Helping Your Children Make Their Own Healthy Food Choices

Apr 10

Helping Your Children Make Their Own Healthy Food Choices

By Laura Pearson It’s a common scenario: a mom disagreeing with her child about eating his broccoli. While we know children should eat their veggies, it’s not always easy to convince them of it. With the right approach, you just might be able to get your child to eat his broccoli after all. Be Patient and Be Prepared First, know that it takes time for children to taste new foods and to enjoy them, usually between five and 10 times, according to PBS. Begin by giving him just a taste and be patient, suggests Let’s Move. You may need to offer the food over and over. It also helps to offer the new food with familiar foods. Seeing friends, older siblings, or parents eating the new food can help as well. Try preparing the food in different ways; some children prefer steamed carrots to raw ones. Another option is to make a fruit and veggie smoothie. Furthermore, if you let the child choose which new foods to try, he may be more likely to give them a chance. Make sure you only stock healthy snacks for your child. PBS advises parents to keep snacks in your child’s reach so he can get it without your help. Also, keep healthy snacks handy when you’re on the go. Good choices include sliced apples, carrot sticks, whole grain crackers, and water bottles. Teaching Opportunities Allowing your child to assist you in preparing meals makes memories, teaches him valuable life lessons, and increases the likelihood of him trying the new food. Give him small jobs, such as stirring the ingredients, and always applaud his efforts. PBS also suggests getting your child involved in the meal planning process and grocery shopping. Start off with simple tasks, like choosing between strawberries versus blueberries. Also, begin with simple, no-cook recipes, such as a fruit parfait. Let your child pack his own school lunch. Once it’s time to eat, let him choose which food to put on his plate and how much to eat. When your child says he’s full, listen. Toddlers and young children will usually eat the correct amount of food, which can fluctuate day by day. Consider teaching your child where his food comes from. Take...

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Students Share Personal Easter Message with the World

Mar 30

Students Share Personal Easter Message with the World

American Fork, Utah – When preparing to perform Marshall McDonald’s lush arrangement of If You Could Hie to Kolob at the Tabernacle on Temple Square this past Fall, Joseph Henderson a student musician in  the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic approached director Kayson Brown and said, “I’m really grateful that we are playing this arrangement on this concert. I just played the cello and piano version at my father’s funeral last month.” Director Kayson Brown later replied, “My heart sank for this particular young man who drove more than 2 hours in each direction to attend our weekly rehearsals. I had met his father many times as they made the weekly seven-hour trip to be a part of our music program. His father was one of the most supportive, engaged parents I have encountered. He would do anything to help Joseph! The weekly 7-hour trips for orchestra, remarkable family sacrifices to get Joseph a new cello and tuba, and so much more were all done lovingly by a dedicated and involved father. I knew he had passed away suddenly from cancer over the summer, but when I heard that Joseph had played this same song at his father’s funeral, I was unprepared for the emotional wave of empathy I felt for this amazing seventeen year old young man.” Brown continues, “I thought of how this music seemed to thin the veil between the living and those who have passed on. How music, like prayer, has the power to communicate the inexpressible. How it connects us to those we cannot see but still feel.” Joseph’s experience inspired the concept behind the story that unfolds in the video. The one-hundred-piece orchestra filmed the music video at the iconic Bonneville Salt Flats. Fellow Lyceum musician Molly McMurtrey portrays a student who lost a loved one. Through prayer and the healing power of music she receives comfort and hope (See this inspiring music video). About American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic The American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic, led by Kayson Brown, has been featured on PBS, has recorded for SONY Masterworks, has performed on some of the largest, most exclusive stages in the world, released multiple No. 1 iTunes singles with both The Piano Guys and Paul Cardall, received numerous awards,...

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LDL NEWS RELEASE: 2017 LDL Retreat Announcements

Mar 08

LDL NEWS RELEASE: 2017 LDL Retreat Announcements

Read more about our Strategic Plan as announced last Saturday, March 4, at the 5th Annual Latter-day Learning Retreat. We have some exciting news and ambitious goals. The next version of TheFamilySchoolOnline.org will be accompanied with tools that will help members be more successful. By improving the way you interact with and adapt content specific to your needs, interests, and philosophies; your learning experiences and outcomes will improve. By improving the ways and opportunities you have to interact and support each other, you will experience greater peace and success in your journey. By improving training resources and opportunities, you will be more prepared and more confident in yourself in your role teacher. Please review the following to learn more about The Future of TheFamilySchoolOnline.org. Sincerely, You’re Latter-day Learning Team Retreat Announcement Video Retreat Announcement PowerPoint Official Strategic Plan News...

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Member Announcement: Rate Increase for New Members (March 1, 2017)

Jan 30

Please take a few minutes to learn about a price change for TheFamilySchoolOnline.org memberships beginning March 1, 2017. Please read the entire letter. The Family School History and Pricing: Before launching The Family School Online, one year’s worth of curriculum sold for approximately $430. In August 2015, we launched TheFamilySchoolOnline.org with affordability and increased accessibility to The Family School as our goal. Access was given through a monthly membership plan, which was steeply discounted from the former annual payment option. After launching TheFamilySchoolOnline.org, members paid on average $280 for a year’s access to our full, multi-year library of curriculum at a savings of $150 per year (a significant savings). We met our goal. Currently, families can pay one of two rates: a month-to-month rate, or a 33%-discounted, year-round rate. Please note: The month-to-month rate is available throughout the year and is currently $30 per month for access to the K–8 curriculum. The year-round rate is available each March during Open Enrollment and is $20 per month for K–8 curriculum access. Why are we raising our prices for new members beginning March 1, 2017? As a not-for-profit institution, we desire to make The Family School curriculum as impactful and as affordable as possible. We also have a basic financial goal to be self-sustaining. In previous years, we have operated at a loss, while being supported, in part, by generous donors. In an effort to be less reliant on donor contributions, membership prices for new members will increase by 10% beginning March 1, 2017. In other words, beginning March 1, 2017 the month-to-month membership will be $33 per month (up from $30 per month), and the year-round membership will be $22 per month (up from $20 per month). During March Open Enrollment, all new and existing members will automatically qualify for our year-round discount. That is, all existing members and new members will automatically enjoy the 33% discount off the month-to-month rate. The discount is maintained thereafter for as long as the membership is active. Please note: The March 1, 2017 price increase will NOT be applied to existing member accounts. Your rate will not be increased if you are already a member. Existing members on February 28, who are paying the...

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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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