Summer Tip #3

Aug 19

Summer Tip #3

Summer Tip #3 Stretch your summer! One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is the freedom and flexibility that you have with your schedule. The days are yours! If you havent already, consider starting your Family School a couple days after all the neighborhood kids go back to school. One of the least crowded times at your favorite hangouts will be during these wonderful days. Most pools and outdoor waterslide attractions will still be open as well as amusement stations. Imagine, having your kids undivided attention as you set out to explore the neighborhood together without the distraction of neighborhood kids calling to the kids. They can play with their siblings and you! Kick off your school year with a couple days where YOU and your kids can unwind. Best of luck as all of our amazing mothers prepare for another year! The LDL...

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Press Release: Friend-to-Friend Sharing Rewards

Aug 19

Press Release: Friend-to-Friend Sharing Rewards

  The new Friend-to-Friend sharing program extends our gratitude from a “thank you” to a reward! Now, when you refer a friend to TheFamilySchoolOnline.org using your personal referral link, you will both receive a Friend-to-Friend sharing credit. You, as the referrer, will receive a $5 monthly credit for as long as your friend is a paying member, and your friend will receive an instant $30 credit, which will effectively eliminate the set-up fee.  When your monthly balance reaches $0, you have met your maximum sharing credit. Your efforts to share are now being credited and tracked in the new Friend-to-Friend Sharing Center within your personal profile on TheFamilySchoolOnline.org (see video demo). So have a look! Grab your personal referral link. Share on Facebook, email to a friend, or write on one of our new pass along cards (front, back). When you have a friend who starts a free trial or begins a paying membership you will see your credit in your profile, and most importantly, on your monthly invoice! Thank you, again, for sharing this very unique homeschool resources with your friends and family, and enjoy your Friend-to-Friend sharing rewards!   Let’s Get Started   Complete Terms and Conditions: In the following Terms and Conditions “Friend” or “Friend’s” is defined as a person who uses your personal referral link to activate a paying membership to TheFamilySchoolOnline.org. Your monthly membership to TheFamilySchoolOnline.org will be credited $5 per month for each friend who uses your personal invite link to join TheFamilySchoolOnline.org. Additionally, your friend will receive a one-time instant credit of $30, which will be posted on their first month’s invoice. After a friend starts a paying membership, your referral credit will be applied automatically starting on your next monthly invoice following the date in which your friend begins their membership. Your monthly referral credit(s) continues only while your account is active. When you close your account, even temporarily, your monthly referral credit(s) will reset to $0 upon renewal. Your referral credit continues only while your friend’s account is active. When your friend closes their account, even temporarily, your monthly referral credit for the respective friend will stop. Referral credits are not reinstated upon renewal. A new member may only receive...

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Summer Tip #2 – Discover the World Around You

Jul 30

Summer Tip #2 – Discover the World Around You

Josh, age 11, was excited to take a road trip with his family to the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. He happened upon a book at the library about edible plants of Arizona. On the long drive down, he skimmed through his book and by the time the family arrived he jumped out of the car and immediately started searching for the plants he had just read about. He was able to find many different kinds that he sampled along with his family. It turned out to be an education for everyone! Do you have a child who like to eat things that typically isn’t found in the kitchen? Are you taking a trip or exploring your surroundings more now that its summer? Here is a fun idea for a day trip or a road trip that will most definitely get the attention of your children. Did you know that there are hundreds of different edible plants? Just think about the spark that can be ingnited within your child as they make these new discoveries as they explore. Children love to be outside and hunt for treasures. It can provide an opportunity to better understand our earth and maybe even provide a chance for your child to contribute to tonights’ salad. An activity like this can excite, engage and shhhh…. even teach your child! Try checking out a book such as one of these:                 You can also find lots of great ideas from fellow homeschoolers to help you get going: A Beginners Guide to Foraging for Wild Edibles With Kids     Have fun with your...

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Summer Tip #1

Jul 14

Summer Tip #1

Engage those Teenagers! We all know this is an extremely hard thing to do. We recently met two girls who had their interest peaked in cake decorating! With a little help from their mother, they found a new talent and hobby to develop this summer. Naomi and her sister Annah told us how it all started… Naomi – “When my mom made luau cupcakes for my birthday last year, it looked really fun and I wanted to try it. My mom bought the ingredients for me and my sister and I attempted our first cake. It was harder than I thought it would be, but still lots of fun. When I want to make a cake now, I just give my mom a list of things I need to make it and then she lets me create my own designs. Annah – “Coming from a family of 8, we have holidays and events all over the place and that means cake! I love being creative and love decorating so I decided to create cakes on my own. I use cake shows and my mom’s help for inspiration, but then the designs are always my own. From local classes at Hobby Lobby to a fun show about cake decorating, there are many ways to introduce a fun new activity to your teens! Good luck!...

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Empathy and Courage: Two Hallmarks of Great Learners and Teachers

May 11

Empathy and Courage: Two Hallmarks of Great Learners and Teachers

On a frigid November night in 2012, a police officer in New York City was on patrol at Seventh Avenue near 44th Street when he came across a homeless man sitting barefoot on the sidewalk.  The officer, who was wearing combat boots and two pairs of wool winter socks, described how the biting New England air was penetrating his layers.  He could only imagine how the barefoot, homeless man felt. So, the officer decided to do something about it.  He walked down to a shoe store on 42nd Street, bought a pair of insulated winter boots and thermal socks for $75, then returned to the man, knelt down, and helped put the footwear on him.  A tourist realized what was happening, snapped a picture of the kneeling officer, and posted the image on Facebook. It went viral with nearly two million views in a few weeks’ time.  The officer was widely honored and later promoted—an example of empathy in a profession so frequently misunderstood and all too often underappreciated.1 But then, as is so often the case in life, this seemingly simple act of compassion began to draw criticism.  Investigative journalists caught up with the homeless man a few days later.2 They learned his name (Hillman), and found out that he was still barefoot.  The boots were nowhere to be seen. When asked why he was not wearing the boots, Hillman responded “Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money. I could lose my life if I wore those boots.”3  Further investigation into Hillman’s background revealed that he apparently had an apartment in the Bronx paid for by social security.  Soon other news organizations joined the growing debate.  By now, the barefoot Hillman was aware that his story had somehow become the focus of national attention.  His feelings, published in the New York Times, were boiled down to this: “I appreciate what the officer did, don’t get me wrong, and I wish there were more people like him in the world,” he said, “[but] I was put on YouTube. I was put on everything without permission. What do I get? I want a piece of the pie.”4 A New York City police officer was caught in...

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Great Quotes for Mother’s Day

May 08

Great Quotes for Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! We hope your Mother’s Day is filled with joy. Reeve Nield, a friend of American Heritage School and Latter-day Learning, shared the following quotes for Mother’s Day. With her permission, we are sharing them with you.  “There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood.” —Elder James E. Faust “Fathers, Mothers, Marriage.” Ensign, August 2004 “Being a mother has never been an easy role. Some of the oldest writings in the world admonish us not to forsake the law of our mother, instruct us that a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother, and warn us not to ignore our mother when she is old (Proverbs 1:8; 10:1; 23:22). The scriptures also remind us that what we learn from our mothers comprises our very core values.” —President Thomas S. Monson “If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear.” General Conference, October 2004. “No more sacred word exists in secular or holy writ than that of mother.” —President Ezra Taft Benson “To the Mothers in Zion.” Fireside address, 22 Feb. 1987. “Perhaps the reason we respond so universally to our mothers’ love is because it typifies the love of our Savior.” —Elder Bradley D. Foster “Mother Told Me.” General Conference, April 2010. “You have entered into a partnership with our Father in Heaven to give mortal experience to His sons and daughters.” —President Gordon B. Hinckley “Your Greatest Challenge, Mother.” General Conference, October 2000. “You rock a sobbing child … because you know you hold tomorrow tightly in your arms.” —Elder Neal A. Maxwell “The Women of God.” General Conference, April 1978. “You can show your daughter by the way you love and honor your wife that she should never settle for less.” —Sister Elaine S. Dalton “Love Her Mother.” General Conference, October 2010. “We understand the power of a group working in faith, strengthening homes, and seeking out to help one another. One of my favorite stories in scripture is the story of the Lamanite mothers in the Book of Mormon. The real power of that story was their unity…There wasn’t one mother in that 2060 who was weak in her faith. It was the combination of the support they provided for each other and the help they gave...

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Prophet and Apostles General Conference Poster – With April 2016 Talk Topics

Apr 09

Prophet and Apostles General Conference Poster – With April 2016 Talk Topics

In his April 2010 General Conference address, Elder Neil L. Andersen said, “We hold in our arms the rising generation. They come to this earth with important responsibilities and great spiritual capacities. We cannot be casual in how we prepare them. Our challenge as parents and teachers is not to create a spiritual core in their souls but rather to fan the flame of their spiritual core already aglow with the fire of their premortal faith” (Ensign, May 2010). Here is the link to the entire talk, which I really love. Elder Andersen’s words encourage me to do all that I can to nourish the souls of my children. One way I can do this is to make the teachings of our Prophet and Apostles readily available and visible in our home. We have a 16 x 20 chart on our wall that has photos of the Prophet and Apostles with a place where we record the theme of each talk from the most recent General Conference. As a family, we sit down and briefly discuss each talk from the Prophet and Apostles and decide what stands out the most to us, or what we need to focus on. We type key ideas from each talk, print them on white cardstock, cut them out, and tape them in the spaces provided under each picture. Here is a PDF sheet of the topics typed up in the size for the poster that you can download.  Here is the same page in Word format, so you can edit it. I love to see the smiling faces of these great men remind me throughout my day the important lessons they taught me. My children know how critical it is for us to follow their counsel. Sometimes I do a “pop quiz” and ask who gave a talk on a certain topic. My 8-year-old has fun seeing how quickly he can remember who gave each talk and point to their picture. You can print this chart as a photo print and place it in a picture frame behind glass. You can tape on the printed talk topics or write on the glass with dry erase marker or with a Sharpie.  (Sharpie can be...

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