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Complete Homeschool Curriculum - Kindergarten


 
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This curriculum package ships in 1-2 weeks with the exception of the Curriculum Handbook, ThinkPlay Advanced, and the Little Red Riding Hood game which are expected to ship late May.

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Ages: 4-5
Grade Levels: Kindergarten


Availability: Most Components Will Ship in 1-2 Weeks
Product Code: 999-0050


Curriculum Kit*:
Kindergarten Basic $295.81 $269.00
Kindergarten Complete $676.61 $580.00
Kindergarten Elite $843.99 $725.00

 
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Are you looking for a complete homeschool curriculum for your kindergartener? You'll find that Timberdoodle's Curriculum engages the hands-on learner, reaches for academic excellence, and encourages a growing love for learning. We also stress critical thinking skills and, even at this early grade, working towards independent learning. This program is designed for the child who is ready to learn to read this year. Of course, most kindergarteners are eager hands-on learners, too, so we've included the very best tools available to be sure you both enjoy this year!



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Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 78 Write a review.

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Great Products, Schedule is a Joke October 23, 2015
Reviewer: Christian W.  
I bought the complete K curriculum, and I really enjoy many of the included products, and I will rate those individually as many 4 or 5 star products. I love that there are so many hands on activities to play with. However, if you're looking for an easy to use daily format this is not it. The "curriculum handbook" is basically just a catalog of the products in the kit. I have no idea why anyone would pay money for the handbook. The "schedule" will just say "do about 7 pages a week. Do 2-3 pages per week. Do 5-6 selections."The weekly checklist says things like 11 pages, 1 weeks work, 2 experiments.Well, you have to get each book out, look up the experiments/selections/activities, figure out the materials needed, and then plan that into the week along with the 20 other materials. That is ME doing lesson planning and curriculum arranging which I didn't want to do, which is why I bought a curriculum kit in the first place. There's a vast plethora of high quality products available for kindergarteners, if I have to plan out every day's activity, hunt through books for what materials I need, hunt through What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know, hunt through Tinkerlab- there's literally no reason to buy the "curriculum" from a planning standpoint.They give you access to an online schedule builder that generates a "schedule" based on how many weeks per year you do school. The real world equivalent of this schedule for say a retail job would be "type in number of weeks you work without vacation. Type in number of hours you work per year. Your weekly schedule is: work 37.5 hours per week. That isn't a schedule at all. Now imagine you're a Manager with 4 employees. It'd generate "each employee work 40 hours per week." Leaving the manager to actually do all of the scheduling, breaks, lunch, proper coverage all day, etc. That's actually quite a bit of work and is why a work schedule doesn't just say "40 hours." It's not a perfect analogy because I obviously don't want a "do floor puzzle from 2:30-3:00" but I really thought I was purchasing a real customizable schedule that after inputting the products, number of days per week, weeks per year etc, would have have a format that looked like literally every other curriculum I've ever seen in a 'day 1' 'page 23-26' 'page 3-6' 'read The Bad Rat' etc format so that I'm not spending hours every week figuring out what to do what day.Instead I had to buy a planner on top of everything else and have to sort through the materials and figure out how to fit it all together so everything gets done every week. Flexibility is nice for some people as far as an ultra vague "schedule," but our family needed more of a daily layout and I hate having to write everything out on a M-F calendar every. Single. Week. Managing 4 kids with a fluffy "2 or 3 of this, one of that, 7 or 10 of that, I guess do 2 or 3 of these today." Is just too disorganized, and doesn't run smoothly at all without a lot of weekly planning. Counting the number of lessons in a book and dividing them by 40 weeks DOES NOT a schedule make, especially when you add in 20 other materials with varying requirements. Move up to dividing that number by 5 and you still have to completely map out which of the 21 materials to use which days. A $700 kit should at least have a $1 binder with a page for each week and a mapped out schedule and materials list. The "weekly checklist" only saves you about 30 minutes at the beginning of the year where you would have looked at the number of lessons/pages/etc and divided them by your school year. All of the daily sorting and planning is on you. What your kindergartener needs to know isn't arranged in a daily format that flows easily with a "5-6 sections" guide. Tinkerlab and the science bag use all kinds of materials that have to be collected and prepared in advance. I will definitely look at timberdoodle products in the future, because they are fantastic, but unless they do a major schedule overhaul I will not get a curriculum again. TD Reply: Mary, Thank you so much for your honest and detailed review. First of all, let me apologize that the handbook has been such a disappointment to you; we want our customers to dance with delight when they use our products, and we’re sorry that that has not been your experience. Second, thank you for the detailed and clear nature of your review. It will certainly be helpful to customers who are evaluating our curriculum, as it gives them an exact idea of what the handbook is and is not. We do try to give a clear picture of what our handbooks are like with our sample pages, but a boots-on-the-ground perspective from a customer can be remarkably helpful. Finally, I’d like to explain briefly why we chose to write the handbook the way we did. Our goal for our customers’ students is that once they are reading fluently, they will be able to manage their own schedule, teaching time-management skills and freeing the mom (or dad) up for other, less delegate-able tasks. For this, a weekly checklist is perfect. Additionally, a weekly checklist allows families to accelerate or relax their learning speeds on individual topics based on the student’s interest and abilities. It also allows flexibility for how many days per week and hours per day the family schools.While we have often considered adding a more rigid schedule as an option, and haven’t completely ruled out that possibility for the future, at this time we believe that a flexible weekly checklist is the best way to help our customers maintain comfortable schedules and happy teaching parents, while developing the student’s life skill of time-management for college and beyond.Again, we are sorry our handbook hasn’t been a fantastic fit for you, and thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us and our customers. â€✠The Timberdoodle Team

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Love it! September 16, 2015
Reviewer: Mandy H.  
Love it!

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Love it! September 3, 2015
Reviewer: Stephanie R.  
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Good, but not great August 18, 2015
Reviewer: Jennifer P.  
2014-2015 was my first year homeschooling. We chose Timberdoodle's 2014 Basic curriculum package because it was very hands-on for the kiddo and all the planning was done for me with the handbook. To this end, it was a success. We purchased the basic package because it was all we could afford at the time. As the year progressed we realized we were flying through the material - in all subjects - a lot faster than the planning guide recommended. Many of the resources were just too simplified for my son (especially the handwriting, math, and the Reading Lesson). We added in several components from the Complete/Elite versions of the package but purchased them from amazon as we found them to be less expensive that way. The products are great - and the overall curriculum was great, but the prices per item aren't always the best deal. My son especially loved the Big Bag of Science, which we will be using for his little brother in the preschool curriculum. The Inchimals and Geography puzzles were also a huge hit and I thoroughly recommend those as well. Some of the items in the Elite package we found to be completely unnecessary (such as the pencils, sharpeners etc.) and considering the cost of the curriculum we feel they are better left out of the package deal. As a whole, we are happy with our purchase of the basic package. It was a great help to me just starting out with homeschooling. The items in the package covered the core subjects required by our state homeschooling law as well as some extras such as logic and the like. Since our state homeschooling laws require us to pass the same state exams as the public schooled students we liked that the "what your kindergartener needs to know" was common core compliant. We will be using Timberdoodle again this year as we venture into first grade and preschool but we wont be opting for the packaged curricula. I do highly recommend the package deals for those who want the planning done for them and don't have time to pick and hunt through all the multitude of curricula choices out there. First timers especially benefit from knowing that with the Timberdoodle packages the materials provide a great jumping off point (if you only get the basic) on up through a thorough covering (with the complete/elite packages) of the minimum subjects your child needs to succeed in his education.

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Kindergarten Custom Curriculum Kit Review August 14, 2015
Reviewer: Kimberly B.  
From what I've seen so far, I love it! My Kindergartener-to-be is sooooo excited to begin the year after opening the box and going through everything on our packing list!

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