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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…

Review: Kumon Kindergarten Logic

Last year we used these Kumon books that came with our Timberdoodle curriculum and loved them. For our kindergarten curriculum, Timberdoodle has Kumon Kindergarten Logic in it. Our daughter absolutely loves this book. It covers so much from patterns to mazes to pretend and more. What is nice is the skills start off easy and progressively get more challenging. Our daughter’s favorite is the pretend vs. real lesson. She found them very funny.


I like that it covers so much and gives a good amount of lessons for each skill. With the rotation lessons I used a pair of child scissors, we have the Crayola ones, to demonstrate how the objects turn. I think the book having so many colors and cute pictures helps the student stay engaged in the materials. If our daughter had her way she’d finish the whole book in a day but I use Timberdoodle’s online scheduler and have all our curriculum set up for our 47 week school year.  

Review: Math-U-See Primer

Math was always my favorite subject in cool; well until I took chemistry. I use Timberdoodle curriculum and they had a placement test for math. Even though our daughter placed for Alpha, in their 1st grade kit, I choose to stick with Math-U-See Primer. My reason for this is because I wanted to give her the extra confidence of know things and getting answers right. What I love is that this curriculum comes with the student booklet, teacher manual, instructional DVD and block manipulatives. A really nice thing is in the blocks there is a huge poster for teaching place values and how to read a clock.


The booklet is in black and white but offers a lot of coloring for the student. The book says to color the squares the same color as the blocks; eg: 5 is light blue so then when they show 5 squares together you’re supposed to color them light blue. Now I don’t have my daughter do this. I let her color the squares whatever color she wants because I don’t want her thinking if she sees light bl…

Review: What Do People Do All Day?

What Do People Do All Day is such a cute book we got from Timberdoodle I love that all the characters are animals. It goes through so many different jobs that people would have in your community. There is even a part about what mom’s do; of course if the dad of the house does the majority of the housework you can expand and talk about that or how both mom and dad share the household responsibilities. The book goes through how a house is made and show many people with different jobs come together to build the house. What firefighters and police officers do, how a ship has many different jobs, what all goes into having a train run smoothly. Our daughter was especially happy to see the train portion because Daddy works on a train.


By no means would I use this a single curriculum social studies but it’s a cute book that has a lot to offer when teaching about your community. We read about 2 pages a week so it build suspense with our daughter because she’s so eager to learn more about what …

Review: Skill Sharpeners Geography K

Need an easy way to teach geography? It’s right here. Skill Sharpeners Geography K is apart of our Timberdoodle curriculum and it’s a great little workbook. Each section starts off with a little bit about the topic that you read then your child does a little worksheet on what was read and finally they get to work those cutting and pasting skills. Each section has a certificate saying they learned the topic which I really like. Our daughter loves when we get to put her things on the fridge and certificates are one of my favorite things to hang.


The workbook is colorful and focuses on many different things; reading a map, landforms, continents and oceans, etc. I don’t remember learning half of what is in this book when I was in kindergarten I’m public school. Our daughter’s family part is the end of the lessons where she gets to cut and paste. It makes her so excited and she really gets into the material because of it. 

Review: My Very First Body Book

Usborne Books & More has such amazing book for kids and My Very First Body Book is one of them. We got this book to go with our Timberdoodle curriculum. It has so much information presented in a perfect way for kids. I did 1 spread every week so it wasn’t overwhelming. What I like about this book is that it’s colorful and has fun pictures for kids so they are engaged in the learning process. It goes over so many things for young kids; eating properly, body parts, pumping blood, etc.


I love when I can use a book and show our daughter in real life what the book is talking about. There is a section talking about how your body heals when you have a cut and we were able to see in real life how our cut heals. The end of the book shows life stages and how we start off in our mama’s tummy then we go from baby-kid-adult-elderly. It gives a little about the stages of life and our daughter has decided I am an elderly person because I get weak and need help sometimes. I was able to turn that …

Review: All About Reading Level 1

When I was a kid I had the hardest time learning to read. My aunt found out I was dyslexic and that is what was making it so hard to read and spell. With our Timberdoodle curriculum we got AAR Lv 1 (All About Reading). Last year we had the Prereading version and loved it so I was very pleased to see they kept this as part of their curriculum. The main thing I like is that it is written in a way that I can understand what I’m supposed to do in order to teach reading effectively. The teacher manual has a bunch of tips through to help you along the way. The word and letter cards have examples so you know how to pronounce them or what sound you are teaching for that lesson. 


What I did was tear out the pages in the student booklet; they are preferated. All the pieces that it said to cut out I also laminated. Some people have asked in the homeschool groups how to laminate. What I do is cut out the item, laminate and cut again. It makes a seal and last longer that way. You don’t have to cut…

Review: I Can Doodle Rhymes

I Can Doodle Rhymes is such a cute book to help with rhyming. I got it with our Timberdoodle curriculum. What I love about this book is that it works on writing as well as rhyming. A hard thing when learning to read is being able to rhyme so anything to make it a fun experience while learning is a huge plus. Each spread in the book works on either 2 to 3 words that rhyme.


Our daughter loves drawing so that’s what really makes this book engaging for her. She’s able to have a visual for the words that rhyme. I like to have her try to think of another word that rhymes and draw it as well so I know she is getting the idea of rhyming and not just writing and coloring her way through this book. Another plus for this book is that she can practice drawing, which she really likes.

Review: Building Blocks of Science Book K

I love doing science and want our daughter to have a love of science as well. Building Blocks of Science Book K is the book that came with our Timberdoodle curriculum this year. There is a lot of coloring involved but I feel that makes it more appealing to kids. The workbook is divided into different sections so your not skipping from topic to topic. What I like to do is make it interactive. When it teaches about making a wave or things that go up must come down we did those activities to make it more involved.


The beginning talks about atoms and different elements. While most would think it’s a bit advanced for a kindergartener we made it simple. My husband and I pretended to be elements and had our daughter join in. We linked arms and legs to have a visual representation that elements can join. To me it doesn’t matter if she remembers the names of the elements or the compounds they make; she’ll learn that in chemistry when she’s older. What she was able to learn was that there are e…

Review: Djeco Modeling Dough Funny Faces

Who hasn’t played with dough before? Well this Djeco Kit helps your child form and create with dough. Djeco Modeling Dough Funny Faces has different cards for you to place the shaped dough and then you can use the stick provided to make different designs. We’ve had this kit for months and the dough is still soft which is nice. I make sure to close the containers properly to keep the dough as fresh as possible. One downside is the smell of the dough. To me it smells very weird but at least the dough isn’t sticky.


Our daughter loves when we do this kit. Her favorite part is using the stick to make designs in the dough. It’s also a great art activity to keep her busy if I need to get something done. The manual is all pictures so she can easily tell what she needs to do for each card. Even if the manual doesn’t show a design for the dough she makes one and that’s what so great about Djeco kits. Your child can be as creative as they want.  

Review: Boom! Fun with Science

Science is alway fun but what makes it exciting for kids is doing hands-on experiments. Boom! Fun with Science came with our Timberdoodle kindergarten curriculum kit. It has everything you need except for some basic household items. We had everything extra we needed right in our pantry except for soda. It comes with an instruction manual and the items that may cause irritation are labeled so you know to be careful with them.


Our daughter’s favorite experiments are the ones that explode and there is a whole section of exploding experiments. The manual has different experiments grouped together with other experiments that go together so you could do a whole unit on crystals if you like. Some experiments didn’t turn out like the book says. For example, we have still yet to make slime that wasn’t super sticky or soapy. It’s ok though as the lesson can turn into things don’t always work out and we can retry the experiments to see if we can get them to work out properly. What is really nice…

Review: What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know

Last year we used the preschooler version of this book. The kindergartener book goes over lots of things for your child. What I like about these books are that they incorporate a lot; from history to science to art and more. On my Timberdoodle groups on FaceBook there are lots of people asking how to use this as part of their curriculum. I just read it my daughter. We read a few sections a week.


I don’t skip around the book, just start at the beginning. When we get to science portion we do the experiments if we haven’t already done them before. My daughter really likes the stories, they are mostly children’s stories perfect for her age. Some we’ve read before but who doesn’t enjoy reading cute stories. 

Review: Kumon Folding Books

For teaching how to cut we used the Kumon Cutting Books so when I saw the folding set on Timberdoodle’s website I just had to add them to our kindergarten curriculum for this year. Each book starts out easy and gets progressively harder as the book goes on. The pictures have dotted lines so your child knows where to fold. Once they fold on all the lines it shows a new picture.


My daughter loves the pictures and thinks they are so funny. The books have really helped her fold a proper line. When we started the books she would fold a diagonal line instead of a straight line but after using these she has really progressed in her folding ability. What I really like about Kumon books is that after you complete the book they have a certificate. 

Usborne Books & More Launch Party

I’ve started a new venture with Usborne Books & More. Promoting literacy for everyone is awesome and I’m proud to be apart of if. Thursday, June 11 at 8:30pm central time I’ll be having my launch party. Join me for some fun! I’ll be having a giveaway so be sure to come to the party and comment on the post in order to get your entries in. You’ll also get to see a bunch of awesome books you might not have seen before. Be sure to invite your friends and family to the party, too!

Usborne Book & More Launch Party

Shopping Link for the Party

Don’t miss the awesome customer specials. You’ll qualify for 1 for every 40$ added to your cart.

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Review: Animal Homeland Mosaics

We love doing arts and crafts so I made sure to add this kit to our Timberdoodle curriculum for this year. Animal Homeland Mosaics has a bunch of different animals you get to add stickers and gems, too. The kit comes with everything you need which is nice so we didn’t need to go out and get extra supplies. Our kit came with 2 instruction manuals which isn’t a bad thing. However, the instructions don’t show you everything you need to get out for the animal you are doing. 

My daughter chose to do the crocodile one. The manual didn’t say we needed to use the apple stickers or the yellow and blue stickers. It was depicted in the picture in the manual but wasn’t listed on the page as needing them so with this kit I can’t just give my daughter the manual to follow because then half the art project wouldn’t be done. Another flaw is that the little gems don’t always come off with their sticky stuff so I had to pull off the stickiness and push it back on the gems for them to stick. 

We did hav…

Review: Djeco Bugs

This art kit by Djeco is a great way to entertain your kiddo for a long time. Djeco Bugs has 4 cards and the scratching stick. All your child needs to do is scratch the blue parts of the card and it reveals a picture. We’ve had some other kits like this but you had to scratch so hard that my daughter wasn’t able to complete it. Djeco’s kit is very easy to scratch you really don’t need that much pressure to make the picture appear.


The kit does come with an instruction manual but let’s be honest it’s really self explanatory. What was great for me was that doing just one card kept my daughter busy for almost an hour. We did end up taking turns to complete it because she said her hand was starting to hurt. Which I get because it is a lot of scratching for an almost 4 year old to be doing and she didn’t want to take a break and finish at later time. 

My daughter really enjoyed this kit and asked if we could do more cards together but I told her we have space them out for the year with our…

Review: Djeco Beadazzled Dough

Y’all know I love Djeco and this kit is no different. Beadazzled Dough is a super fun art kit that comes with 3 designs; fish, cat and chicken. The dough is like air clay so after about a day it completely dries and your able to hang up the board. The kit comes with the exact number of beads you need for each design. I sorted the beads into bags for each design so they’d be ready to go when go to use them.


I love that everything you need comes in the kit. No mess was made when we did the kit which was a great plus. The instructions are simple to follow and done all in pictures so even my 3 year old daughter knew what she needed to do without me explaining it to her. Since the dough is air clay it was soft and easy for her move to fill in the cutout. 

The instructions do show where to put the beads but I just let her put them anywhere she wanted. Djeco is about creativity so why not let your kids get creative in where the beads go. When we finished the chicken design she wanted to do t…