Oompa Loompas Chapter 16, with Math

October 5, 2015 § 1 Comment

My kids have been doing math this morning as I have read to them. Surprisingly, it helps them get it done faster, and I do not know why. It is some kind of brain thing. I think it is because they are using both sides of the brain at the same time. Maybe you could try it. It has been amazing. Of course, I did have to keep saying, “Keep doing your math.”

LDS General Conference Notes Oct. 2015

October 4, 2015 § 1 Comment

My notes.
I do not have all talks here.I have not included General Womens Session, either. 

These are just the ones I happened to take notes on. During part of the Conference, I was not taking notes, but listening. I will have to go watch it all again. I am positive I have missed a lot!

Constant companionship of the Spirit needed. We must have it constantly to not be deceived. As you ovpbey promptings, you will be prompted more and more until you have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.

Do not think leaders hiding things from you and go in search of secrets. Go to basics of gospel if wavering. Follow counsel of Apostles and Prophet. Trust them. When you have a stronger testimony, you will be able to understand deeper things.

Covenant-keeping women need to have love, faith and devotion to husband and the Lord. Women who can spot deceptin in all its forms, needed. 

Sabbath day rest, have love for the Lord at church and at home all of Sabbath day.

Mothers are so important.

Quote from Elder Hales: “When you cannot do what you have always one, you only do what is most important.” Inability to do many things can help us focus on a few things which are more important.

Have our lives in “ship shape.” Always be temple worthy. Self-Control is like a muscle. Excercising self-control helps us to be stronger spiritually for other things in the future. Our conduct and appearance need to reflect Jesus Christ. Honoring the Sabbath strengthens the family. 

We do not seek converts to the church, but to Christ. The church is just the structure that supports converts to Christ. He explained why we need the church, and cannot just be spiritual, without the church.
Marriot (YW counselor)

Life does not end after death–It goes on. Ask in prayer what Heavenly Father wants you to do. Then ask, “Is there more?” Forget “my way.” Love “His way” more than my own agenda.
Lawrence (70)

Personal revelation: “What lack I yet?” Holy Ghost will give us customized advice when nobody else will tell us. Holy Ghost works with us at our own speed, line upon line. “What is keeping me from progressing?” Direction is more important than speed.
Viñas (70) 

Arriving to sacrament meeting late not a good way to honor the sabbath. Peace comes via repentence.
Foster (70)

Lead, guide, and walk beside your own children (and grandchildren). Remember when you were their age. Tell them what comes next. Give advice. Help them. Tell them you are there for them when they need you.
Standfill (70)

Follow the Light of Christ. Why would we listen to faceless people in the great and spacious building and ignore those who genuinely love us? Remember past spiritual experiences. Receive light brighter and brighter until the perfect day. The Holy Ghost’s light will become brighter for the righteous as the wickedness of the world increases.
Durrant (70)

1. save money every week

2. “ponderize” (memorize and ponder) a new scripture every week.
Keetch (70)

Parable! The surfers kept complaining about a barrier which kept them from enjoying themselves. Then guard let them look through binoculars. There were dorsal fins in the water that surfers had not been able to see with their naked eyes (which the guard had always seen). Spiritual barriers are there for our safety and protection. Apostles and Prophets can see things we cannot see. If we heed their counsel, we will be protected from harm.
Stephens (RS counselor)

1. I need to trust in God’s eternal plan for me. God puts me in a confining seatbelt (commandments) because He loves me. 

2. The Atonement is essential to eternal life. Love God. Love neighbor. Sacrament.

3. Keep commandments

4. Trust the Prophets.
Haynie (70)

Parable (True Story)! Muddy hole. Grandma would not let him in. He tried to run to back door. Finally he asked how he could be allowed to enter. She squirted him off with the hose. Christ’s Atonement makes us clean enough to enter God’s presence and shar in His inheritance. 
Clark (70)

People in the meridian of time–in the church. holy Ghost helped them to “see” and “hear” (parables). [Message I got: The Holy Ghost can help us today, to see and hear (parables), also]. Our day really hard. Really big challenges are here for us, just like for them in the meridian of time. Parents called to Phillipenes. Dad had asthma. Mom doubted. Mom heard Holy Ghost say in the night, “Don’t you think I know he has asthma?” He did not have problems with asthma on mission. [Message I got: God knows what He is doing. Do not doubt based on your limited mortal understanding. Trust Him.
Aoyagi (70) 

Be grateful for adversity. His phisical pain heled him to have compassion for others when they are in pain. Physical pain will be removed at resurrection.

Cleaning the House in Preparation for L.D.S. General Conference

October 1, 2015 § 1 Comment

I did a search for a blog post on this topic and found nothing. The church has an article on ideas for how to prepare for General Conference. I do not expect the writer of the article to think of everything, but I needed to say something about this.

I cannot bring out a memory in my mind, a clean house at the beginning of General Conference weekend, but it has always been a dream of mine. I love to imagine what it would be like. I think it would be so reverent and peaceful!

U.N. 2015 Goals

September 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

2015 Goals Made all Pretty and Rainbowy For You! propoganda video

Goals outlined

This gives me the evil chills you get when you know Satan is in charge of something you are looking at. 

Utah Pre-Common Core Standards for Education

September 22, 2015 § 3 Comments

     Common Core Standards are what you will find right now on the USOE (Utah State Office of Education) web site. This is great if you wish to know what your child is expected to learn, or what children of our communities are expected to learn.

     However, I find it very unfair that the USOE will not keep published, the former UTAH standards (the ones that existed before Common Core came to be. This makes it so that very few have the privilege of comparing the standards side by side.

Have no fear and fret not. I have most of the pre-Common Core k-6 standards and I can E-mail them to you. They cannot be published orused for commercial gain as they are copyrighted. They can be E-mailed, thoug. This may make me one of the biggest threats to the Common Core movement, although I am just one person in a sea of hardworking anti-Common core folk. I am just saying, my simple ability and willingness to send you pre-common core Utah standards to anyone, helps me to fuel this movement, because it gives each teacher, mom, dad, student, grandparent and community member the ability to compare the standards objectively.

     This is like the power of the Gütenberg press. Gütenberg helped people to have access to the Bible. They no longer had to depend upon the preachers and religious leaders of churches to tell them what the Bible said. They could see for themselves! I am offering you this same power!

     Just like you can have your very own Bible and read it yourself to see what it says, you can have both sets of standards, side by side, to compare them yourself. You do not have to rely on the opinions and beliefs of others, such as “These new standards are more rigorous,” or, “These standards are better.” Form your OWN opinion! See things with your own eyes!

Make a comment with your E-mail address or E-mail me at lisa jackson dot biz at g mail dot com and I will send you the standards. I have most of k-6 and some of 7-12, pre-common core Utah Standards and Objectives.

     You are probably wondering how I have these. I will tell you. I am the daughter of school teachers. I was raised believeing that the Utah Standards and Objectives were very important, because of who my parents were. Before my oldest child went to kindergarten, I wanted to have the kindergartne standards so that I would be able to give her a good pre-school education. I found them on the USOE web site and downloaded them. I printed them out. I used it as a checklist for my daughter.

I continued to do this every year, and eventually decided to download all of it, just so I would not have to keep going to the web site. I also started re-designing them in In-Design because I am a graphic designer and wanted them to be visually easier to understand and read.

     Because of this, I am now writing math standards. I started with the Utah pre-common core math standards, but have moved things around grade levels, changed things, added in some Piaget, Vygotsky, Montessori and Constance Kamii ideas and standards. I hav also added in things from what I have seen as my childrens’ abilities at each age, things I think are important for them to learn at each level, things I learned at each age (80’s and 90’s standards) and things I have seen in different books. Now what I have is far from the original Utah Standards. I will eventually publish it. I am so excited! I have even changed the arrangement to be more conducive to homeschooling. It is so exciting!

L.D.S. Homeschool Curriculum Web Site List

September 22, 2015 § 12 Comments

First, join this facebook group if you are LDS and Homeschooling!

Facebook Group for LDS members who do Homeschooling

Then, read this nice blog post with comprehensive list of LDS Homeschool Curricula. This is for teaching of Doctrines and Scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and for academics from the LDS perspective.

I have compiled this list so that you will now have the same trouble I had in finding great LDS Homeschooling Curricula and Resources. I am really excited about this. I hope this helps a lot of new and experienced homeschool parents in getting what they need in order to teach homsechool with an LDS perspective.

I am using Life School, Discover the Scriptures and Finch Family Games a lot in my homeschool, but some of these others look worth trying, too. My advice is to try samples of each and see what works best for your family! I warn you against buying a full curriculum without sampling it. I also advise searching for reviews and asking around before outting money into any of this!

Happy Discovering, and please tell others about this resource! Thanks!

About LDS Homeschooling:

Notes About Michelle Stone’s ‘Celestial Education’ DVD (available on YouTube and Vimeo)

These Teach Homeschool Academics with LDS Gospel Lessons:

 LIFE School K-8

Latter-Day Learning

Textbook Publishers (Kimber, Skousen)
Jenny Phillips Curriculum

Kindred Learning

Discover the Scriptures

Courageous Beings

Polar Star Studies

Ten Boom Institute K-3

Learning To Read Using the Book of Mormon

Mormon Little Books

Resources for Teaching Academics from an LDS perspective:

Timelines, etc.

Living History Books

Teaching Self-Government


Milestones Academy

Hold 2 the Rod

Moorhouse Academy Curriculum Blog
Resources for teaching One week sample here

Devotionals, Coloring Pages, Scripture Printables for posting & Copywork Pages

Science and Religion, LDS perspective book by David Barker

LDS doctrine to very young kids:

Faith in God Activity Booklets for Boys and Girls made by a homeschool mom
Brick of Mormon

Finch Family Games

Hatch Patch

In His Image (ages 5-7)

Book of Mormon

Early / Easy Readers

Learning to Read Using the Book of Mormon

Learn to Read Using the Book of Mormon Reader

The Friend Magazine

Resources for Teaching Youth the Scriptures and Doctrine:

Book of Mormon Study Guide

The Golden Plates Comic Book

For the Strength of Youth

Church Youth Theme for 2015

Preach My Gospel lessons

Academic Curriculum Created by LDS People:

Confessions of a Homeschooler
Grade-Level Packages

Facebook group for Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who Homeschool

Note: If YOU have a curriculum or resource that would fit into any of these lists, and want yours included here, I would be happy to add it. Please send me a message! Thanks!


LDS Homeschooling Northern Utah fb page

Today’s Agenda

September 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

These are my plans. We’ll see how it goes. Having a plan does not mean this is exactly what we will do. It means these are my goals for today.

1- sleep in, breakfast–catch up on rest after all the canning (whew)

2- get ready for the day (showers, etc.)

3- have life school/ discover the old testament lesson

4- housecleaning and lunch

5- complete life school /discover the old testament assignments

6- Speech & Debate homework

Update: We did do 1-5! Yay


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