Deffinbaughs' Caramel Corn Recipe

Deffinbaughs' Caramel Corn Recipe

Our family-favorite caramel corn recipe. We are serving it today as part of our first traditional Monday Meal of the year! Microwave Caramel Corn Ingredients: Popcorn, popped, approximately 6 quarts2 cups brown sugar ½ lb. butter½ cup white corn syrup1 teaspoon vanilla1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon baking sodaPecans, toasted, if desired Put brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Cook on medium low and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Blend and pour over popcorn. If you plan to add nuts, do so immediately after you pour on...

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Surprise! Curriculum Planning Really Isn't for Everyone

Surprise! Curriculum Planning Really Isn't for Everyone

Let's Build Curriculum Kits Families tell us they love our Curriculum Kits but I wonder how many realize why it took us so long to offer that option. For over twenty years we clung to the belief that if you were going to go to the work of homeschooling, you would want to hand-select each item for each child. After all, that was what our family had chosen to do! Of course, we had always been eager to help families, and it was not uncommon for a mom to call asking where to start for a particular grade. We would give some...

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Krissy, Our Introduction to Autism

Krissy, Our Introduction to Autism

Krissy is the daughter of dear friends of ours and received an autism diagnosis at age 2. Despite participation in various early interventions through the public school system, she made agonizingly slow progress. At five years old, Krissy finally began to talk, and at age six had developed a large vocabulary of words, but had very limited communication skills. For instance, if she wanted a banana, she did not know to come and ask for one. Instead, if you asked her, “Do you want a banana?” she would echo, “banana” if she did want it, or be silent if she didn’t. Occasionally...

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6 Questions to Help Pinpoint Why You Have a Reluctant Reader

6 Questions to Help Pinpoint Why You Have a Reluctant Reader

“My 7-year-old is still not reading at the level I keep thinking she needs to.” “My 14-year-old has been taught phonics but is having a very difficult time with applying the rules to spelling words and reading is slow–he will see a difficult word and just say something. I really think that he is being a very lazy reader” This is a common concern, and one that is very understandable. After all, the single most important educational skill your child will learn is reading, and a student who loves to read will find he has a tremendous advantage in every...

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How Do You Schedule Homeschooling?

How Do You Schedule Homeschooling?

Timberdoodle has often heard the question, “how do you schedule homeschooling?” and while many families do it differently we thought we would share what worked well for our family. Our philosophy has been that the sooner a child can learn how to learn the easier homeschooling becomes. (For more on this see Why Timberdoodle Encourages Independent Learning.) So in our family growing up, as soon as we were able to read we became responsible for completing our own assignments. Mom started each school year by figuring out how much we needed to accomplish each week in order to finish that grade level by...

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