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Homeschooling! What Extra Supplies Do I Need?

With the recent increase of homeschoolers due to Covid there was a frequent question being asked, what extra supplies do I need to get? Here’s my list of extra items I got for each grade we have done. Have any other questions about homeschooling just ask in the comments! Now you don’t necessarily have to have a curriculum but we use Timberdoodle
Preschool: Paints and brushes or spongesScissors; both kid ones and adultCrayonsMarkersBooks; fun ones and educational onesStickersBinder; I used one to keep all the worksheets from our workbook together since I torn them out so we could do skip around the book as neededConstruction paperClothes pinsFlash cards; numbers and lettersGlue sticksPipe cleanersGoogly eyesPompomsTape

PreK:  Container; I store all of our curriculum in this huge container so it’s all in one spotStickersPens and pencils; my Timberdoodle curriculum came with pencils for my daughterPencil sharpener; my curriculum came with oneCrayons; even though my curriculum came with the…

Usborne Party?

Wondering how an Usborne party works? I’ve got you’ve covered. It’s all done through FaceBook so no need to leave the comfort of your home. I make a FaceBook group and have scheduled post that let everyone know about the wonderful books Usborne Books and More offers. The only thing you need to do is invite your friends and family. As your guest buy books for the people in their life you earn free books from Usborne Books and More. The picture below breaks down how much in free books and books at half price you can earn. 
I use some Usborne Books & More books for our homeschool. They offer a lot of books that are educational and our daughter has learned a lot of things from them. We also have some that are just for fun. Our daughter loves the books and thinks they are hilarious; like Beast Feast


Review: Little Children’s Drawing Book

Usborne Books & More has a fantastic book called Little Children’s Drawing Book which is part of Timberdoodle’s Preschool kit this year. It’s a super fun way to work on fine motor skills. Little Children’s Drawing Book has adorable pictures and each page the characters talk about what they want the child to draw. Works on scribbles, squiggles, swirls, shapes, lines, etc.


Our daughter loves drawing and anything to do with art so she’s definitely been enjoying this book. She’d finish the whole book in a day if I let her. The characters ask for certain things or have a sentence to say about the picture and our daughter thinks it’s so hilarious. She’s been able to work on drawing things and can see a different way to draw certain things. There is a page where the child is supposed to draw a flower. Our daughter drew actual flowers on the stems instead of the swirls and squiggles it showed an example of. I’d definitely recommend this as a fun art activity or if you need to keep your ch…

Review: Gobblet Gobblers

Gobblet Gobblers is part of Timberdoodle’s Kindergarten kit this year. It takes the classic game of Tic-Tac-Toe to the next level! The goal is still to get 3 in a row but your pieces can eat those smaller than it making more challenging. This game is really fun. When you place a piece you need to think about if your opponent can gobble your piece and win or if you can gobble theirs and win. You can move a Gobbler even after it’s already on the board. The game pieces come in 3 sizes and you get 2 of each size.


Since we got this game our daughter has wanted to play all day everyday. She thinks it’s so funny when they gobble each other and loves to play with piece since they have such funny faces. Even though the game is suggested for kids 5 and up our daughter (4) doesn’t have a problem playing and understands what she’s supposed to do. I think this is a great game to help with critical thinking skills even though the child doesn’t know it. They are just having fun and bonding with you …

Review: Look Inside Your Body

Usborne Books & More has done it again! Another great book called Look Inside Your Body came with our Timberdoodle curriculum. The colors are bright, the graphics are outstanding and my favorite thing is there are flaps within flaps! Never seen such a thing before in a flip-the-flap book. It’s super cool. Each spread in the book covers something different and goes into just enough detail for a child so that they aren’t overwhelmed with to much information.


We read one spread a week from this book. This Usborne book goes over eating, how to stay health, your brain and more. Our daughter loves flap books so this really peaked her interest. She gets really into the pictures and discovering what happens in the human body. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to introduce how the body works to their child. Look Inside Your Body goes over so much, the colors, graphics and flaps will definitely keep your littles engaged in the material. 

Review: What’s Going On Here?

Creative to say the least! What’s Going On Here? are such cute little cards we got from Timberdoodle. Each card has a different scenario and the back of the cards have questions to ask about the picture. The colors are vibrant and all the characters are animals which is really cute. What I like most is about these cards are that they have the questions already there. You don’t need to think of them just pull out a card and your ready to go.


Our daughter loves these. She will sit and tell you about each card until she’s gone through them all. Sometimes to extend on the lesson I ask her what might happen next and she’ll give a detailed story of what could happen. I definitely recommend these for teaching about feelings and how to act in certain situations or just as a fun bonus to do with your kiddos. There are a bunch of cards with all sorts of different scenarios on them so your kids are sure to have fun for hours. 

Review: Push, Pull, Empty, Full

Teaching opposites can sometimes be hard. Your child may not understand what exactly an opposite is. Push, Pull, Empty, Full is another book from our Timberdoodle curriculum. Each spread in the book will focus on one pair of opposites at a time and the child gets to complete the pictures to make the opposites true. There is a lot of drawing and coloring in this book which I like because it keeps our daughter engaged and wanting to do more. 


The pictures are draw like in the book Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad. Our daughter really enjoys that workbook so I knew she would be fond of this one as well. I would say the only downside to this activity book is that it only goes over each pair of opposites once but it does allow you to have a side conversation with your kiddo about the material. I often have our daughter go look around the house for something that relates to the opposites we’re going over. I feel it reiterates what we’re learning and she gets excited to go on a scavenger hunt. I woul…