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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.

Jan. 6 Deadline, Huntsville: Principles and Elements of Art for Homeschoolers

Full Info Here


Huntsville Art League

Thursdays – January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (4 classes)
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Ages 5 – 12
Fee: $65 members/$73 non-members
Supplies included

We will study the Principles and Elements of art. The 1st half hour will be instruction and discussion. The 2nd half hour will focus on applying the topic to a student art project while exploring various media including colored pencils, acrylic, pen and ink, watercolor, and more.

January Events

Everest Academy Events Listing
Come & Join In!!!!
Everest Academy always has a ton of activities being organized. Please be sure to include who & what the payment is for on the comment line of your personal checks or in the comment section when using PayPal to send money. Everest has approximately eleven activity coordinators, so please make sure to pay attention to who is organizing the field trip.

Very important note!!! If you are interested in organizing a field trip, please feel free to do so! Everest would be happy to advertise it for you. The more activities we can offer to the Alabama Homeschooling community, the better!

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

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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

Homewood: Creative Scholars

Creative Scholars, Inc.

Creative Scholars, Inc. spring classes available for ACT Prep and Computer Applications.  Registration reduced to $75 for these classes.  Check out our website for class schedule and descriptions:  http://www.creativescholars.org/.

August - May, Bham: Alys Stephens Center FREE "Meet the Artist" Series

“Meet the Artist” Series
ArtPlay 2013/2014 Season

These one-hour performances allow the Alys Stephens Center to share the arts with students and aspiring young artists by experiencing the thrill of a live performance in a world-class performing arts center. Performers will engage students with anecdotes about their professional training and provide insight into the pieces they perform and the instruments they play. Free curriculum guides are provided to further the experience.

School reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Curriculum Guides are available for all “Meet the Artist” programs via email. Performances fill up months in advance. In order to accommodate as many students as possible we request that you only make reservations if you are sure you can attend. Last-minute cancellations keep others from participating in our free educational performances. If you must cancel, please do so no later than three weeks prior to the performance date. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Cicily Parnas, Cello
August 29, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 4th and up
Jemison Concert Hall
Cicely Parnas made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto with the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Laredo, to a rave review in The New York Times. Other concerto engagements include the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Vermont Symphony under Jaime Laredo and a tour of France performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto with L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under John Axelrod.

Winning numerous prizes from the age of thirteen, she won the 2011 Artistic Excellence Award and First Prize in the Cello Concerto Competition at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today Series.

In Duo Parnas, she frequently performs and records with her sister, violinist Madalyn Parnas, and has concertized in the Parnas/Serkin Trio with pianist Peter Serkin. Duo Parnas has performed Saint-Saëns’s La Muse et le Poète with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic under Randall Fleisher, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at the El Paso Pro-Musica Festival under Lawrence Loh, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra under David Alan Miller, with which they also played Vivaldi’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. Duo Parnas’s most recent album on the Sheffield Lab label is In Real Time, which includes 21st century works by Lera Auerbach, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec, and Charles Wuorinen. They also recently recorded composer Brian Fennelly’s Fantasia Concertante on Albany Records with the Fauxharmonic Orchestra, comprised entirely of digital orchestral instruments.

Granddaughter of the illustrious cellist, Leslie Parnas, Cicely Parnas started playing the cello at age four and made her concerto debut at eleven with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. She has studied with cellist Peter Wiley, and earned an Artist Diploma from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She currently attends the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she works with Sharon Robinson. Ms. Parnas performs on a 1712 Giovanni Grancino violoncello.

“A More Convenient Season” &nb sp; featuring Yotam Haber and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
September 19, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 4th and up
Jemison Concert Hall
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1963 

Through the commissioning of a new work, UAB's Alys Stephens Center and philanthropist Tom Blount are calling on the healing power of the arts to commemorate an event that became a turning point for the entire world. An event that changed us all. 

On September 15, 1963, a box of dynamite exploded on the steps of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, a central meeting place for leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Four children were killed and nearly two dozen people were injured. This project is an evening-length commission commemorating the 50th anniversary of this tragic event, reflecting on where we've come as a society, and celebrating the spirit of hope that Birmingham's struggles have inspired in countless human rights movements around the world. The ASC is developing and producing community events and performances for the week of Sept. 15, 2013, to honor the memory of the four girls and engage the community through the healing power of the arts. The culminating event of that week will be the world premiere of a new work co-commissioned by the Alys Stephens Center and philanthropist Tom Blount. 

The work, written by acclaimed composer Yotam Haber, will feature the Alabama Symphony Orchestra led by guest conductor Damon Gupton and the 16th Street Baptist Church Choir combined with children from across Birmingham. It will incorporate historical sound recordings from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute's Oral History Project and will be digitally mastered by Philip White. This project explores not only the tragic event itself, but also larger issues of extremism that cross boundaries of civil rights, race and religion. The effects of the bombing in 1963 and the Civil Rights Act it spurred can still be seen in human rights movements around the world, and the events in Birmingham serve as a springboard in the struggle for equality for all. The events and performance in 2013 will offer a time of community reflection on the past, evaluation of the present and hopeful dialogue about the future. 

The piece, "A More Convenient Season" is named from the text of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
"…who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

In Spring 2014, The Alys Stephens Center will also premiere the work on the West Coast in conjunction with Cal Arts and featuring the Cal Arts Orchestra at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theatre.)

Eric Essix Presents Evolution
September 20, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 3rd and up
Jemison Concert Hall
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist church bombing, UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center is developing and producing community events and performances the week of September 15, 2013, to engage the community through the healing power of the arts. 

As a cultural center that unites UAB and the Birmingham community, we believe the events and performances in 2013 will offer a time of community reflection on the past, evaluation of the present, and hopeful dialogue about the future. Our commissioned performances during this week of remembrance will uplift hearts, encourage souls, and bring peace to minds as we look back. 

Who better to commemorate 1963 than Birmingham Native and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Eric Essix. Essix will perform songs from his landmark 20th recording titled Evolution, a musical diary that examines the progress of Birmingham over the past 50 years and into the future. A guitarist with intimate personal, family, and community connections to the subject matter, Essix has produced and recorded songs that have a direct connection to the Civil Rights Movement for more than a decade: 

2000 – For Four (An original composition dedicated to the girls who died in the bombing) 
People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield) 
2004 – Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round (march anthem) 
2005 – Abide With Me (a ten-song collection of Negro spirituals and hymns) 
2009 – We Shall Overcome and Shuttlesworth Drive (An original composition dedicated to the late Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth) on Essix's Birmingham album. The latter was a #1 contemporary jazz hit that stayed in the top 5 of the national jazz radio charts for more than 20 weeks. 

Essix has solidified plans to present Evolution in several contexts, especially ones that are educational, including The Alabama State Council on the Arts Touring Artists Program and performances in conjunction with the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau. In addition, Essix will tour Los Angeles and other West Coast cities with the Alys Stephens Center, and he will tour internationally with the Birmingham Sister Cities Program.

Yuletide in Dogtown
December 19, 2013 // 10 AM & 1 PM
Recommended Grades: Kindergarten and up
Sirote Theater
The dogs are back in town for this “ArtPlay Presents” holiday favorite! Join Spike, Fifi, Scotty, and Beauregard on this interactive musical adventure created by local playwright Jerry Sims, as his pups learn what the holidays really mean.

Jerry Sims has a real knack for making interesting characters come to life. He has written a number of “ArtPlay Presents” originals. With takes on classics such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and A Christmas Carol, his shows have offered families, not only a wonderful time at the theatre, but also an educational experience as well. There is theatre where you sit back and watch and then there are shows like Dogtown that are participatory and really gets the students involved. Now are you ready to go to the dogs?

Join us for this holiday treat and enjoy the fun! Your family will even have a chance to shake “paws” with these pups immediately following the show! It’s the pawfect treat for the holidays.

Kasman Duo, Piano
February 7, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 3rd and up
Jemison Concert Hall

Yakov Kasman’s debut in America in 1997 as Silver Medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth was the culmination of several competition triumphs and tours in Europe and the Middle East, including prizes at the 1991 Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome, the 1991 London World Piano Competition, the 1992 Artur Rubinstein International Competition in Tel Aviv, and the 1995 International Prokofiev Competition at St. Petersburg.

Since his American debut, he has given concerts in the United States, South America, Europe, Russia and Asia, including recitals in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Paul, Atlanta, and Birmingham. He has appeared as soloist with more than sixty orchestras including the Buffalo, Oregon, Pacific, Syracuse, Memphis, Miami, Ft. Worth, Nashville and Alabama symphonies, Athens State Orchestra, the Orchestre de Lille and Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier in France, the Singapore Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Orquestra Simfonica de Baleares (Spain), Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea) and the Moscow Philharmonia Orchestra.

Mr. Kasman has fifteen studio CD recordings on the Calliope label. His two CD set of the recordings of the complete sonatas of Prokofiev was awarded the “Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Academie du Disque” in France in 1996. Other CDs include solo works by Haydn, Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Rachmaninov. The International Piano Quarterly magazine recommended his CD of Moussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” as one of 14 equally ranked best in a survey of recordings over the past 75 years. His recording of Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1, and Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings, released in 2000, received the “Choc du monde de la musique” award in France, is rated highest for artistry and sound quality by Classics Today.com, and referred to as “superlative” in the American Record Guide. He has also recorded two CDs with Harmonia Mundi, the most recent one with the Pacific Symphony includes Piano Concerto No. 2 by Lukas Foss, released in 2001. In 2003 he completed a recording of all of the Scriabin piano sonatas and in 2004 recorded an All-Tchaikovsky CD featuring “The Seasons” and Grand Sonata in G-Major (Rated 10/10 by ClassicsTodayFrance.com in December 2005). In 2007 he completed a four-CD set of the chamber music of Shostakovich with the Talich Quartet on the Calliope label.

Mr. Kasman is also active as a teacher and adjudicator. He is a jury member of the Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano), International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Kiev), the Corpus Christi International Competition, "Merzlyakovka invites friends" All-Russian Piano Competition in Moscow, Kalinnikov International Piano Competition in Orel and for four years has judged the Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition (Colorado Springs). He has been guest artist and faculty at the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival (Fort Worth), and for several years at the International Summer Music Academy in Kiev.
Recent engagements include performances with National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, "Kiev Soloists" Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, KBS Orchestra in Seoul, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Canada and a performance with Orchestre Lamoureux at the Theatre de Champs Elysees in Paris, France as well as master classes in Japan.
Born in the city of Orel, near Moscow, Mr. Kasman began his piano studies at the age of five. A graduate and postgraduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and previously a professor of piano at the Music College of the Conservatory, he is now the Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. His students are winners of regional, national and international competitions.

“Make it Happen” Performing Ensemble’s Celebration of Black History
February 10, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 3rd and up
Jemison Concert Hall
Something amazing happens in the hands of young actors at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. ArtPlay’s “Make It Happen” Performing Ensemble (MIH), under the direction of Alicia Johnson, is comprised of local high school students who have researched and written and will perform this wonderful production celebrating Black History Month. This performance is packed with memorable songs, spoken word, and dances that only MIH can bring to life. Through the voices of the past and the present, the ensemble tells a story that not only inspires but also educates.

Ailey II
March 17, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 4th and up
Jemison Concert Hall
Your students will be amazed with the dances that only Ailey II offers. Ailey II inhabits the spirit and energy of the country's best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of some of the world’s leading choreographers. This performance is not just for dancers, but for any classroom looking to be inspired.

Jenny Hayes
Education Coordinator
1006 19th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205

2014, Kentucky: FREE Kids Admission to Creation Museum

2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd.
Petersburg, KY 41080

As part of our 2013–2014 theme “Standing Our Ground—Rescuing Our Kids” (Galatians 1:4), we have decided to do something very special to help teach children the truth concerning the Bible: For the entire coming year, January 1 through December 31, 2014, we are going to allow all kids who are 12 years old and under to come to the Creation Museum free of charge!

Kids 12 and under receive free general admission with paid, full-priced adult general admission. Offer cannot be applied to prepurchased tickets or combined with any other discounts or offers. No photocopies or facsimiles will be accepted. Additional restrictions may apply. The right of final interpretation lies with the Creation Museum, Petersburg, KY. Not for resale.

For the safety and enjoyment of all guests, we ask that children ages 12 and under be accompanied by an appropriate number of responsible adults at all times.

Monthly, Clay/Pinson: Homeschool LEGO Club

 ****LEGO  club is currently full and not accepting new members at this time.  If you would like to be contacted when a spot becomes open, please email Jen,  jenbohan77@gmail.com  ****  

Everest Academy 
  • This club is for homeschoolers who are interested in all things LEGO.  We meet once a month at the Clay Community Center (address below) where we will share our creations with our fellow LEGO enthusiasts.  
  • There is really no minimum or maximum age.  You just have to love LEGOs and be able to build on your own and stay in your seat quietly while your fellow club mates are presenting their creations.  If not, I just ask that the parent stay with their child to help them.  
  • We have club LEGOs, so you do not have to bring your own LEGOs.  We would, however, love for you to bring any creations you have made at home for "show and tell". 
Clay Community Center
6415 Clay-Palmerdale Road
Pinson, AL  35126

Here are the dates for the meetings from September to December.  We will meet from 11:00 to 12:00 at the Clay Community Center.  
September 12th
October 10th
November 7th
December 12th
January 9th
February 6th
March 6th
April 10th
May 8th

I am planning on having a Valentine Party in February like we did last year and an end of the year party in May :) I will send out details as the dates get closer.

Happy building

Our first meeting will have a "freestyle" theme.  So have your sweet kiddos bring anything they want to share.  It can be something they have been working on all summer or one of their favorite builds or whatever.  I will have a few of the things I have been working on as well :)  

This club is sponsored by Everest Academy but open to all homeschoolers.  For more information,  please contact Jen Bohan at jenbohan77@gmail.com . 

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

Jr. TeenScene of B'ham, a social group for age 11-14

Jr Teen Scene of Birmingham

Is your homeschooled junior teen needing social activities, but you feel s/he is just not quite old enough to hang out with the teen groups? Jr. TeenScene is here to solve your problem!

Jr Teen Scene of Birmingham is a social activity network for homeschooled children ages 11-14 in the Greater Birmingham area of Alabama. 

This group is open to all homeschool families with junior teens regardless of church/cover school enrollment. 

Past events have included skating & Lasertag meet-ups, a Cici's Pizza tour, $1.00 movie meet-ups, a fencing introduction, an overnight stay at the Bham Zoo, a Christmas party, and more. Can't wait to see what the new year brings!!

The Jr TeenScene of Bham (JTSB) group communicates and plans events through a closed Facebook group.

What is Jr. Teen Scene? It is a group specifically for our Alabama homeschooling jr. teens, age 11 - 14 to socialize. This group is not educational but SOCIAL. 

How much does it cost?  Jr. Teen Scene is free to join.  There may be fees associated with events, but we try to keep events low cost/free.  

Can younger siblings participate? Yes, for the most part unless it is something that only jr. teens can do. The point of the group is not to exclude the younger siblings but to have events where jr. teens know other jr. teens will be present.  

How often does Jr. Teen Scene meet? There will be at least one event per month September through May pre-scheduled.  Other events may be added in throughout the year by members of the group.  

Please remember that the Jr. Teen Scene group is an Everest Academy sponsored group. Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy here. Please note that drug and alcohol use at any event is prohibited. 

Contact Information:
Please note that the Jr. Teen Scene Group is maintained on Facebook. Please request membership at the link below.  
 At the same time of the membership request, please send an email to Deborah Helms ~  helmsddk@yahoo.comIf you do not send an email request, then your membership will be refused.   

Jr. Teen Scene Facebook Page - Please request membership here.  

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.

Jan. 22, Harvest: Homeschool College Fair

Save the date! This is going to be a fantastic event for high school students!
The North Alabama Regional Homeschool College Fair is coming!!

Please distribute as needed to help your high school students save the date for the upcoming college fair we are hosting.

Wed, Jan 22, 2014. 10am-3pm
Life Christian Academy at New Life Baptist Church, Harvest, AL
Contact us if you would like to have a poster at your school

See below a list of colleges and organizations already confirmed, more every week!
See also a list of workshops you may enjoy!

Please let us know if you would not like to be included on future mailings.

Truett-McConnell College
TN Temple
Univ of Alabama
Wallace State
Go Build AL
Faulkner University
The Salon Professional Academy
Mississippi State
Drake State
Shorter University
Southern College Prep (ACT prep)
Jacksonville State Univ.
US Army
AL National Guard
US Marines
Bryan College Dual Enrollment
Covenant College
Lincoln College of Tech.
AL Aviation Center
Calhoun College
Univ. of Montevallo
Wesleyan College
Welch College
Troy University Accelerate Program
More responding each week!

Tips for Choosing the Right College
The ABC's of the National Merit Scholarship
Dual Enrollment, presented by several colleges with DE offerings
How to apply to selective colleges
Trade school opportunities, presented by Drake College
Intro to college testing
ACT prep, presented by So. College Prep
Cosmetology school opportunities
Financial considerations/wise money discussions

Additional opportunities:
PSAT/PLAN testing result packets available for pick up if you tested at LCA
AP testing registration open

Dec. 13, Bham: Briarwood Walk-Through Nativity

Each year Briarwood presents a gift to our community with the Walk Through Nativity. December 11–13, 2013, over 800 Briarwood members will come together to depict the birth and life of our Lord in 13 live scenes with narrated drama and over 20 live animals (including a camel!) At the conclusion of the Walk, you’re invited to coffee, hot chocolate and cookies while the children visit our petting zoo. Won’t you join us this year? Each night, Wednesday through Friday, we begin at 6:45 p.m. and conclude at 8:45 p.m. Groups are welcome, and wheelchair and stroller access is provided. Admission is free, but the message is priceless! Make this a Christmas tradition with your family!

2200 Briarwood Way
Birmingham, AL 35243

Jan. - March, Cullman: Homeschool Classes

Heritage Homeschool Series

Wednesday, January 22, 9:00-11:00 Make Your Own Terrarium

Wednesday, February 19, 9:00-11:00 Propagation

Limited space. Call to register 256-297-1044 or e-mail cullmanag@gmail.com. $8 per child, Maximum of $16 family.

Meet at Agriplex Heritage Center at 1714 Talley Ho Street, SW, Cullman.


January 9, 2014, Heritage Skills-Trapping and Tanning, 

Learn the basics of trapping and how to tan an animal hide. Ages 8 and up. 5:30-7:30pm. $5. To register, call 256-297-1044 or cullmanag@gmail.com

Feb 9, 2014, Heritage Skills- Leatherwork- Learn the basics of working with leather and make a leather belt to take home. 2:00-4:00pm, ages 8 and up, $20 per belt. 

March 6, 2014: Growing Your Own Bait- Learn how to grow your own worms for fishing and to plant catalpa trees for catalpa worms. Ages 8 and up 5:30-7:30pm. $5.

All programs at the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center, 1714 Talley Ho St SW, Cullman. Pre-registration required- 256-297-1044 or e-mail cullmanag@gmail.com. All children under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult. 

Download of “Fire!” as a FREE book for Christmas

I am the author of the Uncle Rocky, Fireman Series of children’s picture books. My latest project is to make available book #1 “Fire!” as a FREE book for Christmas. You may download Uncle Rocky, Fireman #1 Fire! in Nook, Kindle, and computer formats from www.GladToDoIt.net

Uncle Rocky, Fireman is a 32 page illustrated picture book designed to be read to children 7 and under. In book #1 “Fire!", Uncle Rocky arrives at his first fire and is confronted by a frantic mother shouting, "Save my Baby, Save My Baby." While his partners attack the fire Uncle Rocky, his heart pounding with the urgency of the situation, crawls through the upstairs searching for the baby trapped in her crib.

I told these stories to my two oldest boys (we had 5 children, 2 boys, I girl, 2 boys) as part of my homeschool duties.

If upon review, you feel the story is of value to your homeschool organization, please distribute it to them as you see fit. At the website, www.GladToDoIt.net, you will also find coloring page downloads and the opportunity to nominate your children for the Glad To Do It Club.

I hope you enjoy the book. I enjoyed telling it to my boys.

James Burd Brewster

Jan. - May, Bham: Bham Zoo Homeschool Classes Spring Schedule

The Birmingham Zoo has exciting, in-depth home school classes for students in First through Ninth grade. Class sessions consist of activities such as animal visits, class discussions, in-class work, labs and guided tours of the Zoo. Classes are designed to build on one another; however students are not required to attend all sessions.

Space is limited, and classes fill up quickly. Please register early to guarantee you child a space.

Complete Info: http://www.birminghamzoo.com/education/for-homeschoolers/

March 29, 2014, Huntsville: Prom

Huntsville’s 5th Annual Homeschool Prom
Theme: A 1920’s Jazz Soiree
Saturday, March 29, 2014
7 to 11:00pm
  • Who: All Alabama & Tennessee Valley area homeschool teens, grades 9 - 12, regardless of cover school are invited.
  • Where: Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church Street SW, Huntsville, AL 35801 (next to Big Spring International Park)
  • Cost: Tickets are $35 each.
  • Tickets: Juniors and Seniors exclusively may purchase tickets online at http://www.huntsvilleprom.info midnight January 15 through midnight January 28. Tickets for all high school grades will then be available online from January 28 to midnight March 14.  Live Ticket Sales will be held 5:30 to 8:30pm January 28 at Grace United Methodist Church (2113 Old Monrovia Road, Huntsville) and 10:00am to 2:00pm March 14 at Angel’s Island Coffee (7538 Memorial Parkway SW, near Rosie’s). Ticket sales are limited to 275 and have sold out the past two years. Tickets will not be sold at the prom. 
  • Prom t-shirts may be ordered with tickets for $15 each. T-shirts will not be sold after March 14.
  • Colors: Black/gold/silver with peacock (teal) accents
  • Menu: There will be hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, and beverages will be available throughout the evening.
  • A professional photographer will be available and photo packages can be pre-ordered through the website.
  • Pictures from 6:00 - 7:00pm. Music starts at 7:00pm.
  • Chaperones: The entire evening will be well-chaperoned by volunteer adults (along with the museum’s professional security) and we will require an emergency contact number for every attendee. Due to space constraints, parents may not accompany their children to check-in (unless there is a special need). Pick-up time is 11:00pm.
  • For additional information and FAQs visit the Huntsville Homeschool Prom website at http://www.huntsvilleprom.info or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/huntsvillehomeschoolprom

Fridays, Pelham: Soccer, Gymnastics, Art, Piano, and Guitar

WHAT:  Soccer, Gymnastics, Art, Piano, and Guitar
WHEN:  Fridays, Starting Jan.7th
WHERE: His Kids Academy (next door to Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church on 119/Cahaba Valley Road).
11:15-12:30:  General Gymnastics (P.E.) $100 a term & 10% off each additional child
11:15-12:30: Art  (contour lines, shading w/pencil, & still life)  $75 term 10% each additional child
11:15-12:30: Instructional Soccer for all ages $100 and 10% off each additional child
 Private piano or Guitar Lessons are available on Fridays:$30 for a 30 min. session

Classes will begin Jan 7th please register By Jan.1st
This is a brand new facility and we would like for you to come check us out.  You can come in and register in person, this Friday Dec.6 from 11:00-1:00 or next Friday Dec.13 from 11:oo-1:00 or online at
Also you can Email me directly and send me your child’s information and make your CHECK TO:
The Campbell’s
3633 tall timber drive
Birmingham, Al.  35242

Directions: We share a driveway with Oak Mt Presbyterian
Church.  If you turn in from 119 into the church, you will take an immediate right into a gravel parking lot.  Pass the Hispanic Ministry building on the right and you will see the gym directly in front of you and the soccer field to your left.

Dec. 7 & 8, Bham: Christmas at Arlington

Christmas at Arlington

Dec. 7-8 Christmas at Arlington is Arlington’s gift to the City of Birmingham. Visitors are invited to step back in time as local decorators adorn rooms of the museum in period holiday décor. Holiday tunes will fill the air while costumed characters from the Mudd Family and Christmas past welcome visitors to tour the historic mansion, kitchen and gardens. Guests may enjoy holiday music, festivities, and light refreshments in the garden room. Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens | Free | 205-780-5656

331 Cotton Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35211

Dec. 31 Deadline: ANC Winter Wildlife Photo Contest

Click here to post your favorite winter wildlife photo.
Deadline for submissions is December 31.

The ANC staff will announce the winner January 1 on our Facebook page, and the winner will receive a free Family Club Pass to the ANC!

Alabama Wildlife Federation 
Mon - Fri: 8 am - 6 pm
3050 Lanark Road
Millbrook, AL 36054
Phone: 334-285-4550
Toll Free: 800-822-9453

March 3 Deadline: Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program

Welcome to Read to Succeed!

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn a free ticket to Six Flags! It's a great way to motivate kids to read. The program deadline is March 3, 2014 at 5pm CST.

Go to Six Flags Read to Succeed. Create a new account for your family. Choose the homeschool option and tell them how many children you’re homeschooling, which grades, etc.