New Events for 9/22/11

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

The Pillar on Clayton Road will be the venue for a new kind of homeschool speech thing!  There will be a Trilogy of Mini-Tourneys and these five-round gems will be open to all homeschoolers ages 12-18.  They will run from 8am-5pm at The Pillar.  No out-rounds, no meals, no awards (no kidding!).  Just fun, fellowship and feedback for everyone.  Forensics clap for winners.  Results posted to Speechranks.
The whole purpose of such an endeavor is to increase fun and learning for students while decreasing work for moms.  Brown bag your own lunch.  We provide water and snacks.  It’s easy to get involved.  Registration is open for all three tourneys.  We will follow Stoa event rules and dress codes.  Wildcard rules will be out shortly.
COMPETITORS have four steps:
1. Email…Mrs. K to say “I’m in!”
2. Pay…by check to Mrs. K
3. Show…in tourney attire
4. Compete…with integrity
PARENTS have three steps:
1. Judge…someone else’s kid
2. Volunteer…for something
3. Call…or email Jean with questions
Here are the dates:
Oct 7:  Limited Prep (Impromptu, Apologetics, Wildcard Out of the Box)
Nov 4: Platform (Original Oratory, Persuasive, Wildcard Duo Infomercials)
Dec 9: Interp (Duo, Humorous, Wildcard Out of the Box)
Here are the areas where student volunteers are needed:
1. Timing speech rounds (great task for those under 12)
2. Taping up door postings for rounds (who doesn’t like to be issued a roll of tape?!)
Here are the areas where adult volunteers are needed:
1. Tab (low-key and transparent…if you can count, you are qualified)
2. Check-in table (slap a name tag on each student and toss them a water bottle)
3. Snacks (keep the snack bowls full and the water stocked)
4. Filing ballots (knowledge of A-B-C’s helpful)
5. Judging (kind of necessary to have a tourney)
So, hopefully you, or someone you know, will come be a part of this new thing.  It’s low-key (c’mon…just one day!), cheap (only $20 bucks per student, per tourney), and sure to be fun (9-square will make an appearance).
Have a pleasant day and contact me with any questions, registrations, checks or sentiments of “I’ll help!”
Jean Kovatovich jkovatovich[at]gmail[dot]com 314-660-2956

When: March 5, 2012 – Student Visit Day; January 17, 2012 – Parent Training & Curriculum Pick-Up
Where: Junior Achievement, 17339 N. Outer Forty Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005 (Northwest corner of Boone’s Crossing and 64/40)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration begins online on 10/1/2011. Enroll by completing the JA BizTown homeschool enrollment form at or mail the online form to the address above.
First Time Families (binder is required) AND Returning Families that would like a new binder
1 student – $30.00
2 students – $50.00
3 students – $70.00
4 students – $90.00
Returning Families (If binder is not needed – parent brings binder)
1 student – $25.00
2 students – $45.00
3 students – $65.00
4 students – $85.00
Ages: Ages 10-13 (Priority enrollment will be given to students that have never been to JA BizTown, if a waiting list becomes necessary.)
What happens after I enroll my student for the homeschool visit day?
1. Parents attend a training session and pick up curriculum; Approximately 15 lessons are taught at home.
2. Parent Curriculum Training: January 17, 2012 – 6pm – (at JA offices)
3. Students will apply for jobs and eventually get together in small business groups. We will organize multiple business groups by location throughout the St. Louis metro area.
~Students work in assigned business groups for 7-8 lessons.
~Details on meeting place & time for business groups will vary.
4. Homeschool students come to JA BizTown for a student visit day and are prepared to assume job responsibilities, manage bank accounts, and experience life as a consumer and employer.
Questions or to request a presentation on JA BizTown at a Homeschool event: Call Jenny Eickhorst, 636-728-0707, ext. 237 or jeickhorst[at]

Junior Achievement is pleased to announce the 2012 JA Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day. With JA Finance Park, homeschool students can experience a four week curriculum in personal finance, which culminates with a visit to our facility to put the lessons into practice.
When: Monday, March 5, 2012 (The curriculum takes about 4 weeks to complete). The same day as the homeschool visit for JA Biztown
Time: Arrival: 9:15 until 9:30; JA Finance Park: 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Ages: Ages 13 to 18
Where: Junior Achievement, Dennis & Judy Jones Free Enterprise Center, 17339 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005
Enroll: Online at ; Look for the “Homeschool” menu under JA Finance Park, Enrollment is limited to 100 students
Student Fee: $25 per student (includes curriculum materials and visit) OR $15 per student (visit only, but must have previously participated in JA Finance Park.)
Curriculum Pick-up: Starts January 9, 2012; daily from 8:30 until 4:00. Please allow 3 business days after registration for materials to be prepared. February 3, 2012 is the last day to pick-up materials. Ask for Nancy Armstrong.
Curriculum Training: There is no formal curriculum training session for JA Finance Park. Additional information about the most efficient way to use the curriculum will be provided to new and experienced users.
Additional Information: Gary Kryvko, 636-728-0707, gkryvko[at]
Please Note: The curriculum and all materials relating to JA Finance Park remain the property of Junior Achievement. The teacher curriculum guide must be returned on the visit day. The student workbooks are retained by the students. The student fee is not a purchase of the materials, but rather a license to use them once.

College & the Real World: A Workshop for Teens
Youth motivational speaker Grant Baldwin will lead this workshop at various St. Louis County Libraries, discussing how students can best make the transition from high school into college and the real world. Q&A topics include finances, living on your own, college, careers, and more. The first 30 teens at each workshop will receive a free copy of Grant’s book, “Reality Check.” Recommended for High School students. Parents welcome. Refreshments provided. Registration recommended.
Saturday, September 24:
Headquarters, 10:00 a.m.
Rock Road, 12:00 p.m.
Lewis & Clark, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8:
Natural Bridge, 10:00 a.m.
Sachs, 12:00 p.m.
Tesson Ferry, 3:00 p.m.
Sarah Wood, Assistant Manager, Youth Services
St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63131
(314) 994-3300 ext. 2231

Live Green, Live Healthy!
Two great Garden events join forces to help your family live Green – and live healthier!
Event: Green Homes & Great Health Festival
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden
Cost: Included in Garden admission. Garden admission is $8. St. Louis City and County residents get in free before noon and $4 thereafter. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under and for Garden members.
Bring your home improvement ideas and talk with over 100 green product and service exhibitors. Enjoy local foods and live music, yoga, Tai Chi, and solar car races. Take advantage of free health screenings and shop the Green Marketplace. Help paint a Metro bus and explore the giant inflatable human colon. Learn from expert workshops and talks about the many ways that plants, air, water, soil and energy sustain our homes, our health and our living Earth.
Information about Food, Entertainment, Green Marketplace Vendors, Expert Talks, Workshops, Sponsors, Exhibitors, Maps and Directions can be found at

Kestrel’s Midnight Song, by J.R. Parker
Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011    2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join us for a book signing with J.R. Parker. Parker is the author of Kestrel’s Midnight Song, a Christian fantasy adventure novel, which he saw published at age 18.
J.R. Parker used to be a daydreaming homeschooler. Now he’s a daydreaming homeschool graduate. And it was the recording of those daydreams that eventually led him to writing novels. He started writing Kestrel’s Midnight Song around his fifteenth birthday, finished the first draft around his seventeenth birthday, and submitted it to the publisher shortly thereafter. He has lived in Idaho his whole life, but his mind resides in various pockets of the clouds.
For more information, see Parker’s blog at or contact The Family Vision!
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

American Christian Heritage Day
Wednesday Sep. 28, 2011   2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
In honor of Missouri’s 15th Annual Christian Heritage Week (Sep. 25-Oct. 1), Dr. Catherine Millard will present “Christian Heritage in the Revolutionary War Era: The Influence of the Bible and Prayer in the Formation and Development of the American Republic.” This exciting talk will take you through the major landmarks of the American Revolution, from “The First Prayer in Congress” on September 7, 1774, to the signing of the U.S. Constitution, September 17, 1787. Adults and children of all ages will learn how the Bible and prayer were pivotal in securing our liberties.  You can count this for your history hours!
Dr. Millard is the author of eight books on the biblical foundation of the U.S., including The Rewriting of America’s History. Contact The Family Vision to sign up!
For more information on Dr. Catherine Millard, visit
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

2011 Eureka Backdraft Rodeo
This year’s rodeo will once again be held at Lions Park in Eureka, MO, just 10 minutes west of I-44 and I-270. The rodeo is held at 7:30 PM on Friday, October 7th and Saturday October 8th, 2011. Come enjoy the Hottest Rodeo of the Year to benefit the Eureka Firefighter’s Association, the charitable foundation of the Eureka Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics.
The Eureka Fire Protection District Firefighter’s Association is proud to present the Hottest Rodeo of the Year. It’s the 19th Annual Backdraft Rodeo. The first Backdraft Rodeo was held October 13, 1993 and has been a community event ever since. The two shows last about 3 hours each and is filled with family fun and excitement. From the kids actually chasing a calf for a cash prize, to the barrel racing to the ultimate cowboy challenge of bull riding. All competitors are actual cowboys and cowgirls making the rodeo circuit and competing for cash prizes and recognition. The Backdraft Rodeo is a Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association (MRCA) and American Rodeo Cowboy Association (ARCA) sanctioned rodeo.
For more information go to

Wilderness Wagon Rides at Shaw Nature Reserve Resume in October
The narrated wagon ride travels the 3 mile Trail House Loop Road, with stops at the Trail House and wetland bus stop.   $1.00 per person.  It’s a great way to shorten the hike to the river or to the wetlands if you have small children or non-hikers in your group.  Get off at either stop and get picked up later!  Group tours are also available on the Wilderness Wagon.  Wilderness Wagon Rides  Saturday and Sunday The Wilderness Wagon will depart the Visitor Center on the hour: 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00.  For more information go to:

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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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