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Where God is the Foundation of Our Learning
"I TEACH THEM CORRECT PRINCIPLES..." Joseph Smith Jr.
The Beehive LDS home school curriculum is based on learning and applying correct principles.
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- Contains Principles and Applications for:
Religion, Language Arts, Social Science,
Mathematics, Science, Fine Arts & Life Skills.
- Covers Preschool through High School
- Features Parent Orientation & Education
- Optimizes Mental Performance & Physical Well-Being
Validates and Awards Student Efforts
Builds Character, Citizenship, and Testimony.
- Emphasizes Spiritual Growth, Excellence in
Academics and Acquisition of Life-enhancing Skills.
- Economical: $99.00 per year per household
- EASY to USE
FROM the DIRECTOR...
HELLO and WELCOME!
I am Mary Kessler, co-founder and curriculum director of Beehive LDS Schooling, LLC.
A BIT OF HISTORY:
It was 2009 when we first thought of putting our curriculum online. At that
point, we had had a day school in St. George, Utah, for 12 years. Because we,
ourselves, had written much of the curriculum for it, we wanted to test our
students and see how they were doing compared to other students locally
and nationally. The results blew us away. The students averaged 98th
percentile in reading and 92nd percentile in math and received higher than
average scores in all other subjects. We knew that we could not reach very many
students through our day school operation, but felt that if our curriculum
were that good, we wanted to share it with everyone and get it
online for everyone's benefit.
We have struggled over the years with human and technical difficulties to
arrive at the product we really wanted to offer: a simple, straightforward way
that any parent could use to teach his child, himself, at home, and achieve
To accomplish the above, we adopted the following GUIDELINES.
We follow the admonition of President Eyring when he said: "It is clear
that our first priority should go to spiritual learning. It is also 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." We do put spiritual learning first at Beehive,
learning from the scriptures and the words of the prophets, and we also emphasize
excellence in academics, as evidenced by the test scores.
We offer strategies and instruction to help prepare the instrument
of learning, the student himself, so that he can receive the most benefit from
his learning opportunities. So much is said about our public school system
and its problems as being the reason US students fall behind many other countries
in test scores. However, that is only part of the reason US students
do not perform as well as their peers elsewhere. Tragically, US students have
not been taught how to learn or how to prepare themselves physically, mentally,
and spiritually to be able to learn and learn well. At Beehive we rectify that
error, beginning DAY 1 in their very first lessons.
We insist on courses and lessons being short and easy to follow.
According to educational research, the optimum lesson is 25 minutes long, including
review, introducing the new topic, teaching a principle or two, with practice or
discussion and application. Homework is the realm of review, using the Beehive
Brain Box Learning System. Personal investigation of topics of special interest
to the student is also encouraged as a 'homework' option. Because of this, the
curriculum sticks to covering the basics of subjects.
We take especial care to NOT be more verbose than necessary in presentation
of courses and lessons, using as little paper and ink as possible to reduce
costs. However, we do expect that parents and students will utilize the Beehive
Brain Box Learning System - which is probably the major expense over the years.
This system utilizes index cards in various sizes and colors to file and keep
current facts and skills the student learns. We also, where necessary, expect
that parents will provide their students with the books and resources required
in various courses. Again, in the interest of economy, we work to keep expenses
at a minimum.
The most important guideline, however, above all else, is following the
spirit. We endeavor to do this in the development of the curriculum, and
encourage you to do so in teaching by the spirit, and your student in learning
by the spirit.
Prayer is therefore paramount in our daily activities. It permeates the
curriculum as yeast does a loaf of bread: it helps it rise to its potential
Balance. Having balance in life and in education seasons the whole. Too
much of one thing or not enough of another can make a dish of mashed potatoes
dry, salty, soupy or bland. We aim for the balanced, 'just right' approach,
where everyone's palate is well-satisfied.
You now know the guidelines that were and are used in developing our
curriculum. If you like what you read and think it might be a good fit for you
and your student, I invite you to look over the site.
If you like what you see here, please, pray about it and find out if it is indeed
right for you and your student. If the answer is "Yes", please go to the
Sign-Up portal on the center right of the front of the Curriculum page and
.................................................................................................Mary Kessler, Curriculum Director
"The Online Curriculum is exceptional. I'm recommending it to all my
friends and family." Online Subscriber
"Here they teach faith, not humanism. The religion courses are of
exceptional quality." Parent
"I switched to Beehive because they use LDS authors and sources in their
"There is so much to learn. I just love all the information.
Thank you, very much." Parent
"Students regain their natural inquisitiveness, become enthusiastic about
and enjoy learning." Reports of several parents over many years
"Children increase significantly in spirituality, Christlike character, and
Gospel understanding." Reports of many parents over several years.
The contents and information located on this site are the sole
BEEHIVE LDS SCHOOLING, LLC.
which is not connected
with or overseen in anyway
by the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints.
If you have any questions or need clarification,
PLEASE use the CONTACT PAGE and get in touch. THANK YOU.