Events List for 11/3/11

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On Thanksgiving Day I will be posting a special list of Christmas and Special Holiday happenings in the Greater STL area. If you have an event you would like to share with area homeschoolers, please email it to me at zana8796{at}yahoo{dot}com  Thank you!

Oil Painting With Trina Stephens, New Class Begins This Week
This Friday, November 4, is the first class for our last oil painting class of the year.  Class will be Noon – 1:45 PM.  There will be class Nov. 4; NO class Nov. 11; class Nov. 18; NO class Nov. 25 then class on the first two Fridays in December.  The cost of this class is $28 and the canvas is available for $6.50.
You can see the painting we will be doing “Winter Evening” on our website  There is also a list of supplies needed and you can register on line.
Seating is limited and I already have several signed up.  It is “first come” basis.
Please email with any questions – trina.stephens{at}fbca(dot)us
Trina Stephens
Coordinator Arts and Crafts
First Baptist Church Arnold

Homeschool Skate, this Friday
Great Skate is hosting a Homeschool Skate this Friday, November 4 from 1pm-4pm.  Admission is $5.00 and skate rental is FREE when you mention you are a homeschooler at the ticket counter.  Great Skate is located at 130 Boone Hills Drive in St. Peters, 1 block from the Spencer Road Library.  Please call 636-441-2530 for more details, or for directions.

There is no question that Shakespeare should be performed! That is why I direct theater classes all year round and I have many students that love them…. but that can be daunting for some students AND not everyone is ready or wants to get up and launch into a memorized soliloquy!  If that is the case then the next best thing is reading the work aloud and interpreting it with a group in the style of reader’s theater!
This highly interactive, fun and challenging class will destroy any notion that Shakespeare is boring and focus on bringing the student into the world of Shakespeare’s characters as the students read the plays out loud as a group in class each week.  Students will not only read, analyze and study the play but will also hear the beauty of the language as they assume reading different characters each week together.
By reading the work aloud together, students will gain a much deeper understanding of the context of the play and the intent and motivations of both the characters and the playwright, not to mention gaining experience and proficiency in vocal control, inflection, pronunciation and diction!
Time will be spent on interpretation of the play but also on the language, culture and historical significance of the plays not only to Shakespeare’s day but to our own.
This is an 18 week class divided into three 6-week sessions.  Each session will focus on a different play: one comedy, one tragedy and one history.  Students will read the work aloud in class and we will do a line by line study of the complete work.
It is not a performance class but it is a highly participatory class with minimal writing.  I don’t want to bog students down in writing papers, but rather release them to grow to love a sometimes intimidating author! The goal of this style of class is to bring the beauty of the work to life by reading the work aloud thus increasing a student’s appreciation for language, character, theater and history.
Tuition will be $80 per 6 week session (that’s about 13. per class) and a student can choose to do one, two or all three! Each session will stand alone as a complete mini-course or use all three for a full semester. It can serve as a credit in fine arts, literature and oral interpretation.
Classes will be held in my home in Ballwin (Clayton and Khers Mill) on Friday mornings beginning January 6 from 9:30 – 11:00.  Classes will be limited to 10 students and are suitable for ages 12 and up.
Session dates are:
Jan. 6 – Feb 10 : “TWELFTH  NIGHT”
Feb 17 – Mar 23 :  “KING LEAR”
April 6 – May 10 : A History (TBA)
I will be using a text called “Shaking Hands with Shakespeare: A Teenagers Guide to Reading and Performing the Bard” and the NO Fear Shakespeare series.  Each student will need to purchase a copy of the play we are reading from the NO Fear Shakespeare series (5.95) as we will be writing and highlighting in them.
Please email me at heathersartin{at}yahoo{dot}com  to register or with any questions you might have about this class or YOUNG ACTORS WORKSHOP and SHAKESPEARE!

The National Geographic St. Louis Area Home Educators Geography Bee
For the past 5 years, SHARE has conducted a Geography Bee in conjunction with the National Geographic Society. We are doing it again this year and are very excited about it!  All the information is below or you can get it from our website, (click on “SHARE EVENTS – open to all”).  Again the National Geographic Society has given us the title of St. Louis Area Home Educators Geography Bee and they are asking that all homeschoolers in the area who want to participate in a geography bee do this one.  The lady in the office said that others in outlying areas are welcome to register and conduct their own, but they want any homeschooler who lives at least one hour from St. Louis to participate in this bee.   Hopefully, this will work out for everyone.  If you have questions, please be sure to let me know.  You can reach me at 3one4-7six9-79six5 or Ekcjmullins{at}gmail{dot}com
Also, please encourage your children to participate (4th-8th graders only).  Last year the questions were not as hard as I had anticipated, and the questions themselves often gave hints to the correct answer.  With a little study, I think all the students would do well.
Thanks so much!
Cathy Mullins, SHARE Leader
The National Geographic St. Louis Area Home Educators Geography Bee
WHO?   All 4th – 8th grade homeschoolers in the St. Louis area.
WHAT?  The 6th annual St. Louis Area Homeschool Geography Bee to qualify a winner for the MO State Bee.   NOTE:  This is the official National Geographic Homeschool Geography Bee in the area.  They have asked that homeschoolers only conduct one bee in the St. Louis area.  Also, if you are an Illinois participant and win the bee, please know that you will be representing the state of Missouri.
WHERE?  The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, 8749 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119
It is between Elm Rd and Grant Rd on Watson, just south of Hwy 44.
Here is a link to their map:
WHEN?  Saturday, January 7, 2012   2:00 p.m.
WHY?  To test your knowledge of both US and World geography, and because it’s lots of fun! Families are welcome to attend.
HOW?  By filling out the registration form and sending it in as soon as possible! Registration form can be found at the SHARE website (see above). Also, your student will need to start studying geography to prepare for the bee. It IS a competition, and the contestant who has studied will be better prepared. For more information and Geobee Challenge practice questions, go to:
Your library may have atlases and reference materials for you to borrow. Or, you may purchase study materials such as: The National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide and Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
Please send $5 registration fee (checks made out to SHARE) for each child to:
Debbie Rehmer, 10406 Ruby Manor Ct., St. Louis, MO 63123
>>We’ll have refreshments after the bee. Please bring a sweet, salty or healthy snack. We’ll provide drinks!
Contact Debbie at 3one4.54four.73zero3 or 3one4.9one3.0four64 or e-mail: debbierehmer{at}gmail{dot}com or Cathy Mullins at 3one4.7six9.79six5 with questions.

Raptor Awareness Show
Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
November 5th, 2:00 pm
Learn about Native Birds of Prey through a demonstration and flight show.  This free event will be held in the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center and is sponsored by the World Bird Sanctuary.

North American Indian Photography Exhibit
Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
Photos from the Photography Contest are on display in the Interpretive Center through December 17th. There are many great pieces of work of various Native American themes on display or for purchase.  Some are Native American portraits, some are landscapes, and some depict cultural events.  If interested in purchasing the photos on display, you may inquire in person at the gift shop or phone Lori at 618-344-7316.  Some have already been sold, so come and get your original art today!

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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