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I just got a lecture about my kids disobeying LDS church leaders, who say we must public school so that we can be “in the world, but not of the world.” This person said that the person giving the General Conference talk said that we must be part of the public education system to be “living in this world.”
I was fiddling with percentages of:
1) all-inclusive, wordly, teachers not exclusively LDS, secular, fitting in with the homeschool community, etc.
compared to percentage of:
2) exclusive, Godly, teachers exclusively LDS active members, gospel-based, standing out from the rest of the homeschool community.
I wish to figure out what percentages I want of each for my family’s homeschool.
Examples of #1:
Secular Homeschool Co-Op Group
Secular fiction reading
Secular non-fiction reading
Homeschool all-inclusive social event
Shopping at a store
Local Natural History Museum
Local Art Museum or Gallery
City Easter Egg Hunt
Bill Nye the Science Guy DVD’s
Any Secular Movies or DVD’s
LDS teachers when not allowed to teach with LDS influences, principles or doctrine
Friendship time with non-LDS people
Examples of #2:
L.I.F.E. School LDS curriculum
Discover the Scriptures Curriculum
Reading the Scriptures, church magazines, listening to conference
Attending church or church activities
Going to an LDS family activity
LDS teachers when allowed to teach LDS principles and doctrine
Friendship time with LDS people
Activities or social events including LDS people exclusively
LDS-exclusive learning Co-Op groups
Family History research, reunions, dinners, etc.
Family Home Evening
If I take everything I do in our homeschool, figure what amount of hours per year we spend on each, and then figure percentages, then:
What would the percentages be if I used these 2 categories only?
How do I want it to be for my family?
I have not done the math, but just looking casually here, I am guessing that less than 25% of what we do is in #2. I want that influence to be higher. I would rather it be 50/50 or maybe with the LDS influencers being at 75%.
I am in Unschooling groups, eclectic groups, montessori groups, LDS homeschooling groups, TJED groups and regular homeschooling groups on facebook. We do not fit into any style. I decided a few months ago that pretending we fit into a box “we do this style,” was just fruitless. We do what works each day, what I feel like we will do that day, and on some days, what Heavenly afather directs. Ideally, every day would be “we do as Heavenly Father directs,” but in reality, I am not perfect and I just do my best every day. Some days, my best means I took a shower and the kids are alive.
I did purchase the L.I.F.E. School LDS Homeschooling Curriculum
I love it. I won’t say we do it every day, but usually whenever we do anything formal for aademics, we include it. It is what keeps me sane. I used to have to make lesson plans for all those subjects, but now I don’t have to and I know that it is included. I don’t have to worry over what to teach, as everything is right there (every subject is included except dance and math). My kids even have a lot of past workbook material to catch up on in LIFE School, so some days, when I di not have time, ability or desire to teach a formal lesson, I just say, “Do 6 pages of Life School,” and they know that means, from past lessons which I have taught, that they have yet to do work for. It takes them anywhere from one hour to never getting it done, to do that, depending on whether they try or not.
We still use Spelling Workout sometimes, too, because my kids need extra TLC in that area. We also use God’s Design For Science as it fits in with our Science in Life School, as a supplement, because it’s the most awesome Science program ever!!! It is not LDS, but Christian, and I add in LDS stuff because I am the teacher!
For more LDS and Scripture learning, we also use Discover the Old Testament, because that is where we are on the timeline of history in LIFE School, is Old Testament and Ancient Book of Mormon Times, for which we use Discover the Book of Mormon. One uses grades 1-3. The others use grades 4-7. They finished 1-3 in a different homeschool year.
Then there is the math, of course, which is also the best math ever because I am re-inventing the wheel. I have seen homeschool moms say of facebook, things similar to, “Why Reinvent the Wheel?” Well, in my case, because I do not like the wheel that is there. It is broken, so I am fixing it so that it works. The math used in public schools is the math used in homeschool, in most cases. I have heard of lots of homeschool math programs which just do not work for homeschool moms, unless they have just one, or very few, kids. I have 6, though, so it needed to be re-thought. It is a lot of work, but I do not follow a math program. Instead, I am creating a Homeschool math program which is a one room schoolhouse approach like LIFE School, which lets me teach math to all the kids together, and when it is fully ready, we will have math lessons as a family (instead of 5 separate math lessons for 5 separate kids old enough for them).
It is not fully ready yet. It is in the works. I do some of it, but mostly, I still have to teach each child a separate math lesson (which I think is so time-consuming)!
In addition to all that, we go when my husband is off work, on field trips to museums and kids learning places. I think it is easier on me not to try to do it without my husband’s help. We also are in a bunch of facebook groups and now and then, we do things with the others in the homeschool community locally. We used to do this more often, and have even tried the Co-Op thing. The Co-Op thing has not been in the mix of late, but I am trying to start my own LDS Co-Op lately, and we will see. Right now, I just plan a get-together once a month. That is all I can do now.
Here is a related post you will want to check out, too. The Current Mix of Our Homeschool Day