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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.

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HwH: In Case You Missed It

I truly hope you’ve enjoyed these weekly reminders to “Love Your Selfie” a bit more in 2018.  My final tip for this series is to Believe in Your Selfie and encourage others along the way.  Often times during my life I’ve found that I am my own worse critic and I had to work hard to change that through bible study and prayer.  In this post, I’m sharing information that has helped me along the way and I hope it encourages you as well.  Feel free to share this post so other women can be uplifted and strengthened to endure until the end.

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Last year I was so elated to join the featured writers of the Homeschooling with Heart blog and share a few homeschool encouragement posts with a new audience.  Just in case you missed the monthly features, here are the links to each post I contributed along with a couple of my favorites from other writers.  I’ve been encouraged by each post shared on this blog and I hope you make time to subscribe so you don’t miss what these wonderful writers have shared.

MY MONTHLY FEATURES

Lord, I thank you includes a few testimonies from our ten years of marriage and how grateful we are that God has guided us through it all.

The Power of the Purge is about our massive household and homeschool purge and the freedom that we gained from owning much less.

Regaining Homeschool Joy goes into detail about how it is important to make time to study the Bible and pray daily so God can strengthen you along your journey.

Family Freebies Near You shares several free opportunities to have some fun with your family.  I also included a list of several business that have free programs for children all year.

OTHER HwH POSTS I ENJOYED

Enjoy the Ride by Rachel Ann Rogish encourages believers to have faith in God throughout every part of every circumstance.

Stained Gratitude by Cheri Fields was a great reminder that although we may not enjoy all parts of our jobs, we should still be grateful we are able to complete the work.

Dangerous Mentoring: The Bright Side by Ruth Sundeen was a wonderful testimony that encourages parents to guide their children as God designed so they can accomplish all he has ordained for them.

Hey Mama Monday posts are weekly encouragement posts written by Gena Suarez, owner of The Old Schoolhouse MagazineTM.   I enjoy sharing these with my homeschool friends because one can never have too much encouragement.

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Make time this week to enjoy these blog posts and be sure to subscribe to the Homeschooling with Heart blog so you never miss a moment of laughter, comfort, caution, or gratefulness offered via the wonderful writers.  By clicking this phenomenal hyperlink, you will receive a weekly email containing each post shared on the blog that week.

Have a great week,

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.

Celebrating A Decade of Marriage #TeamKEMP

November is upon us and keeping with the season, I thought I’d spend this month posting various testimonies and sharing a few things I am grateful and thankful for.  This also coincides with the awesome news that Kevin and I are CELEBRATING OUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!  Throughout the years we have endured so much and through it all God has comforted us, guided us through his narrow path, and blessed us tremendously. 

Our wedding day

On November 1, 2007 I walked down the aisle, led by my father to a young, handsome, tall guy named Kevin.  We met on my first day of school, in my first college class just a few years before and thinking back I feel like I can still give specifics of every moment we spent together until we said “I do.”  I remember my father asking him if he was truly ready for marriage on the day that Kevin asked for my hand.  Kevin courageously said “yes” and began to lay out his plans as I left the dinner table so they could continue talking.  Fast forward seven months and there we were, sharing vows, beginning our covenant with each other and most importantly with God while approximately fifteen precious people supported us.  I’m grateful for our wedding day.

During our decade of marriage I’ve watched my husband mature tremendously as he led our family.  He is the best person that I know and if I could continue through life with a heart like his I know I’d be alright.  I honor him for his leadership, ability to provide, strength, unconditional love for me, covering, truth, fortitude, and his wisdom.  He has some phenomenal things to say about me too but I still think I was the lucky one because I married him.  I am grateful for phenomenal husband that I’ve grown with for my entire adult life.  I’m grateful that God created me to honor him, have his children, and help him in any way that he needs along our journey.

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I’m grateful for three beautiful children that have miraculous birth stories, proving that God can do amazing things.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to be home with my children daily and watch them grow as God leads.  I’m grateful for our homeschool and that my husband entrusts me to educate our arrows via the Team KEMP Academy.  I’m also thankful for a household that is filled with laughter, spontaneous dance battles, board games three nights a week, and overflowing with love.  Finally, I’m grateful that our marriage has endured a decade of life on earth.  To some ten years is a long time but to us it is just the beginning of a lifetime together.

 

This month, I encourage you all to assess your life and realize that no matter what you have going on; God still deserves the glory, honor, and praise. Have you thank God today?

You can hear more about how we met in this YouTube video

 

Make today grand,

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.

#ProudMom, Congratulations Bear!!

This summer Kenden entered several contests and he has won a total of $100.

  • $25 for June Reading Contest
  • $25 for July Reading Contest
  • $25 for July Activity Contest

The final $25 was won for achieving 1st place in the Writing Contest for 6-12 year olds.  He submitted his 500+ word research paper called A Primate’s Life.  I’m so proud of him!

The most amazing thing about his prizes is that he gave them out to everyne in the household.  He said with everything that’s happened,  we all deserved to buy something.  He is my FAVORITE FIRSTBORN!!  Because of his generosity, his grandparents awarded him with double his prizes and the tablet he was saving up for.  Again, we are all so proud of him!

You can read excerpts from all the winners here:

Summer Contest Writing Winners – Schoolhouse Teachers 
As a homeschooler I occasionally wonder if I am giving my children the perfect education.  Moments like these I’m so grateful for confirmation that we made the right decision and are on the right path. God is so faithful to ensure that his children are always reminded that he is guiding us and has perfected our path.  It is our prayer that he is glorified by the fruit of our household and the generations to come.
Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

March/April Homeschool Wrap-Up

 

I’ve had several fun moments with our children during the past two months that I can’t wait to share with you so let’s dive in!

 

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In the month of March we only had a couple of weeks of school and then took a nice, LLLOOOOONNNNGGGG Spring break for the latter part of the month.  I always use the month of March as our review and catch up month so we can move forward with a clean slate after our break. During this time we complete any projects we’ve missed, I skipped due to lack of time, or that have been started but not finished.  We also review concepts with all of our children (students) and use this as a preliminary assessment.  I use these results to determine if our arrows are ready to move forward or if subjects (TEKS for our oldest and milestones for our preschoolers) need to be retaught or practiced for the remainder of the year.  So far, so good and our children are enjoying the curriculum.

 

 

At the end of March and in early April we took two field trips to local zoos for their homeschool day.  The videos (vlogs) showing these fun family moments can be found above and below this blog paragraph.  If you need more information about how to create, locate, and find out about field trips for homeschool students then you can check out my blog post via this wonderful hyperlink.

 

 

In April I always ramp things up with our preschoolers and use this time to establish our early summer routine which includes a short, twenty minute school day three times a week.  We will continue our weekly story time at the library, weekly water play, and weekly messy art but on the days we don’t have “school” the younger children have personal ABC Mouse accounts that I do with each of them and every child is encouraged to read and play often.  We are continuing the ‘ABC, What Shall I Be’ program via schoolhouseteachers.com and the children are enjoying dressing up and using their imagination to become firefighters, doctors, horse trainers, bakers, astronauts, etc.  Our local library and hoopla have also been also been a great source for finding books and movies for each career we learned about.  Of course I’ve included a myriad of alphabet and shapes games as well as opportunities to practice writing.  Bam Bam and Princess have been enjoying preschool this year.

Be sure to watch the video below to get a closer look at the things we’ve enjoyed during April.

 

 

 

I was able to have a mother and son day with our oldest, Bear during which we discussed his current and future homeschool goals.  He has started a research paper on Primates and after a couple of weeks of research and prewriting, he has already started his rough draft.  I am so excited to watch this process and I can’t wait to see him conquer his first four page research paper.  Bear also had several review opportunities over the past two months that he has enjoyed.  For each review I also had him assist in writing the blog post and editing the video footage if we decided to record one.  His most recent project participation involved the Creating A Masterpiece online art classes and you can read that review and watch the video via this artistic hyperlink. 

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All in all the past two months have been awesome.  Even on the “bad days” (we all have them) I am grateful to be at home and to have a daily opportunity to sharpen our arrows.   You can also see more of homeschool at our house, field trips, library visits, etc. via @teamkempacademy on Instagram.  I decided to create the new account because I was following so many makeup, homeschool, blogger, planner accounts on one Instagram that my feed was too saturated.  Now, when I need homeschool inspiration, I can go to one place and get some encouragement.

TeamKempAcademy Instagram

 

We will be finishing up our school year within the first two or three weeks of May, take a three week break, and then begin our three day summer enrichment program.     I will tell you all about that in the next homeschool wrap-up post.  Until then you can find additional homeschool and motherhood encouragement videos via this YouTube playlist.

Make this week joyful,

Ta’Neisha K.