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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.

Primary Teacher

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 questions and answers. Please put "Blog Challenge" in the subject line. 

Thanks!
Deb Spradlin
Everest Academy Administrator

QUESTION:  Who is the primary teacher in your family? Does the other parent help as well? 

My Answer:  It depends on which day you ask!  I guess I am the primary teacher, but Dad definitely plays an important role.  I do most of the schedule organizing, running around, finding and securing resources, and facilitating. Dad does lots of improptu lessons on homesteading, science, politics, current events, government, art, etc.   

Answers:
I (Mom) am the primary teacher. My husband will occasionally do a science lesson, but usually participates by actively asking what was learned that day and to see any "cool stuff." We also have the "are you smarter than" questions based on what we learned to see if Daddy can be stumped. This gets our son to dig into the material to find some specific details to quiz Dad later.


Mom is the primary teacher, but Dad will help with taking the kids to classes when there is a scheduling conflict and he also teaches them random things when they ask questions or he sees something neat(in nature, at work, etc)


Primary teacher, mom, dad helps sometimes.


Mom is the primary teacher. Dad helps by working to allow mom to stay at home to teach. Dad does not teach classes but is a great role model for his children. :)


I am the primary teacher. My husband helps with academics when I need him to. He teaches the boys how to work hard and manage money.


I (mom) am the primary teacher in our family. My husband hasn't helped much so far, but is going to help with advanced math this year.


I am the teacher & no, the other parent does not help



Both parents teach in our home. My husband is the primary teacher for our fifth grader and I am the primary teacher for our preschooler, but we interact constantly and also do lots of learning as an entire family. 


Me, the mother. My husband does help, sporadically  I do the mostly structured lesson like math and reading but he teaches them some science and history stuff. My kids are still little so I haven't delved deep into either science or history.


I (Mom) am the primary teacher in our family. Right now Dad does not help with the teaching. Like so many other homeschool families, he works hard to make the money so we can have the honor to homeschool. He works over 50 hours a week and is a bi-vocational Youth Pastor. He is also in college getting a Bible degree. We are praying that God will open up a full time position at our church soon. When he is able to start at the church full time, he will start helping with some teaching in things like P.E., Science, History and Art.


I, the Mom, am the primary teacher, but Dad helps as well. In our family, Dad is really gifted at teaching Math, building projects, and planning field trips.


The mom. Dad helps some and is especially helpful on field trips. I catch him teaching more and more although I'm not sure he knows he is. :)