What we used for the 2020-2021 Kindergarten school year.
To avoid this post getting too big, I’m going to break it down into a few different posts: what we use, what we changed, what we plan on using next year. I also uploaded a blog on why we homeschool about two weeks ago. Head on over to my Instagram to be notified of new blog posts as soon as they go live.
The 2020-2021 school year was our first year of homeschooling and it was overwhelming at times. We started tossing around the idea of homeschool in May of 2020. As a prior daycare owner, who prided myself in educating the tiny tots in my care, I was sure I had this. However, I was overwhelmed by the vast number of curriculum choices and styles available to us and I had no idea where to start. I spent the first two months on Pinterest and YouTube reading and watching review after review. I even kept a notebook where I wrote notes on any curriculum that caught my attention.
Around June, it finally sunk in that curriculum is 100% a personal decision and that to find what fits best, I needed to consider my children, myself, my family, and my situation.
In July of 2020 we made the decision to go with Timberdoodle. Timberdoodle was on the expensive side of my top curriculum choices (however, I could have picked a cheaper Timberdoodle kit). We originally stated we were going to try and homeschool as cheaply as possible by using the library and the internet. I quickly realized that I wanted to spend my time teaching my children, not researching what to teach them. Which is how we ended up on Timberdoodle. I loved the open and go style of their curriculum choices. I also really appreciated the addition of STEM and “fun” items that helped enhance each kid’s learning opportunities.
Timberdoodle does not publish their own resources, they instead select their favorites from the hundreds of publishers all over the world and combine those choices into customizable kits assembled by grade level. May of these Timberdoodle curriculum picks where already on my top list to purchase myself, which was amazing to me.
We went with the following Timberdoodle kits: a 2020 customized non-religious elite kindergarten kit for our daughter; a 2020 elite customized Tiny Tot kit for our son and our baby due in April 2021, and a 2020 elite non-religious preschool kit for our son for when he was ready for it.
Each of our kits came with a Timberdoodle curriculum handbook that was written specifically for the 2020 curriculum kits we had ordered. These handbooks contained explanations on how to use each item in the kit, a schedule, reading lists, and reading challenge. Each kit also included a code to use the Timberdoodle online scheduler to create a customized schedule, which I loved.
We plan on continuing to use Timberdoodle for the 2021-2022 school year. My plan is to order a customized non-religious elite first grade kit. We won’t need anything for the baby due any day now or for my son as our kits ordered last year are still working wonderfully for them.