Archive | February 2018

Our Preschoolers LOVE Starfall!

Our preschoolers have truly enjoyed the games, activities, and fun to be had with this interactive program, created by Starfall Education Foundation. We had the opportunity to review The Starfall Home Membership and have appreciated the easy access and great benefits.

You might recognize Starfall because they have a myriad of children’s apps available right now. Actually, upon accepting this review opportunity I never realized how many of them my children were already using. The great thing is that most of the apps they currently offer are FREE; however, you only receive a sample of the content. By becoming a member your children instantly obtain unlimited access to all the activities. Currently, Starfall offers reading, math, and games for preschool through first grade as well second grade math.

While using this program I have found that both our four-year-old and two-year-old can operate it easily. We initially decided to use this app three times each week but that quickly grew to daily use. With Bam Bam, our oldest preschooler, I focused the majority of his time on math and reading activities. He liked following along in the books by using the highlighted words and pictures. I often found him sharing books, without the read aloud feature, and teaching his little sister. The math also excites him and he liked practicing numbers, counting, geometry, measurement, patterns, creating calendars, and singing the songs.

“I like starfall! I like to make the gingerbread boy, making the pumpkin, and the silly turkey. The snowman is so funny! The books are helping me a little but I’m still learning. I like to make the boy, pick his costume, and pet. Starfall is my favorite thing on mama’s phone.” Kyle, 4 years old.

With princess I allowed her to have a bit more freedom in her exploration of this amaxing app. She had so much fun handling it on her own. I could definitely tell that she felt like a big girl going from game to game all by herself. She spent most of her time learning ABC’s, making gingerbread girls, and singing songs.

“I like to build the girl. I like to build the pumpkin. I love my gingerbread girl. The games are fun. The turkey is cool. I want to build things every day.” Trinity, 2 years old

The annual Starfall Home Membership is a single account that can be used by every child in your immediate family. You can download app on multiple devices, and yes, even grandparents can access it during your membership. The entire family uses one email and password to authorize the website on any computer or download the Starfall App for Android, Kindle, or iOS systems. Our family also loved that your $35 annual Home Membership fee is 100% tax deductible as a contribution to the extent allowed by law.

I’ve already shared information about the awesome benefits of this inexpensive The Starfall Home Membership with my friends and family. Cheers to Starfall Education Foundation for doing a fantastic job creating an awesome interactive experience for young children.

Click this hyperlink to read other Homeschool Review Crew member’s thoughts about Starfall.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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HwH: In Case You Missed It

I truly hope you’ve enjoyed these weekly reminders to “Love Your Selfie” a bit more in 2018.  My final tip for this series is to Believe in Your Selfie and encourage others along the way.  Often times during my life I’ve found that I am my own worse critic and I had to work hard to change that through bible study and prayer.  In this post, I’m sharing information that has helped me along the way and I hope it encourages you as well.  Feel free to share this post so other women can be uplifted and strengthened to endure until the end.

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Last year I was so elated to join the featured writers of the Homeschooling with Heart blog and share a few homeschool encouragement posts with a new audience.  Just in case you missed the monthly features, here are the links to each post I contributed along with a couple of my favorites from other writers.  I’ve been encouraged by each post shared on this blog and I hope you make time to subscribe so you don’t miss what these wonderful writers have shared.

MY MONTHLY FEATURES

Lord, I thank you includes a few testimonies from our ten years of marriage and how grateful we are that God has guided us through it all.

The Power of the Purge is about our massive household and homeschool purge and the freedom that we gained from owning much less.

Regaining Homeschool Joy goes into detail about how it is important to make time to study the Bible and pray daily so God can strengthen you along your journey.

Family Freebies Near You shares several free opportunities to have some fun with your family.  I also included a list of several business that have free programs for children all year.

OTHER HwH POSTS I ENJOYED

Enjoy the Ride by Rachel Ann Rogish encourages believers to have faith in God throughout every part of every circumstance.

Stained Gratitude by Cheri Fields was a great reminder that although we may not enjoy all parts of our jobs, we should still be grateful we are able to complete the work.

Dangerous Mentoring: The Bright Side by Ruth Sundeen was a wonderful testimony that encourages parents to guide their children as God designed so they can accomplish all he has ordained for them.

Hey Mama Monday posts are weekly encouragement posts written by Gena Suarez, owner of The Old Schoolhouse MagazineTM.   I enjoy sharing these with my homeschool friends because one can never have too much encouragement.

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Make time this week to enjoy these blog posts and be sure to subscribe to the Homeschooling with Heart blog so you never miss a moment of laughter, comfort, caution, or gratefulness offered via the wonderful writers.  By clicking this phenomenal hyperlink, you will receive a weekly email containing each post shared on the blog that week.

Have a great week,

Ta’Neisha K.

Marble Shaving Cream Art

This week we endeavored to create a beautiful messy art masterpiece for the best husband and father in the world. After some searching I happened upon this really cool marble shaving cream art and we truly enjoyed making this project. Be sure to look at the video for a tutorial and fun moments in our family.

Though we incorporated this messy art into a Valentine’s card rest assured that you can do this any time of year. I definitely plan to incorporate artwork into all the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards for the grand parents and godparents.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ta’Neisha K.

Body Talk: Love Your Selfie!

I posted this in 2015 and was encouraged all the more when it came across my Facebook memories a few weeks ago.

“Random FYI: It frustrates me to see photos from high school and remember how I thought that I was “fat.”  All women do it.  Ladies of all ages, embrace your bodies and every mark on it.  If you don’t like it then do the work to change it but never self shame.  I love all of me!  This body beat graves disease!  This body birthed and nursed 3 super cool children and carried precious angel babies!  This body is awesome now and will still be awesome as I lose weight!  Love your WHOLE self. Change if necessary but never stop loving you.

#confidenceiskey #embraceyourbody #loveyourbody #workhard #earnyourselfie #loveyourselfie”

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So, that is my tip for today and actually the reason I wanted to encourage you all to love your selfie this month.  Embrace every part of your body, without shame and be grateful that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Most High God.  If you want to change how you look then feel free to; however, adjust your body to be healthier and live longer, not for vanity or out of self pity.

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Psalm 139:13-16 The Message Bible

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 I recently participated in a YouVersion bible reading plan called Captured & Crowned: 7 Days of Promises  during which you read about God’s view of you, understand your Christ-centered value, and obtain a sense of esteem based on biblical principles.  We enjoyed this reading plan and I decided to share one of the prayers from the study.

“God, forgive me for complaining about the body you have given me.  It is a blessing to be able to walk, talk, breathe and hear.  There are so many people who can’t do those things.  I want to take a fresh new look at my body image in a way that honors you. Help me to praise you for each and every part of me.  Also, help me to work on my inner beauty even more than I do the outside. Thank you for the gift of my physical body. Amen” **obtained from Day 2 of Captured & Crowned: 7 Days Of Promises  via YouVersion**

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

Our 2018 Homeschool Goals & Resolutions

Usually people are excited about going into January with new goals in place but by the middle of the month, most have moved away from them.  I use January as a time of reflection, fasting, and separation from social media to clear my head.  After this time I set my goals and resolutions for the new year and I get going to meet and exceed them.   Since February is about love, I thought I’d share a special tip each week on how you can “Love Your Selfie” better in 2018.  This week’s tips is to simply set S.M.A.R.T. goals and begin the work towards achieving them.  

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Goal setting is simply a measured form of setting a resolution because you will be able to check your progress via timeframes and completed steps as you work towards it.  Whether the personal, professional, or spiritual part of your life, there should always be a goal you are working towards.  Your goals should be specific, measureable, achievable (attainable), relevant, and time bound (traceable).  Remember to express your goals positively and repeat them aloud often.  Write them down and hang them somewhere in your home that is part of your daily and frequent line of sight.  Furthermore, set precise dates to measure your achievement and celebrate once you’ve completed it.

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I recently found this on social media and thought I’d share this quick yet fun activity.  **Disclaimer: Now, this is only an activity and should only be used as your set goals or resolutions if you deem the statements applicable to where you are or desire to be.** It is my hope that this little activity makes you laugh, smile, and ignites your passion for accomplishing great things in 2018!

I just love the predictive text posts I’ve been seeing lately and I thought this one was perfect way to set some cute and quirky homeschool goals/resolutions.  Initially I used the original formula to create these three sentences:

  • Be a little faster than the last one.
  • Be a lot of money to the other side of the world. 
  • Be the best sales people in The Lone Star State. (this applies to husband) 
  • Be the best option that he enjoys.

I used my device to write so my predictive text includes a myriad of long phrases in addition to the words.  I decided to just start with “Be” and create a few more sentences which I felt were spot on for my current season. Here are the additional ones I came up with:

  • Be more about our homeschooling. 
  • Be a great idea to the other side of the world.
  • Be encouraged by preschoolers watching ABC Mouse and the dialogue. 
  • Be sure to see how your day was filled with phenomenal memories.
  • Be safe from dangers seen and heard.

Though this activity was meant to be fun I believe I created the perfect combination of achievement possibilities for Team KEMP Academy.  I felt so inspired that I decided to appropriately rewrite these (as suggested above) in my planners and adopt them as our resolutions for 2018.  I’ve actually already started setting things in motion to ensure we achieve each one.

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Now it is your turn to complete the activity.  To reflect the image used earlier, the formula is:

  1. Be a lot… 
  2. Be a little…
  3. Be the best…

Type those first words and then use predictive text until you have a complete sentence.

So, what cute, quirky, or accurate resolutions did you come up with?  Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.

 

Make this year successful,

Ta’Neisha K.