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Timberdoodle Curriculum Kit Handbooks

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Why We Wrote These Guides for You
We are often asked about the documentation included in our Curriculum Kits, and with good reason. You know that your curriculum handbook will set the tone for the year and you want to make sure it will be a good fit for your family. With that in mind, we wanted our curriculum handbook to be extremely simple, easy to use, and promote independent study as early as possible. Our guides are designed to get you up and running—today—without being overwhelming, boring, or confusing.

So What Exactly Do You Get And What Does It Look Like?
Each Curriculum Kit comes with its very own Curriculum Handbook; a soft-cover, 8.5" x 8.5" manual, easy for you to reference as needed without being cumbersome or overwhelming. Length varies depending on the grade. For instance, the Kindergarten Handbook contains Messy Science 36 week course, so it is significantly longer than the 12th Grade Handbook with fewer items and no supplemental additions.

If You're Purchasing A Guide
This guide comes completely free with its respective curriculum kit. However, at your insistence, we're now making them available for purchase as well. Please note that due to the proprietary nature of these books, they are non-returnable. (If you have any questions about the contents, please don't hesitate to contact us to inquire before you purchase this non-returnable item!) Each handbook you purchase comes with a certificate for $25 off your next Timberdoodle Curriculum Kit. These coupons are only redeemable by phone, but are valid for any kit, Basic, Complete, Elite, or Custom.

Simple Is Better
We really believe that, so your guide is as simple as we could make it. First up are the annual planner and sample weekly checklists, the absolute backbones of Timberdoodle's Curriculum Kits. More on those in a moment. Next up are short bios of each item in your kit, ideal for refreshing your memory on why each is included or to show Dad exactly what your fourth-grader will be covering this year. We've also thrown in our tips or tricks to make this year more awesome for all of you. Finally, we'll conclude with favorite articles and tidbits amassed in our 30 years of homeschool experience.

Annual Schedule Planning
Continue on past the book-by-book summaries and you'll find the most important part: schedules. You'll find 3 annual planners, 1 for each version of the kit: Basic, Complete, or Elite. We list each book and tool included in your kit as well as how many lessons or pages or chapters are in each and how much you should expect to do per week for a typical 36-week school year. If you don't use a typical school schedule (and there is no reason you need to!) you'll be able to easily refigure it and still have your entire school year at a glance.

Weekly Checklists
We also include a simple weekly checklist so your students can check off their work as they accomplish it each week. Even pre-readers usually love crossing things off their list, and this takes you away from micromanaging your students while encouraging them to be responsible for their own work. In our experience a weekly checklist is the perfect blend of enough structure to finish in a timely fashion and enough freedom that your adventures won't make for stressful catch-up days.

How We Used Checklists
In our own family we had a family night every Friday, but only those with their lists done were welcome to be a part. I think each child had to have at least one week where the realization would sink in that it is Friday, and no schoolwork has been done yet. After doing math while everyone else was having fun, time-budgeting became a much more relevant concept! And, of course, learning to be an independent learner is an invaluable lesson in itself!

More Manuals Are Included
Of course, you'll also find all the necessary teachers' manuals and program-specific resources you need included in each Homeschool Curriculum Kit. Our curriculum handbook is not meant as a substitute for those manuals, but rather as a helpful summary and planning guide to get you up and running.
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Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 Total Reviews: 8 Write a review.

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Probably better for bigger kids July 10, 2014
Reviewer: Melody  
I did not find this particularly useful for our Kindergarden year. We decided to take a more fliexible approach and let the learner pick and choose. We still got through most of the workbooks with just a bit of encouragement, but my 5-year-old rebelled against the chart. The great thing is, you can take it or leave it. The learning happened anyway as the materials in the curriculum are enticing and enjoyable, and small kids are desperate to learn. As we progress, I think the scheduling guides will help analytic kids (and parents) organize their lives, and "kids in a hurry" to figure out what MUST be done before I can go play!

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Keeps you from forgetting things, good reference May 2, 2014
Reviewer: Jane G.  
I bought the Baby and Preschool guides because I was going to use most of the elite curriculum packages. Were they totally necessary? My 3 yo did a lot of the pages of books at her own pace, so maybe not. But I tried to economize and not buy these guides for my older two who were doing maybe half the curriculum packages, and I ended up forgetting to schedule stuff. We ended up with wonderful items being stored away and not used as much as I had hoped for as the year got busy. Because Timberdoodle updates their packages, I had no reference to go back to for the next year's plans. All to save $20. So if you have multiple kids and intend to reuse a good chunk of the materials year after year, and you aren't too concerned about your budget, it's really great to have these for a reference. It makes updating and rearranging your homeschool easier.

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First Grade April 25, 2014
Reviewer: Sarah A.  
I thought this would have more than one page of scheduling in it. It was informative, but I wish I hadn't paid $9.95 for this book.

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Preschool April 25, 2014
Reviewer: Catherine E.  
Not worth the $9.95. I can look through my curriculum myself and figure out how many lessons a week I need to do to finish it on time. It was convenient, but I won't pay for it in the future.

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Timberdoodle has great products that March 7, 2014
Reviewer: Rachel K.  
Timberdoodle has great products that promote critical thinking skills in our children. I have been very pleased with my purchases.

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