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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.


Hey Veteran Homeschoolers! I am working on making a resource for new homeschoolers where they ask the questions and you 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 will not add your name, so feel comfortable in speaking freely. 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 answer. Please put "Blog Challenge" in the subject line. 

Merry Christmas!
Deb Spradlin
Everest Academy Administrator

Question: Do you homeschool during holidays?  If so, how do you incorporate holidays into your curriculum?  

My Answer: Well, what I do now is much different from what I did when my children were younger.  I will give you examples of ways we have incorporated holidays over the years.  I will concentrate my answer using Christmas as the example.  We have spent lots of time studying Christmas traditions around the world.  We have done lapbooks, unit studies, read lots of holiday-oriented books, and watched fictional and nonfiction movies about Christmas.  We have done studies on Advent, Hannukah, and in depth studies on Christmas including the secular and Christian aspects.  For several years, we did the elves which led to MANY educational (and hilarious) adventures.  My daughter would write to the elves every night, and the elves would write back in "curly (cursive) or fancy" writing.  After a while, they insisted that she write to them in "fancy" writing too.  We have used the holidays to learn to cook, follow instructions, shop on a budget, etc.  Our family usually will make at least part of our Christmas gifts which has led to making soap, lotion, lip balm, clothes washing liquid, baking, knitting, crocheting, art projects, sewing, leather making, wood burning, paper making, etc.  We have done lots of volunteer activities including Meals on Wheels, soup kitchens, food banks, nursing homes, etc.  These are just a few of the ways I can think of that we have incorporated Christmas into our education (living).  We do much the same with other holidays.  How about you?  

Huntsville: Homeschool Bowling League

The Huntsville Homeschool bowling league is moving to a new location, Pin Palace Lanes, with a new league starting Jan. 7th at noon.

Who: Homeschoolers of all ages, no previous bowling experience necessary

When: Tuesdays at noon, 12 weeks

Where: Pin Palace Lanes (Huntsville, North Parkway just past University, near Costco)

Cost: $7.50 per week per person

Contact: Josh Gaddis at Pin Palace at 256-534-8438 or message him on FB https://www.facebook.com/jgaddis83?hc_location=timeline

North Alabama Secular Co-op

The North Alabama Secular Homeschooling group will begin planning homeschool co-op classes in 2014 that will most likely be scheduled 1-3 days per month. Anyone interested in participating in the planning of this group should request to join the North Alabama Secular Homeschooling group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/NASHomeschool/), and send a friend request to the group administrator (https://www.facebook.com/ValerieMaddox). Information about planning meetings will be posted to the group. 

This whole thing started around an interest in learning to sew, knit and crochet; however, we will be looking at core subjects after we get up and running, and any other electives that participants are interested in planning. In addition, we will try to host occasional special topics and guest speakers. 

Teens will be called upon to take a strong leadership role in this group, as those who wish to participate will be called upon to design lesson plans and teach younger kids on occasion and possibly participate in a mentorship program. 

Costs will be kept as minimal as possible, and parents will be required to volunteer for a minimum number of hours each month. I don't want anyone to miss this opportunity because of cost or time limitations, so we'll work with you as much as we can. Participants should be fully vested in helping the group operate on a shoestring budget. We can look at fundraisers or sponsorships as needed once things get under way. 

Please note that this is a secular group and that no classes will be addressed from a Christian world view. Our group is founded on the principle of being respectful of everyone's right to believe what makes sense to them without trying to influence or convert anyone (that goes for politics as well as religion). The group has representatives from many religions, as well as atheists and agnostics. The goal is to maintain a comfortable environment for everyone. 

Possible topics/projects: science labs, historical reinactments, foreign language groups, scholarship project groups, art, acting, public speaking, cooking, ACT prep, choosing a career, etc.