Timberdoodle's Kindergarten Handbook
This guide helps you know which books to use when and how to schedule your school year. A weekly schedule is included to give you enough structure to make sure your child doesn't miss anything, without the stress of an overly specific plan that leaves no room for the give and take of real life.
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The Reading Lesson
By kindergarten, most students are fascinated by books and are truly ready to become eager readers, as long as they are not pushed too hard and fast. The Reading Lesson is ideal for this age with its easy pace, large text, and adorable line drawings. The logical progression of using both phonics and developmentally-appropriate sight-words (without all the rules) makes this program successful for these beginning readers. This is a very appealing program that doesn't take much time to implement.
Because we know that handwriting is a learned motor skill requiring regular practice, doesn't it seem that if your child is going to labor over something with his mind and hands, he should also engage his heart? A Reason for Handwriting does all three, even integrating Bible verses into later grades! In kindergarten, your student will focus on one letter per lesson built around a Creation theme.
Tick Tock Readers - K
What are we looking for in beginning readers? They must be phonics-based, the storyline needs to be worth the effort, and of course outstanding illustrations that engage a child are a lovely bonus. Our Tick Tock Readers Kindergarten Set does that and more. We've compiled a set for your kindergartener that is just right for your brand new reader. You will want to set them aside until your child has completed enough of The Reading Lesson to enjoy the readers, then allow your child the thrill of reading a "real book" all by himself!
Mathematical Reasoning A
Math doesn't need to be tedious, and Mathematical Reasoning proves that with its bright pages, interesting story problems, and critical-thinking-based approach. Concepts spiral gradually, so that children do not forget as they go, and are written to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. At this age, math is an interesting puzzle to be solved, and Mathematical Reasoning will not let it become tedious to your child.
Developing the Early Learner
Children need to be taught how to think and how to reason, and the sooner the better, as 75% of a child's IQ will be developed before seven years of age. Developing the Early Learner fleshes out all four fundamental perception skills--visual, auditory, motor, and comprehension--via a gently progressive sequence of enjoyable activities. Very easy to use, this series of workbooks helps you discover and overcome your children's learning weaknesses while building their strengths. One test found that 95% of children who took the program significantly increased in their learning abilities!
I Can Doodle Rhymes
Wow, a lot of critical skills have been packed into I Can Doodle Rhymes! Handwriting, spelling, and even doodling the perfect balance between structure and imagination are built on and expanded in this happy, colorful volume.
What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know
What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know emphasizes reading aloud to your child and also has ideas for a wide variety of activities. It includes twenty nuggets of history located in the middle of the book. These short stories about famous figures or simple synopses of USA history will help your child continue to develop the basics of a historical perspective and prepare him for jumping into a formal history program next year. One note: Don't feel obligated to do it all. (For instance, our family would not have read many of the fairy tales and fables at this age.) We primarily include it for its history, art, music, and math sections, so make those your priority and use the rest of the ideas as extra activities if time allows and your child is looking for more.
Starting with the basics, Beginning Geography explains how a map works by mapping a child's bedroom. From there your child will develop map proficiencies, learn about animals around the world, and much more. Includes two big, full-color, fold-out maps for you to hang up and discuss! Based on National Geography Standards.
2015 Kindergarten Complete
A standard-sized pencil is often difficult for sweet, chubby fingers to grasp. These Jumbo Pencils make gripping easier with their large surface area, triangular shape, and appealing grippy nubs.
Grip Trio Pencil Sharpener
True to its name, the GRIP Trio Sharpener has three sharpening stations: one for standard-size pencils, one for jumbo-size pencils, and one designed to prolong the life of colored pencils. Most pencil shapes will fit in the GRIP Trio Sharpener, including round, triangular, and octagonal pencils. And perhaps best of all, the small shavings storage compartments mean you wont have to sweep pencil debris from your table or stand by the garbage can to sharpen a pencil! Comes in assorted colors.
Big Drawing Book
The Usborne Big Drawing Book simplifies drawing lessons for your kindergartener, enabling your child to create simple drawings in a series of easy steps. From people, to animals, to castles, this delightful and colorful drawing book will yield satisfying results for your beginning artist. Includes nearly 50 two-page activities. For those who need to know, there is one activity where your child would draw a modest mermaid.
From the one-inch ladybug cube to the twelve-inch giraffe rod, Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys are all you'll need to introduce your young child to math. Inchimals comes with 100 write-on/wipe-off math puzzles in a spiral-bound book that explores counting, number value and recognition, addition, subtraction, equivalent sums, and multiple numbers. The colorful activities in the Inchimals book are designed to increase in difficulty so that your child will be challenged, but not overwhelmed, as he progresses through the book.
There is no better way for your kindergartener to learn logic than with his hands. Logik Street will help your child develop logic, comprehension, visual tracking, mental organization, and real-life problem-solving skills. Manipulating the colorful pieces as he analyzes each clue will help him to identify logical associations between people, places, and pets. With step-by-step instructions and pictorial solutions on 84 cards that spiral in difficulty, Logik Street can be used with older siblings as well!
The ever-popular Big Bag of Science has over seventy amazing experiments to enjoy with your child; this is a Timberdoodle favorite for a reason! Experiments range from exploring polymers with Insta-Snow, to making Stretching Slime, growing Garbled Marbles, and even testing family members for the PTC gene! Includes a thirty-six-week Timberdoodle-exclusive manual that combines Big Bag of Science with the other science components to make a complete science course for your kindergarten student.
First Illustrated Science Dictionary
A science dictionary in kindergarten? The Usborne First Illustrated Science Dictionary is a charming way to gently introduce essential science terms and concepts to your young child! With hundreds of bright illustrations and useful examples, this resource will captivate pre-readers and readers alike. Set aside a smidgen of each day to read a page or two to your child, and you'll be amazed at how much he will absorb and benefit from that familiarity in the years to come. You just might have a hard time keeping your older children from snatching this engaging book away from your kindergartener!
Usborne Look Inside Your Body
Introduce your pre-med kindergartners to the way their bodies work in the fun and informative book Look Inside Your Body. With over 100 flaps to lift (including flaps under flaps!), your children will learn about their bodies inside and out. What happens to the food they eat, and where do babies grow? Don't be alarmed, Look Inside Your Body's answers to those questions will not make Grandma blush.
Visible Human Body Floor Puzzle
Putting together the unique, double-sided Visible Human Jumbo Floor Puzzle will teach your children about their skeletal structure on one side and their internal organs and major arteries on the other. Learning the basics of anatomy is easier when the details are child-sized and accurately portrayed in simple, clear components. Visible Human Jumbo Floor Puzzle measures 48" long when completed and can be easily stored in the convenient puzzle box with carrying handle. For ages three and up.
Bede's History of Me
Before your kindergartner can begin to study history, she needs to know what history is. Bede's History of Me was written to lay the foundation for a better understanding of timelines; geography; family, church, and holiday history; and more. Designed to be used only once a week, Bede's History of Me makes an ideal exploratory introduction to history.
Sticker Dressing Explorers
Young children seem to have a natural fascination with exploration and historical adventures. That makes the Usborne Sticker Dressing series the perfect fit for a kindergartner as a friendly and fascinating introduction to history. After all, if your child understands the explorers of different times, he or she will have a better grasp of history itself. From sailors who sailed the ocean waves to deep sea divers and astronauts who walked on the moon. Use the stickers to dress them all for action.
Sticker Dressing Emergency Services
The roughly 200 colorful stickers in the Sticker Dressing Emergency Services book include not only uniforms, but also typical accessories like weapons or tools. Each two-page spread includes appealing, age-appropriate historical facts.
Usborne Look Inside a Castle
Follow Lord Robert and Lady Margaret as they carry out their duties in a castle built 700 years ago. With over 60 flaps to lift, your child will find Look Inside a Castle a fascinating read.
Using Geopuzzles, your kindergartner can learn with amazing accuracy the countries of Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia, as well as the states of the USA, with no effort on your part. Geopuzzle pieces are shaped like individual countries or states, so children learn as they put the puzzles together. Jumbo-sized and brightly-colored, Geopuzzle pieces are easy for chubby hands to manipulate. As children assemble the puzzles, they learn not only each country's name, shape, and capital, but where the country is located and how the entire continent fits together; all the while, they are building their thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and spatial awareness.
Children learn a great deal about problem-solving through direct, get-your-hands-dirty experiments. Tinkerlab, with its 55 delightful experiments, with variations to include a wide range of ages, does just that. Beautiful photography and simple instructions will soon have your children designing, building, concocting, and discovering.
Ready to introduce your kindergartner to the thrill of painting? Both practical and inspiring, Chirp Chirp correctly assumes that children prefer to create only after they have some basic skills. With everything your very young artist needs to understand how to mix paint colors, Chirp Chirp provides him with amazingly simple instructions and lovely materials to work with. Best of all? The finished paintings are entirely wall-worthy, perfect for your child's bedroom, dad's office, or Grandma's apartment!
Nurture your kindergartener's budding creativity and watch him go on to invent, imagine, and problem-solve. Skwooshi can be molded and shaped to unleash your child's creative side without destroying your home. Gluten-, wheat-, and odor-free Skwooshi won't stick to your carpet, furniture, papers, or books, and won't ever dry out. Squeeze to make it firm, and Skwooshi will hold a textured imprint or make detailed sculptures more precisely than any dough. Gently loosen and it becomes soft, airy, and malleable. Assorted colors, two in every pack.
Big Book of Things to Find and Color
If you are looking for a mammoth book brimming with engaging pictures to color, differences to spot, mazes to color, or matching pairs to find, then The Big Book of Things to Find and Color will be your treasure.
What child doesn't love the challenge of mazes? Mazes allow your child the opportunity to practice basic pencil control in an enjoyable, exciting way. These pencil skills are necessary for the legible writing of letters and numbers. Plus, because mazes are naturally absorbing, they help your child acquire the ability to reason, interpret, understand, and concentrate. These elemental skills are essential for later academics.
Pajaggle Deluxe is the brain-tingling union of perplexing puzzle and electrifying game. Solving Pajaggle involves discerning not only very slight shape differences and locating the appropriate missing pieces, but also identifying the occasional piece within a piece called a Pajaggle Doubler. Pajaggle Deluxe is equipped with two complete sets of game pieces in different colors. If you have multiple children or if your child wants to play against dad, simply give each player his own set. The player who gets more of his color of Pajaggle pieces in the board wins. Tremendous as a brain-builder, the multi-sensory process actually means activity is happening on both sides of the brain!
Any wooden block has the potential to improve children's math, language, and creativity skills. But no other blocks can defy gravity like Tegu's. Tegu Excursion combines striking Honduran hardwoods with strong, invisible magnets and Timberdoodle's exclusive e-book with 36 models, plus bonus models to build. Built to inspire whimsical play for generations, Tegu's natural colors, smooth finish, and simple design make it stand out from all that is ubiquitous and short-lived. Tegu Excursion contains 42 blocks in eight shapes plus four wheels to get those models moving.
Combine original stories, stunning artwork, and quality printing and you have TOON Books. These TOON Books are comics, complete with panels and word balloons, which capture young readers imaginations and make them want to read.
Safari Human Organs Toob
The Human Organs Toob is a collection of individually hand-painted miniature replicas featuring professional sculpting and accurate detail. Made of durable solid plastic, the pieces are ideal for educational projects, collecting, and imaginative play.
Origami - Animals
Origami is a lovely way to develop spatial learning, and Beginning Origami Kit Animals is the perfect kit to start with. Origami Animals includes 24 folding paperssome with complete faces, some blankand three sheets of stickers to use for applying eyes, noses, whiskers, and more.
Koh-I-Noor Magic FX Pencils
Now for the little, or maybe not so little ones, comes a collection of pencils that are sure to add pizzazz to any school assignment. Each of the chunky Koh-I-Noor Magic FX pencils contains lead that is multi-colored, so as you draw, the strokes seamlessly change colors. These oversized hexagonal pencils are comfortable to use and the 5.6mm leads are soft and mega-bright. We use ours in our Sunday School class to motivate the kids to write answers the colorful, randomly changing and unpredictable artwork and words is a big incentive. Koh-I-Noor Magic FX pencils can also make excellent doodling accessories. Every Koh-I-Noor Magic FX pack contains one each Magic Original, Magic America, Magic Neon, Magic Fire, and Magic Tropical. Each pencil measures 7 in. long by 5/16 in. diameter.