Homeschool Day Boxes and How They Work!

August 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

I tried this day boxes system, based on the system called, “work boxes,” which I did not like, as I am an Alfie Kohn fan, and it worked well. It works well as long as I have time to get the day boxes ready that morning early, or the night before.

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I found that the kids like new and different things in there. They despise having very similar things, day after day. I found that even a toddler has to have things, because he wants to be like the others and have something made for him to do, so he can work, too. He did get bored fast, so I must have always had very boring things in there for him. I tried to get something from each subject we were doing that day. I also put the book they are currently reading for fun, in there.

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I also put the ruler, the scissors, the glue stick, the markers, the pencil and the paper they needed for that day’s stuff, in their box. This makes it so nobody has to go look for something they need, giving them about a 100% chance of getting distracted and not coming back for quite some time!

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They really liked them and they made my job much easier during the homeschool day! One thing I did not like was that the boxes took up so much space on the table that it does not give them much space to work. I solved that by getting out a card table, but then they fought over which table they wanted to sit at. Oh, my! That’s the way kids are!

 

 

L.D.S. Visiting Message Printables  2015

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“Sustainability” is a New Word

June 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

     In the beginning of our nation, states used to be called “nation-states.” In fact, in the beginning, they made treaties with foreign governments. Then the others said that was wrong and it stopped, for a time. However, that wrong thing is back. Communities now sign contracts with what they think is just a simple cause for loving the earth, but which is a contract with a corporation in a foreign country. See, now, although states in the nation cannot make contracts with foreign countries, they can make contracts with non-profits and “NGO’s.” N.G.O. stands for non-governmental organization. These, people feel, are better and more loving, Christlike and sweet like syrup. However, some of them are the most evil entities on this earth and people are falling for it.

     At your University, at your library, in your city building codes, you will learn about “codes.” Where do these “building codes” come from? Why must we have a certain number of trees? Why must there be two levels? Why must housing be on top of the businesses? You do not vote about these things. You know that. The building contractors did not make the rules. They have to follow them. Where do these “codes” come from. If you have a business built in the city now, in the nice, new areas where new businesses are built (like the Junction in Ogden, The Gateway in Salt Lake and whatever that is in Farmington), you must have two levels now. This is a code that your city did not come up with. Who did? Why, the NGO that your city made a contract with in exchange for money. Sustainability money. See, if your city or University cares about and loves the earth, it will sign a contract to get lots of money–that taxpayers will not have to pay! Taxes will not go up. Business license costs will not go up! Yet your city will get a new fire station! Or that river which was too expensive to uncover for beautification, you can now uncover! Now, even with a bad economy and many out of work, there is money taxpayers do not even have to pay. Yay, right? 

     But it is a trick. Money has to come from somewhere. Where did you get 10 million dollars for a nice city center or new fire station all of the sudden? Why are our communities suddenly looking so nice and pretty? It is not because your economy improved. It is not because businesses just have more money. It is because ICLEI signed a contract with your community. ICLEI is part of the United Nations and its headquarters are in Bonn, Germany. It is a non-governmental organization (which makes it so I can have my business or a non-profit or a University or a city, in a contract with them (even though they are in a foreign country).

     This ICLEI made a contract with your city or University or small business or small non-profit, without your knowledge and they gave (your city) money. What is wrong with free money from the United Nations? Well, it is this. That contract is where the “codes” come from. California is now in big trouble. They were the first to sign contracts with ICLEI. ICLEI told them, no more man-made reservoirs years ago, so they had to get rid of them. They had to get rid or the dams. California is changing from green and lush, to dry and barren. This is called “Sustainability.” It is called “putting the earth before God.” (Against one of the 10 Commandments).      ICLEI says we must have local plant life which is indigenous. ICLEI says we must let wild animals who kill humans and domestic animals have more freedom and space to roam. We must not harm them in self-defense. We must allow them to be where they were originally, and in the populationnumbers they had originally in our area. More land must be taken from people. It must be given to the Federal Government. The Federal Government gets money to improve the land from ICLEI. Improving it means letting wildlife take it over. It means humans cannot live there. It means more land controlled by the United Nations. Through emanent domain, which is in the constitution since the 1950’s, the afederal Government or your city or your county, can take your land. You sort of own it. Owning it now means the government is allowing you to live there and pay for it temporarily, until it is needed (by ICLEI).

     If this is true, then why is it not on the news on the television? Why is it not in the local newspaper? Oh, but it is! You just have not noticed before. Now you will! I have opened your eyes.

     Next time you see something about trouble and a dispute at a city counsel meeting or about YET ANOTHER city official giving up office, you will maybe think about this. Next time you hear about your University having to build yet another building which “has to be up to code,” maybe you will ask, “what codes?” and ask where the codes come from. You may have to do a little digging. Be like the Boxcar children or the Scooby Doo team. Be like Encyclopedia Brown or Nancy Drew. Be a detective. Be an investigator. Keep asking and asking until you get to the bottom of it.      I assure you that you will end up at a place called “sustainability office.” This is ICLEI. It is a local ICLEI office.
     I.C.L.E.I. stands for “International Counsel for Local Environmental Initiatives.” The word international had to be hidden and so did the acronym “ICLEI” for obvious reasons. It would bother people. That is why they invented the new word: “Sustainability.” Do you find the word “sustainable” in novels from the 1700s or 1800s? Was it in the dictionary in the 1950’s? Was it part of our vocabulary? When did you first hear the words “sustainable” and “sustainability?” When did your University’s “Sustainability Office” first come to be? When was your county “sustainability counsel” or “sustainability officer” come to exist for the first time?

     Where did the word “blighted” come from? When did it come to be? What makes something considered to be “blighted?” Ponder this.

     I am going to leave you with those questions and I am pleading with you to ponder them. I am begging you to notice the “wild lands project,” bicycle lanes, smart meters, smart buses, air quality organizations, city counsel problems, the words “sustainable” and “sustainability,” emanent domain, and the word “blighted.” If you do not believe that they are controlled by the United Nations, then do some detective work.

Jesus Saves Us FROM our Sins, not IN Our sins!

June 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Polygamy Polyandry Bestiality Pedophilia Orgy-ism Prostitution Concubinism

Mosiah 3:19 in “The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ” makes it very clear that God knows what our natural desires are and tells us what to do about it:

“For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.”

     The Supreme Court decided that marriage is for pretty much anyone who wants to marry anyone. I have seen that this upsets almost zero (fewer than ten percent) of the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Most members of the LDS church rejoice in this with the great and spacious building. God, Jesus, The Prophet and the Apostles mourn. Of course, it seems most LDS church members are not thinking (or caring in the least) about how the Prophet and the Apostles feel. They do mention Jesus a lot in order to show that those who side with the General Authorities are not loving. Most simply stay away from it, as this is a socio-political issue. They believe that our nation’s laws will have no consequences which our religions will notice, which is where the Prophet and Apostles disagree with you. 

“We should let them do what they want. That is loving everyone, as Jesus does.” –I have heard too much of that lie of Satan’s

The truth is this. Jesus saves us FROM our sins when we repent of our sins. Jesus forgives upon repentence. He said, “Go, and SIN NO MORE.” Yes, Jesus DOES believe that SIN is a word that exists. Jesus will not save anyone IN THEIR SINS because he loves everyone. He will save them FROM THEIR SINS if they REPENT and take His name upon themselves and get baptised AS HE DID (the same way he did) and stay on the straight and narrow PATH (not on whichever path he or she feels like). Also he or she must endure to the end. 

Corinthians 13 is used in an attempt to tell me I need to LOVE. Which translation you use makes a difference. Mine is the King James verion.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away….”

It is interesting to note that the word “unseemly” is used also in Romans.

Romans 1:26-28

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

Alma Chapter 11, verses 32-40 in “The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ” has a portion of a story about a man named Zeezrom challenging Amulek, who was rch of God. This is in the scriptures 

“And Zeezrom said again: Who is he that shall come? Is it the Son of God?

“And he said unto him, Yea.”

“And Zeezrom said again: Shall he save his people in their sins?

“And Amulek answered and said unto him: I say unto you he shall not, for it is impossible for him to deny his word.”

“Now Zeezrom said unto the people: See that ye remember these things; for he said there is but one God; yet he saith that the Son of God shall come, but he shall not save his people—as though he had authority to command God.”

“Now Amulek saith again unto him: Behold thou hast lied, for thou sayest that I spake as though I had authority to command God because I said he shall not save his people in their sins. And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.”

“Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father?”

“And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth, and all things which in them are; he is the beginning and the end, the first and the last; And he shall come into the world to redeem his people; and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name; and these are they that shall have eternal life, and salvation cometh to none else.”

These people need to know that Jesus is the God of the old Testament. Isn’t it about time they knew that?

Fear, Anxiety Attacks and The Savior Jesus Christ.

June 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

You see that title? I am going to open with this statement. Satan has an outright lie that you are believing. I know because SO MANY PEOPLE have WARNED ME. They have said, “Do not dwell on these things. Satan wants you to be bogged down by this,” and such statements as “contention is of the devil.” Right. Jesus should not have contended with the devil during his fast, because contention is of the devil. Ha ha. Good one, satan. You got a lot of people with that philosophy of yours mixed with a scripture reference!

Hymn: “Shall the Youth of Zion Falter?”

     This hymn asks us whether we shall falter (fail) in defending Truth and Right. It asks us, while Satan is doing well in the fight, shall we shrink (cower, hide, pretend we do not stand up for what we believe on our facebook page) or shun the fight? Are some shunning the fight? “I do not believe in contention or hate,” they may say, “I believe in peace.” They say this and honestly believe that Jesus is pleased that they are shunning the fight. Most use as an excuse for shunning the fight, “I do that in real life, but not on facebook.” Oh, really? What, in church, in your primary lesson? While sitting in Relief Society among saints? In Family Home Evening to your family (but only those family members who believe as you do)? I doubt you are telling your rainbow-faced friend what you believe, face to face. So, when then, do you do this “defending truth and right?” if not on facebook or face-to-face to your rainbow-faced facebook friends?

     Satan has a lie for all of you which you love to hear from him and his legions, which whisper to you, because it removes all responsibility from your hands. His lie comes like these. I will follow each lie with God’s truth.

Satan’s lie: “Maybe SHE can handle this socio-political stuff, but IT would give YOU anxiety and depression.”

God’s truth: The truth is, this “socio-political” knowledge and involvement do not cause the anxiety attack. NOT PRAYING causes the anxiety attack. As you learn this, pray constantly. I guarantee you, you will feel peace, even with all the knowledge and involvement.

Satan’s lie: “You will have to give up too much family time.”

God’s truth: “Give up t.v. time instead of giving up family time.” Benjamin Franklin: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.”

Satan’s lie: “People who get involved in politics are filled with fear. They need to stop doing that and focus on the Lord.”

God’s truth: In the Book of Mormon, Moroni, in Ether chapter 8, told us, the followers of Christ, not to allow secret combinations to get the upper hand. Just read the whole chapter. It rocks! President Benson told us we must not let communism sweep away our freedoms and warned a very long time ago that if we did not get involved, communism would take over and we would lose our freedoms and our liberty. He said socialism was already in the nation back then. Can you imagine now? Now, it is not just in the government. It makes up the government. In short, secret combinations do have the upper hand now. Do you think God is O.k. with your ignoring that? I don’t.

Satan’s lie: Social media should not be used to talk about religion or socio-political issues. It is separate from real life.

God’s truth: “I see your works.” God sees what you do and do not do, even on social media. Social media should be used to flood the earth with the gospel. We can use social media to bear our testimonies, stand up for the Prophet and the apostles, stand for truth and righteousness, sustain our general authorities, and flood the earth with the Book of Mormon, as President Benson told us to do. Elder Bednar said all this about social media and flooding. He said we are trickling. He wants not a trickle, but a flood. Look it up!

     You get in the internet and read and watch it. You just don’t know the real stuff. The really important decisions of the entire world are happening less than 5 minutes away, where your city counsel is controlled by a United Nations entity located in Bonn, GERMANY.

     Two of the four powers have too much power. These are the judicial and the executive branches of government. Congress and individual states need to TAKE BACK THEIR ORIGINAL POWER. When our constitution was written, we had 13 separate, sovreign states unite. Now we have 50 nothings unit ed. 50 nothings. Utah means nothing. It is just a meaningless thing.

     In the beginning, the states had a hard time with the idea of uniting, because they were sure that the federal, central powers would take over and take the sovreignity (independence) from each state. They wanted to control what happened in their respective states. Each state wanted MOST decisions made CLOSE TO HOME, by each state. They wanted independence for each state, with a tiny bit of unity with other states. This was the reason for the 10th ammendment, which, now, people like my facebook friends, have completely forgotten because many of them never liked local decisions anyway. They like decisions made far away in Washington, D.C.

     In closing I would like to say, no, you do not have to make this something that you ignore because it sets your heart aflutter and may give you a heart attack. It is not going to give you anxiety attacks or nightmares. Why? Well, simple. You will keep your eyes on the Savior, Jesus Christ. Pray to Heavenly Father about peace and comfort. You can fight against satan while still feeling no fear, and at peace. I do and I am fine. It is Satan’s lie that tells you to stay out of political knowledge because it will give you anxiety and a heart attack, or will raise your blood pressure. The truth is, it only will if you try to do this WITHOUT GOD’S DAILY HELP! But you need that right now, anyway! So what will change? Not so much. You will just know more. God did not say to avoid knowledge of socio- political things. Satan wants you to think so. He wants you to think knowing these things makes you evil or fearful. I am tired of hearing that lie. It is simply not true. I am not in fear. I am at peace with the knowledge of our Savior and a loving, caring God. 

For more, ICLEI in Utah

Homeschooling Socialization Data and Explanations

June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here are a series of great articles I agree with.

Facts about homeschool vs. public school socialization

Data With Percentages from Many studies about homeschooling vs. Public schooling and Social skills

How Homeschoolers make friends

How Do Homeschooled Kids Meet Other Kids of a Similar Age?

Teenage Homeschooling Social Life!

Sibling Homeschool Socialization Advice

Are Homeschooled Kids Annoying Because They are Just Not Like Other Kids?

Is a Teacher More Important Than a Parent for a School-Aged Child? The government wants you to think so!

Homeschool: Not Falling Behind

June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Will your kids “fall behind” if you do not follow a strict schedule in homeschool?

     My dentist asked me a question he thought I could just nod “yes” to while I could not reply. He said, “I would not be able to do that, because I would not be disciplined enough to stick to a schedule, and you have to stick to a schedule, or they’d fall behind, right?”

     I thought it was interesting what he thought of as a given. He thought it a given that if we as homeschool moms are not able to stick to a strict, public school like schedule in our homeschool, that everyone learning here, would “fall behind” for sure.

     I have home educated my kids for 3.5 years and, having met over 300 homeschool moms, and have never known of a homeschool family, not using public charter school programs, who follows a strict schedule. In fact, from talking to the ones I have met, most, I see, do more unschooling style than school-at-home style. Yet, even then, official affidavit (legal) homeschooling vs. public schooling statistics show that homeschoolers who take tests do better on the tests than public schoolers, if you figure averages for both sides.

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   In short, no schedule is necessary for success in home educating a child. I do not follow a schedule. I do like making schedules on my iPad. Doing it serves the purpose of helping me see how much time I actually have in each month and week. It helps me to block out proper amounts of time for teaching what I wish to teach, because, with time, I have learned how long things take. After doing it, I do not obey it. I just use ut ti put into my brain, what I have time to teach this week and this month, realistically. This way, I can focus on my goals and on where my kids need to improve, knowing that we cannot fit the impossible into our day.

     For example, this summer I am focusing on each child’s greatest weakness or needs in our homeschool. I am sure most public schooling moms do the same. Perhaps they see that their child needs to read more, so they focus on reading. Perhaps they see that their child is just rude and disobedient, so they will focus on the behavior issues and relationship this summer. Maybe the child wishes he or she had more time for science, so the focus will be science field trips this summer. I do this in our homeschool. 

     Even then, I do not follow a schedule. I do not say, “8:00 Learning Item 1, 9:00 Learning Item 2.” How do I do it, with no specific time or schedule? Whenever I feel like it, I work on this with this child. Whenever I feel like it, I work on that, with the next child. There are some days we just relax. Some days, we do a lot of housework. Most days currently, in the evenings, we are almost constantly at a ball game. You can say for sure one of our focuses now is sports. It is just time for that now. One of the things we do a lot of now is gardening and yard work. I bet a lot of people do a lot of that now.

     Do we even get to enjoy summer? Yup! The difference is, we also get to really enjoy the fall, the winter and the spring, while publilc schooling families only have one season to really enjoy life. It makes me sad seeing people having to stuff every happiness and joy into 3 months in one season of the year. 

     This is what I mean. In the fall when the public schoolers are sitting in a classroom for the majority of the day, my kids still get to go enjoy the outdoors a lot during the day, and not just in short bursts at a recess time. This is when the weather is cooler. It is just right outside. The fall leaves get to be enjoyed more. In this past winter, we spent a lot of time working in the garden in January and February. We had no snow stick on the ground until about April. It was a crazy year. We got to enjoy this bonus season which was a little like fall and a little like spring, more hours of the day. It was nice to have it.

    I hope thinking that you are not a disciplined, schedule-driven person, would not keep you from home educating your kids! Please, try it! ADD and ADHD moms can do it, too!

“Homeschooling Middle School: Academics & Socialization”

June 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

I just stayed up late writing an outline for my non-fiction book about homeschooling middle school, written for for experienced homeschool moms (who have taught elementary school). I am so excited! I really could have used this for going through the teaching of middle school for the first time. Since I want others coming along after me to have the help I wish I’d had, I am writing this book.

I have planned out goals for how many words to write for each portion of each chapter so that I can go in and write without fear of writing. Seeing a word count to aim for with each section will help me write a little each day instead of ignoring the book a little each day. The latter would do me no good.
I am aiming for 17,000 words right now. I am aiming to sell it in the Amazon Kindle store as an E-Book for $2.99 per digital copy. This book is for seasoned homeschool moms who are facing for the first time, the teaching of a middle schooler. Middle school in the U.S. includes 6th, 7th and 8th grades. I will just explain what I did and how it worked for me, and what my child did and how it worked for my child.

I want the most important focuses of the book to be academics and socialization. I think those are the main concerns for most homeschooling parents who would buy a book about it. 

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