This is the beginning of the new listings; a new post will come each day until I am current. I didn’t want to overwhelm with one super long post, so these are the extras days. In the future there will be no more than 2 posts per week. Remember to visit “Ongoing Offerings” at the website for links to the Zoo, Botanical Gardens and other homeschool favorite events. A link to the website can be found at the top of this email. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop since it has become SO EASY! Contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.


The Mid-County (Brentwood) YMCA Homeschool Swim and Gym Program will be held on Thursdays from 1-3 beginning this fall.  The first day of class will be Sept. 8.  Registration begins on Aug. 23 for non-members and the price will be $50 per child for the 7-week session.  You can register in person or by phone (1900 Urban Drive, St. Louis, MO 63144; 314-962-9450).  Registering by Sept. 2 is requested so that they will know how many swim instructors will be needed, but you can register after that date if necessary.

The program consists of a 45-minute swimming lesson and a 45-minute gym class.  Children age 3 and above are eligible to participate.  Generally they break the kids into two groups, dividing roughly around 6-8 years old, depending on how many kids there are and the age range.  One group does gym first and the other does swimming first, and then the groups switch after a 15-minute break to change.  (Parents are required to stay in the building during the entire program and assist their kids with changing clothes in the locker room.)  The swimming is further broken down into groups of 5-8 kids based on swimming ability.  The aquatics director, Sandi Liming, is also the homeschool program director.  She has a great group of swimming instructors and lifeguards on her staff, and the instruction is terrific.  The gym class focuses on motor skills through games and some sports fundamentals for the younger group. The older group does more sports fundamentals and scrimmages.

The YMCA organizes their classes in 7-week sessions.  They run 5 sessions during the school year, beginning after Labor Day and ending around Memorial Day, with a break for Christmas and New Years.  The cost for the Homeschool Gym and Swim is $50 per child per 7-week session for non-members, so it averages out to about $7 per week per child.  (This is an excellent rate, as their normal rate for just swimming lessons is $75 for non-members.)   Registration is per session, so you can join (or drop) at the beginning of any new session.


Saturday August 6th, 10  a.m until 3 p.m.

(Drop off Friday August 5th – 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.)

StarBridge Christian Center, 18810 Highway 100 Wildwood MO  63069

Suggested donation of $5.00 per family, all monies to benefit missionaries

How it works:

You bring your bags of children’s clothing and boxes of curriculum to StarBridge Christian Center on Friday August 5th between 4 and 6 p.m. When you bring your items, you will be directed to the area where you can arrange your items to give away. There will be a donation box for the $5.00 participation donation which will go to missions.

On Saturday August 6th, please come back between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to take what you would like to have from all that has been brought. Please try to limit the amount you take to equal the approximate amount of items you brought to share.  Any leftover items will be given to missionaries along with any funds raised.

Contact:     Tawnia Jones 636-222-2311    if you are interested in participating.


A new high school competitive speech and debate club, two42 Speech and Debate Club, will begin meeting at the start of the 2011-12 school year!

Club Meetings:  Tuesdays, beginning September 6, 2011.

~Brown Bag Dinner: 4:30-5:00 pm

~Speech: 5:00-7:00pm (first Tuesday of each month)

~Debate: 5:00-7:00 pm (no debate on first Tuesday of each month)

Location:  The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO  63011

Club Leadership Team:  Matt and Jean Kovatovich

To get a jump start on the season, students can attend optional summer workshop days August 16 and 23 from 9am-3pm at The Pillar on Clayton Road (more details TBA).  Club manuals will be available at the workshops or may be requested by email.  Families will be able to formally register for the club at either of the workshops, or by completing a registration form and paying dues anytime prior.

Students who participate in competitive speech and debate learn life-long skills, earn school credit, meet kids from all over the country, have great fun, and some even earn scholarships!  WOW!  Competitive speech and debate is a wonderful way to learn, love, share and pray with other like-minded homeschool families!

Please contact Jean Kovatovich at for more information.


Dear Homeschool Families,

When we created Homeschool Days this year, we had no idea what we were starting! The past year has been filled with educational days that were fun for the whole family. We’re thrilled that the program has been so successful. In this e-newsletter we’d like to take a look back at this year’s Homeschool Days.

Plus, we’ve already scheduled our dates for next year! Mark your calendars for the following dates:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday, May 5, 2012

More details about the 2011–2012 school year will be released in late summer. As in the past, we request RSVPs from all who plan to attend so we can be sure to have enough activity materials and space for everyone.

We communicate about these programs primarily through email, so if you didn’t receive this message directly from us, please click here to be added to our mailing list. With more hands-on crafts, kids and curator opportunities, and even a partnership with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, you won’t want to miss out on next year’s programs!


Are you searching for private speech/language therapy for your child?  Look no further!  My name is Melissa Shepherd and I am a speech-language pathologist with twelve years experience in treating a variety of speech and language issues in all age groups.  Whether it’s a pesky “r” problem or weaknesses with expressive language, I am here to help!  Therapy can be done in the convenience of your home or other settings are available.  If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me at (636) 373-2610 or via email at


Information on the O’Connor Violin Method:

“I am pleased to introduce the O’Connor Violin Method for string teachers and students of the violin.  This 10-Book series is designed to guide students gradually through the development of pedagogical and musical techniques necessary to become a proficient, well-rounded musician through a carefully planned succession of pieces. Gradual development of left-hand technique, bowing skill and ear training as revealed through the study of beautiful music encourages a love of music-making in a slow, steady and natural way.

The music that I have collected for the O’Connor Violin Method includes some of the most endearing melodies in American music as well as some of the great folk fiddle tunes that have endured our 400 year-old history of violin playing. I have made it a specific feature of the Method to include musical literature that represents all of the Americas -Mexico, Canada and every region of the United States – and all musical styles – classical, folk, Latin, jazz, rock and ragtime. I have chosen and arranged material that will be both instructive and artistically enriching, and will help create the future classical violinist, folk fiddler, jazz musician – or all three!

My travels of the past 30 years have convinced me that a new American Classical Music is evolving.  I have encountered thousands of students of all ages and abilities at concerts, workshops, college/ conservatory/university seminars and fiddle camps and have found repeatedly that students do not want to be “left out” of the great sounds and energy of fiddling and jazz because they wish to become fine classical players.  It is my firm belief that the new American Classical Music will embrace the totality of our rich history of violin playing, and it is my sincere hope that my Method will further this process and perpetuate love for the violin.”      — MarkO’Connor (New York City, 2009)

More Info on OCM:

The O’Connor Method employs classic violin technique and theory to teach students to become skilled violinists. But more than that, the O’Connor Method uses familiar traditional American music to engage and motivate the young student. The lavishly illustrated books focus on well known traditional American tunes such as Oh! Susanna,  Amazing Grace, Appalachia Waltz and Soldier’s Joy. The method seeks to instill a deep appreciation of America’s musical history with background stories of all those that contributed to this rich heritage: Immigrants, African-American slaves, soldiers – all of whom together created what has become the new American Classical Music. A unique feature of this method is that through the progressive development of initially simple works, O’Connor demonstrates that there is more than one way to play a piece, adding an ‘improvisational’ twist not found in other methods. The goal of the O’Connor Method is that young people everywhere will fall in love with playing music. Currently volumes 1 and 2 of this 10 volume series are available. Included with each volume are CDs with MarkO’Connor playing all the tunes, plus piano accompaniment tracks.

Jamie Haubner’s bio:

JamieHaubner is a homeschool mother of seven, and grandmother of two. Her grown children have earned scholarships to college, including music scholarships. Jamie has been actively involved in a number of home school organizations: she directed a multi-family home school co-op in Utah, has taught at the Utah Home Education Association summer convention, and has taught classes in various homeschool settings.

Jamie and her children have participated in a number of music organizations across the country: Suzuki studios and Intermountain Suzuki String Institute in Utah, Young Musicians of Virginia (a large Christian homeschool organization in Virginia Beach), and most-recently in the the Suzuki program located at SIUE in Edwardsville, IL. Jamie has played violin and viola alongside her children in these organizations; in the SIUE Suzuki string program she has taught music and movement, note reading, and viola classes at Saturday classes, workshops, and summer camps.

Jamie participates actively in church music as well. She has served for years as the music director in the children’s program at her church, and has conducted choirs of all ages. She currently has responsibility for the music in her congregation, plays the organ, and is an assistant conductor for the Rising Generation Youth Chorus (an auditioned church choir of high school students in the Saint Louis area). She teaches piano and organ to a dozen-plus young people in her congregation.

Jamie has completed certification in the Kodály method (a folk-song-based approach to musical education). She has spent countless hours observing gifted Suzuki teachers, and has completed some Suzuki teacher training. She recently completed training for books one and two in the O’Connor string method, and will complete training for book three this summer, at the first-ever O’Connor string camp, in Charleston, SC.

Price:  $20 per student per month, with students providing their own instrument and book. I’d love to invite interested parents to participate, too. An important aspect of our family’s musical journey is that we have walked it together, and I hope to encourage other families in that sometimes-difficult but very rewarding journey!

Time:  Leaning towards Monday at Bayless Baptist Church, but not set in stone.

If you are interested in this class and would like to send a comment to Jamie, please do so.  You can contact her at

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana 87 96 [at] yahoo [dot] com  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, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the list 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.