Timberdoodle Blog — Homeschool Tips

10 Reasons to Tell Your Kids to Stop Doing School and Go Build Something!

10 Reasons to Tell Your Kids to Stop Doing School and Go Build Something!

Would you like to supplement your curriculum with a program that simultaneously improves your child’s visual perception, fine-motor skills, patience, problem solving, spatial perception, creativity, ability to follow directions, pre-reading skills, grasp of physics concepts and engineering ability? Better yet, what if your child could actually enjoy this curriculum and choose to do it whenever they could? No, this isn’t some mythical homeschool product guaranteed to solve all your problems for a large fee – we are talking about the Legos already strewn through your house, the ThinkPlay sets in our preschool curriculum and the Fischertechnic sets designed for older kids. Construction kits just might be the most underrated curriculum...

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Eliminating After (Home)School Boredom

Eliminating After (Home)School Boredom

I need some help. I had purchased a few extras to add to our basics for our school year, thinking it would not be too overwhelming for my kids (or me). However, I’m starting to second guess myself. My kids average an hour or two a morning, which I think is plenty for a 5 and 7 yo, but come afternoon they are bored. I am scratching my head trying to figure out what to do! We have logic puzzles, geography puzzles, etc. It tempts them for a couple of days, but then they run out of steam. Any suggestions??...

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Motivating a Reluctant Learner

Motivating a Reluctant Learner

This is my 3rd year doing homeschool with my son who is 2nd grade (actually 4th if you count preschool)… I am nearly in tears. My son will only work when I am right by his side, even if he already knows how to do the page. He is so smart, yet hates school. It took him an hour to do 1 little lesson of writing in the Language Lessons book. How do I do this??? Every year the same. But now this year we have added our Kindergarten son who doesn’t have as much work, but is a distraction...

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One Family's Curriculum Planning Approach

One Family's Curriculum Planning Approach

We were so excited to hear from one of our customers (She also happens to be my cousin AND her three daughters were a delight in our 2011 Photo Shoot!) about how she is planning out her daughters’ curriculum this year. With her permission, we’re sharing her ideas as inspiration for you all! Also, the poster above was made for us by the girls and now hangs proudly in our office! I’ve tried clipboards for their checklists, but the papers end up getting lost and mixed up. I was going to use 3 ring binders, but opted for these thin...

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Your First Year of Homeschooling

Your First Year of Homeschooling

Whether you’re just beginning to consider homeschooling or you’re finally ready to get started after years of preparation, let us be the first to congratulate you and welcome you to the wonderful world of homeschooling! It isn’t uncommon to get an email asking where a new homeschooler should start. Here are our best tips, tricks and random thoughts for you, in hopes that some will prove helpful to you! 1] Free CatalogsBrowsing online is awesome, but sometimes it is just helpful to be able to flip through a catalog, carry it with you to read in the waiting room, or...

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