Timberdoodle Complete Curriculum Packages
Whether you’re a new or long-time homeschooling parent, sometimes you just need a little help. If you appreciate products specifically designed for homeschoolers and prefer an eclectic approach to learning, but don’t want the hassle of researching and choosing resources for every subject, the Complete Curriculum packages developed by Timberdoodle Company may be for you.
Consistent with the company’s belief in fostering independent learning from a young age, Timberdoodle’s curriculum packages utilize materials which are simple and straightforward. To that end, a child can work through many of the books with as little or as much help as a parent has to give. This can be a boon for large or busy families.
The baby and toddler packages contain items such as board books, educational toys, and guides for parents. My focus will be on the school-aged packages. These have all core subjects included, aside from Bible and electives. Many books are from publishers already popular within the homeschooling community, such as Easy Grammar, the Mystery of History, Sequential Spelling, and Teaching Textbooks math courses. A nice bonus is the inclusion of fun materials such as “Thinking Putty” for active students, puzzles, and project kits. Age-appropriate resources are added for each grade, from math manipulatives and phonics courses in the younger grades to typing and standardized test prep books in the upper grades. Critical thinking skills and logic are covered at each level. Texts are not necessarily from Christian publishers, but all are wholesome and family-friendly. According to Timberdoodle’s website, resources have been used by their own family or would have been used by them, had they been available when their children were younger.
Over our sixteen years of homeschooling, I’ve used most of the items Timberdoodle sells. Last year, we purchased their packages for 7th and 9th grades for our two youngest children. As an example, seventh grade includes the following items: Teaching Textbooks Math 7, Christian Kids Explore Chemistry, Chem C500 chemistry set, Mystery of History Volume 1, Spectrum Test Prep 7th Grade, Easy Grammar Plus, Sequential Spelling 6, Wordsmith, Editor-In-Chief B1, The Fallacy Detective, Thinking Putty, and a scented pencil set. It was wonderful to open the boxes and have everything ready to go! The books selected were appealing, thorough, and easy to utilize. Favorites for my 7th grader were the Mystery of History and Editor in Chief books.
While Timberdoodle does not provide a daily schedule for their courses, they do include a planning sample and template, with tips on how to break down texts for the school year. Even a brand-new homeschooler would feel secure that they were covering all their bases.
I do have some minor concerns to point out. The biology and anatomy/physiology courses for high school (Principles, Theories & Precepts of Biology by Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum) were a surprisingly enjoyable find. However, for a college-bound student, a lab component is needed to count this course as a lab science. This can be solved by using a lab kit such as the ones by Homeschool Science Press. If you have a more science-minded teenager, you can simply drop the science portion of the kits and use another resource.
Also, there is no literature or literature analysis in any of the courses. Their approach to this subject is to encourage extensive reading. If this is something you wish covered more formally, you can easily add your own reading list or literature book.
Another concern involves the math course, JUMP mathematics for grades 1-2. While it appears to be a solid program, according to Timberdoodle’s website, “This curriculum is published in Canada, so money concepts are taught picturing Canadian coins and measurements are metric.” If you are not Canadian, you can easily supplement or switch to another math program offered for those grades, like Horizons math.
Package prices range from $245.00, for the baby package, to $565.00 for the most expensive high school package. It’s a great deal for everything that’s included. The Timberdoodle website offers information which compares their prices with the average private school, as well as many articles and helps. If you have more than one student using a level, they will help you determine which consumables would need to be purchased.
Overall, Timberdoodle’s customer service is one of the best I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve always appreciated their generous return policy, quick order turn-around, and low shipping rates. Our military family has lived all over the world, and their boxes have reached us in locations from Guam to Germany! They are available by phone or e-mail for help, and as they state, their main aim is to help you be successful at teaching your children, not to sell products. Now that’s the kind of company I like to deal with!
Worldview marked indeterminate because of the various curricula used.
Editor’s note: At the time of this writing, Timberdoodle packages were not available for 11th and 12th grades. They now offer these sets. You can view their contents here.
Last Updated: April 16, 2012
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