Homeschool Events List for August 25, 2016

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Used Curriculum Sale
Daniel Boone Home
Botanical Gardens Volunteering
Monarch Tagging
Encouragement

USED CURRICULUM SALE
Big sale! A former homeschool mom is moving…all curriculum from 1st-8th grade for sale!! Saxon Math, Sonlight reading, a little Bob Jones, history, geography, flash cards, Countless DVDs and videos …history of the world, Excellence in Writing, and more!
Saturday Aug 27
8am- 4pm
Sunday Aug 28
9am-3pm
2559 Oak Springs Lane, St Louis MO 63131

Daniel Boone Home
Come out to the Historic Daniel Boone Home for a day of learning and adventure!
August 31, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
http://www.danielboonehome.com/
We invite homeschool students and their families to experience pioneer life by exploring hands-on programs and demonstrations throughout our village. Bring a sack lunch and spend the day learning about Daniel Boone and frontier life. Enjoy the beauty of our site while getting in your core homeschool hours! $6-Students, $5-Adults (18 and older), Children (4 and under): Free; One free adult per 3 paying students.

Volunteer at Botanical Gardens
In addition to Adult volunteers, they accept 14 to 18 year olds with a signed consent form from parents.  This sounds like a way a teen could get a great learning experience, as well as help the community and show off their “people skills”, with the bonus of a chance to document their service for those college applications.
For the application form, see:   http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/about/additional-information/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/volunteer-application.aspx
Here are the volunteer spots listed:
-Missouri Botanical Garden, main campus: School Programs Educators, Therapeutic Horticulture, Horticulture, Information Technology, Institutional Advancement, Office Assistance, Publications/Media, Retail, Science and Conservation, Special Events, Special Events, Trade
-Butterfly House, Chesterfield: Butterfly Ambassador, Butterfly Monitoring, Education, Entomology,  Guest Services, Horticulture, MANTIS, Retail/Admissions, Special Events
-Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit: Building Maintenance, Ecological Management, Education, Horticulture, Special Events, Special Events, Trail Maintenance
-Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, Ladue: Education, Horticulture

Monarch Tagging
September 10; 10am – 3pm
Visitors will enjoy a variety of interactive learning experiences, such as monarch butterfly catching and tagging.
Using mysterious powers rivaling a GPS, they navigate a landscape more vast than the span of the continental United States. With instinct alone as their guide and in perfect sync, thousands journey through the air each autumn to one particular mountain range in Mexico. It’s a specific roosting site custom-made for their needs.
They’re not birds.  They’re butterflies.
Monarchs, showy and familiar orange and black butterflies, are the only species of insect that makes this amazing migration.  The route of this incredible trip goes through the Show-Me State, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are celebrating the monarch migration with a special event.  The Monarch Tagging Event takes place Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m.—3 p.m. at the DOE Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center in St. Charles.  The event is free and everyone in the family is welcome.
Though monarchs are the front liners, the Monarch Tagging Event will celebrate all pollinating creatures that help our plants thrive.  The event will offer an interactive and fun way to learn about pollinator declines and what people can do to help.
Butterfly tagging and releases every two hours are the headline activities. Visitors will get to tag monarchs themselves and become citizen scientists as they learn about butterflies hands-on.
The Monarch Tagging Event will also feature native gardening demonstrations with gardening experts, an observation hive of live honeybees as well as a beekeeper to answer questions.
Other activities will include hikes on the site’s 150-acre restored Howell Prairie, educational stations, games, and crafts including seed bombs full of native wildflower seeds.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and soft drinks and enjoy a picnic lunch on the interpretive site grounds.
As monarchs flit from plant to plant in search of food, they spread pollen crucial to the reproduction of their host plants.  More than 75 percent of the Earth’s flowering plants depend on pollinators. It’s a relationship vital to the survival of each—and us.  One out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of pollinating insects.
Pollinator decline in the recent past is a source of concern among scientists.  It’s estimated that in the last 20 years, monarch populations have gone from more than 1 billion to less than 60 million.  Dwindling habitat for these colorful butterflies is believed to be the source of the drop.
Though the numbers for monarchs may seem grim, people can do something to help.  Planting backyard butterfly gardens can help monarch populations recover.  Establishing milkweed and nectar plants will also give them a boost on their long journey.  The Monarch Tagging Event will help visitors learn how they can make a difference.
The Weldon Spring Interpretive Site is located at 7295 Highway 94, approximately two miles south of I-64/40. For more information, call 636-300-2600.

ENCOURAGEMENT
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Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events FOR THIS WEEK!

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Jump Off at Sky Zone
Louis Bolduc Day
Free Cursive Worksheets
Encouragement

Home School JUMP OFF @ Sky Zone Fenton
Homeschool Jump Time is back, starting next week!! Last year, because we had continuous growth and support from our homeschool community, Sky Zone is adding a second jump session! So, come on out this week for some “healthy, active FUN”. We are offering a “Special” to kick off the school year! Dates: Wednesday, August 24th, 2:30-4:00pm & Friday, August 26th, 1:30-3:00.  Just $5 for 90 minutes of FUN! (Sky Socks required –$2 additional). If you have been before, bring your Sky Socks with you. All jumpers must have a valid waiver filled out (they are good for one year). Capacity is limited. We are offering pre-purchase of tickets for our “Special” Jump Off next week. This will guarantee your spot to jump.  You pick the date.  Visit www.skyzone.com/fenton.  Fill out waivers, purchase tickets and socks all via the website.  Hope to see you there!!
*Our normal hours for Homeschool Jump are Wednesdays from 2:30pm-4pm & Fridays from 1:30pm-3pm, & normal pricing is $10 for 90 minutes – additional siblings are $5.*

Louis Bolduc Day
A Celebration for Children!
August 27th, 2016
You are invited to Louis Bolduc’s birthday celebration at the Louis Bolduc National Historic Landmark Site in Ste. Genevieve. Children’s activities will be available from 10 a.m.–noon.
-Saint Louis Feast Day Cake in honor of Louis Bolduc
-Snow Cones
-Helium Balloons
-Historic Children’s Games
-Face painting
-Old-timey costume photo opportunity (bring your camera!)
-Birthday card making station and contest (with D’IMAJJ artist group)
-Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!
And for parents!  House tours will be available for reduced admissions. ($6adult/$1child) All adults will receive discount coupons to participating downtown merchants!  The celebration continues as you shop and save at the many unique shops and restaurants in the downtown area!
For more information find us on Facebook at Bolduc House Museum or call (573)883-3105. 125 S. Main St., Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
*September Homeschool Day is full. October information will be published as soon as I have it.

FREE CURSIVE HANDWRITING WORKSHEETS
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ENCOURAGEMENT
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If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events List for August 20, 2016

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Homeschool Boys Basketball
Great Skate Pokestop
Gamemaker Event
Prairie Day
Busy Mom’s Boot Camp
Reading, wRiting & Ravioli
Deutsch Country Days
Free LapbookEmployment Opportunities

HOMESCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL
Dear Fellow Homeschool Leaders,
My name is Paula Koranda. I have been homeschooling for 14 years, and have four sons. I am also the leader of the Twin City Home Educators in Festus/Crystal City, MO.
I wanted to get the information to every group that the Gateway Regional YMCA (St. Louis, Metro East and surrounding areas) is starting a homeschool boys basketball league this year. This is structured like regular YMCA youth programs, except it is for 7-12th grade homeschool boys and will run from October – February. There will be once a week practices (Jefferson County Y has them from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays, each Y will be able to schedule which day works best for them) and games twice a month.
We would like to see all the Gateway Region YMCAs creating a homeschool basketball program. The “league” will run from October – February, with games being played twice a month starting in November, utilizing YMCA facilities and officials as part of the registration fee. These games could possibly be played on Saturdays when regular youth sport games are going on and the officials are already working that day and more likely to be available, or some evenings The logistics of setting up the teams will necessarily be based on which Ys participate and how many boys sign up. We would have regular schedule with some games being “home” and some “away” but they are all in the Gateway Region and only twice a month.
This is an expansion of the homeschool basketball program we have had at the Jefferson County YMCA since 2013. We have had a very successful program, and wanted to see other YMCAs offer it to homeschoolers throughout the region.
I met with the Athletic Directors of the local Ys in July and presented our program to them. There was definitely enthusiasm for the program. So far, these are the Ys that have expressed interest in participating in a league.
Jefferson County Family YMCA (Festus) – Nick Davis nick.davis@gwrymca.org
Emerson (North County/Ferguson Area) – Dan Yonko       dan.yonko@gwrymca.org
Monroe County, Illinois – Darin Williams   darin.williams@gwrymca.org
O’Fallon, MO – Danny Manselle   danny.manselle@gwrymca.org
South County – Kevin Schwartz   kevin.schwartz@gwrymca.org
Belleville, Ill – Julie Murphy        julie.murphy@gwrymca.org
Edward Jones – Timothy Gaines     tim.gaines@gwrymca.org
West County – Jim Garland      jim.garland@gwrymca.org
O’Fallon, Ill – Bre Anderson       brianna.anderson@gwrymca.org
Four Rivers Family YMCA, Washington, MO  debbie.toedebusch@gwrymca.org
Here is some background on how this got started:
In 2012, when my oldest was in 9th grade and shot up to 6’3”, I began looking for a homeschool basketball option in our area. What I found was….there wasn’t one. What I discovered was that when the students are in elementary school there are Upwards, YMCA and local park/city programs. After 6th-7th grade, though, these fall off. Most older students, if they are interested in sports, play for their school teams.
There are two homeschool basketball programs in St. Louis/St. Charles area – the Blue Knights and the St. Louis Patriots. Both are wonderful Christian programs, with competitive play for middle school through high school. However, the distance for our Jefferson County players and the cost for many of our group was prohibitive. Also, they are a team with tryouts, JV and varsity programs, etc. and many homeschooled boys have not played competitively before. They fill a need for many families, but would not work for ours.
Doing what homeschool moms do, when we couldn’t find a local and simple program for our kids, we started our own.. Our basketball program began in the fall of 2013. I approached the Executive Director and Athletic Director at the Jefferson County YMCA. We designed a program for boys 7th-12th grade, going from October – February. It is this same program that will be offered this year.
We planned a once-monthly game on a Saturday evening after the Y closed. We divided the players into two teams and played a scrimmage game with regular Y officials and a parent volunteer working the scoreboard. We had approximately 20 boys the first year, ranging in age from 7-11th grade. We started the year off with a Midnight Madness at the Y for the staff to get to know the boys and their level of experience. Over the last few years, our boys have gotten more competitive and we have had to seek out games with other homeschool groups, private schools and church youth groups. I would like to see a set schedule, though, of playing other YMCA homeschool teams.
Our basketball program has successfully launched a homeschool girls volleyball program, utilizing the gym in the same time period, but in the months that we do not have basketball. We have also been able to involve parent-volunteers in coaching, scheduling games, set up and clean up, working the scoreboard, and even serving as officials in a pinch.
We did a trial-run homeschool bowling program this past spring, with most of the participants coming from the basketball team, their friends and family. Our next step in expansion could possibly include the implementation of weekly homeschool gym and swim for elementary-age kids, with an organized gymnasium game (such as kickball) followed by an open swim time. We really want the Y to see that the homeschool community is a growing, viable market, and that if they can provide reasonably priced activities in a family-oriented environment, we will come!
As you can see from the address bar, I have sent this to every group I can think of, as well as every group included in the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo directory. I am asking that you please, even if you are not personally interested, forward this information to your groups. Please cut n paste and post it to your websites and Facebook pages. I would be happy to talk on the phone or meet with your groups, or present the information at your meetings. The structure is all in place, all we need to do now is sign boys up and see where we can go from there.
In the last three years, this very simple program has become a HUGE thing in the lives of these boys. I had really just hoped to get some structured p.e. time and a little bit of competitive play for them. It has become a big part of their lives. I hope that we can expand that to other homeschool families as well.
Sincerely,
Paula Koranda
Twin City Home Educators, Festus/Crystal City, MO

Great Skate Pokestop
130 Boone Hills Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
Saturday, August 27: 7:30-10PM
Family Night with Pokémon games and prizes. Find Pokeballs. Pokepops for sale at concession. Pokémon Battles all night long. Get prizes based on your Pokémon Go Trainer Level.

GAMEMAKER EVENT
https://www.facebook.com/GameMakerEvents/videos/1287174391306816/
Calling all fans of Narnia! Have you ever wanted to go to Narnia? Have you ever wanted to be a Narnian and shout “For Aslan!” as you run into battle? Well, I have the perfect opportunity for you! For only $15 dollars, you can come out and see Narnia come to life before your very eyes! The GameMakers are hosting an event this year where we will bring to life the 1000 years between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian and immerse YOU in the struggle between the Narnians and the Telmarines. This is a live-action role playing event so come ready to not only fight for your land and work with your fellow teammates, but also use your brain and strategize. Foam weapons and some costumes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well!
-Who:  Age 13+
-What: Narnia – The 1000 Years
-Where: Mort Jacobs Park, Overland, MO
-When: September 10th @ 1pm
Buy your tickets at gamemakerevents.com. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or text me at 314-685-5105 or email at LaurenP@GameMakerEvents.com. I hope to see you all there!!!
The GameMakers is a committee consisting of all homeschool graduates. Each year we aim to put on a live-action role playing event that brings to life so many of the fictional universes that we all know and love and each year we get better!

PRAIRIE DAY
AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
COST:
$3 Missouri Botanical Garden members and Shaw Nature Reserve passholders
$6 nonmembers 16 and older
$2 for children 15 and under
Hitch up the wagons and head out to Prairie Day at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit. This fun-filled family event portrays prairie heritage through activities and demonstrations, and showcases the Reserve’s 250-acre re-created tall grass prairie. Hike with a naturalist through the prairie to learn about prairie life, check out the teepee, play pioneer games, listen to a live band, and watch weavers, spinners and other craft demonstrations.
Some of the exhibits include mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and insects. Living history characters will re-enact the lives of early prairie inhabitants. An archaeologist and a flint-knapper will display and interpret artifacts of prairie life. Native plant nurseries will sell wildflowers and seeds.
Hungry? Visit the concessions to purchase bison burgers, homemade baked goods, root beer, and kettle corn. Come join the fun!
SPONSORS: Missouri Department of Conservation, Shaw Nature Reserve
Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden, in Gray Summit, Mo., located south of Interstate 44 at exit #253; watch for signs to the designated parking area

Busy Mom’s Boot Camp
with Diana Thrower
October 8 @ 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Step out of the war. Get refueled. Charge back into battle!
Fill your cup with sweet encouragement, refresh your weary momma soul, feast on God’s Word, and eat chocolate as we hear from Diana Thrower in this sweet time of refreshment just for Moms!
Suggested Donation: $10 per person.
Bring your favorite chocolate to share!
Moms of all ages are welcome! Seating is limited, so call us NOW to reserve your spot!
Registration closes October 5th at 8pm.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900    www.thefamilyvision.org

Reading, wRiting & Ravioli Program
https://pastahouse.com/about/community/
The Reading, wRiting & Ravioli Program was created to improve the reading skills of grade school students and provide another tool for teachers to ensure the success of our children. The Pasta House Co. developed this program in 1989 and has more than 450 schools and more than 3,500 teachers participating in the St. Louis area. Over the past 30 years we’ve had more than 600,000 students participate in the program. In return for spending time reading, students and teachers earn free food from any of our locations.

Deutsch Country Days
Living History Weekend
October 15 & 16, 2016, 9am-5pm
See www.deutschcountrydays.org

FREE LAPBOOK
http://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/exploring-to-revolution/westward-ho/

Employment Opportunity #1
Briarcrest Independent living Community has open positions for food servers.  I understand the value that homeschoolers could bring to our residents and would love to be able to offer that to them.
Our servers are paid $8.25 an hour and our meal times are at 8:00 am, 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm.  Our servers designate their own work availability and we try to schedule them based on that availability each month.  It is about a two hour involvement for each of the meal times for our servers.
I would certainly appreciate any avenue of exposure that you could give us to make these job opportunities known by your Homeschooler contacts!  We seek to provide our residents with the best service possible here in our community and the Homeschooler Community is the best resource that I can think of to help meet that goal.
Thank you for your help!
Sincerely,
Mike Sabo, Assistant General Manager, Briarcrest Estates
Office: (636) 391.5300
14525 Clayton Road, Ballwin, MO  63011
www.holidaytouch.com

Employment Opportunity #2
The Des Peres, Maryland Heights, and Clayton UPS Store locations are seeking part-time employees. If you are honest, organized, and hard-working, pick-up an application at your preferred location Monday-Friday. Always have Sunday off!

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
FOLLOW THE LIST ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events List for August 15, 2016

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YMCA Book Fair
West County Homeschooler Meeting
Competitive Speech and Debate
Alice in Wonderland
Touch-a-Truck
7th & 8th grade BandEagle Forum Special Opportunity
CORRECTION-Barron’s Homeschool Days
MHM Homeschool Days
Field Trip Idea
Baton Twirling

YMCA Book Fair
CALLING ALL BOOK LOVERS AND FRIENDS! Join us at Queeny Park for a fun weekend of book shopping, while supporting YMCA youth programs. We have thousands of new and gently used books in every category imaginable, from Childrens to Adults, and will be open from 9am-9pm, August 19-23.
Shoppers and volunteers are needed so please spread the word and invite your family and friends.
What:    38th Annual YMCA Book Fair
Where: Greensfelder Recreation Complex, Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011
When:   August 19-23
Time:     9am-9pm each day
Details:  August 19th $10 Admission for Preview Day
August 20th  Free Admission
August 21st  Free Admission
August 22nd 1/2 Price Day, Free Admission
August 23rd  $10 Box Day, Free Admission
Find your (or your child’s) next adventure at the 2016 YMCA book fair!
We hope to see you at the fair! For more info visit the YMCA Book Fair website.

WEST COUNTY HOMESCHOOLER MEETING
Hi Everyone! If you know someone who is:
-New to homeschooling
-New to the area
-New to West County Christian Home Educators (or want to be new!)
Then help us spread the word!
Informational Meeting Q&A
When: Monday August 29th 7:00pm
Where: The Cupping Room at Kaldis in Chesterfield Commons. 17211 Chesterfield Airport Road, 63005
What: Brief intro to MO law, requirements, & logging hours, then a brief history of WCCHE and all we offer, followed by answers to your questions.
Who: Hosted by the WCCHE Welcome Committee for anyone and everyone.

Competitive Speech and Debate
Our alumni students claim that this activity, above all others, prepared them for both college and life. As parent leaders, we agree—so much that we come back year after year to support and organize this club. We would love to have your family join us this year as we encourage one another to, “Speak boldly. Changing the world for Christ.” The goal reflects the mission of our competitive league: Stoa. To find out more about homeschool speech and debate, please visit the website: http://stoausa.org/
Speech and Debate Opportunities for the 2016-2017 School Year
Time: Tuesdays from 2:30-5:30
Location: West County Assembly of God
Dates: September 13-November 15; January 10-April 4 (We will take some breaks for tournaments. There will be approximately 18 sessions total.)
Club Time:  We offer a combination of instruction, discussion, and practice that prepares students (ages 12-18) to speak with confidence and poise.  Games, impromptu speeches, and prepared presentations allow students to hone public speaking skills. Our goal is to provide opportunities for every student to speak every week. Much of this practice will come through preparation for debate, however, time will also be regularly devoted to preparing speeches for competition.
Competitions: Our club hosts a St. Louis tournament in the spring and several of our families travel to tournaments throughout the Midwest. The level of tournament involvement is up to each family. Some choose to only compete in St. Louis, while others travel to multiple tournaments. One of the joys of speech and debate is the special friendships our families have made with families across the United States.
Cost for Club:
Registration Deadline: September 13, 2016
Yearly fees: $150 for the first student in family; $110 for second student in family; $40 for additional students in family. Fees are due by the first day of class.
If you would like more information or would like to request a registration form, please email Laura at stlspeechdebate@outlook.com

ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Auditions for “Alice in Wonderland” (ages 5-18) are Monday, August 22nd from 6pm-8pm OR Tuesday, August 23rd from 6pm-8pm.  Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings starting August 30th and Performances are Saturday, December 17th.  Cost is $180/child*
WEDNESDAY EVENING CLASSES
August 31st – Wednesday September 28th.  You can get a safe, encouraging and fun intro to singing, choreography, acting and performing with Lil’ Broadway (Wednesdays 5pm-6pm ages 4-7) or Broadway 101 (Wednesdays 7pm-8pm ages 8-12) and Aspiring Singer-Performers need to check out Popstar 101! (Wednesdays 6pm-7pm ages 8-12)  The cost for any one of these three classes is $50.*
PRIVATE LESSONS
Our Voice, Keyboard and Guitar lessons are the best in town!
Homeschool Discounted Lessons are $20/half hour.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES
CD-Recording Birthday Party – where Your child is the Star!  It’s a Dance Party with Party Starter who takes song requests and each child goes home with a CD of the song they record!  Cost is $225 for 15 guests.
MORE at RockShowAcademy.com
CALL (314) 875-9024 OR email info@rockshowacademy.com!
Classes, Lessons and Most Rehearsals at RockShow Academy: 8809 Gravois Rd, Affton, MO  63123
*We offer sibling discounts and multiple class discounts except on Private Homeschool Lessons

Touch-a-Truck
August 28, 4:00-7:00pm
The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, 8749 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119
What is Touch a Truck?
It’s a vehicle fair for families! We’ll have fire trucks, tractors, and other large vehicles for kids to explore, and inflatable games, food, music, and more!
REGISTER (registration is helpful for organizers)
http://webstergardens.org/touch-a-truck/

7th & 8th Grade Band
Mr. John Miller and his staff at Lutheran South High School in Affton have a Select Band program for 7th and 8th graders in the St. Louis area. Interested students have been playing for 2-3 years and are chosen by audition. It is open to any students in the area, including homeschoolers. Cost is very reasonable ($30/semester). Registration starts August 29 and rehearsals start September 12. Please contact Mr. Miller at jmiller@lhssonline.org, or Mrs. Miller at 314-833-1076 for more information.

Eagle Forum Special Opportunity
We are excited to announce a special opportunity for homeschooling families!
Eagle Forum is opening all Eagle Council sessions (excluding meals) FREE of charge to homeschool students and families. Eagle Council will be held at the St. Louis Airport Marriott September 16-18, 2016. Please find a tentative schedule below.
Friday, September 16
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Presentations from Eagle Forum’s state leaders on their projects and accomplishments.
9:30 p.m. – Workshops
– Don Hinkle will address Religious Liberty
– Steve Sutton (Leadership Institute) will provide training on getting involved in the conservative movement, messaging, working on the Hill, and the Four P’s of Excellence.
Saturday, September 17
9 a.m. – 11: 45 a.m. – General Sessions
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – General Sessions
9:30 p.m. – Workshops
– A report on the Collier County Abstinence Program by Renate Ferrante and Kathleen Sullivan
– Tammy Kobza will address politics in Iowa.
Sunday, September 18
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon – General Sessions
Speakers to include the following:
John Eidsmoe, attorney and professor of constitutional law; Tom DeWeese, president of the American Policy Center; Jude Eden, former Marine Sergeant; Greg Autry, entrepreneur, writer, and educator; Stephen Baskerville, Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College; Brett Decker, author; Faith Whittlesey, former Republican politician and White House Senior Staff; and many others.
If you would like to attend any of our sessions, please contact me at Rebekah@eagleforum.org or 3 14-721-1213. I will need the name, email address, and state of residence for each attendee.
The registration deadline to attend these sessions is Friday, September 9th. Spots are limited so sign up quickly.
St Louis Airport Marriott, 10700 Pear Tree Dr., St. Louis, MO 63134

CORRECTION- Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
Homeschool Day is an exclusive event for homeschool families on Mondays throughout the school year. We offer a reduced rate for an open gym environment that includes the Adventure Island Giant Inflatable.
Dates (All Mondays): No homeschool days in August, December, May, June and July
~~~PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES~~~
Homeschool Day Open Gym – September 12, 2016  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – October 10, 2016  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – November 14, 2016  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – January 9, 2017  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – February 13, 2017  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – March 13, 2017  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – April 10, 2017  Register
Time: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Price: $11.00 for 1st child, $7.00 for additional children within same family
Ages: 14 months through 22 years old
Details-
-1 hour and 15 minutes of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
-Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30? Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Trampolines, 18? Rope Climb.
-INCLUDES THE GIANT ADVENTURE ISLAND INFLATABLE!
-A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade. Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk. Adults are not allowed on equipment.
-Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
CANCELLATION DETAILS:
-Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen.
-They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
-Refunds only given for illness and we must be notified before the event begins.
-If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE EVENT! Registration available online or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
NOTE: These days should not be confused with the homeschool gymnastics classes Barron Gymnastics offers during the daytime at a reduced rate.

MHM HOMESCHOOL DAYS
Announcing the 2016–2017 Homeschool Day Calendar!
Dear Homeschool Families,
Get ready for a new school year with FREE Homeschool Days at the Missouri History Museum!
Good news: This year we will begin Homeschool programming one month earlier! Our first Homeschool Day will be September 19th’s Team Players: Growing Your Homeschool Community. This day will be filled with team-building challenges, a brand-new gallery tour, a civics workshop, community and individual crafts, and more!
Homeschool Days take place once a month on Mondays. All activities are available from 10am to 2pm, and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like.
Thanks to the generous support of our members, donors, and taxpayers, MHM Homeschool Days are completely free! We simply ask that you please RSVP by registering at mohistory.org/homeschool. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the Homeschool Day date. Advance registrations allow us to make sure we have enough activity materials for everyone. We communicate information about the programs exclusively via email. Please sign up for our eNewsletter at mohistory.org/homeschool to make sure you stay in the loop.
September 19- Team Players: Growing your Homeschool Community
October 17- Get Your Kicks on Route 66
November 7- The Amazing World of Toys
December 5- Get in the Holiday Spirit
January 23- Making a Museum
February 20- Historic St. Louis
March 20- Women’s History
April 10- St. Louis’s Civil Rights Legacy
May 15- Remembering War and Honoring Veterans

FIELD TRIP IDEA
As y’all plan your year, you may be looking for how to build in service to the community. One great place to volunteer is with the St. Louis Area Food Bank http://stlfoodbank.org/portfolio/who-we-serve/   – take a look at the online sign up system: http://stlfoodbank.volunteerhub.com/Events/Index Various shifts available Tuesdays-Saturdays
They sure make it easy to get plugged in! You can coordinate a group from your learning center or co-op, your church or just go as a family. If you want to bring a large group and cover a whole shift, you often have to plan months in advance, but it is sooo worth the effort.  They ask for a commitment to a 3 hour shift, but you do get a break mid-shift. You can work with your kids, as there are jobs that even young ones can do. A word of caution – it is like eating potato chips — once you try it, you will want to go back over and over again.
The Food Bank does a great job of explaining how their services fit in the plan to help those who are hungry, so the kids are able to understand why they are doing the work.
The work is usually sorting food donations to remove damaged goods, and packing food cans and boxes into sturdy cardboard for distribution. They give you very clear instructions. Extra bonus, if you fill the whole shift, so all of the workers are with your group, you can also request they play the radio station you prefer. Thank you for the suggestion, Jo Ann

Baton Twirling
I’ll be teaching introductory baton twirling classes this fall through Parkway-Rockwood Community Education Sports.  We’ve had several homeschooled kids on our twirling team and would love to let everyone know about the intro classes.  (New this year, we are not only holding classes in Ellisville Elementary, but also in Chesterfield!)  The sessions are only 6 weeks, which allows kids to decide how much they love twirling.  (If they want to continue, they can sign up for another session.)
Here is a link to the community ed page with all of the details — hopefully you will share it with your home school community!
https://prcommunityed.ce.eleyo.com/course/2016-17-school-year/introduction-to-baton-twirling
Thanks!
Lisa Bartfeld

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
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If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events List for August 9, 2016

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Simplifying Social Media
Down and Dirty
Sing at South
Pint-Size Predators
Teacher Open House
Homeschool Morning at the Magic House

Simplifying Social Media
August 11 – December 8 (Second Thursdays)
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
TFV South County, along with Response! Targeted Marketing, is pleased to offer a series of social media classes designed to benefit you in your business endeavors. These informational seminars are open to the public.
Seminars will be held the second Thursday of each month, August through December. We will gather at 8AM each morning and have a short coffee/networking time. Seminars will begin at 8:30 sharp. A $10 suggested donation per class will be accepted to support the work of The Family Vision.
Space is limited. Please call ahead and reserve your seat today.
The Family Vision: South County, 1387 Covington Manor Lane, St. Louis, MO 63125
314-939-1222
www.thefamilyvision.org
(With so many homeschoolers being self-employed I thought this was relevant)

Down and Dirty
Aug 25, 2016 09:30 am – 11:30 am
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
(Ages 3–6) Remember the fun days of sand boxes and mud pies? Here is the chance to relive some of the joys of our childhood with your own children. We’ll provide the dirt; you bring the clean clothes for the ride home! Adults, separate from the children, will learn about the importance of unstructured play and nature exploration for the healthy development of young children. At the same time, our naturalists will take the children to the nature play area where they use their imaginations to get down and dirty in our big pile of dirt! (Reservations begin August 11 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Sing at South
The Lutheran High School “Junior Singers” welcome students in grade 5 through 8 (ages 10 – 14) to “Sing at South” with them this year.  The Junior Singers are beginning their fourth year of singing success, combining voices from around the area as a “select” middle school choir.  Students from any educational setting are welcome, including public, private, and home schools in addition to Lutheran schools.  A singer-friendly audition is required where students sing “Row Your Boat” and “Happy Birthday” to demonstrate pitch-matching and rhythm skills.  Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8:30 pm in the LHSS Choir Room at the school on Tesson Ferry near Gravois.  Students learn music reading and ensemble singings skills along with responsibility and group cooperation during the rehearsals which include musical games as well as choral music.   The choir performs at LHSS concerts throughout the year.  The Junior Singers are led by Greg Gastler, LHSS Choir Director, and assisted by Kelly McCord, LHSS Elementary Music Specialist.  Schedule an audition for your singer by calling Mr. Gastler at 314-833-1063 or by emailing ggastler@lhssonline.org.  Auditions will be held  at LHSS on Monday and Tuesday afternoons after school, August 29 & 30, with “last-minute” auditions at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 6, before the first rehearsal at 7 pm.  Annual tuition is $60 payable to LHSS.  Adults are welcome to observe both auditions and rehearsals. Several former Junior Singers are currently singing in the advanced choirs at LHSS.  Come, audition with a friend, and “Sing at South!”

Pint-Size Predators
Aug 30, 2016 09:30 am – 11:00 am
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
(Ages 6 and up) Two elegant insects that hunt and eat other insects are the dragonfly and the praying mantis. They have adaptations for totally different hunting strategies, one patrolling the air and the other staying put until the moment of ambush. Have you seen any? Were you impressed and curious? Come have some fun this morning while learning more about them. (Reservations begin August 16 by calling 314-301-1500.) Reserve by Aug 29, 2016

Teacher Open House
Wednesday, August 31 at 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bahama Buck’s, 6010 Mid Rivers Mall Rd, Saint Peters, Missouri 63017
Bahama Buck’s values education and our teachers! We would like to invite teachers to stop by our store on Mid Rivers Mall Drive for a Teacher’s open house on August 31 from 3:30-6:30 pm.
RSVP HERE

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
Begins October 3, 2016; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price will only be $3.00 per person again (ages 12 months and older)
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year.  We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”.  Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House.  It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families.  You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees.  Our goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
-Price:  $3.00 per person (adults included)
-Children under the age of 12 months are free.
-You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
-Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following: Cash*Check*Credit Card*Debit Card
-Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
-THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS, SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! Please feel free to copy this and forward to them.  It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
-We have 4 Magic House dates.  There is no September or December event.
-Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
-Mark your calendar for these future dates:
November 7, 2016
January 9, 2017 (2nd Monday)
February 6, 2017
-If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com
>>>Special Exhibit<<<
Kings, Queens and Castles
October 1, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Kings, Queens & Castles, a children’s chess exhibit co-created by The World Chess Hall of Fame and The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum, brings the game of chess to life and provides an engaging introduction to individual chess pieces and game strategy. Designed for children ages 3 to 11, Kings, Queens & Castles features an array of interactive elements including a medieval castle complete with turret slides, a giant chess board floor and life-size chess pieces, the chance to make custom made fanciful crowns, oversized interlocking bricks to build the castle walls, a custom digital memory book app and more. This new exhibit invites children to learn more about this classic game as well as to pique the interest for those who already play.

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
FOLLOW THE LIST ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events List for August 7, 2016

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Seussical the Musical
Raingutter Regatta
DaySpring Open House
Music Classes
Homeschool Roller Skating
Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
Kindermusik / Little Mozarts

Seussical the Musical
Presented by Shatterglass Productions
Aug. 12 &13 at 7:00
Dardenne Presbyterian Church, 7400 South Outer 364, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368
$8.00 at the door
Seussical is based on the works of Dr. Seuss and weaves together his most famous tales and characters from at least fifteen of his books. The show follows the adventures of Horton, an elephant who one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust. He soon discovers that within this tiny speck exists the smallest planet in the universe, populated by the Whos. Although ridiculed by the other animals in the Jungle of Nool for believing in something he cannot see, Horton stubbornly persists in his belief that the Whos exist. Traveling everywhere from the Jungle of Nool to McEligott’s Pool, some of the characters fall in love, some have desperate adventures, and some even save the world.

Cub Scout Pack 387 Raingutter Regatta
Thursday, Aug 18, 6-7:30pm, Schroeder Park (rear pavilion)
If you have a boy in 1st grade through 6th grade and you have been thinking of getting involved in Scouting, please come to our annual Raingutter Regatta. This event is a fun and exciting sailboat race where the Scout with the most “hot air” wins! Come see what we have to offer you and your family. Pack 387 is a Christian, family-based organization where the majority of the boys are home educated. We meet two Thursdays every month during the school year, with monthly Pack activities for the whole family year-round.
For more information, contact Jerry Pipes, Public Relations Chair at events@pack387.net

DaySpring Open House
August 20th; 10-2
Interactive arts experiences for the whole family!
Sample classes for ages 3 to adult
Watch students & faculty performances in Musical Theatre, Dance, Drama, & Music
Tour our new facility
Meet staff and faculty
Schedule for the day will be posted soon!

2016-17 Music Classes
Band & Guitar
Homeschool Music Classes meets on WEDNESDAYS at Zion United Methodist Church, 1603 Union Road, St. Louis, 63125. (about 2 minutes from the Salvation Army PE Classes!)
The classes are endorsed by SHARE, but independent of our Homelink classes. Students must be SHARE members to participate in band (so that they are covered by our insurance plan).  However, there is no Homelink registration fee, as these classes do not meet at the Homelink location.  There will be a small fee to cover the cost of renting the room at Zion United Methodist Church.
All levels of musical experience are welcome—beginning, intermediate and advanced.  Band instrumentation includes brass, woodwinds and percussion.  Mr. Heitmann, band director and teacher, is highly recommended by the homeschool community.
Classes are VERY reasonable at $20.00 per month (with a small building rental fee….see below.)
Note:  We must ask that each family (not student) pay a $10 per semester fee to cover the cost of renting the building.  You can just give that payment to Steve and he will see that Cathy Mullins gets it in order to pay the rental fee to the church.  Thanks!
Classes are 45 minutes long and begin Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
Recommended Grade: Varies–each student must be able to read the written word.  They do not have to read music, but must be able to physically hold their chosen instrument so it works properly.
Contact Steve Heitmann at 636-208-6914 or heithutsteve@yahoo.com  for more information.
Teacher:  Steve Heitmann has a Music Education degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis along with lifetime certification in instrumental music for K-12. Steve has taught and performed music in all types of settings for many years. This is his 16th year of teaching band for homeschoolers. Steve is the orchestra leader of his church, where he also plays trumpet. Steve and his wife Cheryl are homeschool parents of 6 children, ages 13 to 27.
New time schedule
1:30    Advanced Guitar
2:15    Advanced Band
3:00    Beginning Band
3:45    Beginning Guitar
♪Advanced Guitar  1:30 p.m.
Talk to Steve to see if your child could be at this level.
♪Advanced Band  2:15 p.m
Talk to Steve to see if your child could be at this level.
♪Beginning Band Class 3:00 p.m.   Brand new students! 3:00 pm
The instruments in the homeschool beginning band include the electric bass, woodwinds, brass and percussion.  Students who have never played an instrument, cannot read music or desire to start a different instrument are welcome to join us.  Students must be physically large enough to hold the instrument that they choose to play and have basic reading and math skills.  We will be using the Standard of Excellence Book One.  The cost is $20.00 per month.   New students welcome!
♪ Beginning Guitar Class for first-timers  3:45 p.m.
The beginning homeschool guitar class is designed to help beginning students learn to play the guitar, read standard music notation and to pick simple melodies on the guitar.  We will also learn some very basic chords and strumming patterns.  We do prefer that each student have an acoustic guitar, but we will accept those students that already have an electric guitar.  You will have to carry your amp to class each week. Students must be physically large enough to hold the guitar and have basic reading and math skills.  This class will be limited to 12 students.  The cost is $20.00 per month.  It is recommended that students arrive around 10 minutes early so they can quietly tune their guitar in the hallway.  Steve will have books with him on the first day of class for purchase.
Special thanks to the congregation at Zion United Methodist Church for hosting our homeschool band and guitar classes again this year.
CONTACT STEVE HEITMANN AT 636-208-6914 OR heithutsteve@yahoo.com for more information.

HOMESCHOOL ROLLER SKATING
http://www.rockrollorena.com/
Homeschool Skating at Rock Roll O Rena- Arnold MO. Sept 13 Tues from 1-3 p.m. $4 admission plus skate rental regular skates 2$ and inline $3.75 (or bring your own skates)
They prefer cash payments, but do accept credit cards

Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
Homeschool Day is an exclusive event for homeschool families on Mondays throughout the school year. We offer a reduced rate for an open gym environment that includes the Adventure Island Giant Inflatable.
Dates (All Mondays): No homeschool days in August, December, May, June and July
Homeschool Day Open Gym – September 12, 2016  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – October 10, 2016  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – November 14, 2016  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – January 9, 2017  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – February 13, 2017  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – March 13, 2017  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – April 10, 2017  Register
Time: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Price: $11.00 for 1st child, $7.00 for additional children within same family
Ages: 14 months through 22 years old
Details-
-1 hour and 15 minutes of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
-Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30? Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Trampolines, 18? Rope Climb.
-INCLUDES THE GIANT ADVENTURE ISLAND INFLATABLE!
-A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade. Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk. Adults are not allowed on equipment.
-Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
CANCELLATION DETAILS:
-Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen.
-They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
-Refunds only given for illness and we must be notified before the event begins.
-If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE EVENT! Registration available online or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
NOTE: These days should not be confused with the homeschool gymnastics classes Barron Gymnastics offers during the daytime at a reduced rate.

Kindermusik and Music for Little Mozarts
Enroll by Aug. 12th & Save $10!
Healthy social-emotional development includes the ability to form satisfying and positive relationships with others, to exercise self-control, and to experience and navigate a full range of emotions. Studies have shown that healthy social-emotional development in young children correlates closely with cognitive development and academic success in school; and children who display strong self-regulation are better able to control their impulses, pay attention, and work flexibly toward goals.
Kindermusik and Music for Little Mozarts Classes at the Community Music School of Webster University are thoughtfully crafted to encourage executive function skills, like self-regulation, and to promote healthy social interactions. Children are guided to explore emotions-their own, those of their friends, and those of the characters in the songs and stories they hear. They acquire new skills that build their self-esteem, develop a sense of belonging through community-building rituals, and learn to manage their impulses by following directions and taking instruction. Activities help children experience positive peer interactions by encouraging cooperation, turn-taking, and sharing.
Now enrolling for Fall 2016 classes. If you enroll for classes by August 12th, you will receive a $10 discount off your tuition. Some classes fill early! Classes begin between August 31 and September 12, depending on location.  Kindermusik and Music for Little Mozarts (keyboard) classes are open to children ages birth – 6 years old.
Class descriptions, class times and locations, registration information are all available online.  Learn more at:  webster.edu/kindermusik
Not sure how your baby or child will do in a class setting?  Try a FREE Kindermusik Demo Day class (Aug. 13-20).  If you enroll for fall classes at a Demo Day, you can receive a discount (bring your check book)!  RSVP required.  Click here to sign-up.

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
FOLLOW THE LIST ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events List for August 2, 2016

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Homeschool Volleyball
Homeschool Conference
Back to School Night
Homelink
CHERISH
Horsemanship Workshop
Salvation Army Homeschool PE
Bible Quizzing
Pokemon GO Homeschool Group
Homeschool Gym/Swim Class
LHS South Choir
St. Charles Regional College Fair
Homeschool Craft Fair
Free Alternatives to Office Software

Girls Panthers Homeschool Volleyball
Now it is time!  If your daughter is 11 – 14 years old, we have a few spots left.  Our team is super fun, and our girls really grow to be close friends.  We have grown to become a very competitive team, as we enter our 5th season.  Please email me if you are interested.  Practices are starting this week!
Email: panthers_volleyball@hotmail.com
Tony Latham

The IHM Homeschool Conference St. Louis
Friday, August 12th, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm
DoubleTree Hotel St. Louis at Westport
1973 Craigshire, St. Louis, MO 63146
Admission: Free
Speakers: Dr. Ray Guarendi, Mrs. Virginia Seuffert, Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Vendors include: Seton Home Study School ($30 discount per child for full enrollment at the conference), Brennan Innovators, HSLDA, Sacred Heart Books and Gifts, Stone Tablet Press, Teaching Textbooks, Holy Family Resources, Christendom College, and Pauline Books and Media.
To view the schedule, please visit:  http://www.ihmconference.org/stlouis/schedule/

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
Homeschooler-link will be having their Back to School Night, on Friday, August 19 from 7-9 PM. We welcome all teachers, students, and interested families to come and get acquainted with one another. We are having an ice cream social and light refreshments. Around 7:30 PM we will have a pinata for the kids. Please sign up on the website so we know how much ice cream to purchase! https://www.homeschool-life.com/mo/homeschoolerlink

HOMELINK LEARNING CENTER-REGISTRATION OPEN
There are 14 helpful Homelink informational web pages found at the “2016-2017 Homelink Classes” link on the top bar of the SHARE website. Everything (almost!) you need to know for registration is in the “Step 1 Important Class Registration Instructions” webpage. Please read it thoroughly BEFORE moving on to the other web pages and registering your student. If you have any problems with the website contact Cathy Mullins and she will come to your rescue!
We are so excited about the wide variety of classes offered at Homelink this year for all grades and learning styles!  2016-2017 Classes We pray they will work with your schedule and meet your academic needs. As always, there are some class conflicts that just couldn’t be avoided, no matter how many sleepless nights we spent juggling the time slots. If there is a conflict with a class for your family, contact Kerrie asap and we will see if there is anything that can be changed. Please put “Class Conflict” in the email subject line.
Homelink Orientation is on August 23 beginning at 6:30 pm.  See the Homelink Calendar for other important dates. NOTE: New families sometimes wait until Orientation to register for classes and their preferences are often full with a waiting list. If you are especially interested in a class, please try to register ASAP.
Hope you are enjoying the summer and have had time to recharge and prepare for the upcoming school year! Looking forward to seeing you at the Orientation on August 23, or at the Back-to-School Picnic on August 31.
We would love for you to join us at Homelink this year!    Kerrie (with Cathy & the Homelink teachers)
Cathy Mullins (314-796-7965 or ekcjmullins@agmail.com)
Kerrie Tate (314-791-0000 or kertatehomelink@aol.com)

CHERISH Upcoming Events
Please join us to meet fellow Catholic homeschoolers and build community at these upcoming events sponsored by CHERISH – Catholic Home Educators Rest In the Sacred Heart.
-Friday, August 26th – 6:30 p.m.
Family Event – Sacred Heart of Jesus Devotion and Rosary Procession, followed by Ice Cream Social
All the families will pray the rosary together while processing from station to station.  Afterward, we will all eat ice cream sundaes and socialize.  Ice cream and chocolate syrup will be provided.  Bring your favorite topping to share if you wish.  To RSVP or obtain more information, please contact Elaine Swackhammer at elaine@swackhammer.net
-Monday, August 29th – 8:00 p.m.
Mom’s Night Out Social Event
Share some chips and salsa and socialize with other Catholic homeschool moms.  We will meet at El Maguey restaurant, 7139 Mexico Road, St. Peters.  This is a recurring event, meeting the first Monday of every month.  No RSVP necessary, just add it to your calendar and drop in and join us whenever you can.

Horsemanship Workshop
Aug. 26th-28th, 2016
Friday 5:00-8:00; Saturday 9:00-12:00; Sunday 2:00-5:00
One day workshops can also be scheduled at your convenience with a group of 4 or more.
The Dreamcatchers 4-H club is offering horsemanship workshops to introduce horse enthusiasts to the basic techniques and theory involved in training and riding horses. Participants will be taught basic safety while learning and practicing exercises that will help them develop a balanced seat. They will also be introduced to the Parelli Natural Horsemanship techniques used for working with horses on the ground and while riding; concepts which will help them to understand how playing with their horse leads to the development of a relationship that is based on love, language and leadership.
Participants will be divided into groups based on their knowledge and riding capability. These groups will rotate through a variety of stations at each session where they will learn to be able to safely lead, groom, mount, dismount and play the Seven Basic Parelli Training Games while mounted and on the ground, and then begin applying the principles learned from these games while riding. Plus almost everyone gets to experience the trot and canter.
The farm where we meet is located off Highway 30, near Cedar Hill, Missouri, about 30 minutes from Eureka, St. Clair, DeSoto, and Hwy 270 and Gravois Rd.
Cost: $125.00 (10% discount for siblings or children already enrolled in 4-H.)
Students must be 8 (Birthday by Jan. 1, 2016) or older to participate.
Contact Wendy Miller at 314-341-5300 for more information or e-mail to JessexCrew@aol.com Check out the Dreamcatcher 4-H Group on Facebook and learn about all of the fun programs 4-H offers here in the St. Louis area! https://www.facebook.com/Dreamcatchers-4-H-club-160103144034707/?ref=hl

SALVATION ARMY HOMESCHOOL P.E.
> The Homeschool Physical Education Program is sponsored by the Salvation Army, and takes place at the SAL Gateway Citadel Community Center, 824 Union Road, St. Louis Mo., 63123. This is the 30th year of the classes, taught by founder Coach Cort Hubbard.
> Teacher/Coach Cort Hubbard has a Bachelors Degree from Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Georgia, a Masters Degree from the University of Mississippi, and a K-12 teaching certificate. There is not enough room to list Cort’s experience and accomplishments!
> Homeschool P.E. course description – “These classes promote physical exercise, skills development, and sportsmanship. The typical Homeschool Physical Education class will begin with prayer, followed by calisthenics, coordination skills or jogging, skill development (teaching session), and fun games which often incorporate the skill being taught. The specific material a student will learn is based on their age and skill level, seeking to introduce new skills, or improving on skills already acquired.”
> Fall 2016 classes are on Tuesday or Thursday, beginning September 6 or 8, and ending December 13 or 15, 2016.
> Classes often fill up quickly, especially on Tuesdays.  Do not wait to register or your preferred time slot might be taken! Classes are divided by age groups, but there is some flexibility allowed. Due to class size and safety issues, it is not always possible to move your child to an older or younger class.
> To sign up and hold your spot, fill out the Registration Form (found HERE) and mail it to Attn: Cort Hubbard/HSPE, Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, St. Louis MO 63123. OR – you can email Cort your registration information at Cort_Hubbard@usc.salvationarmy.org. Please include ALL of the necessary info – guardian/parent name, email address, phone number, student age and class choice. Parents will need to fill out the official P.E. Emergency Contact Form on the first day of class, and payments are due at that time.  Checks are made out to the Salvation Army, not SHARE. If you have any questions about class placement, ask Cort by email or call him at 631-0727 ext. 6130.
> The cost of Homeschool P.E. is VERY reasonable – only about $4.00 per class! To participate in Homeschool P.E. classes, each student must be a “member” of the Salvation Army, but Cort has incorporated the membership price into the class fees. The cost for P.E. per semester is the same as in past years – $56 for one student, $107 for two students, $157 for three students, and $50 for each additional student.
> Many of you have asked about how you can purchase Quarterback King – the awesome game that Cort invented. Go to www.quarterbackking.com for all the details. Cort also has a few of the games in his office at the Salvation Army for purchase.

BIBLE QUIZZING
The St. Louis Fall Bible Quizzing season is just around the corner!  Go to our website, www.stlbq.org, for information about our quizzing program and to register for the fall.  Practices are just one Monday night and one Saturday afternoon each month at Grace Community Chapel in St. Peters, and the cost for the fall is $30 per quizzer.
Bible Quizzing involves Scripture memory, competition, and great community with other young people and families.  Any students ages 9-19 are welcome to join us, and if you’re still not sure if you want to commit, feel free to come to our first practice on Saturday, September, 10, from noon to 4 pm, and check it out.

Pokemon GO Homeschool Group
Join our new Pokemon GO Homeschool STL Facebook group for teens. We’d like to plan regular outings in the STL metro area for hunting Pokemon and learning along the way. Parents are welcome to join in the fun, of course. This group is volunteer driven so any member is encouraged to organize an event. We are just getting started, so our first gathering will likely be social, so the teens and parents can get to know everyone. Posting tips and resources is very helpful to the group and also encouraged. We are all about fun, learning, and safety. Come join us!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokemonGoHomeschoolSTL/

JCC 2016 Fall Homeschool Gym/Swim Class
2 Millstone Campus Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146
9/14 – 12/7 (12 weeks – NO CLASS 10/12)
Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:00
45 min Gym
45 min Swim
$168.00
$151.00 (2nd Sibling Discount 10% off)
– The J is an interactive and multi-generational facility, welcoming all people
– The Sports, Recreation & Aquatics department has been providing quality sports & aquatics classes for over a century
– Professional staff who are experts, friendly and engaging and love working with kids
– Children can excel and feel secure in a safe and friendly environment
– Gym and water games and skills taught will be engaging and offer hands-on activities
– Increases PE/Fitness options
– Improve gross motor skills
– Develop self-confidence
– Offers opportunities for socialization and friendships
Please contact Nick D’Orazio or Heather Cheseman at 314-442-3296 to get signed up!

Lutheran High School South Choir looking for homeschoolers
Thank you so much for your continuing cooperation sharing news about the music opportunities at Lutheran High School South. Below is a note for your families about the new season for the LHSS Junior Singers “select” middle school choir, beginning its fourth season.  More information will follow mid-August, but we know some families like to plan ahead. The LHSS website is “under re-construction” and Junior Singer information will appear there “soon”.
The Gastlers – Greg and Jenny
“Sign Up to Sing”
Singers in 5th through 8th grades are encouraged to sign up for the Lutheran High School South “Junior Singers” choir of select voices. Students from around the area gather at LHSS each Tuesday evening to rehearse and grow their vocal gifts together in this ensemble.  The Junior Singers perform at LHSS Choir events and tour locally in January.  Sign up to sing for Mr. Greg Gastler, LHSS Choir Director, by contacting him at 314-833-1063 or ggastler@lhssstl.org. Preferred audition dates are Monday and Tuesday afternoons, August 29 & 30, at LHSS. The first Junior Singer rehearsal is Tuesday, September 6, at 7 pm, with “last minute” auditions beginning that evening at 6:30. “Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.” (Martin Luther)

St. Charles Regional College Fair
September 22, 2016
https://www.stchas.edu/admissions/college-fairs
College Center 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, MO 63376
College Fair for High School Juniors & Seniors (Note: Home Schooled students not wait until Junior year to attend – since you want to craft your home school curriculum / schedule to meet requirements for the college you want to attend, you need to know ahead of time.  Consider visiting campuses of prospective colleges the summer before your junior year, and check out summer programs on campus for the summer before senior year.)
Choosing Your College – What Is Important to You?
Ask questions of college representatives that will help you determine which college is right for you. This list of commonly asked questions may help you.
-Does this school offer the majors you are considering?
-What is the tuition and what kind of financial assistance is available?
-Where is the college located?
-What kind of housing is available?
-Are there jobs on campus?
-What are the job placement/career opportunities of graduates in the majors you are considering?
-What is the enrollment and student/teacher ratio?
-What kind of library facilities are available?
-What kind of extracurricular activities and athletics are available?
-Is there any kind of religious affiliation?
Remember, only ask the questions that are important to you!
St. Charles Community College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Please email dss@stchas.edu with your accommodations request. It is recommended that you contact the college 10 business days prior to the event. See Accessibility for Campus Guests.
Contact Information   RACHAEL BOLL,   ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR,  636-922-8600 ,  rboll@stchas.edu

HOMESCHOOL CRAFT FAIR
November 5, 2016; 10am-3pm
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
www.homeschoolcraftfair.com
Attendance prizes! Raffle drawings & games! Concessions available!
Have a craft to sell? Register HERE.
Love shopping craft fairs? Join us!

Discover Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office Software
Tech Tip – Using Free Productivity Software
Do you need to use Office-style applications like word processors or spreadsheets but don’t want to pay for Microsoft Office? Did you know there are great alternatives that you can use for free?
Discover the free Office Online, Google Docs, and OpenOffice services in this “tech-tip” YouTube video!

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.