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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.


Enjoy Moments of Motherhood

Happy Mother’s Day!

It was my desire to share a new video, recorded a few months ago, about motherhood but time got away from me. Thank God, I had already had this queued up from last year and totally forgot about it. The feeling of invisibility can come over all mothers occasionally as we go through the first years, working extremely hard to raise our children. This monologue is a grand reminder that no matter what we must appreciate our creation role, let the small stuff go, and cherish every moment. The years fly by. Hear me again, THESE YEARS FLY BY so cherish every moment. Understand that your are a pivotal of God’s story for your children so enjoy your role and be grateful for the blessing of motherhood.

‘With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.’

Happy Mother’s Day

The Invisible Mother
It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I’m on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I’m thinking, ‘Can’t you see I’m on the phone?’ Obviously not; no one can see if I’m on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.

I’m invisible.

The invisible Mom.

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this??
Some days I’m not a pair of hands; I’m not even a human being. I’m a clock to ask, ‘What time is it?’ I’m a satellite guide to answer, ‘What number is the Disney Channel?’ I’m a car to order, ‘Right around 5:30, please.’

Some days I’m a crystal ball; ‘Where’s my other sock? Where’s my phone?, What’s for dinner?’ I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history, music and literature -but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She’s going, she’s going, and she’s gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, ‘I brought you this.’ It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe.

I wasn’t exactly sure why she’d given it to me until I read her inscription: ‘With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.’

In the days ahead I would read – no, devour – the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:

  1. No one cany say who built the great cathedrals — we have no record of their names.
  2. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
  3. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
  4. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, ‘Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, no one will ever see it.’ And the workman replied, ‘Because God sees.’

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, ‘I see you. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you’ve done, no sequin you’ve sewn on, no cupcake you’ve baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can’t see right now what it will become.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don’t want my son to tell the friend he’s bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, ‘My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.’ That would mean I’d built a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, he’d say, ‘You’re gonna love it there…’
As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.

From one mommy to another…
The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

The actual title of this drama monologue is “The Invisible Woman: When Only God Sees” and was written by Nicole Johnson who performs it at many Women of Faith Conferences.

Homeschool Rescue by Only Passionate Curiosity

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I had an early access opportunity to take (and subsequently review) a course called Homeschool Rescue, created by Only Passionate Curiosity.  This course was put together with a variety of homeschool parents in mind including those who are need help restructuring their homeschool or are currently frustrated and maybe even burnt out with their current education experience at home.  Throughout this course I have been able to take a thorough examination of how I homeschool, include options for my children’s specific learning styles, and even fine tune my household cleaning schedule.

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I was actually really excited to try this program because I am often asked for tips and advice on how to assess your homeschool.  Every Spring I sit down to look at what I’m teaching, how I’m teaching it, and determine whether or not it is effective based on my children’s responses, their own personal opinions, and our one-on-ones.  So, this course came at a perfect time because I was already doing this process on my own but using this course allowed me to take an even deeper look into Team Kemp Academy.  This is a self-paced, 8 week course that includes video lessons, homework, resources, and even a private support connection group through Facebook.  And to top it all off you get LIFETIME ACCESS to every piece of this program and all of the benefits.

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 During this course Heather walks you through self-examination, household organization, homeschool goals, lesson planning, curriculum selection, decluttering, and various other things.  Each homework assignment was something that couldn’t be done in three or four minutes.  Honestly most tasks required you to take a long and even hard look at yourself and the effectiveness of your teaching.  I love that Heather provided additional help in understanding how your children learn and ways that you can immediately update your approach so you can teach them efficiently.  Some of the course didn’t apply to me, not because I didn’t need to do it but because we’d already completed it in our initial year of homeschooling.  Those moments felt great because it reminded me that I was on track and provided an opportunity to look over our family rules, homeschool mission statement, and family education goals.  In addition, the portion about high school and teenagers doesn’t quite apply yet because our oldest is only nine and doing 5th grade work.  However, I did watch those lesson videos and view the homework, both of which I think they will be appropriate for those who need them. 

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Finally, I want to talk a little bit about the Facebook group which I love so much.  I love that I could glean encouragement, support, and motivation from other homeschooling parents.  There a couple times that I wanted to ask questions and logged on only to find out that someone had posted the exact same question.  For example, I was able to get tips about the learning styles assessment and results prior to taking it so I was already prepared based off of information from the Facebook group.  There were also countless posts providing motivation to continue the course.  Often I felt like I didn’t have the time to devote to this course; however, the posts motivated me to MAKE TIME and see it through until the end.

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So, all-in-all I think Homeschool Rescue by Only Passionate Curiosity would be a good course to take if you are feeling like it is time to update your home education process or if you are having feelings of consistent frustration, irritation, and burnout.  I also think that it is a good course for people who evaluate often like myself, because it allows you to take a deeper look at the way you homeschool.  We could all use a little help and what better way than through wisdom of instruction from a woman that has already walked in your shoes coupled with an online support group full parents who understand.



 As always, for additional reviews be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog post via this magnificent hyperlink.


Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.