“Homeschool Dailies”

Some days we are just like Unschoolers and we have unschool days, where some kid work on art and some learn science. They learn, but they learn what they want to learn. Some days, I teach a formal lesson to all of the family at once. Some days, we watch DVD lessons taught by amazing teachers so I can rest and let someone else teach.

A great many of the days, the kids ask me what they should do for homeschool, and I give each individual a list, which is generally the same for that child, every time we do this kind of a day. 

“Homeschool Dailies”


It is such a tradition and has lasted so long (most things don’t) that today I decided to make it official. This morning I made a list for each child called “Homeschool Dailies,” which is this list of things that I generally assign them every time we have a day when I want them to just do those repeated things I usually list for them. These are things which I think they are used to doing, don’t generally give me any complaints about (because they most generally have agreed that they like them and are o.k. with doing them for learning). These are also things I ask them to do because I have decided for them to do them based on:

  • What their interests are
  • What their weeknesses are for a well-rounded general education
  • The level at which they are understanding and learning
  • The areas which I think their focus needs to be on, or is naturally on at this time
  • Curricula or methods which work best for that child.
  • Curricula or methods I like because they are awesome (the montessori method, for example)
  • Which subjects our family needs the most focus and improvement on

I posted these lists in the homeschool room and will explain them to the kids one at a time to make sure each child understands. It is really a routine that works for us but which is now more official because it is written down and even has a large caption.

I must make it very clear that they will only be doing the “Homeschool Dailies” on days when say, “Today, I want you to do your Homeschool Dailies.” That will not be every day.

For the older and middle kids, “HomeSchool Dailies” are a list of things they can do for homeschool on their own in their textbooks, workbooks and with computer software we have. The list for the oldest will take about 3 hours. The list for the middle children will take about 2 hours.


For the younger kids, “Homeschool Dailies” are a list of things I generally have to do with them because they need a guide and someone who can teach, right by their side. It is an eclectic mix with the majority being Montessori reading and writing. It will take me 1.5 to 2 hours to do that with each child, totalling 3 to 4 hours for me.

L.D.S. Homeschool Curriculum Web Site List

First, check out my Curricula here: L.D.S. Homeschool Products at my Teachers Pay Teachers store

Next, I have tried to make a fairly 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:

Brite Music K-2 Plus Values and Safety Education
Keystone Ed by Tresta Neil

LIFE School K-8

Latter-Day Learning

Textbook Publishers (Kimber, Skousen)


Jenny Phillips Curriculum (k-3; 4-6 in the works; appears to be LA only)

Kindred Learning

Discover the Scriptures

Courageous Beings

Polar Star Studies

Building Heroes Academy (k-6)

Learning To Read Using the Book of Mormon

Mormon Little Books

The House

My LDS Preschool

Love to Learn by LDS former Homeschool Mom and now Grandma Curricula kits, homeschool supplies, and guidebooks

Resources for Teaching Academics from an LDS perspective:

Simplified scriptures for early readers (1st or 2nd graders)
Timelines, etc.

Book of Mormon Sight Words Flashcards
Living History Books

Teaching Self-Government

iPlates

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)

L.D.S. Notebooking Booklets (free downloads)
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

LDS-Notebooking TPT Store

Resources for Teaching Youth the Scriptures and Doctrine:

2016 LDS.org Curricula
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 Homeschool Mom

Melissa Cloud’s TPT store


Krista Wallden’s TPT store

Melonheadz TPT store

Confessions of a Homeschooler
Grade-Level Packages

Joy School (Preschool)

Other Resources

A Thomas Jefferson Education

The Helpful Garden (free Montessori Printables)

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!


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LDS Homeschooling Northern Utah fb page

Homeschool: History Books for Kids to Explore (Child-Led Learning)

I have not too often encountered questions on how to teach history. However, now and then I do. I love History and my kids do, too. There are a plethora of boring, biased and inaccurate ones. There are many without the right perspectives, or with perspectives which are too narrow and one-sided.

I have enjoyed buying history books which are more well-rounded, entertaining for kids and adults so we will enjoy them, and here, I will help you find them. If you are into child-led learning, you will love these as I have loved them. They do not come in a box all together. You have to order them one by one. That is what amazon.com is for! Since we homeschool, we do amazon prime. It is worth it! We pay a yearly fee and then do not have to worry about a lot of the shipping. Some of the shipping, we still have to pay (to third party sellers).

I went onto wikipedia and (yes, time-consuming, but, later, saves time) I make a list of what I wanted my kids to learn each school year. I cannot afford to buy books on everything. Amazon wish lists are for waiting, and having what you want, on the ready for when money comes. We budget an amount each pay period for education expenses. Every 2 weeks, we can spend a certain amount. It is not a lot bit not too little, either. You can decide on something like this, too.

When I am in the mood, I search up books on rach topic I want covered. I click on “look inside” and look through it. I read the description of each and readnthe reviews. I choose the book that looks the most information-packed, accurate, well-rounded, informative and entertaining for kids (not in that priority order).

Here is one example of a really great children’s book about hostory! It’s great! It was written by someone who is passionate about this topic and was illustrated with the same passion! Johann Gutenberg and the Gutenberg Press

I have told a few people about this method of mine and they have said they do not have time to go through all that, to search up thr best books. I don’t get it, because it is so much fun. Hopefully, this post will give you relief and lighten that (sarcastic) BURDEN of sifting through books. 

 You Choose Interactive History Books Series

These books are amazing! They are historical fiction and historical fact mixed. They are written in a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style with real facts mixed in (you can tell by the way it is designed what is fact and what is fiction). It is a great way to see history from multiple perspectives and put yourself into that time period. My kids and I read all of the paths anyway, because we want to.

Ride Like The Wind: A Tale of the Pony Express

This one has an amazing way of telling about what it was like for pony express riders. It shows what the time period is like. The text is so well-written, I feel like I am reading one big, long, poem. I can feel the gorgeous sunsets and can taste the cowboy meals. I can feel the heat of the cowboy fire. I can feel the wind, cold and heat on my face as I ride. When I read it to my kids, we are all pony express riders, cap

Work At Home Homeschool Mom Rambles

Facebook Group: Work-For-Money, Homeschool & Family Balance

I have finally decided that it is better for me as a homeschool mom, this year, not to TRY to make money, but to take it if it comes. I could sell thrivelife foods and food storage stuff, usborne or doterra. I have my own graphic design business and a client wants a logo, and to meet this week. I have to call him sometime this week. 

Maybr today I will call him around 3 pm-ish, after homeschool academics are accomplished.

I am also trying to make a homeschool math curriculum that will allow people to teach all kids at once, olders and youngers, with the same main topic, but different specifics (like all learn multiplication, but the 7th grader does pre-algebra multiplication and the kindergartener learns 2 times 1; or all learn geometry, but the 2nd grader oearns what makes a trapezoid and what a parallelogram is, while the 5th grader learns about tangrams).

I recently found the book “Hands Free Mama” and I have decided not to try at making money, but just to take it if it comes. This book talks about how this is my life, now, And I mustn’t tell myself that later, I will live my life as I want it. I must live in the now. I do not know when my kids will lose me. Nobody knows what the future holds. We must not act as if we have all the time in the world. Now our kids are supposed to have our time. Later, we will have lost this time that we have right now. I am trying to become more of a hands free mom (with my time freed up to spend it with loved ones on a daily basis).

This means, I do not make any effort at any of the endeavors. However, if someone says, I want to order an usborne book, I will send them to my web site. If someone wants a thrive product, I let them order it (I have no web site, as they are $10 a month). If someone wants doterra, I send them to my website.

If someone wants graphic design, I will meet with them. I have set prices. If someone wants to pay less than my set prices, I no longer let myself consider it, even if it is a worthy, good cause. I just say, I am too busy homeschooling and I cannot do that. If someone is willing to pay my price, I will do the work for them. There are so many people who call themselves graphic designers nowadays, and people have even told me about getting a logo for five bucks. Those people will not have my time. They have no clue how much different my education, experience and knowledge is and they do not care. I will not entertain the thought of even considering, doing an ounce of work for them. They do not know or appreciate the value of me. Those who do, I am happy to drop everything for and work very hard for. I love being appreciated!

The math curriculum is something I work on anyway, because I want it for my family. I am creating it for my family. Later, a benefit will be that I will get to sell it. The only challenge there is to inhibit myself from giving it away for free. I have to say to myself, “NO. THEY CAN WAIT until it is ready to sell!”

I blog like crazy, but do not make money blogging. I do not know how to do that. I would like to have my blog bring in money, but it does not. I do get excited, though. I got to above 900 views with around 700 unique visitors the other day and was so pleased. If ai only knew how to make it so, this could bring in some cash!



So, there you have it, if you were wondering what it is like to be a money-earning work-at-home Homeschool mom! If you have any more that you were wondering about regarding this topic, just comment your question!

Costs You Nothing? Paid for by Tax Dollars? Common Core!

I have been seeing a lot of people asking whether this CHARTER SCHOOL school or that CHARTER SCHOOL uses Common Core.

I have also seen people claiming that this or that school is free, but does not use Common Core.

ALL CHARTER SCHOOLS USE COMMON CORE.

If a school is a private school and you pay money because the government is not paying your tuition for you, they may not be common core aligned, but some private schools are now.

Public charter, free online and public regular schools in Utah are Common core aligned. If your private school says it now gets to be free to you because it has been approved by the state Charter school board, it is now a Common Core Aligned Charter school.

If it has a lottery, or you have to apply and get on a waiting list, but do not have to pay money, it is aligned with Common Core.

Schools that do not cost you money, cost us our freedom.

They are Common Core aligned. Common Core aligned schools will appear not to be so. The will offer programs or classes that are very different from the norm, or say you can teach your own kids in the home, or say you can let your child learn by online or distance learning. This does not matter in the call for whether it be common core or not.

If the school does not ask you for tuition money, or for money to buy the curriculum, you can have assured unrest, because I assure you, it is COMMON CORE aligned!

It is paid for by adding more debt to the bank account of the United States of America, which is the Federal Reserve, which is owned by the Bilderberg Group. This U.S. Debt will be owed the Federal Reserve and paid to Scholastic, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pearson, and multiple curriculum and technology companies.

If you want to know what is so wrong with the Common Core, please watch this youtube video. Thanks!

 

I am a Homeschool Mom, Which Means I Am a Teacher!

I am so tired of being excluded from conversations because I am seen as the wrong kind of teacher. I try so hard to get into conversations with full time paid teachers to let them know that I have so many experiences similar to theirs, and so much in common with them. Why can’t they see me as a teacher, too? I also worry about curriculum. I teach fractions, too. I teach reading, too. I teach kids to discuss stories and their meanings, too. I search for lesson plan ideas, too. I get worried over how to get kids excited about creative writing, too. I read aloud to my kids, too. I work late into the night and plan all summer, too. I get worn out and exhausted from working with kids all day, too.

Sure, we also have our differences. The problem is, all that the public school teachers see, are the differences, the things we do not have in common. If you are a public school teacher, please do not exclude homeschool moms from the conversation! We have a lot in common. Can we not just focus on what we have in common, instead of fretting over how we are different?

I have seen worksheets used by public school teachers, made by homeschool moms. It was found in the credits at the bottom of the sheet. I have used things made by public school teachers, found on Pinterest, made by public school teachers.

Granted, I do not have to do tests or common core, but I still think we can be friends. Perhaps when we do not see one another as someone to be feared, things will get better. If we help each other, things will improve for both homeschool moms and public school teachers!