Homeschool Events List for 1/4/12

In case you missed yesterday’s heading…
This year will be bringing some changes to the Events webpage/blog. Retired homeschooler Laura Kostial will no longer be keeping her website, due to changes with MSN, and has graciously agreed to let me move all of her wonderful information about everything homeschool in the St. Louis area to the Homeschool Events List site. This will take me a little time to do (there is a lot of information!) but remember to check the tabs at the top when visiting the website, to view all the updates. You will still find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts and the new additional information. 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at the bottom of this post if you have any questions or referrals and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Beginning February 1st
You and your teenagers are invited to attend the fourth St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights Volleyball Clinic. It’s a great way to get out of the house, get some exercise, and meet new friends – not to mention fulfilling those P.E. requirements.
What: Volleyball Clinic with skill, drills, and games
When: Six Wednesday afternoons, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, beginning February 1st
Where: O’Fallon, Renaud Spirit Center on Hwy K
How Much: $64 for the first player, $46 for additional players from one family
Discount: Lead teachers get one child free
Age Level:  12 & Up, Boys and Girls
How do I sign up: Mail application with a check to:

Introducing the Most Comprehensive, Age-specific Martial Arts Training Programs Designed Specifically for Children Ages 4 – 12!
Presented by St. Louis Family Martial Arts Academy
Free One Month introductory includes a free uniform.
Specific class time for home school students
Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m.
We also have classes every evening
Call Today at 636-227-3098
15825 Manchester Road, Ellisville, MO

Transition Missouri is having a logo contest!!
We invite all creative minds to help us with our logo. We are looking for something that will encompass the transition theme which includes: Missouri, local food production, renewable energy, sustainable housing, unity in communities, and empowerment through education.
Please send your entries to Gemini{at}digistorm{dot}net. Any logo submission needs to be CMYK compatible. Jpeg or PNG or tiff formats are the most common and industry acceptable. Also they MUST be a minimum of 300DPI.
All entries must be received by January 31st. Three finalists will be chosen by our panel of judges. The three logos that are chosen will be posted by February 6th on: FaceBook, Transition Missouri and The Well Fed Neighbor
The winner will be chosen by votes cast by members on the sites listed above. The person receiving the most votes by February 24th will receive bragging rights, a $5 dollar 1oz .9999 pure silver piece. (Worth the current value of silver) and a copy of The Transition Companion. The winner will be announced February 28th. If you are chosen as the winner your logo will become the property of Transition Missouri.
To view some examples of other Transition Logos click this link here
Get your creative juices flowing and good luck!
If you do not receive a conformation email for your logo submission by
January 31st, please call me at 314-809-1529
Melissa Campbell
Transition Missouri

At the Bolduc House Museum we make our region’s French colonial history fun for people of all ages. During 2012, the following activities, classes, and events are designed for homeschoolers.
Home School Tuesdays
The first Tuesday of each month is Home School Tuesday. Please watch our website every month for details of the program we will be offering your students as well as the age/grade/achievement level for which it is appropriate. Please EMAIL us by the first Monday of the month at to tell us how many students will be coming with you so we can have the right amount of supplies on hand. Time: 10AM-12NOON; Cost: $4.00/person with a $10.00/family maximum.
>February 7, 2012 – Filigree or Paper Twilling is a craft which has been practiced in France since the sixteenth century. Your students will be introduced to the craft by Lisa Palmer of Never Bored Designs and make delicate filigree hearts in time for Valentine’s Day. We’ll also tour our site looking for designs carved, sculpted, drawn, and hammered in wood, metal, paper, and cloth. Finally we’ll read a passage written by Zoe Valle in the late 19th century where she describes the paper flowers her elderly aunt created to put on the altar at the church. This program is designed for students who have good fine motor skills and are in grade 4 or above.
>March 6, 2012 – Every 16-60 year old male who lived in colonial Ste. Genevieve drilled with the militia on Sundays after church. The Ste. Genevieve militia was responsible to defend the town and also participated in other military actions including the Battle for Ft. San Carlos in St. Louis in 1780. Your students will experience a Military Drill with Gary Scheel of the Milice de Ste. Genevieve re-enactment group. They will learn about the Battle for Ft. San Carlos and also be given the opportunity to handle our small collection of 18th century swords and guns. This program is designed for students in grades K-8th.
>April 3, 2012 – Our museum mascot is Zuts the Squirrel. Hear his story and how we came to have a squirrel for a mascot. Learn about wild squirrels in Missouri and try to find some in our 250 year old boxwoods or on one of our old pecan trees. Find out about how colonial Americans kept pet squirrels. See a vintage Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon. Help us write some pages in the squirrel’s journal of what the humans are doing at the Bolduc House and go on a tour of our Museum led by Zuts himself. This program is designed for students in grades K-3rd.
Check our website at for the details of the next Home School Tuesdays.
Colonial History Day for Homeschoolers
Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 10AM – 5PM will be our second Colonial History Day for Homeschoolers designed for the entire family. Cost: $35.00/family – bring a sack lunch or plan to purchase food here. Drinks will be provided. This all day event is chock full of activities including:
-Watch Historic Re-enactors with hands-on demonstrations of spinning, vegetable gardening, Native American crafts and stories, military drills
-Meet some animals
-Play our Preservation Game
-Participate in the Salt-Making Relay Race
-Explore Architecture and a tour of the historic first town in Missouri and its original cemetery
-Help with Hands-on Preservation activities and in our historic gardens
-Fight a Duel (with foam rubber swords, of course) and learn about a Missouri villain
-Have Fun With Family History – learn how to explore yours with genealogist and curator, LaDonna Garner
-Tour the 18th Century Louis Bolduc House (a National Historic Landmark) and the newer LeMeilleur House
-See our collection of early maps
-Make pottery, a doll, a square rope, and more
-Hear lectures about the French colonial experience here
-Learn about what people wore, ate, played, and thought in 18th century French Colonial Ste. Genevieve
-Meet home-school experts and hear their presentations
-Shop for home-school items and more from our vendors
Two Home School High School Classes – 12 Sessions Each
French Colonial Missouri History for Home-schooled 7th-12th graders
This will be the third year we have offered this 12 session class taught by the Bolduc House Museum director, Lesley Barker, MAT , who homeschooled her own children for a total of 17 years. Home schooled seventh through twelfth grade students who are at least 12 years old are welcome to enroll. The reading and writing assignments assume a high school reading ability and a familiarity with American history. The classes will be held for eleven Fridays beginning on February 10, 2012 and ending with an evening presentation on April 27, 2012 (we will not meet on April 6, which is Good Friday.) Cost: $25.00/student plus a commitment from each student to contribute 30 hours of volunteer work at the Bolduc House Museum or at one of the other historic sites in town before the end of August 2012. A course description and registration form is available at
A Tale of Two Cities: The Book & Our Region
Also taught by Bolduc House Museum Director and former home-schooler, Lesley Barker, this is a 12 session literature class based on Charles Dickens’ book, A Tale of Two Cities, for homeschooled 7th through 12th graders who read at a high school level. It will probe the story for its application to our region’s French colonial history. We’ll consider our two cities: Ste. Genevieve, which was French (albeit ruled for 40 years by Spain), and Kaskaskia, which became British after the French & Indian War. The classes will be held for eleven Fridays beginning on February 10, 2012 and ending with an evening presentation on April 27, 2012 (we will not meet on April 6, which is Good Friday.) Cost: $25.00/student plus a commitment from each student to contribute 30 hours of volunteer work at the Bolduc House Museum or at one of the other historic sites in town before the end of August 2012. A course description and registration form is available at
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum
o. 573-883-3105
c. 314-422-5572

The DaVinci Machines Exhibition has been extended through February 29th, 2012.
Visit for more information.

Music Teacher for Beginners
My name is Matthew Rey and I’m 20 yrs. old and I am looking to teach any age group, music lessons. I would like to teach younger children, but I would teach any child, teenager, young adult or older adult. My primary instruments would be piano, euphonium/baritone, trombone and percussion (snare drum, bass drum, symbols, etc.). Right now I have 4 students that are learning the piano and 3 of them attend my  church and another is from Michigan whom I teach by taping videos. I am also teaching another younger boy the baritone. I have taught a number of people other instruments from trombone and bass guitar. The primary instruments listed above are the ones I’m more excelled in, but I’m willing to teach beginning bass guitar and singing. I live in Columbia, IL., so, I can travel to homes and give lessons which can be an option. Before I would ever teach any child, I would like to talk to the parent/s and child to determine goals.
My background of schooling:  Right now I am not attending any college or university. I was planning on attending Webster  University’s Music Program, but I find myself very busy and I plan on finishing getting my Paramedic’s license which I started a while back. In Jan. my schedule for school is every Tues. and Thurs. night from 5pm-10pm. I have played in college bands/orchestras and have taken some music classes. I plan on getting more education in music. I work for an excavation company, but work is very slow in the winter since I only work when it snows, but in the Spring I would be busy during the day. Now, I am available to teach any day or afternoon except Monday afternoon because I will be starting to give 2 piano lessons at that time starting next week. If you have any other questions feel free to call me or send an email.
I realize that because I do not have a “degree”, I cannot expect parents to pay a lot.  My prices are:
$10 for 30 minutes and $13 for an hour (although I may have to charge more if I have to drive a long way.)
Please contact me for references.
Thank you for your interest,
Matthew Rey
Cell phone – (618)791-9364
Email – music_man6 at hotmail dot com

I would like to give you information about my guitar teaching business in Kirkwood called My Music Room.  I am looking to get some daytime students and thought perhaps you could list me on the St. Louis Homeschoolers webpage.  I have a website –   My phone number is 314-313-6094.
I would like to reach out to the homeschooling community.  Here is a little bit about my method:
I am dedicated to the education and empowerment of kids of all ages through music and especially the guitar. Students are encouraged to explore and discover their own talents and capabilities.   My private lesson program is tailored to fit their needs, interests and goals and will provide them with an introduction to open chords, power chords, and simple scales, as well as reading guitar tablature and learning how to finger-pick. I will also touch on some music theory and vocal harmony, as the students’ progress. Material is drawn mostly from the songs they want to learn to play.
I am also very open to teaching adults and could do beginner guitar classes.
I would offer a discount for scheduling in the daytime!
Let me know you need more information.
Robin Lopate

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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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