LEARN. LIVE. LEAD.
Huddleston Academy Live Academics is now offering Creation Exploration Classes! These unique classes are geared toward children 18 months to 8 years of age and bring learning to the great outdoors.
Uniquely designed classes combined with strategic environment locations (amazing local parks) brings together a wealth of opportunities for your child to learn, live, and lead. Our classes are offered on a seasonal session basis with 8 weeks per session and 1 class per week. Each class lasts about an hour.
Each session has a powerful theme in which the individual lessons branch from. Our lessons inspire your child to play and explore all while learning skills that foster individual growth and development.
In the forefront, your child will be having a blast playing while in hindsight, your child will be developing the following:
- Physical skills: gross/fine motor, sensory, and wellness
- Cognitive skills: critical thinking, processing, and focus
- Social-emotional skills: communication, collaboration, and empathy
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Most Commonly Asked Q & As
Who we are: The founders and leaders behind HALA CECs are Bryan and Michelle Huddleston. They are the parents of four blessings whom they also homeschool. They are the owners of one of the fastest growing virtual communities – With the Huddlestons.
Bryan is the overseer and business mastermind who makes sure the program continually runs smooth and up to standard. Michelle is the Early Childhood professional holding both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development & Education.
The Approach: HALA’s approach to Creation Exploration Classes (CECs) is to literally live out loud, including outdoors. There is so much to learn from the great outdoors so making it a classroom only makes sense! We also understand that today’s children will become tomorrow’s adults so helping mold adequate skills to become meaningful members of society is a must.
Mission & Values: HALA’s mission is to provide innovative and engaging experiences for all children to learn, grow, and thrive. The Huddlestons value the lives of all children and believe they should be given every opportunity to grow and develop at their unique and individual rates.
Purpose: The purpose of HALA’s CECs is to foster children’s growth and development by focusing on specific life skills and nurturing these abilities through weekly activities.
Goals: The goal of every CEC is to provide challenging, yet inspiring, opportunities for each child to engage in play scenarios that nurture and support physical, mental, and social-emotional skills.
Skills: CECs focus on a specific skill set that will ensure that each child has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. These skills are, and not limited to: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustworthiness, gentleness, and self-control. Intertwined within these skills are: sensory, social, emotional, communication, focus, empathy, wellness, problem-solving, collaboration, and creativity.
Experience: Our CECs thrive off experience. That’s why each session is packed with classes that give your child experiences that will last a lifetime. The experiences don’t stop there. While children are gaining natural-learning experiences, parents (and caregivers) have opportunities to learn how to support their child’s unique learning style through parental engagement.
Who is this program for? This program is for any family with children ages 18 months to 10 years old. Children younger and older are encouraged to participate as well.
How often are the classes offered? CECs are offered once a week for 8 consecutive weeks (sessions). The number of sessions offered per season is determined by the amount of families enrolled.
Where are the classes offered? Currently, our classes are offered in vibrant public park areas throughout the Western KY and North Tennessee areas. The locations are chosen according to its ability to offer opportunities for engaging experiences, open play, and innovative activities.
What do the classes teach? CEC classes teach and foster growth, development, and learning in four key areas: creative thinking, fine/gross motor skills, social-emotional skills, and education enhancement (science, literacy, math, etc.). Individual classes are taught from a tangible point of view which allows for a stronger foundation in a child’s ability to make sense of the world around them. We do not promote theoretical viewpoints that stem from modern-day science perspectives and teachings.
How much does it cost? CECs are bundled together into sessions for a total of 8 classes per session. Each session costs $100 per child ($12.50/class) and all materials are provided for you. All you have to do is sign up and show up! There is a sibling discount of 35% for each additional sibling enrolled. Children younger than 18 months and older than 10 years old are free only if they have a sibling 18m-8yrs-old enrolled.
Does my child receive something for taking these classes? Yes! Your child will receive Creation Explorer patches. These unique patches will help serve as reminders, reinforcers, and encouragement for your child to continue practicing what they learn.
How does communication between HALA and Parents (Caregivers) work? We use email and phone as the primary way to communicate with the families enrolled in our program. A Facebook Group may be created for individual sessions and only accessible by families enrolled in the current session. Once the session has ended, you will be removed from the group to make way for the new group and session.
Are parents required to stay? Yes. This is a family-style program that offers a great learning experience for all involved. We highly encourage parental involvement.
What happens if I can’t attend a class? We value your time and ours; therefore, our classes are designed to stick to a strict schedule that allows for the utmost development of the community built over the course of a session. In the event that an unforeseen emergency happens, you will be allowed to make up no more than 2 classes. Prorates and/or credits for missed classes are not given.
What is the refund policy? In the event that your child will not be able to attend classes, a refund of 85% is given before the 2nd class. No refunds will be issued after the 2nd class. The reason for these percentages is that enrolled children take up physical spots that other families would possibly fill. Also, there are processing fees, material costs, and other expenses involved in making these classes run smoothly and beneficially. (*Refunds are based on a case-by-case basis.)
Do you offer trial classes? Yes! You may try one class for $15 (non-refundable). If you decide to enroll your child, the $15 will be deducted from the total session cost (making the remaining amount due $85).
Do you offer group options? Group options are only available for homeschool COOP groups and childcare/daycare centers. There is a minimum required to host a group and there is a different schedule provided versus the traditional 8 week session individual family option. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in our group option.
In the event there is severe weather, are there make-up classes? Taking advantage of all that nature has to offer also means experiencing the different weather patterns. In most cases classes will still meet even if there is rain, snow, cold, or super sunny weather. Most meeting places have pavilions and shelter areas that will be utilized. In the event of extreme and dangerous weather, class will be postponed with a new day and time selected.
Do you offer a referral program? We do not offer a referral program at this time.
Will HALA CEC’s be available in other areas? We currently offer on-the-road CEC classes for areas up to a 60-mile radius. In order for us to come to your area (beyond a 25-mile radius), there will need to be at least 10 children enrolled (paid) in the session.
What if I live beyond the 60-mile radius for on-the-road CECs? Consider starting your membership subscription to have access to recorded classes and archived activity guides that you can implement with your children no matter where you live.