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#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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

 

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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

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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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Our Adventures With Andi Carter

Is this another review? Why yes it is, thanks for asking.

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Our oldest enjoyed reading two new books from the Circle C Stepping Stones Series written by Susan K. Marlow and published by Kregal Publications.  This particular series of books is geared for children ages 8-10 and are a continuation of the stories following Andi (Andrea) Carter as she grows up on Circle C Ranch.  We enjoyed these cute stories and all the added FREE activities offered for each book.

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Andi Saddles Up is the first chapter book in the Circle C Stepping Stones Series and it depicts a newly nine year old trying to enjoy her birthday as it is filled with interruptions, land boundary battles, sheep vs. cattle, and a bit of jarring from her sibling.  But the new (birth) year isn’t all bad as she finds herself connecting instantly with a new friend, Sadie and having some fun including fishing with creative bait and some trick horse riding.  We enjoyed the history lesson at the end of the book detailing the history between sheepherders and cattlemen because it explained why the tension in the story was so important and needed to be resolved.

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This series continues with a circus sequel entitled Andi Under The Big Top wherein little Miss Carter is introduced to the glitz, sights, sounds, and excitement of the traveling circus.  She meets a new character named Henry, who reveals that though it might seem amazing to be employed with the circus, it is definitely not what he thought it would be.  In this tale we learn about bravery, honesty, and forgiveness while Andi tries to help Henry.  The historical information included in this story discusses orphans, advertisements in the late 1800s, and how the circus was started.

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While most may go on about the stories which are definitely enjoyable, my favorite part about this experience was using the study guides for each book.  You can obtain a FREE study guide (PDF download) for each book which includes a detailed reading and activities schedule that covers twenty-one days.  The lessons include language arts (poetry, vocabulary, similes, alphabetizing, reading comprehension, crosswords, etc.), history, geography, crafts, math, science, music, character building traits and scriptures.  Answer keys are also included and you can download FREE coloring pages of the illustrations used in each book.  Bear enjoyed creating stilts and the information about broken arms including the names of bones, types of fractures, and healing timeline.  The Circle C Stepping Stones lapbook packet is an optional purchase (eBook or print edition available) and includes seven additional days of activities.

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These stories were great to use as a read aloud in our homeschool and I look forward to using them with my other children as they grow up.  I love that Susan K. Marlow created a character can be shadowed throughout life, via each book series, from the age of six through her teenage years.  The various series, published by Kregal Publications, gives the readers an opportunity to grow with the character.  Even though the stories are from the late 1800s, Andi (Andrea) Carter’s adventures and life lessons relate to today’s Christian children.  She prayed when she had a need which reiterates the lessons that we teach our children.  It is important to know that you can count on God and converse with him at any age.

Make this week adventurous,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Check Out Additional Homeschool Review Crew reviews on the Circle C Stepping Stones Series, Andi Saddles Up & Andi Under The Big Top by Susan Marlow via Kregal Publications here.

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I’d Rather Be Your Mommy

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Recently we read a book offered through Home School Adventure Co., an online resource website with the mission to offer engaging resources from a biblical worldview to inspire and equip parents to educate and raise children to be loving, compassionate, strong, and wise.   We were able to review the I’d Rather Be Your Mommy book, I’d Rather Be Your Mommy Print Set, and I’d Rather Be Your Mommy Coloring Book Edition.  We received the digital items (PDF downloads) however, the book and print set are available in hard copy format.  This is an adorable story telling how much a mother loves her child and enjoys being a mother so let’s dive into these items.

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I’d Rather Be Your Mommy is 32 pages long and features a sweet story about motherhood with a myriad of beautiful pictures throughout.  I enjoyed seeing varied scenes of motherhood and different aged children within the story.  As a woman of color, I was also extremely happy to see a few ethnicities represented in the book as well; however, I do believe some additional representation of other Christian cultures across the world would have been great.  Our belief in Christ is the same but showing motherhood from other cultures across the globe would have been a phenomenal addition to this story.  All in all this a cute story to read to your younger children and would be a great gift for a new mother.  If you gift this story I also think it is better to purchase the print version over the digital option so the beauty of the pictures can be seen at their full potential.

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The I’d Rather Be Your Mommy Coloring Book Edition is only offered as a digital edition via the website.  It includes the text from the original book along with illustrations of the provided photographs.  The entire book is in black and white which means you (or your child) can color every page to your heart’s content with your imagination as your guide.  For those that enjoy the adult coloring books or illustrating your Bible, this is the version that you should strongly consider.  This would make a great gift for a new mom and grandchild as well or as a gift for a baby blessing or 1st birthday party.  I love to give and receive handmade gifts! So I would definitely color this in, laminate it, and put it in a binder for a friend.  You can also use this as a comprehension activity to reiterate the story you shared with your child.  And, if they are an early reader these pages will make great practice sheets for them with the added benefit of a keepsake book at the end.  That’s what we are doing with it.

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Last, and definitely not least, the I’d Rather Be Your Mommy Print Set showcases three pages from the book as individual 8.5″ x 11″ portraits.  These can be obtained via digital download or the printed photographs can be shipped directly to you.  I thought these pictures would be a great addition to a nursery, young child’s room, play room, or family homeschool room.

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All in all, I enjoyed using the entire collection from Home School Adventure Co. and I think it is extremely important to enjoy quality time with your children.  In fact, I just wrote a blog post and recorded a video  last week about Raising Sharp Arrows (Psalm 127).  And, let’s not forget the benefits of reading to your children (and encouraging them to read) include building stronger bonds with them, enriches their vocabulary, and aids in scholastic success.  Motherhood is a gift.  Parenthood is a precious gift that shouldn’t be taken for granted so make time to love on your little ones and remind them of how much you love them daily.

Make today successful,

Ta’Neisha K.

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As always you can check out so wonderful reviews on other products offered by Home School Adventure Co. via the Homeschool Review Crew.

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Florida’s Treasure Coast Here We Come!

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This month our homeschool had the grand opportunity to review a book from the By the Way Book Series collection.  Bear, our eldest, chose to read Florida’s Treasure Coast Here We Come because his aunt recently moved there and he wanted to learn about the area.  This book is one of six, currently available, that showcase the adventures of two children named Alex and Lexi.  Every book is hardcover and features a different location on the globe, fun facts, scripture references, and beautiful pictures.  To see a few pages in this book, check out our February Homeschool Wrap-up via my recent video.


First, let me say I was so excited to check out this series because it offers a biblical worldview and acknowledges God as the creator of all the amazing places the children visit.  The beautifully written parent letter on the inside cover explains how our lives are to be “one gigantic teaching classroom where faith is passed from one generation to another,” which is the basis for this series.  Throughout each page you will see your faith being shared within the scenarios as well as the science, geography, and history facts.  I also love that this book was filled with many interactions, portraying that the wisdom of God and his praises can be shared at every age.

 

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In our story, Alex and Lexi leave their snowy abode to visit grandparents in West Palm Beach, Florida. FYI: I’m 100% jealous of these fictional characters because I’d definitely trade cold air and snow for sandy beaches right about now.  While in town these two visit the beach where they (and the reader) learn about various trees, climates, sand, hurricanes, birds and how God cares for them, and the ocean. The book also gave detail about various sea creatures, the history behind Treasure Coast, and Native American Tribes from that area. Various parts of Florida’s wildlife, bugs, insects, animals, and reptiles were also discussed in detail along with local historical figures and landmarks. The tale flows seamlessly and every mention made sense and added to the story in a great way.
Here are my suggestions for reading this series in a school (homeschool) setting.

  1. Look through the book to see the variety of topics included and decide on what you want to cover.  Since it is filled with so much information, you can choose to focus on certain topics and skim over others. 
  2. Take your time reading the book with your students.  For example, we spent a week reading this book and focused mostly on the story and marine life.  The historical portions of the book can definitely be used as a separate study or to enhance a history curriculum you are already using.
  3. Create age appropriate activities based around the topics you’ve decided on so these books can be used with every grade you teach.  For 3rd grade, I had Bear summarize the pages read on the previous day and asked him questions about the facts included.  This was great practice for public speaking and reading comprehension.  He also practiced writing by sharing a schedule of his perfect day in West Palm Beach, FL.  For our preschoolers, I used the animal an marine life photos to share how God created so many amazing things.

 

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All in all, I was happy with the outcome of our experience in Treasure Coast with Alex and Lexi.  Florida’s Treasure Coast Here We Come is the first book in the By The Way Book Series.  According to the teaser on the last page, the children’s adventures continue in the Smoky Mountains wherein these two are sure to fin more of God’s wonderful creations.  As of now, there are also adventures written for Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington, and Colorado.  In late April, you will be able to find books about their newest journey through New York City and the first international trip by the pair to Ireland.  These books are currently only available as physical copies; however, you can expect to see news on eBook versions in the near future.

 

For reviews on the remaining books within this series be sure to check out The Homeschool Review Crew post by click this super long, yet amazing hyperlink.

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Make this week adventurous,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

 

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