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Mr. Cupid

Mr. Cupid wants to make you fall in love. Don’t you already love him.


Price:
     30$ each + shipping


My items are intended for decoration purposes. Not intended for children or infants to play with as some parts can be a choking hazard. 
***If you will be gifting to an infant or child let me know. I will use yarn for eyes instead of safety eyes; as they can be a choking hazard.***

This doll is handmade by me, Daisy Luckey, from a design and pattern by AradiyaToys





Mr. Dracula

Mr. Dracula is getting ready for Halloween and needs a coffin to call home.



Price:
     27$ each + shipping


My items are intended for decoration purposes. Not intended for children or infants to play with as some parts can be a choking hazard. 
***If you will be gifting to an infant or child let me know. I will use yarn for eyes instead of safety eyes; as they can be a choking hazard.***

This doll is handmade by me, Daisy Luckey, from a design and pattern by AradiyaToys




Back-To-School

It’s back-to-school for most of the kiddos in our area so I thought it would be good idea to let y’all know what we do for back-to-school. We actually school year round with each school year starting the first Monday of January. I have made some traditions because when I went to school I would get myself up, get myself breakfast and then head off to school. Even though I loved school getting myself ready and sending myself off wasn’t fun or exciting.

We start off the first day of school with a big breakfast. I make a fritata, which is basically an open-faced omelet, adding in all of our daughter’s favorites. Green onions, spinach, tomatoes, bacon, cheese, cheese and some more cheese. Along with a big cup of chocolate milk. While she is still eating I set up all the items we’ll be using that day during school. For our curriculum we use Timberdoodle Co.

Once breackfast and teeth brushing are done our daughter gets to choose what she would like to wear that day. PJs or regular clothes ar…

Review: Djeco So Pop

Our daughter loves arts and crafts. Djeco So Pop is another amazing art project that she had a blast doing. I got it through Timberdoodle and it also comes with their PreK Curriculum Kit. The kit comes with 4 different projects and all the pieces you need to put them together. This particular kit came with little envelopes for each project that had sequence in them so I popped out each item for the projects and put them in the envelopes so everything would be ready go when do each one. Djeco also give you a glue stick so you can glue the pieces on the boards but I have found the glue they provide isn’t that great so instead we use hot glue.


What I really like about Djeco art kits is that they give you a little booklet that shows where to put each piece on the boards. It shows you through pictures so if your child doesn’t read yet it’s not a problem. Easy for a young kid to follow and great for the parent because you don’t have to read a lengthy instruction book. 

I’d definitely recomm…

Review: What Do Grown-ups Do All Day?

The book What Do Grown-ups Do All Day? came with our 2018-2019 Timberdoodle PreK Elite Kit. It goes through 14 different job sights and explains each job within them. The explanations aren’t to long so it’s easy for kids to grasp the concept of each job. Even though it only does 14 job locations it showcases different jobs for each place. For me there was a huge downside. The very first job sight is a school which I don’t mind but it never mentions that some families homeschool. As a homeschool mom I’d love it if this book also included this way of doing school. For this reason I’m very glad Timberdoodle took it out of the 2019-2020 kit.


(Turkey came to school)

Review: Learn and Draw Animals + Places

Animals + Places is great for building creative skills. Although, it shows you how to draw facial features and other things in different ways. It allows kids to draw them anyway they want. Some pages are blank to let the child get extremely creative by drawing whatever they please. It is however very repetitive either with “draw what’s missing” or just coloring. I wouldn’t say it’s a must have but it’s definitely fun for kids.


Review: Mathematical Reasoning

I love math and wanted our daughter to gain the same passion for it I have. Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 1 and Beginning 2 have been an amazing curriculum for early math. Beginning 2 came with our Timberdoodle PreK Elite Kit and was a hit right off the bat. Our daughter loves the bright and colorful pages. She was doing so well with this book I went ahead and got Beginning 1 because I figured always getting the answers right would help build confidence and it did.



The books get increasingly more challenging but then go back to an easier concept which is great reviewing and not getting burnt out. I love that they include riddles, number writing practice, drawing shapes and a ton more. However, I do wish they talked more shapes and colors. I’ve taught dark/light colors and a ton of shapes but we’re over halfway down with the book and it has only gone over triangle, square and rectangle.


Review: ThinkPlay STEM Junior Xtra

ThinkPlay STEM are great for getting your kiddos excited about building. I love that they come with a book in different things you can make but you also have the choice to get super creative and build whatever you can imagine. It comes with a bunch of different block pieces in different colors. They can be stacked or stuck together by sliding the pieces into each other. Our daughter can’t slide them together yet but she’s getting close. I even think they are hard to put together and take apart. So when we use these I start the pieces but let her slide them all the way. It would be better if they snapped together. What is great is the sense of accomplishment and pride she gets from completing a project.


Review: Bob Books

Love me some Bob Books. I think these are great for little readers when kids are just starting out reading. They don’t use many words but rather focus on certain letters at a time. The pictures aren’t to busy so the child doesn’t get distracted from the actual reading. Best of all these books are short. Our daughter started reading these about a mom before turning 3. She has such a sense of accomplishment after reading one herself. Brings me such joy to see her gain a love of books.


Review: Stages Emotion Cards

Stages: Emotion Cards have been an excellent tool for teaching our daughter not just about her emotions but also how to handle different situations. I simply show her a card and ask her what she thinks is happening, how each person feels and what they could do to become happy. If she has trouble with a card we talk about different things the people could do from sharing to apologizing to trying and. She’s learning great ways to deal with her emotions. I’d definitely recommend these especially if you’d child has trouble expressing themselves or dealing with certain situations.


Review: Smart Start STEM PreK

This years Timberdoodle PreK kit has Smart Start STEM. Since I’m using last years kit I went ahead and bought this separately from Timberdoodle. It is great for hands-on activities. There are 14 different STEM projects within this book. Each starts with a brief explanation followed by a short series of questions that go with the reading. After you get to build something that goes with the lesson. What I like is that it has a spot to draw out what you plan to do and what you think will happen then a spot for how your test run went. Great way to introduce how to do science experiments. It is not a comprehensive science curriculum by any means but it is a great way to get your kids involved with hands-on science fun.


Alphabet and Numbers

These alphabet and number cards are amazing! I love them for teaching little kids.

Price:
30$ for a set of 6 + shipping if shipped

You may choose and color you like.



Play Food

I love these play foods for decoration or teaching kids about food groups. Our daughter loves to use them in her play kitchen.

Price depends on the food order + shipping if shipped.

Foods Available:

Carrot2 CherriesLemonCucumber Tomato Plum2 Strawberries OrangePearPotato 2 Kiwi Halves2 MushroomsEggplant TurnipRadishCornGreen or Purple GrapesBanana 2 Sunny Side-Up Eggs





Review: Kumon Sticker Science

Sticker Science by Kumon came with our Timberdoodle PreK Elite Kit. I love this book! It has a bunch of different things that kids need to know about but does it in a fun way. My daughter loves that she gets to use stickers. Not every page uses stickers. There are maxes, connecting like things, drawing and coloring. Keep our daughter engaged and wanting to do more because she thinks it’s so fun. One thing I wish it had was a review. Like after a few lesson a review would be nice but it doesn’t so I go over things with her ever so often.


Review: Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs is another great game by Smart Games. It came in our Timberdoodle PreK Elite kit. This game comes with 3 pigs and a wolf, a book of challenges and s little picture boo of the story of the Three Little Pigs. My daughter absolutely Ives this game! She thinks it’s funny to pretend the wolf eats the piggies. As she goes to place the houses on the pigs she turns the wolf toward the pig she’s about to save. My favorite thing is when she finds a solution that isn’t the one suggested in the challenge book. It shows me that she is really gaining the critical thinking skill.


Review: Stages Blocks

Stages Blocks finally came in. They were ordered from the manufacturer’s website in January and arrived 6 months later because they were on backorder. They are made by Stages Learning and included 40 colorful blocks and 120 cards. You can also download a free app that gives even more building ideas. I like these blocks because not only do you get the critical thinking aspect from building what’s on the cards but you can do grouping activities with them or even counting. I do think the first 20 cards that come with the blocks are unnecessary. They only show 1 block so there isn’t much thinking required to complete those. I do think the blocks are a good size for little hands and like that they are colorful. Our daughter’s favorite thing to do is make her own things with them.


Timberdoodle Blog Team: 2019-2020

Hi everyone! I’m Daisy Luckey. This year I’m on the Timberdoodle Blog Team. I joined because I am very passionate about education and homeschooling. Thanks to my husband, I am fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home-mom. We have 1 daughter (age 3).

Things you may not know about me:

I suffer from anxiety and depression stemming from an abusive childhoodI love animals; have a dog (Ice), a turkey, a duck, 11 chickens outside and 1 house chickenI love to crochet and cross stitch; I do sell my itemsI like video games (Pokémon and Story of Seasons mostly)I still have my college math textbooks and do them for funI am dyslexic


Review: Wikki Stix

Wikki Stix are pretty neat. The stix don’t dry out so you can reuse them over and over. I think they are a perfect way to help toddlers learn how to form their letters. Super easy to use, too. You just push the stixs onto the card and they stick. I would suggest these for young kids who haven’t yet started writing.



Mrs. Penguin

Mrs. Penguin is ready for the coldest of weather but she’d love a warm place to call home.


Price:
     25$ each + shipping



My items are intended for decoration purposes. Not intended for children or infants to play with as some parts can be a choking hazard. 
***If you will be gifting to an infant or child let me know. I will use yarn for eyes instead of safety eyes; as they can be a choking hazard.***

This doll is handmade by me, Daisy Luckey, from a design and pattern by AradiyaToys



Mr. Teddy Bear

Perfect gift for any loved one. Mr. Teddy Bear is ready to give all his love.


Price:
     25$ each + shipping




My items are intended for decoration purposes. Not intended for children or infants to play with as some parts can be a choking hazard. 
***If you will be gifting to an infant or child let me know. I will use yarn for eyes instead of safety eyes; as they can be a choking hazard.***

This doll is handmade by me, Daisy Luckey, from a design and pattern by AradiyaToys


Review: What Your Preschooler Needs to Know

I really enjoy What Your Preschooler Needs to Know. It has a lot of classic poems, nursery rhymes as  well as little stories from history and a bit of science. My daughter enjoys just snuggling up and reading the book together. I like how the history and science are not overwhelming for a young child. The illustrations are bright and big to help engage the children even more. Definitely, recommend and will continue with What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know.

Review: All About Reading Prereading

Cannot say enough great things about All About Reading. It’s fun, engaging, not to long but not to short, has everything you need in the kit (you may need craft supplies if you choose) and you can copy the pages if you have multiple students. I am dyslexic, reading and spelling were the hardest for me in school. All About Reading gives me the tools to teach my daughter properly. The teacher guide has little tips to let you know what sound should be used by giving you a word that has that sound. For instance, “I” will sound as it does in “lick” or “I” will sounds as it does in “like”.



Prereading goes through uppercase, lowercase and the basic letter sounds. The two little readers are great for young kids and the worksheets go along with the stories. I school year round so I decided to redo the lessons until we finish the school year instead of buying the next lesson after we’re done. I have enough days to redo Prereading 3x. Since All About Reading allows you to photocopy the workbook …

Review: Djeco Pompom Pictures - All Aboard

Djeco Pompom is a super cute and easy art craft for toddlers. They just put the pompoms on the corresponding dots. I like that it comes with all the pompoms you need. However, the glue stick they give you doesn’t make the pompoms sticks to the board. I tried regular glue and that didn’t work either so I ended up having to use a hot glue gun. So, I suggest having hot glue if you get this.


Review: Small Pegs Activity Set

Small Pegs Activity Set is great for fine motor skills. The pegs snap into the board so you know they are in properly. My daughter gets bored about halfway through doing one challenge so I have her just do a little section or take turns outing in Pegs with her. I do wish it came with a blanket challenge board so she could make her own design. I plan on making one for her. 

Review: Alphabet Bingo

Want a fun game to help recognize the alphabet? Then Alphabet Bingo is the game for you. The box says it’s a 1-player game but I think it’s more fun when you have more players. You can use the picture side or the letter side of the chips for your child to find on their bingo cards. Our daughter loves this games. I plan on taking it for play dates.


Review: BambinoLUK Set A and B

BambinoLUK Set A and Set B are a great tool to get your child’s critical thinking juices flowing. You get 16 books if you get both sets. Some books they match the exact picture, while others they have to match a picture with one that is similar. The tiles are the perfect size for little hands. The set as a whole isn’t very big in size so you can take it on the road if you like. I do wish that it came with two set of tiles and clear holders. One for each set would have been nice but I bought them together so I only got one set.


Review: Junior GeoStix

Junior GeoStix was a blast for our daughter. She loved getting to put them together and make the different ideas on the cards. It was a little difficult at first for her to put the sticks together but she eventually got the hang of it. I think these are great for creativity and math skills.


Review: Mad Mattr

Absolutely love Mad Mattr. It is easy to shape and mold, doesn’t dry out no matter how long you leave it out and it’s not sticky. Mad Mattr is a billion times better than Play Dough. Never again will I get Play Dough, only Mad Mattr from here on out. Our daughter can easily manipulate the dough and has a blast using it for hours.


Review: Magna Tablet Deluxe

We got the Magna Tablet Deluxe in our Timberdoodle Kit. It is nice and big, extremely sturdy and the magnet pen is the perfect size for our daughter’s little hands. This tablet is an amazing tool to use for practiceing letters, numbers, shapes and anything she can think of. Great for use in the car or to take to places were she would get bored. Definitely, highly recommend this great learning tool.


The back has a pack of cards that can be used for copy work but I don’t use them a lot. Mostly, I just let her be as creative as she wants by making whatever she can think of.

Pre-K 2019 Curriculum Choice: Unboxing

I wanted to find a well rounded curriculum for our daughter. One that had everything together and I didn’t have to go hunting for it myself because that’s a daunting task. I researched lots of different secular curriculum kits and each item in the kits. I came across Timberdoodle and just adored everything about it. The kits are hands-on, have a ton of things to engage your child in the joy of learning and have a scheduler. I will have a review post for each item as we use them and an end of year review.

First I started with their placement test to see which kit was right for our daughter to start with. She placed in the Pre-K kit. I went with the elite kit but I’m sure the complete kit has enough. For English they have All About Reading: Pre-Reading, What Your Preschooler Needs to Know, Magna Tablet Deluxe, Alphabet Bingo and Wikki Stix Alphabet. The complete kit doesn’t include bingo or wikki stix.


I absolutely love math. It’s one of my favorite subjects. You’ll get Mathematical Re…