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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off cover school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Shelby & Jefferson Counties: Small Wonders, A FREE Program for Special Needs

SMALL WONDERS: A FREE Program for Families and Caregivers of Special Needs

This information was provided by Potential Birmingham

Small Wonders (Funded by The Children’s Trust Fund) is a program designed to support families who are caring for a child who is chronically ill, medically fragile, or developmentally delayed. This program currently has openings and services are provided in the family’s natural environment which allows the intervention to be individualized and tailored to the needs of each family. Through a comprehensive assessment of the family’s needs, the program’s caring staff in partnership with the family is able to determine what the most pressing needs are within the family.


The services are provided through weekly home visits with interventions usually lasting four weeks.The program is available free of charge to families in Jefferson and Shelby Counties.  Please call Brandi Chelette at 945-6000 for more information.

Homeschooling a High Schooler

Homeschooling a High Schooler with Everest Academy

Steps:
  1. Join the Everest Academy High School Support Group
  2. Determine which of the three diplomas you want to shoot for here:  http://www.alabamahomeschooling.com/2010/01/diploma-information.html
  3. Fill out the Diploma Requirement Check List to determine which credits you have already earned and which you still need. 
  4. Learn about Curriculum
  5. Learn about Awarding Credits
  6. Learn about Awarding Grades
There is lots more information on the Everest website under the heading "High School Information"

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Teen Driving Tips


Teen Driving Tips


  • Many auto insurance companies give discounts for good grades--usually As and Bs. Check with your company to see if you qualify.
  • Some insurance companies also give discounts for taking either their driver training program--or other driver education programs. 
  • If you have a choice, put the new teen driver as the primary driver or family driver on the oldest and least costly vehicle. This will save you on the rates.
  • Before buying a new or used car, check with insurance company to see what the rate will be for the teen. Sports cars and other expensive cars may have higher rates. So know what you're getting into before you buy. At the link in the box below, you can get rates from a number of companies to compare.
  • Also check the crash safety rating and average repair cost for any car you might buy--that will impact the insurance rating, too.
  • If getting new insurance, check the rates at a number of companies--you can click on the ads below and search many companies for the best rates and services.
  • Keep a disposable camera in your car in case you're in an accident to record the damage to all cars and the actual placement of the cars--But be sure and get out of the traffic when you (or someone else) is taking the picture. You don't want to be hit while documenting the accident.
  • If you're involved in a minor crash, you might want to have it fixed without reporting it to the company. For a teenager, having an accident--even a minor one--may cause your rates to increase (maybe even more than the cost of repairing the minor damage.)

Driver's Education Games


Driver's Education Games 


Huntsville: Etiquette Classes


FYI – Classes for homeschoolers and others at Emma’s Tea Room in Huntsvillehttp://www.emmastearoom.com/Com_1.html.

Four years ago, all three of my kids took an etiquette class here.  They especially liked the part where they got to eat cake!  (And one of them discovered a love of tea.) 

Info from Susan Martin

Cullman: Piano Lessons


Hello,
My name is Debbie Jackson and I homeschooled my children for fourteen years. 
I have recently started teaching piano lessons and am interested in teaching homeschool students in particular. I play the piano at East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cullman and I have over thirty years experience in hymn music. This would be a good way to provide students with a music elective if needed.
I charge $20.00 for 30 minutes of teaching, once a week plus cost of books. If I can get at least ten of your students to sign up for lessons, I am willing to donate $5.00 per lesson to your school. (Everest will donate this money to students having trouble paying for lessons, so please note to the teacher that you signed up through Everest.)  I am also willing to meet students at a venue that would be closer to your school if needed.
I would greatly appreciate it if you would consider giving this information to your students.
If you wish to contact me, please e-mail debbiesribbonsandbows@yahoo.comor call me at either 256-338-4397 or 256-287-2685.

Sincerely,
Debbie Jackson

Enterprise Homeschool Support Group

Enterprise Homeschool Support Group

The Enterprise Homeschool Support Group is just a support group. We are a group of moms, dads, grandparents and children that get together to enjoy each other’s company and learn about the world around us. We usually have a field trip or two each month (September – May), a co-op class running at any given time, mom’s nights out and lots of “chit-chat” by email. The eprisehschool e-mail loop is for you to communicate on. It has become a clearing house of information for many different activities in the area. Anything you come across that would benefit our families, please post it! Have an idea for an outing or activity? Organize it and post it! Before you plan out your activity, take a moment to check the calendar on the yahoo group site – that way you don’t over book a date. After you’ve planned your activity, please add your event to the calendar for others to reference. At the beginning of each month I will send a posting of all the events on the calendar for the month, just a bit of a reminder.

No one person is in charge of our list – there is no administration. We have two moderators on the group that simply monitor the postings to be sure everything is of benefit to our families. We hope you enjoy the group – our families are pretty fantastic and we’ve had lots of fun in the past. Keep in mind, however, that our group is only as good as you make it. If you don’t see something happening that you wish your children could be involved in, than start it! Chances are there are others who wish to have the same thing!

Greystone: YMCA Homeschool Class Possibility


I would be happy to offer the class, we have had it in the past.  We have cancelled the past year due  to low enrollment, I am happy to revisit the program and offer it in such a manner that it is amicable to your home school schedule.  Any ideas you or your group has would be valuable.  Please let me know.  Our cost in the past has been $40 per month for 2 classes per week.  We would need a minimum of 10 children.
 
Tanya Hiers
Child Care/Program Director
Greystone Family Branch
YMCA of Greater Birmingham
5414 Highway 280
Birmingham, AL 35242
(P) 205.981.0144
(C) 205.566.6032
(F) 205.981.0049
www.ymcabham.org
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HEALTHY LIVING
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Showdown: ACT vs. SAT

Showdown: ACT vs. SAT
Article From www.petersons.com

ACT or SAT? Are you facing the registration deadlines, feeling pressured to choose, and wondering which is better? Relax! The reality is that neither test is superior to the other. The decision of which one to take may be determined simply by whatever admission criteria is laid out by your school of choice. However, if the school doesn’t specify which test they want, making the “best” choice doesn’t have to be difficult.

Although there is no hard science that proves that the ACT or the SAT is easier, you probably want to determine which test format is better suited to your strengths. Each test has different emphases and familiarity with their individual structures may help you sort out which is better suited to you.

About the ACT The ACT sports four trademark multiple-choice subject tests covering English, Math, Reading, and Science. These are designed to evaluate your overall educational development and your ability to complete college-level work. You’ll have 2 hours and 55 minutes of dedicated test time to complete the subject tests, not including breaks. As far as scoring goes, your subject test scores (ranging from 1 to 36) are determined after throwing out any incorrect answers — only correct responses count! The four areas are then averaged together to come up with your overall, or composite, score.

The ACT also includes an optional 30-minute writing test designed to measure your skill in planning and writing a short essay. This segment is your chance to highlight your writing skills! If you opt to take it, the additional scores will be reported, along with comments about your essay. These scores are reported separately. So, if writing is a weak area, you might want to take the ACT and skip the writing section, since it’s currently optional (although some schools require it).

If writing is your strength, having extra kudos passed on to your choice schools may benefit you.

About the SAT In contrast to the ACT, the SAT is designed to evaluate your general thinking and problem-solving abilities. It kicks things off with a required 25-minute essay. This is the start to the Writing section, which you’ll complete in addition to the Critical Reading and Math sections. The SAT differs from the ACT in terms of the amount of time you’ll have to complete it (3 hours and 5 minutes) and the format in which you provide your answers.

Similar to the ACT, the SAT has multiple-choice areas, but it also has a part in the Math section where you’ll be required produce your answers — no chance of guessing from a set of choices here! And unlike the ACT, the SAT doles out a slight penalty for wrong answers on the multiple choice questions (but not on the student-produced ones).

Both tests allot ample time for completion. For students who crack under pressure, it may be worthwhile to know that the SAT has fewer questions — 140 compared to the 215 on the ACT. The SAT also focuses heavily on vocabulary, while the ACT hones in on grammar and punctuation.

The SAT also provides you with the chance to take Subject Tests. A few schools may require you to take some of these tests as additional requirements to your admission application. It’s possible you won’t need to take any, but you may want to consider it if you have strengths in particular areas. All of your scores from these additional tests will be reported, whether they were required or not. If you’re concerned that your scores on the required SAT sections may be less than stellar, consider registering for additional Subject Tests in areas that can demonstrate your skills in specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and various languages. 

It all depends on you In spite of their differences, neither test is more likely than the other to produce a great score. In fact, the vast majority of students perform comparably on both tests. However, if you’re short on time and money and want to put your efforts towards preparing for only one of the tests, your best bet is to take a few practice exams. There are free and low-cost practice exams available electronically and in-print. If you’re undecided about which test to take, you may feel more strongly about one or the other once you become familiar with the format of both. You can then evaluate your test performance before heading off for the real thing.

Bham & Online: All Pencils Down ACT Prep Course


AllPencilsDown is a partnership owned by George Mizzell and Laura McDanal. After 8 years of providing ACT/SAT test preparation classes and one on one tutoring services we have diligently poured over dozens of former ACT tests to pull together everything you need to know to do your very best on this test. The classes in our area are frequently packed which has put us in the position of turning away students. This motivated us to package everything we know and teach in our classes and provide it to students in this video course. Read More

It looks like this Bham-based resource provides in-person classes as well as online classes. There is also a free section on the website. 

Thanks for sending this in Ms. Patti Moore!

Jasper Homeschool Gymnastics


Home School Gymnastics Class at Jasper Elite
Class will meet on Thursdays from 2:30-3:30pm
Cost is $50 per month/$45 Registration fee
1/2 off for siblings
Please call to sign up 302-0303
Class will begin Thursday, Sept. 8th.

Chelsea: Homeschool Art Classes

Chelsea Art Classes
Grace Presbyterian Church
Monday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

My name is Sue Tanner and I live in Chelsea.  My granddaughter, Haleigh, took an art class last year for 7 -12th  graders, and she absoulutely loved it!  The teachers are great and they are very creative and do many neat projects.  This is a credit class, and they have a few openings left!  

If interested please contact Mrs. Halbert at 991-5355, email:   NBHalbert@att.net or Mrs. Cooley at 205-586-7940, email: fauxgtment@yahoo.com.

Hoover: Arts Academy Music Lessons


Arts Academy Music Lessons
Hunter Street Church in Hoover


Do you know of any homeschoolers or homeschool groups that would be interested in lessons? I'm looking to add homeschool students in the early afternoon. Though my after school schedule is full, I've got about eight spots available for homeschool students. There are also other teachers at Hunter Street that are seeking homeschool students (primarily piano teachers). 

Arts Academy offers lessons in:
piano, voice, guitar, violin, flute, or saxophone


For more information, please look here: http://www.hunterstreet.org/music/arts_academy.php.

FREE Newsletter for Homeschoolers by Homeschoolers


For Immediate Release

[Shakopee, MN] The CurrClick Chronicle is hot off the presses!  This free newsletter is written for homeschoolers, by homeschoolers and is full of fun poems, entertaining stores, informative articles, great artwork and other fun tidbits!  Homeschooled students in 4th grade through high school have planned, researched and compiled this great newsletter!


Kind Regards,
Roni Bergerson-- 
CurrClick Live and CurrClick.com
http://www.currclick.com
Curriculum and Classes in a Click!

Jefferson County: Teen Court Opportunity

Teen Court is a REAL court for first-time juvenile offenders who have been charged with non-violent misdemeanors. Defendants are represented and prosecuted by teen attorneys and go before a jury of their peers who decides how the defendant will be held accountable by rendering a sentence for the defendant. Sentencing includes mandatory service on the Teen Court jury and an oral apologize to parents/guardians. Additional sentences may include community service, finding employment, attending job skills training class, attending ASAP and/or adhering to a curfew.  

Teen volunteers serve as attorneys, clerks, bailiffs, and jurors. Volunteers receive community service hours for their service. For more information about the Teen Court program, click here.

To apply, teens must live or attend school in Jefferson County and be entering 8th – 12th grade.



The Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education now has a Facebook page.  Please join us and be “our friend”.  You will be notified on FB of the Center’s events & announcements regarding the various programs we offer.

Huntsville: SciQuest Homeschool Science


Sci-Quest invites families to participate in Home School Science, a program designed specifically with homeschoolers’ needs in mind. On the second and third Wednesday of each month*, Sci-Quest educators will lead students through interactive programs on a number of exciting topics. With a different topic offered each month, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Sci-Quest is pleased to offer a Biology course in addition to the General Science course and Physical Science offered in 2011-2012. If your child participated in the middle school program in 2010-2011, and they have already taken the General Science course they can sign up for the Biology course or the Physical Science course. NOTE: General Science is a prerequisite for both Physical Science and Biology. Your child does NOT need to have taken Physical Science in order to take Biology.

This year, Sci-Quest’s Applied Science topics for elementary aged children center around specific careers and the tools and mathematical concepts needed in those careers. Topics will include math concepts like map reading, probability, ratios, and sampling.

*Dates may differ due to holidays and other Sci-Quest events.



For more information on each month's programming, download the Topic Descriptions in printable PDF format here.


Sci-Quest will also sponsor Robotics teams. This is an excellent opportunity for your student to learn about teamwork, math, and science, and to compete against students from across the state and throughout the region.


Visit the Sci-Quest site for more information and to register online!

Greystone: Tiger Rock Martial Arts

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts at Greystone would like to share with you some new programs that would benefit the health and safety of both you and your home-schooled student.

Greystone offers programs for all age groups that focus on the two components of personal safety:
  • education (the how and why things go wrong and the tools to identify those circumstances) and
  • physical training (the hands-on training that enables you to deal with those situations, if they arise). 
Possessing these tools not only builds confidence in everyday living, contributes to positive self-esteem, and increases your sense of awareness, but also relieves the stress associated with challenges we confront daily.

These programs include:
  • Know & Go® is specifically designed for children ages 5-12. This course is a fun-filled non-threatening way to empower children to avoid common situations they may encounter. Know & Go® teaches children to create a window of opportunity to escape from potential abduction, one of the highest risks for children in this age group.
  • Bullyguard® is designed to teach children what to expect from bullies and how to deal with the situation in a non-aggressive way. This program complies with no-fight policies, teaches safe zones and safe people to handle bullying situations, and builds confidence by showing children why it is cool to “Just Walk Away.”
  • TeenSafe™ is designed specifically for teenagers and the broad spectrum of personal safety issues that they may encounter as get older. This program instructs teens how to me more aware of surroundings; how to identify and deal with intimidation and verbally or physically threatening behavior; and empowers teens by teaching how to deal with a situation if it did go bad.
  • Training for Life® is the personal protection course based on self -escape techniques for men and women of all ages. The course is tailored to everyday people and shows self-escape techniques to create a window of opportunity, uses body mechanics we in daily life (i.e. clapping hands, turning a key, knocking on a door, etc.), and teaches scanning patterns to help avoid a bad situation.

If you are interested in any of these courses for your student(s), I would be happy to meet with you to discuss adding one or a combination of these seminars to your homeschool curriculum.  Please contact me at Greystone at 205-981-7777 or via email at greystonetkd@bellsouth.net.

Sincerely,
Miss Chryseis Griffin
Academy Director and Chief Instructor

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Greystone • 5426 Hwy 280, Suite 10 • Bham, AL 35242 • 205-981-7777
Email: greystonetkd@bellsouth.net • Visit us online at: www.greystonemartialarts.com