Timberdoodle Blog — Homeschool Tips

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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Money As a Teaching Tool

Money As a Teaching Tool

Reprinted from a Timberdoodle CatalogHow you spend your money reveals so much about you. Do you buy what you want or what you need? Do you scrimp on others but indulge yourself? Conversely, do you buy lavishly for others and only the dregs for yourself? Do you eat out often while paying the minimum on your credit card? Do you have a plan for getting out of debt? Well, maybe these questions are too personal, but your children are silent witnesses to your spending habits. What is the take-home message they are receiving? Larry Burkett maintains that each one of us...

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Teaching Multiple Young Children

Teaching Multiple Young Children

We currently have a houseful of little ones with four involved in "school time" each day. They range from one to five years old, so we definitely know the juggling act it can take to keep everyone occupied!  In our home we've opted for different kits for each child, with the exception of our twins who share a PreK kit but have their own workbooks. There are a few subjects that have some overlap though. For instance our five-year-old is working through All About Reading Level 1 but still enjoys participating in All About Reading Pre-Reading on most days. So does our...

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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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Homeschooling Your Toddler Tornadoes!

Homeschooling Your Toddler Tornadoes!

Originally published in Timberdoodle’s 1990-1991 catalog Don’t you just love toddlers? They are so enthusiastic, loving, curious, confident, and innocent. However, to a home-educating mom, they are also exhausting, impatient, loud, and unpredictable. But how can we incorporate these tornadoes in with the older children in our education program without making them the center of it? Here are some ideas that have worked for us. 1. Pick up a few school supplies for them. Construction toys, beginning thinking skills books, and even Kumon workbooks are all great choices for toddlers and will let them participate in school alongside their older siblings. 2. Most toddlers will be...

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