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A Little Bit About The Thinking Tree Curriculum

I little peek with how we are using The Thinking Tree.
Ethan uses The Thinking Tree Curriculum
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Here’s what Ethan is using right now. Eventually I’ll add more but like Lance he is completing Dyslexia Games so again, I’m trying to keep Writing, Spelling, and Grammar low-key until he finishes the program.
Ethan's fun schooling
Basically right now Ethan completes about 6 pages of his main journal, the Library Based Journal.

Some days he doesn’t have a Reading Time page (a page where he picks 4 books, reads each one for 15 minutes and writes/draws something about what he read) because the pages rotate.
On the days when he doesn’t have a Reading Time page he completes the Do-It-Yourself Homeschooling Reading Time book.
Reading Time Journal
The Reading Time book consist of two pages. One for Ethan to write and draw what he learned. I added lines to two of the boxes. I used a ruler and pencil. The other page has him write who the author/illustrator/publisher and the subject, setting, and copy a quote or something that interested him from the book. He also gets to rate the book.

I think this is a great way to keep all of Ethan’s book reading together and a lovely memory for years to come.

This book would be a great addition to any homeschooling curricula. It’s not just for The Thinking Tree homeschool. It would be easy to implement because it doesn’t have to be done daily. You can have your child use it once or twice a week.

Do-It-Yourself Homeschooling Multiplication Games Ethan uses daily along with his regular math program.
Sometimes he'll complete two pages a day but usually it's one.
The Thinking Tree Do-It-Yourself Homeschooling Multiplication Games
This book as him completing a multiplication table chart about every other day. 

Throughout the book your child is completing mind training puzzles that will help him/her memorize multiplication facts!
The Thinking Tree Do-It-Yourself Homeschooling Multiplication Games
Above is a logic puzzle Ethan completed. I found him peacefully coloring. 

I think this is a great way to break up math learning. It gives the children a break in their day from regular math. Something interesting to do.
The Thinking Tree Do-It-Yourself Homeschooling Multiplication Games
Here Ethan will get to use a calculator to find his answers. I think he's going to like that! 

I love that this workbook  has lots of repetition which my kids need so it's perfect for them.

The target age for this book is ages 10 and up.

This book is based on Dyslexia Games Series C – Book 6 which means they are very similar. Many of the pages in Book 6 are in this multiplication book as well with a few extra activities.

If your child has Dyscalculia using than I’d encourage you to take a peek at The Thinking Tree’s Do-It-Yourself Multiplication book.
I wrote a review about Eclectic Homeschooler’s Handbook but now we are actually using it.
The Thinking Tree
Ethan wanted to wait until he started using The Library Based Journal (you can read my Library Based Curriculum review HERE)

What I do is write what he is suppose to do for the day. In the Notes section I ask Ethan a question, I thought this would be a fun way for us to write each other. I’ve tried in the past having a notebook for us to write but it would get lost and/or Ethan wouldn’t return it.
The Thinking Tree
Under- Plans for Today, I give him a little task to complete like “Smile, even if you don’t feel like it” or “Do a kind act toward a sibling without them knowing it”, etc.

In the upper corner Ethan started writing me notes, I love that! He has a tender heart towards his mama! And once again, I know we’ll be looking back one day reminiscing as we look through his Plan Book from The Thinking Tree.
Homeschooling6 Uses The Thinking Tree
And that is how we are using The Thinking Tree right now. Later in January, I’ll add Make Your Own Timeline of World History, Spelling Time or something similar from The Thinking Tree, Latin (which will cover grammar), and the school books that I purchased before finding The Thinking Tree program.

Peek inside the Multiplication Games journal.


  1. I just love all the creativity that comes through in these journals. They will be a treasure for years to come!

  2. Me too, the boys finished one journal and made sure I kept it (not that I was going to throw it out, no way!)

  3. I need to get the multiplication book for my 2nd grader, who is just learning multiplication. Would she be at a good age for it? Or too young?

  4. Hi, Megan, I think she'll be a good age for it. Especially if you go over the multiplication charts with her. If it becomes too much for her you can shelf it for a bit and come back to it.

    She can even complete half a page a day and remember you can always cut the spine off to make copies. If you do that just make sure you keep the book in order.

    I love how The Thinking Tree is so generous with allowing a family to copy. It's a great way to try her stuff out. I keep forgetting to mention that.

  5. Oh boy, I now have another Thinking tree book to add to my cart! I love the plan book!! I've been looking for a way to make my middle school son more independent and think this might work well! The multiplication book looks fun too!

    1. I love the plan book too. I will admit though that I'm the one doing most of the coloring, haha. I enjoy it but if I don't have time his pages are black and white. I use gel pens when filling it out to add some color ;)

      I also use highlighters to add a splash of color.