New Events for 9/19/11

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; found at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

Explore Marvelous Migrations!

Join us on Wednesday, September 21st at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary from 10:00 – 12:00 as we explore Marvelous Migrations!

We will showcase a few examples of animals that go the distance, take a trail walk to scout any animal travelers moving through the sanctuary on fall migration, and finish up with a migration mobile craft to take home.

Location: Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, Mo. 63386

Fee: $3 per child (kids under 3 are free)

Please pre-register by calling Jane at (636)899-0090 or sending an email to jdrake[at]audubon.or[dot]  Let me know your name and number of children attending per family.


Thursday, September 22nd – 12:30pm-1:15pm

Clarkson Studio: 14353 Manchester Rd.

Ages: Elementary-College

Cost: $5 at the door

All current BOTD students: FREE!

E-mail to reserve a space: info[at]

Don’t miss this special visit from BOTD veteran & St. Louis Christian performer, Chris O’Brien, who will be entertaining & sharing acting techniques!  Chris is a current student at Lindenwood University and intern for Stages St. Louis.

Patriot Basketball Camp/Tryout

The St. Louis Patriots Homeschool Boys Basketball Team is pleased to announce an upcoming basketball camp/tryout for homeschool boys in grades 7 through 12 on Thursdays, September 22 and 29, at Parkway South Middle School.

Thursday, September 22 and 29

6-7:45PM grades 7-8

7:45-9:30PM grades 9-12

Parkway South Middle School, 760 Woods Mill Road, Ballwin, MO 63011

The Patriot coaches will be leading the camp/tryout and there will be time for skill development and scrimmage.  This event is free.

Please pre-register via email to mjmaichel[at]sbcglobal[dot]net with –

player’s name, birthdate, grade, parents’ names, address, and cell and home phone numbers.

Players need to bring a basketball, water bottle, a dark shirt and a white shirt for scrimmaging.

Our number of team openings varies from year to year.  We will be using this camp as a tryout to fill openings on our squads.  Last year we had five squads:

2 Junior High for 7th and 8th grades  (One is a shorter season of about 10 games in a league.)

2 Junior Varsity high school levels  (One is a shorter season of about 10 games in a league.)

1 Varsity high school level

We hope to hear from you.


4-H Horsemanship Clinics

Dreamcatcher’s 4-H Horse Project group is offering a ten hour, week long course to introduce new riders to the basic techniques and theory involved in caring for, training, and riding horses. The clinic is held from Monday-Friday, September 26-30 or October 24-28, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. Cost: $85 (20% discount for siblings). During this course, students will have the opportunity to groom, lead and ride a horse. They will be taught basic safety in both working on the ground with their horse and when mounted. They will be introduced to theory which will cover horse anatomy, parts of tack, and basic management practices. Each session is open to students ages 8-18. Students will be enrolled in 4-H as a part of participating in the course. Our farm is located off Highway 30 near Cedar Hill , Missouri . For more information, please contact Wendy Miller at mailto:JessexCrew[at]aol[dot]com or 314-3four1-5300.

A College Prep Home Education meeting

Prerequisites for College Admissions and High School Graduation with an Optional Planning Workshop

Where: The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO

When: Monday, September 26, 2011 (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

This meeting will provide valuable foundational information for providing a college prep home education for your high school student.  The information presented will include specific prerequisites required for admission into college, and how to plan a tentative schedule to fulfill the requirements, plus how to provide a quality education for the classes that the home educator is uncomfortable teaching.

An optional 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.

The meeting is free and open to all home educators in the St. Louis and surrounding areas.

Questions: Vickie and Bob Weller 636-458-5865 or collegeprep[at]earthlink[dot]net

Falling in Love with Your Family Again Week

Presented by Franklin County Christian Home Educators Fellowship

Reb and Bev Bradley

Friday, September 30, 7:00 pm – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 1, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Washington

111E. 14th Street

Washington, MO  63090

Admission: $10.00 per person, $25 family maximum in advance. Must be received by September 24, 2011. Make checks payable to Franklin County CHEF, and mail to Kathy Henkel, 1001 Old Cove Road, St .Clair, MO 63077

At the door: $15 per person, $35 family maximum.

Reb Bradley, father of 6, is a pastor who ministers to the Body of Christ at large. Reb has been a radio counselor and talk show host, and as a writer and national conference speaker he works diligently to strengthen the modern Christian family. He conducts seminars and teaches extensively on issues related to marriage, fatherhood, child training, and single Christian living. Reb is most noted for his bestselling book Child Training Tips: What I Wish I Knew When My Children Were Young. Reb and his wife, Beverly, have taught all six of their children at home, with three now grown and three still at home.

Beverly Bradley, Reb’s wife and mother of 6, devotes herself to raising her remaining two children, and allows time to disciple wives and mothers according to Titus2:4-5. She is a powerful communicator, and a popular speaker at women’s gatherings. She is also the teacher on the television show “Moments With Moms.” Committed to teaching the Word of God without compromise, she speaks with sensitivity, humor, and biblical wisdom in addressing issues related to motherhood, marriage, and home schooling. Her frank, transparent style leaves her listeners challenged, yet hopeful in their walks with Christ. Many, in fact, have described Bev’s ministry as “absolutely life changing.”


The Clarkson School of Irish Dance in Manchester, MO is offering a Beginner Homeschool Class on Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, September 20 from 1:30-2:30pm. Cost is $35 a month for 4 lessons. September fees will be $17.50 for 2 classes.

It is really one of the best Irish dance schools anywhere and is now the largest in the state.  Irish dance is a lot of fun and a great workout.  Please pass this along to any other group in the area.  The website for the school is

Annual Scottish Games & Cultural Festival

Friday, Sept. 30 – Gates open 5-10pm

Saturday, Oct. 1 – Gates open 8:30am-6pm

Friday Evening – Sept. 30, 2011

Gates open at 5pm

Calling of the Clans (registration) begins at 5pm

Ceremonies start at dusk (~6:40pm)

~6:45pm: Welcome

~6:50pm: Songs and Music of Scotland

~7:15pm: Torchlight Ceremony & Calling of the Scottish Clans

~7:45-10:45pm: Concert in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent

~8-9pm: Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse

~9-10pm: Ed Miller, Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse

Saturday – Oct. 1, 2011

8:30am: Gates Open

9:15am: Raising of the Flags & Official Opening Ceremony. Jill Chambless sings the National Anthem.

Followed by all day ceremonies, music, athletics, dancing, pipebands, sheepdog demonstrations, history, storytelling and more, including:

10-10:45am: Mitzi MacDonald & Keltic Reign – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

11-11:45am: Duddy Breeks – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

11:50am-12:30pm: Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

12:30pm: Parade of Tartans. Ed Miller, featured singer.

1:30-2:15pm: Peat Fire Flame – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

2:30-3:15pm: Ed Miller – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

3pm: Tug-of-War – Athletic Field

3:30-4:15pm: Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

4:30pm: Awards and Closing Ceremony. Ed Miller, featured singer.

5-6pm: Ed Miller, Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

6:00pm: Scottish Games of 2011 Over

Throughout Saturday

Highland dancing, Piping, drumming and massed pipebands, Heavy athletic competitions, Sheep herding demonstrations, Livestock, Scottish dogs, falcons and other birds of prey demonstrations, British car exhibition, History and storytelling, Children’s activities and the Loch Ness (Nessie) Monster, Scottish and American food, beverages and merchandise, Food and beverages available from a range of vendors.


For more information, including ticket prices, go to:

FREE Electoral College Map

C-SPAN is delighted to offer our brand new Electoral College Map poster for classrooms. This large wall poster has been updated based on the 2010 census and includes information about the Electoral College, historical election results, and key dates leading up to the 2012 presidential election that can jumpstart a variety of lessons and fit a wide range of subject matters and grade levels.

>>>FREE of charge to C-SPAN Classroom members<<<

(Limit of one poster per member and only available to members with an address inside the continental U.S.A.)

To reserve yours, simply log-in to your account and click on “Get Offer” using the link below:

Stossel in the Classroom 2012 DVD

John Stossel from ABC, best known for his “Give Me a Break” segments, is giving away his newest DVD called Stossel in the Classroom 2012.

Use segments from John Stossel’s television programs—specially selected by John for the classroom—to spark thoughtful, engaging, curriculum-driven class discussions. (Homeschoolers qualify for this freebie!)

Here’s what you get free with the 2012 EDITION STOSSEL IN THE CLASSROOM DVD: FREE 51-minute DVD, which includes nine segments from John Stossel television programs, chosen and edited specifically for the classroom.

In the 2012 Edition DVD are:

>Earned Success: What makes people happy? Is it money? What role does success play? This segment looks at entrepreneurship, happiness, and the American Dream.

>Cash for Clunkers: Do government programs always help? Do the outcomes match the promises? What about the unseen, unintended results? This segment looks at the Cash for Clunkers program, and its results.

>Minimum Wage: Why would anyone oppose a minimum wage? Don’t all workers deserve to be paid fairly? Don’t we need someone to protect workers from being taken advantage of? Is there a downside to minimum wage laws? Are there unintended consequences even to the well-intentioned minimum wage? Whom do such laws help? Whom do they hurt? This segment looks at the minimum wage and some unanticipated results.

>Title IX: Are you opposed to sexism? Shouldn’t men and women be treated equally? Isn’t fairness a virtuous goal? Don’t we all believe in fairness? Doesn’t Title IX simply prohibit discrimination based on sex? Can good laws have bad results? This segment looks at Title IX and some unintended consequences.

>Immigration: Why do people come to America? Isn’t America a cesspool of crass commercialism and greedy, materialistic people? What’s so great about America that while we criticize it and try to change it, millions of immigrants struggle to come here? This segment looks at the pursuit of happiness in America.

>Entrepreneurship: Why is America so prosperous? Is it our natural resources? Or is it something more? Perhaps it’s because America is a good place for entrepreneurs. This segment looks at entrepreneurship in America.

>Free Speech: Should people be allowed to offend each other? Criticize each other’s views, religion, even race? Should the government protect us from offensive speech, or protect offensive speakers? How important is free speech in a free society? How unique is freedom of speech in the world? This segment looks at free speech in America and some other countries.

>Native Americans: Shouldn’t the government help Native Americans? Isn’t that the least they can do after taking their land? Government help does help, right? This segment looks at the plight of Native Americans.

>Live Free or Die: Is our government on an unsustainable spending spree? Does it regulate too much? And does anyone really even care? This segment looks at government debt, spending, and regulation, and advancing the cause of liberty.

There is also a free downloadable and printable Teacher Guide  with suggested discussion topics, worksheets, quizzes, and activities for your classroom to supplement your “2012 Edition” video segments.

Order your free DVD

2o11 is also still available.

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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