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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.

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HwH: In Case You Missed It

I truly hope you’ve enjoyed these weekly reminders to “Love Your Selfie” a bit more in 2018.  My final tip for this series is to Believe in Your Selfie and encourage others along the way.  Often times during my life I’ve found that I am my own worse critic and I had to work hard to change that through bible study and prayer.  In this post, I’m sharing information that has helped me along the way and I hope it encourages you as well.  Feel free to share this post so other women can be uplifted and strengthened to endure until the end.

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Last year I was so elated to join the featured writers of the Homeschooling with Heart blog and share a few homeschool encouragement posts with a new audience.  Just in case you missed the monthly features, here are the links to each post I contributed along with a couple of my favorites from other writers.  I’ve been encouraged by each post shared on this blog and I hope you make time to subscribe so you don’t miss what these wonderful writers have shared.

MY MONTHLY FEATURES

Lord, I thank you includes a few testimonies from our ten years of marriage and how grateful we are that God has guided us through it all.

The Power of the Purge is about our massive household and homeschool purge and the freedom that we gained from owning much less.

Regaining Homeschool Joy goes into detail about how it is important to make time to study the Bible and pray daily so God can strengthen you along your journey.

Family Freebies Near You shares several free opportunities to have some fun with your family.  I also included a list of several business that have free programs for children all year.

OTHER HwH POSTS I ENJOYED

Enjoy the Ride by Rachel Ann Rogish encourages believers to have faith in God throughout every part of every circumstance.

Stained Gratitude by Cheri Fields was a great reminder that although we may not enjoy all parts of our jobs, we should still be grateful we are able to complete the work.

Dangerous Mentoring: The Bright Side by Ruth Sundeen was a wonderful testimony that encourages parents to guide their children as God designed so they can accomplish all he has ordained for them.

Hey Mama Monday posts are weekly encouragement posts written by Gena Suarez, owner of The Old Schoolhouse MagazineTM.   I enjoy sharing these with my homeschool friends because one can never have too much encouragement.

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Make time this week to enjoy these blog posts and be sure to subscribe to the Homeschooling with Heart blog so you never miss a moment of laughter, comfort, caution, or gratefulness offered via the wonderful writers.  By clicking this phenomenal hyperlink, you will receive a weekly email containing each post shared on the blog that week.

Have a great week,

Ta’Neisha K.

Merry CHRISTmas

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Merry Christmas!!  Yes, despite the few comments and many emails received due to this holiday blog post, our household still celebrates Christmas and all the joy that comes with the season.  The month of December was filled with joy, celebration, vacations, and family memories and we can’t wait to share our accomplishments with you.

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Here is the list of awesome accomplishments from December:

  1. We completed five Science projects!  This was a fun month for science and all the children had so much fun conducting experiments on their level.
  2. We attended several Christmas parties via friends, family, and church throughout the month.  We even hosted our own Holiday Pajama Party on Christmas Eve.
  3. I lesson planned, and lesson planned, and lesson planned some more!
  4. We managed to laugh and smile through the holiday season a lot more than we thought we would.  Losing a loved ones, no matter when, is hard but we are grateful for the comfort of God as we made it through our first Christmas without Pops, my husband’s father who passed in July, and Great Pa-Pa, my grandfather who passed at the beginning of December. As 2017 comes to an end, I implore each of you to love on ALL (yes, I mean ALL) of your family, make time to make memories, and take lots of pictures. Time is our most valuable currency as well as our most precious commodity and inestimable asset.  Every one should make family time a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly priority because life, no matter how long, is truly short

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Father God, thank you for the reader of my blog posts and viewers of the YouTube videos because their support has afforded a myriad of opportunities and for that I am truly grateful.  Thank you for family, friends, and all the memories we have made with them this year.  Thank you for the year 2017!  It might not have been perfect but strengthening our obedience to your will and growth in your word was worth every obstacle encountered.  Thank you for the every year ending with reminders to be thankful in November and to spread CHRISTmas joy in December! And finally Lord, thank you for the birth, life, death, and subsequent resurrection of your son Jesus Christ through which we have immediate access to salvation.  Just as you did this year, and in every moment of time prior, we trust you to guide us into and through 2018 because we can accomplish nothing without you.  In the name of Jesus, Amen 

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We accomplished a lot more but I think that’s enough to share for now.  This is the last blog post for 2017 and I pray that it finds you all in the best of health, strength, and faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for each and every person that has supported my hobby this year and hope you found encouragement, laughs, and learned a few new things. I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

See you in 2018,

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.

The Lizard Won

This is another long social media status update that popped up in my memories from five years ago. I definitely wanted to share this and the lesson said I learned from the experience.


One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Timothy 1:7 which reads, “for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  It was the first scripture that I taught Bear, our oldest, and I use it in prayer daily.  I truly believe that God has not given me the spirit of fear, I have power through him, I love everyone, and my mind is equipped to make sound judgement calls and initiate self control.  I walk boldly in faith knowing that God is always in control and I’m equipped to handle whatever comes my way. 


But occasionally, I’m reminded that I am still human. Sometimes I might find myself in a situation that causes me to feel nervous, anxious, or even scared.  Especially when I lift up the laundry basket and see a HUGE, three inch lizard sitting on my couch.  At which point I scream and quicly spray air freshener at it.  Then in order to protect myself and my son from this dinosaur, I immediately flipped all the couch cushions over. 

I figured that wasn’t enough to ensure Godzilla was gone so I mustered up my SUPER HUMAN mommy strength and flipped over the couch. I then ferociously sprayed my Lavender Vanilla air freshener defense shield to ward off the HUMONGOUS three inch lizard.  There might have been some screaming, praying aloud, and even a couple of tears as I battled the world’s largest small house gecko. I’m 100% sure those came from me. My son BEAR, who was four at the time, stood firm and said “Mama, God has not given us the spirit of fear.” I quickly replied, “that doesn’t apply to lizards,” as I cautiously scanned the living room to ensure our white, four legged visitor was gone.

So with that being said clearly I have power to lift couches.  Eventually, I used my sound mind to (self control) to calm down because I realized that I’m bigger than the terrible lizard.  I also used it as an opportunity to teach my son what not to do when you’re scared.  I also reminded him that the little lizard was afraid of me too.  Shall we say love caused me to spray my Lavender Vanilla air freshener defense system to protect my son? 

But, when it came to fear…

On this day, THE LIZARD WON.

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To hear about how to put faith over fear, watch my challenge video. 



Make this week fantastic,

Ta’Neisha K.