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God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn (Review)

My home library is full of various things and God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn is my newest addition. This was written by Julie Polanco, a relaxed homeschool mother that decided to provide pertinent education information while encouraging the reader. Her breakdown of relaxed homeschooling paired well with the focus of educating the whole child and maintaining joy.

Part 1 of this book discussed curriculum choices, the relaxed homeschooling method, and ways to motivate children. Part 2 went in-depth with teaching tips for children under eight, between 8-12, and teenagers. She also covers various learning styles via a great relatable metaphor comparing their behaviors to those we see at a typical family dinner table. Information about college prep, apprenticeships, record keeping, and much more was also provided. Throughout the entire book, Julie focuses on how to implement all the information shared with such care for the reader. It was as though she was walking you through the steps personally and wanted to help you make it to the finish line.

God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn covered a myriad of topics within 200 pages but I wanted to share a few of my favorite parts with you. First, I was happy that scripture was used throughout and properly cited so you can read it later. Julie used the NIV version of the bible. Second, I appreciated her discussions on burnout, teaching styles, curriculum choices, prayer, and how each of those affects our children. She did a great job of describing the back and forth desires to finish package curriculum or use the creative ideas in your head. There is so much freedom in homeschooling that’s why it is so important to seek God for guidance, in every part. Next, I enjoyed her continuous mentions of effective discipline as well as ways to motivate your children. No matter what, our children should feel loved and confident while we educate them. Finally, I was impressed with the placement of study questions at the end of each chapter. These offered a moment to reflect, review, and revise our homeschool choices without feeling overwhelmed.

Reading God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn left me encouraged and motivated to continue this school year. I can honestly say that this book stands out from the variety of homeschool support stories and curriculum books in my library. Julie Polanco offered great insight for newbies that paired well with the reminders for veterans. I enjoyed this so much that I am looking forward to her next release, 100 (no and low cost) Ways to Motivate Kids, which will be out in May 2019.

This book is currently available in paperback and digital (e-book) copy from various retailers. The e-book is currently on sale for 50% off until August 22, 2018. You can also get the first chapter of God Schooling FREE when you sign up for Julie’s newsletter on the website.

Click the photo below to read other Homeschool Review Crew blog posts about this book.

God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn {Julie Polanco Reviews}

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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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.

You. Are. Beautiful.

Earlier this week Princess was chatting with Kevin and he asked: “Who’s the prettiest girl in the whole wide world?” She proudly responded, “ME AM!” This moment had me completely amazed because even in her toddler language she could proudly express that she was loved. I enjoy watching her beam with confidence because her father finds her completely beautiful. Even when he disciplines her, Kevin always reminds her of how valuable she is. It is such a blessing to watch her receive the same loving kindness I have over the years.

Moments like these can just be appreciated naturally because they are so precious. You can also take the spiritual application and be reminded that your confidence should come from your father. Your father is there to love you completely and discipline you appropriately because you are beautiful to him. My confidence has never been in question because my father instilled those values consistently. I am so grateful for my loving father and I know I am beautiful to him.

On the other hand, there are those that did not have the best (or any depending on the circumstances) relationship with their father. I can only imagine the wounds that come from the situations but do note that everyone has issues with their parents growing up. Also, find hope that though your physical father may not be up to par your spiritual Father will never fail you. His love transcends time, space, and long before you were even created he has loved you perfectly. You too should walk with confidence because you are beautiful to Him.

One of the best gifts we have as Christians is God the father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ. We are beautiful because we were designed in the image of the creator of all things. God has parented us well before our own parents were created and that simply blows my mind! He gifted us the Holy Spirit to guide us, speak truth to us, and strengthen us to speak truth to others. Most importantly he gifted a salvation through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of his son, Jesus Christ. Even in correction, God’s love is shown because the word clearly states time and time again that discipline is love.

Finally, I know that God believes that we are beautiful because of forgiveness, grace, and mercy. None of these things are deserved but the Lord freely gives them to us a myriad of times. Then after we use those up he comes in and does it again. He is the perfect epitome of the definition of love. He is patient. He is kind. He is faithful. He is God.

I could go on forever about how amazing he is! But instead, I will leave you with a reminder from the little girl in my home (and the little girl inside of me). Look up at your Father and smile sweetly because you are loved and beautiful.

You can catch some more precious moments with our Princess via this recent YouTube video.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17 KJV

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

9 Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? Hebrews 12:5‭-‬6‭, ‬9 KJV

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 MSG

Our Compassion Experience

This week our family was fortunate enough to attend The Compassion Experience tour when it arrived in The Lone Star State. I was so excited for us to attend because we missed it during its last tour in our area. This time I made attending top priority and we are so glad that we did.

The Compassion Experience is based off of ministries that help third world countries that are truly in poverty. Through their ministry they provide clean water, medical care, education to children and adults, food, and shelter. As children enter the program they are given opportunities that they would have never had because of their family’s current situation. Many families are introduced and excited to accept Jesus Christ through services offered by this ministry and from there they are introduced to everything else the Compassion Program has to offer.

When attending this FREE exhibit you are able to walk through the testimonies of children who have participated and subsequently graduated the program. It is truly an eye opening day in the life experience as you see pictures, video, and hear the participants guide you through their life story. We were truly amazed to hear how Jesus Christ changed the lives of parents and even helped the children forgive and show compassion toward others. This exhibit is also family friendly so even our two-year-old was able to enjoy and understand what was going on. Due to some of the vivid details in the stories most of the exhibits offer a child friendly version of the testimony. The stories change during the tour so feel free to visit the exhibit on each round of the tour.

You can watch clips of our field trip via this recent YouTube video.

We strongly encourage you to make time to attend this testimonial exhibit when it comes to your area. You can find out details on the tour by clicking this vibrant hyperlink. You can also find out more about The Compassion Program and how you can sponsor a child via this vivid hyperlink.

Make this week fruitful,

Ta’Neisha K

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.

Instrument Petting Zoo (October Wrap-up)

Instrument Petting Zoo

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.

October wrap up 2

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

Happy Homeschooling,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

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.