Latter-day Learning is frequently asked if we align our curriculum to Common Core Standards. Out of a desire to clarify our position regarding Common Core, we have written the following response:
Latter-day Learning is a worldwide service brought to you by American Heritage School. Both Latter-day Learning and American Heritage School are privately funded through tuition, donations, and curriculum sales. Because we do not receive federal or state funding support, we are not required to—and have chosen not to—participate in federal or state curriculum standards or programs, including Common Core. Rather, we are free to produce and implement objectives, standards, and methods independent of Common Core Standards. Our mission for educating families and children succeeds and thrives independent of Common Core Standards. Latter-day Learning curriculum relies on objectives, standards, and methods outlined in The Family School Foundations Guidebook.
Our objectives include helping children and families (1) become useful in the hands of the Lord; (2) increase faith in and knowledge of the Plan of Salvation; (3) develop a love, understanding and appreciation for America and the Founding Fathers; (4) develop the basic academic knowledge and skills necessary to be able to make self-education a life-long pursuit; (5) learn to reason and discern between right and wrong, truth and error; (6) develop character and self-discipline of mind and body; and (7) conduct themselves in all aspects of life as Christians. These objectives were drawn from the mission of Latter-day Learning’s sponsoring institution, American Heritage School.
Our standards for content and skill mastery are outlined in each lesson and include academic concepts and gospel principles that parents and children study together.
Our methods to accomplish our objectives and standards include a Christian view of children, the Principal Approach®, governmental thinking, timelines, the 4R method, word studies, notebooks, memorization, character charts, and celebrations. These methods, and others, are described in the foundations guidebook.
If you have additional questions or concerns regarding Latter-day Learning’s objectives, standards, or methods, please do not hesitate to contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (385-312-0360).