Events List for 11/21/11

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.

First Evangelical Free Church of St. Louis County, 1375 Carman Road Manchester, MO 63021
March 22-24, 2012
Featured Speakers:
-Steve & Jane Lambert: Authors of the best-selling “Five in a Row” curriculum and homeschool parents and grandparents
-Jason Lisle, PhD: Astrophysicist, author, speaker, researcher and Planetarium Director for the Creation Museum
-Linda Lacour Hobart: Author of the award-winning “The Mystery of History” curriculum and homeschool mom of 5
-Heather Laurie: Founder of “Special Needs Homeschooling” and homeschool mom of special needs children
Thursday night will offer Free Admission to:
>Curriculum Exhibition Hall
>Our Annual Homeschool Variety Show
>New Home Educators Seminar
>Home Educating Thru High School Seminar
Friday and Saturday will showcase:
>Speakers, Seminars, and Workshops – for all types of homeschoolers
>Curriculum Exhibition Hall – three floors of exhibitors with a variety of curriculum and services
>Special Needs Workshops –help for struggling learners, gifted learners, & special needs of all kinds
>Children’s Program –special workshops by guest teachers along with music, games, crafts and skits
>Youth Film Camp –intensive, interactive program to teach practical filmmaking skills
>Homeschool Clinic – receive one-on-one advice from veteran homeschoolers
>High School Helps Area – valuable info and support for home educating in jr. high & high school

Just a reminder that the Spelling Bee deadline is approaching–December 2.
1.  Illinois residents are welcome and encouraged to participate.   The 14 eligible counties are: Missouri: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Warren, Washington. Illinois: Clinton, Franklin, Jersey, Madison, Monroe County, Saint Clair. According to the Post Dispatch and Scripps, you must be a permanent resident/homeschooler of one of these 14 counties during the 2011-2012 school year.
2. Lisa is going to allow Kindergarten students into the bee using 1st grade words and they can repeat the 1st grade level next year, if the parents choose to do that.
If you have any questions, please contact our Bee coordinator
Original post with complete information can be found at

ACT Workshop by Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting an ACT Workshop in O’Fallon on Saturday, December 3 from 12:30 to 4:30.  We will cover content and strategies for all sections of the ACT.  All participants will take home 5 full-length ACTs with answer keys and explanations.
More details–including location, directions, cost, reviews, and registration instructions–can be found at If you have any questions, feel free to call Bob at 3one4-64six-95four8, or you can e-mail him at Bob{at}BobJohnsonTutoring{dot}com

To all my homeschool friends~ Gather together a few friends and come to Koinania for a do it yourself retreat in November.  I have the Cottage all set up from a Scrapbook Retreat we had this past weekend and would like to share it with you!!  For the price of gas to get you here and sharing meals with your friends you can enjoy a time of working on your latest scrapbook pages or you can work on making and crafting your Christmas Cards or any Christmas gifts projects you may have going.  Call me for more info.  Check out our website!
God Bless You, Mary
Country Croppin’ Retreats – Scrapbook Retreats- 2 hrs SW of St Louis
Koinania Valley Ranch, 1231 County Road 66, Black, MO  63625

Chess Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, October through May, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.(immediately following PE class) at the Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, 63123. This is a drop-in club. Come every time or whenever it fits with your schedule. This is a great opportunity for chess enthusiasts to gather and enjoy the game of chess. We begin with a short lesson and then fit in as many games as time allows. Price is FREE! If you have questions, contact Judy Maichel at 3one4-35two-13one9 or mjmaichel{at}juno{dot}com.
Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, St. Louis, MO 63123

NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course
A session of the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting course is being offered in January for students ages 10+.  As a homeschool dad I am pleased to present this opportunity which is publicly available but primarily targeted toward homeschool families.
Presented by: Monty Schrunk, NRA Certified Rifle Instructor, Range Safety Officer and BSA Merit Badge Counselor
Location: Top Gun Shooting Sports, 4075 West Outer Rd., Arnold, MO  63010
Dates and Times: Friday and Monday, January 20 & 23, 2011; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
(students must attend both days – there will be a break for lunch)
Cost: $100 (total) per student with a $25 non-refundable deposit. This includes facility rental, all course materials, rifle usage, ammunition and everything else needed for the course.  Lunch is not provided.
Note to Parents: 1 parent per student is welcome to sit in during the course at no cost.  Parents can also enroll in the course at the $100 student price if they wish to receive the course materials, participate in the shooting and receive a certificate upon successful test completion.
Course Overview:
In today’s society many people are exposed to firearms only by what they see via television, movies and video games. These media often provide a negative view of firearms and an irresponsible idea of how they should be handled.
In truth, firearms are used in positive ways every day by thousands of people.  Like many devices, however, they are dangerous when handled incorrectly or inappropriately. Through proper exposure and education, taboos and misconceptions can be broken and people can learn to handle firearms safely and confidently while experiencing the enjoyment of shooting sports.
Through the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course, students will learn the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting. The course will teach the principal parts of a rifle and how different rifles function, as well as the components and function of rifle ammunition. Students will learn and practice 5 basic shooting positions, performing live-fire exercises in each position.  Students will receive a certificate of completion after finishing the course and successfully completing the course examination.
Students can enroll online at:
For more information, please contact Monty Schrunk by e-mail at msguntraining AT att DOT net, by phone at 3one4-8zero0-75two0, or on facebook at
About the Instructor:
Monty Schrunk and his wife, Janel, homeschool their two children. He was taught to shoot as a child by his father and began teaching others in 1992 as the rifle and shotgun instructor at Boy Scout Camp Lewallen. After taking some time off from firearms instruction, Monty was re-certified in order to serve as a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts and to provide instruction for the homeschooling community as well as anyone else who wants to learn about the safe enjoyment of shooting sports.  Monty also enjoys other outdoor activities, has backpacked into the Grand Canyon twice and, for a period, led a wilderness camping ministry called “Christ in the Wilderness”, leading backpacking and canoe trips for youth.  He also enjoys riding his motorcycle and has held leadership roles in both the Patriot Guard Riders and the Road Riders for Jesus Motorcycle Ministry.

Sharing the website for this new Audubon Center in Alton.
They are having monthly guided bird watching hikes on Saturday mornings.  A homeschooling family visited, because this goes well with studies in Zoology I with Apologia.
Jane is the Education Director, and said she is open to doing programs for homeschool groups either on a regular basis or for special events like eagles in January/February.  She currently is working with a group in Illinois.
Jane also mentioned that since they are new, she is open to suggestions for programs, etc. as she works on the class catalog.

2089 Corporate 44 Drive, Fenton, MO 63026
(800) 635-7323
December 09 – December 21
Weekdays (December 9-21): 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday (December 10): 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday (December 17): 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays
To register for a sale, click “Sign Up” and complete the new, easy to follow registration process.
When you complete your registration, you will receive a Fast-Cart Pass, which allows you to bypass the sign-in line at the sale, and a valuable coupon. One day before the sale begins, we’ll send you an email reminder.
Warehouse Sales are exclusively for school employees, school district personnel, homeschoolers, Book Fair chairpeople, and Book Fair volunteers.

Win a Trip to New York when your students tell us what they think about:
Politicians’ Promises Gone Wrong
225 Cash Prizes for students in the 2011-2012
Help your students earn Lots of great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom’s essay contest, for students aged 13-18! And we have super prizes for teachers, too!
Essay Topic: Why do you think politicians make promises? When they try to keep them, why are there often unintended consequences? Describe a promise made by a current politician or political candidate from any party, and discuss whether or not they will be able to keep that promise and what, if any, are some potential unintended consequences from that promise. Please use at least one example from the Stossel special or other Stossel report to support your response.
• 225 students will receive Cash Prizes totaling $23,000.
• 1st and 2nd place students will also win an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for themselves, a chaperone, and the teachers who submitted their essays to see a live taping of STOSSEL.
• Teachers whose students receive at least an honorable mention will receive an autographed copy of one of John Stossel’s best-selling books.
• Each teacher may submit an unlimited number of student essays (500-1000 words) on our web site between now and the Feb. 6th deadline.
For Complete Contest Rules, Prize Details, and Submission Info, Visit:
Stossel in the Classroom is a project of The Center for Independent Thought, 1112 River Oaks, Benton, AR 72019  Visit us online at

I’m a homeschool dad, former college professor, and founder and director of Landry Academy. We offer online classes and also local two day academic Intensives in St Louis for homeschooled students.  We’re offering a full scholarship to one of our St Louis Intensives for a student in St Louis.  Would you please consider forwarding this message to your homeschool group and homeschooling friends.
Details are here…
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions.. Greg AT LandryAcademy DOT com or 8two8-two65-4one01.
In His Service,
Greg Landry, M.S.
Homeschool Dad
Founder and Director, Landry Academy
Former College Professor

Appearing at West Hills Community Church in the Doxa Arts Centerfor a FREE CONCERT @ 6:30PM on Wednesday, November 23rd.  Spasenie, a euro pop band returns to West Hills, proclaiming their faith in Christ through inspiring music.  West Hills is located at 13250 South Outer 40 in Town and Country.
This Christian music group, Spasenie, from Belarus, comes highly recommend.  They are one of the most popular bands in Eastern Europe.  Their faith is inspiring and their music, performed in both Russian and English, is amazing (check them out at and You Tube).   Some homeschoolers may know the Whitehead family (Gene, Inga, and their daughter Kayla).  The Whiteheads are about to leave St. Louis to be missionaries in Belarus, serving alongside the church where Spasenie is from.  In a country where sharing the gospel is illegal, sharing about Jesus through music and coffee house ministries is growing. We know that everyone who comes to this concert will be blessed!

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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