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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.

Dec. 3 (Deadline Nov. 26), Bham: Chanukah Festival of Lights and Southern Fried Chanukah

December 3, 2013 5:00 - 7:00 PM - Chanukah Festival of Lights and Southern Fried Chanukah. As part of Everest Studies in World Culture and Religion, we are studying Judaism in the month of December. Birmingham's Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC) is hosting the Chanukah Festival of Lights where we will learn about Chanukah while eating Latkes and participating in a "Dreidel War." These events are free of charge and open to the public. If you would like to attend the Chanukah Festival of Lights as part of our group, please email Danielle at 4neerdowells@gmail.com by November 26.

There is also an optional "Southern Fried Chanukah" dinner on the same night. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased from the LJCC website by December 1st - $10 per adult plate, $6 per child plate. Each family is responsible for registering for the dinner on their own. http://www.bhamjcc.org/events/2013/12/03/events/festival-of-lights-southern-fried-chanukah-celebration/

3960 Montclair Rd
Birmingham, Al 35213

Huntsville: Swim Lessons


My name is Paula Smith. I will begin teaching swimming lessons for Homeschoolers at the University Fitness Center on the UAH campus in January. I have 38 years of experience in teaching swimming and hold a BS degree in Health, Physical Education and a MS degree in Exercise Physiology.  Classes are for all ages. The classes could also help teenagers get their Physical Education credits for graduation. Classes will be taught during the day. 

My cell number is 256-527-9911. Email: smith3390@aol.com

Thank you,

November iServe Project: Holiday Mail for Heroes

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 November project will be making cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, sponsored by the American Red Cross.
Please click on this link, iServe Club, for more details about join iServe.

Thoughts on Curriculum

Thoughts on Curriculum

Ahhhhh!  Curriculum!  That is the question of the day!  What should I get?  Where?  Is it expensive?  It can be...  Does it have to be?  No!  With Everest Academy, you are free to use whatever resources you would like to educate your child.  Some folks go all out and buy a whole brand new curriculum and spend a ton of money.  Some homeschoolers go to the library and spend $0 on their resources.  The choice is completely up to you!!!

You can go all out and get all the bells and whistles...  Do I recommend that?  No!

My rule of thumb is to NOT go out and spend a ton on curriculum.  Why?  You want your children to have the best, right?  Well, spending a ton of money does not necessarily mean you are getting the best.  It means you have spent a lot of money.  When you go out and spend a ton of money on curriculum, you feel like you have to use it...primarily because it cost a lot of money.  What if your  child hates it?  Then you are being counter productive.  Find the best resources you can find at the best cost that you can find them in order to be flexible.  When you are flexible, you can help your child love to learn.  So, what DO I suggest? 

First of all, check out your local library.  This is my first and favorite resource.  This is ALWAYS my first stop when I am looking for a new resource.  It is a free resource that has endless possibilities.  You can virtually find everything you need here not only for subjects such as history, science, and literature, but my family has also used the library for subjects such as speed reading, sign language, typing, 10-Key, foreign language, Algebra, and on and on.  Most library systems have a library cooperative where they will send materials to your local library.  Also, check to see if your local library has a book club, teen club, crafts, tutors, and computer lessons.  Most libraries also have an area where they will sell used items such as books, magazines, CDs and movies.  I know that the Birmingham Public Library and Homewood Library both have an awesome used material area set up, and I have bought many quality resources there.  Not only do libraries carry books, they also carry books on tape, magazines, CDs, DVDs, VHS, etc... 

Next, check out the local thrift store.  I have never been in an American's Thrift Store and not found quality educational materials and usually for under $1.  Don't just check out the book section either.  I have found the best resources in the toy department over where you find the games and puzzles.  Also, make sure to check out the magazine rack and the CDs. 
Talk to other homeschoolers.  They are a great resource for quality educational materials.  Who wants all of those books hanging around for years?  There are usually umpteen used curriculum sales in the spring, and many homeschoolers bring materials to park day.  Don't forget to check out Ebay. 


Don't forget to check out the boob tube...  Yes, that's right...  the T.V.  There are some great programs offered these days.  It's not just Sesame Street anymore.  You can find programming for Pre-School all the way through adult.  Check out stations such as The History Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery, etc...  Of course, I am not suggesting that all your child do is watch T.V., but what I am suggesting is looking to see what is offered and how it might benefit them.  Most channels and even individual shows offer wonderful websites, activities, and lesson plans.  Don't forget Netflix!  Netflix is a goldmine of documentaries, historical fiction, movies based on works or literature, etc...

And finally, the Internet...  Geez, you are really missing the boat if you do not have Internet access.  You can find everything you need for a quality education for free on the Internet.  If you find a site that you have to pay for, research a little more.  You can usually find the same thing or better for free. 

Need more guidance?

RESCHEDULED!!! Nov. 12, Tuscumbia: Cotton Gin Tour


Nov. 12
Spring Valley Cotton Gin
2240 Spring Valley Rd
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

This is a guided tour of an operating gin.

Everyone needs to meet in the parking lot of the gin by 8:45 a.m. The tour will start at 9:00 a.m..

This is a free event!

Please email darlakayhicks@aol.com if you would like to attend.

Nov. 11, Florence: Map & Compass Class

Map & Compass Class

November 11th
9:00 a.m.
McFarland Park in Florence

Class info:
- Learn how to read topographic lines and other basic features on a map.
- Orient a map to match the environment both with and without a compass.
- Learn basic compass features and how to utilize the map with a compass.
- How to plot your current position on your map.
- Use a map a compass to navigate to new locations and build confidence in your skills.

The class will last about an hour and end with a fun treasure hunt letting the children use their skills.

The class will be taught by fellow homeschooler, Summer McCreless. She has been an avid hiker/backpacker for many years. Summer has also previously taught Map and Compass with Alabama Outdoors and was an instructor with Outward Bound.

Your child will need a compass similar to this.

The cost of the class is $10 for first child and $5 for additional children.

McFarland Park
200 James M. Spain Dr.
Florence, Al

We will meet at the first pavilion on the camping side of the park. Near the restrooms.

Contact Darlakayhicks@aol.com if you would like to attend or have any questions. Payment may also be sent via PayPal to that email address.

Nov. 14, Gardendale: The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints Tour

Thursday, November 14
12:30 PM. 
1927 Mt Olive Blvd
Gardendale, AL 35071

For the third month of our Studies in World Religion series we will be looking at Mormonism, also called the Latter Day Saints. We will meet at 12:30 on the Temple lawn for a picnic lunch and conversation (bring your own - lunch will NOT be provided) and then convene to the Chapel for an informative talk with Temple Elders.

You MUST sign up for this field trip in advance by contacting Danielle Dowell at 4neerdowells@gmail.com.