Homeschool Events List for 1/23/12

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 find more events under Ongoing Offerings, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

E-mail if interested.
The class times are as follows:
Monday: 3:00-4:30
Tuesday: 2:00-3:00
Thursday: 1:00-2:00
Prices would be $15/hr classes and $20/hr and half classes. If the enrollment numbers reach 7 or 8 per class, we could bring the prices down to $10/per child for an hour, $15/per child for an hour and a half.
Hopefully we get some more responses. Again, please have interested families e-mail me at Have a great week.
Thanks again, Mike
Vetta Sports Concord
12320 Old Tesson Road
St. Louis, MO 63128

College Prep Home Education
January 23 –Scholarships
A College Prep Home Education is a monthly support group that meets at the Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd. Ellisville, MO, the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. This meeting is open to all home educating families in the St. Louis area.
Monday, January 23 the topic is scholarships. The meeting will consist of two components pertaining to scholarships.
1. How to find scholarships.
2. Scholarship interviewing tips will be shared.  Interested junior and senior students will have an opportunity to practice by participating in a mock interview. (Students must sign-up by January 20.)
>>>Students must be in their junior or senior year of high school to participate in the mock interview.  To sign-up for the mock interview please send an e-mail to with the student’s name, age, phone number, e-mail address and a parent’s name.

Constitution Classes with Sen. Jim Lembke
Beginning on Thursday January 26 at 7 pm at Providence Classical Christian Academy, State Senator Jim Lembke will be presenting a three-week evening seminar on the Constitution of the United States.  These informative sessions are a wonderful opportunity for young people and adults to hear from one of our state’s public servants, especially as issues related to the Constitution are in the forefront of current political events.  With the upcoming election, a refreshing look at the foundational principles of our nation is timely and important.  Sen. Lembke will discuss one topic each session, and all are free and open to the public.  The topics are as follows:
January 26:  The Nature of the Constitution
February 2:  The Boundaries of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights
February 9:  Threats to Individual Liberties in an Era of Expanding Federal Control
If you think families with whom you are acquainted may be interested in attending, please consider passing on the information or adding this to your calendar of events.  We at Providence are looking forward to hosting Sen. Lembke as he seeks to serve the St. Louis community in this way.  If you have questions, please contact Todd Wagenmaker at 314-842-6846.

New This Semester at DaySpring Crestwood!
There are a few exciting NEW classes this Spring at DaySpring in Crestwood. These classes happen as a part of our full day of Enrichment classes on Fridays at Crestwood.
Art Technique – Ages 9 & Up: A structured class for the slightly older child teaching units in drawing, and three-dimensional art.  The students will see their skill level and confidence grow by sticking with one medium over several weeks and being taught how to explore what they can do.  An exhibition of their favorite work will be mounted at the end of each unit.  A $23 fee per semester is added to all art classes for supplies. Fridays 10:15am-11:30am
Lego Robotix – Ages 10 & Up
Put your creative thinking skills to work with the fun of programming Lego Mindstorm Robots. Students will be challenged to create programs collaboratively that meet the criteria of the task. This class is appropriate for both new and returning students, as it will include new challenges from last year. All of the materials for the class will be provided and kept at DaySpring. $45 semester equipment & usage fee applies. Fridays 12:00pm-1:15pm
Junior Doctor – Ages 5-9
Explore the amazing human body and learn about the remarkable things that happen inside you every day! This class lays a foundation of biology knowledge for the young scientist. Fridays 1:15pm-2:30pm
Other classes include, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Lego Robotix, and Circus Arts!
Call or email our office if you are interested at 314-291-8878 or You can also look up more information about our classes at

Beginning Classes:
Thursdays:  4:30 – 6:00 p.m   – through end of May
Tuesdays:  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  – through end of May
Tuesdays 9:30-11:00 a.m. – through end of May
Wednesdays 1-2:30 p.m. – through end of May
Saturday Classes:
Acrylic Painting – 10-12:30 p.m. – February 4
Drawing – 10-11 a.m. – April 7, 14 and 2t
Clay – 10-12 p.m. – March 3
Summer Classes:
Cartooning –  10-12 p.m. – June 5
Claymation Movies – 10:30 – 12 – June 12, 19 and 26th
Drawing – 9 – 10 a.m. – June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3 and 10
Oil and Acrylic Painting 9 – 11 a.m.– June 6, 13, 20 and 27
Recycled Art – 10:30 – 11:30 – June 6
For further information, check out my website at or contact me at

Research Methods and Writing Course
January 24 – March 2012
A High School-Level Course (for roughly ages 15 to adult)
Dr. Ray is offering this Research Methods and Writing course to help you:
Learn how to design a research project.
Understand different types of research.
Explore, in-depth, a subject of your personal interest.
Critique research done by academics, think tanks, professors, and others.
Broaden your understanding of and evaluate claims in newspapers and other news media.
Enhance your knowledge and use of logic.
Conduct a literature review founded on research-based sources.
Write a social science research paper.
Know when to use certain basic statistics.
Students participate and learn from Dr. Ray via his live weekly lectures (about 10 weeks, one hour each), review of student questions or comments via text chat during the lectures, and answers to questions posted by students on an Internet forum so all students can see and learn from Dr. Ray’s answers.  Lecture recordings will also be available to students 24/7 online.
Dr. Ray has taught students at all levels – elementary school, junior high school, high school, and undergraduate and graduate university – over the course of many years.  He has taught private school, public school, and homeschool students.  Dr. Ray is an energetic and engaging teacher and has received much praise for his teaching and speaking abilities.  He serves as the president of the National Home Education Research Institute and is internationally known for his homeschool research, service as an expert witness in court cases and before legislatures, and speaking at educational conferences, including those for home educators.  Dr. Ray and his wife have eight children and live on a small farm in western Oregon.
Students will receive careful and detailed review, critique, feedback, and grading from Dr. Ray on three written assignments.  Students will also take one exam to show their understanding of basic research methods terms and concepts.  Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion for this one-semester, research methods and writing, high school course.
Students who complete this course and are interested in completing the research project they design might be able to continue in a mentored project with Dr. Ray to execute their study.
Tuition is $795 and is due in full upon registration.  Class size is limited, so students receive plenty of personal attention and feedback from Dr. Ray. First come, first served.  Late enrollments may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
The registration form explains details such as the live-lecture time, payment arrangements, forms of payment, the textbook to be used and its cost, and more.
Please call Dr. Ray’s office at 503-364-1490 or email Abbie at for a registration form or if you have any questions.

Starting Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Family Vision is pleased to announce EntrepreLaunch, a new program designed to help young men and women develop the entrepreneurial spirit and skills. We desire to help train and launch young entrepreneurs into the business world.
EntrepreLaunch is for young people ages 16-20, who want to learn entrepreneurial business skills. Participants should have a business idea which they would like to develop (this is recommended for getting the most out of the instruction, but is not required).
EntrepreLaunch will contain seven two-hour training sessions, each covering a basic area of business development.  These sessions will feature professionals and entrepreneurs, who will teach participants how to navigate the process of starting and running a business.
Please see the website for more details!
I look forward to sharing this great new program with your young people.
Yours in Christ, John Thrower
The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376

Shake Hands with Shakespeare: Interactive Literature
Session 2:  The Tragedy of King Lear
February 17 – March 23
Fridays 9:30-11:00am
With a full class, session one of this 3-session series is well underway and students are reading Shakespeare’s comedy “TWELFTH NIGHT”.  Each week, for 6 weeks, students assume the various character roles and read the play aloud gaining a much greater understanding of plot, character and theme.  Every 6 weeks we begin a new play, thereby giving us a comedy, a tragedy and a history by the end of the 18 week semester.
In addition, by reading out loud, students have the benefit of hearing the language and developing skills in oral interpretation, voice and diction….plus a little confidence!
Students use the No Fear Shakespeare Series which uses both the original language and a modern translation…thus, No Fear of any language difficulties or little known Shakesperean jargon!
In second session students will be reading the tragedy “KING LEAR” which deals with  themes of loyalty, love and ambition set against the backdrop of the parent/child relationship…of course it is a tragedy so there is also a sprinkling of betrayal and madness!
Registration was full for first session but there will be openings in the second session.  Class size is limited to give all students ample opportunity to read.
If interested in registering for second session or with any questions you may have, please email me at
Also, for more specific details regarding time, location and tuition …please  visit and click on Spring Semester.  Details are at the bottom of that page.

Go to and click on “HOMESCHOOLS” to register and find links to all the information you need to know about this year’s program. If you have questions or problems of any kind, email the Discovery Education Read to Succeed staff directly at They will usually email back in 1-2 days. You can also call the Read to Succeed helpline at 1-800 -822-5110 (but the “outsource” operators don’t know as much as the Discovery online staff)
The deadline to sign-up is March 1st at 5:00 pm EST. As in the past, only students from kindergarten to 6th grade (not over age 13) are allowed to participate. To qualify for a free ticket, a student must do 360 minutes of recreational reading (includes comics, magazines, newspapers, fiction and/or non-fiction books, etc.). Homework and class lessons do not count. The time frame for reading is from September 2011 – March 1, 2012. Kids can read on their own, or listen as parents and others read out loud. A free teacher ticket is awarded to only ONE homeschool parent per family (Even if both parents do the teaching).
– In addition to registering online, you must fill out a hard-copy Student Reading Log sheet for each participating child and mail it to a special Six Flags office by March 9, 2012. Student Reading Logs are available to print from the Read to Succeed website. Mail to Six Flags, Attn: Read to Succeed, 924 Avenue J East, Grand Prairie, TX 75050 (I doubt they will ever look at these log sheets, but make sure they are filled out completely and accurately just in case).
– Every homeschool family must register online as an individual family “school.” There will be no registering through SHARE or any type of homeschool group, organization, co-op, etc.
– Your tickets will be sent directly to you by EMAIL
– The online recording and submission process is easier. Once you enter your student info and press “save,” the student name and 360 minutes are recorded. On March 1st your students’ names will automatically be submitted to Read to Succeed/Discovery Education for the free tickets, along with your name as teacher (A homeschool parent must give their name when registering their student).

Beautiful Conference For Women, Feb. 10-11, 2012
This is a mother-daughter women’s conference focussing on what true beauty is ~ women finding joy in their identity in Christ ~ and how to reflect God’s character in dress and relationships.
Beautiful begins with a fashion show on Friday evening, Feb. 10 and continues Saturday morning with keynote presentations, music and breakout sessions.  Women ages twelve and older are invited, with a special encouragement for women to come together ~ especially mothers and daughters.
Beautiful is the creative effort of a consortium of almost entirely women from various local Christian churches, to provide an opportunity for women to experience an unleashing of confidence in their identity in Christ reflecting true beauty in all areas of life.  The venue is Twin Oaks Church (141 at Big Bend), selected for its size, amenities, ease of parking, location, and welcoming invitation.
Our keynoter is well-known Christian author and conference speaker, Shelley Noonan, author of “The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood” (
Our musical guest is Jonny Diaz, Contemporary Christian music sensation.  His music ties in to our theme of beauty from the inside out.
For more information or to register, go to

Planet Connect is the National Environmental Education Foundation’s (NEEF’s) online social network, where high school students can learn about current environmental issues, funding opportunities, green colleges and environmental careers. Students can also share and exchange ideas about how they are playing a critical role in solving today’s environmental issues.
In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center, Planet Connect is administering the 2012 Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grants for high school students with a creative idea for conserving and protecting wildlife – including plants! Planet Connect is offering grants of $1,000 to implement a project in local schools or communities. In addition, all grantees will receive funding to participate in a local summer internship focused on wildlife conservation or natural resources.
Applications are due February 12, 2012. Get the details at:
NEEF Contact Info
David Lanham
Education Program Coordinator
National Environmental Education Foundation
4301 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 160
Washington, DC 20008

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.

%d bloggers like this: