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The Pencil Grip, Inc. Kit & Scissors Giveaway

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Princess and Bam Bam enjoyed using  The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit we received from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  Today I am so excited to share details about these products and within this review you will also be given an opportunity to WIN BOTH ITEMS for your household.

The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors were a perfect addition to our weekly preschool activities as we created various autumn themed art projects.  My favorite part about these scissors is the permanent plastic safety shield that contains the blades, ensuring your children do not injure themselves.  The ergonomic shape provided crisp cuts and made these scissors easy to hold for our little lefty, Bam Bam, and for our Princess who is a righty.

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In addition, the yellow training lever is a flexible spring designed to automatically open the scissors back up after they are squeezed close which helps little hands tremendously.  As a former preschool teacher, I often remember children getting frustrated when their scissors didn’t “open back up” or were “stuck closed” after use so the training lever would have been such a big help to me back then.  The training lever can also be folded in once you’re comfortable with your child’s cutting ability and are ready for them to have less restricted use.  These scissors are suggested to be used for ages 3 and up but our two year old daughter used them, with supervision, and had no issues.

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The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit includes The Crossover Grip, The Pinch Grip, and The Pencil Grip – Graduation.  The Crossover Grip is best for training younger children to properly position their pencil or pen.  The “super hero cape” hovers over the fingers and definitely reinforced Bam Bam’s positioning.  This grip did fit a larger sized mechanical pencil and he held it comfortably without any complaints.  The Pinch Grip is a transition piece which replaces the larger “super hero cape” with a partial covering that allows for a bit more freedom.  This also gives the user a clear view of how they are holding the writing utensil and gives opportunity for self-correction.  The Pencil Grip Original – Graduation is one that can be used for any age and provides continued support, comfort, and durability for many uses.  It is also important to note that all grips are latex and phthalate free.  Be sure to visit the website for FREE DOWNLOADS which include information on how to use the grips, teaching tips, and a reference chart featuring correct and incorrect handwriting grip positions.

You can see how we used these items in our homeschool via my recent video.

 

Now, for the moment you’ve all been reading for…

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A big thank you to The Pencil Grip, Inc. for sponsoring this giveaway!  One winner will receive one pair of the The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and  The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit.  This giveaway ends at midnight on October 24, 2017 so don’t wait to enter!

**CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE PENCIL GRIP, INC. KIT & SCISSORS GIVEAWAY on Rafflecopter**

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Be sure to check out additional reviews from other homeschoolers by clicking this hyperlink.

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Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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REALLY GREAT NEWS

I’m so excited to share with you all that I have been featured on The Old Schoolhouse  Homeschooling with Heart blog! This blog features daily encouragement from Christian homeschooling families across the globe.  I’m so honored to be a part of the featured writers and pray every post encourages each reader throughout their homeschool journey.

You can check out my first feature, It’s Okay to be a Dinosaur, here. This post gives tips on how to respond to those awkward questions we all get asked.

You can also find out more information about the writers here. Be sure to subscribe to the blog for continued tips, encouragement, and homeschool motivation. 

Make this week grand, 

Ta’Neisha K.

Two Sides to the CTCMath Story

Today’s review features two perspectives of the Single Membership we received via CTCMath. This curriculum couldn’t have come at a better time for our household because we had completed our old program and were looking for something new.  I wanted to be sure the new math included testing with the option for our children to move up or down in grade levels as I saw fit.  CTCMath gave us just that!  Usually, you read my thoughts on a program with a quote from Bear; however, this time, I will give you the information and Bear will provide a detailed review of his own.

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CTCMath was birthed from the vision of a homeschooling father in Australia who wanted to provide a multi-sensory approach to educating children in mathematics.  This online curriculum is geared towards students in Kindergarten through 8th grade with the option to use as a supplemental program in high school.  Since Bear was the only student using this program, we chose the Individual Plan but there is a Family Plan for homes with multiple children.  This program is designed to be used by schools districts, parents who want to help their children improve, and homeschoolers.

The Parent features on this program are amazing!  You are given the ability to assign your student lessons, diagnostic tests, and even write a note to them when you assign the task.   All provided diagnostic tests are available in short (20 questions), standard (30 questions) or comprehensive (40 questions).  Each task created has the option to change the due date and the order in which your child needs to complete what is assigned.  Upon completion, a PDF task progress report is emailed which includes your child’s results, whether it was completed on time, and how many times the task was attempted prior to completion.  At the end of the week a comprehensive weekly report is emailed which provides an average for all task completed that week.

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“I like that CTCMAth is online and that I could use my tablet to complete the activities.  The lessons are put together well and with the diagnostic tests I was able to see if I knew all the information.  I took a few comprehensive tests to review what we went over last year and I passed all of those.  The diagnostic tests are not timed but I usually finished the comprehensive ones within thirty minutes.  I’m in 4th grade but was able to move up to 5th and 6th grade for a few lessons once I passed the diagnostic tests for the previous grade levels.  Speed Skills, Times Tables, and Swap Pieces were fun games to play.” Bear, 9 years old

“The website was easy to navigate by myself and I have my own log in information.  I like how the videos are available for every lesson but if you already know the information, you can go straight to the lesson questions.  On the screen they show your current score while you are answering questions.  This pushed me to work harder and make sure my score stayed high.  My mother set my passing score to 85% so I always knew whether or not I was passing the assigned tasks.  Depending on the length of the video, lessons usually take five to fifteen minutes to complete.  I’m glad we are going to continue using this program and I think I want to keep using it all the way through high school.” Bear 9 years old

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Overall, CTCMath has provided our homeschool with a great online math curriculum that features everything we were looking for and more.  As you can see, Bear and I both like all the features of the Single Membership but my FAVORITE FEATURE is that this program can be used on Android tablets and iPads which was great on car school days.  Currently, homeschoolers are able to receive 60% off, PLUS 6 BONUS MONTHS on monthly and annual subscriptions for family and individual plans.  You can also receive a FREE TRIAL of this program where you’ll be able to view the first lesson for every section within each grade level.

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Don’t just take our word for it! Click this mathematical hyperlink to read reviews from other homeschool families on the review crew.

Make today wonderful,

Ta’Neisha K.

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JD and Brooklyn & Mocha Glam Box for Planners

Recently I was in search for some planner stickers that represented women of color and I was having a hard time narrowing down my search.  I tried a couple of shops but did not like the shipping time and upon arrival, the items weren’t up to par.  While clicking hashtags on Instagram I came across a few posts showcasing the Mocha Glam Box for Planners.  I was so excited! The very thing I had been looking for was available to me via monthly subscription so I decided to try it out.  To see the goodies I received check out my recent YouTube video.

Included in the box I received were stickers from a new Etsy shop called JD and Brooklyn.  I have become a faithful customer of this shop because of the variety of planner stickers offered, the great price point, and extremely reasonable shipping cost.  With JD and Brooklyn you are able to customize your stickers with several skin tone options and a few even have various hairstyles to chose from.

Since the shop is so new I know most people wonder about shipping time and customer service.  With my first order, two sheets were missing and I notified Philshaunda via Etsy message the same day.  She contacted me immediately and the missing sheets were at my house within three business days.  As for order shipping times, my orders have all shipped and arrived to my mailbox within six business days.  I encourage you to check her shop for the detailed shipping information and keep in mind that it takes time to customize, print, pack, label, and ship anything.

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This month I used items from my Mocha Glam Box for Planners and my multiple JD and Brooklyn hails in my various planner spreads.  Remember to check out my Instagram for weekly planner posts!  And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you will see all of my October spreads via my recent planner video.

Happy Planning,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks

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Bam Bam was so excited to accept his first solo review item from Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks.  Prior to receiving this item, we both looked through the website and he chose the My First Letters consumable workbook that is geared towards Pre-K to 1st graders.  Since our precocious, left-handed three year old requested to start writing sentences; we thought this workbook would be perfect for introducing him to the concepts of writing the letter of the week. We also wanted to try this because he had just finished a previous workbook practicing various lines and shapes.

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Upon arrival, Bam Bam was so excited that he immediately began flipping through the pages and showed his brother and sister all the letters he was going to write.  We decided to use this book three times a week, focusing on the capital letter on Monday, the lower case letter on Wednesday, and finally a line from each on Friday.  To help him write I decided to go with a larger mechanical pencil that used a thicker lead so breakage would be minimal.  Over time, Bam Bam’s confidence increased with each pencil stroke and I was so proud of him.


“Writing time is good.  I like the letters. My favorite letter is T. I like F for football.” Bam Bam, 3 years old

The great thing about this workbook is that it is completely consumable! Each perforated page rips perfectly from the book binding without messing up the other pages and even Bam Bam could remove the pages for the week like a professional.  I also liked the thickness and quality of the paper because each page has work on both sides.  We never had an issue with paper being ripped because of writing too hard and these pages even survived the occasional tug of war with the little sister.  The wide lines (double spaced) were perfect for teaching our little lefty how to write each letter and he could easily see his work once he was done with the assignment.  Finally, I loved how these workbooks include tracing, writing, and coloring for each letter which made it easy to create fun activities to coordinate with every page.

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Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks did an awesome job creating the My First Letters workbook and our son truly enjoyed using it.  I look forward to trying the other items currently available from the company.  You can find these workbooks online as well as in a few retailers near you.  These books work great in our homeschool but I think they would also be a good fit for early elementary teachers, preschools and daycares, or mom’s day out programs.

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Since you’ve already visited me, be sure to click this consumable hyperlink to read reviews on the various products listed below and shown above.

  • Quick & Neat Alphabet Pad Pre-K to 1st
  • My First Letters – Pre-K to 1st
  • Easy Peasy Alphabet – Pre-K to 1st
  • Easy Peasy Cursive – 1st to 3rd
  • One Page a Day: Double Digit Math Problem Workbook – 1st to 3rd

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Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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September 2017 Homeschool Wrap-Up

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As this month comes to a close, I had to share a few things that have been going on for quite some time now. All the details for what we’ve have been up to during recent events, how we have been adjusting since the passing of our beloved father, and what curriculum we are using can be found via this recent video.

 

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September was a good month for Team KEMP Academy as we all learned our new normal and took school one day at a time.  This month’s accomplishments include:

  • Bear completing two science projects
  • Bam Bam doing great in speech
  • Princess learning shapes and recognizing them throughout the house or while we are out
  • I lesson planned for the entire month and two weeks into October.  WHOOP WHOOP ! Take that procrastination <sticks out tongue>
  • Bear read five chapter books, most within one weekend and one within two hours.  He enjoys reading and even helped write a recent review.
  • Bam Bam confirmed his left hand status and has been writing up a storm.
  • Princess got a new kitchen for her birthday and keeps the family full on delicious plastic and imaginary cuisine.
  • We’ve been having family fifteen minute workouts or stretching time to start our day.  It has been so much fun and really helps us all wake up.
  • I reinstated Friday Fun Day which consists of a science project or messy art and lunch in the living room while we watch a movie.  We’ve been enjoying the Torchlighters series via our Amazon Prime membership.
  • HOOPLA has been a blessing and we recommend listening to the audio books while riding in the car. You can learn more about how we use HOOPLA via this awesome hyperlink.
  • I have been keeping up with my Bible in 90 Days reading plan via YouVersion.  Next time I definitely want to do a chronological reading plan.
  • Our local library had ninja story time.  IT WAS AWESOME!! Ninjas and books go great together.

As always, be sure to check back to the blog weekly for awesome reads to help get you through the week.  I have a few homeschool giveaways coming soon so make sure you are subscribed to my blog and YouTube channel for those announcements.

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Happy homeschooling,

Ta’Neisha K.

Bear’s Book Review: Worthy Kids/Ideals

Our oldest son, Bear, has enjoyed reading the first two books in this new biblical time-traveling adventure series by Worthy Kids/IdealsThe Secret of the Hidden Scrolls is designed to help children discover the bible as the read the adventures of Peter, Mary, and their dog Hank.  This new series currently houses two titles from author M. J. Thomas but after reading, my son hopes more will be on shelves soon.

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In The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1) we are immediately introduced to nine year old Peter, his older sister Mary, and their dog Hank as all were dropped off with a relative to stay while their parents travel to Africa.  While left in the care of Great-Uncle Solomon they learn he is an archaeologist that has discovered amazing things some which are stored in his home library.  The best part about his artifacts and treasures is that they prove the bible to be infallible!  The most important discovery is the renowned Legend of the Hidden Scrolls wherewith an adventure can be had as each one is unrolled.  In the first scroll the children are walked through the creation of the world and meet the angel Michael, who will guide them through their time travel experience.

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The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2) includes a new scroll and begins as any great sequel does, with a few reminders in the prologue and first chapter.  Unlike most children’s stories where the characters have fantastic time-travel adventures without the adult’s knowledge, in this one the Great-Uncle knows and encourages the children to enjoy.   During this second experience Peter, Mary, and Hank have several interactions with people from Noah’s time that don’t go so well.  Remember, during this time the bible explains in Genesis 6:5 KJV, “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”  M.J. Thomas did an excellent job of portraying this through his words making it easy for the young readers to understand that in this time the people were truly evil.  Within the pages of this book the children assist with completing the Ark all while learning more about the power of God, fortitude in faith, and even some dog history.

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Overall the first two books in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls were a fun read for Bear and even for myself as we prepared for this review.  I believe this new series by Worthy Kids/Ideals would be a great gift for young readers, ages 6-11.  I would also use these stories during homeschool breaks for the holidays, summer enrichment, or even with the church for Vacation Bible School activities.  My oldest son enjoyed reading both and was able to finish each one within an hour.

“I really liked the book and want to read the next ones as they become available.  I think the stories kept true to the bible principles but added adventure for my age group.  I think these books are good for children ages 6 and up.  My younger brother and sister even liked listening to me read the first book to them. I like the characters and the added adventure of finding the words to complete the lesson while they are there.” Bear, 9 years old

 

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As always, you can read more reviews about this new biblical time-travel series for children via this ancient and legendary hyperlink.

And, because this company is so fabulous, they are currently offering a FREE PREVIEW OF THE FIRST BOOK!  You can access this by clicking either hyperlink throughout this review displaying the series name.

Make this week adventurous,

Ta’Neisha K.

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