New Events for 7/28/2011

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 Magic House, Great Skate 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. ALSO at the website, the most up to date Homeschool Owned Business Listings; look for the tab at the very top of the page.

Did you hear that Borders is going out of business and all their books are 40% off!!!!!


The Family Vision Library at 2020 Parkway Drive St. Peters MO, 63376 is hosting a 3 week film making class / training.  Young film-maker Stephen Littmann, Jr. is looking for young people to join him in learning about film making from the beginning.  The classes begin Friday July 29th.

This will be a great way to finish off the summer break.

For more information, contact Stephen Littmann, Jr. with Children of Light Productions

Phone:  636-448-4050


Sign up to come to The Family Vision Library on:

Friday, July 29

Friday, August 5

Friday, August 12

at 2:00-4:30 P.M. for hands-on training. At the end, help make the short film “Sons of Georgia” on August 18th, 19th and 20th. We will be training crew on camera, how to frame shots, light the set and record the audio. Actors are needed to help the crew practice. For cast, we accept 9 and up and wedded couples as well. Recommend age for crew members is 13 and up.

For more information, contact Stephen Littmann, Jr. with Children of Light Productions

Phone:  636-448-4050


HOMELINK Registration/Orientation

August 16 – Tuesday – 07:00 PM

Location: St. Andrew Catholic Chuch

The Homelink Registration/Orientation is on Tuesday, August 16th from 7:00-8:00 p.m.   It will be held in the gymnasium at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, 63125 (gym is upstairs from the St. Elizabeth Adult Day Care building—look for sign!) This meeting is mandatory for every Homelink student in junior high & highschool and at least one parent.   The coordinators and certain teachers will be speaking from about 7:00-7:45 p.m. followed by a Q & A session.  Afterwards, teachers will be available at their tables to answer questions, display curriculum, and take class registrations.

Homelink schedule and course descriptions can be found at:

If you have questions about Homelink classes, please contact Kerrie Tate at or Cathy Mullins at

Classical Conversations Information Meeting

August 2 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

St. Louis Bread Company, 1650 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield

Please RSVP Colleen Grunwald

Top Ten Reasons to Consider Classical Conversations Foundations Classes

Foundations Classes  (K4-6th grade)

1.  Community Learning

2.  Accountability

3.  Weekly science experiments/projects

4.  Weekly oral presentations

5.  Parent and student(s) learn together.

6.  Students memorize a 160 point timeline.

7.  Students memorize quality facts in  math, science, geography, history,Latin.

8.  Classical teaching methods are modeled by tutors.

9.  Messy art projects without the mess at home

10.  Opportunity for friendship

Classes meet from 9 am – 12 noon on Mondays at West County Assembly of God Church.

Top Ten Reasons to Consider Classical Conversations Foundations Classes

Essentials of the English Language Classes

1.  Community Learning

2.  Accountability

3.  Weekly writing assignments using Institute for Excellence in Writing techniques

4.  Students present written work orally in class.

5.  Students memorize parts of speech, vocabulary, and grammar lists.

6.  Students learn to diagram sentences.

7.  Students learn editing skills.

8.  Parent and student(s) learn together.

9.  Friendly competition

10. Opportunity for friendship

Classes meet from 1 pm – 3 pm on Mondays at West County Assembly of God Church.

More information available at


I was talking with the executive director of the Edward Jones YMCA (in Maryland Heights, just off the Page extension) today.  He said that he is interested in starting classes for homeschoolers again.  However, he didn’t know how to get in contact with homeschooling families to find out what the interest level is.

Since I would love this opportunity for my kids (and an opportunity for me to work out at the same time :-), I said I would contact my homeschooling group.

Right now the when/what is pretty flexible:

Monday or Wednesday mornings are the preference right now, but they could possibly do Friday mornings.  Depending on interest, it could be once or twice a week,fFor one hour, 1-1/2 hours, or two.  It could be just gym (sports), just swim, or a gym/swim combination.

You don’t have to be a Y member to join the class.

Please let me know if you are interested!!  You can post here, or contact me at scotties 04 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

Thanks!  Amy Scott

Please pass this info along to other homeschoolers!


Dear Home School Parents,

It is with regret that I must announce the end of our Home School Days and Home School Labs programming.

After careful analysis of the program, I have decided to suspend current offerings while we investigate ways to offer a program that is both cost effective and better meets your goals as a home school teacher.

The final Home School Days class sessions will be held August 16. If you have already purchased tickets for September through December, you will receive a full refund.

The final Home School Labs class sessions will be held September 6 and 20. At this point no additional Home School Lab sessions have been scheduled for the fall.

It has been a pleasure working with you and your children. We have had a great deal of fun helping our students learn and discover science. I do look forward to working with you in the future through new program offerings.


Amanda Tinnin

Manager, Public Programs and Day Camps for SLSC

Oil Painting Classes with Trina Stephens

Oil Painting class resume in August

Beginning Oil Painting students will be painting “The Old Barn”.  This class is August 5 – 26; Noon – 1:45 PM; cost is $28.  This class is designed for children at least 10 years old.  In the class the studens will learn basic color mixing, brush strokes, color values, etc. while completing this cute little painting.

Advanced Oil Painting students will be completing “Sutter Creek Falls”.  This class is August 5 – 26; 9 – 11:30 AM; cost is $28.  Those who have painted with me will know if they are eligible to attend.  If you have painted with another instructor, call me and we can discuss your experience level to determine which class is appropriate for you.

Tuesday nights, 6:30 – 8:30 PM “Wild Roses”

Wednesday mornings, 10 AM – Noon “Drive Through Barn”

Saturday, August27, “Wheelbarrow of Flowers”

Photos and additional details regarding supplies needed are available at our website

Mark your calendar!!  Our Arts and Crafts Exhibition will be held at First Baptist Arnold on September 24.  The goal of this event is to increase awareness of our art programs at FBCA.  I encourge all children who have painted with me to have a table at this event.  It is encouraging for those considering attending our classes to see the various levels of students.  Even if you only have one or two paintings, come set them up and proudly show folks what you have accomplished!  It’s a good time to invite Grandma/Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles, neighbors, etc.  Folks who attended our event last year said they really enjoyed seeing what the students have done (especially the children).  More to follow about this event!  Please send me an email though if you think your child might be interested in participating.

I already have several who have signed up, but didn’t want you to miss out!  August seems to have come along pretty quickly!  Watch for information about our fall classes as well!

Trina Stephens

Coordinator Arts and Crafts

First Baptist Church Arnold

Office Max Teacher Appreciation Days thru Aug. 1

Click here to see details on how you can get:

A free reusable tote with 20% off of everything you can fit inside free give-aways to the first 150 teachers

To get a Max Perks Rewards for Teachers Card, you will need to prove that you are a homeschooler–just show your membership card from a homeschool group.

Missouri Tax Free Weekend August 5-7

For details go to:

Applies to:

Clothing under $100

School supplies under $50

Computer software under $350

Computers/computer equipment under $3,500

Note: Some cities and counties in Missouri elect not to participate…check the website before you go to the store or you could be surprised.

The list of non-participating cities can be found at the website above. City sales tax in these locations will still be collected on the sale of qualifying holiday items.

Wallbuilders Live American Heritage Event with Rick Green

The American Heritage Ministry of  First Baptist Church Wentzville is pleased to announce:

WallBuilders Live with speaker Rick Green





Tickets available for $8 advance purchase at or

$10 at the door – if available

First Baptist Church, 653 Luetkenhaus Blvd., Wentzville, MO 63385


You don’t want to miss this upcoming event! Rick is a speaker for WallBuilders (founded by David Barton), a national pro-family organization whose name is taken from the Bible book of Nehemiah in which Nehemiah led a grassroots movement to rebuild the foundations that had been the strength, honor, and dignity of that nation.

WallBuilders has been recognized nationally for its work in education, history, law, and public policy, integrating the elements of faith and morality throughout all aspects of American life and culture. Much of the uniqueness of WallBuilders message stems from its massive collection of original documents from early American history, affirming George Washington’s declaration that, “Of all the habits and dispositions which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

Rick has been active both in church and State, serving as a leader in his local church and two terms as a Texas State Representative. Rick has influenced thousands of Americans to become salt and light in their communities, helping them understand their dual citizenship and their responsibilities both as citizens of Heaven and of America. Rick’s presentations contain compelling personal, historical, and Biblical facts that create interest and inspire patriotism.

Rick earned his B.B.A. in finance from Angelo State University, his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law, and serves as president of the Torch of Freedom Foundation ( He is married, a father of four, and an entrepreneur who has built several successful businesses. Rick has a solid Biblical worldview and is an excellent teacher of how Biblical principles and Christian values relate to current events and every aspect of life.


Come Dance With Us!  Great exercise, good fellowship, excellent stress reliever, and inexpensive!

Couples and singles of all ages are welcome.

Classes starting Tuesday, September 13th

First lesson is free – no obligation!

All other classes cost $5 per person

Trinity Lutheran Church, 14088 Clayton Road, Chesterfield, MO

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:15 pm


Tom and Kathy Murray:  314-890-9086


Instructor:  Stan Mangogna:  314-895-3942

Sponsored by West County Spinners Square Dance Club

Club Website:

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.