Tag Archive | homeschool preschool

Library Fun for Kids

Recently, I shared a video on YouTube featuring some memories during our time at the local library. I’m grateful that our locations offer programs geared specifically towards homeschooling. Here is some footage of my cool kids enjoying library fun.

Hope you enjoyed the video! If your local library has not created programs for homeschoolers yet don’t be afraid to ask them. The efforts of myself and my friends encouraged our locations to create opportunities for local homeschoolers to socialize while we play and learn. A push from your homeschool community might do the same in your neck of the woods.

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.

The K5 Learning Experience

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Bear was recently given the grand opportunity to use the K5 Learning online program via a six month subscription and I asked him to help me write this review.  We want to share how you can unlock your child’s potential using the reading, math, and spelling activities available on this website.  K5 Learning is an online supplemental education program that can be used to help your children review what they already know, develop study habits, and fine tune things they need to improve on.  All programs are customized based on your child’s skill level, not grade level, giving them a completely customized learning experience.

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Upon registering for the K5 Learning website you are able to access all areas of the program during your FREE 14 DAY TRIAL.  During our first few uses we gave Bear access to the student login via a personalized username and a creative password which allowed him to complete a few activities while I set up assessments via the parent side.  He took one assessment each day and per the results we decided to move him up to the early skill level, in the next grade level for both reading and math.  This program was designed for kindergarten through fifth grade and you’re able to move your child up or down via early, mid, or late skill level for each grade.  For the remainder of the review period, Bear used the program at least four times per week and he has enjoyed it.

 

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“K5 Learning is fun!  It helps me grow and it challenges me to actually think things through.  My favorite things in this program are all the math lessons because even though the problems were hard, each lesson takes you through stages that break down the problem for you.  My second favorite was answering the questions while reading and the daily riddles were always funny.  The spelling was great because I learned so many new words and I was able to figure out the words using only the definition.   I recommend it because it helps children to learn all while having fun.”  -Bear, 9 years old.

 

Though this website is not a complete curriculum, I do find that it is helpful in practicing and reviewing what I have already taught during school.  Each assignment gives your children the opportunity to perfect what they have previously learned which is especially helpful for things you may not have covered in a while.  The reading program covers phonemic awareness, sight words, reading comprehension, phonics, and vocabulary while the math covers numbers and operations, data analysis, measurement, algebra, and geometry.   The spelling portion is unique because it gives children nontraditional lessons and quizzes.  Both spelling sections provide the definition and an example sentence; however, the vocabulary option has you guess the word before hearing it while the spelling tutor option will say the word while you spell it.

 

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Personally, I enjoyed the immediate feedback given to Bear when he answered something (right or wrong), the short lessons, parent’s report, unique spelling program, and creative lessons with accompanying printable worksheets.  I did find it a bit peculiar that this program was not able to be used on our tablets or iPad so Bear could only use it at home; however, that small con is nothing compared to the numerous benefits you receive with your subscription.  **The subscriptions are available for a monthly or annual basis with the ability to add up to four students per account.**  Overall we’ve enjoyed using this six month subscription to K5 Learning and definitely recommend it.

 

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As always, to read additional reviews about k5 Learning, you can click on this scholarly hyperlink to see various members of the Homeschool Review Crew share their thoughts.

 

Make this week superb,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

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The EASIEST Way to Teach Your Child to Read

I am starting this process with our three year old, Bam Bam, and thought it would be great to share with my blog family as well.  If you’ve ever felt intimidated by teaching your children how to read or didn’t know where to start, I have the perfect book for you.  This post isn’t a review, just a quick tidbit to inform you of what has worked well in our home academy and with our friend’s children.

 

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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, by Siegfried Engelmann is a great book that provides the teacher (parent) with a perfect set-up to get their student (child) on board with reading.  Each lesson includes a script, exercises, and even a story for the child to read on their own.  In the beginning the stories are a few words but by the end of the book, your student (child) will be reading two and three page adventures within this workbook.  They will also probably have a few favorite books from their local library.  I could definitely go on and on about this book but I think you’ll benefit more by watching my detailed review via my YouTube channel.

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to comment.  If you need more testimonies before you make your decision, “don’t just take my word for it,” check out reviews via online marketplaces where books are sold.  This book was always highly recommended by our friends that work in education, which I am extremely grateful for, so I am sure it would be a great addition to your homeschool as well.

 

Make today adventurous,

Ta’Neisha K.