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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.

What do you wish you had known then that you know now?

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.  

Deb Spradlin
Everest Academy Administrator

Question:  What do you know now that you wished you had known when you started homeschooling?

1. No two days will ever look the same! 
2. Your kids are learning even when you feel like you're failing.
3. As long as everyone gets through the day alive and relatively happy, it's a good day.
4. Kids really don't need all the fluff of public school to be well-educated. Actually, they're better off without it.

Relax, can't emphasize that enough. You will not mess your kids up or ruin their lives. Nothing will go as you plan 100%. Your kids are learning and much more than you could ever imagine. One day you will be listening to them talk about something and wonder how they learned that, especially since you know nothing about that. I know that from experience. Don't let others that don't believe in homeschool discourage you, instead surround yourself with people that support you in your decision. Your kids will not excel at everything and they may even really struggle at some things, but that is life. 
The first year is the hardest. Deschooling is very helpful to shedding the "school" mind set. 

There is so much available-Don't get overwhelmed. 

You don't need to push so hard. They will learn if you provide them with the tools. 

You don't have to use text books. Find what your child loves and let them discover the wonder of the library. If older, there are basics that have to be covered but use their electives to study what they are interested in. Also I would have never put mine in public school if I had known how much we would have enjoyed homeschooling. 

It does not have to be bogged down with massive amounts of paperwork with lesson plans for each day, each subject and each child. It is "FREEDOM" of education.