It is really fun and easy to join BLA and home-school all year long TUITION FREE! When our family first decided that homeschooling was the best option for us, we were not financially prepared for the start-up expenses to come out of our pockets all at once. Well, we understand that it is not all "that" expensive, but with 5 kids and 1 income, it doesn't take long at all to max our monthly homeschooling budget. That is ONE of the reasons we were so excited to find Bethany Learning Academy. Now that we have the early expenses of purchasing curriculum behind us, we do pay our tuition a few months out of the year, because we know the funds are going to a great cause, but it is nice to always have the option of homeschooling with Bethany Learning Academy and not paying tuition at all.
The way it works!
Bethany Learning Academy offers members a stack of "field trip forms." Any month that we would like we can plan an event, activity, field-trip, party, backyard BBQ, Bonfire, game night, movie night, unit study, tea, meet-up at the mall, or anything that is appropriate for a given age group. We don't have to "pay" for the event, just host it. So when we were planning a trip to my uncle's home in Troy, Alabama, we submitted a form to BLA with all the details, and met-up with the group at the Pioneer Village. It is great! It only takes one phone call to let them know we are coming, we ask the questions that are on the form, fill the form in, scan it and send it to BLA for approval.
I was out of forms!
Once I couldn't find my forms. Uggg. As usual, Bethany Learning Academy said, "No problem." BLA emailed the form to my Hotmail, and just replied to that message with all the details that were supposed to be written on the paper. I emailed those details, and the next day my Starbucks Study was posted on Facebook! It was that easy. I met with a group of teenagers and a few moms at Starbucks, and passed out an article about the history of coffee beans. We chatted, laughed, and left. So that month, instead of paying tuition to home-school my children, I simply printed a few pages and bought me and my daughter a cup of Joe and to top it off, my daughter met her now BEST FRIEND! What a deal!
Give time to plan!
Bethany Learning Academy is always happy to hear about any plans we are willing to share, but I know from speaking with the administrator and from my own experiences that it is best to submit these field-trip forms at least 3 weeks in advance. However, the sooner the better. I love going to others' planned events, but I need time to prepare my schedule and my children, so I try really hard to give that same courtesy when I am the one making plans.