Timberdoodle Blog — Choosing Curriculum

Starting Homeschool Mid-Year

Starting Homeschool Mid-Year

You Asked: My son is 9, in third grade and will begin homeschooling after Christmas. What advice would you give as we make such a transition half-way through the school year? It seems excessive to buy all new curriculum for a year that is half-way over but I'm not sure what else to do. Our Answer: This is such a good question. The problem is that with a tangible (books and workbooks) kind of program, there is no easy way to send you half. There are a few solutions, but none are particularly elegant: 1. Post out to used curriculum...

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Where Should We Start?

Where Should We Start?

Are you new to Timberdoodle and wondering where to start? Here are some placement tests and guides that might be helpful to you. For Young Children Early Education Placement Test All About Reading Pre-Reading Readiness Checklist For Elementary Grades Reading Start with the placement test for the level you think might be right for your child. If it turns out to be too challenging or too easy, move up or down a level accordingly. All About Reading Level 1 Placement Test All About Reading Level 2 Placement Test All About Reading Level 3 Placement Test All About Reading Level 4...

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Choosing for Multiple Ages

Choosing for Multiple Ages

You Asked: How should I educate a 3- & 5-year-old together? Use a Pre-K curriculum and just challenge my older (who’s ready for K curriculum in reading and math) separately? Our Answer: What a great question! Have you done our early education placement test with your children yet? Each child is so very different, making it prudent to assess each one's actual skills and find his or her ideal starting point. But let's say you've done that and have a preschool and kindergarten student by level. The question then becomes whether to teach to the younger, teach to the older,...

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Are Timberdoodle's Curriculum Kits Accredited?

Are Timberdoodle's Curriculum Kits Accredited?

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...

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How to Pick a Curriculum

How to Pick a Curriculum

Some years ago, when we had only three children and traveling was more thinkable, we attended a number of home education workshops and conventions. It was at one of these conventions that a fellow vendor, but not fellow home educator, made the following comment: “Homeschoolers are a fickle bunch. They buy what is new, and are suckers for any fad that comes along.” He shared this in a lip- smacking sort of way, his eye on the dollars to be made. We, on the other hand, as home educators, were not very happy about his assessment and began pondering a...

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