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Homeschool 101: Free Curriculum List

Happy Friday!

Today’s post is short, sweet, and features a list of awesome FREE things. I was browsing Only Passionate Curiosity website and I happened to come across a list of goodies. If you are interested in using FREE curriculum then click the link below. This list is great for newbies and veterans alike. This isn’t an old list either, she UPDATES IT OFTEN.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLY PASSIONATE CURIOSITY’S FREE HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM LIST

I hope you save this post and share it with other homeschooling families. You can also check out my previous review for this company’s course to encourage homeschool mothers.

CLICK HERE FOR HOMESCHOOL COURSE

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.

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!

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  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 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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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.

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” Review

Our family thought watching Dave Scotts lead our tour in the new series Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” was such an awesome experience and we are so excited to share this review with you.  Let’s get started!

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Approximately 2 months ago our family started watching the Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” from Drive Thru History® .  Upon arrival we anxiously opened and inserted the first DVD, soon thereafter we found ourselves engulfed, watching two or three episodes in one sitting.  This series is giving you the historical background to what was going on in present day, during the Life of Christ.  We loved how it provided not only the physical locations but great graphics, detailed footage, and even the updated indoor tourist attractions that were around during the Life of Christ.  We also learned many things about the people, disciples, and leaders mentioned in the bible because the history mentioned included their lineage as well.

In our household we decided to use these eighteen, thirty minute episodes and provided study guide as a weekly family bible study.  Right after breakfast we all gathered around the television, watched an episode, and talked about what was going on using the study guide questions provided or our own.  Most times after our discussion we would actually watch the next episode and converse about it as well.  We always made it a point to read the Bible scripture that was discussed during each episode.  My husband was also ready to answer any questions that I or our children had pertaining to what we saw.

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Currently, we are thirteen episodes into this Drive Thru History® series and here is what my husband Kevin and eldest son, Bear had to say

“I think it is cool because you’re getting so much information in 30 minutes.  It isn’t boring because they break the topics down and the discussion questions help you retain the information.  Watching this made me feel like I was there in the moment.  I also like how he gave information about before and after the current parable he was discussing.”  Bear, 9 Years old

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” is an in depth, historical look at the stories that we are already familiar with.  Even if you have heard these stories numerous times you will ABSOLUTELY benefit from watching this.  These episodes give me who, what, when, where, why, and how explanation that makes you appreciate the parables even more.  For example, when I’ve heard the birth story I’ve always thought about a wooden manger, as shown in pictures, I never knew it was most likely stone.  This would advantageous for 5th grade or higher in a home or church setting but our son is nine and enjoyed it.  This will definitely keep all ages interested.”  Min. Kevin Kemp, super cool husband

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As a family, we believe that this series is an excellent opportunity to sit and watch with your entire household around.  Our faith is the most important thing that we can share with our children and it is required in the Bible that we should “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6  It is equally important for us to teach our children scripture so they can know who the God that we serve is.  They need to have a complete understanding of the love of God, rules of our religion, and the reason behind our faith.  We definitely feel that this will be a great DVD series to use in a church setting as well for youth 5th grade and up, or with the adults.  With anything done for children my husband always encourages that parents are involved and encouraged to participate.  He also had a great idea to provide the discussion questions as a take home to those who decide to use this with a youth group.

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We definitely believe that Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” series and provided study guide is a good introduction to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  This would also be great as a continuation to a study that you are already doing.  This series has done a phenomenal job of explaining the history of biblical times so that the viewers can have a clear understanding and correlate that to the scripture.  It is truly important to acknowledge that the “God breathed text” (2 Timothy 3:16)  is not mere clichés but powerful words about powerful believers who walked this Earth.  We think Drive Thru History® did a great job of explaining the times and will definitely be enjoyed by all who are ready to learn the background of the scriptures, Heavenly Father, and resurrected savior we know and love.

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For additional reviews about this series click the magical hyperlink that will take you to the Homeschool Review Crew blog post.

Make today historical,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Our Journey With Eclectic Foundations

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During my annual homeschool curriculum selection and planning session we were given the opportunity to review Eclectic Foundations to see if it might be a good fit for our home academy.  This program is affordable and includes a comprehensive coverage of every part of language arts all from a biblical perspective.  We used the Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level C program and I believe your 2nd grader will be challenged in a great way to pursue educational heights in all portions of Language Arts.   Allow me to walk you through the program details, needed supplies, and how we used it in our home academy.

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Eclectic Foundations has created a program that grows with the child based on their abilities rather than age or grade level which ensures they don’t get bored with the lessons.  Each level progresses in difficulty beginning at Level A (1st grade) with a goal to achieve collegiate reading by Level I (8th – 9th grade).  This program is available to consumers via physical copy by mail or instant digital download wherewith complete instructions are provided on which pages will need to be printed on card stock and/or laminated.  Each level comes with 144 lessons, intended to be taught four per week during a thirty-six week school year; however, it can be catered to fit your family’s scholastic needs.  This program has been written to coincide with the McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers which are available for FREE via their website or Amazon Kindle.  A physical copy can be purchased as well or you can print out the reader pages at your convenience.  The best part about the program is that is completely comprehensive and includes lessons covering Phonics, Grammar, Dictation, Reading Comprehension, Handwriting, Composition, Vocabulary, Scripture Memory, Spelling, and Poetry.

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Our home academy used Level C which is geared towards advanced 2nd and 3rd grade students.  The layout of the teacher’s manual is simple and easy to navigate with one lesson per sheet explaining how to navigate the student through the reader and daily assignments.  I was happy that comprehension questions are provided to coincide with every reader lesson.  There is also a phonics practice sheet (laminated) included for your student to pen the words as you dictate them.  The McGuffey’s Word Cards are the phonics (vocabulary) review words and each type of word (i.e. adjective, noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection) has a specific color so your child can easily identify them.  Scripture memory verses are provided weekly; however, none were labeled with the version of the Bible used and some weren’t worded according to any specific version at all.  I love that memorization is encouraged, which can be great for children and adults, but I’d prefer a consistent version of the bible being used throughout the curriculum.  Simply noting the version of the Bible next to the verse would also be an appropriate solution.

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I think the Eclectic Foundations Level C would’ve been a good program for our oldest when he was in later 1st through early 2nd grade.   Even though I enjoyed the layout and variety of subjects covered, our son would have benefited more from Level D (available this spring) or possibly Level E.  A great way to narrow down your child’s level is to view the provided sample lessons on the website and look through the McGuffey Readers.  If you feel your child is on the borderline or advanced I suggest moving them up to the next level.  Bear is used to weekly spelling tests but that portion of the program isn’t available at Level C.  All in all, this entire program is good and even though it wasn’t challenging enough for Bear we will be using it with Bam Bam in the near future.  I will also look into Level D and Level E, once available, to see if one will work for our oldest.

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To read more reviews over Level A, Level B, or Level C of Ecclectic Foundations, visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog post via the awesome hyperlink.

Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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