Classroom Set-Up: Back to Relaxed Mormon Homeschool

It is that time of year again. School teachers and Homeschool moms are very busy right now. It is time to plan for the upcoming academic year of 2017-18. It will be another new and exciting academic year for all of us. It is a very exciting time of year. It is a time to start fresh and look forward to newness and think of how things will be different this year. There is always a hope that each year will be better, easier. There is a great aspiration to have a better set-up which will make finding things easier, which will make us able to do things we do repeatedly and often, more efficiently, and which will make everyone feel in the mood to enjoy togetherness, make friends (or become closer as a family), learn and do school work.


I am well aware that public school and charter school teachers are getting ready as well as homeschool moms like me. My parents were public school teachers until they retired, and I know they were starting to prepare for the new academic year at this time. In my local school district, the first teacher contract day is in a week and a day. Generally, my mom and dad worked at least 3-4 days not on their contract, before the school year began. It is likely that this coming Monday, many Weber County School District teachers will show up at their school, unlock their classroom which has rested from teacher eyes all summer, and will sigh, stare at the walls and cabinets and wonder where they will start in setting up their classrooms.


I remember all those years helping my mom and dad set up. Even for me, as a child and as an adult, it was exciting. I loved making sure all the new pencils were sharpened, and that every desk had a name label, a spelling book, a math book, a science book, a language arts book and a social studies book, along with a new pencil, a new ruler and a new box of pencils. Now I am a homeschool mom teaching my large family of children preschool through tenth this year. I have purchased many school supplies. I have yet to purchase more needed supplies, but for the most part, I have the supplies. We have one table in the homsechool room, so I do not set books there or put name labels on for the kids. I put books and supplies in the homeschool cabinets, lined up and organized nicely, ready for what we will be studying this year.


I have switched out the science focus. Although I hired out for science, I have science books in the homeschool room for when I say that today, I want them to pick a non-fiction science, geography or history book and read it, or when, for language arts, I want them to use non-fiction books to do a research report.


When my public school teacher parents were getting ready for the new year, there was much de-junking and organizing. There wasn’t recycling. They only had garbage cans, but much went into the trash. My homeschool room has to be newly de-junked and papers filed and put away or recycled. I have one full box of school papers my mom gave me and one full blue bin of papers I put in the bin from all the years of homeschooling combined. I have to go through them. Don Aslett called it “the paper tiger” in his book about de-cluttering the office. A homeschool room is very much like an office, but we do have a separate room for the office.  It is needed for my homeschool file cabinet, homeschool workbooks I photocopy, my computer and pur 4-in-1 machine which photocopies, scans and prints. 


I am also making plans for creating more for other teachers to use in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. All of you who are reading this and who have created any tool for a teacher to use (public school teachers, charter school teachers and homeschool teachers) may wish to open a Teachers Pay Teachers store and sell the tools they have made. You can sign up here. It is free to start, (although you will make more money per item if you have a paid annual plan).


Teachers pay teachers referral link

Kayse Morris: Teachers Pay Teachers, for beginners (How to make it look good so it will 

Just make what you need for your own family or classroom 

Suggested Blogposts:

Whole House Home Ed Organization

Homeschool Dailies
LDS Homeschooling
Transgenderism and Homosexuality in Utah Schools Starting with 2017-18
Humanism is a Religion

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My List of 6 Best and 5 Worst Romantic Places for Lodging in Northern Utah

I am going to make a list of my favorite places to stay and get breakfast in the morning. Just so we are clear, these are my needs and wants, when looking for a romantic stay.:

  1. My top priority is a bed that does not get so hot at night from retaining body temperature heat, that I cannot sleep on it. In the case that the bed is retaining heat, I would like a clean and comfortable alternate place to sleep. There are certain mattresses that are made which retain heat. As far as I know, most hotel owners do not know about this. It is just something about the mattresses. The mattresses that have this feature always have an extra division, which is for comfort. The mattresses are extra high and thick. In my case, a mattress which is oldfashioned and thinner, is better, although I would prefer a non-feather mattress and no-feather pillows (because I am vegan).

  2. My 2nd priority is a couch in front of a t.v. Sitting on a bed to watch a movie is so uncomfortable for me. I have a bad back and it hurts my back so much! I prefer a room with a couch so that I can sit right by my husband and watch a movie. A room with no couch in front of the t.v. will get a lower rating.

  3. Privacy and control are my next priorities. If we have to share a microwave, a T.V., a couch, a table and a dining experience with other guests (strangers), and if we cannot do these things in complete privacy, that is not romantic. If we are not in charge of temperature, but the manager or owner is, that is really annoying. Let me control my room temperature!

  4. Next, my priorities are a DVD player, a large jacuzzi tub, delicious and filling vegan breakfast, a nearby place for a vegan dinner whch includes protein and iron (vegan beans, nuts or tofu), cleanliness, spaciousness and larger table size. Since all of these are of equal importance to me, they are listed together.

The 6 Best

The Best. The Inn on the Hill, Salt Lake City (“King’s Peak”)

What was great: Mattress did not retain body heat, couch in front of t.v., privacy and control, large jacuzzi tub, great vegan breakfast, cleanliness, spaciousness, large table, fridge, microwave, DVD player

This was just really awesome. The vegan breakfast was a 10/10. The room size was large. The jacuzzi tub was large and very romantic. There were lots of free, healthy snacks that they let us have which were part of our stay. We walked to the temple and back and had a view of the temple. We had a DVD player and couch in the room. It was very romantic in appearance and in every other way. We got to control our own temperature. Service was above par by a long shot.

2nd Best. Crystal Inn, Logan (This is no longer in existence, but there is one in Brigham City) (King Jacuzzi Suite)

What was great: Mattress did not retain body heat, couch in front of t.v., privacy and control, large jacuzzi tub, great vegan breakfast, cleanliness, spaciousness, large table, fridge, microwave, DVD player

The jacuzzi tub was extremely large and very clean and nice. We could see the t.v. from the couch and the tub. There was also a bathroom with a shower/ tub combo. There was a very nice dvd player and t.v. The bed was very nice, also. It was a very good room. We swam in the pool. It was nice. The breakfast was great. Dinner, we ate at a nearby restaurant. There were no protein options for vegans (beans, nuts, tofu).

3rd Best. Snowberry Inn (Eden)

What was wrong: Not enough privacy and no control of temperature of room

This was a nice, beautiful and quaint place. The jacuzzi tub was nice, but a little bit of gel or gunk from the previous users came all over our skin when we used the tub. I think it was in the jacuzzi jets system. It was not in the tub when we got there. There was a sign that said please not to use that stuff, but the previous people had used it. It had a towel warmer, but we did not figure out how to use it right. We had a bed that was nice and comfortable. The room was tiny. We had less privacy than we are used to at a bed & breakfast. There was no shower. There was a private sink and toilet. There was no t.v. or table and chairs our room. There ws a table in the common area for the upstairs. There was a t.v., DVD player and couch in the common area upstairs. It happened that we had the entire upstairs to ourselves, so these were all ours to use, but the owner could come to this area, too. It was a public space, after all. We could not control the temperature of our own room or of the floor we were on. I wore lots of warm things to keep warm. The owner tried very hard to find a vegan meal for me at a local restaurant. I had anticipated this. We had brought our own microwave dinners. We cooked them downstairs near the lobby area. Breakfast was vegan french toast, vegan potatoes and fresh fruit. The french toast was so amazing and delicious that I asked for a recipe. The owner wrote the recipe down for me. That is really sweet. The owner was very friendly and nice. We ate downstairs in a common dining room with other guests.

4th Best. Comfort Suites, Ogden (and attached restaurant, Cactus Reds) 🌵 

What was wrong: No couch in front of t.v.

This was a comfortable and good place to stay. It had a fridge and microwave. It had a shower with a small tub. We could control our own temperature. There was cable t.v. We loved the attached restaurant, Cactus Reds. The breakfast was big and was great, with enough of vegan options for proteins and other nutrients.

5th Best. Alaskan Inn, Ogden Canyon (The Orca Cabin, Misty Fjords Cabin)

What was wrong: No couch in front of t.v.

These cabins were great. We had a jetted jacuzzi whirlpool tub, dvd player and flat screen t.v., nice bed, refrigerator and shower. We got a great vegan breakfast in the morning for me and the meat one for my husband. We ate them outside on our mini patios. The view is great. Dinner nearby at restaurants is great.

6th Best. Ben Lomond Hotel, Ogden (upstairs, jacuzzi suite)

What was wrong: No couch in front of t.v.

We loved the hotel. We ate nearby in Ogden. The jacuzzi tub was large. We could watch the t.v. from the tub. There was no dvd player. The bed and room were very comfortable and spacious. There was a couch in a separate room which I nursed a baby in (we brought a new baby along). It was a comfortable couch, too. The view of Ogden from up high was spectacular. We could control the room temperature ourselves. The restaurants in the same building did not have vegan food and besides that, were cost prohibitive (expensive)! We had breakfast downstairs. It was good.

The 5 Worst

5th worst. Anniversary Inn, Logan (“Lost in Space” room)

What was wrong: No couch in front of t.v.

This room was cool looking but, oh, so cramped. Everything was tight, tight, tight. There was a table with chairs, a bathroom, a shower and a jacuzzi tub. There was a very tiny tube t.v. above the bed so you have to look up high to see it. There was a dvd player. The breakfast was very small. It left us very hungry as soon as we were finished eating. We went on a tour and saw the other rooms. We decided to get a bigger and better room next time. I recommend the tour. It is a good idea. Tours were 1-3 p.m. most weekdays.

4th worst. Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City

What was wrong: There was no jacuzzi tub, couch, t.v. or breakfast. The attached restaurant had a muffin which cost $8. That is ridiculous. We had no dinner because it was too expensive. No dinner is not romantic. I do not think this place had free breakfast.

This was luxurious but did not include all of my priorities. It had a nice view. It was spacious and clean.

3rd worst. Best Western, Uintah

What was wrong: Mattress retains body heat

This place as nice, but the bed got too hot at night. It is a thermal memory bed that retains the heat from the people. I slept on a nice hair and footrest combo., which was large and better than the floor. It had a microwave and fridge. The food was nice. It had cable t.v.

2nd worst. Castle Creek Inn, Cottonwood Heights (Romeo & Juliet Suite)

What was wrong: Mattress retains body heat

I had to sleep on the floor. The bed retains thermal heat of the persons sleeping on it. I do not like a hot bed. I don’t even heat up my water bed. I tood some blankets and my pillows and slept on the floor (which was a clean floor). My husband does not enjoy, either, having his wife sleep on the floor and away from him for an anniversary. There was a jacuzzi tub shich was nice. The bathroom was so tiny (like the ones on a train). We could not control the temperature in our room. I turned the fireplace on to get warmer. Then they turned the a/c up. It was a battle. It had a t.v. with roku but the bandwidth was too small, so for every 20 minutes of movie watchingk we got 30 minutes of “loading, loading….” That was very frustrating.  I honestly do not remember the breakfast.

Worst. Alaskan Inn, Ogden (“Cascade” Queen Suite)

What was wrong: Mattress retains body heat

The bed got too hot at night. It retains body heat and I do not like this. Since there was not a clean floor, there was no alternate place for me to sleep. The view and surroundings of Ogden Canyon are unbeatable. There was a shower and jacuzzi tub in one. The room was simple by way of decor. The vegan breakfast was great. I had a special-request breakfast (as always). The floor was not vaccuumed in the corners and the windowsill and lampshades were very dirty. Other than that, it was clean. There was no microwave and no dvd player. There was cable t.v. We used the lobby microwave for our microwave popcorn.

Large Family Homeschool–Why We Don’t Tell You Much

I read this post From Raising Arrows today. It is very good. I do not feel exactly the same way, but I feel close to the way this woman feels. She talks about why mothers of large families do not share what it is really like to be a mother of many (and a homeschooling one, at that).

One thing she said is that we do not want others to think or say that we should not complain, as we brought it upon ourselves (You chose to have this many, so now live with the consequences!). This is for sure the one I agree with the most. I cannot possibly share with others what my life is like day to day because most around me do not have this many kids and most around me do not chose to homeschool their children.

I have been given negative judgements about both homeschooling and having a large family so many times. I know the probability that someone will say something negative is great. I am usually wary that they might tell me how I could easily get them into public school, so why do I not do that?! I am also very aware that there is a great chance they will say something about how I should not have had yet another child.

I hate, hate, hate the question about whether a pregnancy was a surprise or whether it was planned. In my opinion, this is only for my husband and me to know. I wish I had the guts to tell people I feel that way. I also hate the question about whether we are done. This is something very rude to ask, in my opinion. When you hear I am having a hysterectomy, you will now that we have decided we are done. It is not polite to ask us. It is none of your business. In truth, even getting a hysterectomy is none of anyone’s business, either, except the couple’s.

 I read a comment under the post above that said that the homeschooling mom of many who wrote the article should tell everyone the truth and leave it up to the other person to choose to be kind or unkind. She said that mothers like her NOT sharing what it is really like make other moms who compare themselves to others think that everything that mom does is amazing, and wonder why she herself is not that capable. She said for that reason, the author of the post should lay the truth out there.

I can see the point the commenter is making, but I disagree. The post’s author has been judged too many times and does not need the negative energy coming her way. Not only will others judge for the reasons given, but they will also tell her she disciplines wrong or should not have done this or that, or that somehow, she parents wrong or does not take enough time for herself, or whatever. This, we have also heard much of. We have been a parent for quite a while. We have decided what we like and don’t like by way of disciplining and we don’t want to tell others how we do it. It is not because we do not want others to learn from us. It is more than likely that we know that anyone, from a person with no kids to a person with two to a person with 5 kids, will likely tell us we should try this or should not have done it that way. We just don’t want the advice. Honestly, if we want advice from you because we trust you, you are a good friend and we like the way you discipline, we will ask you for advice. If we do not ask, don’t give it to us. We did not ask for it. 

Just last week, I heard that I should have grounded my children because of lack of help around the house. I decided I did not like the idea of grounding while I was a kid watching my friends be grounded. I don’t believe in it and these are my children so I get to decide. Sometimes I do tell them they cannot do this or that activity unless they do their homeschool dailies and chores, and we stick to that, but I do not ground them. I still let them do other things, even outside of our yard. How I discipline my children is really my choice UNLESS I am physically harming them (which is when you should come get my child and take the child to your house to live for a few days because it means I have temprarily lost it, because I do not believe in that)!

I will tell you what it is like, little by little, in blog posts. I cannot possibly tell you all at once like you are a hard drive and can download all of it. You cannot, so if you wish to know what it is really like to homeschool many children and just want it little bit by little bit, then just subscribe to my blog posts and you will get them via E-mail as soon as I write them.

I will tell you this. These past couple months have been SO HARD! I am so glad some of the homeschool classes are over with. I am glad we get to rest a little. More will be over with after next week. Then we will officially have a break from outside learning for a bit. It will be nice to just stay home and sleep in (no early morning seminary). 

How to Combat Agenda 21 in Your Day-to-Day Life

What to believe, do and teach:


  • teach freedom of assembly and religion
  • attend church on Sundays
  • have family home evening every Monday
  • Have family prayer and family scripture study
  • Have a belief in romantic love leading to marriage between one man and one woman to create a family
  • Have a belief in adoption over abortion
  • Have a belief in having babies and caring for them
  • teach the gospel and scriptures
  • be lead by a prophet
  • teach A Proclamation to the Family
  • share the gospel with others
  • pay your fast offerings
  • pay your tithing
  • A belief that peace comes through Christ after obedience and righteousness
  • A belief that the natural man is an enemy to God (Mosiah 3:19)
  • A belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the father of our spirits, who loves us because we are His spirit children.
  • A belief in an all-powerful God whom we need to obey.
  • A believe in obedience to the commandments of God
  • A belief that we are created in the image of God and we are His Spirit Children
  • A belief that we can trust God
  • A belief in Jesus Christ, in that He has power to overcome physical and spiritual death
  • A belief in the principles of, and receiving the ordinances of, the gospel
  • A belief in eternal families, family history work and temples
  • Teach the correct truths about government and history
  • Teach the correct truths in all academic subjects
  • Believe in, fight for and teach the importance of, Local Control
  • Believe in, fight for and teach the importance of, representative government and a constitutional republic
  • Believe in, fight for and teach the importance of, local police
  • Believe in, fight for and teach the importance of, our job being to hire and supervise the government

SDG’s Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030

Where in these goals are the following?

  • Sovereign nations
  • Sovereign states
  • Sovereign cities
  • Sovereign families
  • Liberty
  • The right to life for every human
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of speech
  • The right to bear arms
  • Freedom of Assembly
  • The right to own property and land, to have one’s own food and water
  • a belief in the 10 commandments
  • The right to use rainwater and vegetation to sustain your life
  • citizen owned and controlled capital (“capitalism”)
  • The right for parents to raise their own children
  • The right to give birth to children and to raise one’s own children
  • Representative Government
  • God-given rights (not U.N. given rights)

40 Year Old Utah Mormon Vegan Homeschool Mom with Large Family Trying to Get to a Healthy Weight

I have a large family. I have a large family for a Utah Mormon (not just for a city-dwelling New-York City resident or Hollywood movie star, because their definitino of a large family is not mine). I am vegan. I have been pregnant and breatfeeding for what feels like half of my life. I am 40. I wake up early, not to excercise, but to take my daughter to her early morning homeschool seminary class.

I try hard to eat right. I just barely skim the surface of having a habit of eating breakfast, lunch and dinner on time. I try to eat healthy foods, but it is tough to find time to prepare something healthy when our lives are so busy.

I try to find time to exercise. I just cannot find it. O.k., so I know where it is. It is right there when my husband gets home, gives me the chance to go to the gym, and I hear my preschooler bawling at the top of his lungs about his hunger, my husband says to ignore him, and I make him something to eat, following which my husband leaves and my was-gonna-be-tending-while-I-went-to-the-gym son throws a fit, begging me to let off on the homeschool assignments for the week so that he can play on the wii. The screaming, throwing things and bawling from the torture of the immensity of the assignments is so great that I do not go to the gym. I stay home and my husband gets back and tries go help us through the rough patch. Then I make a vegan dinner for only myself and am too exhausted (and it is too late at night) to go to the gym.

This is just one day in the life of the Utah Mormon Vegan Homeschool Mom with a Large Family who is trying to lose 30 lbs. and thus reach a healthy weight. I tell you, I am sick to death of all the blog posts and youtube videos I find with women who have 2 kids and send them to school during the day, then tell me how they lost all the baby weight in 6 weeks.  am also sick of all the “you need animal protein” lies out there, written by weight-loss gurus who are not vegan!

“Thou shalt not covet” the women who lose baby weight in under a year. Seriously, the toughest commandment out there. Arghhhhh!

I seriously cannot be the only one! I hate feeling alone. I do not expect to find someone just exactly in my situation, but a bunch of groupies close to it would be nice. A support group would help immensely. There have to be vegan homeschool moms out there with large families, and who also large bellies like mine that have not gone away when the baby is a preschooler!

If you are one and have found this post, please comment. I need a support network of women who know what I am going through! Advice about exercise would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Defense of the Traditional Family: Buzzwords and Buzz Phrases to Look Out For

In the book “A Sacred Duty,” about Richard Wilkins’ work influencing the people who helped write international documents in 1996, we find that these are some words and phrases in international documents, and their meanings:

“The right to reproductive health” means “the right to abortion on demand.” The new push (2016) of this movement is not that abortion must be legalized for everyone and for every trimester of pregnancy, but that abortion is what is best for society in most pregnancies. The push is for women to be liberated from any consequence of having sex with a man.

“The rights of the child” is no longer about a child’s protection from abuse, but instead is now about a child’s right to choose, and about the loss of parental rights (1996). This is now (2016) being used to say that a parent must support any gender choice a child makes and must not try to influence the child one way or another about gender or about “sexuality.”

There is a strategic substitution of the word “gender” for the word “sex.” (1996) This was step 1 to the legalization of same-sex marriage worldwide, in every country. I do not know that every country has legalized same-sex marriage. The U.S. has, though (2016). They have now made gender (2016) not a biological thing but a daily or moment-to-moment choice. One can now choose a gender for each moment, based on the preference they have in that moment. Also, there are now over 150 different “genders.” Nobody is allowed to descriminate any of them, which means they want us to learn every detail about each of the 150.

“Various forms of the family exist” meant (1996) same-sex marriage could be allowed. Now (2016) it means in Canada that (see my post about Canada’s new family definitions by law) a family is a group of people who choose to live together and support one another. It is not something by blood relation, marriage or legal adoption. This means they have taken away parental rights and have made marriage mean nothing legally. I am sure it will not be long before this comes to the U.S.A.

Now (2016), the new family-related buzzwords or buzz phrases to look for are many, but here are a few:

“Person” is a replacement for “woman” and “man” and “child.”

“Parent” is a replacement for “mother” and “father.”

The New Legal Definition of Family

It will not be long before this is so worldwide, in every country. The word “Parent” is to replace the words “Mother” and “Father” in Ontario, Canada. The family will be defined not by blood or adoption, but by child choice. 

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Dear spiritual brothers and sisters in Canada, I want to let you know that INFLUENCE is a greater power than anyone thinks and God-loving, Traditional-family-loving people everywhere can stand up and defend the traditional family and still make a difference. They can only g as far as the people let them go!