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October 17, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to a church door.

We are celebrating. Stay tuned for ideas, activities, events, and educational fun, as we celebrate the great reformer, Martin Luther!

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An open letter to friends of LIFE School

We want to thank those of you who have supported our efforts to bring the best gospel-based lessons to your home.

As many of you know, family struggles – deaths and serious illness – have been huge challenges over the past few years. This has been a difficult time and our service to you has suffered.

But we have not gone away. Our challenges have made us stronger and more resolute in the need to “educate children the Lord’s way.”
We have listened to what you need and want, and we continue to listen.

Over the years we have been studying the best learning models from around the world. We have studied Finland’s model, Montessori, Reuven Feurestein’s mediated learning, and many other approaches to education.

Over the next 12 – 18 months, we will be in research, development, and writing mode. We are modifying and completing our entire four volume program to include the best learning concepts and approaches our team has discovered. These highly effective teaching models are being integrated into our daily lessons in ways that are easy to present, and fun and engaging for your children.

We are also committed to making Lifeschool as affordable as possible. For example, we have greatly reduced our new edition parent manuals from $125 to only $29. This is not a sale; these are permanent subscription prices.

If you ever purchased curriculum from us, you have lifelong access to those materials and your Family Room Pages will automatically be updated, giving you complete access.

If you have a problem with a past order that was not resolved, please text to 801 706-1970, and we will do our best to resolve your situation.

If you would like to order, visit our website at www.lifeschoolk12.org.

We are excited for the future in gospel based education, as we strive to “educate children in the Lord’s way.”

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“If a glass of water could talk…”

glass of water isolated on white“If a glass of water could talk…”
This was a statement made by a ten year-old boy this morning, whom I teach on a weekly basis. In addition to educating my own child, I assist in the education of several others through the David O. McKay Academy. During our Skype time this morning we were talking about the fact that all of the water that exists on the earth is the same water that has always existed here – that it has all been recycled all over the world, over thousands of years. That’s when the young boy made the statement “If a glass of water could talk…” Fortunately his mom was there, too, and experienced this ah-ha moment of her inspired son who is thriving in homeschool, along with her other three children. The conversation then turned to history and that among the greatest things to have witnessed by a glass of water may have been Christ walking on the water. We then returned to our science discussion, but the conversation could easily have included that glass of water participating in the Great Flood, the parting of the Red Sea, etc. These are the moments that make home education worth it.

If you are struggling with your decision to educate at home, or are already involved and passing through a discouraging time… hang in there! There will be moments YOU JUST DON’T WANT TO MISS!!!!!

 

 

 

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The Father of LDS Education – Dr. Jack Monnett

Dr. Jack Monnett completed his doctoral dissertation on the early days of the Church and what the first presidency intended for the children and youth living in the new territory of Deseret. He has recently re-released his dissertation – “Revealed Educational Principles.” You can buy a copy by clicking here.

Don’t have time to read? You can hear him share some of the key concepts of home education by watching this video.

Dr. Jack Monnett On Homeschool

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Collateral Damage & the Youth of Zion

Collateral Damage and the Youth of Zion

by Patti Landes Adams

In the city where I grew up, huge, elaborate hotels are built to entertain their visitors. This is a gambling city, and gambling permeates every aspect of the industry. As hotels are designed, architects build into the blueprints, an element known as collateral damage. One hotel planned that at least two men would probably die during construction due to the dangerous nature of the design. Only one man lost his life in the construction of this particular hotel. But he left a family – parents who grieve for him – for a hotel that entertains others. I doubt there is a plaque hanging in the lobby honoring this young man.

Collateral damage exists in war, firefighting, and police service. The difference is that men die saving other people=s lives and preserving freedoms. There is honor in this kind of death. We seem to be able to deal with death when there is a purpose – when the person died doing something good, heroic, or defending a worthy cause. Still, families grieve at lives lost.

A different collateral damage faces parents in today’s society. Young people in and out of the Church are suffering spiritual death by the thousands. The temptations of society, the demands to grow up too quickly in a media sophisticated, drug filled world has claimed the spiritual, and too often physical lives of our precious children. We knew this was coming. It was prophesied in the scriptures – again and again. It is sad to read when it is someone else=s son; even more tragic when it is our own son.

Years ago, when my two oldest children were in second grade and kindergarten, they were in public school – the same public school that I had attended. The program seemed great at first. My kindergartner even had a teacher that had been my favorite. But after a while I noticed they came home with an attitude. They were belligerent and a little disrespectful – not my sweet offspring. It took us until bedtime to get our children back. One day it dawned on me that we were going to reach a point when the evening hours would not be enough for us to reclaim their personalities. The attitude would become who they were – permanently.

Later, when my kindergartner came home and told me he had learned at school from his classmates where babies came from, I was horrified. Another morning I kept my second grade daughter home a few extra minutes to complete her daily chores that she had resisted doing. She had begun dawdling in the morning. I knew that ten minutes of missed schoolwork would be worth the lesson learned. When she arrived at the office to check in, she was asked why she was late. She responded honestly and was told, “You tell your mother that nothing at home is more important than you being here at school on time. Do not be late again!” This bothered my daughter; not that she had been reprimanded, but that someone felt they had more stewardship over her than her mom had.

That summer we took charge of our children’s education and have been doing so ever since. They have been taught at home, and have been educated in Latter-day Saint gospel based schools. What adventures we have had! I have experienced the joy of seeing my children learn things about the world for the first time. We studied the Holy Scriptures every day as they grew, and talked often about their divine missions. We struggled together and we enjoyed victories together. My children shed the attitude. We didn=t see it emerge again until about age fifteen. It only stayed for about six months, and was replaced by kind, respectful young adults with whom we love to spend time.

I have had people over the years ask me about our choices in education. They always go back to the argument that children need the socialization that public schools can provide. I respond with “Although I was raised in a gambling town, I am not a gambling person. I don’t gamble with that which I am not willing to lose. I don’t like collateral damage.”

Yes, I understand that coming to Earth was a risk. I know that Satan’s plan was a sure way without freedom and the Father’s way included risk – even collateral damage – that some would choose not to return. But I believe in improving the odds and I believe that He does, too. He sent His Son to show us the way and improve our chances of returning, knowing His Son would be mocked, scourged and brutally murdered. He sent prophets and apostles whom he knew would also be mocked and killed. He sacrificed much to help give me and my family every chance to get back. I owe my own precious children, my divine stewardship, nothing less.

Another argument I get from others is “Public schools need our children to be good examples, to be missionaries.” The Church calls missionaries at age eighteen; nineteen for women. The Church feels that a person is mature enough at this age to represent the Church in a dignified manner, and is grounded in his or her own testimony to withstand the spiritual attacks. If my seventh grader is sent to school to be an example and proselyte, there will undoubtedly be others proselyting to him. Unfortunately, some are teachers sharing their beliefs as fact, steering my child to explore ideas that conflict with gospel truths. Others may be good Christian kids who are sharing different religious beliefs than we hold. Most likely many are on-Christians who are sharing contrary moral beliefs, and making them sound very exciting to my precious son. He is human. He can choose the things that are presented to him as fun, cool, and “in”, no matter how often we hold Family Home Evening or read our scriptures as a family. He has a greater chance of becoming collateral damage of the system. His opportunity to be a missionary in such an environment before he is spiritually ready is simply not worth it to me.

Still another argument is “I cannot teach my own children. I am not a teacher.” We teach our children every day. We teach them to walk, to talk, to tie their shoes. We teach them what we believe by what we say and by what we don’t say. Are parents not, in most cases, the best teachers to their own children. Parents have two things going for them that educational institutions cannot touch – an intimate knowledge of a child’s strengths and weaknesses, with a vested interest in the child’s well-being; and the inspiration of the Holy Ghost through prayer to know what an individual child needs.

The biggest concern I believe parents have is that they do not have the academic skills to help their children to be competitive in today’s world. This is a valid concern. Educating your own children can be intimidating. Years ago when we began educating at home, we were questioned, talked about, and thought to be fringe extremists. Any materials we had were scrounged textbooks from Deseret Industries and whatever else we could find. Today, more and more, home educators are being seen by others as spiritual heroes possessing the courage to go the extra mile for their children. Gospel based curriculum programs are coming on the market every day: ranging from outlines and guides which allow for freedom and flexibility, to complete, well-rounded, parent-friendly curriculums based on gospel principles, while providing full academic stimulation. There are plenty of good options.

Home education does require the extra mile. Mothers may need to abandon a fulfilling career, recreational vehicles and designer clothing may have to wait, and families may even need to consider a home cottage business to fill the financial gap of mother’s lost income, but it can be done, and is being done by thousands of families all over the world.

I do not want to say that all children who attend public school will make poor choices. Parent involvement in community schools has a positive impact. Gospel teaching in the home is vital. Most administrators and teachers in public education work hard to provide the best environment they can. Billions of dollars are spent annually to fix the situation, but will it be enough – quickly enough to save our children. I believe that no amount of money can ever recapture the innocence we once had.

It is a great blessing to be able to prayerfully choose what is best for our own children. Each family must personally decide what risks they are willing to take with their children’s physical and spiritual safety. We want them to grow in faith and wisdom so that when we are not looking, they will choose what is right and good, and what will bring them the most happiness. How tragic it is when they choose otherwise. It breaks our hearts. Although we must allow their right to choose, we can and should do all we can to minimize their chances of becoming collateral damage.

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