Celebrating Fatherhood

Fatherhood is a job that cannot be fully described because it takes on so much. Not just creating the child but strengthening, protecting, guiding, teaching biblical values, and providing as children grow is only part of the job. I’m grateful for all the faithful fathers in my life!

This time last year I posted a Happy Father’s Day message to six men and within 365 days our family has lost three of them. My father-in-love in July 2017, my grandfather shortly before Christmas, and my husband’s grandfather just last Monday. As I’m writing this, I seriously can’t believe how much we have dealt with in one year but God has comforted us through it all. Our family is grateful and blessed to have had many years with these phenomenal Christian men before they rested.

Over the years I have been so confused at how minimal emphasis is placed on Father’s Day because the Father is extremely important to every child. I know every paternal relationship is not perfect but that can all change with forgiveness. Choosing to forgive and move forward is important to create a loving, peaceful environment. Both you and your father deserve that. If your father has passed on, you can still forgive, make peace, and move forward.

Let each of us make today about the special men in our lives! Buy some cards or make some with your children for the fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, great grandfathers, and uncles that make a difference. Call or Video chat with them, (DO NOT text) and spend a couple of minutes expressing gratitude. If your father is no longer here, join in with other family members to appreciate your uncle or grandfather. A balloon release is another way to remember your loved one and even younger children can participate in that. Visiting a nursing home or Senior Care facility is a great way to spread the love on Father’s Day too.

Hope your week is off to a grand start. Enjoy the day celebrating your father or the father figures in your life.

Celebrate life,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Makeup Monday: All About the Eyes

Today’s makeup look features some new goodies that I received for my birthday. I’m thinking of doing a whole video later on to show you everything that I received. But for today, let’s talk about this palette that has made my eyes pop like never before.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette is a recent clearance purchase from Sephora. For today’s eyeshadow look I used Throne (center), Obsidian (outer v), Saturn (transition), Parallel (transitiom), and Pyramid (inner). These colors provided a smoky outside and gleaming inner corner.

I finished the eyes with tons of mascara, black liquid liner on the top, and a dark brown tight line on the bottom. I also added Osiris under my eyes for extra dimension.

Next up for this look is the cheeks that are always blushing because I’m in love with Kevin. But, I think that Love Thing by Mac is also a reason for the rosy color.

My lips are featuring a new gloss by Anastasia as well called St. Topez . This is a gorgeous pearl pink with gold shimmer added. When lightly applied, it complimented the look perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed a quick look at this face of the day. It feels good to be able to get all glammed up with high quality, clearance priced makeup. Even without the added lashes my eyes still popped and I receive compliments all day.

Though the Prism palette is no longer available at Sephora online, you might be able to catch it on clearance in store or at a different retailer.

Make this week glamorous,

Ta’Neisha K.

Textured Finger Painting

While watching YouTube I came across a fun video by Our Realistic Homeschool Life featuring a fun, new way to finger paint. Her video featured adding texture to the paper which gives the children something different a feeling as they are creating their masterpieces. Here’s a list of the supplies you will need for this activity:

  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Paper or styrofoam plate
  • Paint
  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Mixing mediums (optional)

I had a my oldest son help the children create their glue stick art. Next, they were able to freely use the color palette to create the cutest pieces.

The in results where amazing because all the children, even my oldest, enjoy this project and were able to truly express themselves in a really meet away. Each of their masterpieces perfectly display their personalities and I was so happy to try this art project with them.

Be sure to check out a tutorial and a blog featuring this cool way of finger painting.

Also, don’t forget to check out the original video that inspired me as well.

Make this week artistic,

Ta’Neisha K.

Review: Classical Composition I Fable Set

For the latter part of our school year, Bear has been using a unique writing program derived from the lessons of the world’s greatest writers. Classical Composition I: Fable Set, by Memoria Press, presents traditional writing techniques, vocabulary lessons, improves handwriting, and enhances communication.

This Classical Composition curriculum was designed based on the lessons that were used in schools for nearly 1500 years and taught by great teachers and speakers like Cicero and Quintilian. This program uses the ancient Greek progymnasmata approach. This method taught students to speak with proficiency and prepared them to create literary works that appealed to vast audiences. Classical Composition I: Fable Set includes a Teacher Guide, Student Book, and Instructional DVDs. The entire course covers 20 of Aesop’s Fables.

The Teacher Guide begins with a detailed breakdown of all the instructional components. The lesson is structured to read the prevented fable aloud, repeat and learn any vocabulary words, and then narrate from memory. Next, you help your child work through several paraphrasing exercises to better understand the meaning of the fable. After that, you guide them through the plot structure by writing a summary of the story. A grade based rubric is also included that provides appropriate variables for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Each lesson includes a screenshot of the Student Book with a myriad of examples for the vocabulary words as well as sample answers for the rewrites and paraphrases. Within the appendix, located in the very back of the book, you can find figures of writing descriptions with detailed examples for each. There is also an essay about the progymnasmata teaching style which includes a bit of the history and how it is a being applied currently in an updated way.

The Student Book begins with the aforementioned breakdown of all the instructional components. I used this portion of the workbook to explain what the curriculum was about and answer any questions Bear head prior to beginning the lessons. Each lesson begins with a written version of the fable and has separated response sections for every part of the lesson. The response sections are lined similarly to college rule paper which didn’t work well for our son. He writes neat but still rather large, even in cursive so more room was needed for some answers. The appendix, located in the back of the book, includes the previously mentioned writing descriptions with examples and the essay.

The DVD set comes with four instructional discs, each housing five lessons. The main menu gives you the chance to pick which lesson you would like to go over. After you pick, each lesson has its own menu which includes the separate sections of it. From there you are able to decipher which portion of the lesson you would like to go over. The vocabulary words shown in the student and teacher books are provided on the screen for the student. The video lessons are approximately 30 minutes each. There are mentioned moments to pause the DVD so your child has the opportunity to fill in their answers. Upon return, the answers are displayed on the screen and explained. I like the idea of having the instructional DVD however, you do miss the opportunities for discussion with your child. Talking with Bear is one of my favorite things to do as his homeschool teacher. I also found that when we did it by ourselves it did not take them for 30 minutes as presented by the videos. Each portion of the lesson is broken down well but the instructional DVD didn’t work for us. However, I do think this would be good for students who have trouble reading or prefer video lessons.

The first DVD includes a course introduction which you can view, along with a sample lesson, via Vimeo.

As usual, Memoria Press has found a unique and updated way to use classical education to teach and perfect a new skill. With Classical Composition I: Fable Set Bear was able to learn and expound upon his writing and communication skills. We used this program twice a week and each lesson was completed within twenty minutes. I saw improvement while using this program and we look forward to continuing it when our next school year starts in July.

Be sure to CLICK HERE to read other reviews by the Homeschool Review Crew members. We each took various products and used them with our children. I have enjoyed all the reviews I’ve read thus far and I’m sure you will too.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

2018-2019 Homeschool Planner Preview

If you enjoyed last week’s post and any of it piqued your interest then you will definitely enjoy today’s post. Yes, our school year is over but that doesn’t mean that preparation for our new start in July has stopped.

I am so excited to share these new Happy Planners with you all! Initially, I was going to get another Simple Plan Homeschool Planner but because of how it tore apart on me last year, I decided to continue my journey with the disc system.

If you enjoyed last week’s post and any of it piqued your interest then you will definitely enjoy today’s sneak peeks. Check out these to flip through videos featuring the newest Teacher Happy Planners released from Me and My Big Ideas. These planners are currently available at various retailers in-store and online.

Keep checking back because in a couple of weeks I will share my personal planner spreads as well as a giveaway.

Make this week awesome,

Ta’Neisha K.

End of the Year Homeschool Wrap-Up (2017-2018)

I’m so excited to share everything we have accomplished during this school year. During this year we endured the loss of two awesome grandfathers and dealt with severe sickness but God strengthened us through it all. We learned how to love each other through grief, support one another in trying new things, and cater to those that are sick and shut-in. It has been a school year like none other and I’m so glad I have my wonderful husband and The Cool Kids to share this homeschool experience with.


Here are a few things we’ve done recently:

  • Spent the weekend on the Kemah Boardwalk (vlog coming soon)
  • Participated in several local sports camps
  • Bear did a phenomenal job in swim lessons and was invited to participate on a team
  • Bam Bam was able to participate in swim lessons and had so much fun
  • Princess perfected potty training
  • I started reading books again
  • Husband’s team soared to number one in the company and has remained there
  • All The Cool Kids did exceptional well on their assessments leaving me with a 5th, Kindergartener, and Preschooler for next year
  • Bam Bam gave a speech at the holiday luncheon
  • Princess grew, and grew, and grew
  • We had art appreciation month (vlog coming soon)
  • Bear built a few robots and that has peaked his interest in robotics
  • We finished My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures


To see more of what we have had going on be sure to watch this recent YouTube video.


We had a fantastic year and I am already planning for our rest month as well as the next academic year. Be sure to follow the blog for updates on our education journey and you can see everything we’ve been doing on our homeschool Instagram, @TeamKempAcademy.


Make this week awesome,
Ta’Neisha K.

My Favorite Homeschool Planner

Today’s topic needs no introduction because it is something we all have either mastered, need assistance in, or have completely failed at. Today’s topic is organization and planning as it pertains to homeschool.

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Since the beginning of our homeschool journey I have used several different planners to keep our lesson plans, projects, library notices, and activities organized. Some of them I found quite overwhelming in the beginning since I only had one child. There were also a few that I found needed a bit more, no matter how many children you are teaching. Today, I want to share my current to favorite planners for homeschool and how I use them at Team Kemp Academy.

Screenshot_20180517-134219_Samsung Internet.jpgFirst up is the A Simple Plan, Homeschool Planner which can only be purchased at Mardel in-store or online.  This you meet teacher plan is geared toward the Christian home school family. I love that includes scripture throughout, always has a unique design, and is fairly priced. This planner also includes a detailed letter explaining the features as well as several example pages to ensure that you use your planner effectively and efficiently.

 

 The Simple Plan system is also noted for having matching accessories as well as coordinating student planners each year. The varieties offered with the designs are amazing and you will never get bored because every year there is something different to choose from for your children. The only con I’ve noted is that occasionally the spring that holds the planner together does come apart. However, according to Mardel they have updated the design and that will no longer be an issue.  Also they only have one planner available for teachers so for those who like to mix and match or have a unique look that is not unlikely.  Since the planner is always so beautiful the latter has not been an issue for me in previous years.

 

To see how I have used this planner in the past, check out this YouTube video.

 

 Next up for discussion is The Happy Planner system by Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI). This system is based on using disk to attach and remove paper from your planner as well as their variety of covers and colorful accessories. For several years they have incorporated a teacher planner system that includes various kits as well as individual large planners.  These items are available in-store and on from various retailers as well as the MAMBI website. This school year I switch to this planner because my simple home school planner did tear up because of the after mentioned spring. I was reluctant to add another happy planner to my repertoire but it worked out well. I enjoy the ability to quickly add and remove things so I can organize my planner the way I see fit.

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Though they are beautiful, the complimentary accessories might be noted as a con because it is an additional cost to the user. By the time you purchase your planner, stickers, folder packs, and protective covers you may have broken the bank.  Next, another con might be that there are too many choices within the happy planner system. You might like the cover on one, the monthly calendars on another, and the folders in another. Unless you buy all three, there is no truly cost effective way to perfectly customize your planner.  Finally, in the past it was mentioned that some teachers did not like the large size of the planners. To fix that this year MAMBI put out a classic sized teacher planner for those who prefer less space.

 

To see how I’ve used this planner for homeschool, check out my recent YouTube video.

 

So, here we are preparing for our next school year which begins in July.  I have been looking at my previous planners and going through the pros and cons of each system. Ultimately, I have decided on which one I will use next year but you’ll have to wait to find that out. Just know that it has shipped and is on the way.

 

Make this week organized,

 

-Ta’Neisha K.