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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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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6 Vocabulary Games & Activities for Children

Feb 23

6 Vocabulary Games & Activities for Children

Acquiring language is a difficult task that can cause frustration or emotions of defeat. Enliven the learning experience with some useful vocabulary games that will provide context for the words and engage the learner. The attachment of emotion — like, amusement, anger, intrigue or surprise — will help create a deeper learning connection. Games are also beneficial because they include audible elements. The ear is an important tool that assists in memory-building, so it is necessary the student practices the words aloud. Here are six games for your students, which will expand their language comprehension and help them gain a better grasp on vocabulary. Word Puzzle Create a word puzzle on BusyTeacher.org for your students. A word search will provide the students with a fun, mystery-solving game. A word search is valuable for vocabulary enhancement, as the student repeats the word they’re searching for in their head. Repetition is a valuable learning tool, which cements terms into the memory, especially in regard to language. Before you begin the word search, make sure you read the entire list of words aloud, so the students know the correct pronunciation. Analogies Analogies help kids connect the dots between terms. The recognition of similarities and differences provides an enhanced context for the word, which will create multiple tethers for the memory. It is also a way you can expand a student’s vocabulary, through the introduction of terms that are either synonyms or antonyms of words they already know. The Analogy Game at LearningGamesforKids.com will help the student build a foundation of analogies and expand their vocabulary. Compound Words Compound words will help students learn two terms at once. It will also help them understand the idea of compound words, so they may utilize this knowledge when they encounter compounds that aren’t part of their vocabulary. The compound word game, Scrapy and Slice, on the PBS Kids website has the player identify and break apart compound words. It also throws in non-compound words as a trick. The game is fun and silly, which will keep the student engaged and entertained. Simple List Divide your students into teams and have them compose a list of words within a certain amount of time. Once time is...

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4 Math & Science Lessons That Are Perfect for Homeschoolers

Feb 04

4 Math & Science Lessons That Are Perfect for Homeschoolers

Because homeschoolers are not confined to class schedules and times the way traditional students in public and private schools are, there is more time to extend math and science lessons and make them more engaging and fun. If you’re looking for some math and science lessons that are perfect for homeschoolers, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of my favorite, fun math and science lessons, and I think they’ll be a great fit for your kids. Two Math Lessons That Are Perfect for Homeschoolers  Egg Carton Addition Egg Carton Addition is the perfect activity for one or two early elementary homeschoolers. If you have one student, he will need an adult helper. If you have two students, they can play together. You will need an empty, clean egg carton, two marbles (or other egg section tokens), a marker, two pieces of scratch paper, pencils, and a bowl of dry beans. If you have a student who is doing well with addition, leave the egg carton intact, but if you have a student just beginning addition, cut the carton in half. Number each section, 1-6 or 1-12. Place the two marbles in the egg carton. Each player will take turns shaking the carton, writing the addition problem on his paper using the numbers in which the marbles landed, and completing the problem. The player with the highest sum after each player has taken a turn wins and takes a bean from the bowl. If a player gives an incorrect answer, he must return a bean to the bowl. In the event of a tie, both players take a bean from the bowl. Play until a player gets a predetermined number of beans. Figure Me Out! Homeschoolers love to create projects just as much as traditional students, and it’s nice to decorate the section of the home that is used for school in the same manner that teachers decorate their classrooms. Figure Me Out! is a math lesson that incorporates various mathematical operations, as the student creates a poster about herself with equations representing various aspects of her life. For example, she may decide to use multiplication to represent her age of 10 as 2×5. For this math...

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