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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.

Oct. 7, Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium Homeschool Day Meetup

Let's meet up and go to the Georgia Aquarium Homeschool Day together.  I thought we should all meet at 11:00 a.m. You are responsible for purchasing your own tickets.  We can meet up and attend together.  Contact Rebecca for meetup location at Rebeccalmiller@gmail.com.

We will be going to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta for a homeschool tour. They have what they call Homeschool Education Days on specific days during the year. 
Here is what is included: entrance to the aquarium, a 45-minute class and tour of the non-public areas (the focus is different for each year and for each age group), and the Deepo 3D movie. For an additional fee you can see the live Dolphin show also. 

We have participated in this program before, and it is wonderful.  When we went, they showed us how all the animals are fed, an explanation (and demonstration) of the food chain,  and we got to watch them feeding whale sharks from the top of the big tanks and the dozens of rooms where they grow/ harvest food and smaller fish for all the animals in the aquarium. The topics are different each year, and they vary by age group, so check the descriptions below to see where your kids would be. The tickets to the aquarium have gotten very expensive in recent years, so this is a great bargain!

Here are the details:
Who: This is open to all homeschoolers age 5 and older. (special notes about siblings below)
Place: Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Georgia (directions in link below)
Date: Tuesday, Oct 7
Time: Guided tour starts at 1:30 Eastern time. You may enter the aquarium anytime after 11:00 am with your prepurchased homeschool passes. The Deepo Movie is included, (but could be skipped if you wanted more free time) will be right after the tour. You may choose to do the Dolphin Show, and it has various start times you could work into your day.
Price: $13.50 per student/ 1 chaperone is free with every 2 students. To add the live Dolphin Show to your experience, they are offering a discounted rate of $4 per person. You will also need to pay for parking either in the aquarium parking deck or one of the other surface lots nearby. Parking will be approximately $10. 

Other notes: NO siblings, younger or older can tag along on the tour, but one parent/ chaperone MUST stay with the kids on the tour. If you have siblings not participating in the program, or more than 1 chaperone, they must pay regular entrance to the museum. So, in my case, my 2 year old (free admission) will be in a different part of the aquarium with my husband (full price admission) while I am on the tour with the big kids.  

To sign up for this trip, you will need to contact the GA Aquarium directly. The website and phone number are listed below. You can pay by credit card over the phone, and you will need to provide documentation showing that you homeschool.  On the phone when you call to register, they are very helpful if you have questions or concerns. After you register, they will send an email with details, but please feel free to ask me if you have any questions also.

2014 Fall and Spring Programs Offered:

K- 2 grade - Sea Life Safari: Join us as we go on an Aquarium safari, in search of fish, sharks and whales. On their aquatic expedition, students will explore the basic needs of all animals and observe how these needs are met at the Aquarium.
3rd- 5th grade- Weird and Wild: Come along on a “weird & wild” adventure through the Georgia Aquarium! During this program students will explore the “weird & wild” characteristics of our unique animals.
6-8th grade - Sharks In-Depth: Wow, look at all of those teeth covering the sharks’ entire body! There is much more to learn about sharks than what we see on the surface. During this program, students will examine how sharks impact their environment and how humans impact sharks.
Aquarium 101: Through an exploration of the Aquarium’s exhibits and behind the scenes areas, students will be exposed to aquarium careers, research efforts, conservation programs and understand how the Aquarium meets the diverse needs of our animals.