Components of the Return and Report Program

See our mission statement

  1. Scripture Study Program
  2. Journals
  3. Individual Goals
  4. Copywork and Dictation
  5. Great Books Guided Reading Program
  6. Teaching the Gospel as an Academic Subject
  7. Memorization
  8. Academic Requirements Based on Individual Studies  
  9. Scheduled Service
  10. Skill Development

Scripture Study Program

Children of all ages need to develop the personal habit of daily scripture study.  Youth of this generation are capable of understanding deep doctrinal principles when presented in a straightforward, simple manner.  We should not cheat them by giving themmilk when they are capable of meat.  The School of Abraham utilizes available resources and materials where possible and appropriate.

Our scripture study program includes:

  • Daily scripture study (not just reading) from the earliest ages
  • Thought-provoking questions to ponder and answer (not easily-answerable questions)
  • Use of various readily available commentaries and study guides

See more details on the School of Abraham Scripture Study Program here:

Thought Journals

Our children need to learn the value of recording their spiritual experiences, important events, and daily thoughts. When they learn this important lesson in their youth, it is much easier to continue throughout the rest of their lives. Thought Journals should be done in their best handwriting, but they are not corrected for grammar, punctuation, or spelling.  The focus is on content and diligence.  This can also count toward their writing studies, and is an excellent way for them to practice these skills.  It is also enjoyable to look back over their old journals and relive memories – or laugh at their first grade handwriting!

Individual Goals

Some ideas for goal setting include:   Formulating individual goals will help develop initiative, insight, and inspiration.  The students should be free to choose their own goals, and then be responsible for following through with them.  This can be discussed in personal interviews with a parent, but should be the student’s own decision and should stretch them out of their comfort zone.  Examples of this type of goal could come from all areas of life:  service, academics, scripture reading, physical fitness, reading a certain number or type of books, keeping in touch with family members, genealogy and temple goals, getting along with siblings, working on attitude, overcoming a weakness, and any other of a myriad of things.  The idea is for the child to set a stretching but reachable goal, and then follow through to achieve it.  Learning to follow this pattern will be of great benefit to the child and will help him grow in all areas of his life.

Areas for Goal-Setting

  Individual Stewardship
Individual goals
Personal development
Scheduled volunteer service
Family Stewardship  
Household assignments
Daily household assignments
Weekly household assignments
Teaching opportunities
Duty to family
Family Handbook of Instructions
Identify responsibilities of each family member
Establish rules and expectations
Keep family records
Record goals for each family member

Copywork and Dictation

The concept of copywork and dictation is to expose our children to spiritually uplifting things to copy as they practice skills in handwriting, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc.  The School of Abraham will be creating a compilation of scriptures, quotes from church leaders, character-reinforcing sayings, poetry, Articles of Faith, Primary Monthly Themes, YW Themes, and so forth, based on the various levels of difficulty which the children can work through at their own individual learning level.  This would be part of their Language Arts as well as Religion work.

Great Books Guided Reading Program

The School of Abraham supports the homeschooling family by providing unique educational resources for religious education, which are founded upon the School of Abraham Educational Model, including our Guided Reading Program of LDS Great Books and other classics, recommended resources for history, biography and other curricula, studies of the teachings of the prophets, in-depth scripture study and commentaries, gospel art resources, and programs which will help strengthen family life and provide character education.

Read more here.

Teaching the Gospel as an Academic Subject

Biography reportsStudents research and write about various church leaders and general authorities, and characters from the scripturesTeaching the virtues
Study of religious artSee the School of Abraham religious art study program created by Karen Rackliffe
Study of musicHymns and their history, learning how to lead music, musical instruments, singing.  See music resources.
Temple studyMap locations as part of geography studies, some guidance and temple preparation where applicable; see online resources
Important church documentsStudy of the Proclamation on the Family (see Proclamation), theTestimony of the Apostles on Christ, Relief Society Proclamation,  Ezra Taft Benson’s “To the….” series of talks, My Gospel Standards, Young Women motto
Family History for ChildrenSchool of Abraham will provide study helps for teaching children how to become involved in Family History
Church HistoryOnline study guide of church history book; Online Collection of Church History Stories by David Kennison; Incorporated into secular history studies
Gospel StudyGospel Principles online class
Constitutional StudiesSchool of Abraham will provide study helps for teaching children how to become knowledgeable about the Constitution
Scripture studyBook of Mormon online study guideThe Storied Scriptures by Penny Gardner
Pearl of Great Price by Katrina Lybbert
Old Testament Study Resources
Book of Mormon Study Guide for Ages 0-3 yrs by Becky Riding
Simplified Book of Mormon Study  by Jen Fowler
Building Faith with the Book of Mormon by Glenn L. Pearson and Reid E. Bankhead
Two Month Reading Plan for the New Testament by Doug Kramer

See listing of additional resources

Scripture MasterySchool of Abraham recommends a unique method of teaching the Scripture Mastery verses to even the youngest children
Writing, writing, writingThe key to effective learning


Children memorize easily.  It is very valuable for children to learn to memorize scriptures (seminary, missionary, other), Articles of Faith, monthly Primary scriptures, religious songs (song of the week) from either the Hymnal or Primary Songbook.  When a child can retain something in his memory, this should be acknowledged and rewarded.  This category would be part of their religion, history, math or music studies.  Memorization plays a role in many aspects of learning.  An expanded memorization program would include memorizing the Declaration of Independence or the Preamble to the Constitution for history, the Proclamation on the Family, or  memorizing multiplication tables for math.

Academics and Individual Studies:

There is great individuality in the category of academics.  Students need to show acceptable progress at the child’s individual learning level in academic subjects such as math, reading, phonics, foreign language, Latin, logic, history, and science, for which there are recommended materials.  By allowing a wide variance in these types of studies, we accommodate advanced, delayed, and asynchronous learning for individual children.  See “What Parents Should Teach Children.”

In addition to the recommended books we will read, discuss, and write about, we will provide reviews for academic materials in the following areas:

  • History
  • Science
  • Religion
  • Copywork
  • Memorization
  • Language Arts (grammar, spelling, handwriting)
  • Writing
  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Literature
  • Math
  • Latin
  • Foreign Language
  • Genealogy
  • Logic
  • Art
  • Music
  • Constitutional Studies

Scheduled Service

Children need to learn to serve others, following the great example of our Savior.  Homeschooling should provide students with time and opportunities to think of others, to put the needs of another before their own, and to experience the joy that comes from giving of oneself freely.  We need to make sure that our children not only see our examples of service, but that they learn do to these things themselves.  Regular service projects will be determined at the student and family level after prayerful consideration.

Skill Development

Advancement for swimming lessons, piano lessons, etc. and acknowledgement of other accomplishments such as theater presentations, or any number of other activities should be included as part of your homeschool program, as they are part of the student’s learning.  Families can include in their homeschool records programs the child participates in such as: 

    • Cub/Boy Scouts
    • Priesthood advancement
    • Young Women personal progress
    • Achievement Days
    • Gospel in Action award
    • Physical Education program
    • Individual extracurricular pursuits