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Magic Stix Markers Review/Giveaway

My children have truly enjoyed creating masterpieces with the Magic Stix Washable Markers by The Pencil Grip, Inc. In preparation for this review, we’ve been using these awesome markers for approximately 6 weeks and have enjoyed every minute of it.

You definitely recognize The Pencil Grip, Inc. because I have reviewed for them before. Upon receipt of this new product I was intrigued by the information they offered with the package. I made it my mission to test every fact to ensure its veracity. By the end of this review you will find out if these markers passed every test and also be given an opportunity to win a set for your household.

The first thing that I tested was the company’s claim that these markers are odorless. I had everyone in the house smell them over, and over, and over, and over again. I was pleasantly surprised that these don’t even have the normal marker scent that other companies have on their “unscented” products. To date no one in the house has been able to catch any scent from either of these markers.

Next we tested out the brightness and boldness of the colors as well as the overall quality of these markers. I was very excited with the packaging of this product because it is sleek, stores easily, lays flat, and doesn’t take up much space at all. I really think this one of the best packaging set ups that I have seen offered by this company. I love that all the caps are the same color so that way you don’t have to worry about trying to match them specifically. The colors were all vibrant, unique, and looked great on the artwork that my children and I created. No matter how many times we’ve used them, even the lightest color still comes through with perfect pigment. I’ve even used these when Bible journaling and noted that the colors dried quickly and did not bleed through to other pages.

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Last and definitely not least the biggest claim that these markers will not dry out with the cap off for 7seven days was tested. I was the 100% skeptical about this alleged fact and I couldn’t wait to prove them wrong. I left the light brown marker sitting on the bar top, without the cap for seven days. I placed the cap back on so I could record the giveaway video. The cap was only back on the marker for three minutes before I recorded the results. So, did the marker work after seven days with the cap off? You can find that out those results as well as information about the giveaway via my recent YouTube video.

Overall, the Magic Stix Washable Markers are another true testament to the high quality items that The Pencil Grip, Inc. adds to their product line. We appreciated the opportunity to review these markers and to give a set away to one lucky supporter. As stated in the video this is a United States only giveaway. Please refer to giveaway rules for additional requirements and information.

CLICK THIS LINK TO ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Be sure to check out additional reviews on these markers by members of the Homeschool Review Crew.

Make today colorful,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Our Preschoolers LOVE Starfall!

Our preschoolers have truly enjoyed the games, activities, and fun to be had with this interactive program, created by Starfall Education Foundation. We had the opportunity to review The Starfall Home Membership and have appreciated the easy access and great benefits.

You might recognize Starfall because they have a myriad of children’s apps available right now. Actually, upon accepting this review opportunity I never realized how many of them my children were already using. The great thing is that most of the apps they currently offer are FREE; however, you only receive a sample of the content. By becoming a member your children instantly obtain unlimited access to all the activities. Currently, Starfall offers reading, math, and games for preschool through first grade as well second grade math.

While using this program I have found that both our four-year-old and two-year-old can operate it easily. We initially decided to use this app three times each week but that quickly grew to daily use. With Bam Bam, our oldest preschooler, I focused the majority of his time on math and reading activities. He liked following along in the books by using the highlighted words and pictures. I often found him sharing books, without the read aloud feature, and teaching his little sister. The math also excites him and he liked practicing numbers, counting, geometry, measurement, patterns, creating calendars, and singing the songs.

“I like starfall! I like to make the gingerbread boy, making the pumpkin, and the silly turkey. The snowman is so funny! The books are helping me a little but I’m still learning. I like to make the boy, pick his costume, and pet. Starfall is my favorite thing on mama’s phone.” Kyle, 4 years old.

With princess I allowed her to have a bit more freedom in her exploration of this amaxing app. She had so much fun handling it on her own. I could definitely tell that she felt like a big girl going from game to game all by herself. She spent most of her time learning ABC’s, making gingerbread girls, and singing songs.

“I like to build the girl. I like to build the pumpkin. I love my gingerbread girl. The games are fun. The turkey is cool. I want to build things every day.” Trinity, 2 years old

The annual Starfall Home Membership is a single account that can be used by every child in your immediate family. You can download app on multiple devices, and yes, even grandparents can access it during your membership. The entire family uses one email and password to authorize the website on any computer or download the Starfall App for Android, Kindle, or iOS systems. Our family also loved that your $35 annual Home Membership fee is 100% tax deductible as a contribution to the extent allowed by law.

I’ve already shared information about the awesome benefits of this inexpensive The Starfall Home Membership with my friends and family. Cheers to Starfall Education Foundation for doing a fantastic job creating an awesome interactive experience for young children.

Click this hyperlink to read other Homeschool Review Crew member’s thoughts about Starfall.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

Marble Shaving Cream Art

This week we endeavored to create a beautiful messy art masterpiece for the best husband and father in the world. After some searching I happened upon this really cool marble shaving cream art and we truly enjoyed making this project. Be sure to look at the video for a tutorial and fun moments in our family.

Though we incorporated this messy art into a Valentine’s card rest assured that you can do this any time of year. I definitely plan to incorporate artwork into all the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards for the grand parents and godparents.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ta’Neisha K.

And the Winner is…

Another big THANK YOU to The Pencil Grip Inc. for sponsoring this giveaway!  Be sure to check out their website and social media for all the awesome products they offer.

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If you didn’t win, please don’t fret because I am hosting another giveaway for this company VERY SOON. (hint hint)

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AND THE WINNER IS…

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The winner has already been contacted, replied, and had the information sent to the company.

Make this week grand,

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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Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks

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Bam Bam was so excited to accept his first solo review item from Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks.  Prior to receiving this item, we both looked through the website and he chose the My First Letters consumable workbook that is geared towards Pre-K to 1st graders.  Since our precocious, left-handed three year old requested to start writing sentences; we thought this workbook would be perfect for introducing him to the concepts of writing the letter of the week. We also wanted to try this because he had just finished a previous workbook practicing various lines and shapes.

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Upon arrival, Bam Bam was so excited that he immediately began flipping through the pages and showed his brother and sister all the letters he was going to write.  We decided to use this book three times a week, focusing on the capital letter on Monday, the lower case letter on Wednesday, and finally a line from each on Friday.  To help him write I decided to go with a larger mechanical pencil that used a thicker lead so breakage would be minimal.  Over time, Bam Bam’s confidence increased with each pencil stroke and I was so proud of him.


“Writing time is good.  I like the letters. My favorite letter is T. I like F for football.” Bam Bam, 3 years old

The great thing about this workbook is that it is completely consumable! Each perforated page rips perfectly from the book binding without messing up the other pages and even Bam Bam could remove the pages for the week like a professional.  I also liked the thickness and quality of the paper because each page has work on both sides.  We never had an issue with paper being ripped because of writing too hard and these pages even survived the occasional tug of war with the little sister.  The wide lines (double spaced) were perfect for teaching our little lefty how to write each letter and he could easily see his work once he was done with the assignment.  Finally, I loved how these workbooks include tracing, writing, and coloring for each letter which made it easy to create fun activities to coordinate with every page.

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Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks did an awesome job creating the My First Letters workbook and our son truly enjoyed using it.  I look forward to trying the other items currently available from the company.  You can find these workbooks online as well as in a few retailers near you.  These books work great in our homeschool but I think they would also be a good fit for early elementary teachers, preschools and daycares, or mom’s day out programs.

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Since you’ve already visited me, be sure to click this consumable hyperlink to read reviews on the various products listed below and shown above.

  • Quick & Neat Alphabet Pad Pre-K to 1st
  • My First Letters – Pre-K to 1st
  • Easy Peasy Alphabet – Pre-K to 1st
  • Easy Peasy Cursive – 1st to 3rd
  • One Page a Day: Double Digit Math Problem Workbook – 1st to 3rd

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Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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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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