Milestones Academy
 
 
This is a free curriculum to use as you, the parent, prayerfully deem correct for your family. There is no right or wrong way as long as special heed is given to Doctrine and Covenants 121:41-42 and 1 Corinthians 13. Enjoy the contents here at your own risk. Kathryn Louis has experience teaching in public school, private school, online mentoring, tutoring, and homeschool situations and  created Milestones Academy to answer the questions that LDS homeschool teachers often asked. If you have questions and you are using this curriculum, you may contact Kathryn Louis at kl(at)milestonesacademy(dot)com. Private, gratis, mentoring of students in Years 7-12 is available at this time. If the youngster so desires, they should write to me explaining why they are ready for scholarship and how they demonstrated that in their recent academic life. 



Quick Start Instructions:

Spend a few weeks detoxing (field trips-learn home arts-explore good habits-wild days-reading-handicrafts), while you pray for direction. 
Learn and follow the laws of your state and requirements of your school district concerning home schooling.
Read the articles and watch the videos.
Email any questions.
Read the quotes and disclaimer below.
Begin Blast Off.
 Purchase your books/supplies and begin.******* See disclaimer below.

Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

Her children arise up, and call her blessed...Proverbs 31:28

"I don’t believe that children need to be beaten, or anything of that kind. Children can be disciplined with love. They can be counseled—if parents would take the time to sit down quietly and talk with them. Tell them the consequences of misbehaving, of not doing things in the right way. The children would be better off, and I think everyone would be happier. My father never touched us. He had a wisdom all his own of quietly talking with us. He turned us around when we were moving in the wrong direction, without beating us or taking a strap to us or any of that kind of business. I’ve never been a believer in the physical punishment of children. I don’t think it is necessary." Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2003

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”–Walt Disney

"If children are to be brought up in the way they should go, to be good citizens here and happy hereafter, they must be taught. It is idle to suppose that children will grow up good, while surrounded with wickedness, without cultivation. It is folly to suppose that they can become learned without education." (Joseph Smith, Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 273)

"A man may possess a profound knowledge of history and mathematics; he may be an authority in psychology, biology, or astronomy; he may know all the discovered truths pertaining to geology and natural science; but if he has not with this knowledge that nobility of soul which prompts him to deal justly with his fellow men, to practice virtue and holiness in personal life, he is not a truly educated man. Character is the aim of true education; and science, history, and literature are but means used to accomplish the desired end. Character is not the result of chance work but of continuous right thinking and right acting. True education seeks, then, to make men and women not only good mathematicians, proficient linguists, profound scientists, or brilliant literary lights, but also honest men, combined with virtue, temperance, and brotherly love-men and women who prize truth, justice, wisdom, benevolence, and self-control as the choicest acquisitions of a successful life." 
David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals, pp. 440-441

"It is clear that our first priority should go to spiritual learning. Reading the scriptures would come for us before reading history books. Prayer would come before memorizing those Spanish verbs. A temple recommend would be worth more to us than standing first in our graduating class. But it is also clear that spiritual learning would not replace our drive for secular learning. The Lord clearly values what you will find in that history book and in a text on political theory. Remember His words. He wants you to know "things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations" (D&C 88:79). And He favors not only Spanish verbs but the study of geography and demography. You remember that His educational charter requires that we have "a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms" (v. 79). There is also an endorsement for questions we study in the sciences. It is clear that putting spiritual learning first does not relieve us from learning secular things. On the contrary, it gives our secular learning purpose and motivates us to work harder at it. If we will keep spiritual learning in its proper place, we will have to make some hard choices of how we use our time." Henry B. Eyring (CES Satellite Broadcast Fireside address delivered in Moscow, Idaho, May 6, 2001)

"I am willing that every man shall believe what he wishes, print what he wishes, and say what he wishes within his Constitutional rights, but I am not willing that he shall exploit all his idiosyncrasies in teaching my flesh and blood, while I pay the bill! I insist that he shall have all the personal freedom he can carry, but I am not willing to extend that full and complete freedom into a gross license and then pay him to abuse that license to distort and debase the minds and hearts and bodies of those who belong to me and are dearer to me than life itself. " --- J. Reuben Clark

"You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. The world must be a better place for our presence. And that good that is in you must be spread to others. I do not suppose that any of us here will be remembered a century from now. But in this world so filled with problems, so constantly threatened by dark and evil challenges, you can and must rise above mediocrity, above indifference. You can become involved and speak with a strong voice for that which is right. You cannot be indifferent to this great cause. You have accepted it. [This] is the cause of Christ. You cannot simply stand on the sidelines and watch the play between the forces of good and evil." Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand Up for Truth, 22-23

“…you cannot give people of any age license to do whatever they feel like doing, even though it is right and good for them to make free choices. The constraints of what a person ought to do and should do may not be removed. Also knowledge fits into a hierarchy according to what is most worthwhile to know. It is reckless to destroy the distinction between the worthwhile and the trivial, to lose what is of enduring quality…” Susan Shafer Macaulay
"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul."
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Clearly there is an appropriate kind of sheltering. When those who are opposed to homeschooling accuse me of sheltering my children, my reply is always, 'What are you going to accuse me of next, feeding and clothing them?"---R.C. Sproul Jr.

"I decry the great waste of time that people put into watching inane television...I believe their lives would be enriched if, instead of sitting on the sofa and watching a game that will be forgotten tomorrow, they would read and think and ponder...You need time to meditate and ponder, to think, to wonder at the great plan of happiness that the Lord has outlined for His children. You need time to read. You need to read the scriptures. You need to read good literature. You need to partake of the great culture which is available to all of us." Gordon B. Hinckley

"A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty can be more pressing ... than ... communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?" -- George Washington

"Parents have the responsibility to educate their children. No inappropriate outsider should be allowed to dictate our family's values nor what our children are being taught... In medieval times, great fortresses were built around castles or cities to protect them from enemy attacks. In the Book of Mormon, the Nephites built fortresses to defend their families against the enemies. We must make of our homes fortresses to protect our families against the constant attacks of the adversary." Horacio A. Tenorio (Ensign, Nov. 1994 p. 23.)

"In many places it is literally not safe physically for youngsters to go to school. And in many schools - and its becoming almost generally true - it is spiritually unsafe to attend public schools." Boyd K. Packer (BYU Symposium, Oct. 1996)

"We should begin by recognizing the reality that just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives. . . . Consider how we use our time in the choices we make in viewing television, playing video games, surfing the Internet, or reading books or magazines. Of course it is good to view wholesome entertainment or to obtain interesting information. But not everything of that sort is worth the portion of our life we give to obtain it. Some things are better, and others are best. When the Lord told us to seek learning, He said, "Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom." Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, November 2007

Why I homeschool: "there is a big difference between sending fully trained disciples into enemy territory and sending recruits to our enemy's training camp. If we do the latter, we shouldn't be surprised when they come home wearing the enemy's uniform and charging the hill of our home waving an enemy flag." Voddie Baucham, Jr. This is not how we started but is why we finished.

"If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation." Samuel Adams

"Let us never lose sight of the fact that education is a preparation for life -- and that preparing for life is far more than knowing how to make a living or how to land on the moon. Preparing for life means building personal integrity, developing a sound sense of values, increasing the capacity and willingness to serve. Education must have its roots in moral principles. If we lose sight of that fact in our attempt to match our educational system against that of the materialists *, we shall have lost far more than we could possibly gain."
--Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 297

*Materialist=One who denies the existence of spiritual substances, and maintains that the soul of man is the result of a particular organization of matter in the body. Webster's 1828 Dictionary

Materialist=Atheist=Marxist=Socialist=Communist

“Sheltering a child is good, but it's not enough. Hiding the word in a child's heart is good, but it's not enough. Teaching a child modesty, is good, but it's not enough. Building a strong family is good, but it is not enough. Guiding a child in the parent's world view is good, but it's not enough. Mother must be a living testimony of her values--a literal Child of God filled with the true love of Christ, or it's all a bunch of hypocrisy that a young person will see through all too soon.” Kathryn Louis

“The library should be utilized where possible. However, the library will not likely have everything you need want. Some allow interlibrary loan. Take advantage of this. When the library didn't have what I was looking for all those years ago, I mined our household budget. Yup, that's why my children are so familiar with eating food storage: rice, beans, corn bread, muffins, oatmeal, homemade whole wheat bread, homemade noodles, homemade tortillas, sprouts, tomato sauce, and on sale fruits and veggies. That’s why I learned to clean with baking soda and vinegar. That is one reason we limited clothing and utilized the thrift store as much as possible. That is why I flossed and brushed the children's’ teeth each night until they were eight. That is why we adhered to Dr. Robert Mendelsohn’s advice to stay out of the doctor’s office. (Well, that’s not why, but it was a benefit.) That is how I learned to make a nickel scream for mercy. Our children never went without, they simply learned to value frugality and learning. We wore the old coat and bought the new book so to speak. Sacrificing for a child’s education, you invest not only in your child but in your future posterity and the future of society. Climbing down from soap box.” Kathryn Louis

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