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 […]
There’s been a lot of buzz, discussion, and anxiety in the homeschool community for the last few years about the Common Core State Standards. Many of you have asked us what our stance is on the standards, and whether our curriculum is designed to comply with them. What is the Common Core? According to the CCSS website, “The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt.” Why Homeschoolers are Concerned There is some real concern […]
This is a common question about our Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits so for those of you who have wondered but not asked yet, here is our answer! Accreditation is really a term used for regulating schools instructing students, rather than the curriculum itself. So if we were overseeing the education of your children, checking their grades, etc. then we could pursue accreditation. However, Timberdoodle is not a school, but rather a curriculum supplier so we are not eligible to become accredited. To put it another way, your local school district is accredited, but not their textbooks. What most people mean when […]
Many of our customers fall in love with our curriculum kits but rely on school funding (yes we take P.O.s) to be able to afford the curriculum their children need. However, this is a big problem since school districts are not able to purchase the Christian components of our complete kits. We’ve always allowed for customizing a curriculum kit to remove or substitute items, but this year we’ve made it even easier for you by pulling together a complete kit for grades 0-8 (a few exceptions will be noted below) that you can order easily over the phone. Why Aren’t […]
We are often asked about the documentation included in our Core Curriculum Kits, and with good reason. You know that your curriculum manual will set the tone for the year. With that in mind, we wanted our Scheduling Helps Folder to be extremely simple, easy to use, and promote independent study. We wanted you to be up and running today without being overwhelmed, bored, or confused. So what exactly do you get and what does it look like? Each Core Curriculum Kit comes with its very own Scheduling Helps Folder. We are still in the midst of revising them for […]
In the academic world, our hands-on babies are at a disadvantage. These children learn best by doing… Keep in mind that God put those wiggles in your baby. When you think you just cannot clean up one more mess, tell yourself that to excel academically your baby needs as much active time as possible. I like to think that the more weary I am, the brighter my hands-on baby is becoming.
What changed between 2011 and 2012? Why? Where should your student start?
I’m new to your company, and am transitioning from a very unstructured unschooling approach to something more structured. I have an 11-year-old son who is very bright, catches on quickly to things, reads voraciously, but has been unschooled. I’m looking at your complete curriculum packages, and am thinking I might choose the 5th grade package for him . . . but I’m not sure exactly how to make the decision.
> I am trying to decide on what to use to school my children, their age ranges from 3,6,8,(2)14. I would like to incorporate them into having the same history, but others subjects will have to be on the level. Any recommendations on what we should use, according to our ages, and to keep the cost low. I will need to have extra consumables for my 14yr old, because there are 2, any hints on what extras I will need for those. Monica I’m assuming that you want to cover all the standard subjects, just let me know if you […]
Absolutely! There are two things to be aware of though. All school P.O.s must pay actual shipping costs. Before we will accept any P.O.s from your school district we do need to have an application filled out, which you can download here as a PDF: Timberdoodle’s PO Approval Form 2011