New Events for 8/15/2011

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.

New Secular Homeschooling Group forming in St. Charles County

We are an inclusive group of parents happily teaching our children at home using secular curricula/methods. We respect everyone’s choices about faith, likely teach evolutionary science, and want to network with other like-minded parents.

You can access information about the group and it’s planned activities in 2 ways right now. The best way is through the closed facebook group: Please send with your request to join a message telling us what area you live in and the ages of your child(ren). Membership here is by approval only to protect privacy.

The 2nd way is via a yahoo loop:

Less casual conversation here, but we’ll be sure to announce meetup info on the loop as well.

If you have any questions about the group at all, please contact Teri: terieddy AT mac DOT com or via facebook private message: We have a very nice number of families already participating… the more the merrier!


It’s that time again! Dance will be starting soon! Hurry and register now to save a spot in class. All you have to do is call 314-537-0251 or email lindi{at}

The new fall 2011 schedule is available for viewing at:

I can’t wait to start dancing again and look forward to hearing from all of you! I have lots of fun plans for this new year and am excited to dance with your children.

Miss Lindi

Owner and Artistic director – Studio Forte


CHECK (Christian Homes Educating Christ’s Kids) Co-op has a main focus of elementary age classes and field trips.   Below is a list of the classes that will be available this fall. For more information on this group go to:   Classes begin Friday, September 9.

>>Registration for CHECK co-op classes will be held on Friday August 26 from 10am-12pm at Faith Community Church, 4824 Scotsdale Blvd., House Springs, MO 63051

Fall 2011 co-op Classes:

First hour 10am-11am

Pre-school – session 1

Teachers-Kerri Brown & Kristi Kelley

Pre-school Class Description:

Each week we will focus on discovering all we can about a specific topic using books, videos, music, and always a craft to reinforce our learning. Topics vary from things like “Our Bodies” to “Tadpoles.” Cost: $5.00 semester/per student

K-4th grade – P.E.

Teachers- Amanda Schnable & Rachelle Bicklein

P.E. Class Description:

This semester’s PE class will be mostly outdoors (we will only be inside if weather is too cold and/or rainy), please dress child in tennis shoes and appropriate attire for being outdoors. Stretching, push ups, sit ups, jumping jacks will be our warm up material for every class. Children will be learning the basic skills for playing the game of basketball in October (if your family has a basketball at home, please bring it to both classes in October). We will also complete the skills necessary for our children to receive the Presidents Physical Fitness Award from at the end of our classes. Water bottles will be provided for each child.

Cost of class: $3.00 semester/per student

8 -12 years old – Financial Stewardship Class

Teachers- Alora Thomas & Tam Zimmerman

The Secret of Handling Money…God’s Way

Class Description:

We are going to go back to the basics to the One who made it all, to learn how HE intends for us to use our money as a tool. Too many people make money their idol and it controls their lives, when God desires for us to honor Him with the way we handle it. We’ll be using a student workbook (the main expense of the course) with lessons on earning, saving, giving, and spending money….God’s way.

Cost: $15

6-12th grade – Abeka Science

Teachers – Vicki Marks & Kim Schamburg

Title of class: Preparing A Science Project

Description: In Preparing A Science Project we will guide your 6th thru 12th grade students through a Science Fair Project…. They will Conduct a Scientific Investigation , Write the Science Research Paper, Prepare A Science Fair Exhibit, and Deliver an Oral Presentation. This will be a fast paced, labor intensive class. We will be using the ABeka Text “Science in Action”. There will be outside homework that will need to be maintained to receive the greatest benefit of the class. The class meets 8 times, but work will require a minimum of 16 weeks. The fee is $20 for your first child enrolled, this will include the text/ shipping/handling and a few visual aids. Each additional sibling would be $5 (they can share the text). Additional costs will vary depending on the price of the materials needed to complete their individual projects.

Second Hour – 11:05am-12:05pm

Pre-school- Session 2

Teachers- Jennifer Ryan & Dawn Rendleman

Helper- Nancy Clark

Pre-school Class Description:

Our class will be focusing on developmentally appropriate activities to focus on the seven days of creation. Throughout the 8 weeks, we will be creating a lapbook for each child as well as doing songs, crafts and stories that help them to learn what God created on each day. Cost of class: $5.00 semester/per student

K-4th grade – Manners & Etiquette

Teachers- Cathy Lirette, Liz Downer & Jamie Sarver

Class Description:

Manners & Etiquette Class

In this class we will teach the children what manners are, why they are important and how to use them on a daily basis. This includes social skills, table & telephone manners, politeness, conversation, and more. Children in this class will be required to refer to adults as either as Mr. or Mrs. or sir and maim. They will also be required on one of the days to wear nice outfit (shirt and slacks for boys and dresses for girls). Class fee- $ 5.00

3rd grade-up – Sewing Basics

Teacher- Shelby Lindsey

Helpers – Jane Lorenz

Sewing Basics Class Description:

Recommend age: 8 years or older; however, if your child took Lisa Bader’s beginner sewing class, he/she may join us and brush up on learned skills AND learn new skills.

We will complete 6-7 NEW hand-sewn projects learning safety rules, sewing terms, fabric differences, threading needles, knotting your thread, running stitch and whipstitch, sewing on buttons, creating a casing, tracing and cutting a pattern, using stuffing and more.

Each child will need a cardboard box with a lid for the first class, September 9th. Children will decorate and fill their sewing kit boxes at our first class (supplies included in class fee). The children will be responsible for bringing their sewing kits back to each class. Cost of class: $7.00 semester/per student

5th -8th P.E.

Teacher- Holly Neely & Trish Shackelford

P.E. class description:

Kickball will be the main event in this class for 5th through 8th grade. Weather permitting, we will play the game every class. Please dress accordingly. If we are inside, we will also work towards achieving the Presidents Physical Fitness Award from Water bottles will be provided for each student.

Cost of class: $3.00 semester/per student

>>Please Note: There is a $10.00 family registration fee that will be used to offset the cost of parties, supplies, etc.

SCCHE New Homeschool Workshop

6:30 – 7:15 pm, August 23

First Baptist St. Peters, 3533 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters MO   63376

Veterans Barb Leiber and Nikki Layer will talk about homeschooling in Missouri and will help you on the road to homeschooling.  You will have time to talk to the folks at the sign up tables after your workshop is over.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to sit in on one of the seminars following the class if you choose to.


Youth and/or Youth & Adult Homeschoolers Winter Bowling League

When? Wednesday mornings beginning September 7th

Time? 10 a.m.

Where? Imperial Bowl, 6045 West Outer Road, Imperial, MO 63052

How much? $5.00 per week; this includes shoe rental

Contact? Ed and Nancy Ockrassa, tinmop26{at} or 314-537-4771

>The price is surely right–where else could you get 3 games of bowling plus your shoes for just $5.00????  No where that I know of!

>The location is awesome–yes, Imperial sounds far away but it really is not.  Imperial Bowl is seconds from the Highway 55 exit and just minutes from south county mall!  I live in the heart of south city and it only takes me about 20 minutes to get to the bowling lanes.

>You don’t have to be a good bowler–this league is designed to be fun.  We have teams made up of all family members, teams of boys, teams of girls, and even a team with a kid in a wheelchair (guess who?  Yep, Jesse Mullins)  You can come in as a whole team or add on to another group.

>No, the bowling establishment is not smoke-free, but there is no one bowling but us till noon when the seniors come in, so I have not noticed a real smoky problem.

>You can drop off  your children or stay and chat with other moms and dads who choose to wait and cheer their bowlers on!

Our new season begins September 7th and we’d love to have new bowlers.  Can’t come every week?  That’s OK, we understand.  (But, of course, that could hurt your chances for winning the big trophies at the end of the year, but it’s still OK with us.)


Charmette Academy of Dance and Acrobatics

7922 Croydon. Saint Louis, MO 63123. (314) 962-2002

Tuesday 10am, Wednesday 11am

Here is their class list for this year:

>Referred by a homeschool family that has been happy taking classes there for 3 years.


Computer Classes will be held for homeschoolers at Cliff Cave Library this school year.  Here are a few bits of information families may want to know.

Any homeschoolers can register for and attend these classes; you do not have to be a resident of St. Louis county or even live in Missouri — Illinois families, etc. are welcome to join in on this opportunity.

There will be an Introductory Session on August 18 at 2:00 at the Cliff Cave branch on Telegraph Rd. for all who are interested in the computer classes that will be held there this school year.  Please bring your questions, suggestions, expectations, etc. to share during this session.  Carol Horn, the instructor, plans to have a survey for families to fill out to help her plan her classes to best meet the needs and hopes of the participants.  —  It would really help Carol to know about how many people plan to attend this initial session (not just the number of families but about how many people from each family will be in attendance) so she can reserve a meeting room if the number exceeds what will fit in the computer lab. If families interested in attending that August session can email me (rlkt{at}sbcglobal{dot}net), and tell me how many will be with them, I will give Carol that estimated count. — For future classes, families will just register through the library.

It is planned at this time for classes to be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:00 – 3:00pm.  It will be decided after the Introductory Session just how those days will be used, i.e., newer-to-computer users one day and more advanced users the other day; the same computer topic taught both days (part 1 and part 2) and open to every level; two different topics taught each day of each month and open to all levels; etc. – bring you thoughts and ideas to the August session.  The branch manager at Cliff Cave, Jamar Rahming, also offered to have multiple sessions on each of the two Thursdays if the response to these classes is large enough to warrant it  (FYI:  there are 12 computers in the library’s computer lab.)

The address for the Cliff Cave Branch is 5430 Telegraph Road • St. Louis, MO 63129.  The county library system’s contact number is (314) 994-3300.

Saint Charles Community College (SCCC) Lego League Team forming

Melissa Welby discolover1970{at} on behalf of Amy Fitzwilliam

Here are the final details for the SCCC Lego League Team.  The team still has some openings.  If you are interested, please contact Amy Fitzwilliam ASAP.

Lego League Team- Tuesday’s August 23-November 15 from 12pm-2pm  $183.75

If you want to learn more about Lego League Teams, here are some websites you can go to:

Thank you! I hope we can do this, it’s so great for the kids to learn math, science, team cooperation skills, and at the same time having fun with Lego’s.

Amy Fitzwilliam

St. Charles Community College




Limited Engagement

10am to 6pm daily

800 Market Street, St. Louis, MO. 63101

One of the world’s most famous inventors will be showcased in Downtown St. Louis:  The Da Vinci Machines Exhibition opens August 4th, and runs through October 31st at Bank of America Plaza at 800 Market Street.  Explore the mind of one of the greatest geniuses of all time, with this exhibition of hand-crafted interactive and working machines will be brought to life as Leonardo Da Vinci intended.  Over 60 machines will be on display, and the collection features replicas of the major and most striking inventions from the original Renaissance Man.  The main features on display include the “bicycle”, “spring powered car”, “hang glider” and the “air screw”, a precursor to the helicopter and for the first time in North America, the DaVinci Mechanical Lion, a robot lion that was given as a gift to the King of France.  The Da Vinci Machines Exhibition is on loan from the Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci in Museum in Florence, Italy, and is sponsored by The Riverfront Times.  For ticket pricing and more information, visit

*Battle Of Leasburg Reenactment

October 1st – October 2nd, 2011

Civil War Battle Relics, Arts & Period Crafts

Food, Drink & Entertainment

Ozark Outdoors Riverfront Resort, Leasburg, MO.

Directions from I-44:  Take Hwy H 5-1/2 miles to the Meramec River bridge. Cross over bridge and continue on Cave Road for 1/4 miles. Turn left at Ozark Outdoor Lane.

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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