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REVIEW: Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!

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This year Team KEMP Academy decided to learn Greek with the help of a curriculum created by Karen Mohs of Greek ‘n’ Stuff.  For approximately five weeks we have been learning this language via the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set which includes the Student Workbook, “Full Text” Answer Key, Flash Cards, and the Pronunciation CD.

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Going through this language as a family has definitely been fun, interesting, and full of adventure.  The Greek language has often been associated with higher education, finer lifestyles, and biblical scholarship so one might find it initially intimidating.  At first, I was a bit hesitant in attempting to learn Greek because my only familiarity of the language included a few mythology lessons in high school and several academic organizations in college.  Growing up in the south I’ve also heard quite a few preachers break down scripture using Greek which was always a sign that they attended seminary.  However, after a quick discussion with the family, Bear had convinced us all that we could handle the language and shouldn’t skip out on the opportunity to truly try something we’re not familiar with.  A few weeks in and I’m so glad we all listened to the courageous Kemp.

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Even though we are newbies at this language, Level 3 is recommended because it starts with a review of the Greek alphabet as well as previously taught vocabulary from Level 1 and Level 2.  Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set is thirty-six lessons which include reviews, plenty of activities to practice reading and writing, and bible copy work.  To complete the bible copy work a Greek interlinear version of the New Testament and blank journal/notebook must also be purchased.  Bible copy work begins with the book of John and students are encouraged to start copying only one word each session and add more as they progress in the curriculum.  This allowed practice of correctly placing accents, punctuation, and breathing marks.

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The provided schedule of lessons suggests students complete one lesson in the student workbook per day.  Our homeschool will continue to complete a lesson daily, Monday through Thursday during the upcoming school year.  The Flash Cards were located in the back of the Student Workbook and I just cut them out, affixed them to colored paper, laminated the set, and placed them in Ziploc bag for storage.  The process didn’t take long but you can also purchase the Flash Cards on a Ring to avoid having to personalize your family’s set of flash cards.  The Pronunciation CD is definitely a MUST HAVE because there were a few words that I have been mispronouncing.  If it wasn’t for the CD, I would’ve never known and definitely could have passed my ill-informed Greek to my children.  The alphabet song is easy to learn, teach to others, and would be a great way to introduce the language to young children.  I even found myself singing it to the preschool class during Vacation Bible School.

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Overall I thing this will continue to be a good fit the Team KEMP Academy because it introduces the language in small doses and has plenty of repetition.  Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set  breaks down the language all while including activities that challenge you to dig a bit deeper and increase knowledge daily.  The courageous Kemp, Bear, has enjoyed using these items and never forgets to practice the flash cards everyday.  Funny that I have to remind him to clean his room, but he reminds me to practice Greek ‘n’ Stuff.  I wonder why…

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You can check out additional Homeschool Review Crew blog posts featuring more products offered by Greek ‘n’ Stuff via this multilingual hyperlink.  There you will find reviews on the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 as well as several KJV and NIV bible studies including Jonah & Ruth, Esther, I Samuel, and Acts.

 

Κάνει πλάκα αυτή την εβδομάδα,

TaNeisha κ.

 

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Today, I Need Some Encouragement 

Last month, my family endured a devastating loss and after all we’ve endured, rest is definitely needed. Usually, I’ve prepared my monthly blog posts well in advance but right now, my mind is all over the place.  I am typing this completely worn out at 1:00 am CST in our hotel suite.  My family is resting after a long two weeks and I think tonightI will FINALLY get a long overdue 8 hours of sleep.  I look forward to coming back in September with a tribute to our family member and some great series but until then, enjoy these reposts and recent videos. 

This week I needed some encouragement so check out my recent video about the covering of God and check out the blog post by clicking this fantastic hyperlink.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 

Ms. Frizzle Teaches Homeschool Too!

Happy Sunday! This year Team KEMP Academy was excited to have Ms. Frizzle visit and teach our science class weekly via the Magic School Bus Science Club. Now, if you grew up watching The Magic School Bus like I did then you know that whenever Ms. Frizzle is around, an adventure is about to take place.  These kits were such a great addition to our homeschool and made teaching science concepts easy and fun. 

Oftentimes, I hear homeschool parents say that science is something that they are intimidated by.  I definitely understand because I’ve felt that way myself and always wonder if I’m truly giving my son the Science education that he deserves.  However, God has reassured my confidence with confirmation through friends, teachers, family, and even strangers that we are on the right track in every subject offered in our homeschool.  I’m so grateful for several friends, who are educators or administrators, that I can bounce ideas off of and who offer us resources to ensure that we are giving our son a quality education at home.  Since we are surrounded by so much support I found confidence to conquer the subjects I initially deemed myself inexperienced or unable to teach.  I no longer allow myself to be bound by “stinking thinking” and consider myself smart, brave, and strong enough to educate our children in all subjects, including Science!

One of the things I wanted to introduce this year was weekly science experiments but I wasn’t sure if we would be able to afford all the supplies.  After looking at several options I stumbled upon the Magic School Bus Science Club and was happy to snag it for a great price.  Since the kits come with everything you need there was no additional cost to our household budget.  We enjoyed using these kits on Fridays and were able to take the provided lessons and spread the experiments out over a month.  We also watched The Magic School Bus episodes that coincided with the current kit.  Bear had a blast with Ms. Frizzle!

So dear homeschool parents, you too can teach every subject required (by your local laws) and desired (by your wonderful students) with confidence, ease, and excitement.  Just be sure to pick resources and curriculum that will help you feel comfortable while educating your students. Remember, if you don’t enjoy teaching it they will not enjoy learning it.

Be sure to check out my review of the Magic School Bus Science Club via my recent video. 

Make this week adventurous, 

Ta’Neisha K. 

Bible & ABC Curriculum for Preschoolers

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Our preschoolers have been enjoying the Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook by The Crafty Classroom.  This is a product review that I’ve been anxiously awaiting to share with all my readers, especially those that teach in a school or church setting.  So, let’s skip the small talk and dive right into the details about this product and the creative company that offers it.

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The Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook consists of over six hundred pages of awesomeness, which include assembly and teaching instructions, activities, games, and weekly lesson plans for the entire alphabet.  Initially, I was wondering if there was a bible theme that coincides with every letter of our alphabet; however, upon downloading the pdf file, I was pleasantly surprised.  First, the instructions provided to the parent/teacher are detailed and include answers to any questions you might ask.  I love that the weekly lesson plan was already done for me and included scriptures, math, reading, games, and weekly themes surrounding a person from the bible or a vocabulary word.  This curriculum also provided detailed attention to the character of God which was such an excellent addition because it allowed Bam Bam, 3, and Princess, 2, to learn more about the God we serve.  As we’ve used this curriculum they’ve learned that God is a loving, creative, truthful, protective father and so much more which made my heart smile.  For the bible story and scriptures we used the ESV version of the bible and I also reread the story on Fridays from a library book or a children’s bible.

But wait, there’s more! The curriculum also provides writing practice including a writing chart, which we laminated for continued use; scripture copy work pages, letter tracing sheets, and even a blank space for older preschoolers or kindergarteners to write their name.  Bam Bam was so excited to have his first official math worksheet too!  He was happy to count dots, letters, and other items as he learned addition.  Over the course of the curriculum the problems get more challenging and introduce other math concepts to the students.  Princess had the most fun coloring because she is learning the names of the colors so I was happy as she started to recognize the crayons instead of randomly reaching for them.  Now, you know I also had to have Bear join in, so he was in charge of playing the provided games with the children.  Being a junior engineer himself, he enjoyed finding various ways to make the spinner for the Race to the Top game more efficient and he made the bingo game more fun by adding reward candy for completing the activity.

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All in all, the Team KEMP Academy truly enjoyed using the Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook by The Crafty Classroom with our newly two and three year old children.  I think this will be a great addition to any homeschool that has preschoolers or kindergarteners that are learning to read.  This would also be useful in a Sunday School setting for younger children and depending on the time allotted, you can easily split the activities up to be used over two Sundays. The Crafty Classroom also offers an Alphabet Curriculum Notebook and a Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook geared towards younger students.

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But, don’t just take my word for it!  Head on over to the Homeschool Review Crew blog post, via this crafty hyperlink, to read additional reviews on various products offered by The Crafty Classroom.   Our faith is the most important thing that we can share with our children and it is required in the Bible that we should “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6”  This Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook is a wonderful start to your children’s faith training.

 Make this week joyful,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

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Fun in 50 States, and a FREE Download!

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Home School in the Woods is a hands on history education company that specializes in providing students with creative ways to study and retain knowledge via various projects.  They recently released a new Make-a-State Activity Pak which we had the chance to review.  The Home School in the Woods Activity-Paks series provides students with several projects to fill a lap book that will accompany curriculum but can also be used for independent study.

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The Make-a-State Activity Pak is one of the newest sets available on the company’s website.  This new set provides an opportunity for the student to study about each of the fifty states and Washington, DC through twenty projects that will create a fact filled lap book.  Within this set there are projects for recipes, geography maps, local vocabulary, landmarks, sports, local government, native tribes, agriculture, climate, industry, and timeline of events.  You will also find projects for the state symbols such as the song, bird, quarter, wildlife, motto, seal, flag, and much more.   Detailed instructions on how to construct the lap book and complete each project are also included along with an information sheet for each state and a “Name That State” File Folder Game that the whole family can play.

I must admit this was our first time ever putting together a lap book so we thank God for those detailed instructions.  We committed to completing one activity per day, during the week and Bear had no problem navigating through each activity with ease.  While some required more research than others, he was able to complete assignments within sixty minutes and had fun creating something different each day.  Bear was always excited to try each of the twenty projects so; there was never a dull moment as we navigated through the United States.  We used the Make-a-State Activity Pak to encourage independent study of a few states but Bear particularly enjoyed creating the Texas and California lap books.  During our time with this lap book set Bear was able to dig deep into the history of the United States and I even learned a few things too.

 

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Home School in the Woods offers a myriad of historical projects that have been reviewed by the super awesome Homeschool Review Crew.  In addition to Make-a-State Activity Pak there are four more Activity Paks available including ones for the Old Testament and New Testament.  The Time Traveler American series has seven options covering major moments in United States history each including twenty-five lessons, projects, and lesson plans.  The Lap-Paks sections features five choices of lap books for students in grades K-8 and the Timeline Trio is a comprehensive set that covers eras of history.

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If you’re not ready to commit to a full package just yet, you can also try out certain individual items from their catalog via the A` La Carte section.  In fact, they are currently offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of The Erie Canal pop up lap book.  Just use the discount code ALACARTE to get this item for FREE.

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Check out other homeschool family experiences with products from Home School in the Woods via this wonderful hyperlink.

 

Make this week historical,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

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Homeschool with Joy, Focus, & Confidence

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One of the most frequently asked questions I hear are “how do you get started homeschooling,” which is where I usually refer them to a few videos and blog posts that tell our story.  Now, that I’ve had the chance to review How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook) from Apologia Educational Ministries, I will also be sure to include it in my list of resources.  This course in based in Christianity and includes two DVDs with videos that accompany the chapters in the provided course book.  Various topics are covered within this course that will help get the family started, keep them motivated to continue, and even look beyond a high school diploma into continued education.

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First, let’s discuss the videos provided on the two DVDs.  Initially I assumed the videos would go through different steps, similar to a class or online course, and provide the viewer with the information in a formal way.  Apologia decided to take a different approach and I’m so glad they did.  These videos are approximately ten to fifteen minutes and honestly feel like you are in the room chatting with your friends, Rachael Carman and Leslie Nunnery.  I was so happy to hear the women share their personal stories, testimonies, frustrations, challenges, tips, tricks, and solutions with such transparency.  I do this all the time because you never want to share only the good when someone is about to embark on the homeschool journey.  These ladies covered so many topics during their dialogue and their words were extremely encouraging.

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Next, let’s dig into the course book information and assignments.  I found the course book to be a synopsis of the conversations had between the Rachael and Leslie.  Within the pages you will find approximately two pages of reading per chapter and a connected page for notes per chapter, along with scriptures, and continued encouragement.  I love that the lessons aren’t designed to take up much of your time and the information provided is easily accessible and relatable.  Some of the course topics include setting goals, tips for choosing curriculum, dealing with opposition, finding support, organization, continuing education, and even marriage.  During this course you are also given ten assignments which have you do some research about local programs and your state homeschool laws, organize items, spend time in prayer, and so much more.

Lastly, I was happy to find even more resources within the FREE online appendix.  Through a password protected website you will be able to access special blog posts, Pinterest Boards, prayer and family resources, and printables not include within the course book.  You will also be given access to join the private Facebook group for others who have previously taken or are currently taking the course.  There is something amazing about have a social media group that you can access 24/7 for feedback, encouragement, and support throughout this journey.  I also love that there are new homeschoolers and veterans in the group from so many places, making it easy to reach out for understanding to situations that might only pertain to your area.

I don’t doubt that this course will be extremely helpful to those interested in homeschooling and who feel overwhelmed by the very thought of it.  As I was going through the videos, I thought about our decision to homeschool years ago and I realized that I did every one of the assignments based off of advice and conversations with other homeschoolers.  Now, I look forward to sharing Apologia Educational Ministries, step-by-step approach to getting started with those interested in embarking on the call from God to educate your children at home.  Use How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook) to light an educational fire in yourself and your children.

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Be sure to click this magnificent hyperlink to read additional reviews on this course as well as the Internship for High School Credit book by the coolest Homeschool Review Crew around.

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Make this week educational,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

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We love Whistlefritz!

Whistlefritz is a language curriculum which offers complete programs designed to teach your children various languages.  Our household was so excited to receive and subsequently review the Educator’s Spanish Collection.  This collection includes the five Spanish for Kids DVDs, three  Spanish for Kids CDs, the Spanish Lesson Plans for Kids book, and Spanish Matching Cards.  This program is designed for Pre-K and early Elementary students.

While using the WhistleFritz Spanish curriculum we decided to focus mainly on introducing the new language to our preschoolers. With Bam Bam and Princess we were able to go through the lessons fairly easily.  Both enjoyed repeating the Spanish words and holding a conversation in their new language. I always smiled while watching them get excited about viewing the DVDs and learning about the characters. Each DVD allows you the opportunity to watch it completely in Spanish, with or without English subtitles.  We chose to watch these without the subtitles and the children were able to still pick up on the new words and understand the conversations.  We always watched the DVDs together and the preschoolers had so much fun learning about the various topics.

 

These products were also helpful for reviewing Spanish with Bear. Even though he was doing his own school work,  I’d hear him quietly responding during the preschooler’s lessons.  He also enjoyed playing the memory matching cards game with Bam Bam.  Bear also liked following along with the DVDs because the conversations were completely in Spanish and provided additional practice opportunities.  The music CDs were also a huge hit for our preschoolers.  Music is a great way to teach and reinforce new things so we were happy to use these every week.  As our children practiced their new language, I also made it a point not to focus so much on translation with them.  By just using the words frequently and repeating the teaching text, as stated in the lesson plans, I found that all the children picked the language up a bit more quickly.  Turns out, they didn’t need as much help adjusting to Spanish as I originally thought.

Overall our family has enjoyed using the Educators Spanish Collection by Whistlefritz.  I love the idea of teaching via a multi-sensory approach coupled with language immersion in all areas.  We also took our lessons on the road by creating different Spanish playlists on Spotify.  In the car we were able to listen to familiar nursery rhymes, family favorites, and even worship music in Spanish.

Whistlefritz also offers language curriculum options for French.  You can click this hyperlink to read more about how other Homeschool Review Crew members are using the various products offered by Whistlefritz.  

Hacer esta semana fenomenal, 

Ta’Neisha K.