New Events for 8/22/11

Remember to visit the website often, 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.


Time is closing in on the 2011 Craft Fair!

When?     October 22, 2011.   10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where?   The Fair will be held in the gym at

West County Assembly of God

13431 N. Outer 40 Rd.

Chesterfield, MO, 63017

It is time to send in your reservation and be working on those crafts! Jewelry, knitted or sewn items, baked items (wrapped), greeting cards, carvings, bird feeders, recipes in a jar . . . the ideas are endless!

The Craft Fair is open to all area homeschool families.  Check out the website, for more information or email Aleea McDonald at craftfair.2011{at}gmail{dot}com

The registration form can be found at

Looking forward to seeing your face in the crowd!

A College Prep Home Education

To better meet the needs of parents desiring to home educate their children through high school, a monthly support group meeting is being offered on the fourth Monday of each monthat The Pillar Foundation (15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Each month will discuss a different topic pertaining to college preparation and applying for college.

The goal of these meetings is to provide the nuts and bolts home educators need to feel confident to continue home educating their students through high school.

Some of the topics will be of interest to parents of junior high age students who are planning ahead and all topics will be of interest to parents of high school students who are preparing for college.  There will be an open question and answer session at the end of each meeting.

Questions: Vickie and Bob Weller 636-458-5865  vweller1[at]mindspring[dot]com

Tentative Schedule 2011 – 2012

September 26: Prerequisites For High School Graduation And College Prerequisite Requirements With An Optional Planning Workshop:

This meeting will cover specific prerequisites and how to plan a tentative schedule to fulfill the requirements plus how to provide a quality education for classes that the home educator is uncomfortable teaching.  A planning workshop will follow the meeting to help families lay out a tentative schedule to fulfill high school requirements.  Bring course titles of high school classes your student has completed or will complete this year.

October 24: Transcripts And High School Resumes For College:

Includes how to develop a transcript, what to include, how to calculate GPA, how many hours of school is considered a unit or credit, what to include on a high school resume.

November 28: Scholarship Essay Writing Workshop

For Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors (Limited space is available.  Registration is required. Juniors and seniors will receive priority.  To register send an e-mail with the student’s name, age, grade,e-mail address, and phone number to vweller1[at]mindspring[dot]com)

December: No Meeting

January 23: Scholarships:

(Including scholarship interviewing tips and mock interview practice for interested junior and senior high students.)

February 27: High School Curriculum Review

March 22-24: Greater St. Louis Home Area Home Educators Expo

(Sessions at the EXPO are expected to include ACT Testing, PSAT Testing, SAT Testing, CLEP Testing, DANTES, and AP Testing)

April 23: Post High School Educational Choices

Students will have an opportunity to hear professionals in various careers share information describing their occupational responsibilities, the educational requirements and skills needed for pursuing such a career, and salary ranges for the career.

Errol Flynn in THE SEA HAWK

Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63117

Doors open at 10:30AM – Showtime: 11:00AM

Tickets: $4 (by Mail), $5 at the Door

Ahoy, Mateys!  We have another movie date!  Plan to join us for a day of pirating!  Put on your favorite pirate clothes and your best pirate accent and we’ll have a jolly good time.

AND…..It’ll get you in the spirit for Talk Like a Pirate Day, September 19th.

So act smartly me lass, if I receive your check (only $4.00 a person by mail) by September 16th you will be entered in the drawing for great prizes from the Treasure Chest. Mail to: 7329 Lohmeyer, St. Louis, MO 63143

For more information, contact Jo-Ellen McDonald – 314-645-1372   jo-ellen{at}swbell{dot}net


Great Skate in St. Peters is again offering a Homeschool Skate session the first Friday of the month from 1pm-4pm.  Admission is $5.00 and skate rental is FREE for homeschoolers.  Please add these dates to your calendar and join us for the 2011 Homeschool Skate Friday, September 2; Friday, October 7; Friday, November 4 and Friday, December 2.

Great Skate is located at 130 Boone Hills Drive in St. Peters, 1 block from the Spencer Road Library.  Call 636 441 2530 for more information.


Reinbrook Studios offers art classes for kindergarten through high school students and Workshops for teens and adults. Each 1½ hour art class begins with 15 minutes of art appreciation. Using student participation, a great work is analyzed. Young artists learn to “see” a painting by looking for subject, color, line, shape, texture and emotional response. Linear and aerial perspective, contrast, balance and other principles of art and design are introduced. The remainder of the time is spent doing “hands-on” art projects using various mediums. Special projects such as sculpture, scratch art and pen and ink are taught each semester.

Classes are divided according to age and skill level. Classes will begin September 6th and 7th. Cost is $95.00 plus supply requirements



Ballwin Christian Learning Center – Ballwin Baptist Church

Laura Hecht 636-230-7886


Life Christian Church – South County

Kathy Broaddus 314-941-5355 —– KSB5{at}Charter{dot}net



Dorsett Village Church – Maryland Heights

Marybeth Thomas 314-434-2726 —– mat7270{at}gmail{dot}com

Trinity Church of the Nazarene – Florissant

Kim Quon 314-838-7601 —– kquon{at}netzero{dot}net

For registration information visit


Rick Green of WallBuilders will be speaking on the faith of our founding fathers at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, 8/27, at Wentzville Baptist Church. Going into American History this year in CC, I am excited to take my 5th and 7th graders to hear him speak. Advance tickets are $8, but if I can get a group of 20 or more, we can get a rate of $5 per ticket. Please e-mail me by Aug. 24 if you would be interested in coming with me.

Here is a link to a sample of Rick Green speaking:

I would love to see you there.

Melissa Trippeer   honeybee216[at]sbcglobal[dot]net  314-322-2198

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

WallBuilders Live with speaker Rick Green


7:00 PM; 6:00 PM Doors Open

Tickets available for $8 advance purchase at or

$10 at the door – if available

First Baptist Church, 653 Luetkenhaus Blvd., Wentzville, MO 63385   636-327-8696

Dear Friends,

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 (Neh. 2:17), 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.

“Rick is a down-to-earth, passionate speaker, with a heart that truly seeks to honor and glorify God.

His presentation is inspiring, and his character is even more so. We were blessed to have him come. ”

John Melton, First Baptist Church, Washington, Missouri

“Rick’s presentation changed the way every member of my church approaches the world around them.

People are actually engaging society with the conviction that we are a Christian nation. Thanks!”

Pastor Jeff Devine, Corrigan, Texas

We do hope you will be able to join us for this special evening. You can watch a sample video of Rick here, or find out more about WallBuilders at Please contact me if you have any questions. We would greatly appreciate any help you could provide in promoting this event. We are willing to provide you with posters and bulletin inserts for your church or flyers to share at any of your patriot events. You could also invite people in your email address book or your friends on Facebook. You can find us on Facebook or Freedom Connector as FBCW American Heritage Ministry. I look forward to seeing you all at the event.

DaySpring Homeschool Enrichment Classes in the Arts and Academics Open House & Orientation


9 to 11:30 am

Wednesday, August 31st for MARYLAND HEIGHTS

Friday, September 1st for CRESTWOOD

Open to Everyone! Come see what the coming year holds for our homeschool students Ages 5 thru 14

Come meet teachers. See what students will be doing. Walk through an abbreviated day with your child. Meet other students and parents

The classes will happen in the same order BUT will only be 20 minutes long

See the chart below for times of classes during the Open House/Orientation

9am to 9:20am:  Join us for some Breakfast Snacks & brief introduction of teachers and classes

9:20am to 9:45am………Class Period A

9:50am to 10:10am…. ..Class Period B

10:15am to 10:35am ….Class Period C

10:40am to 11am……… Class Period D

11:05am to 11:25am….. Class Period E

Teachers & staff will be available for you to talk with in the lobby afterwards until 11:30ish

This will also be a time for you to enroll and settle payments at the office, buy tights and leotards…

Below is a list of these enrichment classes. But keep in mind that DaySpring has many other classes in the arts including music lessons in late afternoon & evening as well as the Core program, a 2 day a week program in the core subjects, which is a partnership between parents and teachers. Please call for more info. 314.291.8878 or see our website at

2011 Enrichment Classes at MARYLAND HEIGHTS

Class Period A

BizTown (Personal/Business Finance) Ages 8-12

Drama: Acting Skills Ages 10 and Up

Dragonflies Ballet & Tap Dance Ages 5-6

Musical Theatre Ages 6-12

Space: Astronomy & Astronauts Ages 5-8

Film Class (Process, script, casting, making a movie) Ages 10 and Up

Class Period B

American Girls History Class Ages 8-12

Music Makers (reading, playing, singing music) Ages 9 and Up

Hummingbirds Ballet Dance Ages 3-4

Presidential Fitness/Health Ages 6-9

Art Ages 5-8

Photography Ages 10 and Up

Lego Robotix Ages 10 and Up

Class Period C

StoryBook Puppets Ages 5-8

Lego Engineering Ages 8-12

Spanish for readers and 2nd year students Ages 6-10

Butterflies Ballet and Tap Dance ages 7-11

Drama: Playmakers Ages 5-9

Art Ages 8-10

Journalism (writing for publication)  Ages 10 and Up

Presidential Fitness/Health Ages 10 and Up

Class Period D

Pyramids, Castles, and Palaces History class Ages 5-8

Story Weaver (story writing) Ages 8-12

Music Makers (reading, playing, and singing music) Ages 5-9

Presidential Fitness/Health Ages 10 and Up

Circus Arts First Year Mixed Ages

Art Ages 10 and Up

Beginning Violin Mixed Ages

Class Period E

Circus Arts, Second Year Mixed Ages

Choir Mixed Ages

Advanced Art Ages 13 and Up

2011 Enrichment Classes at CRESTWOOD

Class Period A

Drama: Playmakers Ages 5-9

American Girls History Class Ages 8-12

Art Ages 9 and Up

Spanish First Year Ages 5-9

Circus Arts First Year Mixed Ages

Class Period B

Hummingbirds Ballet Dance Ages 3-4

Story Weaver (story writing) Ages 8-12

Art Ages 5-9

Spanish 2nd year students Ages 9 and Up

Circus Arts 2nd Year Mixed Ages

Pyramids, Castles, & Palaces Ages 5-9

Class Period C

Lego Engineering Ages 8 and Up

Dragonflies Ballet & Tap Dance Ages 5-6

Presidential Fitness/Health Ages 6-9

Musical Theatre Ages 6-12

Space: Astronomy & Astronauts Ages 5-8

Class Period D

Butterflies Ballet and Tap Dance ages 7-11

Music Makers (reading, playing, and singing music) Mixed Ages Presidential Fitness/Health Ages 10 and Up

Lego Robotix Ages 10 and Up

BizTown (Personal/Business Finance) Ages 8-12

Class Period E

Beginning Tap Ages 6 & Up

DaySpring also offers a full array of performing arts, fine arts and music classes all throughout the day and week including Saturday classes.  For a complete listing of all the classes and descriptions of all the enrichment classes please visit our website.

Other Open Houses:

Music Open House Monday, August 29th at 7pm

Performing Arts Blast Tuesday, August 30th at 7pm

The Staff at DaySpring


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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