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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.

 

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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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January 2017 Homeschool Wrap-up

January is always a fun month because we get to review what we have learned in elementary while my preschoolers get started on their new curriculum.  This month I started two new lessons with our preschoolers via SchoolhouseTeachers.com and they have been a hit.  I truly enjoy the creative play that ignites as my toddler and preschooler pretend to have whichever career we are learning about.  It has taken the phrase “use your imagination” to a whole new level of play.  We enjoyed reading the book I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton, watched several NASA launches via YouTube, and enjoyed seeing real-time footage via their live feed.

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Our oldest student at Team Kemp Academy enjoyed reviewing everything we’ve covered from August until December.  We were also able to revisit the countries we’ve visited so far via My Father’s World ECC with a focus on their government to coincide with our presidential inauguration.  To continue our presidency discussion we read the books When Penny Met POTUS by Rachel Ruiz, Grace For President by Kelly DiPucchio, and Arthur Meets the President by Marc Brown.  My favorite book that we read was Grandaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein.  I suggest every family borrow it from your local library or purchase it for your home library.  I also had Bear write a schedule of his perfect day with any president, dead or alive, wherewith he played soccer, went to Hollywood, and gave the weather report on the news with George Washington.  I thought he’d pick a different leader; however, he reminded me that nothing is cooler than the FIRST. Touché son, touché.

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In addition to sharing our homeschool high points for the month of January, I also included a Dollar Tree haul in a recent video.  I was able to purchase counting blocks, arts and crafts supplies, posters, and a myriad of geometry items for $1.

All in all, January was a success and we look forward to what February has to offer.  I hope you are enjoying our monthly wrap-ups because they have been great encouragement for me on those hard days.  Hold your heads up homeschoolers, every day will not be perfect, but with God (through Jesus Christ) we will see fruit of our labor from sharpening our arrows.

Make this week successful,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Curriculum Review

 

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Our homeschool, Team KEMP Academy, was given the awesome opportunity to review Yearly Membership with a phenomenal, fully stocked, subscription curriculum website called SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  This website consists of over three hundred courses and resources ranging from preschool to high school covering math, language arts, science, reading, writing, art, music, foreign languages, computer programming and other electives.  But wait, there’s more!  You can also access unit studies, parent’s courses and assistance, bible studies, monthly menus, custom schedules; special needs focused options, and video lessons.  Upon arrival to this site I was a bit overwhelmed, in a great way, by everything that was offered and I can’t wait to share my experience with you.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com has been brought to us by The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine and my favorite part was noting that this website is not aligned with Common Core.  So far we have enjoyed using the Preschool Playground section and have started the ABC: What Will I Be course with our 3 year old, Bam Bam.  I loved the idea of this course because it breaks down the alphabet by careers and introduces children to the letter as well as math, science, sensory play, and crafts for twenty-six careers.  I love setting up the sensory play for the careers and allowing Bam Bam’s imagination to roam as he plays while he learns.  We are also using the Pre-K Activities Read and Play lessons for story time which provide activities and recipes to correspond with local library books, bible stories, and holidays.

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As a mom, I’m often reminded that what works for one child, might not work for the next one so I was so excited to see that a myriad of additional resources are provided to ensure the parents and students have smooth transitions to each level of homeschooling.  The Literacy Center provides preparation and reading for preschool through second grade as well as comprehension for third and fourth grades.  I’ve been using this section to prepare poetry lessons for our third grader, Bear, and I love how it breaks down each essential skill for understanding content no matter what the genre.  SchoolhouseTeachers.com also provides each member with a complimentary subscription to World Book e-book Library website and includes a list of classes that correspond with the library.  The Focused Learning Centers provide direct links to courses, lessons, and articles that can aid in educating children that are struggling in specific areas.  In the Special Needs area you will also find articles, tips, encouragement, and a nineteen part program to help families prepare, modify, and adapt lessons to teach their children.  The High School Help area includes information on creating transcripts; assigning credits to courses, taking standardize tests for college, and finding and applying for scholarships.

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This website has been a great tool in lesson planning for our next semester of school and family bible study.  I have checked out something new in the Just For Parent’s section each day and found numerous bible studies, marriage enrichment videos, recipes and monthly menus (Yes, one less thing to do!), and homeschooling tips.  I definitely encourage you to consider Yearly Membership and see what all they have to offer your entire family.  There is also a monthly membership option as well as substantial discounts for civil servants, HSLDA or Home Life Academy members, coo-ops and homeschool groups that qualify.

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To check out more reviews from The Homeschool Review Crew and see how other families are using this website, click this super cool, large hyperlink.

 

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You can check out our December Homeschool Wrap Up and get a coupon code for their Christmas sale (ends 1/15/17) or a code to try this website out for $1 via my recent video.

Make this week resourceful,

Ta’Neisha K.