New Events for 9/1/11

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.

St. Charles Secular Homeschoolers

Group Park Days

August 25th: 1pm @ Legacy Park in Cottleville

August 31st: 12pm @ Blanchette Park in St. Charles

Sept. 8th: 1pm @ Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville

Sept. 14th: 10am @ Ft. Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon

Sept. 21st: 12pm @ City Centre Park (RecPlex) in St. Peters

Sept. 28th: 10am @ Boulevard Park in Lake St. Louis

Oct. 6th: 1pm @ Spencer Creek Park in St. Peters

Anyone interested in more information can go to or email us at secuarhomeschoolsociety[at]gmail[dot]com


Please click the link below to visit the available museums of choice on 9/24 only.

Please pass on to family & friends!  (Good all over the US.)

TeenPact Leadership Schools

Changing Lives to Change the World

Registration for the 2012 TeenPact State Classes opens on September 1st!  This year we will hold dynamic, hands-on government and leadership classes in 38 states. We are excited about the opportunity to help students become active citizens and grow stronger in their walk with God.  Our mission is to train youth through these classes to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things.

It’s a hands-on government class at your state capitol.

(1 day class for ages 8-12; 4 day class for ages 13-19)

Missouri’s class will be March 5-9, 2012 in Jefferson City, Missouri.


Double Early Bird Discount: Register by September 30th to take advantage of our combined discount for a total of $30 per student for the Four-Day class! (This includes the Early Bird Discount detailed below)

Early Bird Discount: If you register at least 60 days before your class, you’ll receive $15 off your Four Day tuition.

Presidential Discount: Receive $15 off if you qualify for our Presidential Discount!  Please check our fees page for more information. If you are eligible, you will need to provide the coupon code during checkout to receive the discount.

Group Discount: If you register a group of 10 or more first-time students you will receive a volume discount of $20 per student. Please contact the TeenPact office for more information.  Discounts may be combined.

If you would like more information on the Missouri class, please send me an email at

In His Service,

Beth Blunk, Missouri State Coordinator

TeenPact Leadership Schools

The group discounts are for first time students only!

>To receive a group discount, every student who is eligible needs to be properly registered -individually – with at least the minimum deposit paid. (1 Day class students will need to pay the full amount)

>After everyone is registered, the group organizer needs to send Paul Martin ( a list of all the students names (first and last) and the email address used to register them for the event. After that the group discount will be applied to their accounts.

>1 Day students and 4 Day students may NOT be combined to form a group.

(It could be you with a group of your own, or you could contact me and I’ll be the group organizer for St. Louis.)

Also, there is a long list of ideas/suggestions as to how students can raise their own tuition. If you are in need of this information please contact me. And lastly as you consider going, remember there is homework to complete before class.

Elementary Enrichment Classes at the Salvation Army

We are so excited that Becca Hubbard is able to teach elementary enrichment classes at the Salvation Army again this year! Her classes will not begin until the week of September 13 and/or 16 (the week after P.E. and Homelink begin) so you still have plenty of time to sign up. Her two new classes this year are: Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!  America’s Patriotic Songs and Symbols AND Let’s Visit the Planets!

The classes are geared for ages 6 –12 and the possible times are designed to correspond with the P.E. classes offered in the same building. You do not have to be a P.E. student to take her classes. Becca will decide what class is offered (what age, topic and time slot) based on interest. There are countless possibilities and combinations of classes!

Becca needs six students to form a class. If you are interested in either class on Tuesdays or Thursdays, contact Becca Hubbard at cbhubbard[at]htc[dot]net or 618-281-4944 and let her know the age of your student and what day and time would

Feel free to email if you have any questions about these classes or any others that SHARE offers.

Hope many of you can participate!  Kerrie Tate kertatehomelnk[at]aol[dot]com

Possible times for Becca’s classes:


11:00 am  – 12:00 noon

12:00 – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 2:00 pm


9:45 – 10:45 am

11:00 am – 12:00 noon

12:00 – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 2:00 pm

>>This is Becca Hubbard’s fourth year teaching enrichment classes for S.H.A.R.E. Becca has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois. Her twenty-five years of teaching experience have encompassed pre-K through adult education, the majority of those years in full-time elementary classrooms. She has tutored in a variety of subjects at Sylvan Learning Center and privately. She is married to Homeschool P.E. teacher Cort Hubbard.

>>Course descriptions for Becca’s 2011 classes:

Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!  America’s Patriotic Songs and Symbols
We’ll learn the history of how our flag, the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and Uncle Sam came to be; plus the stories behind the Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, God Bless America and more!

Let’s Visit the Planets!  We’ll take a tour through the solar system with a project or hands-on experiment accompanying each plane

>>Becca’s classes at the Salvation Army run for one semester beginning on Tuesday, September 13 or Thursday, September 15. They are located  at the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel Building, 824 Union Rd., St. Louis Mo., 63123. The classes will run for 13 weeks, until the week of December 13 and 15. There will be no classes on November  22 or 24 because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The class is one hour per week. The same class can be offered multiple times.

>>To register for the classes, please contact Becca Hubbard at cbhubbard[at]htc[dot]net or 618-281-4944 and let her know the age of your student and which class you might be interested in – and on what day at which time.  If Becca gets 6 students she will form an “official” class.

>>Becca attempts to coordinate her classes with the Homeschool P.E. classes that are going on at the same time.  She is also trying to coordinate with the Homelink elementary classes at St. Andrew (only 5 minutes away). There is age flexibility in both Becca’s classes and the P.E. classes.

>>For more information on Homeschool P.E., contact Cort Hubbard at Cort_Hubbard[at]usc[dot] or go to the SHARE website at  and click on “SAL P.E. Classes 2011” link on the left sidebar.

>>Cost of the classes is $75 per semester ($65 plus a $10 materials fee). Full payment is due on the first day of class, but families can work out a payment plan with Becca if necessary. Payment plan must be decided before the first day of class so valuable class time is not wasted.

>>Becca has designed her own curriculum for Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue! America’s Patriotic Songs and Symbols and Let’s Visit the Planets! There will be no curriculum purchase required. Stay tuned for an update on school supplies needed for the classes (binder, pencils, markers, pen, etc.).

>>Because of space limitations, it’s best not to have parents and siblings in the classroom (unless you are an “official” helper). We’ve tried to have an “open” classroom before and it gets very crowded and noisy. If your child is scared to go in, you can stay for a little while in the beginning and then perhaps wait outside the door in the hallway. If you have small children with you, they cannot “hang out” unattended in the hallway. The Salvation Army is a VERY busy place and we have to follow their hallway rules. Parents of students in Becca’s classes have permission from the Salvation Army to go into the nursery (next door to the classroom) with their preschoolers, toddlers and babies. The nursery is not for school age children. If you have school age children, you can wait with them in the nearby fellowship hall or outside. Or – they can take P.E. classes or classes offered nearby at Homelink (See contact info above).

>>Parents can leave the Salvation Army building during class, but please make sure that Becca has your cell phone number. It is also a good idea to have a “designated adult” that your child can go to in an emergency.


Thursday, September 8, 7:00 pm
Ward Stare, conductor
Art Hill, Forest Park
SMITH/arr. Sousa/Damrosch   The Star-Spangled Banner
GLINKA   Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture
J. STRAUSS, JR.  An der schönen blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), op. 314
MAHLER   Second Movement from Symphony No. 1 in D major
BEETHOVEN   Finale from Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21
BERNSTEIN/arr. Peress   “Somewhere” and Mambo from West Side Story
RICHARD M. SHERMAN/arr. Hayman   Selections from Mary Poppins
LISZT/orch. Liszt/Doppler   Excerpt from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in D minor
SAINT-SAËNS   Danse macabre, op. 40
JOHN WILLIAMS   Harry’s Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
STRAVINSKY   Finale from The Firebird
SOUSA   Stars and Stripes Forever
Join us for the annual FREE concert in Forest Park to kick off our 2011-2012 season. All your classical favorites – plus! Enter for your chance to win free tickets, STL Symphony merchandise and more! Concert starts at 7pm and is followed by fireworks in the Grand Basin at the bottom of Art Hill.

Greater Saint Louis Model Association 2011 Extravaganza  

September 24th and 25th

Come watch aircraft of all sizes

See demos of large scale aircraft and awesome 3D performances

Talk to pilots about different aircraft

Fly an aircraft with a pilot on a buddy box system

View large static display of aircraft

Large spectator area

Lots of parking

Concession stand

Lots of flying aircraft

This event is from 9:00am to dusk both days and is located at Buder Park (Hwy 141 and I -44) Valley Park, Mo 63088

Pilot fee $15.00

AMA required

Question or Inquiries email Jon Evans at evansccr[at]yahoo[dot]com ; or Jeff Young at jeff[at]jcyoung[dot]net

Family Medical School Program at St. Louis Science Center

Don’t miss your chance to sign up for our popular Family Med School Basics series!  The fall semester kicks off with the Brain and Nervous System on Saturday, August 27, at 1:30-3:30 pm in the Life Science Lab at the Saint Louis Science Center.  Presented by Washington University Medical School, this human anatomy and health program is perfect for parents and their children, 5th grade and up.  Space is limited, so reserve today!  Other sessions in the series are Heart and Cardiovascular System (Sept. 24), Lungs and Respiratory System (Oct. 29), and Digestive System (Nov. 19).Cost: $8 per person for one session; $30 per person for all 4 sessions (Members get a discounted rate!)Reservations: 314-289-4424More information: 314-289-44723.

Body Worlds and Brain Exhibit

We are looking for a way to reach out to all the Home-school teachers that St. Louis Homeschoolers is involved with.  For the teachers, we would like to offer a free pass to come end view the exhibition to enjoy with their family or make sure the exhibition would be appropriate for their students.  The group rates are $9 per person.  Thank you for your time and please contact me to discuss this further.

Greg Ottinger
Marketing Assistant – St. Louis
Gunther von Hagens BODY WORLDS & The Brain

St. Louis Patriettes Girls’ Basketball Practice and Tryouts

Coach Brehe has scheduled 3 hoops nights before the season starts this year. They will be held at Emmaus Lutheran(2241 S. Jefferson Ave. St. Louis, MO 63104; the gym entrance is actually on Shanendoah, parking is behind the church or on the street). They will run from 6:00-8:00 pm on the following evenings:

Friday – September 2nd
Tuesday – September 13th
Thursday – September 29th

There is no charge to participate. All girls, current Patriettes/ past Patriettes/ potential Patriettes/ or those who just want to play a little basketball are welcome at these activities. Wear appropriate clothing for basketball and bring your own ball and water bottle if possible.

>>>Tryouts for team placement and team meeting will be held Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 8:30 am at Emmaus Lutheran. There are no cuts, everyone who wants to play will be placed on a team. There are 4 teams available at this time but we can always expand; Junior High, Junior Varsity – League, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.

>>>If you have any questions, please contact Head Coach Gary Brehe at 636-239-1272(evenings) or 618-406-1986(cell).

AIMS/SLU Body Worlds Special Homeschool Program

The AIMS (Adventures in Medicine and Science) staff at SLU is teaming up with the Science Center to celebrate the Body Worlds & The Brain exhibit with a special program for homeschoolers!
(NOTE: The schedule for the new 2011-2012 SHARE -sponsored AIMS classes will be out in early September..stay tuned! The class below is sponsored by the Science Center, not SHARE)
The Incredible Human Body: A 3-D Look into How Your Body Works
This exciting program provides a unique opportunity for homeschool families to examine the internal workings of the human body in 3-D! Utilizing a state-of-the-art operating microscope and a fully dissected human cadaver, an anatomy specialist will guide participants through a visual tour of the major organs and body systems and lead a discussion of some medically important disease processes. During this presentation by the Adventures in Medicine and Science outreach program of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, participants will view the body in sections and learn how the various organs and systems interact to form the fully-functional human body. After the 3-D tour of the human body, Saint Louis University medical students will facilitate several engaging hands-on activities for participants.
Cost: $10 per person (ALL in attendance must have a ticket, including parent chaperones)
Location: SLU’s Young Hall at 3839 Lindell, St. Louis Mo., 63138
Age Group: Homeschool Students, ages 12 and older
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 1 p.m.
Program Length: 2 hours
To register for this class call the Science Center registration line at 314-289-4424. For questions, contact Amanda Tinnin at or 314-289-1459.

Homeschool Convention Resources

Here is just another source of receiving some encouraging words and great information.  Maybe you can start planning now for a fun road trip.   It looks great!

LEGO Smart Creativity Contest

This year LEGO® Education is offering home educators the chance to WIN BIG by showing us how you engage students with LEGO Education solutions!

The 2011 LEGO Smart Creativity Contest is all about creativity, innovation, and hands-on learning!

We want you to think beyond the books and focus on the power of the brick!

That’s why in 150 seconds or less, we challenge you to . . . Create a video that showcases how you use LEGO Education solutions to spark student innovation!

To register as a contestant for the 2011 LEGO Smart Creativity Contest, visit  and complete the online registration form. Registrations will be accepted until October 14, 2011.

As an added bonus, the first 2,000 homeschool contestants will receive a FREE contest LEGO Smart Kit with an exclusive contest challenge card inside!

One Grand Prize winner and five Segment winners will be selected. Prizes will consist of LEGO Education gift certificates valued at $2,500 for segment winners and $5,000 for the Grand Prize winner. Additionally, all winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Education STEM Summit hosted by LEGO Education in St. Louis, MO, on November 16, 2011.

For contest specifics, including a contest FAQ and downloadable how-to guide, visit .

If you have any questions or need additional details about the 2011 LEGO Smart Creativity Contest, please e-mail

Good luck!

LEGO Education

*Fall Home School Days at the Creation Museum

Summer is almost over, and I’m sure your Homeschool classes will soon be back in full swing.  One of the best ways to reinforce what you are teaching in the home (in Science, History, Bible, and more) is to take a trip to the Creation Museum (located in the Greater Cincinnati area).

The Creation Museum presents a unique and unparalleled experience, a walk through time portraying significant, life-altering events from the past, illuminating the effects of biblical history on our present and future world.  Be prepared to experience history in a completely unprecedented way.  Our state-of-the-art exhibits, Stargazer’s planetarium, life-sized dinosaur animatronics and beautiful outdoor gardens with paved walking trails and petting zoo make this an exciting addition to every homeschool curriculum.

For the months of September and October (Sept. 1 – Oct. 27), the Creation Museum will be running special pricing just for Homeschool families.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday’s are Homeschool Days. Admission to the Museum is only $12 for adults (13 and up) and $8 for children (5-12).  The Stargazer’s Planetarium is also specially priced at only $5.

To take advantage of this special Homeschool offer, please present the PDF you can access here: at the Creation Museum on the day of your visit.  This pricing is ONLY available with the PDF coupon.

>>As a special bonus, when your admission tickets are printed, they will be coded with the word “BLUE.”  Simply present your tickets in Noah’s Cafe or the Dragon Hall Bookstore to receive a 5% discount on all purchases.  The ticket must be presented at the time of purchase.

Please pass this along to any, and all, homeschooling families you know. This is not a group rate.  It is available to ALL Homeschool families

If you have any questions at all regarding the Fall Homeschool Days, contact Eddie Lutz at 859-240-6642 or email elutz[at]creationmuseum[dot]org



Pre-K through 8th grade boys & girls are invited to register for Flag Football or Cheerleading.

The games will be played at Country Club Community in Imperial, Missouri.  The cost is $10 per player for flag football or cheerleading.

Onsite registration will be held at Country Club Community Church, 3952 Birch St., Imperial on Aug. 30 from 5:30 – 6:30, Sept. 1 from 5:30 – 6:30 & Sept. 6 from 5:30 – 6:00.

You may also register online and find more information about the league at

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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