Tag Archive | Homeschool

The Pencil Grip, Inc. Kit & Scissors Giveaway

Pencil Grip 3

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.


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.

Pencil Grip 2

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…

Pencil Grip for IG 2

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!


Pencil Grip 4

Be sure to check out additional reviews from other homeschoolers by clicking this hyperlink.

Blog cropped disclaimer

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.



September 2017 Homeschool Wrap-Up

Sep17 Wrap up

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.


Sep17 Wrap up 4

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.

Sep17 Wrap up 2

Happy homeschooling,

Ta’Neisha K.

Review: Let’s Go Geography

Our 4th grader has been having so much fun with this new world geography curriculum. Let’s Go Geography covers a variety of countries across the globe each year.  This program also features several subscription options to meet your family’s curriculum needs. 

 Lets go geography 3

Initially, I was excited to try this product because our oldest truly enjoys geography lessons. He gets really excited about learning information from different cultures, especially as it pertains to their access to the scriptures and belief in Jesus Christ.  Prior to our official first day of school we followed along with the provided lesson plan for Bear’s coursework to get him back into school flow.  As a complete curriculum I enjoyed the weekly reminder emails featuring information about upcoming lesson and a download link.  This made things so simple because I could easily open the file and print while I enjoyed my favorite makeup guru on YouTube or clipped online coupons.  And, for those of us who occasionally procrastinate or suffer from the forgetful “mom brain,” having your lesson waiting in your inbox is definitely a plus!

 Lets go geography

Once school started, I realized that this curriculum also came at the perfect time because we are currently finishing another world geography series. While lesson planning I was grateful for the option to use the lessons that coincided with the country we were already studying.  So, if your child is enjoying their time in South America feel free to skip around and enjoy the remaining lessons for that continent. Although we had to skip around these last few weeks I look forward to going back to visit the countries that we missed.

 Lets go geography 2

The Let’s Go Geography curriculum provides lessons for two regions of the United States along with twenty-six additional countries each year.  We are currently in year one of the program which includes lessons about Greenland, Columbia, Ecuador, Chile, Norway, Sweden, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Cambodia, and so many more. The activities in the lessons range from listening to music from the country, creating unique art work, map work, and time to write about what they have learned.  Even though various activities are included, you can easily complete a lesson each week including teaching and activity time. You also have the option to create a passport for your child to use as they enter each country as well as a Travel Journal to hold all of the favorite things they’ve done each year. I look forward to saving Bear’s Travel Journal as a keepsake. 


Finally, I had to share that this program is able to be used with all of your students from Kindergarten up to Fourth grade.  Our preschoolers even have their own passport and enjoy listening to the songs or watching videos about the various countries.  I get so excited in knowing that I can adapt the lessons for our younger students and have even found several board books about the countries we’ve visited at the library.  Let’s Go Geography is definitely large family friendly!

Lets go geography 4

Overall, our experience with Let’s Go Geography has been so much fun. Every week we look forward to exploring each continent via this homeschool geography curriculum.  The lessons are jam packed with so much information and there is even a blog on the website dedicated to providing great articles to heighten your homeschool experience. But wait, there’s more! Right now you can visit the website to get a FREE DOWNLOAD of continent coloring pages. You can also check out the special offers section for the current coupon codes to save on your membership subscription. 



As always, be sure to check out additional reviews on this awesome homeschool geography course by clicking this WORLDWIDE hyperlink.


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.

REVIEW: Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!

Greek n Stuff logo

This year Team KEMP Academy decided to learn Greek with the help of a curriculum created by Karen Mohs of Greek ‘n’ Stuff.  For approximately five weeks we have been learning this language via the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set which includes the Student Workbook, “Full Text” Answer Key, Flash Cards, and the Pronunciation CD.



Going through this language as a family has definitely been fun, interesting, and full of adventure.  The Greek language has often been associated with higher education, finer lifestyles, and biblical scholarship so one might find it initially intimidating.  At first, I was a bit hesitant in attempting to learn Greek because my only familiarity of the language included a few mythology lessons in high school and several academic organizations in college.  Growing up in the south I’ve also heard quite a few preachers break down scripture using Greek which was always a sign that they attended seminary.  However, after a quick discussion with the family, Bear had convinced us all that we could handle the language and shouldn’t skip out on the opportunity to truly try something we’re not familiar with.  A few weeks in and I’m so glad we all listened to the courageous Kemp.


Even though we are newbies at this language, Level 3 is recommended because it starts with a review of the Greek alphabet as well as previously taught vocabulary from Level 1 and Level 2.  Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set is thirty-six lessons which include reviews, plenty of activities to practice reading and writing, and bible copy work.  To complete the bible copy work a Greek interlinear version of the New Testament and blank journal/notebook must also be purchased.  Bible copy work begins with the book of John and students are encouraged to start copying only one word each session and add more as they progress in the curriculum.  This allowed practice of correctly placing accents, punctuation, and breathing marks.


The provided schedule of lessons suggests students complete one lesson in the student workbook per day.  Our homeschool will continue to complete a lesson daily, Monday through Thursday during the upcoming school year.  The Flash Cards were located in the back of the Student Workbook and I just cut them out, affixed them to colored paper, laminated the set, and placed them in Ziploc bag for storage.  The process didn’t take long but you can also purchase the Flash Cards on a Ring to avoid having to personalize your family’s set of flash cards.  The Pronunciation CD is definitely a MUST HAVE because there were a few words that I have been mispronouncing.  If it wasn’t for the CD, I would’ve never known and definitely could have passed my ill-informed Greek to my children.  The alphabet song is easy to learn, teach to others, and would be a great way to introduce the language to young children.  I even found myself singing it to the preschool class during Vacation Bible School.


Overall I thing this will continue to be a good fit the Team KEMP Academy because it introduces the language in small doses and has plenty of repetition.  Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set  breaks down the language all while including activities that challenge you to dig a bit deeper and increase knowledge daily.  The courageous Kemp, Bear, has enjoyed using these items and never forgets to practice the flash cards everyday.  Funny that I have to remind him to clean his room, but he reminds me to practice Greek ‘n’ Stuff.  I wonder why…

Blog cropped disclaimer

You can check out additional Homeschool Review Crew blog posts featuring more products offered by Greek ‘n’ Stuff via this multilingual hyperlink.  There you will find reviews on the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 as well as several KJV and NIV bible studies including Jonah & Ruth, Esther, I Samuel, and Acts.


Κάνει πλάκα αυτή την εβδομάδα,

TaNeisha κ.




Ms. Frizzle Teaches Homeschool Too!

Happy Sunday! This year Team KEMP Academy was excited to have Ms. Frizzle visit and teach our science class weekly via the Magic School Bus Science Club. Now, if you grew up watching The Magic School Bus like I did then you know that whenever Ms. Frizzle is around, an adventure is about to take place.  These kits were such a great addition to our homeschool and made teaching science concepts easy and fun. 

Oftentimes, I hear homeschool parents say that science is something that they are intimidated by.  I definitely understand because I’ve felt that way myself and always wonder if I’m truly giving my son the Science education that he deserves.  However, God has reassured my confidence with confirmation through friends, teachers, family, and even strangers that we are on the right track in every subject offered in our homeschool.  I’m so grateful for several friends, who are educators or administrators, that I can bounce ideas off of and who offer us resources to ensure that we are giving our son a quality education at home.  Since we are surrounded by so much support I found confidence to conquer the subjects I initially deemed myself inexperienced or unable to teach.  I no longer allow myself to be bound by “stinking thinking” and consider myself smart, brave, and strong enough to educate our children in all subjects, including Science!

One of the things I wanted to introduce this year was weekly science experiments but I wasn’t sure if we would be able to afford all the supplies.  After looking at several options I stumbled upon the Magic School Bus Science Club and was happy to snag it for a great price.  Since the kits come with everything you need there was no additional cost to our household budget.  We enjoyed using these kits on Fridays and were able to take the provided lessons and spread the experiments out over a month.  We also watched The Magic School Bus episodes that coincided with the current kit.  Bear had a blast with Ms. Frizzle!

So dear homeschool parents, you too can teach every subject required (by your local laws) and desired (by your wonderful students) with confidence, ease, and excitement.  Just be sure to pick resources and curriculum that will help you feel comfortable while educating your students. Remember, if you don’t enjoy teaching it they will not enjoy learning it.

Be sure to check out my review of the Magic School Bus Science Club via my recent video. 

Make this week adventurous, 

Ta’Neisha K. 

The K5 Learning Experience

k5 info 6

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.

k5 info 4

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.


k5 info


“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.


k5 info 2

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.



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.