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    Default Timberdoodle curriculum??

    Has anyone heard of this or used it before? I heard about it in the FB page of a local homeschool group...I haven't heard of it before and am not sure if it is any good? Any feedback?

    Thanks!

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    ugh...I think it is a christian co. Never mind...

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    Oh, don't let their Christian bias scare you off! We use their curriculum packages, modified to be secular, and are very happy with it. They have honestly done a great job of winnowing out some of the best homeschooling resources and even if the best resource is from a secular company (like the Max Axiom graphic novels) they will still promote it.

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    I've bought a lot of stuff from Timberdoodle over the years. The owner is an engineer, and it shows in their selection of all sorts of things.
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    I just bought software from them the other day, Thank you for mentioning them!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gidamom View Post
    ugh...I think it is a christian co. Never mind...
    I am looking at using them as well. I just called them and asked about the religious undertones. They will tell you exactly what has religious undertones and you can either opt to get the rest of the packaged curriculum without the religious stuff (and supplement as you wish) at a lesser cost, or they can replace it with something else that you might like. For my pre-k/kinder he said the only religious content was in the language arts (bible quotes). I would take that out completely and supplement with something else. Then for my 6th grader, he said American History and Science I'd want to remove but that they have suggested secular replacements for those subjects I could choose from. I also have the choice to get a quote without those two subjects all together and supplement those elsewhere. I think Timberdoodle looks up to date, very hands on, and fun. I'm brand new to homeschooling myself, but ya gotta start somewhere. The customer service was exceptional too. Roughly $400-500 range for the whole thing all bundled up for you! I like bundled up things.

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    Default Timberdoodle

    After reviewing the site, it seem as like Timberdoodle is a company that does not create its own curriculum but rather couples appropriate packaged curriculum from places like Teaching Textbooks and Bob Jones with good learning books, kits, puzzles, models, and games that you can find at any store that are not necessarily a "curriculum." Rosetta Stone can be found anywhere. Big Bag of Science, Chem C 3000, Squishy Human Body can be found anywhere (including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, http://www.learningexpress.com/ ,and www.fatbrain.com) Since most of these products are marketed to the mass and not a "curriculum" so to speak it will not be religious.

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    Yeah, I was realizing that as well. I am now wondering how much more expensive it is. I can pay a little more for the convenience of them piecing it all together but I'd hate to spend way over dollar..hmmm. I'll have to research that part of it some more. Just researching what I want to use is so time consuming. If I could sit around on this computer all day and not feel bad that my daughter isn't being engaged right now, then I'd do it without complaint! This is just researching whether I want to use a packaged curriculum or piece together my own and it's taking me days to figure out! It makes me a little weary of putting together my own for the extra time that'll end up taking. I figure we'll have much trial and error on this path so might as well take a stab at something and stop over analyzing EVERYTHING!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnyjf View Post
    Oh, don't let their Christian bias scare you off! We use their curriculum packages, modified to be secular, and are very happy with it. They have honestly done a great job of winnowing out some of the best homeschooling resources and even if the best resource is from a secular company (like the Max Axiom graphic novels) they will still promote it.
    Hi, I was just wondering what ages you used the timberdoodle curriculum for, and for how long? I can't find too much in the way of reviews online (other than on their actual site) and I'm looking for some opinions!

    I want packaged curricula, I don't want it to be 'online school', and I can't AFFORD calvert! Oak meadow seems kind of like 'school at home' (although, I could be wrong with that. I'm just trying to decipher it all and I've looked at so many!) I like what Timberdoodle seems to put together. I just don't get why not that many people seem to use them.

    So, any insight on your experience with them would be great!!

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ariadne View Post
    I've bought a lot of stuff from Timberdoodle over the years. The owner is an engineer, and it shows in their selection of all sorts of things.
    I have the same questions for you! I am curious if you've bought the packaged curricula from timberdoodle, or just pieces here and there? Have you felt the need to supplement anywhere or eliminate any of their stuff?

    thanks!!

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