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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 church "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.

Favorite Homeschooling Book

Hey Homeschoolers! I am working on making a resource for new homeschoolers where they ask the questions and veteran homeschoolers give the answers. My goal is to provide advice, resources, and most of all to show that there is more than one way of doing things. 

Please contact me with your answer to the following question. I have already included answers that folks sent me on Facebook. Please let me know if you do not want me to include your name in the posting. Please give as much info as possible including links, details, explanations, etc... I will add your answers to this page so that new homeschoolers will have a resource to refer back to again and again.

You can contact me at everestacademy1@gmail.com with your answers or questions.  Please put "Blog Challenge" in the subject line.  

Deb Spradlin
Everest Academy Administrator

Question:  What is your favorite book about homeschooling and why?


"Homeschooling: One Family's Journey" by Greg Millman - This book provides a real-life, practical view of homeschooling from an everyday, average income, unschooling family's perspective. Even if the reader doesn't share the same preferences or principles as the authors, there is inspiration galore. The format is engaging., the layout makes sense, but the copy is not dry and clinic like that found in many "how-to" books. Highly recommend.

"The Well Trained Mind" - It presents a way of schooling that is orderly, logical, and rigorous. I feel like by following it, my children's education will not be haphazard. It fits our family's personality. It is also flexible enough to adapt to my children's individual needs.

"The Well Trained Mind" - The book was extremely useful in helping me gather my thoughts around a philosophy of home-education. It also lines out what your child should learn, when he should learn it, and where to get the resources.

"The Well-Trained Mind" - This resource gives you a 12-year plan that allows you to be the teacher and not rely on preset everything. Will give your child the equivalent of a private school education for a fraction of the cost.

"POC4U" - This one resource made our homeschooling so much better because it matches, level, best learning styles and more to the suggested curriculum for the student. Plus it costs less than $15.00.

Favorite Homeschool Book?! I'm think I've read them all, but The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell really freed me up from a lot of "have to!" She also helped me see the importance of requiring my children to be responsible for their own education. But then, there's Karen Andreola's A Charlotte Mason Companion. Nature studies, quiet reflection, living books, and experiencing all of life as education helped move our home education out of the "sit behind the desk and finish the workbook" to an opportunity to participate in life and learning everyday. But then, there's Ruth Beechick! Those three little books: A Strong Start in Language, A Home Start in Reading, An Easy Start in Arithmetic. What a treasure! Do this! Say this! Play this game! Love them! They help remove the "I'm not a teacher" mentality and give you the tools to teach your child the basics. These books and her You Can Teach Your Child Successfully help you gain the confidence to finish strong.