Homeschool Events List for February 13, 2017

Dearest Readers- I have been retired from homeschooling for almost 2 years. Retiring means I am a little out of the loop, making List completion more difficult. This post is my last. BUT DON’T WORRY! Lisa has agreed to take over the List and upkeep of the website. YAY!! She can be contacted at stlmoevents {at} gmail {dot} com. Please be as kind and helpful to her as you have been to me all these years. Thank you to you all! Susie

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Homeschool Bowling
Running Start
City Museum
Homeschool Football
New Homeschooler Workshop
Stanford Achievement Test
Explore Music
Tales of The Underground Railroad
Set the Night to Music
College Fair
Violin and Viola Lessons

Homeschool Bowling
Come bowl with us! Open-play (non-instructional) bowling time slots are available on these dates from 12pm-3pm. All ages welcome – parents/caregivers welcome to bowl too. (Feel free to pass registration info on to friends.) You can sign up for as many hours and individuals as you’d like, but space is limited (only 8 lanes!) so signing up is necessary. Cost is only $1.50 per bowler, per hour, to be paid in CASH there. Shoes are included.
They are allowing us to bring snacks and sack lunches. (Please be careful and clean up after yourselves!) You can also purchase food and drinks from their very reasonable snack bar.
See you there!
Epiphany Lanes, 3164 Ivanhoe Ave, St Louis MO 63139
* If you’d like to make sure be included on future bowling invites, send Kim Kuntz your email address: kim.kuntz@yahoo.com *

Running Start
The Southwestern Illinois College Running Start program will host an informational meeting for homeschool students and their parents interested in the accelerated program.
The meeting will take place Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Liberal Arts Complex Room 2311-2313 at the SWIC Belleville Campus. Current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are welcome to attend.
Running Start allows highly qualified students to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously earning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from SWIC.
For more information and reservations, contact Jane Sparks at 618-235-2700, ext. 5490 or jane.sparks@swic.edu.

City Museum
When: Thursday, March 2nd and/or Tuesday, April 11th.  Come one or both days!
Sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054baaa72ea64-city1
Cost: Only $6 per person for the day. 2 years old and younger are free. Parking is $7 per vehicle in the lot or metered parking on the street.  All are welcome!  Invite friends & family to join, just please have all register.
What to bring:  Food & water! We have space available at noon to eat together – you may bring your lunch since we have a group reservation.  Floor seating only.
Day-of directions: Please arrive with exact cash no later than 9:45.  If I have everyone signed in and paid by 9:45, then I can complete the check in process so that we can enter by 10:00am.  Please arrive early and be prepared to wait until 10 for entry.
* If you are running late or would like to enter at a different time, please make arrangements with another friend who is entering at 9:45am to buy your entry for you.
Extras: I will notify you via email in case of inclement weather.  Please check your email the morning of, especially if the weather is iffy.
Contact me with questions: kim.kuntz@yahoo.com

HOMESCHOOL FOOTBALL
The 2017 Central Panthers Football team is preparing for its 5 season! The Middle School and Varsity teams are for boys grades 7 – 12 with age guidelines according to MSHSAA rules. If interested, please contact Bob Kusterer at 314-452-6328 or bob.kusterer@gmail.com for more information. Please watch for information regarding spring clinics, training, and registration deadlines.

NEW HOMESCHOOLER WORKSHOP
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017; 1:00 pm
FAMILY VISION LIBRARY, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
Are you new to the area, new to homeschooling, or considering homeschooling? Plan to attend this relaxed workshop to learn more and become better equipped for success! Veteran homeschool moms, and support group leaders will be available during this session.
The goals of this workshop are to:
– Inform…Know your options
– Connect… Meet others and learn about resources in the community
– Encourage… Enjoy the journey as you embark on this path
We’ll cover the following topics:
– MO homeschooling law
– How to get started?
– Curriculum Planning
– Helpful Resources
– Support
– The Most Commonly Asked Questions
– Q & A
This free workshop is hosted by St. Charles Christian Home Educators, but is open to anyone interested in homeschooling. Workshops last approximately 90 minutes, with a Q & A period at the end.
>>>To ensure we have adequate seating, please RSVP to JoyinHomeschooling@gmail.com
If you are a veteran homeschool mom and can encourage, and share your experience with others, we’d love your help at upcoming workshops.  We’re always looking for those who are called to help and minister to others on this journey!

STANFORD ACHIEVEMENT TEST
Grades 1 – 12
This event is open to all homeschoolers
Click here for 2017 Registration form and details
LOCATION: The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd, Ellisville, MO 63011
TESTING DATES: Wednesday May 31st, Thursday June 1st & Friday June 2nd, 2017
TIME: 8:30 A.M. to 12 noon
NOTE : Not all grades need attend each day . However, please plan on students attending each day from 8:30 till 12. We will let you know via email of any schedule changes.
TESTING FEE: $57.00 for first student in grades 4th and up, $54.00 for each additional student in the same family.
*$67.00 for first student in grades 1-3. $64.00 for each additional student in the same family.
*1st through 3rd grade tests cost $10.00 more from the publisher because the tests are in a different format than in grades 4 -12.
The testing fee includes the cost of the test, taxes, administration fee, scoring, postage and detailed report.
TO REGISTER: submit this completed form, along with a check made out to Kim Budnick
Mail to: Kim Budnick 310 Quinnmoor Dr. Ballwin, MO 63011
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: April 11th, 2016
For more information contact : Tawnia Jones, Kathy Side or Kim Budnick at stlouisstanfordtesting@gmail.com

Explore Music! SPAIN
February 12th from 12:30-3 p.m.
East Academic Building,
545 Garden Ave. Webster Groves, MO, 63119
On the Campus of Webster University.
Parking is available in the parking garage located on Garden Ave. directly across the street from the East Academic Building.
FREE and open to the public.  For all ages.
Flamenco has been described both as a way of life and a fusion of cultures, as expressed through music, dance, and song.  Its roots are in the multiple cultures of South Spain.
At Explore Music! SPAIN we will learn about the history of Spanish and Flamenco dance, listen to live Flamenco guitar and song, learn a Flamenco dance move or two, taste delicious Spanish cuisine and take part in cultural activities and crafts.
The St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society will be our guide on our journey to Spain, with guest artists Marcos Jimenez, Internationally known Flamenco artist, native of Seville, Spain; Liliana De La Caridad Fagoaga, native of Cuba, trained in all three forms of Spanish dance; Esther Pardo from Murcia, Spain, danced as a soloist and principal roles in Spain, Cuba, France and Germany; Edwin Suarez from Colombia, studied and share the stage with great artists from Spain; singer Macarena Jurado De Heras, native of Seville, Spain, started singing Flamenco and the Copla at a very early age, performs around Spain, Portugal, France and the USA; and guitarist Ricardo Diaz originally from San Francisco, studied in Madrid Spain and has performed with world-renown Flamenco artists throughout the country.

Henry “Box” Brown and Tales of The Underground Railroad
Journey back to the historical era of the Underground Railroad. Bobby Norfolk breathes life into this amazing story of a slave turned hero, along with other tales of ordinary people taking extraordinary risks in the name of freedom. Ages 8 and up.
Library location addresses: http://www.slcl.org/branches
Rock Road Branch – Monday, February 13, 4:00 p.m.
Natural Bridge Branch – Tuesday, February 14, 2:00 p.m.
Eureka Hills Branch – Thursday, February 16, 4:30 p.m.
Jamestown Bluffs Branch – Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.
Thornhill Branch – Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.
Mid-County Branch – Saturday, February 25, 2:00 p.m.
Samuel C. Sachs Branch – Monday, February 27, 4:30 p.m.

Set the Night to Music
Friday, February 17, 7:00 p.m.
Lewis & Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63136
Saxophonist and songwriter, Rod Tate will perform a mixture of smooth, contemporary, worship jazz and R&B. The evening will also feature Love Jones the Band performing a variety of music including soul, funk, pop, R&B and jazz. Refreshments will be served. All ages.

UPCOMING COLLEGE FAIR INFO
The Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) will sponsor a college fair on Sunday, April 23rd from 1-3pm at Maryville University in West County.  College admission reps from schools across the country will be in attendance.  Admission for students and families is free.  This is an ideal fair for all juniors and interested sophomores. Mark your calendar!  You will not want to miss this event!
While pre-registration is not required, students may want to consider pre-registering for any upcoming fair.  When students pre-register their personal information prior to the fair, they will print and bring a bar code that the admission rep can scan. This saves students the time of filling out information cards repeatedly at each school’s table.  Registration for the Maryville Fair will open in the near future.  Students can visit the link below to register once registration opens. Students should register for any fair they are interested in attending that is on the list.
Register for Upcoming College Fairs
UPCOMING ACT DATES
Sharpen your pencils!  ACT deadlines for the spring and summer are getting ever closer!  The next test date is February 11th and late registration has passed for that test date. However, you can still inquire about standby testing. Click on the link below for information on February’s test as well as dates and deadlines for April and June.
April is a great time for juniors to begin testing.
ACT Test Dates: Click Here
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING NOW?
Freshman – Concentrate on keeping your grades up and picking good courses when registering for next year.  Also, start to keep a running list (including details) of all your activities both in and out of school. Consider getting more involved in leadership or volunteer activities.
Sophomores – In addition to those items on the freshman list, begin to do preliminary searches of potential colleges.  Use a website link like Big Future to help you narrow your list (see link below).  This spring and summer, start to visit schools near your home to compare attributes like size and setting so you have a better idea of what type and size school you may want.  Then, expand your search from there to include other states and regions.
Juniors – Now is when it all kicks in!  Create a wish list of attributes you want in a school–location, size, major, setting, etc.  Use a search engine like Big Future or school-based online program like Naviance to help you focus your search.  Meet with a counselor so they can help! Then it’s VISIT, VISIT, VISIT!  Also, don’t forget to register for ACT testing this spring.
Seniors – It is crunch time for you.  Assuming you have already applied for admission and financial aid, meet with a counselor for any doubts or questions you have.  Also, submit your housing contracts and let your college of choice know you are coming (and decline the rest) by May 1.
Link to Big Future College Search Online

Violin and Viola Lessons
South City Strings, 5106 S. Hampton Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109
South City Strings is a private music lesson studio for violin and viola located in south St. Louis. Beginners and students with previous experience are both welcome. Instruments are not provided.
Lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes once a week. Most students start with a 30 minute lesson.
Very young beginners, ages 4-5, may start with a 15 minute lesson. Morning and early afternoon times available as well the late afternoon and early evening. Cost is $15-$60 depending on lesson length. Special home school rate available for specific lesson times. Please inquire for more information.
I use traditional, classical methods and music with elements of the Suzuki method. I also teach fiddling. All students will have technical studies regardless of their musical style preferences. I love all kinds of music and am happy to tailor your instruction to include your musical tastes in our basic studies. In addition to classical, I have studied and performed fiddling, folk, blues, rock, and mariachi.
Coaching sessions for auditions and other performances are also available for those that don’t wish to enroll in regular lessons.
Students are encouraged to perform in studio recitals, which are held 2-3 times per year.
I have been teaching since 1999. You can find reviews from former and current students at Front of the Beat.
Instructor, Melissa Hayes
(314)972-3200
southcitystrings@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/South City Strings
Violin Lessons

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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
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I couldn’t have done it without you, my home school group.

This topic is near and dear to me, but since I am only the “queen of copy and paste” and by no means an author, I asked homeschool mom Jo Ann Peterson to contribute this wonderful piece. Thank you, Jo Ann!!

Home school parents are an independent bunch. It seems many of us are the alpha dogs, those willing to stand alone, not the sort of folks who generally follow the crowd. If we were followers, we wouldn’t be in the 2% pursuing home education for our kids, we’d be going along with the 98% in some school institution.
If we are so independent minded, we must each forge our own way, right?  Oh no, not so fast.  While it is true that each home school family can customize their school to meet the needs of their children, they do NOT need to be on the journey all alone.
After 3 kids, and 26 years of home schooling, I am so thankful for the home school groups we have participated in.  They urged us on when discouragement hit, provided resources when we reached the end of our rope, and the warm friendships we formed are close and meaningful.
Sometimes I hear people say they are too busy to connect with a group, or they can’t afford to join, or they seem to think they know better than everyone else.
The truth is, there is a high incidence of quitting among those who go it alone. Some families aspire to home school through high school graduation, but put the kids into school because they are lonely, or bored at home, or even mom is lonely or bored at home. The support and comradery of a home school group might have enabled them to continue toward the goal.  You could call these staunchly independent people the loners, but I call them the lone wolves.  When a lone wolf discovers the pleasures of a home school group, the whole family is thrilled with the companionship and encouragement they find.
In the metro St. Louis area, there are over 40 groups to choose from. Some are specialized for those teaching in a certain style or curriculum, some are for those attending a specific church or denomination.  There are religious groups and secular groups, large ones and small ones.   Often, a home school parent will join more than one group, and benefit from the different types of activities organized within each.  You might coach soccer for a large group that draws players from across the region and attend a weekly book club with a smaller group in your neighborhood.
Your home school group – don’t stay home without them!

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What does a home school group do?
Info:
Parent meetings – ranging from newcomer sessions, how to choose curriculum, to info for teaching special needs and how to plan high school, there are numerous topics.
Online support –  most groups provide a way to contact other member families via e-mail or an online forum.  This is perhaps the number one way to obtain used curriculum free or at very affordable prices.
Classes:
Core classes for Math, Science, Reading, Social Studies, and Language Arts are all possible. Non-core classes of all types are found in our area, and if there is one you want that you can’t find, you ought to consider starting it!
Activities:
Sports – we are organized for casual intramural level sports and for competitive select teams.  There are home schoolers playing football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, tennis, golf.  There is a shooting sports team preparing for competition.  Gymnastics class with other home schoolers during the day avoids the crowd of after school hours.  There are home school track activities in MO, but maybe not in St. Louis yet.
Field Trips – academic trips, tours, museums, concerts and demonstrations abound. A field trip co-op, where each family plans one trip for the year and all join in on the line-up is a good way to share the workload.  A field trip can be a service project, a sports opportunity, or even a road trip.
Competitions – Locally, you can enter the Geography Bee, Spelling Bee, Math Olympics, Talent Show, Art Fair, National History Day and Science Fairs. Nationally there are writing competitions.
Yearbook and student newspaper
Socials and high school dances
Scout groups, drama troupes, band and choir
Chess club
Robotics teams
Graduation ceremony: from Kindergarten, 8th grade and High School graduation
◊◊◊Not all groups provide all of the above, and no sane homeschooler would attempt to do all of these, but there sure are plenty of options.◊◊◊

You can find an extensive group list here: https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/support-groups/

Homeschool Events List for February 9, 2017

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Saint Louis Interceptors
Homeschool Gymnastic Days
MHM Homeschool Day
Homeschool Special
Essay and Video Contest
Teen Volunteer Opportunity
FHE Rally
Writing Contest
Visit a Farm
Suggested Resource
SLSC Group Discount
Storytelling Event
Isreali Soldiers Tour
Mother-Daughter Tea
Chess At 3
Open Doors Education

Saint Louis Interceptors youth shotgun team
New/prospective member practice 2/11
Date: Saturday, 2/11, 2:00 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club, 18854 Franklin Rd. Pacific Missouri  63069
Who:  Any home schooled youth, grades 5-12, who are interested in shotgun sports.  Attendance at this practice doesn’t commit you to the team.
All new or prospective members of the St. Louis Interceptors should plan to come to this practice for safety instruction and an introduction to the fundamentals of shooting clay targets with a shotgun.  Cost for the practice will be at regular rates – $5.50 range fee + $6.00 for ammo per 25 targets (1 round of trap or skeet).  This is an opportunity to try out the sport before deciding to join the team.  This practice will be dependent on the weather.
Interested parties, please RSVP to either the google calendar event:  http://tinyurl.com/zvg6d8r and/or the facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1798355353748498/ to receive updates about the event.  Email monty@slahss.org  with any questions.

Homeschool Gymnastic Days
Homeschool Gymnastics classes at Team Central, 2675 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. All welcome. Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday and Fridays (See sign-up for times. Note that times may be different for each session as this gym works hard to schedule us within their busy schedule.) You don’t have to commit to a regular class, sign up for whichever sessions you’d like. Or sign up for one and come try it out! Ages 3-Teen participate in an instructor-led 1-hour class for $5 (divided by age group.) 0-2 year olds are $3, if you’d like your child to utilize an area of the gym set up for toddlers with you supervising. Otherwise you and small children can stay in observation waiting room. A parent or other adult taking responsibility for your children must stay on premise for the hour. Boys and girls (there are usually quite a few boys – what I love about Homeschool gymnastics!) Wear whatever you’re comfortable in – sweatpants, shorts, t-shirts, leotards are all fine. You can pay Team Central by cash or credit card upon arrival each time.
My kids love this place and we haven’t found more affordable and flexible gymnastics anywhere! Let me know if you’d like your email address added to the monthly sign-up for future months. Email me with any questions. Erica Rinke ericarinke@gmail.com
Separate sign-ups for February and March…
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054baaa72ea64-gymnastics1
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054baaa72ea64-gymnastics2

MHM Homeschool Day
http://www.mohistory.org/homeschool
Our next Homeschool Day, Historic St. Louis, will highlight the early days of St. Louis through gallery activities, workshops, and even dance lessons. Join us from 10am to 2pm on Monday, February 20, to discover who lived in St. Louis during its first 100 years, how the city took shape, and much more! Please register below to join us on February 20. We can’t wait to see you! Register Here!
>>>Please note: The facilitated workshops Explore Lewis and Clark and Streets of St. Louis will be held at our Library and Research Center, located at 225 S. Skinker Blvd, and will start a bit before and after our usual Homeschool Day time so you can enjoy our regular programming as well.
We’re excited to offer you these programs that let students interact with authentic primary sources in an incredibly personal way. To provide an engaging experience and ensure the safety of our artifacts, a maximum of 30 people will be allowed in each Library and Research Center workshop, and students must be accompanied by a chaperone. We also strongly encourage you to follow the age limits noted below so your students can get the most out of the experience. Email rcrouch@mohistory.org to reserve your space. Reservations are free and first come, first served, but email confirmations will be required to participate.

Home School Special: Amusement Park Adventure
Wednesday, March 1 at 1:30 PM – 3 PM
Snapology of St. Louis – West
10028 Manchester Rd., Glendale, Missouri 63122
Tickets Available – embed.snapology.com
Ages: 7 – 14
Home-school special price: $10.00. Design your own amusement park in this super fun program! Learn how to use LEGO® bricks and other building materials to make coasters and other awesome rides. Can you design the next Disney World? (Bring your little ones to the event for only 5.00 per child for an hour of creative play in our Discovery Center.)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1308532885836142/

ESSAY AND VIDEO CONTEST
You can WIN A TRIP TO NEW YORK when your students enter our 2016-2017 TECH REVOLUTION ESSAY CONTEST AND/OR VIDEO CONTEST!
139 CASH PRIZES for students, totaling $22,000!
Help your students earn LOTS of great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom’s essay contest, for students aged 12-18! And we have super prizes for teachers, too!
In addition to our ESSAY CONTEST, we’re excited this year to introduce our new VIDEO CONTEST for students aged 14-23! We can’t wait to see your students use their creativity to express their views in a potentially viral video.
ESSAY/VIDEO TOPIC: “Technological innovation has changed our lives, mostly for the better. But some innovation raises safety questions. Some threatens existing businesses. What should America do about that?
John Stossel raises a few such issues in his TV special, Tech Revolution, but there are probably many others. Tell us what you think!”
The deadline to submit essays is February 17th, 2017, and the video deadline is February 27th, 2017.
FOR COMPLETE CONTEST RULES, PRIZE DETAILS, AND SUBMISSION INFO, VISIT: http://stosselintheclassroom.org/essay_contest/

Teen Volunteer Opportunity
The Zoo ALIVE Teen Volunteer for the STL Zoo is a phenomenal program, and highly recommended. It’s a fun way for homeschoolers to get volunteer hours and get hands on experience working in a teen-friendly environment. Because it is through the zoo, there are an abundance of opportunities offered to the ZAs, such as research projects, committees, and trips.
The deadline to apply is March 2nd this year. It’s best to start now because the amount of paperwork is pretty daunting.
You can get all the information you need here:
https://www.stlzoo.org/education/zooaliveteenvolunteers/

2017 FHE Rally at the Capitol Rotunda
Tuesday March 7, 2017
12:30pm
FHE encourages each family attending the Rally to bring COOKIES to their legislators!  The Senators, Representatives, and their staff always appreciate fresh baked goods. (Or I always stop in Kingdom City at Ozarkland for awesome fudge)
How to Maximize Your Day at the Capitol:
~Contact your Senator and/or Representative ahead of time to let them know you will be at the Capitol to attend the FHE Rally and that you would like to stop by his/her office for a short visit.
Find your Missouri State Senator and Representative- click here.
**Note: any appointments should be made so they will be completed before12:00pm or will begin after 2:00pm to allow your family time to come and go from the Rally.
~Plan a Capitol Tour. Visit this link for more information on Capitol Tours: for more information click here.
You can also explore the Capitol on your own. Pick up a self-guided tour booklet from the Tour desk just off the Capitol Rotunda.
~Visit the Missouri State Museum located on the first floor of the Capitol on either side of the Rotunda.
~Consider Field Trip Extras. There are many other sites to visit in Jefferson City. Here are just a few:
– The Missouri Governor’s Mansion: click here for more information
– The Supreme Court Building is located on High Street across from the Capitol. Tours are available, but reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting the Supreme Court of Missouri at 573-751-4144.
– Missouri State Highway Patrol Safety Education Center and Museum is located at 1510 East Elm. Reservations are recommended and are required for groups of more than 10. Call 573-526-6149 to make reservations.
See You There!

Writing Contest
The National Museum of the US Air Force is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Air Force History and Heritage Student Writing Competition. This competition is designed for students ages 13-18 and will allow them to compete for $3,000.00 in scholarship funds. This competition is open to students in public and private schools and those students who are homeschooled. Paper requirements meet Core Curriculum ELS Writing Standards for grades 6- 12
Details:  http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/ArticleDisplay/tabid/466/Article/1012429/national-museum-usaf-announces-seventh-annual-student-writing-competition.aspx

Visit A Farm
Welcome to our Farm! We are so blessed to be able to live on such a beautiful piece of God’s earth that we want to share a bit of that with others! The farm serves as our home and our businesses.
The main business is Statler Registered Angus. My husband, The Farmer, raises Registered Angus Bulls (with a little help from the rest of the family)!
Next is Grandma Bea’s Natural Products, my little company. I create all of the products for Grandma Bea’s right here on the farm.
And finally, The Homestead. The Homestead is a place where you can step back in history to the 1800’s and experience life like “Little House on the Prairie”.  We have almost 50 activities for children (and adults!) to participate in. Grinding wheat, crushing herbs with a mortar and pestle, churn butter, wash clothes with a wringer washer, write with a feather pen, play pioneer games and so much more! The children can even dress the part! We have prairie dresses, bonnets, aprons, suspenders and straw hats for children to pretend with!
Guests are also welcome to visit the hen house and gather eggs or feed the chickens. The hens love visitors and usually come running to see who’s here!  The calves and heifers can be found waiting at the fence row hoping for someone to feed them a handful of grass.
Depending on the time of the year, baby calves and baby kittens may even be available to see and pet.
The farm has a wealth of herbs and edible plants that we enjoy foraging. Guests can schedule appointments to go on foraging field trips.
We welcome homeschool families, school field trips, daycare field trips and anyone that wants to enjoy a bit of the simple farm life!
Please call 573-517-2126 for appointment or email at gmabeas@hotmail.com! Hope to see you soon! http://gmabeas.net/

Suggested resource: https://outschool.com/

SLSC GROUP DISCOUNT
My name’s Michael Wense, and I’m the Group Sales Manager with the Saint Louis Science Center. I wanted to introduce myself and pass along some information about our homeschool group discounts. In 2017 we’re offering a special discount for homeschool groups of 10 or more: groups who attend both an Omnimax film and a Planetarium show get both for $10.
(We’ll also have a brand new Planetarium show, Live Sky Eclipse, which looks at solar and lunar eclipses. That program has an extra $1 materials fee, so the tickets will be slightly higher.)
If you’re ever looking to bring a group to the Science Center for a field trip or day trip, I’m more than happy to help get you set up.
Michael Wense
Group Sales Manager | Visitor Services
Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave | Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
Phone: 314-289-1419  | slsc.org

THE STORY BEE IS COMING
A Live Storytelling Event for Kids
(St. Louis, MO) The Story Bee, a groundbreaking opportunity for kids to write and tell their stories, will premier in St. Louis in April of 2017. The Story Bee is open to all students, K-12, and encourages critical thinking, creativity and self exploration.
“The Story Bee gives kids the chance to be their own heroes. From start to finish, they lead the entire process, and come out stronger, braver and more confident on the other side. The Story Bee develops the skills that our children need to lead the world.” –Pamela Valentine, Queen Bee and homeschooler
Submissions are open! Visit our website at www.storybeeshow.com for details. All submissions will be reviewed by The Queen Bees and selected stories will be chosen for a live audition and the inaugural Story Bee show will be cast.
Performances will take place at the brand new .ZACK Theatre near Grand Center. In addition to giving kids a chance to be heard, the Story Bee will give back. This year, they will be filling the Honey Pot for KidSmart, a St. Louis organization. Their mission is to ensure that children and their classrooms in the Greater Metropolitan St. Louis Area have the basic tools for learning by transferring, at no cost, the community’s surplus supplies and merchandise into the hands of teachers for school children in need.
For more information, please visit our website or email info@storybeeshow.com

Isreali Soldiers Tour
CWA of Missouri and the Bergson group are bringing the Israelis Soldiers Tour to Ellisville!
Sunday, Feb. 12; 2:00 p.m.
Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, MO
The mission of StandWithUs is Supporting Israel Around The World, Through Education.
StandWithUs is an international, non-profit Israel education organization. They believe that education is the road to peace. StandWithUs is dedicated to educating people of all ages about Israel and to combating the extremism and anti-Semitism that often distorts the issues. They believe that knowledge of the facts will correct common prejudices about the Arab-Israeli conflict, and will promote discussions and policies that can help promote peace in the region.

Mother-Daughter Tea
A Mom’s Heart in IL is hosting it’s annual Mother-Daughter Tea on March 11th at 10 am. Cost is $5 per person. It will be held at the Fairview Heights church of Christmas, located at 9955 Bunkum Road, Fairview  Heights, IL.
We will be serving Brunch, coffee, and teas, and have a couple speakers giving short talks on how “Words We Speak Can Reshape the World.”
You can sign up at this link
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edplw72s777addc9&llr=ghdes9uab
We are currently updating our Web page, but you can also check us out at www.amomsheartinil.com or on FB and Twitter.
Blessings,
Deb Giles
Head organizer
Debsmomheart@gmail.com

Chess At 3
New Chess Curriculum for Ages 3-8
Problem-solving skills, increased literacy, enhanced critical and strategic thinking, honed verbal skills, emotional intelligence. These are just a few of the benefits that we know Chess offers to its players.
Now these benefits are available to a younger generation. Chess At 3 is a proven curriculum specifically designed to teach the game of chess to children aged 3-8. Our curriculum teaches the game of chess through a host of unique characters and stories. Through the power of storytelling and engaging activities, the game of chess is brought to life for young children. Chess At 3 has 100% of our students as young as 3 years old playing and loving the game of chess.
For a free demo lesson in your home or classroom or for more information, please email Mike.Berttucci@chessat3.com

Open Doors Education
For those looking for a friendly, Christian environment in which their children can learn, Open Doors has a two day a week program, currently for children in 2nd – 8th grade (may add younger class in the fall) Children learn math, writing, science, social studies, art and lego engineering. A small amount of work is assigned for two extra days at home. Taught by an experienced teacher in a beautiful Creve Coeur location, and with lots of outdoor play built in, this is a flexible program for families who love homeschooling but don’t want to do it alone. Students can also attend for just one day or just one subject, though most partake in the entire program. Our desire is to support families and their unique learners, and to involve parents in decision-making. Contact Ali Grimshaw (aligrimshaw808@gmail.com) for more 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
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Homeschool Events List for February 5, 2017

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Last Homeschool Magic House Visit – TOMORROW! (Monday)
Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. – speaking
Homeschool Choir
Homeschool Gymnastics
YMCA Fieldtrips
Dayspring Open House
Harry Potter Trivia Night
Homeschool Ninja Warrior Event
Homeschool Performance
First Impact
Expo Board Announcements

Last Homeschool Magic House Monday for this school year!!
Monday, February 6, 2016 from 9:30-11:30 am
Please remember to finish your beverage before entering and then stay with your children during our allotted time (per the Magic House).
PLEASE NOTE: The Magic House has a new exhibit being brought in so we CANNOT use the Educational Entrance.  Please enter through the main entrance in front of the building.
P.S. Organizer says- Thank you for those that used a credit card last time and had to wait for the system to reboot. Due to the extra time the Magic House gave us 10 extra minutes. In my 7 years, this was a first. Thank you again for your patience.
I am very thankful we have a homeschool day at the Magic House where our children may burn off extra energy while learning. I was asked by the Magic House to remind you that it is policy that all children are with an adult while there. Please do not let your children get ahead of you. No running is allowed. There were children running and they were not with an adult. The children did not listen to the staff to stop running. We all need to obey the rules of the Magic House; the rules are for everyone’s safety. Thank you.
-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
-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.

Academic and Elite Angst Over Homeschooling: Be Prepared
OR, alternate title,
Come Here Some Good Reasons to Homeschool Your Children 🙂
Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.
President of the National Home Education Research Institute and Homeschooling Father of Eight Children
Date:     February 9, 2017   7:00P.M. – 9:00P.M. (doors open 6:30pm)
Place:    The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
636-447-6900     (Near Hwy 70 and Cave Springs Blvd Exit 225, www.thefamilyvision.org)
Contact Person(s):
Lisa — Lisa.Naeger@mac.com or The Family Vision 636-447-6900
Dr. Brian Ray – at NHERI, mail@nheri.org or 503-364-1490
Free Admission; a freewill offering for the nonprofit National Home Education Research Institute will be taken up. Books, reports, & videos on sale.
Dr. Ray’s message will challenge and educate those who wonder, “What are some professors complaints about homeschooling? What are their real motives? Why should liberty lovers and Christians homeschool? What does the research say? Dr. Ray will encourage both the homeschool-curious and veteran homeschoolers.
Dr. Ray will help you consider the answers to questions such as the following?
~Why are so many American professors worried about homeschooling?
~What is the purpose and effect of public/state schooling?
~Does research support the idea that home education is good for children and families?
~Why should liberty-lovers and Christians homeschool?
Bring the curious, the critic, your friend, your pastor/elders, journalists, and your children’s grandparents. Dr. Ray will bring solid books and reports on homeschooling and child training for sale.
Dr. Ray has been critically reviewing research in the area of home education for about 33 years. He is the founding editor of Home School Researcher, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal on home education; has published numerous articles on home education in professional journals (e.g., Peabody Journal of Education, Educational Leadership), Christianity Today, and The Old Schoolhouse magazine; has been interviewed by numerous radio, print, and television media, including two appearances on the “NBC Today Show” with presidents of the National Education Association; is a former professor of education at the undergraduate and graduate levels; is a former classroom teacher in private and public schools; is an outstanding researcher, and takes a logical and friendly approach to home education. His Ph.D. is in science education from Oregon State University. His newest books are Home Educated and Now Adults and Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling (available online http://www.nheri.org). Dr. and Mrs. Ray homeschooled all of their eight children (and they have eight grandchildren), and live on a small farm in western Oregon.
If you have an interest in or concern about the “outcomes of home education,” think that homeschooling is bad for society (or good for society), or you are a veteran homeschooler who just needs a little morale boost, you won’t want to miss this presentation. Good books and other relevant resources on child training and homeschooling will be available.
National Home Education Research Institute Salem OR 97309   503/3641490
free research news — www.nheri.org/connect.html    mail@nheri.org

Homeschool Choir
Looking for choir? North County Homeschool Choir – this is your INVITATION! We rehearse Tuesdays, 4-5 pm at 1185 Shackelford Rd in Florissant. This semester we are going to take on BROADWAY, so if you love musicals, come join us. Grades 5-12, $10.
Donna Kennedy
Worship Leader, North Campus
Have Bible Will Travel
www.hbwt.org
Kennedy Music Studio
314-699-4917
314-799-8674 cell

Homeschool Gymnastics
Stacey’s Gymnastics is very excited to announce a new class, Homeschool Gym Starz! This one hour gymnastics class is offered at 10am the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Designed for boys and girls ages 6-12. We also offer a 3-5 year old class at the same time! A minimum of six children committed is required to hold each class. Please sign up on our website, or in person. Sign-ups will close 8 days before the class date to ensure appropriate gym staff will be present.  Each class is $10 per child.

YMCA Fieldtrips
YMCA offers Field Trips for Homeschool groups.  $6.00 a person minimum students 15 for field trip.  .  Contact Joan.Bryan@gwrymca.org 314 849-9622 Ext 236.  We also have Preschool Playtime and be willing to start a Homeschool gymnastics class. 12736 Southfork Rd St. Louis MO 63128.

DaySpring Academy Open House
The Academy at DaySpring Creating New Choices in Education
Where students learn to think critically & creatively while building communication & collaboration skills
Offering a viable and unique option for your child’s education
Open House February 13-17
Tours available anytime between 9:00-2:00.
Evening Informational Meeting: Friday, February 17 at 7pm
Talk to staff, teachers, and fellow parents.  Look through curriculum and samples of a weekly schedule, and of course ask questions.
DaySpring is a unique Educational Experience that offers…
Preschool through High School Academics & STEAM classes
Structured in a University Style
Hybrid of time at home with parents and time in a classroom with teachers and peers
Students work in the classroom 2 or 3 days a week; then at home with parents the other days of the week
What day to visit?
To help you schedule your visit, find your child’s level below and take note of the day those classes meet.
Preschool – ages 3-5
Kindergarten through 4th
Attend Tues & Thurs
Preschool – ages 3-5
5th & 6th grade
Attend Mon & Wed
7th through 12th grades
Attend Mon, Wed, & Fri
Call us today!
*Placement for classes will need to be discussed with our Academy Director. Class options differ from year to year.
For more information…
Plan on attending?  Tours are available anytime between 9:15 & 2 Mon-Fri.  Please give the office a call at 314-291-8878 so we can be sure to have the appropriate materials ready.
Can’t make it the week of the 13th? Call or email AngieMather@dayspringarts.org to schedule an alternate appointment.
Visit our website for more info about our mission, vision, and curriculum.
DaySpring Arts & Education |  www.dayspringarts.org | 314-291-8878

Harry Potter Trivia Night
Benefits a homeschool group of students (attending Dayspring) who are planning a summer trip to New York City.
When: February 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm.
Doors open at 6:00, Trivia starts promptly at 7:00
Where: Dayspring School of the Arts, 2500 Metro Blvd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043
$200 per table of $10
Bring your own food/snacks, beverages will be available for sale including soda, water, tea, coffee and Butterbeer.
Call 314-291-8878 to reserve your table or send in this form with payment (reservation is not guaranteed until payment is received). If you are interested but don’t think you can fill a full table, let us know, we can put your name on a list and contact you if we can match you up with others!
Name:
Contact Number:
Team Name:
# of Tables:

Home School Ninja Warrior Event
First timers to KoR Komplex will take an intro class. Everyone who takes the intro class MUST sign up 3 days prior to save their spot. Spots limited to 35 kids, only sign up if you are for sure coming so we can make sure all kids who want to come get their chance!
We will be offering this class on Monday February 27th from 9am-11am. Can sign a waiver in advance along with pay online to save time when coming in! Show up 15 minutes prior to check in.
If your child has already taken the intro class they can sign up for the same class and have open gym. Sign up still under Home School ONLY INTRO CLASS/OPEN GYM.
Cost $10 per head pay in retail “kid obstacle intro class”
WE ARE SHUTTING DOWN THE GYM DURING THIS TIME SO ONLY HOME SCHOOLERS WILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THE GYM FROM 9AM-11AM.
SIGNING WAIVER *MUST BE SIGNED BY PARENT OR LEGAL GARUDIAN
Head to www.korkomplex.com
Hover mouse over “home” and click on “new client” will show.
Click “My kid is new to kor komplex! I am parent/legal guardian.”
Complete waiver
SIGNING UP FOR CLASS
Head to www.korkomplex.com
Hover over “home” & click “sign up for classes”
Login in with username and password created when you signed waiver
Find Home School ONLY INTRO CLASS/OPEN GYM.
Click “sign up”
You can pay online or when you come in. (Purchase Kid Obstacle intro class)
Contact us @ 636-724-8166

Homeschool Performance!
Take 3 Christian Theater presents….
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT
Lyrics by:  Tim Rice               Music by:    Andrew Lloyd Webber
Friday, March 31
Saturday, April 1
Sunday, April 2
7 PM
West County Community Church, Glencoe MO
Admission is FREE.
From the STL teenage homeschoolers who brought you “ACTS: a City Arising” and “Pilgrim.”,
Take 3 Christian Theater mission is to educate, edify, and entertain to the glory of God. We share the hope and joy of the Gospel message through quality, family-friendly quality musical productions.
Our 2017 musical retells the Biblical story of Joseph and his journey from Canaan to Egypt as he learns that no matter how bleak the situation may be, God always has a special plan for His children.
TM 1991 The Really Useful Group Limited ® Technicolor is the registered trademark of Technicolor group of companies

FIRST IMPACT
Parent – Teen Session, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, St. Andrews Catholic School, 309 Hoffmeister Ave, St. Louis, MO (Please plan to arrive by 6:15 PM) Parking is in back of complex.
Do you know what the REAL risks are for teen drivers? Do you know what restrictions are in place for new teen drivers? Do you have a contract in place with your teen outlining your expectations when they get behind the wheel? Did you know that you can cancel your teen’s driver’s license until age 18? Learn about this and more in our parent-teen class, an essential part of our Driver Education classroom training and your teen driver’s success.
Experts on young driver behavior agree that effective parent involvement makes a difference in reducing young driver crashes. This class will help you understand the big influence you can have in helping your teen become a safer driver and will give you the tools to do so.
The class will:
1. Increase your awareness of the most common risks for teen drivers (it may not be what you think) and Missouri’s teen driver laws.
2. Increase your understanding of the strong influence you have on your teen’s driving behavior.
3.Provide information on GDL and tools you can use to help support your teen in driving safely.
The bottom-line: the more you know about teen driving risks, laws, and helpful ways to talk about them with your teen, the more you can help your child become a safer driver. For example, a study by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia shows that teens who said their parents set clear rules, paid attention to where they were going and whom they were with, and did so in a supportive way were:
– half as likely to crash,
– twice as likely to wear seat belts,
– 71 percent less likely to drive while intoxicated,
– 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving,
(When compared to teens who said their parents were less involved.)
We look forward to sharing ideas with you to help supervise, coach, and support your new teen driver.
*How to Sign Up: Please go to the SHARE website public calendar (www.sharehomeschool.com) and provide the names of those attending this presentation. This event is FREE.
>>Please keep in mind that your attendance is necessary to help your teen be the most successful driver possible.<<

From the Expo Board:
After much prayer and consideration the Expo Board has decided that it is necessary to cancel the 2017 spring conference.  The amount of time required to produce the quality-type conference provided in the past years is not available to the current board at this time.
Watch for upcoming announcements concerning speaker and specific seminar presentations that will be sponsored by GSLAHE and scheduled throughout 2017.
Exhibitors will be receiving an email with a request for where to send their refund for booth space reserved. Thank you to our faithful exhibitors! We were near sold out of space!
Please consider attending the SHEM conference in Springfield, MO the MPE conference in Kansas City, MO or the APACHE conference held in Peoria, IL. BUT see below first!!!
If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity for the next Expo, please contact any GSLAHE board member. It would be especially appreciated if you have never volunteered in any area, but have attended and enjoyed the Expo in the past. We have a list of committed volunteers who serve every year. But that list needs to grow to lighten the load for all.
GSLAHE is a non profit organization run entirely by volunteers.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of the board members listed below.
God Bless,
Patrick and Marianne Brookman   stlexpo@att.net
Cathy Mullins   ekcjmullins@gmail.com
Pat and Kerrie Tate   ktexpo@aol.com
Dana Williams    danawexpo@gmail.com
See below for the announcement…
>>>>>We did not want to leave you without a local conference this year and we are thrilled to announce that the Lord has worked it out so that we have been able to partner with Great Homeschool Conventions (GHC) for 2017.<<<<<
Get your calendars out because the date has changed:
July 13-15, 2017
However, the location is the same:
First Evangelical Free Church, 1375 Carman Road, Ballwin, MO 63021
For lots of details and to register, go to:
https://www.greathomeschoolconventions.com/locations/missouri/
The Expo board is very excited about working with GHC and we highly encourage all our Expo fans (and those who have never been to our expo or any convention at all) to make plans to attend.  You will love it!
God bless you!
The Expo Board

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
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Homeschool Events List for January 3, 2017

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Homeschool PE
Homeschool Music
Jubilation Chorale
SHARE Geography Bee
Shooting Sports Fundraiser
KoR Komplex Homeschool Morning
GeoBee sponsored by Homeschooler Link
2017 Winter Dance
!!Dr. Brian Ray speaking at FVL!!

HOMESCHOOL PE
The Homeschool P.E. Program at the Salvation Army begins second semester on Tuesday or Thursday – January 3rd or 5th. Location:  824 Union Road, St. Louis Mo., 63123
There IS still room in all of the classes, although Tuesday classes are very full and you will have to get special permission from Cort to take classes that day.
***Attention families with kids ages 5-8!!  Please consider joining the Thursday 11 am class.  Cort barely has enough students in that class.***
For you families that are returning, you do not need to fill out a new registration form.  Cort has last semester’s on file.  However, if you are making class or time changes, be sure to let him know by email!  To pay for PE, bring your check (made payable to Salvation Army), put details in the memo, and give it to the person at the desk.
NOTE: If for some reason you did not fill out the required Salvation Army Registration Form last semester, please do that the first week of 2017 classes! You can obtain a copy of the forms at the main Information Desk at the Salvation Army, outside of the gym and it is attached.
For you families that will be new to PE this semester, you can download the 2017 info sheet from the SHARE website and email Cort Hubbard at Cort_Hubbard@usc.salvationarmy.org.  If you have any questions about class placement, ask Cort by email or call him at 631-0727 ext. 6130.

HOMESCHOOL MUSIC
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.
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.
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.

JUBILATION CHORALE
Registration for Jubilation Chorale is open for the new semester.  Come join the choir and develop your musical gifts.  This is also a great place to make friends. Class will resume on Wed. Jan. 4th at 2:00 pm.
The choir will focus on music literacy, practicing good vocal production, singing 4 part harmony, sight-singing and performance etiquette.  Although most of the class will be participation in the choral ensemble, it may also include written assignments and tests.  No audition is necessary for participation in this class but a vocal evaluation may be done to determine the ability level of the students and individual placement within the group.  Literature will include a variety of musical styles and time periods.  The choir will have the opportunity to perform several times each semester.
Meeting Dates:  Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Place:  Canaan Baptist Church Choir room (5409 Baumgartner Rd 63129)
Age:  12 yrs (by 9/1/2016) through 18 — grades 7-12
Cost:  $25/month for the first student, $40 for two students, and $50 for three or more
Contact:  Mrs. Scheidhauer at 314-402-5038  or  n2singin@gmail.com

The 2017 National Geographic St. Louis Area Home Educators Geography Bee
WHO?   All 4th – 8th grade homeschoolers in the St. Louis area.
WHAT?  The 10th annual St. Louis Area Homeschool Geography Bee to qualify a winner for the MO State Bee.
NOTE:  This is one of the two official National Geographic Homeschool Geography Bees in the area.  Also, if you are an Illinois participant and win the bee, please know that you will be representing the state of Missouri.
WHERE?  The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, 8749 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119
It is between Elm Rd and Grant Rd on Watson, just south of Hwy 44.
http://webstergardens.org/times-directions/
WHEN?  Saturday, January 7, 2017   2:00 p.m.
WHY?  To test your knowledge of both US and World geography, and because it’s lots of fun!
Families are welcome to attend.
COST?  $5.00 per participant   You can use Paypal when you register or send a check made out to SHARE to:
Cathy Mullins     3675 Montana    St. Louis, MO 63116
REGISTRATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 5th
* We’ll have refreshments after the bee. Please bring a sweet, salty or healthy snack.We’ll provide drinks!
Got questions?   Contact Cathy Mullins at 314.769.7965  or Ekcjmullins@gmail.com with questions.
HOW?  New this year—online registration!  Just fill out the online registration form and use either PayPal or check to help pay for Geo Bee costs.
GO TO:  www.sharehomeschool.com and look for the Geo Bee Logo on the homepage.  Or just click on the Calendar date of January 7th 2017 to register.  If you are a SHARE member, please Log-in first so that the website’s accounting system can automatically mark your registration paid if you pay using Paypal.
Quick Link if you are NOT a SHARE member:  https://www.homeschool-life.com/sysfiles/member/events/events_view.cfm?memberid=283&public=0&eventid=2569320

Saint Louis Area Homeschool Shooting Sports fundraiser event
On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, come to Saint Louis’ Incredible Pizza Company between 4:00 and 8:00 pm and help us start the 2017 season with a bang! Pull the trigger on an evening of food and fun and bring your whole family to celebrate with home schooled youth shooters from around the St. Louis area.
A percentage of proceeds will be donated to Saint Louis Area Homeschool Shooting Sports and used to support youth shooting sports programs such as the Saint Louis Interceptors home schooled youth shotgun team.  When you arrive, just let them know you wish to support our fundraiser.
Package prices available for attendees:
$25.99 – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and Unlimited Drinks, a $10 Gamecard, and 4 Attractions
$26.99 – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and Unlimited Drinks and a $25 Gamecard
$34.99 – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and Unlimited Drinks, a $10 Gamecard, 6 Attractions and 2 Hours of Open Play on Video Games
Attendees can also purchase buffets alone at regular prices:
Adults (12+) – $9.99; $7.99 lunch special (11am-4pm)
Seniors (55+) – $5.99
Children (8-11) – $8.49
Children (4-7) – $6.99
Children (3 & under) – FREE
Drink only (includes drink, slushy, ice cream) – $2.25
Please invite your friends and family to come out to enjoy and support this event.  You can forward this e-mail or share the event on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1787778114794417/

KOR KOMPLEX HOMESCHOOL MORNING
First timers to KoR Komplex will take an intro class. Everyone who takes the intro class MUST sign up 3 days prior to save their spot. Spots limited to 35 kids, only sign up if you are for sure coming so we can make sure all kids who want to come get their chance!
We will be offering this class on Monday January 23rd from 9am-11am. Can sign a waiver in advance along with pay online to save time when coming in! Show up 15 minutes prior to check in.
If your child has already taken the intro class they can sign up for the same class and have open gym. Sign up still under Home School ONLY INTRO CLASS/OPEN GYM.
Cost $10 per head
WE ARE SHUTTING DOWN THE GYM DURING THIS TIME SO ONLY HOMESCHOOLERS WILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THE GYM FROM 9AM-11AM.
SIGNING WAIVER *MUST BE SIGNED BY PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN
1. Head to www.korkomplex.com
2. Hover mouse over “home” and click on “new client” will show.
3. Click “My kid is new to kor komplex! I am parent/legal guardian.”
4. Complete waiver
SIGNING UP FOR CLASS
1. Head to www.korkomplex.com
2. Hover over “home” & click “sign up for classes”
3. Login in with username and password created when you signed waiver
4. Find Home School ONLY INTRO CLASS/OPEN GYM.
5. Click “sign up”
6. You can pay online or when you come in. (Purchase Kid Obstacle intro class)
Contact us @ 636-724-8166
Address: 546 First Capitol Dr., Saint Charles, MO 63301

National Geographic GeoBee
2016-2017 Homeschool GeoBee Sponsored by Homeschooler Link
Competition Date is set for January 24th 6:00p.m. at the Spencer Road Library Room 112
Please register to be a part of the 2016-2107 National GeoBee through Homeschooler Link.  It is FREE to participate the GeoBee. This event is open to all homeschool families, regardless of group membership.  To qualify, your student must be in grades 4-8.  The grade levels will be based on the ages for the grades your child would normally be in.  We will have a couple of meetings prior to our actual bee to help the students get a feel for what the bee is going to be like.
This competition has seven different categories of questions and several have a multiple choice answer.  The students with the most correct answer out of seven proceeds to the next round.  This is not a “miss one question and you’re out” type of competition.  The questions start out fairly easy and get harder as they progress.  There is a “study corner” on their website (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/study-corner/) to help your student prepare.  The Bee will cover many geography items such as, but not limited to: countries, states, capitals, major cities, rivers, oceans, jungles, volcanoes, islands, significant landmarks, and more.
See complete rules and registration here: https://www.homeschool-life.com/1909/iform/37306

2017 Winter Dance – hosted by SHARE!
WHEN:  Friday, January 27th from 7 pm – 11 pm
Doors will open at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Abiding Savior Lutheran Church
4355 Butler Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63128
WHO: As with all of our dances, this one is open to homeschooled 9-12 graders.
However, in keeping with tradition, we are inviting 8th graders to this dance!!!!!
Each attendee may bring a guest (homeschool, non-homeschool or alumni under age 21).
*Food will be served*
COST:  $10.00 per person, but $15.00 after January 21, 2017
Please note that your space is not secure until you pay.  Also if you sign up before January 21, but do not pay until after January 21, you will have to pay the higher price.
Please try to pay when you sign-up.  Sign up is at the SHARE website.
Dress Code:  Dressy casual – Superhero shirts are acceptable!!!
Girls:  Dresses should not be revealing in either back or front.  You should be able to dance with your arms up or sit without showing too much upper leg.  No midriffs or full sides cut out/showing.
Boys:  Khakis and dress pants are acceptable.  No “sagging” pants.
Got questions:  Contact Tracy at:    joetracyclark@charter.net

Academic and Elite Angst Over Homeschooling: Be Prepared
OR, alternate title,
Come Here Some Good Reasons to Homeschool Your Children 🙂
Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.
President of the National Home Education Research Institute and Homeschooling Father of Eight Children
Date:     February 9, 2017   7:00P.M. – 9:00P.M. (doors open 6:30pm)
Place:    The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
636-447-6900     (Near Hwy 70 and Cave Springs Blvd Exit 225, www.thefamilyvision.org)
Contact Person(s):
Lisa — Lisa.Naeger@mac.com or The Family Vision 636-447-6900
Dr. Brian Ray – at NHERI, mail@nheri.org or 503-364-1490
Free Admission; a freewill offering for the nonprofit National Home Education Research Institute will be taken up. Books, reports, & videos on sale.
Dr. Ray’s message will challenge and educate those who wonder, “What are some professors complaints about homeschooling? What are their real motives? Why should liberty lovers and Christians homeschool? What does the research say? Dr. Ray will encourage both the homeschool-curious and veteran homeschoolers.
Dr. Ray will help you consider the answers to questions such as the following?
~Why are so many American professors worried about homeschooling?
~What is the purpose and effect of public/state schooling?
~Does research support the idea that home education is good for children and families?
~Why should liberty-lovers and Christians homeschool?
Bring the curious, the critic, your friend, your pastor/elders, journalists, and your children’s grandparents. Dr. Ray will bring solid books and reports on homeschooling and child training for sale.
Dr. Ray has been critically reviewing research in the area of home education for about 33 years. He is the founding editor of Home School Researcher, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal on home education; has published numerous articles on home education in professional journals (e.g., Peabody Journal of Education, Educational Leadership), Christianity Today, and The Old Schoolhouse magazine; has been interviewed by numerous radio, print, and television media, including two appearances on the “NBC Today Show” with presidents of the National Education Association; is a former professor of education at the undergraduate and graduate levels; is a former classroom teacher in private and public schools; is an outstanding researcher, and takes a logical and friendly approach to home education. His Ph.D. is in science education from Oregon State University. His newest books are Home Educated and Now Adults and Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling (available online http://www.nheri.org). Dr. and Mrs. Ray homeschooled all of their eight children (and they have eight grandchildren), and live on a small farm in western Oregon.
If you have an interest in or concern about the “outcomes of home education,” think that homeschooling is bad for society (or good for society), or you are a veteran homeschooler who just needs a little morale boost, you won’t want to miss this presentation. Good books and other relevant resources on child training and homeschooling will be available.
National Home Education Research Institute Salem OR 97309   503/3641490
free research news — www.nheri.org/connect.html   mail@nheri.org

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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
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Homeschool Events List for December 7, 2016

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Homeschool Co-op
Hour of Computer Code
UMSL ACP
Pillar classes
Homeschool Shooting Sports
Contact Six Flags
Baseball Lessons
Ice Skating

Homeschool Co-op
Cedar Hill Homeschoolers Co-Op will be having open registration for the Winter/Spring semester next Thursday, December 8 from 5-7pm in the basement of First Baptist Church of Cedar Hill.
The new semester begins January 11 and will run through the end of April with optional make-up weeks (for snow days) running into May.  The co-op meets weekly on Wednesdays from 9am-2pm with a 1 hour lunch break.
There are classes for all age ranges, Pre-K through 12th grade.
The cost to become a member is $15 per family per year.  The base cost for each class is $10.  In addition, each class will have variable fees for teacher supplies and curriculum, usually running an extra $5-15 per class (usually on the lower end).  For every 3 classes a child is signed up for, the 4th is free.  For each class you teach, you get 1 free class for one of your children.  Nursery is provided for teachers and volunteers.  Here is the class schedule for this coming semester.  If you would like to teach a class, please let Carla Goad know ASAP!
9am-noon
Pre-K (3 & 4 yr olds) (I believe it’s $25 for the 3 hours)
9-10am
Health (7th-12th)
Little House on the Prairie (3rd-7th)
Elementary Science and Bible (K-2nd)
10-11am
Stems (K-3rd)
Ecology (6th-12th)
Current Events (4th-12th)
11-12am
Cake Decorating (3rd-8th)
History Through the Bible (K-5)
Women of the Bible (4t-12th)
Peace Through Poetry (6th-12th)
1-2pm
Crafts (K-5th)
Stems and Robotics (4th-12th)
Research Paper (continued) (8th-12th)
If interested or even just on the fence about taking classes, please join the co-op’s Facebook group to learn more.
There are also various field trips throughout the year, and anyone interested in only the field trips may participate with just the yearly $15 registration fee required (per family).
If you have an idea for a class and are interested in teaching next semester, please contact Carla Goad ASAP.  Carla can also answer any further questions you may have, through the Facebook group or on her cell 636-300-7206.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/824456140960475/

Hour of Computer Code
We know many homeschoolers are busy with holiday prep and events, but wanted to let you know about an awesome FREE “Hour of Computer Code” workshop/class for your high schooler coming up on Tuesday, December 13th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Homelink building in Room 9 (Homelink is located in the St. Andrew Catholic School at 309 E Hoffmeister Ave, St. Louis, MO 63125). It is definitely worth trying to fit this opportunity into your hectic December schedule!
Shane Klein taught the popular workshop/class at the Homelink location (and at some private and public schools) last year and we got great feedback from those that participated! He is a computer science major at Rolla’s Missouri University of Science and Technology, and has been authorized by Microsoft to offer the class for free (Shane is also a former homeschooler and Homelink student!).
Here is the class description:
The “Hour of Computer Code” is a workshop to introduce students to basic computer science concepts. Students will learn to write code to solve Minecraft-themed puzzles. There will giveaways from Microsoft, and drawings for free prizes, including a Bluetooth speaker and a cellphone power bank.
The class is for high school students but some 8th graders might be able to attend IF ready for a high school level computer class. Participants should bring their laptop or tablet. Please make sure the devices are charged if possible since electrical outlets might be limited.
The class is free and open to non-Homelink students and non- SHARE members, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED so we can plan for the room size and prizes. To register, go to the SHARE website (www.sharehomeschool.com) and click on the “Calendar” link and then on “Computer Code” on the December 13th box.  A window will appear and the “Click here to Sign-up” link is at the bottom.  Please fill out all necessary information prompts, including student’s name, age, grade, and contact information AND a parent’s name and contact info.
NOTE: The SHARE Libraries are right across the hall from Room 9 and parents and/or siblings are welcome to wait there during the “Hour of Computer Code” workshop.
A huge thanks to Shane for taking the time out of his busy schedule to offer this class!
Feel free to contact us with any questions. Hope your student can make it!  Cathy & Kerrie
Cathy Mullins (ekcjmullins@gmail.com or 314-769-7965)
Kerrie Tate (kertatehomelink@aol.com or 314-791-0000)

UMSL ACP
In the spring of 2016, UMSL’s Advanced Credit Program began a new program called ACP Online, which enables high school students to take college courses online. Because the program was a success, we are proud to invite you to register for Spring 2017 courses. We encourage you to visit our ACP Online website for more information and to register.
This semester, we will be offering one introductory course in each of the following areas: Communications, Economics, Gender Studies, and Physics.
These online courses are strictly for Missouri high school students and are offered for $64 per credit hour ($192 per course). This is approximately $800 less than the same courses would cost you as an on-campus UMSL student. So, take these courses now to save time and money!
Enrollment is opens January 2 and is on a first-come, first served basis. Each course will need a minimum number of students to run and each will be capped at 40 students. Any Missouri high school student is eligible, so your classmates may be from many different high schools.
Please discuss the opportunity with your parents or guardians. Also, ask if an ACP Online course you’re interested in can be counted for dual credit. Your school will not need approval from us to offer the high school credit; the choice is theirs. If the course is not approved for dual credit at your high school, you can still take an ACP Online course and receive the college credit through UMSL.
Students who have a health condition or disability, which may require accommodations in order to participate effectively in any course, should contact the Disability Access Services Office (314-516-6654).

Pillar classes
New Classes Available. 2nd Semester Registration is Open.
Call 636 – 386 – 7722 or drop by Mon -Thur 9 to 5 to register for classes,
15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO
http://thepillar.org/
>>Management 101
Instructor: Mike Ford
9th -12th Grades,    12 weeks – January 10 – April 4, 2017,    Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00
This course will explore the different components of management used in everyday work life. Gaining insight from the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, we will tell a story of how God used men to accomplish a seemingly unachievable task and how they used their management and leadership skills for this task. The takeaway from this course will be learning the basics of management and leadership and applying them in everyday life situations.
>>Etiquette
Instructors: Vickie Weller, Laura Hecht, Lisa Carper
High school class, 11th -12th Grade students will be given priority , January 26 – May 4, 2017 ,  Thursday 2:00 – 4:00
An important component of a college prep home education is to develop social skills that promote confidence, character, and leadership while glorifying God. The Etiquette class will be an interactive and participatory classroom where principles and the practical application of etiquette will be presented, discussed and practiced. Students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones to practice and further develop their etiquette skills to help others to feel comfortable, valued and possibly even loved, all the while not compromising their own moral beliefs. During this semester course, students will learn many skills including: warm introductions, the art of conversation – including listening skills and body language, written correspondence, technology etiquette – including social media and cell phone use, roles of a gentleman/lady, illness and disability etiquette, scholarship and job interviewing, community manners, personal presentation, hospitality, and dining etiquette. There will be a casual luncheon and a semiformal dinner (cost $30) which all students are required to attend.

Saint Louis Area Homeschool Shooting Sports
On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, come to Saint Louis’ Incredible Pizza Company between 4:00 and 8:00 pm and help us start the 2017 season with a bang! Pull the trigger on an evening of food and fun and bring your whole family to celebrate with home schooled youth shooters from around the St. Louis area.
A percentage of proceeds will be donated to Saint Louis Area Homeschool Shooting Sports and used to support youth shooting sports programs such as the Saint Louis Interceptors home schooled youth shotgun team.  When you arrive, just let them know you wish to support our fundraiser.
Package prices available for attendees:
$25.99 – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and Unlimited Drinks, a $10 Gamecard, and 4 Attractions
$26.99 – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and Unlimited Drinks and a $25 Gamecard
$34.99 – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and Unlimited Drinks, a $10 Gamecard, 6 Attractions and 2 Hours of Open Play on Video Games
Attendees can also purchase buffets alone at regular prices:
Adults (12+) – $9.99; $7.99 lunch special (11am-4pm)
Seniors (55+) – $5.99
Children (8-11) – $8.49
Children (4-7) – $6.99
Children (3 & under) – FREE
Drink only (includes drink, slushy, ice cream) – $2.25
Please invite your friends and family to come out to enjoy and support this event.  You can forward this e-mail or share the event on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1787778114794417/

Contact Six Flags
SHARE mom, Katie Donahue, shares this sad news about the 6 Flags Reading Program:
~I think this may be valuable information to send out to the homeschool community. Six Flags Read to Succeed updated their policy for 2016-2017 school year to discontinue providing tickets for teachers with less than 8 students (i.e. majority of homeschool families). Please take a moment to send them some feedback on their “contact us” tab and let them know how you feel about this change. Thank you for your time.
https://feedback.sixflags.com/rts/contactus.aspx

Baseball lessons
Are any of your children interested in baseball lessons focusing on fielding, hitting, catching, pitching, etc? The Sports Barn in Wentzville, Missouri is offering lessons for those who are interested on developing and improving their baseball skills. My name is Andrew Quiles and I am an instructor at the Sports Barn. I have played baseball my entire life and have a love for the game. I have a very flexible schedule and am available from 10am-10pm Monday through Sunday. The prices for Lessons are as follows:
1 on 1
$45 for 30 minute
$90 for 1 hour
2 on 1
$55 for 30
$110 for 1 hour
3 on 1
$129 for 1 hour
One can also purchase a 5 or 10 pack of lessons for a discounted price.
If you have any questions or want to inquire any further information, please contact at me at 305-801-3834. I look forward to hearing from you all and having the opportunity to work with your children!

Ice Skating
Two of our recreation complexes house ice skating rinks in the winter months; Greensfelder Recreation Complex in West St. Louis County and Kennedy Recreation Complex in South St. Louis County.
Greensfelder Recreation Complex
(314) 615-8472
Season runs from October 8, 2016 – February 25, 2017
Public Session Times:
Sunday – 3 – 5 p.m.
Monday – 10 a.m. – Noon & 3 – 5 p.m.
Tuesday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Wednesday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Thursday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Friday – 3 – 5 p.m. & 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday – 7 – 9 p.m.
Kennedy Recreation Complex
(314) 615-5572
Season runs from October 3, 2016 – March 9, 2017
Public Session Times:
Sunday – 12:15 – 2:15 p.m. & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Monday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Tuesday – 10 a.m. – Noon & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Thursday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Friday – 10 a.m. – Noon & 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday – 2:15 – 4:14 p.m. & 7 – 9 p.m.
Admission Fees (for both rinks):
3 and under, Free (when accompanied by an adult)
Child 4 – 12, $4/person
Adult 13 – 64, $5/person
Senior 65+, $4/person
Skate Rental – $1/person
Lockers – $0.25/locker (quarters only)

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
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Homeschool Events List for December 1, 2016

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MHM Homeschool Day
Bolduc House Museum – Homeschool Program
FieldTripZoom – Free fieldtrip
Town and Country Symphony Orchestra
JA Finance Park
Piano teachers
Holiday Movies

MHM Homeschool Day
REGISTRATION OPEN HERE
The nights are long, the days are cold, and the holiday season is upon us.
Join us on Monday, December 5, from 10am to 2:30pm for Getting into the Holiday Spirit! We’ll spend this Homeschool Day immersed in winter holiday traditions new and old, well known and forgotten, local and international. View a long-standing exhibit in a new light and flex your creativity skills by making crafts and crafting stories.
Seeking some holiday entertainment? We’ll have holiday tunes in the Grand Hall, courtesy of The Sheldon, and—for the first time in Homeschool Day history—a special production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, courtesy of the Metro Theater Company. Tickets for the play must be purchased in advance. The Museum is covering half the cost for homeschoolers, so click here to order your tickets. Be sure to enter the code HOMESCHOOL at checkout to get the discount!
Want to give back this holiday season? We’re once again partnering with Project Linus, a national organization that helps provide handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Project Linus will be at our December Homeschool Day with supplies so students can help make no-sew fleece blankets. Project Linus will also be accepting financial and material donations. Please click here to view guidelines for donations.
**Please note:
Entrance to the History Clubhouse, intended for children ages 2 to 10, will also be ticketed on a timed-entry basis, starting at 10am. This should ensure that everyone has a quality experience. You may request tickets at the registration table; these tickets are free and first come, first served. As a reminder, all children in the History Clubhouse must be accompanied by an adult.

French Christmas Traditions – Homeschool Program
Date:  December 6, 2016
Time:  1:30-3:30 pm
Where:  Bolduc House Museum
125 S Main St, Sainte Genevieve, Missouri 63670  Bolduc House Museum
What:  Our December 6th homeschool program falls on St. Nicholas Day! The French celebrated St. Nicholas Day by teaching the children about the goodness of Nicholas, a Catholic Bishop who was known for his generosity. Our program will begin promptly at 1:30 at the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church (downtown Ste. Gen, 2 blocks from the Bolduc House). Families will sign in at the doors of the Catholic church (payment will be received there as well, exact cash preferred, no debit cards please). We will tour the beautiful old church, hear its French history, and meet Monsignor Stehly who will tell us about St. Nicholas. Then our homeschoolers will make their way to to the Bolduc House Museum, and in the spirit of St. Nicholas, the Bolduc House staff / volunteers will offer a special “open site”! The grounds will be open for 1 hour for families to explore, with many different French Christmas activities offered around the site!
Register:  Our programs fill up FAST, so pre-registration is REQUIRED! Call Sandy @ 573-535-0223 for more information or to register.
COST FOR THIS PROGRAM: $5 PER STUDENT, $12 PER FAMILY
Come celebrate with us, as we learn the story of St. Nicholas and some of the unique traditions celebrated in our little French village! Joyeux Noel!
(There will be no Homeschool programs in January or February. Our programs will resume in March 2017, watch our Facebook page for more details.)

How WWII rationing changed our dinner table
Free live streaming available December 9
FieldTripZoom is offering FREE access to the National Churchill Museum’s live stream program for a limited number of registrants. Click on any link below to register. An event link will be sent to use at the date and time of the program.
You only need Internet access and a PC, laptop or tablet to participate.
Our live stream program description, date/times, and registration links are below.
During World War II, people participated in home front activities like rationing and victory gardens where much-needed resources could go towards the war effort. Travel with the National Churchill Museum back to the 1940s and experience what it was like to plan family meals using rations. This program is a wonderful supplement to math, sociology, social studies, home economics, and reading. Grades: 4th – 6th
December 9, 2016 | 10:10 AM CST
https://fieldtripzoom.zoom.us/webinar/register/6b4e7c0485664b507510d14dfea9e911
December 9 | 12:10 PM CST
https://fieldtripzoom.zoom.us/webinar/register/9881c9230743a2367510d14dfea9e911
December 9 | 2:10 PM CST
https://fieldtripzoom.zoom.us/webinar/register/f7f3c4a2772b9e557c24e00bf0acd2b8
Please feel free to visit FieldTripZoom’s website at www.fieldtripzoom.com,  call them at 1-800-825-3127 or email at info@fieldtripzoom.com to find out how you can attend more of these great events!

Town and Country Symphony Orchestra
December 11, 2016; 2:30 pm
Ridgway Auditorium, The Principia, 13201 Clayton Rd., Town & Country, MO 63131
The holidays seem to start earlier and earlier each year, don’t they?!  Well, the TCSO will continue to offer our Holiday Season concert in the month of December … no earlier!  http://www.tcsomo.org/?event=holiday-concert&event_date=2016-12-11
Principia’s Ridgway Auditorium will be beautifully decorated and our intermission will include family-friendly treats and drinks.  This concert is a spirit-lifting exploration of holiday inspired music including soloists and tunes you’ll sing right along with.

JA Finance Park Homeschool Day
March 17, 2017; 9:30am-2:00pm
A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park is offering a visit day for our home schooling parent/teachers and students and we hope you’ll participate!
Teens rarely think about buying health insurance, child care, or evaluating investment choices. At A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park, they do!  JA Finance Park combines curriculum based learning with a day-long visit to a fully interactive, simulated economy. Students in 7th-12th grades (ages 13-19) are introduced to personal finance and career exploration. They receive family and income scenarios, identify lifestyle goals, visit 13 businesses to learn about 21 budget categories, create a budget, make purchasing decisions, and pay for their expenses. In the tablet-based program, students assume a persona of a provider for a family and must accommodate the needs of the family without overspending. Educators assist student learning by preparing students before the visit day and debriefing the experience after the visit day. Parent volunteers help guide the students through the JA Finance Park simulation.
Program Objectives
JA Finance Park will meet the needs of a diverse group of students by providing engaging, academically enriching experiential lessons. Following participation in the JA Finance Park experience, students will be able to:
-recognize the services of financial institutions
-understand the advantages of saving, investing, and using credit wisely
-examine the role of insurance in risk management
-examine the impact that credit scores and credit reporting have on personal finance
-discover the importance of spending money wisely
-recognize planning and budgeting as valuable tools
-apply classroom learning in the simulation by creating a family budget based on a hypothetical life situation
Curriculum
The JA Finance Park program curriculum is composed of 13 required teacher-taught lessons that are easy to use, with minimal preparation time. The curriculum culminates in a hands-on, tablet-based budgeting simulation that is implemented at our A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park, located inside the Dennis and Judy Jones Free Enterprise Center in Chesterfield, MO, with the assistance of volunteers who receive online training for their roles at JA Finance Park.  The simulation is approximately 4½ hours long.
I am providing this link to explain the way the JA Finance Park simulation works:  Visit Day Information
Once you have accessed the power-point, look to the left of the page and select “Arrival” on the drop down list.  The homeschool business assignment is sent out individually, so tell us if you want your student grouped with a specific student during the visit day.  Also, some parents (6-13) are asked to volunteer and assist with the JA Finance Park simulation.  Please contact Cheryl Bohlen (636-728-0707, ext. 234; cbohlen@jastl.org) with any question that you may have. Click to: ENROLL NOW!

Piano Artistry Studio
Ryan and Laura Abshier
St. Peters
573.268.0509
abshier@pianoartistrystudio.com
www.pianoartistrystudio.com
www.facebook.com/pianoartistrystudio/
Four-week Christmas piano lesson sessions starting now! Come and learn some of your favorite Christmas music. Ryan and Laura Abshier of Piano Artistry Studio are offering four, half-hour private piano lessons for $80 in the St. Peters area. All materials included with extra music to take home and play during the holidays. No prior piano experience required. For beginning to advanced levels.
Ryan and Laura Abshier, owners and instructors of Piano Artistry Studio, provide piano instruction in St. Charles County. They offer lower tuition rates to homeschoolers who have lessons before 3pm on weekdays. A separate waiting area is available so that siblings can have an area to play or study. Ryan and Laura each hold Master’s degrees in piano and have over twenty years of combined experience teaching piano. Emphasizing excellent training, creative expression, personal achievement, and systematic curriculum, they teach classical, popular, and church/worship music to all ages and skill levels.

Hi-Pointe Theater
1005 McCausland Avenue, St Louis, MO 63117
It’s time for Holidays at the Hi-Pointe! Don’t miss a single one!
http://hipointetheatre.com/events
Saturdays in December. All shows at 10:30am.
Still just $5.00 a ticket!

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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