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A Typical Day at the Timberdoodle In 1991

A Typical Day at the Timberdoodle In 1991

(Originally printed in a 1991 catalog) [Our ages in 1991. Joy - 9. Hope - 8. Grace - 7. Abel - 3.] Many moms have called and written asking for a schedule of what a typical day is like at the Timberdoodle. I hope they haven’t been too disappointed to discover that there are few average days here at the Timberdoodle. None-the-less, here is a thumb-nail sketch of what we try to accomplish every day. 6:00 AM Rise and shine! Well, better make that just rise. As in all families, there are morning people and there are those who don’t...

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How Do You Do It All? - Home Education

How Do You Do It All? - Home Education

(Originally published in a 1992 Timberdoodle catalog.) How do you teach your children and maintain the rest of your responsibilities? It is not as hard as some might think. First of all, we are very content with being homebodies, so we do not spend huge amounts of time on field trips or on other activities that pull us in too many directions. Second of all, as soon as our children can read, they assume a large measure of the responsibility of getting their school work done. So our first priority is to develop adequate reading skills in each of our youngsters. Some...

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Why Timberdoodle Encourages Independent Learning

Why Timberdoodle Encourages Independent Learning

This question on Facebook yesterday got us thinking:Timberdoodle: I read your catalog cover to cover when it comes, and I love your thoughtful reviews of homeschooling resources. I’m wondering, though, about what feels to me like an increasing number of DVD/computer-style resources that “replace” parental involvement. Yes, homeschooling parents are busy, but isn’t spending time with your kids as they learn a major part of the whole point? What is your perspective on this?Tricia Groenewold Van Dyk What a fascinating observation! We actually have quite a few reasons for selling independent learning tools and after a little discussion here, these...

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School Organization Gallery

School Organization Gallery

How do you organize your school materials? Here are some great pictures shared with us on our Facebook page, in our Facebook community groups, and on Instagram. We’d love to add your pictures! Let us know if you post one that we could share, and where we can find it. This is elite kindergarten and second grade! Each child has a color coded bin for each subject and history is shared. Ashley S. Currently a crazy mess because we're almost done this year and I quit making the kids keep it neat.... I have 3 grade levels shown here. 9th,...

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When Homeschooling Isn't Fun

When Homeschooling Isn't Fun

Deb: Hope, what question are we looking at today? Hope: Well, the question we’re looking at today is one that probably every homeschooling family encounters. It is, “What do I do when my child doesn’t want to do the school work? Deb: Actually, I don’t think you see this much now [at the beginning of the year] because we’re all in the honeymoon stage, but probably around Christmas time, and certainly when you start up again, it’s like, “Oh, do we have to do this?” What are some of the reasons kids balk at doing their school work? Hope: Well, there’s a lot of...

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