Homeschool Events List for 2/6/12

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

There will be an English Country Dance fund-raiser for Lutherans for Life that Bryan and Elizabeth Stearns will be calling on Saturday, February 11, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  The location will be the school gym of Zion Lutheran School in Harvester.
Also, we have all been invited to the President’s Ball on Friday, February 17. (The night we won’t be dancing – so this is your chance to work in a second Ball!)
This event is being sponsored by Childgrove English Country Dancers and Dance Discovery.  The cost is $10/person.  More info can be found at or
Save the dates!!!
Carol K. Stearns

Instructional bowling for homeschoolers
Plaza Lanes located at 506 Droste Rd., in St. Charles, is offering instructional bowling on Mondays at 3 p.m. to homeschoolers.  I have been assured that our children will learn to bowl without using bumpers.
Ages 5-11 will bowl 2 games for $4 (shoes included),
Ages 12 and up will bowl 3 games for $5 (shoes included).
We will begin bowling on Monday, February 13th for any families interested.  Plaza Lanes preferred a head count before we begin, so they know how many lanes to reserve.
Please e-mail Shannon at so that we can reserve lanes for the group.

Laclede Quartet Kids Concert Competition
Audition Date:
Sunday, February 19, 2012 11am – 3pm Maryville University Auditorium Rooms 1423 and 1411
Applications must be received by Feb. 13, 2012. You will be notified of your audition time by mail, phone or e-mail.
The Laclede Quartet would like to invite string players (grades 2 – 12) to audition for an opportunity to play on March 17, 2012 7:00pm concert.  Auditions are open to solo and chamber music (duo, trio, quartet) groups.
Winning soloists and groups will be selected to perform on a one hour concert held at Maryville University on March 16, 2012 at 7:30pm.
Auditions will be limited to 5 minutes per soloist or group (solo or chamber work of your choice). The auditions will be held at Maryville University Auditorium (Room AUD 1423 check in & warm up) on Sunday, Feb 19 starting at 11 a.m. Maryville University is located at 620 Maryville University Dr. St. Louis, MO 63141. Please bring 2 xerox copies of your music with measures numbered. A score is preferred if it is an ensemble work.
Please fill out application and send it with your $10 application fee to:
Chamber Players of St. Louis, Inc., 5 Colonist Retreat Ct., O’Fallon, MO 63366
Application link:
Questions or more info call 636-379-8216; or e-mail:

Homeschool Days at Barron Gymnastics
You already know about Homeschool Morning at the Magic House, and now you can take advantage of Homeschool Morning at Barron Gymnastics!!!
The nice folks at Barron Gymnastics have graciously opened their doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym, and the best part is that they are giving us a reduced rate!!
When: February 20 ~ March 19 ~ April 16 ~ May 21  ~ (no June or July)
Where:  Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO  63129
Time:  10:30 am. – 12:00 p .m.
Cost:    1st child = $8.00 – Each additional family member = $6.00
-1.5 hours of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
-Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30’ Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Tramps, 18’ Rope Climb.
-Includes the Giant Adventure Island Inflatable!
-Homeschool Day is for children 14 months up to 22 years of age.
-A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade. Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk. Adults are not allowed on equipment.
-Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
-All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
Registration available Online ( or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.

Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting an SAT Workshop in Kirkwood on Saturday, February 25.  All participants will take home ten complete SATs with answer keys.
More information–including times, directions, cost, reviews from past workshop participants, and registration instructions–can be found at
If you have any questions, feel free to call Bob at 314-646-9548, or you can e-mail him at
Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children.

SHARE dad and Homelink math teacher, Mike Farley, is offering an ACT prep course this spring.
Course format:  The course provides instruction for each of the four sections of the ACT exam: English, reading, mathematics, and science.  Students will work through the drills and practice exercises in the Barron’s ACT textbook to learn in the basic principles covered by the ACT exam in each area.  In addition to reviewing that basic knowledge, students will be taught the most common types and patterns of questions on the exam and helpful strategies for increasing speed and accuracy.  Each section’s basic principles will be applied by working through at least a portion of a practice ACT exam.
Textbook:  Barron’s ACT, 16th edition.  The course will use the version of the 16th edition without the CD-ROM.  Students should purchase the textbook on their own and bring it to class each week.
Course schedule, pricing, location:  The course will run for 7 weeks, meeting once per week for 1 hour 30 minutes, for a total of 10.5 hours of instruction.  Classes will meet from 12:30-2:00 pm on Wednesdays beginning February 29 through April 11.  (The April ACT test is April 14.)  Cost for the course is $200 per student, with a minimum of five students needed for the class.  Payment is due in full at the first class.  Class will meet at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship, 2640 Oakview Terrace, Maplewood 63143.
If you are interested in this ACT course, please contact Mike Farley at

We welcome homeschoolers at the Bolduc House Museum any time. We’ll customize what you do to match your particular interests whether you are bringing preschoolers or high schoolers (or a mixed age bunch Laughing). As a former homeschooler, myself, I understand what you are doing and want to encourage you to explore us online and in person.
We also have a menu of activities that are specially designed for homeschoolers – click on the link to the homeschool activities on the homepage of for details. Here’s a brief summary of what your students can experience in the next couple of weeks:
>Tuesday, Feb 7 from 10AM-Noon – students fourth grade and older can learn to make filigree hearts – this is twilled paper and was popular with 18th century French people. We’ll also tour the Bolduc House, check out the New Madrid earthquake exhibit, and have cookies. Please email how many people you’ll bring. Cost: $4/person with $10 maximum/family group
>Native American Ceramics classes – check the website – session in progress for students age 8+ but there is still space and time for additional participants – meets Wednesdays and/or Saturdays (come at your convenience at least 2 hours/week when the teacher is on site)
>Tuesday, March 6 from 10AM-Noon – students K-12 can learn to do French colonial military drills with the Ste. Genevieve militia, see our 18th century weapons, and learn about the battle for Ft. San Carlos. Please email how many people you’ll bring. Cost: $4/person with $10 maximum/family group
>Saturday, April 21 from 10AM-5PM – Colonial History Day for Home Schoolers – a full day of activities, crafts, games, information, and hands-on history for home schooling families with vendors and more. Cost: $35/family – discounts when five or more families register as a group and additional fees may apply to a few optional classes – details are on the website.
Email if you do not receive (but want to) our free e-newsletter for kids about early Missouri History
Classes and volunteer opportunities are available for homeschoolers who are 14 and older – just call or email for more information
Hoping to see you as often as you’d like – call ahead to arrange a customized visit.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Baseball softball and track registration
St. Mark’s, 8300 Morganford Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
Baseball/Softball/Track Registration: You Do Not Have To Be Catholic To Play CYC Sports, If You Know Others That Are Interested In Playing, Please Let Them Know.
In-person registration will be held the following dates and times:
Sunday, February 12th after 8:30 & 10:00 am Masses
Thursday. February 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the parish center
Monday, February 20th from 6:30 -7:30 pm and at the end of the Athletic Association Meeting at Hambrough Hall.
Any one who registers after these dates will be considered late and will be charged a $25 late fee
Registration Fees – 3 separate checks required.
$85 for one child, $110 for 2 or more children
Deposits: $50 uniform deposit Per Child (all on one check)
Concession Stand Deposit $200 per family
$25 per Child
No Uniform Deposit
$200 Concession Stand Deposit
Deposit checks ARE NOT CASHED unless you do not return uniforms or work your stand duty.

FHE Rally at the Capitol
March 6, 2012 – Noon
Make a difference by joining home educators from across the state of Missouri at FHE’s annual Rally at the Capitol.
FHE’s Rally allows home educators to:
-Hear from and meet our own registered lobbyist and legislators.
-Express our appreciation to legislators who are supportive of home education.
-Build good will between home educators and their legislators by giving legislators a “face” to put on home education issues.
-Ask for continued support of home education.
-Present a unified front with the legislature.
-Learn about the current status of legislative bills that could affect home education.
-Set the stage to be better prepared in case of another legislative “emergency.”
Plan now to attend, to make your presence and interests known.
The actual Rally will begin at 12 Noon. Parking around the capitol is limited, you may have to walk some distance and park on the street. There are some parking meters with 2 hour limits near the capitol.
FHE will have promotional items for homeschool families to deliver to their lawmakers’ offices before and after the Rally. A table will be available in the rotunda for these items.
During the Rally, homeschoolers will perform, and home educating families will have an opportunity to hear from legislators, as well as the FHE lobbyist and Executive Director.
Dress should be neat, and business casual. Please do not take strollers into the small legislative offices, because of crowding. Many legislators share their offices. This is a place of business and we will be there during regular office hours.
You may wish to make an appointment with your legislator before going to the capitol. Also, tours of the capitol are held throughout the day.
The Rally will last from noon-1PM. FHE board members will be in the rotunda to answer your questions from 11-1.

Volunteer Opportunities for Home Schooled High Schoolers
My name is Beverly Scott and I work for St. Louis County in a program called Clean Green & Beautiful, during a recent meeting it was brought to our attention that High School Home Schooled students often require community service projects for graduation.
The mission of Clean Green & Beautiful:
>To engage every neighborhood in St. Louis County to visibly express pride in our community by being clean, green & beautiful
>Enhance the visual & physical appearance of St. Louis County.
>Beautify areas to promote a positive image of St. Louis County to visitors & residents
>Develop & strengthen community pride through anti-litter, cleanup & beautification efforts.
>Increase civic involvement from residents & businesses in anti-litter, clean up & beautification efforts.
We often times have neighborhood cleanups or elderly and disabled homeowner’s or occupants assistance projects underway, we also partner with other groups and businesses to assist with approved projects.
Exciting News at St. Louis County:
-Upcoming “Confluence Trash Bash”
March 24, 2012, please go to the website for information and registration there you will find the waiver required by all participants or parents of underage students
-“Adopt a Roadside” projects @
We invite you to partner with St. Louis County for future projects & events
If you are interested in projects for students please contact me at: 314-615-5533 or

Colonel John Eidsmoe to Speak
The Pillar Foundation (15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011)
Thursday, February 16, 2012; 7:00 pm
First Amendment, Tenth Amendment, and Immigration/Citizenship Issues
John Eidsmoe is a frequent lecturer and debater at colleges, universities, churches, and civics groups. As a constitutional attorney, he has successfully litigated court cases involving First Amendment religious freedom and has defended home education and Christian schools, championed the right of students and teachers to study the Bible in public schools, debated ACLU attorneys on radio and television, and served on the Ten Commandments Legal Defense Team.
He holds five degrees in law, theology, and political science. These include two doctorates, one in law from the University of Iowa, and one in ministry from the Oral Roberts University. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Lutheran Brethren Seminary and his Master of Arts degree in biblical studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. His Bachelor of Arts degree in political science is from St. Olaf College. He is also a graduate of the Air Command & Staff College and the Air War College.
He has taught legal history and church history at law schools and seminaries. He currently serves as a professer of constitutional law and related subjects at the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama, where his students have twice given him the Outstanding Professor Award. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Birmingham Theological Seminary. A constitutional attorney and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Colonel Eidsmoe has also taught church history and other subjects in various seminaries.
He has authored 12 books, including Christianity & the Constitution, Columbus & Cortez, and the video series titled The Institute on the Constitution. A Second Degree Black Belt with the American Taekwondo Foundation, Colonel Eidsmoe also serves as Regional Representative for the Gospel Martial Arts Union, is an avid horseman and skier, and tries to get 8 hours of sleep every week. (from

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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.