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Our World Travel with Paddington Bear (Review)

Last month my children enjoyed a week following Paddington Bear’s adventures while traveling to London and Peru. This Branch Out World literature study includes art, science, math, and geography activities. Information about the author, illustrator, and countries are also included.

Branch Out World was created by a home educating family with over 20 years of memories and experience. Their Picture Book Explorers packs are literature-based unit studies that can be used with all your children simultaneously. The activities included are able to be tailored to use with various aged children. Since the company is based out of West Yorkshire the chosen books all have a link to the United Kingdom, via either the author, illustrator, or setting.

The Paddington Bear Picture Book Explorers pack is a digital product. After your purchase, an email will be sent with your direct download link. The PDF file contains over 60 pages of printables including timeline, mini-books, maps, supply and resource list, as well as study suggestions to help you make this fit your homeschool. Detailed instructions for the projects and lesson plans are also provided. The file worked fine, printed to scale, and all the graphics looked great.

Initially, I thought this particular Paddington Bear study would only work for my younger two due to the book choice. However, with some tweaking my 3, 4, and 10-year-olds participated, remained fully engaged, and learned a lot during this week. We followed the provided lesson plans but added a few activities to each day so we would finish by Thursday. On Friday, we watched the Paddington movie and enjoyed the sequel on the following Monday.

Here is my list of dos and don’ts for using this literature study:

  • DO pick up geography books, maps, travel brochures, or atlas books about Peru, England, and London. These make the settings come alive all the more. We also watched a couple of YouTube videos about the areas.
  • DO NOT skip out on the map work for your younger children. Bam Bam and Princess may not understand every part of the map but giving them opportunities to look for the locations, learn about migration, and hear about major cities and landmarks.
  • DO have an older sibling read the story to the younger children. They will listen to you but having their older brother or sister reading to them is priceless. I used this time on the first day to prepare our activities.
  • You DO NOT have to purchase this book. This book can be found at your local library, on Hoopla, and is even read aloud on YouTube.

  • DO have a copy of A Bear Called Paddington for your older children to read. We all listened to the book via Hoopla on Tuesday through Thursday. The book is only approximately 200 pages which is a little over two hours of audio. The recommended story is perfect for younger children but Bear preferred the lengthier version.
  • DO NOT skip vocabulary at all! The vocabulary was easy for Bear so I added some words and used the list as our spelling for the week. Princess and Bam Bam were so excited to have spelling words. FYI: Little children love learning BIG words

  • DO try the foods mentioned in the book and provided in the packet. I was ill while we used this so my snacks were a bit “creative” but the children enjoyed them nonetheless.
  • You DO NOT have to make all the snacks from scratch. Cooking is so much fun but not every mom wants to add it to her already full plate. To aid in prep for the week I added a jar of Orange Marmalade, frozen pastry tarts, Brazil nuts, individually bagged popcorn, raisins, and strawberry filling to our grocery list. With these items, snack preparation didn’t take long and the cool kids still tasted items from both countries.

  • Lastly, DO the science experiments because they are so much fun. You just can’t go wrong with shaving cream based projects for any age.

I was so grateful for these ready-made lessons because I was extremely sick during our time using this. I taught most of this from my bed or the kitchen when I had enough energy to barely climb out of my resting place. Even though I was not 100%, my children enjoyed every moment. I definitely plan on doing this again and I will make sure we take lots of pictures.

The cool kids enjoyed our five-day exploration through Peru and London England with Paddington Bear. Branch Out World did a good job creating a literate study filled with activities for various aged children. This study would be perfect for preschool to early elementary children in a homeschool, daycare, or classroom setting.

Be sure to click on the traveling, okay stationary, photo below to read other Crew reviews on this product.

Paddington Bear {Branch Out World Reviews}

Make this week adventurous,

Ta’Neisha K.


July 2018 Homeschool Wrap-Up

Hello everybody!

How are you doing?

I hope all is well and your neck of the homeschool words and I can’t wait to share with you everything that has been going on at Team Kemp Academy. No need for a long introduction, let’s just dive right in!

Here are a few of our goals for this school year:

  1. Teaching Bam Bam to read is top priority. I delayed teaching him because I wanted to let his focus remain on speech. He has been doing great there and does so much better during reading time now. He eases through Teach Your Child to Read without frustration and is doing very well.
  2. Letting Princess tag along as much as she wants since she is still in preschool. I’m in awe at how much she has soaked up by just sitting next to the boys last year. Her routune of listen, plays, listen, play suits her age perfectly.
  3. Expanding vocabulary, reading a book a day, and weekly science experiments are Bear’s goals. He picked them and since they were so perfect, I jotted the goals down.
  4. Read 110 books as a family this school year. We have a shelf on Goodreads keeping track of our books. We also have reading journals and allow the children to share reviews.

This year I decided to try something completely different and start our school year off in the month of July. A few of my friends do this and I have always found that they are able to be more relaxed throughout the school year, have more focused learning blocks, and take plenty of field trips. Those are some of the things that I wanted to implement during this school year so we began in early July.

Now, with all of that being said I completely forgot that the day I started school was also the day that twice a week speech began for Bam Bam, twice a week swimming lessons started for the cool kids, and husband’s busy season at work was well underway. I have spent our first weeks of school running up-and-down the highway, waking up extra early in the morning, and having school at various hours throughout the day. In the midst of handling all my business like a awesome mom should I also decided to reincorporate and have continued to maintain a daily workout.


  • Bam Bam and Bear are now fantastic swimmers
  • Princess turned 3
  • Bam Bam read his first, second, third, fourth, etc words
  • Bear surpassed his daily read goal
  • I kept to the lesson plan
  • Our monthly FREE day went perfectly
  • Princess participated in school each day
  • We completed book #2 and #3 in the World of Oz series.
  • Bear moved up another grade level in math
  • We attended the first family reunion for Kevin’s grandmother’s family.
  • We swam at least three times weekly
  • Each child completed a research project and presented it to the family.
  • Bear wrote a Country music song


We started the school year using My Father’s World Kindergarten for Bam Bam as well as the Creation to Greeks for Bear. Since Princess is so young, she just uses random books from the Dollar Tree and flash cards. For art we are using a DVD drawing curriculum as well as learning origami. Our Spanish and a few other extracurriculars come from schoolhouseteachers.com. We are also continuing the Music Appreciation and Apologia A&P that we ended our year with.


Y’all, after an extremely busy first month all I can say is… WHOOP WHOOP! I’m so excited for what God has in store for us in August. In August I look forward to attending our first field trip, going to a few programs at our local library, and hearing Bam Bam read through his first book. I’m also anxious to see what Bear will decide to research next month. His selections always surprise me and I learn so much during his presentations. I am excited for Princess to continue to show her growing personality and perfect the English language. Finally, I plan to take more pictures of our journey because time flies by.

Remember, you can always see what is going on at Team Kemp Academy via our Instagram account. And don’t forget to check out YouTube for some fascinating videos featuring everything we have been doing this school year.

Make this week educational,

Ta’Neisha K.

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.

March/April Homeschool Wrap-Up


I’ve had several fun moments with our children during the past two months that I can’t wait to share with you so let’s dive in!


March April wrap up


In the month of March we only had a couple of weeks of school and then took a nice, LLLOOOOONNNNGGGG Spring break for the latter part of the month.  I always use the month of March as our review and catch up month so we can move forward with a clean slate after our break. During this time we complete any projects we’ve missed, I skipped due to lack of time, or that have been started but not finished.  We also review concepts with all of our children (students) and use this as a preliminary assessment.  I use these results to determine if our arrows are ready to move forward or if subjects (TEKS for our oldest and milestones for our preschoolers) need to be retaught or practiced for the remainder of the year.  So far, so good and our children are enjoying the curriculum.



At the end of March and in early April we took two field trips to local zoos for their homeschool day.  The videos (vlogs) showing these fun family moments can be found above and below this blog paragraph.  If you need more information about how to create, locate, and find out about field trips for homeschool students then you can check out my blog post via this wonderful hyperlink.



In April I always ramp things up with our preschoolers and use this time to establish our early summer routine which includes a short, twenty minute school day three times a week.  We will continue our weekly story time at the library, weekly water play, and weekly messy art but on the days we don’t have “school” the younger children have personal ABC Mouse accounts that I do with each of them and every child is encouraged to read and play often.  We are continuing the ‘ABC, What Shall I Be’ program via schoolhouseteachers.com and the children are enjoying dressing up and using their imagination to become firefighters, doctors, horse trainers, bakers, astronauts, etc.  Our local library and hoopla have also been also been a great source for finding books and movies for each career we learned about.  Of course I’ve included a myriad of alphabet and shapes games as well as opportunities to practice writing.  Bam Bam and Princess have been enjoying preschool this year.

Be sure to watch the video below to get a closer look at the things we’ve enjoyed during April.




I was able to have a mother and son day with our oldest, Bear during which we discussed his current and future homeschool goals.  He has started a research paper on Primates and after a couple of weeks of research and prewriting, he has already started his rough draft.  I am so excited to watch this process and I can’t wait to see him conquer his first four page research paper.  Bear also had several review opportunities over the past two months that he has enjoyed.  For each review I also had him assist in writing the blog post and editing the video footage if we decided to record one.  His most recent project participation involved the Creating A Masterpiece online art classes and you can read that review and watch the video via this artistic hyperlink. 

creating a masterpiece 6


All in all the past two months have been awesome.  Even on the “bad days” (we all have them) I am grateful to be at home and to have a daily opportunity to sharpen our arrows.   You can also see more of homeschool at our house, field trips, library visits, etc. via @teamkempacademy on Instagram.  I decided to create the new account because I was following so many makeup, homeschool, blogger, planner accounts on one Instagram that my feed was too saturated.  Now, when I need homeschool inspiration, I can go to one place and get some encouragement.

TeamKempAcademy Instagram


We will be finishing up our school year within the first two or three weeks of May, take a three week break, and then begin our three day summer enrichment program.     I will tell you all about that in the next homeschool wrap-up post.  Until then you can find additional homeschool and motherhood encouragement videos via this YouTube playlist.

Make this week joyful,

Ta’Neisha K.