New Events for 8/11/2011

Remember to visit the website often, a link can be found at the top of this email. There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop since it has become SO EASY! My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

HOMESCHOOL EXPLORER DAY at HAWN STATE PARK

Tuesday, September 13th from 9:30-11:30.

This will be followed by a lunch break, please pack your own food and drinks. Then we will offer guided hike(s) depending on interest for those that want to stay. It will be possible to earn your Missouri State Explorer badge that day if you complete all the activities. There will be a small service
project if you wish to earn the patch. You should plan on the full day to earn your patch. All ages may attend this event. Some activities might be more appropriate for certain ages then others.
This opportunity will offered in conjunction with a naturalist conference (Association of Missouri Interpreters – AMI) that is focused on getting children out in nature. Many of these stations will be set up to demonstrate this to naturalists. We will also have the opportunity to hear the first lady of Missouri Georganne Wheeler Nixon speak about getting Missouri children in our state parks, and outdoors in general.
Hawn State Park is located in between Farmington and Ste Genevieve about an hour south of St Louis. If you are interested in tent camping the scout area will be available for $2 per person per night. You can also visit http://www.mostateparks.com for directions, costs, and reservations for the main campground.
Please feel free to invite other home school families.
Anyone attending does need to RSVP to me!

Please RSVP to polypody1[at] juno[dot]com
Thanks, Holly Harris-Schott
Activities will include: Snake programs, Touch Tables, Build a fort, Creek exploration, Geocaching, Natural boat building and races, Fish identification games, Scavenger hunts, Guided hikes, Earn a Missouri State Parks Explorer Patch, Community Service Project, Opportunity to hear the first lady of Missouri speak, Leave No Trace, and many more activities.

Editors Note: This is a great State Park. It is worth the drive to attend if possible.

Fun School….what is it?

Commentary by Cathy Mullins

Fun School is truly a unique homeschool program and, in fact, we are in the process of seeking special funding through HSLDA. If you know of any family who is homeschooling a child with special needs (Down Syndrome, Autism or other handicap) then they need to know about these classes.

Last year my son, Jesse, (who has Down Syndrome and multiple handicaps due to strokes) was able to make his brother a beautiful wooden tool box that said “Best Brother Ever”. He gave it to Josh for Christmas filled with tools. Jesse also hammered every nail in a 6 ft high trellis that he gave to Grandma for Christmas. He made a cutting board for his Aunt Pam and he made an address sign for our home–all sanded and shellacked! He also studied several countries and zeroed in on Italy for his project, which was shown to all the Homelink students in the cafeteria during lunch break. He played alot of fun games and the practiced various dances (yes, even in a wheelchair!) that would be done at wedding receptions (Macarena, Polka, plain ol’ slow dancing, etc.) He also did some science and cooking. At the end of the year, Jesse began a photobook of Fun School activities that he will be adding to this year. Jesse loves Fun School!!!  Just mention the word and watch his face light up!

Social skills are emphasized, as well as learning in Fun School and this year we will have access to a huge gymnasium for our activities. Not all homeschooling parents have the joy of preparing a student to do well on his ACT test. As a parent of a child that is “different”, I have the joy of preparing my son to learn to the best of his ability, to communicate with the world as effectively as possible and to love the life that God has given him. Fun School has helped me to be able to accomplish all of those goals.

Please let others know about this awesome program and if you have questions, contact Rene Hayes at the number below–

Fun School was her original idea and I am thankful that she made it a reality.

~Cathy Mullins

Special Needs Classes

The following classes are designed for home educated students with special needs. Last year’s students included those with a wide variety of physical and mental challenges (Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral palsy, etc.). Our goal is to create a rich environment for learning and building friendships. As far as we know, there is no other homeschool program like it in the state!

Fun School Thursdays is a two part class: Music, Movement and Games which is taught by Cathy Mullins and Woodworking and Practical Home Projects taught by Rene Hayes. ALL LEARNING IS HANDS-ON AND PROJECT ORIENTED.

Music, Movement and Games by Cathy Mullins will teach popular songs, games and dances as well as incorporate musical instruments, physical and occupational therapy exercises and routines all while having fun!

In Wood working and Practical Home Projects we will review the basic woodworking skills (measuring, sawing, hammering, sanding and wood finishing) which were taught last year and introduce simple power tools including power sanders and drills. We will begin with two smaller wood projects and build one piece of garden furniture. In Practical Home Projects we will design and assemble useful keepsake and gift items for the home. All activities are adaptable to a variety of special needs, learning styles and ages. Social skills, class friendships, and individual goals are emphasized. Depending on the nature of the student’s needs in-class parental participation may be required. This is at the agreed discretion of the class teacher, class coordinator, and parent. Class size is limited to a maximum of ten students.

NOTE: This class is open to a limited number of non-special needs students.

Cost:

>Music and Movement is a 1 ¼ hour class and is $150 per semester. (negotiable)

>Woodworking and Practical Home Projects is a 1 ½ hour class and is $225 per semester plus a one-time $25 materials fee. Class cost includes all supplies, tools, and academic materials. We will have a short snack break between classes, and students are responsible for bringing their own snack (just because many students are on special diets).

Registration for the class is for the entire year unless other arrangements are made in advance. Classes may be signed up for individually. Both classes are for 30 weeks. Classes begin one week after the Homelink semester starts and end one week before the Homelink semester ends.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Rene Hayes at 314-922-4632 or at lightandjoy999[at]gmail.com.

Fun School Tuesdays (NEW THIS YEAR!!!) – taught by Maeven Blankenship and Rene Hayes

This is a two part class:

Team Sports (Kickball/ Basketball/ Hockey) and a hands-on Elective (Class Pet/Santa’s Workshop (a gift making class)/Creative Writing Workshop/ and Career Workshop. Team Sports is a small class in the Homelink gym where each student will learn the sports’ basic skills and have significant play time in class games. This class is open to students of all ability levels and ages. In the Electives Class each section will run approximately seven weeks. Students will research and choose a class pet which will rotate between the students’ homes. They will make presents and cards for family members and friends, stretch their imaginations with writing assignments to author their own book, and explore the careers that fill our world. These classes will be taught by Maeven Blankenship and Rene Hayes. All activities are adaptable to a variety of special needs, learning styles and ages. Social skills, class friendships, and individual goals are emphasized. Depending on the nature of the student’s needs in-class parental participation may be required. This is at the agreed discretion of the class teacher, class coordinator, and parent. Class size is limited to a maximum of ten students.

Cost:

>Team Sports is a 1 hour class. The cost is $80 per semester.

>The Electives class is a 1 hour class. The cost is $150 per semester plus a $20 per semester materials fee. Class cost includes all supplies, tools, and academic materials.

Registration for the class is for the entire year unless other arrangements are made in advance. Classes may be signed up for individually. Both classes are for 30 weeks. Classes begin one week after the Homelink semester starts and end one week before the Homelink semester ends.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Rene Hayes at 314-922-4632 or at lightandjoy999[at]gmail.com.

Farm School – offered in conjunction with Valley Mount Ranch at Interstate 44 and Hwy.141.

This weekly three-hour class incorporates western horseback riding, working with and caring for horses. Students will ride each week in the fall and spring. All riding instruction is individualized. Interaction with the horses, ranch staff, and fellow students is used as a springboard to extend students’ attention, language, motor and social skills. At the end of the year students will participate in a closed judged horse show in a variety of events including the halter class, walk-trot class, pole bending class, and barrel racing. Students will progress at their own pace both in the arena and on the trail.

Each family is responsible for having an adult remain with and assist their child during all non-riding activities unless it is determined by the teacher and the riding instructor that the student receives greater benefit working independently. This class is open to a variety of abilities and ages. However due to the riding nature of this class participants must be physically able to mount a horse with limited assistance. Students who either cannot physically mount a horse or do not wish to ride but would like to work with horses may participate in the Farm Friends class.

Cost: Farm School is $45 per week. Payment is due at the beginning of every four weeks. Registration is for the entire year unless other prior arrangements have been made. Class cost includes individualized riding instruction, horse show fees, trail ride(s), and all project supplies. Class size is limited to a maximum of ten students.

Farm Friends is a class for non-riders who love horses. Farm Friends is open to and can accommodate both walker and wheelchair participants. Each student will weekly spend individual time caring for and building a relationship with their horse. They will learn to brush, feed and lead their horse. Students may also show their horses in the halter class at the Farm School horse show and participate in the non-riding events.

Cost: Farm Friends is $20 per week for a 45 minute class

>Payment is due at the beginning of every four weeks. Registration is for the entire year unless other prior arrangements have been made. Class size is limited to a maximum of 3 students per class.

Farm School meets for 20 weeks total. There are 10 riding sessions in the fall, September 7- November 9 and 10 riding sessions in the spring beginning March 28 and ending June 6. The beginning date of March 28 is dependent upon the weather. One extra week is built into the spring riding schedule due to the possibility of a weather cancellation.

All riding instruction is by Sheila Chipman of Valley Mount Ranch. Valley Mount Ranch has been continuously operating since 1936. Sheila was born on the ranch which is owned by her and her family. She has been riding all her life and has worked on the ranch from a very young age. Sheila has taught special needs riders for more than twenty-five years and excels at encouraging reluctant riders and those with special needs to learn to ride as independently as possible.

Rene Hayes coordinates Farm School and Farm Friends. She also teaches the “project portion” of Farm School and the Farm Friends class.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Rene Hayes at 314-922-4632 or lightandjoy999[at]gmail.com.

2011-12 Band, Recorder & Violin Classes

Homeschool Band

Homeschool Band meets on Mondays at Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, 63123.

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 operations fee, as these classes do not meet at the Homelink location.  Many thanks to Bayless Baptist Church for their kindness in allowing us to use their rooms.

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.

Classes are 50 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[at]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 14th 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 10 to 24.

The band/guitar schedule will be as follows:

11:30    Guitar 2

12:30    Guitar 1

1:30      Advanced band

2:30      Beginning band

♪Beginning Guitar Class for first-timers (1)      12:30 a.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.  I will have books with me on the first day of class for purchase.

♪Immediate Guitar Class for second year students(2)      11:30 p.m.

This will be a continuation of the beginning class.  The same suggestions apply to intermediate students as is written above for the beginners.  The cost is $20 per month also.

♪Advanced Homeschool Band   1:30 p.m.

The instrumentation for the advanced band is the electric bass, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.  Students must already play their instrument and know how to read music.  Auditions may be required if you have not gone through the beginning or intermediate band and you have not had any formal training on your instrument of choice.  We play selected band arrangements and work with several books for scale work and basic musical training.  The cost is $20.00 per month.

♪Beginning Homeschool Band for new students    2:30 p.m.

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.

Recorder & Vocal Classes

Fall 2010 Music Classes meet this year on Mondays at Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, 63123.

The classes are endorsed by SHARE, but independent of our Homelink classes. Students must be SHARE members to participate in music classes (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.

Trisch Breed is a homeschooling mother of five (four graduated), church musician, singer and flautist. In college, she double-majored in art and music.  She has been teaching flute, piccolo and the sopranino, soprano, alto and tenor recorders, both in private lessons and group classes for the past 25 years

If you have questions or for more information, e-mail Trisch Breed at patricia.breed[at]charter.net or call 314-775-5294.

Music Schedule:

11:30   Beginning Recorder Class

12:30   Advanced Recorder Class

3:40     Beginning Vocal Technique

♪11:30 p.m.   Beginning Recorder Class:

Ages 8 and up.  Younger students and special needs students are welcome with a parent or other helper to assist them.

Learn Basic Skills, Read Musical Notation, Fingerings for Soprano Recorder, Ensembles, Duets and Solos, Games and Drills to reinforce skills learned, Voluntary participation in Nursing Home Ministry and Recital

Class Prices and Fees

$20.00 per month or $75.00 per semester paid at the open house or at the first class.

$12.00 for Yamaha Soprano Recorder and Book

♪12:30 p.m. *Advanced Recorder Class:

>Must be proficient in reading music and know all fingerings for Soprano Recorder, two Octaves, Voluntary participation in Nursing Home Ministry and Recital

Class Prices and Fees:

$25.00 per month per student or $95.00 per semester paid at the open house or at the first class.

♪3:40 p.m. Beginning Vocal Technique:

Ages 12 and up.

Do you like to sing in the shower?  Do you sing along to the radio? Let’s have a little fun and hone our singing skills!

Learn Vocal Techniques and Exercises: Breathing, Pronunciation, Mechanics, Music Notation, Sight Reading, Duet, Solo and Ensemble work, Voluntary participation in Nursing Home Ministry and Recital

Class Prices and Fees

$20.00 per month or $75.00 per semester paid at the open house or at the first class.

Note from Trisch Breed:  I also give private lessons in Flute; Sopranino, Soprano, Alto and/or Tenor Recorder and Voice.  For more information, please call me at 314-775-5294 or e-mail me at patricia.breed[at]charter.net .

Violin and Strings

Announcing the new O’Connor string method at SHARE!

Jamie Haubner will be teaching violin all afternoon on Mondays at Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, 63123, near the intersection of Bayless/Weber and Morganford/Union. Jamie would like to work out the schedule for classes and private lessons as people contact her.  If you are interested, please contact Jamie at theleeofthestorm[at]gmail.com

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!

Note: More information on the O’Conner String Method and Jamie can be found in the July 25 post.

Fly Into Fall!

Circus Harmony’s Fall Class Schedule Now Online!

Have you always wanted to try trapeze, juggling, wire-walking or clowning? Now is your opportunity! Sign up for Fall classes with Circus Harmony at City Museum. We have classes for people from 18 months (our new Parent/Toddler class) and up (our oldest student is an octogenarian aerialist)!  We also offer private lessons and training in Strength & Flexibility.

Visit Our Website to See New Fall Classes and Other News!

Click Here if you Just Want to Print Our Fall Brochure

Circus Harmony is currently accepting applications for coaches with advanced acrobatic experience. We are also accepting interns for our developing Social Circus Teacher Training program.  Applications can be sent to: circusday[at]circusharmony[dot]org

Want to put your company name on something awesome and wholesome? Circus Harmony is seeking sponsors for their shows at City Museum. Email us at: circusday[at]circusharmony[dot]org if you would like to see a Sponsorship Package.

FEED THE FLYING CHILDREN!

>We are ALWAYS in need of healthy food donations for our flying children. (Especially fresh fruit, cereal bars, healthy drinks, microwavable meals)

>Also, if you have any gently used unicycles, juggling props or other circus equipment— we would be happy to put them to good use!

If you would like to donate any of the above, please email us at circusday[at]circusharmony[dot]org or call us at 314-436-7676

THANK YOU!

To keep up with the latest news on where to catch the flying children, special offers and awesome opportunities, we hope you:

Visit us: on our website

Like us: on Facebook

Follow us: on Twitter

Watch us: on YouTube

Read about us: on our blog

Homeschool Violin Classes in Franklin County

Violin Classes will be starting up again shortly.  I will be offering entry level classes once more (it is mandatory that the parent or grandparent  participate in the class if the student is under 9 years of age). I will also be offering intermediate, and advanced intermediate classes. Contact me for details if you have questions regarding in which class your student will participate. Please note that regular attendance and being current with your payment are necessary for participation in performances.

Violin Classes will be held at Trinity Presbyterian, just north of Union off HWY 47  this year on Tuesday mornings. Trinity Presbyterian Church 727 Melinda Drive, Union MO 63084  For more information contact:   Gina Leeker    636 346-6265    fiddlergina [at] gmail [dot] com

*New Feature Film To Be Shot In Branson

Allen Family Films, a Missouri based production company, recently announced intentions to shoot a new feature film in the Branson, Missouri area. This new family-friendly film, in the vein of recent releases from Sherwood Pictures and Fox Faith, will go into production late 2011 with a tentative release date in the fall of 2012.

The film tells the story of the Peterson family and the unexpected vacation that changed their life. When the family van breaks down on their way to California, the family is stranded in an off-the-map town with only one option, to continue their vacation in an old motor-home with it’s eccentric and mysterious owner.

Caleb Allen, the film’s director and a home-school graduate, is thrilled to bring the production to his hometown. “What better place to film a story about a family than an area that is so devoted to creating a family-friendly environment? We feel that Branson is the perfect location for us.”  Allen, also a veteran musician, has lived in a motor coach for the past fifteen years, traveling internationally and performing Gospel music concerts. “I’m fairly certain I am qualified to tell a road trip story after living on a perpetual road trip most of my life. The film will definitely be drawing from my personal experiences.”

The film will be produced and crewed by mostly home-schooled students and graduates. There will be many opportunities throughout the production process for home-schoolers, both local and long-distance, to be involved.

The filmmakers are currently in the process of raising development funding through Kickstarter.com. The film’s co-Producer, CK Hicks, said, “We hope the home-school community will rally behind us and support the project. The Kickstarter campaign is the best way for people to get involved.” Due to the all-or-nothing nature of Kickstarter’s funding process, the filmmakers have offered some valuable and exclusive incentives for their project backers. Even a donation as small as one dollar will be rewarded with exclusive artwork and original script pages. Other incentives include autographed copies of the completed film, premiere tickets, and an opportunity to spend a day on the set.

Allen says, “We firmly believe, ‘Little is much when God is in it’. It only takes a spark to light a roaring fire. It only takes a few to change the world.”

If you would like to support the project, you can do so by visiting www.afamilyfilm.com. You can also follow Allen Family Films on facebook and on twitter by following @afamfilm for project updates and information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR INTERVIEWS:

Caleb Allen, Director, Allen Family Films, 269-870-5279; caleballen[at]juno[dot]com

Newspapers In Education Back to School special

Signups fill up fast, so hurry! If you are one of the first 200 teachers to sign up for the St. Louis Post Dispatch Newspapers In Education Back to School special, you will receive two free Wehrenberg Theaters movie tickets. If you don’t make it within the first 200, don’t worry. You will still get online access to the Back to School Special!

Sign up for Newspapers In Education (NIE) from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and you’ll receive access to the ePost, to view their Back to School series from August 14 through August 28. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the online paper will contain a quarter page NIE Back to School feature. Student activitiy idea sheets will be part of the program.

Bonus: You will also receive downloadable lesson pages via email after you sign up.

All you have to do to sign up is visit nie.post-dispatch.com and sign up. They welcome homeschool teachers, along with private and public school teachers.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch offers additional NIE programs throughout the school year. They are also a sponsor of the Spelling Bee, when they offer in paper spelling games and lists to get your child ready.

POTTERY CLASS AT BOLDUC HOUSE

Homeschoolers who are at least 8 years old are welcome to register for our next session of Native American Pottery classes taught by Liz Manns. The classes will be held on Wednesdays beginning August 31 through October 9th. Since this is a studio art class, students can come and work on their projects any time between the hours of 11AM and 9PM when our teacher will be on site. The cost per student aged 8-12 years old is $25; students 13-adult cost $50 to attend. Clay is included.

The first session ended last week and many of the students who took that class plan to re-enroll for this next session. It’s been meaningful fun. The finished products are great. If you are interested in seeing them, some will be on display during our Fourth Friday ArtWalk on August 26th along with “Without A Passport” – the photo exhibit by Nancy L. Bridges in an encore presentation.

Please email or call us at 573-883-3105 for more information and to ask questions.

Thanks a lot!

Lesley Barker, Bolduc House Museum Director

www.bolduchouse.com

AMF YOUTH DAY

Fall League registration

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011

Join us for BOWLING, FOOD AND FUN!
Children who register for an AMF Fall League will receive 2 FREE GAMES of Bowling, a FREE Hot Dog and a Soda!
AMF Dick Weber Lanes, 4575 Washington St., Florissant, MO 63033  (314) 838-4822

Young Eagle flight days

Free first flight to start your aviation journey.

Ever wondered what your neighborhood looks like from the sky? Or maybe you’re curious how airplanes even work.

You might even dream about being a pilot.

If you’re shaking you’re head “yes” and are between the ages of 8 and 17, then there are thousands of EAA member volunteer pilots who would love to take you on a free Young Eagles flight. That’s right – a free flight!

EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Chapter 32)

Next Young Eagle Event:

Saturday August 13 – Aviation Resource Center – Smartt Field (St. Charles County Airport)

6410 Grafton Ferry Road, Portage de Sioux, MO 63373  Hotline: 314-286-9932

Young Eagle Registration: 9am until Noon

All kids 8-17 years old are welcome for Young Eagle Flights

Please call 636-250-4257 or email youngeagles[at]eaa32[dot]org for more information and updates.

Concerns or questions about weather condition on Young Eagle flight days, call 636-250-4257 after 8am the morning of the event. Merit Badge session will be held rain or shine.

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  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 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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