Mission & Methods
Mission & Methods
The mission of Latter-day Learning matches the mission of the school after which it was created. And after 42 years, this mission remains unchanged. Why? In part, because the methods match the mission.
We seek to assist parents to teach their children all knowledge in light of the restored gospel and follow the admonition of Brigham Young to Karl Maeser when he started Brigham Young Academy, “remember that you ought not to teach even the alphabet or the multiplication tables without the Spirit of God.” All curricula that we use seek to lay Christ and truths of the restored gospel at its foundation. We strive to strengthen faith by teaching children to look for God’s hand in all subjects – history, literature, science, etc. We teach English by reading sources that teach moral truths, and history as His Story (or Christ’s story) of preparing the earth for the restoration of the gospel and the Second Coming.
Additionally, we use and create curriculum that expects academic excellence and prepares children for a successful college experience. We do this through use of methodology that teaches children not just to memorize and regurgitate information but to read and understand difficult literature, reason and discern between truth and error, apply truths learned to their own lives and write persuasively and coherently.
Finally, we use curriculum that teaches children to see God’s hand in the founding of America and the writing of our constitution. We want our students to understand that America is a chosen land, established and preserved by the hand of God.
each lesson of The Family School uses proven methodologies that have been refined over more than four decades. Many of the methodologies we use were adopted from the Foundation for American Christian education (F.A.C.e) and adapted to fit a restored gospel perspective. These methods are fundamental to the program.
Your family will develop the ability to research using the “good” books, then reason the true principles discovered in their research, and relate these principles to their lives and to the gospel. They will record these discoveries and experiences in their personal notebook. Here are some of the methods you’ll find in The Family School this year. Throughout the year we will be providing a 12 free training seminars, which you can attend in person on campus, and watch as they are posted here and linked below. As we have provided such training to teachers and staff on-campus, we have some videos linked of these events already for your review and research.
• The Principle Approach
• 4R-ing (Research, Reason, Relate, Record)
• Word Studies
• The Notebook Method
• The Timeline (sample)
• Celebrations of Learning
• Internal to External (Governmental Thinking)
• Use of Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language (Print or Online)
To learn more please read many various articles about the above mentioned methods on our blog.