New Events for 7/27/2011

I appreciate your understanding that 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 events at the Zoo, Botanical Gardens and other homeschool favorites. 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.


If you are new to homeschooling or perhaps you are just thinking about it, here is the chance to get some information from seasoned veterans in an intimate setting.

Where? St. Andrew Catholic Church Cafeteria, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63123 (intersection of Military and Hoffmeister…park in the parking lot behind the church complex and look for a sign on the school building)

When? Tuesday, August 30, 2011       7:00 p.m.

Who? Conducted by SHARE leaders: Cathy Mullins, Kerrie Tate

Price? FREE! Open to all!   But registration is required, so we know how many to prepare for!

Topics to be covered include: * Missouri/Illinois State Law * Logging hours    * Choosing Curriculum * Lesson Planning * Teaching Approaches    * Tips and inspirations * Question/Answer Time

>>>This meeting is usually small so that detailed questions can be answered!

Note: No Childcare provided.  If you have to bring your children, they must sit quietly at the table with you.

Got Questions? Need to Register?

Please e-mail Cathy Mullins at  so that we know how many to prepare for.  Or you may sign up on the SHARE website.  Go to  and click on Calendar.  Click on August 30 and at the bottom you will see a note “Click here to sign up”.

There will be handouts and refreshments!

We are looking forward to helping lots of families enter the wonderful world of homeschooling!!!

North County Homeschool Choir beginning…..

Introducing North County Homeschool Choir under the direction of Mrs. Donna Kennedy, music director for New Life Baptist Church and homeschool mom to Rebecca and Johnathan.

Do you love to sing?  Do you want to be a part of a unique homeschool choir?

Join us on Tuesdays starting Sept 6th. at New Life Baptist Church, 1185 Shackelford Rd Florissant, Mo 63031

Grades 2nd-6th will meet from 3:15-4:00pm every Tuesday to learn praise, patriot and positive music.

Grades 7th-12th will meet from 4:15-5:00pm every Tuesday to learn praise, patriot and positive music.

Cost: FREE

We are looking for students who will focus on learning music and who want to participate in a choir.  This is a per semester commitment. If your schedule conflicts with Tuesdays, PLEASE be considerate of other families and wait until next semester to participate. It is imperative that families are committed to each date so that the choir will run smoothly.

We are asking that children to meet with Donna prior to choir starting so that she might place them correctly in the choir as well as have a feel for the voices she will be working with.  The days to meet with Donna will  be Saturday, August 27th late morning or Tuesday, August 30th in the afternoon. Donna will email you the times she has available.

To register and/or questions, please send an email to

Please include your child’s name and grade.  NOTE:  We are looking for parents to assist with choir.  If you are interested in helping out please include that in your email to Donna.

Finally, please discuss with your children that we are guest in the church and as such we need to be respectful.  There will be no running in the church, no horse play, no wandering the building, and no chewing gum or food allowed.  The church is graciously allowing us to use the fellowship hall free of charge.  We do not want to lose that privilege.


Bob Johnson Tutoring will conduct an ACT Workshop in O’Fallon on Saturdays, August 20 and 27 from 12:30 to 4:30.  This workshop will cover content and strategies for all sections of the ACT.  All participants will take home The Real ACT Prep Guide, which contains three full-length tests with answers and explanations.

More details (location, reviews, cost, registration, etc.) about this workshop can be found at

Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children.

If you have any questions, feel free to call (314-646-9548) or email (



Begin planning now for the Homeschool Craft Fair!

Mark your calendars and plan on joining us to sell or buy!

The craft fair is open to all area homeschool families.

It will be a great opportunity for children or parents to create and market their craft items!

Wrapped food items are allowed.

WHEN:   October 22, 2011

TIME:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  West County Assembly of God Gymnasium

13431 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield,  MO 63017

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:   The application is available on the Expo website:

QUESTIONS:      For questions, please contact Aleea McDonald at 636-399-6427 or  craft.fair.2011 @ gmail .com

FREE Homeschool Bowling Party

Date: Thursday September 8th, 2011

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Includes 2 Hours of Bowling, Rental Shoes,

A slice Pizza, Soft Drinks & More!

WHERE:  Brunswick Zone in Chesterfield, 176 Four Seasons Shopping Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017


Just 1 Block West of 141 on Olive

You must reserve your spot!!!!

Homeschool Production

Patchwork Theater Presents…

A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream

Saturday, August 13, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 14, 3:00 p.m.

Grace and Peace Fellowship

5574 Delmar Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63112

(Air conditioned!)

Price:  $5.00 per person

Questions: Contact Denise Trull at stltrulls @ gmail .com

Avalon Horse Farm

I wanted to share with all of you 2 new endeavors at Avalon Horse Farm this year.  Avalon is located in Millstadt, IL about 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis.

First – We will be having a Preschool Horse Camp August 11-13, from 9am-12pm each day.   This camp is designed for 3 & 4 year olds who want to experience the farm and the horses on a shorter basis than our regular campers.  There will be riding, crafts, finger painting the horses, feeding our farm animals and lots of other fun stuff.  Cost for this camp is $90.

Second – We are offering our first Home Schoolers Only Horse Camp.  This camp will be August 22-26 from 9am-2pm each day.  Cost is $200.  More riding including a game day and trail rides, learning about the care of horses, finger painting the horses (a big favorite), and lots of fun learning things.  We focus a lot on having a great time and learning all that is needed to care for and ride horses.

Both camps are limited to only 12 kids.

If you are interested in either of these camps please let me know.  Feel free to pass this information along to others you think might be interested.

I will be offering daytime lessons for the first time this fall.  I do not know yet the day of the week I can do this.  If your child might be interested in lessons email me and I will include you in the email when I set up my lesson schedule.

You can email me at

Have a great day! Peace, Lara Peterson

Festival of Nations

Saturday, August 27, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, August 28, 10am – 6pm

Tower Grove Park

Admission is Free!

International Institute’s Festival of Nations is St. Louis leading multicultural celebration featuring: traditional dance and music, ethnic food, cultural and educational exhibits, folk art demonstrations, and an international market.


Available – basic arithmetic through calculus – all ages.

I am a certified math teacher (in Missouri and Washington State) with more than twenty years of classroom and private tutoring experience.

I love teaching and working with students, and believe everybody can succeed at math.

Contact Laurie Conley at or (314)394-0468.

References are available.

Please feel free to pass this on to other groups you may be a part of.

Action for Autism

In a nutshell, Action for Autism is a charitable group that raises funds and has corporate sponsorship in order to help those families with kids on the autism spectrum get the help they need.  And it’s parental choice help.  So, whether you want your child to have therapy somewhere like Leaps and Bounds or MIND or Victory Speech or Miriam, or where ever you choose, you can get financial assistance for that therapy.  Plus, if you just need equipment or therapy aids like weighted vests or vestibular swings or whatever, they can help you with funding.  Pretty cool, huh?  And this is not a government thing – it’s all from corporate sponsors, donations, and fundraising events.  Double cool!!

The best part is that they have lots of money waiting to be given away.  There is presently no waiting list.  I warned him last night that I was going to send this around to all the homeschoolers in the area, so he’d better be expecting lots of phone calls (by the way, they have no problem with homeschooling).

So, if you’ve wanted some sort of additional therapy for your child who is on the autism spectrum, or if you need additional supplies, or whatever, and you can’t afford it (or even if you can, but it would be tight), go to their website and check them out.  There is an application on the website (see link below).

From what I understand, the funding operates on a first come, first serve basis.  And, they have lots of money to use up before the first of October, so those who apply sooner may be able to get funds without having to go on a waiting list.

When I warned him that he might be flooded with calls for more information and applications, he was delighted.  Mr. Messmer has a daughter who is autistic and his heart is in serving families with kids on the Autism Spectrum.

Here is a link to their website.  Below the link is a one paragraph description of who they are that I cut and pasted from their website.

Action For Autism is a St. Louis based charitable organization, founded in 2008 to address the growing need to assist children and their families with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). AFA serves those individuals and families who reside within a 250 mile radius of St. Louis.


The Miriam Learning Center provides afternoon/evening classes for children with special needs having average to above average cognitive skills.

They work with children who are language impaired, have dysgraphia, and other diagnoses such as ADHD, sensory integration disorder, and autism spectrum disorders.

This is the link for their Fall brochure:

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.

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