Learning Centers / Co-op’s

Learning centers offer a broad range of fee based programs and classes for homeschoolers. Co-op’s typically involve parent participation.

Arnold Regional Christian Home Educators (A.R.C.H.E) Workshops
Enrichment classes held on Fridays from 9-3 at
First Baptist Church of Arnold
626 Wren, Arnold, MO 63010
Delondra James and Dianna Baer
email: archegroup09@yahoo.com
For more information go to www.homeschool-life.com/mo/arche

Classical Conversations
The term “classical education” is a phrase that is becoming more common. What does it mean? To put it most simply, classical education is a model of rigorous and thorough education that equips a young student throughout their school days and into adulthood. At the core of this educational process, is the grammar stage.  During this period students soak in knowledge through memorization and learning who, what, where, and when of those facts memorized. As they start to test their boundaries in life, they move into the dialectic stage, and begin to grow in understanding. Students question how facts relate and explore cause and effect. The rhetoric stage occurs during their high school years.  Students draw upon the knowledge they gained during their grammar years and the understanding produced from the dialectic stage in order to formulate their opinions and have the ability to express them with grace, ease, and persuasiveness.
Classical Conversations breaks this process into a manageable plan for homeschooling families through three programs: “Foundations” for students ages 4 to 12 (or 6th grade); “Essentials”, which is taught in addition to Foundations, for students 4th-6th grade; and “Challenge” for junior and high school students.
Foundations meets once a week during the school year for 24 weeks. Class sizes are limited to eight students and their parents. A paid tutor uses games and songs to drill new memory work. Memory work includes geography, English grammar, math, science, history, Latin, the U.S. presidents, and a timeline of the world from creation to modern day America. The children learn about art, famous artists and composers, and practice different painting and drawing techniques. They also learn how to play the tin whistle, study the scientific method through science experiments and weekly perfect their public speaking skills.
Essentials engages the children in English grammar and writing while taking them beyond the worksheet. Students learn to develop the mental skills to sort and classify facts and learn the tools they need to become eloquent, effective writers. This is a program where English grammar is reinforced through conversations with adults who want their students to master the art of language studies. The Essentials program includes sentence diagramming, parts of speech, spelling, vocabulary, phonics, punctuation, writing lessons, and more. On top of this, part of class time is used to drill math facts in order to enable students to work with greater speed and accuracy in mental arithmetic as they prepare for success in Algebra and beyond.
The Challenge program is for students 12 and older. For 30 weeks they study six challenging subjects at home while practicing dialectic & rhetorical skills in a weekly class. An experienced home schooling parent tutors the students in math, foreign language, and science labs. Students also receive suggestions for improving their written work. Other coursework is shared through facilitated discussions. Each level is called a “Challenge” rather than a grade because students should be enrolled in the level they are prepared to study.
Request a free catalog which, besides more information on the program, also includes several great articles such as why we care about learning Latin, what is classical education, advice on homeschooling junior and senior high students, and much more.
Campuses are available in Lake St. Louis, Chesterfield, Eureka/Wildwood, Maplewood, South City, and Fairview Heights. All current director contact info is listed on the top of the website under “Find a CC Community”. Be sure to ask your area director when the next informational meeting will be held.
Website: www.classicalconversations.com

Collinsville Homeschool Co-Op
CHC is an educational cooperative bringing families together to provide enriching, supplemental classes. Classes meet Tuesdays at Meadow Heights Baptist Church, Collinsville, IL
http://www.homeschool-life.com/il/collinsvillecoop/
Facebook: Collinsville Homeschool Coop
email: collinsvillehomeschoolcoop@gmail.com

Crossroads Christian Connection Co-op
Offers classes for ages birth-18 including: Institute for Excellence in Writing, Apologia Science Labs, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace, Music and P.E., Cooking, Art, and much more. Meets in St. Peters.
Dawn Griffin 636-240-5645
email: dandawn.griffin@gmail.com
website: www.crossroadschristianconnection.net

Crossroads Christian Connection Hope Co-op
O’Fallon, MO 63366
Contact: Dawn Griffin
Phone: 636-240-5645 after 3:30
Email: dandawn.griffin@gmail.com
http://www.crossroadschristianconnection.net
Crossroads Christian Connection Co-op provides classes for K-High School.  The nursery and preschool is available for families who have children enrolled in the K- High School classes.  CCC offers non-core classes such as PE and cooking.  The core classes include  Apologia Science Labs in General Science, Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry.  We also offer history based writing lessons through the Institute in Excellence in Writing.  For information on the other classes offered visit the website.

DaySpring School of the Arts
2608 Metro Blvd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043
and Crestwood Art Space
314-291-8878
www.dayspringarts.org
email: office@dayspringarts.org
DaySpring Centre for Arts & Education is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to training our students in the arts & academics with excellence and to equip them to use the arts & their skills effectively in their lives however, God intends.
The Academy at DaySpring  – Creative academic & artistic resources for home schooling families, consisting of two complementary programs:
-Wednesday or Friday Enrichment Days – You may choose 1 class or all day of Hands on serious instruction for 5 -14 year olds in academic classes: such as Math Quest, Renaissance, Investigate Science, Explorabook, American Roots, Let’s Get Critical!, Science Circus, Enterprise Village, Narnia, & My World, &  Arts classes like Art, Drama, Ballet & Tap, Kindermusik, Stomp ‘n blow, Beginning Musical Theatre, Musicianship, Violin & private music lesson options.
-Core Program – An integrated 2 day program to provide a complete academic program as a resource for Home schooling families. Students in Grades K thru 10 will be given strong foundational training with investigational thinking skills, using mainly literature based Sonlight curriculum. The rest of the program is sent home for parents to complete with their child at home.
The Performing Arts at DaySpring – a full program of serious training in the performing & fine arts including Classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, drama, musical theatre, art, stagecraft, Kindermusik, chamber music, Private music lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, trumpet, percussion and jazz.
Students are provided many performance opportunities throughout the year in classical ballet, Dramatic presentations, musicals, performing arts recital, as well as private lesson recitals.
Our Faculty is comprised of professionals with high qualifications in their particular discipline. We strive for the highest standards in performance, in teaching, in attitudes and outlook, and create a wholesome, fun atmosphere by teaching with attention to Christian principles.

EAGLE LEARNING CENTER
Contact: Laura Hecht
e-mail: lhecht@charter.net
Classes are held on Mondays at First Baptist Church of Ellisville, for two 12-week semesters. All homeschool families seeking instruction in a Christ-centered environment may apply.  This is a learning center administered by home school moms.    Please do not call First Baptist Church of Ellisville for information.
A full listing of classes and course descriptions is available upon request. Students may enroll in any number of classes, from one up to a full day.  For breaks between classes, students can choose to sign up for study hall – a supervised, quiet environment, or go to the break room for shorter breaks and to eat lunch or a snack.
Elementary Grades
Art, Geography, Latin & Greek Roots, Public Speaking, Science, Spanish, Theater, & Writing
Middle & High School
Art, Career Exploration, Choir, Classical Geography, Composition, Analytical Grammar, Health, Humanities, Latin & Greek Roots, Latin, Logic, Rhetoric, Public Speaking, Saxon Math, Spanish, Apologia Science (General Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry & Physics), Worldviews
Some middle & high school classes require students to begin coursework on their own before classes begin. Preliminary assignments will be sent by the teachers via email. Students in high school classes will also receive assignments to be done in December.
Please contact Mrs. Hecht to receive detailed course descriptions and an application packet.

The Exploring Center
72 Tara Lane, St. Peters, MO  63376
e-mail exploringcenter@charter.net.
http://theexploringcenter.webs.com
The Exploring Center concentrates on bringing history alive.  Students not only learn history, but they also live history.  They make appropriate clothing, eat foods of the period, and build models of homes.

Homelink Learning Center (sponsored by SHARE)
Classes are held at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125; using the former St. Andrew Catholic School building.
Directors: Cathy Mullins 314-769-7965
email: ekcjmullins@gmail.com
Kerrie Tate 3141-791-0000
email: kertatehomelink@aol.com
www.homeschool-life.com/mo/share Click on Homelink classes
HomeLink’s purpose is to assist families with homeschooling and to provide support, encouragement, accountability, and training that will enhance the parent’s role as parent-teacher.  It is not really a school.  Rather, the program links academics to the students at home.  It operates as a “college model,” allowing students to come to a class for one period per week, then accomplishing their study for that class at home, then returning the following week to review their work and move to the next lesson in the class.  The targeted group for actual classes in HomeLink are grades 6-12 (sometimes younger).  The classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Courses offered include, but are not limited to:  General Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics (the last 4 having labs),  Spanish, German, Japanese, General Math for grades 4-8, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, English, Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), American Literature, Composition, World History, British Literature,  Composition, World Geography, Hands On English, Ancient Civilizations, Nutrition and Wellness, Missouri State History, Music Appreciation, ACT Prep, Personal Finance, Capsela Physics, Economics/Business & Advertising, Guitar, Developing Reading Skills, and Art.

Homeschool Network
Chesterfield Presbyterian Church
Contact: Noel Kellogg, Director, noelk@chespres.org , 636-779-0323
www.chespres.org under Children’s Ministries
The Homeschool Network is designed to supplement the home school family’s regular core and non-core curriculum, offering morning and afternoon sessions. Classes in music, art, geography, literature, PE, science, and communications for grades K-8. Call or e-mail for more information.

Homeschooler Link
Homeschooler Link provides ways for home school families in the St. Charles County and surrounding areas to find the resources and activities they need in their home school. We have Enrichment Thursdays classes which focus on the extracurricular activities like art, drama, choir, band, and more. We plan activities for families and children to get together like field trips, holiday parties, dances, mom/parent’s night, and more. Memberships are free!
Website: www.homeschoolerlink.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/179835625510938/
Email: schomeschoolerlink@gmail.com

Pillar Foundation
15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011
Contact: Mike Cordner
636-386-7722
http://www.thepillar.org
Specializes in junior and senior high school and adult American Christian History, Constitutional Law, economics, science and precept bible studies. Classes differ each year.

Promise Christian Academy
1809 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
636.449.0647
Meredith Heintz, School Administrator
mheintz@promisestl.org
http://www.promisestl.org
Offering enrichment classes on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for two 14-week semesters for children who have differences in learning style, differences in physical and cognitive ability, and differences in approach to solving problems.  Additionally, 5-week Winter Session on Wednesday afternoons will include Art being incorporated with OT and SLP.

Providence Fine Arts Center
New Hope Baptist Church, 4450 Edmundson Road, Edmundson, MO  63134
www.providencefac.org
Contact person:  Michelle Schaefer
phone: 314-489-7630
e-mail: info@providencefac.org
Providing instrumental, vocal, and drama programs including a preschool class, four orchestras, three choirs, two drama programs, and several instrumental classes, designed for young children through high school ages. All classes meet conveniently on Thursdays to help homeschoolers save gas money and time.

St. Charles Christian Home Educators Learning Center
Dorene Glenn  learningcenterdorene@gmail.com
https://www.homeschool-life.com/mo/scche/
The SCCHE Learning Center strives to assist the homeschool family with supplemental, once-weekly classes in a Christ-centered environment for upper junior high through high school students. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 8:30-2:30 in St. Peters. – for SCCHE members only.

St. Clair County Christian Home Educators (S.C.C.C.H.E.)
St. Clair County, IL
www.sccche.org
The group hosts a co-op on Fridays with classes in drama, Latin, etiquette, art and much more. There is a small fee for members of other home school groups.

St. Louis Homeschool Network
http://www.stlouishomeschoolnetwork.org
A support group for homeschooling families and information source for prospective homeschoolers, organized and run by volunteer efforts.  The group is diverse with many religious, political and educational philosophies, with the focus exclusively on homeschooling. Group activities include a learning cooperative, private email group and bi-monthly meetings. See the website for contact information.

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