Timberdoodle's PreK 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.
Sample pages coming soon.
Mathematical Reasoning - Beginning 2
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning is a highlight for this age. The activities are simple, engaging, and colorful. Whether it is drawing a line from the dog to the correct number of bones or crossing out the pancakes mom and dad ate for breakfast to determine how many are left, this book is a perfect introduction to the basics of math. 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.
What Your Preschooler Needs To Know
How do you prepare your non-reader to love reading? Whet his appetite by reading to him! What Your Preschooler Needs to Know read-alouds include twenty-eight poems, thirty songs, thirty-one science-themed readings, and more on history, art, and stories. By sitting down with your child and reading three to four selections a week, you'll cover lots of basic facts and bring up many different topics to discuss.
BambinoLUK Set A
Young children are almost always hands-on learners. That is why your child picks up and touches everything. It may look destructive, but it is how God has programmed him to learn. And because at this age your child will learn more easily using this preferred learning style, we recommend adding a hands-on thinking program to your curriculum to add balance and success. Because this program requires the repeated handling of tiles, your child's fine-motor skills are strengthened and his eye-hand and brain coordination are greatly enhanced. Our Pre-K Basic Curriculum includes the Bambino Starter plus these three add-on packs to exercise your child's hands-on thinking: Visual Perception Pack 1, Critical Thinking Pack 1, and the Theme-based Learning Animals Pack.
Draw and Learn Places
Colorful and engaging, Draw & Learn Places introduces your child to his community while making some important precursory steps to reading and writing. Draw & Learn Places features an assortment of houses, rooms, and animal habitats, and instructions are easy to follow.
Three Little Piggies Smart Game
This is a logic puzzle specifically designed for preschoolers. The challenge of the game is to place the three large puzzle pieces on the game board so that the pigs stay outside during the day and inside at night. Also included with the game is a sweet 24-page wordless picture book with their version of the story of the Three Little Piggies. This is a perfect brain game for young children.
Kumon Grow to Know Mazes
Improve your childs pencil control skills while refining his spatial reasoning abilities. Grow to Know Mazes helps children concentrate, reason, and interpret while developing fine-motor skills.
ABC Sticker Activities
This innovative book will lay the foundation of letter recognition by challenging your child to complete a host of fun activities including: matching, mazes, coloring, complete the pictures, and lots of stickers to add to the pages. With ABC Sticker Activities, your child will have fun, be engaged, and learn about the alphabet.
My First Scissors
The Creativity for Kids My First Scissors are really cool, chunky fish scissors that make cutting paper easier for little hands. The ergonomically designed, bright orange and yellow scissors operate with a spring mechanism, are for both right-handed and left-handed use, and feature blades with rounded points for safety. Officially for ages 4+, we've included them in preschool simply because we haven't been able to find safer or better beginning scissors.
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.
Animal Alphabet Activity Book
Over 120 coloring, doodling, and brainteasing activities will have your child giggling as he learns the letters of the alphabet, builds phonemic awareness, and develops pencil control.
Build-A-Town Sticker Book
Before he can begin to comprehend the world, your pre-K student needs to understand his community. The Usborne Build a Picture Town Sticker Book starts the dialog. By placing all the essential buildings, colorful cars, commerce trucks and happy people stickers together on the various pages, your child will begin to grasp what community looks like and develop the vocabulary to investigate it more.
First Sticker Book Castles
First Sticker Book: Castle is full of busy castle scenes, with over 150 stickers to add to the pictures. There are eight castle scenes to fill with stickers of jovial knights and the people they keep company with. Simple facts on each page give this book an educational emphasis.
Lift-the-Flap Picture Atlas
Lift-the-Flap Picture Atlas is a unique geography title. Each of the six two-page spreads features an entire continent, while Antarctica and an overview of the globe each get one page. The pages are liberally sprinkled with charming illustrations and a ton of flaps just begging to be lifted. Underneath each are interesting facts, kid-friendly scenes of life in another place, or even sweet animal pictures. A giant world map is also included -- why not hang it on your child's bedroom wall or above his school area, then add pictures of far-away relatives or your church's missionaries? This is another secular title, but there is very little that we would have had concerns about, even in our super-conservative family.
The Purpllinker is difficult to categorize. The coordination, reasoning, and problem-solving skills it requires place it squarely into the construction category. However, the subject matter, extreme portability, and emphasis on prereading skills make it seem more like a thinking skills game. Looking much like great-grandpa's old-fashioned carpenter's ruler, but smaller, softer, safer, and easier to maneuver, the child-friendly Purpllinker will hold its shape, allowing your child to create the entire alphabet one letter at a time (or to make any other simple shape he wishes).
Magnatab - Upper Case
The A to Z Magnatab is the ideal tool to help your child focus on forming letters correctly and consistently. Your child will eagerly trace each letter with the magnetic stylus just to see and hear the little metal balls snap to the surface to make the letter. Then, to further help him develop a feel for each letter, lightly trace over the letters with the tip of a finger and the metal balls clatter back into the A to Z Magnatab base. One tool, two approaches to teach young children how to write the alphabet.
Magnatab - Lower Case
The a to z Magnatab is the ideal tool to help your child focus on forming letters correctly and consistently. Your child will eagerly trace each letter with the magnetic stylus just to see and hear the little metal balls snap to the surface to make the letter. Then, to further help him develop a feel for each letter, lightly trace over the letters with the tip of a finger and the metal balls clatter back into the a to z Magnatab base. One tool, two approaches to teach young children how to write the alphabet.
Smart Fellow Pegging
Utilizing 20 template cards and 18 furniture-grade wooden pieces painted in joyous circus colors, Smart Fellow Pegging is an extraordinary construction set for your tiny thinkers that engages both their brains and motor skills. Smart Fellow Pegging gently leads your preschooler through the challenges of creating a 3-D model from a picture. Destined to be a family favorite, Smart Fellow Pegging is a brilliant blend of thinking and building and is perfect for ages two to six.
Science with Tots Deluxe Kit
This Timberdoodle-Exclusive treasure-trove of child-friendly experiments may be the most exciting part of your child's education this year. The My First Super Science tote is jam-packed with all sorts of polymer marbles, fake snow, test tubes, even the new Energy Stick that makes your child a human circuit board while teaching about conductivity. In addition, we have included a superb magnifying glass; sturdy, oversized tweezers; and a large horseshoe magnet. Plus, with every purchase you will receive access to our exclusive Science with Tots e-book download with thirty-six weeks of easy, hands-on experiments using this popular kit!
I love these kits! Djeco Finger Tracks is both practical and inspiring. Djeco knows that children prefer to create only after they have some basic skills. Djeco Finger Tracks contains everything your young artist needs to finger-paint beautiful masterpieces, providing her with brilliantly simple instructions and lovely, top-quality materials worth working with. Finger Tracks features two each of four large, colorful paintings (leopard, tree, zebra, and snake) to finish and display!
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.
ThinkPlay Junior Rainbow
Thinkplay Junior Rainbow collection is an international award-winning construction system with outstanding educational uses. This brightly-colored, 400-piece set is amazingly durable and comes with a boatload of project ideas. More than 60 spiral-bound pages of easy-to-follow photographs show, step-by-step, how to build a huge, incrementally more difficult variety of models. Junior Rainbow encourages a wide variety of cognitive benefits in your younger children: fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination, convergent/divergent thinking, creativity, problem solving, and spatial skills.
BambinoLUK Set B
Your Elite Curriculum Kit comes with eight extra BambinoLUK books, allowing your child to complete four to five new puzzles every week without running out too soon! Packs included are BambinoLUK Concentration Pack, BambinoLUK Critical Thinking Pack 2, BambinoLUK Beginning Math Pack, and BambinoLUK Visual Perception Pack 2.
My Book of Easy Mazes
Tracing his way through mazes will help your child build more confidence in his fine motor skills and practice basic pencil control, preparing him to begin writing. Kumon's My Book of Easy Mazes features bold, colorful pages with beginner level mazes, just right for your Pre-K scholar.
Using just five smartly designed magnetic counting rods, Tiggly Counts helps develop early numeracy, counting, and math operations through the use of three free developmentally appropriate creative apps. Perfect for on the road or at home, Tiggly Counts makes math tangible and attractive.
Friends Light Clay
This whimsical Friends kit from Djeco will guide your young child bit by bit through the creation of five simple, flat, yet three-dimensional animals. Includes ultra-light clay that air-dries to lovely results; a variety of stickers; wiggly eyes; and a remarkable, step-by-step color booklet; your child has everything he needs to complete a treasured piece of art while practicing following directions.
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.
Haba Garden Lodge Threading Games
Garden Threading develops your childs hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, matching, patience, and imagination. Garden Threading includes one house, 26 threading tiles, two threads, and two double-sided templates. The robust wooden parts are perfect for small children.
Imagination Patterns, with their brightly-colored magnetic blocks and full-color design challenges, develop essential skills every child needs. Not only does Imagination Patterns encourage children to think, but also to explore and discover the way shapes can be combined to form intricate designs. The magnetic blocks can be arranged inside the sturdy wood carrying case to duplicate any of the fifty cards that include animals, faces, vehicles, and more. Plus, the magnetic board doubles as a dry-erase board, so your child can add a backdrop for his creations how cool is that?
Links were one of the most versatile educational items we had during the early years of homeschooling our five children. We used them for sorting, patterning, and counting. But when class was done, the links were strung between chairs to mark out corrals, stores, or pathways; used to restrain a wild stuffed animal; or employed as currency, with each color representing its own denomination.