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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.

Oct. 9, Pensacola: Pensacola State College Planetarium and Space Theatre

Pensacola State College Planetarium and Space Theatre

We will be seeing The Little Star that Could. This movie is a full color 3-D animation about Little Star, an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced with basic information about our Solar System.

After the movie we will have a night sky viewing on projector all around us, just as it is in real time. They will identify constellations and planets. 

We need at least 15 to attend (including parents) to have a showing, with a MAX of 99 people. Wheelchair accessible. ALL ages are welcome, but this is geared toward K-6th. Download and go over the age appropriate guide below for your children.

Educator Guides:

****DEADLINE for payment 10/1/13****

Ticket Prices per Show:
$4.00 - Pre-Kindergarten
$5.00 - K - 12th Grade
$6.00 - All Others

Date/Time:
10/9/13, 11:15a

Address:
1000 College Blvd | Pensacola, FL | 32504; In Building 21 located at the SW corner of the Pensacola campus, near the intersection of Airport Blvd. and Ninth Ave.

Contact:
Jennifer Rogers

Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy before attending any of our events.

Oct. 14, Orange Beach: Sea, Sand, & Stars Field Trip

Sea, Sand, and Stars K-6th grades ONLY

October 14th @9:45 am

Address: 4900 Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561 (Behind Orange Beach Elementary School)

This trip is for Kindergarten through 6th grade, no pre-school siblings permitted as per BCBOE, sorry :( Cost is $4 per child, Chaperones are Free. Limit 1 parent per household.  Please show up by 9:45a. There are picnic tables there so we can eat lunch together, everyone will need to bring a sack lunch, drinks, snacks for their family. We are so fortunate to be allowed this opportunity, spaces are very limited. Please speak with your children prior to visiting about proper etiquette, we are representing the homeschooling community.

To secure your spot you will need to pay $4 per child either through paypal or mail to me. Contact for PayPal address or mailing address.

As always, please let me know if there is any questions. Look forward to seeing you soon!!

Here is info on Sea, Sand, and Stars:
Sea, Sand, and Stars features a huge, beautiful 5,800 gallon aquarium with a large variety of fish. In addition, the facility has a 38 seat planetarium with a Digitarium Alpha II Projector, technology used in the best planetariums across the world. The facility is equipped to tap into the Hubble Telescope and allows visitors a real-time look through this amazing window into space.  In partnership with WKRG TV, a weather station, complete with measuring and monitoring technology, allows students to learn meteorology and then report the weather in front of a real television news set.


Contact: Jen Rogers, 205-983-4028, cell.  Deadline for signup, payment, and cancellation is Oct. 4.  

Thanks,
Jen Rogers
South Alabama Activity Coordinator, Everest Academy

October 2013 iServe Project: Boo At The Zoo

iServe Homeschool Service Club is for homeschoolers in the Greater Birmingham and surrounding areas who are interested in cultivating a desire to volunteer and serve in their community.


We plan hands-on service opportunities for our homeschool students, which vary by locations, dates, times, etc., according to the service opportunity coordinated, but all events will be in the Greater Birmingham area or surrounding communities in Jefferson, Shelby, St Clair, and Blount counties. We strive to coordinate opportunities for all ages, 0-99, but occasionally there will be restrictions for the venue or type of volunteering needed. 

Our October project will be volunteering at one of the Birmingham Zoo's biggest fundraiser events of the year, Boo At The Zoo.
Please click on this link, iServe Club, for more details about join iServe.

Dothan Area: Amanda Martin

Dothan ~ Amanda Martin

Hi! My name is Amanda Martin, and I am the new activities coordinator for the Dothan area. (Sometimes you will see Mandy or Manda on my emails but I do go by Amanda :) ) I am new to Everest but not to homeschooling. You could say that I've "homeschooled" for 13 going on 14 years now, as of Feb. 2014 :) That is because my oldest will be turning 14, and we've always known we would homeschool, and life has been an everyday learning experience. Ha! Okay, so my oldest son is Micah and he is an 8th grader; then my second child Jillian is a young 6th grader. And our youngest, 5 yr old Mariam, is her own entity :) We sent her to our small church's private preschool and kindergarten last year and this year, then we will bring her home again next. Between taking care of aging parents in our home, homeschooling and activities, and volunteer/part-time work hours, I "needed" those morning hours and she needed more attention than I was able to give. Oh, and don't forget our fur kid, Belle and 2 beta fish!

Our "style" has been quite a mix over the years. Reading about new and different curriculum or methods has been a hobby of sorts for me. But in general, we have been eclectic/unschoolers with a classical bent. We are love, love, loving our new once-a-week classical co-op, where we work on memory work especially. I pull Mariam out to attend that, as well. Then we also have been involved with before or are currently involved in: *basketball*, football, baseball and t-ball, soccer, dance or gymnastics, karate, swim team, Scouts, Frontier Girls, art class, music lessons and lots of church activities. Yes, we stay busy these days! :) Did I mention that my dear hubby of 16+ years is in ministry as well? Busy busy! But I love my crazy homeschool life! And I can't wait to see you at our activities this year! 

Amanda Martin
mandamama@gmail.com (also used for Paypal)
334-464-2162 (please leave a message if I do not answer!)

Oct. 3, Huntsville: Tour the Nina and Pinta

To RSVP, I must have a check for payment from you no later than Thursday, September 19th. (I will have to pay for you even if you don't show up, since I'll be committing to the RSVP'd number.)
For the mailing address, please email me at HSVHomeschool@gmail.com.

We must have a minimum of 15 paying individuals to get the group rate.

Students will:
♦Tour both ships, learning about the mechanics and history of them.

Costs:
♦2 and up $5
♦Under 2 free

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Ditto Landing Marina

Please be on-time:
We need to be ready to begin the tours promptly at 1 p.m.. Please be there by 12:30 so we can have time to get everyone checked in and submit payment prior to then.

The tours will take roughly 30-45 minutes. You are welcome to explore the ships on your own after the tours end.

For more information about the ships, please visit their website:
http://www.thenina.com/


Please read the information at this link prior to RSVPing:
http://www.alabamahomeschooling.com/2009/12/jr-master-gardeners.html

Oct. 23, Leeds: Red Barn Field Trip FULL!!!

HORSE PLAY AT THE RED BARN!
HORSES! CRAFTS! PLAYING! GETTING DIRTY!  SOUNDS LIKE FUN TO ME!

DATE: October 23, 2013 
TIME: 10 am -12 pm (I will be packing a sack lunch and eating on site after the program.  I would love for you to join us)
WHERE:  The Red Barn Foundation -2700 Bailey Rd, Leeds, Al 35094 
Here is their website: http://theredbarnfoundation.org/

LIMITED TO 10 CHILDREN.  SO CONTACT ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!  This trip is full but keeping a waiting list.  

The Red Barn is a not for profit organization.  The 'price' for this event is a donation of some sort.  That could be money, a case a water, homemade cookies for the volunteers, toilet paper, etc.  The list goes on and on.  I think you get the idea.  Please bring a nice donation PER FAMILY as your payment for this great experience for you and your kids.

Please note some requirements:
CLOSE TOE SHOES, as well as CLOTHES THAT CAN GET DIRTY, OR EVEN A CHANGE OF CLOTHES

PLEASE NOTE: The parent MUST fill out  the REGISTRATION AND RELEASE FORM FOR EACH CHILD .  It is on the link below and can be emailed or faxed.


Please contact Nicole Junkin at mommyrottie@gmail.com or 205-902-0488

Shoals Area: Darla Hicks

Shoals Area - Darla Hicks

My name is Darla Hicks, and I am the new activity coordinator for the Shoals Area for the 2013-2014 school year. This is our fourth year as a homeschooling family. I have two sons ages 12 and 7. I also serve as a Den Leader in our local Cub Scout Pack.

We have some exciting things planned for this year! I am looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing old ones!

To help stay informed and keep track of all the upcoming events please join our Facebook group.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/324927077651876?ref=bookmark&__user=1499676852 - Please note that this Facebook page is not Everest Academy sponsored.  

I can also be reached by email at darlakayhicks@aol.com. Please feel free to send any ideas you may have for trips or activities.

Oct. 15, LaFayette: Jack O'Lantern Lane Field Trip

Hi All,

I did some research on nearby pumpkin patches, and I would like to plan a trip to Jack O'Lantern Lane for anyone who would like to go with us. I talked to the family that owns it, and after explaining that we are a homeschool group, she said they have lots of classroom type instruction they can do during the tour if we want it. They give a tour of the farm including the hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin to take home, a small animal petting zoo, corn grinding demonstration and lesson, classroom instruction if requested, inflatables and train ride which takes about 2 1/2 hours. (The train ride and inflatables are additional cost- see below for cost breakdown.)
The classroom instruction will be some general math and science problems about pumpkins- find the diameter, does it float, etc. If we have special requests of what to cover, they will accommodate us if they can.

Here are the details:

Date: Tuesday, Oct 15
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location:  Jack O'Lantern Lane in LaFayette, AL 
Deadline to RSVP: Oct. 4. Please contact Rebecca Miller at rebeccalmiller@gmail.com with questions and to RSVP. 

Target Age: K-5th grade, but all age siblings are welcome
Cost: See info below.

Prices are as follows: $7.00 (parents or children) for hayride and choice of pumpkin from the patch this also allows you to see animals & corn grinding/corn mill demonstration. $3.00 for hayride only no pumpkin (includes parents they are required to pay to go with their children) $5.00 unlimited inflatable's and $1.00 per train ride. These are FIELD TRIP prices exclusively for M-F group reservations: you can bundle all of this together if you have 25 or more paying children you can do it all for $11.00 per child and for the parent the hayride it is $3 or hayride with pumpkin it is $7. If you have under 25 children to do it all the cost per child it is $12.00. 
We have snack concessions during the week unless you request a hot dog or PBJ sack lunch in advance for $3.00. 

I need a count of how big our group is by Oct 4. 

Here is the website for directions and more info.

Looking forward to spending another fun day with homeschoolers!

Sept. 26, Fairhope: Weeks Bay National Estaurine Research Center K-3rd ONLY

Weeks Bay National Estaurine Research Center K-3rd ONLY

The Weeks Bay Reserve encompasses over 6,000 acres of land and water in and around Weeks Bay and along Mobile Bay. The Reserve has a free educational interpretive center and two boardwalks. One boardwalk is behind the Reserve Interpretive Center and leads to Weeks Bay; the pitcher plant bog boardwalk connects to Fish River.

This tour will be geared towards K-3rd grades. There is a MAX of 30 people and due to limited space, only one parent per family. The reserve prefers not to have preschoolers for the docent led activities. They are welcome at the reserve but on personal tours. The tour is FREE, however, donations are accepted. *****$5 REFUNDABLE deposit per family (not child) to hold your spot. If you show up to event the money will be given back. Otherwise I will give it to the reserve as a donation***** 

Date/Time:
9/26/13, 9a-11a

Address: 
11300 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope, Alabama 36532

Website: 

Contact:
Jennifer Rogers

Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy before attending any of our events.

Sep 27, Sep 29, & Oct. 1, Bham: Greek Orthodox Study

Everest Family Church
World Culture & Religion Series

September - Orthodox Religion (Christian)

We will combine the Greek Festival (sponsored by the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral) with an education in the Orthodox religion. There is more than one church in the Orthodox tradition: the most common being Russian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox. These churches differ mostly in culture, so we will check out the Greek culture in addition to the Orthodox Church. It would be great if you could come to all three events, but at least try to come to the October 1st event as we will learn the most about the Orthodox religion from that event. I will send out readings on the religion prior to the events. From these, students should compile questions to be pre-submitted to the pastoral assistant. Sign-up is required at the October 1 event and suggested for the other events. Contact Danielle at 4neerdowells@gmail.com


September 27 - Greek Festival and church tour at Holy Trinity Cathedral Greek Orthodox Church on at 1:00 PM. 
September 29 - Divine Liturgy 
October 1 - 2:00 - Meet with an Orthodox Pastoral Assistant and learn more about the Orthodox religion.

4th Thursdays, Vestavia: McCallum Park Day


CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF PARTICIPATION

McCallum Park Day

We'll meet once a month at McCallum Park for some park day fun at this beautiful, centrally-located park in Vestavia Hills.

Time:  1:00-3:00pm
Location:  McCallum Park*
Rosemary Lane, Vestavia, Alabama

June 27

July 25
August 22
September 26
October 24
November 21
March 27
April 24
May 22

The park offers a playground area for the littles, a shallow creek for playing, shaded areas for relaxing, and plenty of space for parking!

Please contact Nicole Junkin ~ mommyrottie@gmail.com  if you have any questions!


*Note: This park is conveniently located at the end of Rosemary Lane right off Rocky Ridge Rd in Vestavia. Please be sure not to park on Rosemary Ln when visiting the park, per the Vestavia Parks Board.


This park day is sponsored by Everest Academy and open to all homeschoolers regardless of church school enrollment. Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy before attending any of our events.

Foley: Guitar Lessons/Music Reading for Beginners

Guitar lessons/music reading for beginners in my Foley home. $60 a month for a lesson each week. Available early evenings and weekends. Can contact Chelsea Badey at 251-284-8169 or www.facebook.com/lessonsbychelsea

Oct 4, Ohatchee: Janney Furnace & Museum fieldtrip *SIGN-UP DEADLINE FRIDAY, Sept 20!*

Janney Furnace & Museum Tour

Date:  Friday, October 4
Time:  1:00pm
Location:  Janney Furnace
145 Janney Road, Ohatchee, Alabama 36271

Details:  The fieldtrip will include a guided tour of the new Confederate & Native American Museum. Afterwards, we will do a self-guided tour of the Janney Furnace grounds which will include the Calhoun County Confederate Memorial (photo below). We should be able to cover everything in about two hours, but we are free to take longer, if needed.

This fieldtrip is open to all homeschoolers and all ages/grades.

Cost:  $2.00 per person or $10.00 max per family 

Sign-up Deadline:  Friday, September 20
Payment & Cancellation Deadline:  Friday, Sept 27

Contact:  Briana Moore ~ self-educated@earthlink.net 
Payment information will be provided upon sign-up.


October 2013 iServe Project: Turkey Creek Nature Preserve (rescheduled from Sept)


iServe Homeschool Service Club is for homeschoolers in the Greater Birmingham and surrounding areas who are interested in cultivating a desire to volunteer and serve in their community.


We plan hands-on service opportunities for our homeschool students, which vary by locations, dates, times, etc., according to the service opportunity coordinated, but all events will be in the Greater Birmingham area or surrounding communities in Jefferson, Shelby, St Clair, and Blount counties. We strive to coordinate opportunities for all ages, 0-99, but occasionally there will be restrictions for the venue or type of volunteering needed. 

Our September project had to be rescheduled due to weather, but we will be volunteering at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve to clean-up their eco-scape and plant some trees in October!
Please click on this link, iServe Club, for more details about join iServe.

Oct. 2, Summerdale: Magnolia Corn Maze

Magnolia Corn Maze

Come out and join us for some fall FUN at Magnolia Corn Maze!! This is a homeschoolers ONLY day!! Bring the WHOLE family, ALL are welcome. This year there are TWO corn mazes. They also have Hayrides, Petting Zoo, Pig Race, Play area, Hay Jump. Other activities include: Cow Train, Corn Cannons, Rubber duck races, and Hop-a long Rodeo, Pony Rides, Pumpkin Launcher, BAZOOKA BALL, and FIRE PITS! 

We had a great time here last year! This will be $8 per person and that includes the activities. *** If you want a pumpkin add $1 to your ticket price*** Children 2 and under are free, although if they would like a pumpkin that will be $3. Bring lunch, drinks, and snacks for your family. They have covered picnic tables where we can all eat together. 

***DEADLINE to sign up 9/23/13***

Date/Time:
10/2/13, 9:30a

Address:
15275 County Rd 49, Summerdale, Alabama 36580

Website:


Contact:
Jennifer Rogers

Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy before attending any of our events.

Oct. 1, Montgomery: E.A.T. South Field Trip

Oct. 1
E.A.T. South Tour

This trip is a new place in Montgomery that looks like a great spot for kids. It is an urban farm which caters to K-5th grade students to teach them where our food comes from and a bit about farming practices. Below is the description for our tour.

This is a comprehensive food education field trip program taught at the Downtown Farm. A children’s garden will be completed in 2013 to provide the perfect platform for connecting children from all over Alabama with healthy fresh food. Students explore the farm and help harvest fresh produce. The students then help prepare that food into a healthy snack or lunch on the farm. Finally, students learn why eating fresh, healthy seasonal food is so important for productive life.

The kids will get to harvest and taste food directly from our garden, as well as interact with the chickens, plant seeds, and more. The Downtown farm has a full garden, production raised beds, a refurbished caboose office, and a working windmill, and really lives up to being an "urban farm". 

We can also recommend some great places to eat in the Auburn-Opelika area that embody local and sustainable agriculture and cuisine. 

The website is eatsouth.org for more information.

Date: Oct 1
Time: 9:30am (meet there)
Age: K-5th grade
Cost: $5 payment in cash on the day of tour or $10 including lunch (parents must pay $5 for this tour also or $15 including lunch. Siblings that do not participate or 3 and under are free)
Location: 425 Molton St, Montgomery, AL 36104 (behind the Montgomery Advertiser) 
Other Details:  Participants should dress to be comfortable outside in garden type environment.  Feel free to bring your own lunch; they have benches in the shade where you can sit and eat your lunch. They also offer a lunch made by a local restaurant for an extra $5 per person ($10 for adults).

Deadline to RSVP is Sept 17. There will be a maximum number for this trip, so please do not sign up if you do not definitely plan to show up.  For more information and to RSVP, please contact Rebecca Miller at rebeccalmiller@gmail.com .

Please make sure to read the Everest Participation Policy before signing up.  

CANCELLED...Sept. 26, Moulton: Yellow Wolf Gem Mining and Blacksmith Demo Field Trip

CANCELLED

Yellow Wolf Gem Mining and Blacksmith Demo Field Trip
1128 CO RD 58 MOULTON, AL 35650
Thursday, September 26th, 9:30-12:00

To RSVP, I must have a check for payment from you no later than Thursday, September 5th. (I will have to pay for you even if you don't show up, since I'll be committing to the RSVP'd number.) 
For the mailing address, please email me at HSVHomeschool@gmail.com.

Students will: 
♦Dig up a bucket full of dirt to mine, filter it, and take home the gems from their bucket.
♦Watch a blacksmith demonstration
♦Stay to eat their own picnic lunch and hike around (lunch and hiking are optional, time required for hike varies by individual) 

Costs: 
♦Students ages 5 and up: $12 each
♦Parents: Free if watching, $12 if mining
♦Children under 4: Free if watching or sharing with sibling/parent, $12 if mining own bucket

Please be on-time: 
We need to be ready to begin the blacksmith demonstration promptly at 10. Please be there by 9:30 so we can have time to get everyone checked in and submit payment prior to then. 

Please read the information at this link prior to RSVPing: 

Cullman: Civil Air Patrol


About
The Cullman County charter of the civil air patrol, AL 134, is looking for people interested in youth and aviation to become members and/or supporters.

Mission
Provide Search and Rescue, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs.

Company Overview
We are SER-AL-134 CULLMAN Composite Squadron, Following the German heritage of the Cullman area, we are the Cullman BLACKBIRDS

Description
We need people of all skills, we can certainly use more pilots; but you do not have to be a pilot to be a senior member. You don't even have to fly. Cadets meet every Monday evening at 6:00 PM at the Cullman airport in Vinemont.

General Information
The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Providing search and rescue, cadet programs to include aerospace education, leadership, physical fitness, and character development.

High School Bass Fishing

High School Bass Fishing Tournaments
Open to all homeschoolers grades 7 - 12 

For more info, please contact Jenny Smith:
Phone 205-522-2910 text or call

The Meetings will be held in Birmingham Area.  The fish offs will be held at multiple lakes including Lake Guntersville and others.  The high school tournaments will most likely be at:
Weiss Lake 
Lake Guntersville 
Smith Lake 
Lake Tuscaloosa
Lay Lake. 

If we have enough interest, we can divide by the Counties. That's how the Alabama High School Association divides. First thing we just need a count of interested families. 

Golf

Golf

If you know of a golf program that is open to all homeschoolers that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 


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Martial Arts

Martial Arts

If you know of a martial arts program that is open to all homeschoolers that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 


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Fishing

Fishing

If you know of a fishing program that is open to all homeschoolers that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 


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Running

Running

If you know of a running program that is open to all homeschoolers that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 


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Choir


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Homeschool Choir Opportunities
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Sept. 23, Decatur: Nina & Pinta Ships Tour

Decatur Riverwalk Marina location for the Nina & Pinta ships tour at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, September 23rd. (Arrive at 1pm)

To RSVP, I must have payment/cancellations from you no later than Monday, September 9th. (I will have to pay for you even if you don't show up, since I'll be committing to the RSVP'd number, so no refunds after Sept. 9th) 

For the payment details, please email me at themorrowclan@yahoo.com.

We must have a minimum of 15 paying individuals to get the group rate.

Students & Parents will:
♦Tour both ships, learning about the mechanics and history of them.

Costs:
♦5 and up $5
♦4 and under free

Please be on-time:
We need to be ready to begin the tours promptly at 1:30 p.m.. Please be there by 1p so we can have time to get everyone checked in and submit payment prior to then, everything is cash only.

The tour will take roughly 45 minutes, depending on how many questions we ask. You are welcome to explore the ships on your own after the tour ends.

There is a Gift Shop on board that takes cash only up to a $20 purchase & then they will let you swipe a card.

For more information about the ships & the Decatur Riverwalk Marina we will be visiting, including address/directions, please visit their website:
http://www.thenina.com/

Please read the information at this link prior to RSVPing:
http://www.alabamahomeschooling.com/2009/12/jr-master-gardeners.html

www.thenina.com
The Most Historically Accurate Replica of Columbus Ships Ever Built. Come aboard to see, feel, and learn what it was like for Columbus and crew on their voyages of discovery over 500 years ago.

Jefferson County: Homeschool Show Choir

Show Choir Experience for Home School students in the Jefferson County and immediate surrounding counties: If you have ever watched GLEE on television and wondered where all those talented people came from, then you have your answer, Show Choirs across America. Some of the best singers and dancers are in thousands of show choirs across the country. I am sure there are many wonderfully talented and self directed young people who are not in traditional schools who afford these young people such a group opportunity! The proposed group of 25 - 40 young people from ages 12 - 17 who have a love for singing and dancing as well as loving to travel and perform should audition to be a part of this group. I am looking to have classes twice a week in a local dance studio in Jefferson County from 10 AM - 1 PM before the studio's regular classes start. To start with there would be a two or three day workshop to jump start the group in the direction it needs to go. Musical styles will be Pop, Rock, Country, Broadway and any other commercial style music. The goal would be to produce a 20-25 minute musical performance completely choreographed and costumed that could be entered in show choir competitions around Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee as well as providing entertainment for civic and community organizations. I am suggesting a $50 a month fee for each individual that participates. There will be costume costs and choreography fees shared by all on an equal basis while learning routines. When competitions begin, the most affordable way of getting to and from will be considered and shared on an equal basis. The first workshops and month of rehearsals will be to learn the songs(with harmony) before adding choreography.

If you are interested or for more information please contact Steve Pennington Showstopperspro@aol.com or 205-798-5361.

Sep. 17, Madison: Constitution Day Celebration

Date: September 17

Event: Madison/Huntsville Constitution Day Celebration

Place: Dublin Park, Madison Alabama (Kid's Kingdom)

Time: 10a.m.

Cost: $5

Registration Deadline: Sept 3rd

Contact: Tracie Stephen at wareaglefamily@hotmail.com to arrange payment

Open to all K-12 

Description: Come celebrate Constitution Day and investigate the details of the U.S. Constitution.
Upon arrival, students will receive a note pad with several questions about the Constitution. Students will be able to go to locations throughout the playground to find the answers. Once they have the answers, they will get their book stamped and receive a goody bag with a pocket Constitution and prizes. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch and stay to socialize afterwards.

Optional: I will also collect posters for the Constitution Day Poster Design Contest. Rules for the poster design can be found atwww.constitutionday.cc.

10 Most Important Things About Homeschooling

The Ten Most Important Things
You Need to Know About Homeschooling
from
1. Homeschooling is life changing. It creates personal growth for both the parent and the child. You (the parent) get a second chance to re-discover your own special genius, while you help your children discover theirs. Nothing you will ever do will have a more profound effect on your child and your family's future as homeschooling.

2. You are qualified to homeschool your children if you love to read to them, love to spend time with them, love to explore the world with them, love to see them learn new things and, most important, love them.

3. Children love to learn. It is as natural to them as breathing. They have an inborn hunger to explore the world and examine what is interesting. They learn by following their interests, with one interest leading to another. This is the way we all learned as younger children and how as adults we learn after we leave school. Homeschooling families learn together and know that learning is a life-long process.

4. Homeschooling is legal option for educating your child. 

5. It does not take six to eight hours a day to homeschool your child. Most of the time children spend at school consists of waiting. Design a plan that works for your family and be prepared to scratch it several times and start over. Don't sacrifice your family's happiness to "school" your children. There are many ways families homeschool; find what works for you and your family.

6. Your child will not become a social misfit. Children do not need to be socialized in a large group of same-age children to become well adjusted socially. Quite the opposite. Most parents want their children to learn their social graces from adults, not other children. Homeschoolers have healthy relationships with people of all ages, including the new mother next door, the retired couple who loves to garden, their friends at ballet, 4-H and Karate and, most important, their parents.

7. You will not have to teach algebra unless you really want to. It is not necessary to teach pre-algebra to ten year olds. When your teen decides to become a scientist or is ready to explore the requirements of college admission, together you will explore the ways they can learn algebra: in a community college class, with a tutor, or through text books.  After years of using math in their daily lives, homeschooled teens are well equipped to teach themselves higher math. Don't worry about it when they are ten.

8. You will question yourself a lot. Maybe several times a day in the beginning. This is normal. Find a fellow homeschooling friend. Support each other. Tell each other that it's okay to sometimes feel that your children didn't seem to learn anything on a given day. They did, and so did you!

9. You do not have to starve or live in a tent to homeschool your children. Thousands of homeschooling families are able to make the money they need and homeschool their children at the same time. While you create a family business or dream job or restructure your current job, your children will learn the most important skill of all - how to create the life of their dreams.

10. Trust in your child. They learned how to love, smile, crawl, walk, talk, run, dress themselves, and understand their world before starting school, and they will continue to grow and learn without school.

Chelsea: Jeet Kune Do Classes

These classes are for teens and up.  No younger children.  Please mention the McPhail's sent you.  

Jr. Teen Scene/Teen Scene Coordinator: Deborah Helms

Jr. Teen Scene/Teen Scene Coordinator:  Deborah Helms

Hello everyone! My name is Deborah Helms. I have been married to my husband David since 1989 and we have two boys, one 21 and the other 8. We began homeschooling in February of 1998, when our oldest was 6 and in Kindergarten. We have had many opportunities through homeschooling over the years. Some things we have been involved in is music, (including many orchestras), co-ops, chess, Lego Club, tennis, swim, basketball, Speech & Debate, 4-H, Scouts, soccer, Science labs, skating, bowling, Homeschool P.E. programs, theatre, service projects, Rifle Shooting, and more. Never let it be said that a homeschooler lacks social skills! There are always opportunities for interaction with others that provide positive experiences. Our oldest boy, Klinton began at Jefferson State Community College at 15, almost 16. At Jeff State, he was able to get some dual credits and get a good bit of his Core out of the way prior to going to UAB. He is currently in the process of completing his second major at UAB, which he decided to do because he had another year of scholarship left. He stays connected with music through playing his viola, violin & piano in various groups.

Mickey, our youngest, doesn’t know a stranger! We were blessed to be able to adopt him he has kept us involved in sports. He loves SPORTS! No matter the sport, he excels in anything physical. Because of his great love and ability in sports, my husband and I are back doing things many parents our age no longer do. For example, I have learned four strokes in swimming and love to swim now. I also bike with him. One of our favorite places to bike is Railroad Park. 

I am a strange creature for cooking and baking. I have been called the Butterbean Lady from previous years demonstrating how to cook with Butterbeans for the Butterbean Festival in Pinson. I include beans in desserts, breads, etc. Few people ever know what they are eating. Some beans we eat are Adzuki, Anasazi, Black, Black-eye Peas, Garbanzo, Kidney, Lentil, Lima, Mung, Pinto, Great Northern, Navy, just to name a few. Our favorite has got to be the black bean brownies and a quinoa & black bean cumin dish. 

David, my husband, works for UAB and is close to retiring. He has less than four years and then we will see what happens. He is looking forward to being able to write, draw, play his guitar, etc. when he is retired. 

I look forward to working with everyone. Let’s homeschool!
Deborah Helms
Contact information: helmsddk@yahoo.com