Embrace a Biblical Worldview One Verse at a Time

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Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11 KJV

This passage of scripture reminds me of the importance of scripture memory for all Christians. As a family, we are using a product from Scripture Memory Fellowship to help us accomplish our goal. We received the 14:6 – The Way course which includes 84 verses about salvation. The product includes a physical flip book and can be purchased in KJV, ESV, or the NKJV translation. This course is designed for ages 7 and older to memorize approximately three verses every week.

The 14:6 scripture memory series provides opportunities for consistent practice in learning God’s word, applying it to our daily lives, and sharing it with others. This series was designed from John 14:6: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” so each volume focuses on a different aspect of a biblical worldview. 14:6 – The Way covers 84 verses on salvation divided into 7, 4-lesson units. The lessons begin with a title and special icon detailing the doctrine covered that week. There are options to memorize 1-3 verses and each is color coordinated. Next, a thesis statement summarizes the doctrine contained in the verses. Finally, you practice by reciting them often and eventually via memory to someone else. The goal is to recite the scripture from memory without help.

We decided to use this course as a family to learn one scripture a week. We found the design to be simple and like that this is a spiral notebook rather than flashcards. Storing this between uses and passing between one another was easy. The colors used throughout were eye-catching, especially for our younger children. The icons also helped jog our memory when reciting to each other. Overall, we enjoyed using 14:6 – The Way by Scripture Memory Fellowship in our family bible study time. We found their creative use of tools helped streamline the memorization process that helped us study and apply God’s Word.

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Let’s Chat: 3rd Grade Curriculum & Resource Books

Today, I’m continuing my homeschool virtual open house by sharing our selections for Bam Bam. Again, keep in mind that you’ll see A LOT of items in this video but most are just there as resources. I also specify which items are his actual math, language arts, science, and reading curriculum.

Check out these 3rd Grade Curriculum Choices

I hope you’re enjoying my Virtual Homeschool Open House series. Next week I’ll be sharing Bear’s choices for High School and a tour of our homeschool room.

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2nd Grade Curriculum Choices, Supplements, & Resources

As you saw last week I am back on the My Father’s World path with my younger Cool Kids. Even though we are using a “boxed curriculum” we still need items for spelling, math, and language arts. So today I’ll be sharing the various resources and curriculum choices I have for Princess. Now, keep in mind that you’ll see A LOT of items in this video but most are just there as resources.

Check out these 2nd Grade Curriculum Choices

I’m excited to work with Princess as we customize her 2nd-grade journey. These workbooks have been great throughout the years and I’m looking forward to using them again.

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CTCMath: What’s new, FAQs, and more

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By now you’ve realized how much we enjoy using CTC Math in our homeschool. Today I’m sharing some answers to frequently asked about the 12-month family membership.

1) Is this program a curriculum or supplement? At Team Kemp Academy we use it as both! I’ve used this as a curriculum for my oldest and as a supplement for my younger children. Even though its purpose fluctuates in our homeschool, CTCMath is a fully online math curriculum with options for Kindergarten through 12th grade.

**NEW FEATURE ALERT**

2) Does the program adapt based on student responses to questions? Yes, this program now offers adaptive questions! The difficulty level of the interactive questions will adjust depending on your child’s responses. The new algorithm will also use tracked progress to deliver questions to help master concepts.

3) Are the videos live classes or can we access them as needed? All video tutorials and summaries are available to watch at your leisure. These clear videos involve a whiteboard where the text is perfectly visible while the teacher explains each lesson. They were designed and recorded so your student feels like they have a personal teacher.

4) My child has trouble reading so will they be able to read the information on the screen? Yes! All screen information, questions, etc have the option to be read aloud. So, if your child still needs help reading you can still choose CTCMath without worrying.

5) Is CTCMath aligned with Common Core? NO! CTCMath was started with and continues teaching traditional mathematics.

6) How many children can use the CTCMath account? There are NO LIMITS on the number of students on your family account. Every child living with you is included in your 12-month family membership.

We have been using our 12-month family membership by CTCMath for several years. All of my children have benefited from this online program and that’s why I  share it with others. We recommend this website for homeschool families that enjoy an online math curriculum.

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My Father’s World Adventures in U.S. History (Unboxing & Extras)

I can’t believe it is time to begin a new school year again. I’ve been preparing for a month to start our adventure through the history of the United States of America. Even though I did not really enjoy going through this with Bear, I decided to try it again with my younger Cool Kids. Bam Bam requested to learn this and I obliged because that’s what homeschool is for. Plus, at the end of the year, we visit Six Flags over Texas so the reward for completing this curriculum is worth it.

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Opening this curriculum brought back beautiful memories. I am looking forward to starting fresh and teaching this curriculum in a fun, new way. Bear enjoyed it and it is my prayer that Bam Bam and Princess like it as well.

#Throwback video to the original haul & review

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Advanced Level High School Art

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ARTistic Pursuits is an online art program that offers a variety of courses for homeschoolers. Each course is specifically designed to encourage your child to value what they produce from their own hands. Today’s review will include details about the Drawing with Water-soluble and Graded Graphite Pencils, Art Core 5 for High School. We received the Drawing + Online course option. This bundle includes the hardcover course book, lessons on both DVDs and Blu-ray discs, plus lifetime access to streaming the online videos.

ARTistic Pursuits offers both core courses for older children and K-3 classes for younger students to explore their creativity. The K-3 courses provide eight class options for younger elementary children. These lessons provide approximately 20 minutes of instruction which includes the video lesson and creating the project.  They encourage children to enjoy art and appreciate the process of creating a masterpiece. The Art Core courses are divided into 4-lesson Units. Each lesson takes approximately 50 minutes to complete and a Unit will be done within two weeks.

Top Features of ARTistic Pursuits Courses

  • Non-consumable; can be used by multiple students
  • Lifetime streaming
  • 4th grade and up work independently
  • Video or Book Lessons are available
  • DVD and Blu-ray discs are included in the physical course book
  • Purchase of a physical book also includes the online streaming option
  • Art Supply Packs available for each course

Bear will be taking Drawing with Water-soluble and Graded Graphite Pencils, Art Core 5 as an elective for high school. So far he has found that lessons take him less than an hour to complete. He also likes the detail shown in every video lesson. He completed two lessons each week and has finished one project. Upon completion of this course, he will earn .05 credit toward his high school diploma. He has enjoyed using ARTistic Pursuits courses over the years and each has worked well in our homeschool.

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Homeschool Haul: Geometry, Grammar, School Supplies & More

Hey y’all! I’m back with a homeschool haul featuring high school and elementary items. Check out what I purchased from Christianbook.com, Wal-Mart, Amazon, and more!

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Let’s Talk: High School Math Prep

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Math Essentials is known for its practice workbooks to enhance math skills. Today, we’ll be reviewing their Mastering Essential Math Skills, Pre-Algebra Concepts book. Each includes access to online video tutorials for every lesson in the book. A DVD version of the tutorials is also available. This book has also been updated along with the rest of the collection, to include additional quizzes, a glossary, and a resource center in the back.

Mastering Essential Math Skills, Pre-Algebra Concepts works best when utilized consistently during the school year. First, allow your child completes the review exercises and explain the importance of showing their work. Then go over each problem and make corrections as needed to ensure they understand the concept. Next, new material is introduced in the “Helpful Hints” section along with examples that can be referred to later. Now, you’ll move on to the sample problems and work through those before allowing your child to do the work independently. Once they are confident, have them complete the remaining problems and check their work. Finally, the “Problem Solving” section is available to complete a math word problem. Solutions to all problems can be found at the back of the book.

Topics Covered:

  • Sets
  • Positive and Negative Fractions
  • Positive and Negative Decimals
  • Exponents
  • Square Roots
  • Order of Operations
  • Properties of Numbers
  • Scientific Notation
  • Ratios & Proportions
  • Percents
  • Number Theory
  • Number Lines
  • Coordinate Planes
  • Slope of a Line
  • Graphing Equations
  • Solving Algebraic Equations
  • Algebraic Word Problems
  • Probability
  • Statistics

We enjoy Math Essentials products and the  Mastering Essential Math Skills, Pre-Algebra Concepts did not disappoint. Our only suggestion is to keep extra paper nearby to work through the problems. This book works as a great supplement but can be adjusted to a complete curriculum if you utilize the videos and follow the aforementioned steps.

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BOTW: Buck First Bank Account by Buck Academy

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Today’s review features a detailed look at the BUCK FIRST BANK ACCOUNT book by Buck Academy. This story was written to be an easy-to-use guide to understanding bank options. The story introduces you to Buck, a dollar bill that explains how to choose a bank, the type of accounts available, and how to open a bank account. We received a physical copy of this paperback book and it was read individually by myself as well as each of my children. This book was written by Dustin Goss and illustrated by Febyolla Goss.

First, we noticed the mentions of helpful tips on saving, the long-term effects of being smart with your money, and step-by-step instructions for opening an account. Detailed descriptions are provided about debit card use, wise spending, and even the importance of giving. A Bank Account Comparison & Assessment form is also provided so you can carefully choose the right place for your money. A Glossary is also provided at the back of this 25-page book. You can tell that this information was carefully written for children to understand the importance of financial literacy and independence.

Though the book’s concept is great, there are a few issues with the design of the book. Due to the binding, several images, page borders, and some text aren’t visible. The organization of the text is also noticeable as some pages have multiple alignments which is a bit confusing. My children also mentioned the graphics and recommended the two human characters be updated to look more realistic. However, even with these minor issues, the purpose of Buck Academy to educate all on the basics of money and personal finance is quite evident. BUCK, FIRST BUCK ACCOUNT does a good job of introducing sustainable and simplified techniques for teaching the basic foundation of financial literacy to children.

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Best Books for Homeschool Moms & More!

Reading is fundamental! I’ve heard that since childhood as I developed a love for learning and reading. I truly believe we can learn new things and improve at any age! Reading helps us do that and more by applying the knowledge we receive between the pages. Today, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite books to educate, support, and encourage homeschool moms.

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