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December Planner Spreads

2017 is coming to an end and I must say that I am truly happy with the new planning hobby that I started earlier this year.  Throughout the past ten months I have come to find a sense of tranquility when I am decorating my planner and peace when I see things are organized for the month or week.  Of course, I still leave room for spontaneity especially because I am married to Mr. Spontaneous himself, but I find comfort in knowing the bill payments have been scheduled, the appointments are set, and the meal plan is complete.  Next year I plan to add Memory Planning to my hobby and I look forward to creating some beautiful scrapbook photo albums.

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My December planner spreads are filled with plenty of glitter, sparkle, and color.  I love the holiday season so my planner spreads definitely reflect my love for Christmas, family time, and making lifetime memories.  This month the spreads feature stickers from the Me and My Big Ideas (Happy Planner) sticker books as well as washi from Dollar Tree and Amazon.  You can see my monthly and weekly planner spreads via this recent YouTube video.

My faith journal monthly spreads include a breakdown of a beautiful card made by my friend Catina, along with other goodies available in detail via my recent blog post.

 

Hope your holiday season is off to a great start and I pray that you enjoy making great memories for the remainder of 2017 and beyond.

 Make this season bright,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Our Homeschool Testimony

As November comes to a close, I wanted to take this Homeschool Wrap-Up and share another testimony about how we started on this remarkable journey.

Bear was approximately four years old and we’d been praying about where he was going to go to school for kindergarten.  He was attending a preschool co-op on and the other mothers seemed a bit confused when I didn’t know where our son would be attending school.  The neighborhood elementary was one of the least popular in the district and after visiting; we definitely didn’t want him to attend.  We heard a preacher on the radio mention homeschooling and decided to look into it.  After much prayer and adequate research I asked Kevin if I could attempt kindergarten with our only child.  He agreed and the Team KEMP Academy was subsequently created with a few books from Dollar Tree.  I’m still extremely grateful for books from Dollar Tree for all my students!

Throughout the years this journey has been full of ups and downs but even during those hard moments there is no place I’d rather be.  I am so grateful for the daily precious memories and that I am present for every child’s lightbulb moments.  I get so excited when Bear crushes a test and finds out his hypothesis is correct during a Science project.  I love hearing Bam Bam play with Princess, correctly point out 3-D shapes, and recite scripture from memory.  I adore each time Princess learns a new shape, color, or letter in the alphabet but still manages to cook a delicious plastic meal in her kitchen.  I also look forward to the days that daddy gets to hang out with us in-between conference calls, interviews, and meetings. 

Read more about the start of our homeschooling journey here

Here’s a few accomplishments from the month of November:

  1. We celebrated several family birthdays and attended quite a few parties. 
  2. Bear’s football team winning Second Place in their championships and enjoying a weekend team getaway.
  3. We are so proud of Bam Bam for saying a speech at our church homeschool co-op Thanksgiving Luncheon. 
  4. We enjoyed spontaneous Chuck E. Cheese trips and cashing in 1700 tickets.
  5. Our new dog is enjoying his home and has settled in perfectly. 
  6. Princess has expanded her vocabulary tremendously! She has a response to everything and we are enjoying her conversations.
  7. I have maintained my commitment to reading daily and have read 5 books this month.
  8. Our Fall Break was perfect and we were able to rest after a busy sports season.
  9. We used technology to bring the grandparents in on Bam Bam’s birthday celebration. Video chat with grandparents is so much fun!
  10. Bear recorded, completed the editing, and uploaded a video for our current homeschool giveaway. 

 

As 2017 comes to a close I hope that you made time to thank God for something each and every day.  He is so worthy and without His love, patience, mercy, grace, and gift of salvation through Jesus Christ I don’t know where I would be.  I honor God because he started this world with the notion to supply our every need and though life choices, from Eden and forevermore, affected our relationship with him, he still showed us grace by offering his perfect son as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.  Let’s not forget the new mercies he offers every morning because just by waking up we are given another opportunity to grow in faith.  Who wouldn’t want to acknowledge, praise, worship, adore, and share the good news about a God that is the definition of perfect love?!?!?!

Make today astonishing,

Ta’Neisha K.

Improve Speech, Attention, or Memory with Forbrain

The Forbrain, by Sound for Life LTD, is a headset designed to aid peoplke with speech, language, attention, or memory difficulties. I was super excited to use this product with Bam Bam during the review period.  


Here are a few specs on this device:

  • The filter trains the brain to be more attentive improving auditory  processing and sensory integration. 
  • This device works to improve speech fluency,  pronunciation,  sound discrimination, and rhythm to enhance communication. 
  • Uses bone conduction to transmit the sound of your voice faster and with greater clarity.
  • This device is designed for use with children ages 3 and up as well as all adults, for fifteen minutes 5-6 times a week. 

During our time with this device we used it on Bam Bam once a day for approximately fifteen minutes. Currently in speech he is perfecting letter blends and I hoped this product would allow him to perfect his problem areas. We used the device while watching a speech video from YouTube that included verbal exercises. Bam Bam was able to practice the phrases from the video with no issues while using this product.  

Throughout the past few weeks Bam Bam has perfected a few problem areas in his communication and moved forward in the speech program.  Prior to using the Forbrain he was already moving along quite well but having this device has made his speech practice at home more fun.  Daily speech exercises have been a part of Bam Bam’s routine this entire year so I can’t confirm that the Forbrain aided significantly in his weekly improvement. The device definitely gave him something different to peak his interest over the past few weeks and for that I’m grateful.  

Overall, we’ve  enjoyed using the Forbrain by Sound For Life LTD during Bam Bam’s daily speech . I believe the old adage “practice makes perfect,” is true; therefore improvement through consistency will automatically occur.  If you want to improve any area of your life, take initiative and follow through by doing the work.  If speech, attention, memory, or language are your noted areas that need improvement, this device might help you commit to practicing and perfecting them.

Be sure to check out additional reviews from the Homeschool Review Crew by clicking this perfect hyperlink. 
Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 


November Planner Spreads

This month I wanted to showcase my love for the Fall, Thanksgiving, and glitter of course.  You can check out a detailed look at all my November planner spreads in this YouTube video.

This month I am also sharing a flip through of my daily prayer planner.  I don’t place anything in the weekly spreads for this planner but I do use the monthly calendar to schedule books and bible studies.  You can check it out here:

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I hope you enjoyed this flip through of my personal, faith, and homeschool planners.  Next week I will be sharing all the spreads in my Simple Homeschool Planner which is used for Team KEMP Academy.  I go washi crazy with this planner and I love using it for our homeschool.

Happy planning,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

 

Mess Free Art! Thin Stix Review & Giveaway

Using Thin Stix Creativity Pack has been a joy for our children and even in my new hobby, bible journaling. We received these items to review from The Pencil Grip, Inc. and art has pretty much been mess free ever since!

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The Thin Stix Creativity Pack provide your little artists with the opportunity to paint more frequently all while making no mess and seeing their finished product within minutes.  This pack contains 24 AP CERTIFIED NON-TOXIC paint sticks including the following: 12 assorted colors, 6 neon colors, and 6 metallic colors.  This solid tempera paint stick is thin so it allows for a bit more freedom and finer detail when drawing, filling in art, or defining your creations.  The paint DRIES IN 90 SECONDS, or sooner in most cases, which made use of these supplies all the more frequent in our homeschool art time.  Each paint stick was easy to use on various surfaces including wood, canvas, paper, cardboard, and even in my Bible and planner.

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“I like the Thin Stix Creativity Pack! I like how you can hold it like a pencil but it is actually paint and was truly easy to use.  It dried quickly and I didn’t have to wait for hours and hours before my art work was done.  The finished artwork was smooth and the sticks were able to glide easily on my paper.  A few times I pressed down too hard and a piece would break off, but I just smoothed it out with my finger and it blended into the artwork seamlessly.  I think this good for ages 3 and up to use with ease on a regular basis.” Bear, 9 years old

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Here are a few user tips for artwork from Bear:

  1. When you want a darker color, just press down a bit harder to deepen the color.
  2. The paint is easy to clean so if you do get any paint on you or the table you can remove it with a baby wipe.
  3. To get close to the lines on drawings you can lightly trace the area before filling it in.

You can also hear Bear’s additional thoughts in his recent YouTube video.

 

Bible journaling is my new hobby and I thought these tempera paint sticks would be a great addition to my supplies as well.  Usually, people use watercolors for their bible journaling detail; however, I found that the size of these sticks allowed me to freely create beautiful entries.  In using these I did not have any issues with the designs bleeding through the pages which are necessary for this kind of artwork.  I was excited that the rapid drying time made it so easy to add designs to my Bible.  I’m still very new to this but I am enjoying the hobby and how the Thin Stix Creativity Pack added to the designs.

Here are my tips for using these with Bible journaling:

  1. Building up the color is easy to do! I like to apply the first color and let it dry before adding a second coat to deepen it.  This ensures I don’t waste any product.
  2. Don’t be afraid to mess up! I found that making a mistake in my designs with this product actually enhanced the artwork.  Even when the paint coved the scripture, it didn’t bother me because I always start light and build up.
  3. These sticks work great with stencils! I used stencils on a few entries and I didn’t have any issues using them.
  4. For thin lines, grab a paint brush! Yes, these thin paint sticks are thin, but for fine detail I just used a thin brush on the stick and then applied it to my entry.

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All in all The Pencil Grip, Inc. has created another awesome product with the Thin Stix Creativity Pack and we are glad to have it in our home.  You can purchase this complete set from BJ’s both online and in store for only $19.99.

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**ENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THE THIN STIX CREATIVITY PACK**

 

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Feel free to check out other artwork and reviews from other homeschool families via this artistic hyperlink to the Homeschool Review Crew.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Instrument Petting Zoo (October Wrap-up)

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Recently our local library hosted an Instrument Petting Zoo, hosted by a local university.  It was so much!   Bear and I went together and he enjoyed trying out the various instruments to see which one he was interested in.  I want him to play brass because his mother was a phenomenal baritone player but my husband is pulling for percussion.  This is one of the few things in marriage where we find ourselves on opposing sides.  May the favorite instrument win!

I was able to gather up a few photos and video snippets of Bear trying the instruments which can be seen via our recent YouTube video.

 

Now, let’s get into the phenomenal things we accomplished during the month of October!

October wrap up

  1. Bear put together a cool, digital potato clock **see video here**
  2. Preschoolers enjoyed crating fall collages
  3. Fun field trip to a local Log Cabin Village **see pictures here**
  4. Our family welcomed a new dog, named Kobe, which we adopted from the local animal shelter.  He’d been there several months and we are so glad to have him in our home.
  5. My wonderful husband bought a black dry erase board and installed it into our homeschool room.  **see video here**
  6. We studied countries in Europe and Africa as we are finishing up My Father’s World Countries and Cultures
  7. Bam Bam helped me with a product review and giveaway video
  8. We found some great books from the local Five Below store and Christianbook.com website.  I even found a calligraphy book to practice in and a cool paper air planes book with uniquely designed paper for each plane.
  9. I read several homeschooling books and devotionals that were so encouraging.
  10. We cleaned and reorganized the homeschool room!  It looks so great in there now and we are enjoying it again.

Be sure to check back to the blog weekly and make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel to see what Team KEMP Academy may have going on there.  You can also see a few weekly photographs from our daily homeschooling experience on our Instagram, @teamkempacademy.

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We hope your October was awesome and we look forward to the season of thankfulness approaching in November.

Happy Homeschooling,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

The Lord’s Prayer Curriculum with Kid Niche Christian Books

Today’s review features a look into the bible and prayer curriculum Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 from Kid Niche Christian Books.  This program is designed to walk upper elementary students through The Lord’s Prayer with various activities, thought provoking questions, and correlating scripture.

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The complete Weave Your Word in Me curriculum uses My Whole Self Before YOU, which is rhythmical prayer modeled after The Lord’s Prayer, as the basis for each lesson.  Part 1 includes thirty-six lessons which focus on God as our Heavenly Father, importance of prayer, Jesus Christ, Christ’s ministry on earth, the resurrection, salvation, and Christ’s return.  The lessons come packaged perfectly and pre-punched for a three-ring binder which makes storage extremely easy.  Each lesson includes various scriptures that reiterate the focus and give the student opportunity to breakdown the verses for clearer understanding.  Throughout the workbook the verses are clearly marked for the translation used and the answer key features responses for:

  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New International Version (NIV)
  • New King James Version (NKJV)

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During our review period we used this curriculum three times a week and depending on their length, some lessons were spread over two days.  I enjoyed discussing the scriptures with Bear and listening to his responses which led to some great conversations over breakfast.  The provided comprehension questions were great for verifying his understanding of the verses, especially because we use the King James Version.  I also enjoyed how each lesson ended with a prayer outline giving your child the chance to expand their prayer language and ability to have a specific focus for each prayer.  Kid Niche Christian Books also provides additional activities for each lesson as FREEBIES on their website.  The activities within this workbook and on the website include:

  • Cartoons
  • Charts
  • Definitions
  • Drawing
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Matching
  • Sequence
  • True and False
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Art
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Poetry

The only concerns I had in using this curriculum was some of the artwork illustrations used throughout, though quite popular, aren’t actually in support of Christianity.  Any images we deemed inappropriate were explained to our son before we moved on.  In addition, we opted not to use the My Whole Self Before YOU prayer since Bear had already memorized the KJV of The Lord’s Prayer.  The model prayer also left out a portion about forgiving others and God’s power in Heaven and Earth which can easily be explained to the audience this curriculum is geared towards.  I think the model prayer might work better for younger students and definitely isn’t needed for this particular program.  These minor issues didn’t hinder our experience in anyway but I felt they needed to be noted for this review.

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Overall, we have enjoyed this bible and prayer curriculum from Kid Niche Christian Books and will continue using it for the remainder of our school year.  Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 has been a great in-depth look at The Lord’s Prayer and I feel that the tweaks made for our household only enhanced our learning experience.  This curriculum would be a good match for homeschools, elementary Sunday School programs, and I even suggested it to the Christian after school program directors that I know.  The complete Weave your Word in Me program is currently available as a set or each part can be purchased individually.

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 You can read additional reviews on this curriculum from other homeschoolers via this hyperlink.

 Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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