Homeschool Events List for 1/9/12

The changes are happening, slowly (there is a lot of information!). **HINT** Hover over the tabs at the top when visiting the website, to view all the additional pages. You will still find more 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Brunswick Zone, 8070 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Peters, MO 63376
14 week session is starting up this Monday, 1/9 at 1:30pm.
All ages welcome, recreational and instructional, $6/wk
Contact Kelly at 636-379-8732

Wentzville Parks and Rec is taking registrations for their next set of Kid Power Homeschool PE classes. This class is run by a former homeschool Mom and she is fabulous with the kids. You can register over the phone if you are interested. Click on link for additional information. (will need a PDF reader)

Earth and beyond! 
We have a great class starting next week for homeschool children. It is a space class taught by Jack Bilow who has taught in the S.E.M.A.A. (Science, engineering, math, aerospace academy) sponsored by NASA. It will run until 2/2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-2:30pm and the tuition is $135
Here is a description….
Scientists have long studied and ventured into the great blue yonder.  Study Earth along with its closest neighbor, examine electromagnetic spectrum, space-based astronomy, and investigate the future of space exploration. All theory and lab work included.
If you are interested in registering please visit our website at and register online or call 636-922-8233.
Amy Fitzwilliam, Youth Coordinator
St. Charles Community College

DaySpring School of the Arts 2012, ArtSpace in Crestwood Court
Two courses currently offered Fridays:
Art Appreciation
Drawing & Painting
Instructor: J. C. Bader, A.S. Fine Art, B.S. Education, M.S. Education
For more details Call: Jeff @ 636.524.3614
Or visit our Website:

Beginning Voice Class
I have been directing Young Actors Workshop and Shakespeare here for the past 2 years and have gotten to know so many wonderful families and students! In response to many inquiries I am offering a Beginning Voice Class this semester.
It will be divided into a Winter Session (which begins January 12) and a Spring Session…each 8-9 weeks long.
What: Beginner Voice Class – Winter Session 1
Who: ages 12+
When:   Thursdays 12:45- 1:45pm – January 12 – March 8 (9 week session)
Where:   First Free Church 1375 Carman Rd, Manchester Mo
Materials/Books:   provided for session 1
What:  In session 1 of Beginner Voice, students will learn beginning steps for proper singing. Emphasis will be placed on learning diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation, matching pitch, creating and sustaining tone using vocal exercises and group singing. Students will work out of “Steps to Singing for Voice Class” by Royal Stanton (my personal favorite book that I used in college class voice!) and the Lingua Angelica songbook (a Latin prayers songbook translation program that I have also taught).
Spring Session 2 will be offered March 15 – May 10 and will build on principles and concepts learned in the first 8 weeks. Students who are serious and wish to go on with this session will be advised to purchase the Royal Stanton book I have used in session 1 and the Lingua Angelica CD for practice.
For tuition information and to register please email me at

Oil Painting Classes with Trina Stephens
Oil Painting classes for beginning children.  These classes are designed for children age 10 and up who have no (or limited) painting experience.   The next class is “Japanese Windflowers” and will be Fridays, Noon – 2 PM, January 13 through January 27.  The cost for the class is $28.  You can see details about the class and register on line at   Don’t delay as the class is almost full.
I also offer oil painting classes for experienced children.  They will be painting “Wheelbarrow of Flowers” and that class meets on Fridays, 9 – 11:30 AM, January 13 through February 17.  For your older children (or yourself) I offer adult classes on Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings and an occasional Saturday.  You can see the next paintings at the website listed above.
If you have any questions about the classes, email me at or call 636-296-7729  ext. 148.
Trina Stephens
Coordinator Arts and Crafts
First Baptist Church Arnold

Children’s Story Hour
Friday, January 20 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Join us for our popular children’s story time with Mrs. Diana Thrower! All ages welcome. Sign up today!
The Family Vision Library
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 633376

Rockshow Academy Music Lessons
We are trying to get the word out in the homeschool community that we are running a promotion on music lessons
5 Music Lessons for $50
This is for any voice lessons or rock band instruments (Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drums) and Violin
We also have exciting Birthday Parties, Musical Theatre Classes, Rock Band & Teen Nights if you check out our website

Be A Star On Stage is holding auditions for The Wizard of Oz on Jan 24 and Jan 26 at the Maryland Heights Community Centre . Please phone 314.738-2599 to request an audition time. We are looking for youth performers ages 8-20. The show will be performed on Thursday, April 19 and Sunday afternoon April 22. All rehearsals are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning Jan 31 at the Maryland Heights Centre.

Science Careers Explorations
Greening Your Future: Interactive and High-Impact Science Careers Explorations
Space is available for 100 – 125 students (from 1 – 4 groups of 20 – 25) on the following dates:
Sessions for Grades 6 – 8
January 24 and 26; 9 AM – 1 PM and
February 16 and 17; 9 AM – 1 PM
Sessions for Grade 9
February 9 and 24; 9 AM – 1 PM
Individual students are welcome, but must register to attend and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Call Rose Jansen at 314-537-7889 or email for more information, or to RSVP. REGISTRATION is REQUIRED.
The date/s you would like to attend, the name and address of your school, grade level/s to attend, number of students per grade level group, and the name and contact information (school, cell, home phone numbers and email addresses) of the teacher chaperone/s and school principal.
This high-impact and informative science careers program introduces students to real-world science and the prospect and possibilities of future science careers. GREENING YOUR FUTURE puts students in touch with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals to explore careers in science through interactive and hands-on demonstrations. Students experience the interdisciplinary nature and impact of science today. After lunch, students participate in a scavenger hunt featuring the Botanical Garden’s Climaton (world’s first geodesic dome greenhouse), the Kemper Center for Home Gardening, and the English Woodland Garden.
BRING: sack lunches and drinks for students, teachers and chaperones on the day of the program. Sharpened pencils.
To provide students with concrete experiences related to science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) careers that might otherwise seem unrelated to their studies and everyday experiences,
To provide students with opportunities to find out about various careers in the sciences and career educational requirements, from technical training through to advanced degrees,
To instill enthusiasm for STEM careers by introducing students to role models who are passionate about their chosen scientific careers,
To reach students at a critical time when they are laying the science and technology path for their futures and before they have self-selected themselves out of the myriad of opportunities in the sciences.

Project MEGSSS Gifted Math
Program Now Accepting Nominations – from Cynthia Hoffman
MEGSSS’ nomination season began January 1st. This 30+ year old, parent-run, nonprofit program, designed specifically for the gifted math student, has always been available to home school students as well. We currently have a number of home school students in our after-school program (and many alumni, including one of my sons–currently a freshman breezing through PreCalc), most of whom discovered MEGSSS “through the grapevine.” Because of the fluid nature of the home school community, we find reaching out through e-mail works the best, and we ask that you pass the following information along to whatever networks exist in your area.
Project MEGSSS works to discover, inspire and develop the talents of middle school students with extraordinary gifts in mathematics. We provide rigorous math enrichment in the summer as an introduction and prerequisite to our school year “after-school” classes. The experience of the entire program presents a very “deep and wide” course of math based on a curriculum designed for the gifted student, including three years of formal logic (propositional and predicate calculus)–just one of many topics that many bright students may not be exposed to until college. However, even attending our summer programs will introduce a student to topics such as formal logic, operational systems, probability and number theory, as well as allowing them to meet others with the same interests and intellectual ability. Financial aid is available to families of modest means. This opportunity is available to all qualified students regardless of race, color, gender, creed or national origin.
We are now accepting nominations of 5th and 6th grade students who have an interest in and talent for mathematics. We do accept nominations of precocious 4th graders and some 7th and 8th graders may also be interested in attending our summer programming which serves well as enrichment. Parent information meetings will be held throughout the area in the first quarter of 2012. For more information or to nominate a child, please see our website at or contact me at the e-mail address below.
If you or any home schooling parent would like to be added to our newsletter mailing list, there is a newsletter opt in link in the upper right corner of our home page. Mailings are infrequent and mainly occur during our nomination season. Please feel free to share this information with other home school lists outside of the St. Louis region. We find that home school families are generally more willing to travel for quality opportunities.
Best regards,
Cynthia Hoffman, Executive Director
Project MEGSSS, 10700 Larkspur Dr., St. Louis, MO 63123

Lego Robotics League Team
Getting involved at a young age in STEM programs is a great enhancement to our children’s education and First Lego also has college scholarship opportunities. As always our classes and camps at SCC are not only  fun, but 100%  hands on as well!   We have partnered with FIRST Lego and River City Robots to form a Lego Robotic League Team called “Robotronix”. We have room for some additional teammates and I was hoping you could all pass on the opportunity to your friends or other homeschool contacts.  Here are the class details:
February 1-May 30 (16 weeks)
No class on 3/21 and 4/4
Tuition- $219
Calling all future scientists and engineers! Discover the fun of science and technology!  Design build, and program robots using Lego Mindstorm technologies. Students will learn real-world applications of science and math concepts using hands –on problem solving skills. Our team is in partnership with First Lego and our coach is an experienced science teacher who took our team to 1st place in presentation at the state qualifier and 3rd place in overall competition.   Class size is limited! Register now at or call 636-922-8233!
Also, we have spring break Lego Robotic Engineering Camps for kids! You can get all the information on our website listed above.
For additional questions please call 636-922-8233.
Amy Fitzwilliam, Youth Coordinator, SCC

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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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