SUBJECTS & OBJECTIVES
of the
ASCENT ADVANTAGE ACADEMY CURRICULUM

Our Curricula Begins with a DAILY DEVOTIONAL,

which points our students to God and brings the SPIRIT into our virtual classroom.

   We begin with a hymn or Primary song. Then, we pray in thanksgiving for our opportunities to learn and grow. Third, we ask for help with our studies and our ability to service others. Fourth, we end in the name of Jesus Christ.

We continue our day with Opening Exercises

Opening Excersises

The exercises in these videos help integrate the brain for better performance academically as well as physically. They also help reduce and manage stress and trauma. Exercises are taught individually, and then placed in routines. Students memorize the routines, and practice two of them daily: one routine as the final part of the Morning Devotional and another routine after lunch or midway through their academic day.

We Conclude Our Day’s Beginning with:

Lessons in Study & success skills

The best study practices which help to ease, accelerate, and
retain learning are taught and reviewed. Success Skills for Life
as found in the Scriptures, and “out of the best books” are
expounded upon, discussed, and ingrained through daily
practice.

We Conclude Our Day’s Beginning with:

Lessons in Study & success skills

The best study practices which help to ease, accelerate, and
retain learning are taught and reviewed. Success Skills for Life
as found in the Scriptures, and “out of the best books” are
expounded upon, discussed, and ingrained through daily
practice.

The Basics+

SCRIPTURE STUDY+

Synopsis:

Scriptures and Words of The Modern Prophets

Objectives:

To Come to Know God; To Know What He
Requires of Us; and to Do It

Pluses:

Personal & School Service Projects
The Founders’ Bible expounds on the Biblical
origins of United States Law and Government.

LANGUAGE ARTS+

Synopsis:

Basic Skills; Literature Appreciation & Analysis

Objectives:

To be able to read well and comprehend what is read.
To be able to communicate well in written and oral
language, in two or more languages, and to be able
to communicate well on an interpersonal basis.

Pluses:

Drama; Spanish and 3rd Language Instruction

MATHEMATICS+

Synopsis:

Number Sense, Arithmetic through Algebra, etc.

Objectives:

To be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide mentally.
To be able to carry-out all calculations necessary to
the student’s chosen walk in life.

Pluses:

Consumer, Business & Scientific Applications
To have an understanding of, and to have practiced
the principles of finance and wealth accumulation.

HISTORY+

Synopsis:

World and United States History

Objectives:

To understand history through the lens of the Gospel.
To be familiar with geography worldwide.
To be familiar with correct principles of
government and economics.

Pluses:

Music, Art, and Theater Appreciation
Survey of World Religious Beliefs
The Place and Importance of the Family in Society, and in the Church.
Personal, Family, and Church History.

SCIENCE+

Synopsis:

General and Human Biology,
Earth and Physical Sciences

Objectives:

To be familiar with the laws of the natural world.

Pluses:

To learn laws of agronomy (growing food).
To learn and practice the laws of health.
To have an understanding of herbs and oils, and
practical everyday science and technology.

Curriculum Organization

We Begin with PRESCHOOL.

– This consists of four lessons a week, usually around a consistent theme. There is a fifth day devoted to review..
– Online School enrollment includes a one-day-a-week live session for games, stories, other learning activities & assessment. -Activities, instruction, and material lists are all found in the recorded segments and the PDFs.
– PRESCHOOL OBJECTIVES:

Study & Success Skills:
Opening exercises; Prayer Chain Project; 5 Basic Habits; Beehive Brain Box Learning System; John A Widstoe Reading Club; and

Language Arts:
Learning letters and their phonics, plus the 25 most common words. Reading from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Scripture Storybooks, plus The Friend. Spelling family names, and words in the reading books and the phonics drills. Handwriting legibly in print. Knowledge of basic 5 parts of speech and how to write a good sentence. Writing of stories and reports; impromptu and extemporaneous speaking. To know how mankind learned to read and write and the purposes for our reading and writing.

Mathematics:
Learning numbers, quantity, and numerals, odd & even, finger and chart math, time and calendars, basic shapes and their attributes, shapes, sizes, colors, sequencing, sorting, spatial reasoning, patterns, comparing and ordering numbers, addition and subtraction facts, place value exposure through 100.

History, plus:
World Studies: Knowledge of continents and oceans, name of one’s own village, city, county or parish, province or state, and nation. Locating each upon the map. Knowledge of earth as it was in the beginning, as it is now, and as it will be in the future. Basic physical World geography. Knowledge of an abbreviated world timeline. US Studies: Knowledge of the judgments upon the land of America, our responsibilities as good citizens, and the divine purposes of America, including some of the miracles wrought to bring the United States into being. Appreciation of the US Constitution with a basic understanding of such. Familiarity with the Pilgrims, George Washington, Christopher Columbus – the real story, and other early heroes. Learning of the Pledge of Allegiance and important dates in the American History timeline.

Sciences:
Seven weeks each of Health & Human Biology, Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Life Sciences, with an additional week of review. Especial emphases on healthy habits, seasons, day and night, the sun, moon and earth’s orbit and structure, also place in the solar system; introduction to the various topics in physics, and in chemistry. We briefly study biomes, ecosystems and habitats, animal life cycles, plant life cycles and grow some food!
Scriptures: There are two classes daily, as President Benson asked the children of the Church to read and study from both the Book of Mormon and one other scripture a daily. We begin with a story and teaching from the Book of Mormon, and end with an Old, or New Testament, or Doctrine and Covenants, or Pearl of Great Price story with its moral.

Second, we offer KINDERGARTEN.
– This also consists of four lessons a week, usually around a consistent theme. There is a fifth day devoted to review.
– Online School enrollment includes a one-day-a-week live session for games, stories, other learning activities & assessment.
– Activities, instruction, and material lists are all found in the recorded segments and the PDFs.

To Learn More See

Course Descriptions

Your Child's Education: Secular or Godly?

In the beginning, when the Pilgrims first landed, when the Founding Fathers birthed our nation, we were a Bible-reading, Bible-believing people. For three, and well into the fourth century, the Bible was the main educational text. Thomas Jefferson, when President, was asked to be President of the Washington, D.C. school board. Being President of the country, he declined, but he did serve on the board as a regent and did outline the educational plan for the district. He chose two texts: the Bible and Watts Hymnal. The first federal education law passed by Congress, 1787, was the Northwest Ordinance. It called for public education that taught ‘religion, morality, and knowledge’. Those who came to our shores to learn the reason for our success as a nation pointed to our faith-based education.

In Joseph Smith’s time the education system had deteriorated a bit. In his inaugural address as Mayor of Nauvoo, Joseph decried what he observed as the state of education and quoted Alexander’s Messenger with which views he agreed.

“Children are so instructed as to acquire a smattering of everything, and as a matter of consequence, they
know nothing properly. ….the mind of the pupil becomes a chaos; …and like the stomach when it it over-
loaded with a variety of food, it digests nothing, but converts the superabundant nutriment to poison…
Young people are taught… to repeat lessons which they are unable to apply;… but their mental energies
are clogged and torpified…, most of which is discarded from the brain long before the possessor knows how
to use it. This is the quackery of education.’” 1

In another fifty years, the First Presidency, President Taylor, and Counselors George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, delivered the following epistle at October, 1886, General Conference.

“It is pleasing to know the increased feeling on the part of the Saints to have their children educated in
schools where the doctrines of the Gospel and the precious records which God has given us can be taught
and read. Our children should be indoctrinated with the principles of the Gospel from their earliest childhood. They should be made familiar with the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. These
should be their chief text books, and everything should be done to establish in their hearts genuine faith in God,
in His Gospel and its ordinances, and in His works. But under our common school system this is impossible….
In no direction can we invest the means God has given us to better advantage than in the training of our youth
in principles of righteousness and in laying the foundation in their hearts of that pure faith which is restored to
the earth. We would like to see schools of this character, independent of the District School system, started in
all places where it is possible.” 2
1 – Revealed Educational Principles and the Public Schools, Jack Monnett, Appendix C, p. 249
2 – Ibid. p. 247

Twenty-three years ago, Apostle Boyd. K. Packer spoke of our modern education system:

“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. Look back over the history of education to the turn of the century and the beginning of the educational philosophies pragmatism and humanism were the early ones, and they branched out into a number of other philosophies which have led us now into a circumstance where our schools are producing the problems that we face.”
(Boyd K. Packer, Charge to the David O. McKay School of Education, December 1996.)

You now have the opportunity to avoid the downhill trend.

With Ascent Advantage Academy curriculum, and help from the Academy staff, you can establish Latter-day Saint education in your home. The scriptures will be taught. True principles in History, Science and other subjects will be taught. Your child will have the opportunity to apply what he is learning to his life and present circumstances. It is now your opportunity to invest in your children’s future, and nourish them in the good word of the Restored Gospel and Restored American Faith-Based Education.

Earn College Credit

Those who have earned their GED may enroll in an Advanced Learning Level and may earn College Credit for their courses.

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