Homeschool Curriculum Help

I’ve been a Timberdoodle fan ever since we started homeschooling way back in 1994 . Timberdoodle is a homeschool curriculum company owned by homeschoolers, and one of their strengths is the way they describe the pros and cons of various curriculum choices. They’re kept up with the times, and this week I learned that they have a youtube channel.  Below is a brief description of three different math programs. Horizon math is the one I use for my younger elementary kids.

Awhile back I blogged about switching my older kids to Teaching Textbooks. Here’s Timberdoodle’s vlog describing Teaching Textbooks. We did 7th/8th grade Teaching Textbooks for a year and enjoyed it. I am still doing it with my 3rd grade daughter. But I ended up switching back to Saxon math for some of my kids, after discovering that they really needed more review of concepts than is provided by Teaching Textbooks.

That really is one of the beauties of homeschooling– having the freedom to customize a plan for your kids’ needs. Over the years Timberdoodle has helped me do just that. Whether or not you end up purchasing from Timberdoodle, I think their youtube series will help lots of parents make more informed choices for their kids.

(Note: I received no compensation of any kind for this post.)


  1. Thanks, Mary! I want to HS kindergarten when my oldest starts in a year and a half. I’ve always been interested in curriculum, but there is so much out there that it leaves me a little lost!

  2. Sue from Buffalo says:

    How timely. I’m praying about homeschooling my 8 year old next year. We’re having issues with bullying (another girl is doing it to my daughter) and her grades are suffering terribly. I really would like to spend more time with her.

    My husband is dead set against it. This is going to take a lot of prayer so if anyone could spare a prayer or two in my direction, I would so appreciate it.

    Does anyone have advice in convincing a reluctant husband that this would be the best way to go? Even if only for a year.

    Thanks in advance

    • Sue,
      I was in your position 5 years ago. God laid upon my heart to homeschool. My husband was very traditional. I was a working mom, my daughter went day care, preschool and kindergarten. Each year she got quieter and quieter. I did right a 20 page report with the pros and cons of homeschooling. I prayed…a lot!!! Ultimately, I gave him space. I stopped talking about it. Take the summer to do some homeschooling. Let him ‘see’ what your day would be like. Let God work in his heart. 5 years later…and I am still homeschooling…now 3 kids. I praise God daily for this opportunity. I will say a prayer for you and your family. God Bless!

    • Sue,

      I agree with Lisa – lots of prayer! Allow God to work in his heart to see your daughter’s needs and bring unity between the two of you. You will not have to convince him or win him over; God will do that for you 🙂

      Praying for you!

  3. I also highly recommend We’ve been home schooling for over 9-years yet recently our 14-year old seemed to require more structure. While we didn’t want to invest in an entire curriculum (we are firm believers in as much child-led learning as possible), it is very difficult to find the right kind of books she requested. is the only place I was really able to read, understand and judge what would work best for our child. It saved me time as well as prevented me from taking “shots in the dark” when it came to buying the books.

    Not to mention even if you pay for the least expensive shipping, they always get my package right out to me.

    Great group of people, great site and great products.

  4. Thank you so much! I am currently in the crazy stages of researching and fishing through mass quantities of information to decide what curriculum I would like to use for our new homeschooling adventure. I will definitely look into Timberdoodle. I love hearing recommendations because there is just so much. It can get overwhelming fast! Thank you again.

  5. Isn’t Timberdoodle the company where you can buy juggling, brain teaser books, etc.?

  6. I’m totally in “curriculum mode” right now!!! 🙂 I’m excited to try out Horizon’s math for our daughter next year, per your suggestion. We have also used TT and Saxon for the upper grades. New to us this year was using Notgrass for history. I have both high schoolers and the jr higher in their curriculum. You get a credit of History, Lit and Bible all in the program (it’s large). I love their focus on Biblical worldview. Our kids have enjoyed the writing assignments. They are really challenged to be able to defend what they believe. In today’s culture that’s a great skill to learn. Love your homeschool posts! Keep ’em comin’. I’d REALLY love to see where you keep your “stuff” and how you guys manage that part of your daily routine. 🙂


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