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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.

Fall Auburn Homeschool Classes

Auburn Homeschool Classes
Fall 2014 Class Descriptions and Fees
*Grade listings for general reference, consult with teacher, if your student is outside the range but would like to take the class.
Y = student should plan to take class all 3 quarters, must register each time, however no financial obligation to continue, students can not easily add on in later quarter because of cumulative material
Q = class can be taken for only a quarter or all year, material will be different each quarter
Discounts for multiple classes, siblings, assisting, trades for babysitting/driving etc are entirely at discretion of teacher.
Registration must be done through the Auburn Parks and Rec Department. Contact the teacher for more details and class times.
*Do not have to live in Auburn to participate in classes.

Class are held at various buildings at the Auburn Parks & Rec.  

Biology – Plants and Ecology (Q)
Gr. 3-5 Thursday 12:30-1:30 $60 for 5-6 students, $50 if 7-12
Gr. 6-8 Wed. 12-1:30 $70 for 5-6 students, $60 if 7-12
Materials fee $5/quarter –
Classtime with explanations, demonstrations and hands-on activities with reading and some follow-up writing suggestions for home. Lessons taken from Elemental Science program. www.elementalscience.com More written work and depth for older class. Text recommendation – Usborne Science Encyclopedia or contact teacher for easier books, however reading assignments will be topical (e.g. read about “roots and stems”) so families can use whatever science texts they have access to. Bring 1 inch binder w 3 dividers to class. Students do not need to take all 3 quarters to participate – Fall/Plants, Winter/Animals, Spring/Humans. Focus will be on general vocabulary and concepts, and the wonder of nature. Controversial subjects will not be addressed. Inst: Cora Connelly,connelly517@gmail.com334-703-3128


Chemistry (Y)
Gr 9-12, Mon and Wed 1:30-3
No teacher fee, Materials fee TBA
Students must purchase book
The Glencoe / McGraw Hill , “Chemistry: Matter and Change” (ISBN 978-0078964059) published in 2012 will be used by the instructors, but the 2004 edition (ISBN 978-0078664182) will be acceptable. The class will consist of teaching and learning activities as well as laboratory experiments. Homework will be assigned, lab reports written, and exams taken at home and collected for grading. This class is worth two high school credits.
Details will be arranged with parents after registration. Inst: Kathy Gregory and Rod Turochy, turochy@gmail.com


Journalism/Photography (Q)
Gr 6-12 Wed 10-11:30
$25, materials fee $10
This course is an introduction to journalism and photography. Students will create a work that may include articles, photos, art, prose, poetry, etc., including submissions from other students of all ages. Scouts can work on related badges if interested. Digital camera extremely helpful, but not required. Optional field trip(s) possible. Although this is a one quarter class, it may continue through winter & spring with sufficient interest. Inst: Nancy Melkerson, n_melkerson@hotmail.com


Mommy and Me Music (Q)
Age 1-4, w parent/adult Wed 9:15-10, or 10:15-11
$85 per child, $65 for siblings
This is an interactive class for parents or caregivers and tots. It is part of "The Music Class" curriculum and is based on research showing how music can help brain development in babies and young children. It includes singing, dancing, finger play, instruments, and more. Class includes CD and book. Not only for homeschoolers. Inst: Rebecca Miller, rebeccamiller43@gmail.com


Music (Q)
Gr K-4 Mon 12:30-1:30
Gr 5-8 Mon 11:30-12:30
$65 for 5-6 students, $55 for 7-12
Students will be introduced to the basics of music and how rhythms and notes are put together, as well as learning to appreciate different genres, styles and instruments around the world. Inst: Kelsey Haier, Kelsey@spicersmusic.com


Phonics: Rainbow Fun (Y)
Gr K-2 Thurs 12:30-1:30
$60 for 5-6 students, $50 for 7-12 , basic materials list given upon registration
This class is designed to introduce, review, and master the phonograms using the All About Spelling Level 1 as the core curriculum. The first 9-12 steps of this multi-sensory program will be covered this quarter. Poems and picture books focusing on the colors of rainbow will be enjoyed by students to enhance their learning experience this quarter. When time allows, practice with cutting and gluing will be included in lessons. Parents are not required to purchase the book but it would be helpful. Some short review lessons at home assigned. Inst: Debbie Thrash, mainstreetlc@gmail.com


Research Writing (Q)
Gr 8-10 Thursday 3:30-5
No teacher fee, materials fee $5 –
This “Fall only” group will meet to learn the steps to writing a beginning research paper, with a leaning towards (but not required) preparation for National History Day projects. (www.nhd.org) It may include trips to library and archives to learn research techniques. Students will need to do most work outside of class to complete their project. The focal theme will be Leadership and Legacy - but topics can be taken from any field, era, country. In the winter and spring, students who are interested can be coached through preparing an NHD contest entry as a website, documentary, exhibit, paper, or performance based on their fall research. Inst: Cora Connelly, connelly517@gmail.com334-703-3128


Science Explorations Cooperative Group(Q)
Gr K-2 Thurs 1:45-3
$50 for 5-6 students, $40 for 7-12 (reduced or waived if parent shares in teaching)
Materials fee $10
Topics for fall will include basic science explorations (water, air, magnets, plants) with emphasis on hands on experiments. Text is Usborne Science Activities Vols 1, 2, 3 for fall/ winter/ spring quarters (part of Sonlight curriculum). Structure of the class will depend on responses of parents willing to work cooperatively to teach together. Contact teacher if you are interested. Students may take the class without parental participation as well. Inst: Rebecca Miller, rebeccamiller43@gmail.com


Sign Language (Y)
Gr K-5 Wed 11:15-12:15
Gr 5-8 Mon 1:30-2:30
$50 for 5-6 students, $40 for 7-12
Most of our course will be adapted from ASL University http://www.lifeprint.com/ Students will be responsible for coming to class having practiced their given signs with a friend or parent. We will cover: Introducing oneself, Wh questions, name spelling, basic numbers, some of the most frequently used pronouns, verbs, and adjectives. We will also touch briefly on deaf culture and the importance of facial expressions when signing. The instructor and students will progressively use less oral communication as the class continues.
Inst: Darla Hahn, ddknox99@yahoo.com


Spanish (Y)
Gr K-4 Monday 11:30-12:30,
Gr 5-8 Monday 12:30-1:30
$65 for 5-6 students, $60 for 7-12
Text – Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day by Kershul – at BAM $22, many used copies on Amazon for $5. Class will include learning culture and where Spanish is spoken, alphabet and sounds, adjectives, question words (who, what, when, where, why), numbers, colors, weather, seasons, family, travel, intro to verbs and more if time permits. Learning a foreign language takes practice and time, so please expect homework and practice activities outside of class. Students should plan to continue this class in winter and spring quarters and new students will not be able to join the class. Inst: Haley Brooks, brookshaley@hotmail.com


Writing: Painting Pictures with Words (Q)
Gr. 2-4 Thursdays 1:30-3
$70 for 5-6 students, $60 for 7-10, basic materials list given upon registration
Painting Pictures with Words will develop students’ composition skills by reading and listening to quality models of writing. During a fun time of creating in a safe environment, students will build confidence in their abilities as they sharpen their communication skills. In all, students will engage in interactive activities such as shared writing, making books, and hands-on lessons where “everyone is an author”.
Inst: Debbie Thrash, mainstreetlc@gmail.com


Writing – IEW Geography Based Writing (Y)
Gr 4-6 Thursday 1:30-3
Gr. 6-8 Wed. 1:30-3
$70 for 5-6 students, $60 if 7-10.
Materials fee $10/year for student notebook 90 min class. Using the classic works of Holling C. Holling—Paddle-to-the-Sea, Tree in the Trail, Seabird, and Minn of the Mississippi, students will learn the IEW approach to structure and style in writing by notetaking, summarizing and writing a variety of pieces while enjoying great literature and exposure to geography and nature in America. Seewww.iew.com for more info on the curriculum. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours outside class on writing. Each family should have access to the books as they are used – contact teacher for alternate options. Lessons will be adjusted according to student level of skill. Students should plan to take all 3 quarters of this class.
** Note – if the roster of students for the 6-8 gr class tends towards the higher end, we may decide to use the IEW US History Based Writing instead. This does not require outside readers but a student workbook $29 for the year. It is more challenging.
Inst - Cora Connelly, connelly517@gmail.com334-703-3128