New Events for 8/25/11

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.

Homeschool PE Program

The Pointe at Ballwin Commons, 1 Ballwin Commons Circle Ballwin, MO 63021 Contact: Chris 636-227-8950 The Pointe is now offering a Homeschool PE program on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. It is comprised of nine monthly sessions of four or five weeks.  The 2011 – 2012 Homeschool PE program begins Wednesday, September 7th. Those interested are encouraged to register at least one week prior the start of the following session. These classes are for the homeschooled student who is looking for an opportunity to learn group sports in a fun and exciting environment.


We are trying to start new gymnastics class at Skymax in Ellisville. The classes will be on Thursdays from 1-2pm for ages 4-7.  The cost is $66.00 per 4 week session, 10% off for additional child enrolled.  Classes would start Thursday Sept. 1st. There is a yearly registration fee of $39 a child or $59 family registration fee.  We just need 2 more kids to start the class. Please call Paul at Skymax if you have any further questions about the class.  Thank you! 636-227-6949 Paul   16241 Westwoods Business Park, Ellisville, 63021

Encouragement for the Homeschool Family

The Encouragement for the Homeschool Family conference will be led by Steve and Teri Maxwell (see ) It will be held at Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St Peters, MO 63376 on Sept 16th, 7-9:30 pm, through Sept 17th, 9am-3pm. There is no cost but a love offering will be accepted to help with the Maxwell’s travels.

For more info email info[at]Titus2[dot]com call 913-303-9776, or call Family Vision at 636-447-6900

To pre register write daveanddebklein[at]yahoo[dot]com

 The Nutcracker Ballet Educational Performances – Discount Rate
Greetings from Missouri Ballet Theatre,
School has just started, but it is time to plan fieldtrips for that wonderful holiday tradition – Missouri Ballet Theatre’s ,”The Nutcracker”, educational performances at The Edison Theatre !
Each December students fill the Edison Theatre from schools all across the St Louis metropolitan area for the annual educational performances of “The Nutcracker” presented by Missouri Ballet Theatre.   MBT provides a study guide that furthers students understanding of the art form and of the show and offers 3 performance times to select from.
Missouri Ballet Theatre is the only professional ballet company in St Louis to offer the full performance (2 hours with intermission) of “The Nutcracker” during a school performance and for only $6.00.  It includes the beautiful “Dance of the Snowflakes” and the dance between the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince.  Missouri Ballet Theatre is happy to provide students the opportunity to experience the “magical” art form of ballet at a bargain price.
The educational performances are on Monday, December 19th at 9:45am; Monday, December 19th at 12:30pm; & Tuesday, December 20th at 10:30am, and only $6.00 per seat (1 free teacher seat for every 10 students) and take place at the Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University.
Missouri Ballet Theatre is a professional ballet company who also cast the children’s roles from students who auditioned and were cast from across the St Louis area.
Missouri Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” Educational Performances are always an early sell out, and MBT needs your reservation/order form and payment returned by Monday, October 17.     >>Email treasure1[at]charter[dot]net for a reservation/ order form.
We look forward to seeing you at the show.
Missouri Ballet TheatreEducation/Outreach Dept. Coordinator

Koinania Valley Ranch

Dear Homeschooling Friends,

Mary Wiltberger here from Koinania Valley Ranch.  I would like to let you know about some things going on this Fall.


Are there any folks who would be interested in having their young people learn about Auto Care?  We are considering starting a CAR CAMP to be held in Fall, Winter and Spring.

If interested email us for more info.  koinania[at]gmail[dot]com


Are there any groups who would like to have a day of fun in the country or perhaps a weekend of fun?  We would like to begin an annual Autumn Days similar to what we do with our Maple Days   Anyone interested in helping with the brainstorming of ideas please call Mary 573-269-4544 anytime after 3:30 pm.


We are dropping our prices for 2 weekends of retreats.  For only 150 per person (regular 175) you can enjoy 3 days and 2 nights of continual scrapbooking in the country with meals included!  The dates are October 28-30 and Nov 4-6.  For groups of 7 ladies or more the retreat planner can attend for 1/2 price or spread the savings across the whole group.  Being a Retreat Planner can be a lot of work as you gather the ladies and their monies and get the info to me. This is why I offer a special incentive to you!  Here is our website

If you don’t know us Duane and I homeschooled our children and now our grandchildren are being homeschooled.  We own Koinania Valley Ranch Family Resort, formerly Koinania Cottages.  We are located 2 hrs SW of St Louis.

Check out our website

Great Godfrey Maze
Fri., Sept. 2, 2011 thru Sun., Oct. 30, 2011
Hours: Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to dusk
Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Ln., Godfrey, IL 62035
Get your kicks at the Great Godfrey Maze! It’s time to go cruising to the finish line as you race your way through two separate mazes cut into a 7-acre cornfield. You may have to yield to oncoming traffic or hit a few detours along the way, but everyone gets a little lost sometimes. Plus, ride on the car train, check out the zip line of play around in the corn crib. Go to and check the calendar for special movie nights, festivities and the haunted maze! Admission is $6 for 12 and up, $4 for ages 6 through 11 and children 5 and under are free. For more information, call (618) 466-1483.

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Tour Columbus’ favorite ships at the Loading Dock in Grafton, Il.  From September 30 – October 9, replicas of the Nina and the Pinta will be on display for touring.  Archeology magazine has called the Nina “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  The cost for touring is $4 per student, with a minimum of 15 students. To schedule a 30 minute guided tour, call the boat directly at (787) 672-2152.


The Agricultural Enrichment Program at the Tri-County Antique Club in Jerseyville has a great educational program for students preschool through Grade 6 to learn about farm life in rural Illinois. Enrichment programs are “Hands-on, hands-in” and give students a glimpse of farm life. During the program, students see antique farm equipment, learn how wheat and cornmeal are made, ride on a wagon, learn to make soap, make and sample homemade butter, pet animals, shell corn, make rope, use old-fashioned wood tools and play games.  Reservations are required, and groups are limited to a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 65. The cost is $3 per child, and one adult is free for every seven kids. Please contact Cindy Gelsthorpe, by email gels7[at]piasanet[dot]com to make your reservation.


Discover history at new heights at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower.  From platforms at 50, 100 and 150 feet, your class will experience the stories of Lewis & Clark, history of the region, watch wildlife roam and view the confluence of two great rivers – the Mississippi & Missouri.  If you book your tour before October 11, 2011, bring 25 students and get 5 free.   Admission is $2 per person.  Please allow 30-45 minutes to tour the site.  Group reservations can be made by calling Becky or Sissy at 1-800-258-6645.


Bring your group to the National Great Rivers Museum and Locks & Dam to meet the Mississippi.  With more than 20 interactive displays, kids will learn how the river has shaped our culture, history, ecology and people of the region.  On the locks & dam tour, groups will be able to go up eight stories on top of the locks and look down on the barges pushing through.  The museum is FREE with a suggested donation of $1.  Allow at least 1 hour to tour the museum; 2 hours for both sites.  Group reservations can be made by calling Becky or Sissy at 1-800-258-6645.  Contact Erin Hilligoss-Volkmann at the museum (618-462-6979) for additional information on outdoor and educational programs offered through the museum.

The Center for American Archeology offers a wide variety of hands-on educational programs for people of all ages, including our Past Lifeways Program (schools & home schools), summer excavation field schools for families, young people, and adults 18-70+, and specialty workshops.  The Visitor Center & Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, May thru October.  Tours are available. Please call (618) 653-4316 for more information.

NEW! Riverlands Audubon Center
The new Riverlands Audubon Center is located in West Alton, MO on the other side of the Clark Bridge.  Come explore the new center and experience the beauty of their 3,700 acre outdoor classroom in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway!  Please look for programming updates on our website at


Experience the Illinois side of the Lewis & Clark story at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Centerand National Trail Site #1 in Hartford, IL.  The museum features five exhibit rooms, the film “At Journey’s Edge” (20 minutes in length), 55-foot full scale “cutaway” keelboat and replica of the Camp River Dubois.  Educational materials are available through the museum.  After visiting the museum, site interpreters are on hand at the fortified Camp River Dubois to explain what life was like for the men as they prepared for the journey.  The sites are FREE with a suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children.  Allow 90 minutes to tour both sites.  New pavilions at the site make this a great location to enjoy your sack lunch! Group reservations can be made by calling Becky or Sissy at 1-800-258-6645.

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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