Introduction

Introduction

A voyage of discovery . . .
bringing courage to homeschooling families

Unity – Hope – Achievement

School of Abraham focuses on academic excellence and gospel scholarship, using a unique approach that sets us apart from other homeschool programs.  School of Abraham exists to encourage individual scholarship through an innovative study program which fosters spiritual and moral development in an environment of academic rigor, and helps parents more effectively teach their children the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The School of Abraham supports the family by providing unique educational resources for religious education, centered upon the School of Abraham Educational Model, including our Guided Reading Program for LDS Great Books and other world classics, recommended resources for history, biography and other curricula, studies of the teachings of the prophets, in-depth study of the scriptures and commentaries, gospel artand music resources, and programs which help strengthen family life andprovide character education

We recognize progression by age, rather than by grade, based on spiritual and moral development.  The School of Abraham is designed to be flexible, in order to meet the varied needs of the homeschooling family. Each family chooses their preferred curriculum resources and methods of academic homeschooling.  Your children can move ahead quickly or spend extra time, as desired.   Individual goal setting is emphasized and recognized.

Enjoy exploring the School of Abraham website:

“We homeschooled our last two children. I can remember the voice of the Holy Spirit that evening after my prayers, “Sister Chance, reclaim your children!” He didn’t say, “take them out,” He said, “reclaim.” That really moved me, if you know what I mean.” (Dinah Chance)

“By the end of the millennium, for those who will occupy the celestial kingdom, the home will be the only media of teaching children. Teaching will be through the family.” (Alvin R. Dyer, read more here)

Trust the Lord and yourself – share your testimony and convictions openly. When you teach with the power of the Spirit, the spirit will carry the word to their hearts and you will have the secret of great teaching. Be humble but confident.  Enjoy your calling – it is a precious gift. Partner with the Lord in it.

“Don’t stress out too much over homeschooling. Remember the family whose mother wanted to homeschool the children, but the husband didn’t want her doing it. She asked him to pray about it and the answer he got surprised him. His answer was that even if she never taught them a thing, they were better off being with their mother.  That’s the bottom line. And obviously we teach them something!”  That is why we persist!

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Character is the aim of true education; and science, history and literature are but means used to accomplish this desired end.  Character is not the result of chance, but of continuous right thinking and right acting.  True education seeks to make men and women not only good mathematicians, proficient linguists, profound scientists, or brilliant literary lights, but also, honest men, with virtue, temperance, and brotherly love.  It seeks to make men and women who prize truth, justice, wisdom, benevolence, and self-control as the choicest acquisitions of a successful life.  It is regrettable that modern education so little emphasizes these fundamental elements of true character.
(David O. McKay,
Gospel Ideals, pp. 440-441)

 

“It is within our power to guide our youth in their reading and to cultivate in their hearts a desire for good books. It is most unfortunate where a person is not possessed with the desire for good reading. The reading habit, like charity, should begin at home. It is the duty of every parent to provide in his home a library of suitable books to be at the service of the family. The library need not be large, nor the books of the most expensive binding, but there should be a well chosen variety of the most select that can be obtained.”

“Children should be encouraged in the home to read and be instructed in the value of good books and how to discriminate between the good and the bad in literature.”(Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 3, pp. 203-4).

 

The School of Abraham has been founded that our children may be instructed more perfectly in all things that pertain unto the Kingdom of God.  We teach theory, principle, doctrine, and the law of the gospel, that our children may be prepared in all things when the Lord shall send them again to magnify the calling whereunto he has called them, and the mission with which he has commissioned them.
(adapted from D&C 88:78, 80)

 

 

 

Behold your little ones.  Pray with them. Pray for them and bless them. The world into which they are moving is a complex and difficult world.  They will run into heavy seas of adversity.  They will need all the strength and all the faith you can give them while they are yet near you.  And they also will need a greater strength which comes of a higher power.  They must do more than go along with what they find.  They must lift the world, and the only levers they will have are the example of their own lives and the powers of persuasion that will come of their testimonies and their knowledge of the things of God.  They will need the help of the Lord.  While they are young, pray with them that they may come to know that source of strength which shall then always be available in every hour of need.   
(Gordon B. Hinckley)   

 

“The proper education of the young does not consist in stuffing their heads with a mass of words, sentences, and ideas dragged together out of various authors, but in opening up their understanding to the outer world, so that living stream may flow from their own minds, just as leaves, flowers, and fruit spring from the bud on a tree.”  (John Amos Comenius)

“Make your home a “real” learning center. A learning center is more than a collection of books and pencils and desks. It is a place where truth is cherished, honest inquiry encouraged, and uplifting dialogue exchanged in a congenial atmosphere. Some consider the teaching in the home complete if family home evening is held routinely. Actually, family home evening is only a part of the teaching that needs to take place if learning is to become centered in the home. Some very important teaching occurs when family members discuss a Sunday School lesson around the dinner table, when parents assist a child in preparing a talk or fulfilling an assignment, when someone seizes an opportunity to teach a spontaneous, practical lesson, and when all within the household take delight in reading a good book in some quiet corner.” (Carlos E. Asay)

“Let us join in the fervent declaration of Joshua: ‘Choose you this day whom ye will serve;…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’  Let our hearts be pure. Let our lives be clean.  Let our voices be heard.  Let our actions be felt.” (Thomas S. Monson)“I dropped the idea that I was an expert, whose job it was to fill the little heads with my expertise, and began to explore how I could remove those obstacles that prevented the inherent genius of children from gathering itself.” (John Taylor Gatto)

“The greatest man is he who chooses the right with invincible
resolution; who resists the sorest temptations from within and without; who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfully; who is calmest in storms, and the most fearless under menace and frowns; and whose reliance on truth, on virtue, and on God, is most unfaltering.” (William Ellery Chaning)

“Parents, work at the matter of creating an exciting atmosphere in your homes. Let your children be exposed to great minds, great ideas, everlasting truth, and those things which will build and motivate for good.”  (Gordon B. Hinckley)

“The affection and thoughtfulness required in the home are no abstract exercises in love, no mere rhetoric concerning some distant human cause.  Family life is an encounter with raw selfishness, with the need for civility, of taking turns, of being hurt, and yet forgiving, and of being at the mercy of others’ moods.”
(Neal A. Maxwell)

“A millennial society will emerge in our future; we can either resist or contribute to its development. The basic stewardships that will push this movement into the future reside in each family. Our society will change as our education changes. In the educational contexts of the twenty-first century, individuals from many families must do the creative work. They will need to organize existing resources into the forms, processes, and endeavors that will be move society into a millennial posture. A generation will be prepared capable of preparing their children to hear and accept Christ at his coming. As this education is firmly established, temporal excellence in learning will blossom and Zion will increase in beauty and in holiness; her boarders will be enlarged, her stakes strengthened, and she will put on her beautiful garments (D&C 82:14).  And the children will be taught through an agency approach to education.”
(from Teach The Children by Neil J. Flinders)

We often refer to scriptures such as “The glory of God is intelligence” (D&C 93:36), “It is impossible for man to be saved in ignorance” (D&C 131:6), and “Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.” (D&C 1:37). Do we really believe these statements? If we do, we will not be casual in our quest for truth, nor will we be less than active, enthusiastic participants in the Church’s instructional program. All who are invested in this inspired curriculum effort echo the divine invitation, “Come and … be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life.” (Alma 5:62.) (Carlos E. Asay)

Speaking to mothers in the Church, President Ezra Taft Benson counseled:

“Mothers in Zion, your God-given roles are so vital to your own exaltation and to the salvation and exaltation of your family. A child needs a mother more than all the things money can buy. Spending time with your children is the greatest gift of all. With love in my heart for the mothers in Zion, I would now like to suggest ten specific ways our mothers may spend effective time with their children.

“Be at the crossroads. Take time to always be at the crossroads when your children are either coming or going.

Be a real friend. Read to your children. Pray with your children. Have weekly home evenings. Be together at mealtimes as often as possible. Read scriptures daily. Do things as a family. Teach your children. Truly love your children.”

From an address given by President Ezra Taft Benson at a fireside for parents, Feb. 22, 1987, and reprinted in a Church pamphlet titled “To the Mothers in Zion”.

 

The Development of a Home School
by Reed Benson (dissertation)
President Ezra Taft Benson’s son Reed Benson has long been a homeschool advocate and has spoken at many homeschool conventions (including the first Saints and Scholars conference in WA state).  You may have purchased his dissertation on homeschooling if you have attended any of these past conferences.  Brother Benson’s health is now frail and he hasn’t done conferences for some years.  However, his dissertation is online at this link so you can still read it and share in the tradition.

 

 

“Our reasons for home educating our children have changed. Even if given the most perfect public school there is, I’m extremely doubtful that we would enroll our children back into that system. Just by the very fact of removing ourselves from that system, our horizons have broadened. We are much different people than we were three years ago. We have learned to question more and accept “expert opinion” less. We have learned that our own “instinct” is quite often the best answer we can find. We have learned to seek our own knowledge and to view things very differently from mainstream society. Not only are we adults learning to “think outside the box”, but our children are learning that there is no box.

“I think that many of the “newbies” in home education will experience the same growth. They will seek out the “school-type” opportunities for their children less and less and listen to their inner voices more and more. They will develop their own philosophy about education. Their reasons for home educating won’t be just safety issues anymore. Who knows? Perhaps they will be the ones grousing in ten years about the influx of all those new homeschoolers leaving the public school systems out of fear!” (Karen M. Gibson, June 1999, Valid Reasons for Home Schooling)

“Take upon you my whole armor that ye may be able to stand…”
“It is my prayer that we can protect our virtue with truth, gird our loins with truth, change our heart through doctrine, keep our feet on the straight and narrow path, and have with us the sword of spirit and the shield of faith that is fashioned in the home.”  (Todd B. Parker, Associate Professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University)