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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.

Feb. 27 & 28, Madison: FREE Homeschool Encouragement Conference

Mid-Year Encouragement Conference
at Creative Learning Connection
8006 Old Madison Pike, St 11-A Madison, AL
Friday, February 27 & Saturday, February 28
(CLC open 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. both days)

Schedule for Friday, Feb 27
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. The World of Worldviews with Pat Wesolowski
There are many blogs and articles on the internet these days about children jumping ship and abandoning their faith when they leave home. This is a valid concern, but if a parent is intentional about addressing this issue and preparing the child to understand, know and live out a biblical worldview, then these concerns are often diminished.  At this workshop we will suggest curriculum, ministries, camps and more that have proven to be helpful when guiding your child towards a solid faith.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Homeschooling on a Shoe String Budget with Pat Wesolowski
Homeschooling need not be expensive in order to be successful.  Pat, who published a newsletter entitled BIG Ideas, Small Budget for more than 10 years, will share ways that homeschooling families can not only save money, but earn money all while turning daily events into educational experiences!!  This workshop highlights material from Pat’s book entitled, “Plant a Seed, Raise an Entrepreneur.”

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. - Ready to Launch:  Preparing Teens for Life After High School with Pat Wesolowski
How can a homeschool parent be sure their students are prepared for life after high school?  Many subjects that are important to a teen are often either neglected in high school or postponed until college, yet in order to adequately prepare a teen for life there are certain subjects that should be mastered before your teen graduates.  The subjects of logic, current events, debate, public speaking, worldviews and critical thinking are often considered electives, yet are vital to developing a well-rounded, articulate individual. This workshop will cover how a parent can easily introduce and master these subjects, with recommended resources included.  In addition we will discuss testing and transcripts, dual enrollment, college choices, gap year programs and other post-high school options.

Schedule for Saturday, Feb 28
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Is Self-Publishing for You? with Catherine Jaime
Catherine has been writing her own homeschool materials for more than twenty-five years, non-fiction for more than twenty years, and historical fiction for more than five. She currently publishes her own materials in a variety of locations, and assists others in starting on their own self-publishing journey.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Getting More out of Microsoft Word with Cheryl Holle
Cheryl has been working with Microsoft Word at home and at work for more than a decade. She will share tips and suggestions on how to get more out of this important work horse!

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Making Education Multi-Dimensional with Catherine Jaime
Catherine will share ideas on taking your homeschooling beyond the two-dimensions of books by including some combination of lapbooking, games, travels and more.

Pat Wesolowski, mother of nine, homeschooling more than 30 years, is also an author, speaker, and host of a bi-weekly podcast on Homeschooling Co-op style.  Pat is now employed by Bryan College as the homeschool specialist.
Cheryl Holle, mother of two, veteran homeschooler, helped open Creative Learning Connection in 2003, graduated from UAH and now works at Raytheon
Catherine Jaime, mother of twelve, homeschooling more than 30 years, owner of Creative Learning Connection, author of dozens of books and hundreds of e-books.

There is no cost to attend, though we would love to know what workshops you are planning to attend.
Please email us a list and name(s) at cmmjaime@alum.mit.edu.  Directions and other information on our services, books, etc. can be found at our website:  www.CreativeLearningConnection.com.