas, it has put food on the table, given our children honest labor and even allowed us to hire a handful of exceptional personnel. But as paper costs and postal rates continue to climb and internet sites proliferate, it becomes increasingly difficult to compete on a level playing field. As long as the Lord allows, we will continue to send out a paper catalog, but we encourage you to also […]


Taking Care Of Grammy

Grammy with the bottle-fed goat kid an employee brought to work here at Timberdoodle. Like all businesses, Timberdoodle had to work harder in 2002 than we had in a long time. God was gracious though, and time and time again we saw Him at work. In August we were even able to take Grandma and Grandpa up to Alaska, where they had wanted to visit for years and years. This was even more of a blessing to them because they were taking care of Grandpa’s Mom, Grammy. While this was truly an amazing blessing for all of us, it was […]


2001 – The Saga of Solid Rock Farm

You may be wondering what our mini-farm has to do with Timberdoodle. A lot, actually! Solid Rock Farm was completely funded by Timberdoodle through the paychecks of us 5 kids. In addition to putting money toward clothes, gifts, tithe, treats, savings and more, we also agreed to put a certain portion of each paycheck into a group account, designated for Solid Rock Farm. Solid Rock Farm was originally founded with the planting of fruit trees. But since our family has always enjoyed animals we attempted to raise many different critters through the years. We started with Haflinger horses, and expanded […]