Homeschool Events List for 2/28/12

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

This was on the MO Homeschool Yahoo group, and being passed along for awareness. There is no threat currently, but sometimes these bad ideas spread from district to district in mysterious ways.  It is best for us to be well-informed.
The writer of the quote below was posting about unauthorized persons demanding to see homeschool records in northern MO, these are North-Central counties listed. Only the prosecuting attorney can require you to show your home school records, not a knock on the door from an official of the school district, law enforcement, or any MO state children’s department.
“I am not currently having this issue, however I do expect it. I received an email from HSLDA asking if anyone in Missouri had been asked to show their records to a juvenile officer. It seem there is an official in Chariton, Linn and Sullivan Counties taking a juvenile officer to homes demanding to see homeschool records. That is my circuit and during the home study process in our effort to become foster/adoptive parents I was asked about my daily plan that is “required by law in Missouri”. I simply quoted the law about what is actually required and said my records are far more extensive than the law requires. We have been dealing with the person in question for 20 months, and have learned that she is not to be trusted. I find it extremely interesting that she has garnered the attention of the HSLDA, meaning others have learned that same thing. I will certainly reach out for help if we do have problems.

The YMCA in Brentwood offers Thursday homeschool classes….they are gym/swim classes….run for 7 weeks and are only $50 per child….this cost is the same if you are a member or not… class is from 10:15 to 12:15 (one hour of gymnastics, one hour of swim) and the second class is from 1-3pm (one hour of fitness/gym class, one hour of swim)….no discounts for siblings….ages 3 and up… Mid County YMCA at 314-962-9450 for more info.

What started as a Facebook group last August for St. Charles Secular Homeschoolers has expanded into a large forum which just launched yesterday. Please come, check us out, register and participate. There’s not much there yet as we have just begun our transition from Facebook, but no crickets chirping either. The more the merrier. Everyone is welcome no matter your teaching style or personal faith choices. It is an inclusive and respectful group.
There is also a private section just for the St. Charles area folks so if you weren’t a part of the Facebook group but want to get in on the fun, you can join in now. There is a link to click on the site to request access to that part of the forum. The calendar of events is filling up!
Have a great weekend,
Teri Eddy & Sarah Catlender

Classical Conversations
To Know God and To Make Him Known
Informational Meeting: Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 pm at West County Assembly of God Church off Highway 40 in Chesterfield. We’ll talk about what classical education actually means and what the Classical Conversations program can do for your children… and you!
Classical Conversations’ campuses are now accepting new students for the 2012/13 school year. Classes meet once a week during the school year.
“Foundations”, for  pre-school (K4) – 6th grade, meets from 9 am- 1 pm.
“Essentials”, language arts  for 4th – 6th grade, meets from 1-3 pm.
“Challenge”, for students 7th-12th grade, meets for a full day.
Class sizes are limited and tend to fill quickly.
Email Colleen Grunwald at to make a reservation.
For information on all St. Louis CC programs

Classical Conversations Informational Meeting
Saturday, March 3; 9 a.m.
St. Louis Bread Co., 1909 S Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood (next to REI & Whole Foods)
RSVP: Vicki Jensen:
Directors from the Foundations/ Essentials and Challenge Programs will be available to answer questions.
Classical Conversations
To Know God and Make Him Known
Classical Conversations’ campuses are now accepting new students for the 2012/13 school year. Classes meet once a week throughout the school year.
“Foundations”, for students pre-school (K4) – 6th grade, meets from 9 am- 1 pm.
“Essentials”, a rigorous and fun language arts program for grades 4th-6th, meets from 1-3 pm.
“Challenge”, for students 7th-12th grade, meets for a full day. Class sizes are limited and tend to fill quickly.

Onondaga Cave State Park
The event will be held Friday April 20th and Saturday April 21st, 2012
Uhaul Trucks has chosen our park to be the featured site on their Adventure Across America~Missouri Graphic going out on over 2000 new Uhaul trucks. It depicts a red bat and echolocation…and…Onondaga Cave State Park. We are all partnering with Rob Mies of the Organization for Bat Conservation from Michigan to offer live bat programs to school groups on Friday and to the general public on Saturday. The official unveiling of the truck will be on Saturday at noon. We are very excited to be a part of this special campaign to promote bat conservation and awareness issues.
We want to get as many school groups through as possible; and definitely wanted to include homeschool groups. Our mindset was that we could schedule Home School groups in the early through late afternoon time slots since they have more flexibility; no bus constraints. you all usually drive in groups. Please pass this on to your contacts. We will be taking the first 600 students and I know that we do already have about 200 scheduled.
Maria L. Potter
Natural Resource Manager, Onondaga Cave State Park

In support of Money Smart Week 2012, taking place April 21-28 in the Metro St. Louis area, the Money Smart Week – St. Louis Metro Development Committee will be sponsoring a Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to answer this year’s Money Smart Question (see below) with an essay of 300 words or less. The finalists will be asked to attend the Money Smart Kick-Off breakfast on April 20. One student will be named this year’s Money Smart Kid, winning a $1500 scholarship from COUNTRY Financial. Two $250 scholarships will be awarded to the runner-ups, also sponsored by COUNTRY Financial.
For more information and the registration form visit:

Attention High School Students in Congressman Todd Akin’s district:
High School students in Todd Akin’s district are invited to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition to be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m..  First place winner will attend the National Congressional Art Reception in Washington D.C.
First place winner of competition has art displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in Washington D.C. for one year.  Plus, win a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.
The location will be at the Chesterfield Arts, 444 Chesterfield Ctr., Suite 130 Chesterfield, MO.
Interested students must submit an entry form by Friday, March 30, 2012.
Contact:  Holly Warden at or 314-590-0029.

Free Parent Seminar on Picky Eaters
Hello everyone,
Our next FREE Parent Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 pm, and is entitled “Picky Eaters.” During this session you will learn why kids can be picky eaters, what is typical, and strategies to address this concern. An occupational therapist will discuss strategies to help mealtime to be positive and successful for the whole family. The information presented will be applicable for kids of all ages. If you are interested in attending this seminar please call our office at 636-928-LEAP (5327) to reserve your spot.
Thank you!
Leaps and Bounds, 324 Jungermann Road, St. Peters, MO 63376

First Friday Skate sessions are back. March 2, April 6, May 4; 1pm – 4 pm
$5 admission, $2 skate rental
$2 hot dog & small drink, $3 slice pizza & small drink
Great Skate, 130 Boone Hills Dr., St. Peters, 63376    636-441-2530

Dale’s Music is now accepting enrollment for “Primary Percussion”,
Where kids ages 4-7 have fun  playing an assortment of percussion instruments, including xylophone, metallophone, glockenspiels, and a wide variety of Latin percussion instruments.  They experience the fun of  playing music with others and learning about rhythm and melody.  Perfect for supplemental primary music education for homeschoolers!
The class is taught by Dan Sproat, with 30 years experience as an  elementary classroom music teacher,  professional private instructor and performer.
Seat are limited.  Classes run once a week for 8 weeks.  Saturday mornings: 10-10:45AM. Next class session begins Sat. March 3, 2012  Session fee  $80.00
Class fees are due before 1st session begins, and are non refundable, unless class is cancelled by instructor.
If you need more information, call Dale’s Music at 314-895-3403.

March Morpho Mania
March 1–31, 2012
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday)
Butterfly House, Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
March brings a very special kind of madness to the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House—our annual March Morpho Mania® event! Visit us during the month of March, when the Butterfly House floods the tropical conservatory with thousands of breathtaking Blue Morpho butterflies—a perennial favorite. What better way to celebrate spring?
Native to the forests of Central and South America, the Blue Morpho’s dazzling, metallic blue is all in the eye of the beholder: their wings are not actually colored blue, but are lined with many tiny scales that only allow blue light to escape. And what a sight to behold: thousands of these creatures catching the light in our sunny conservatory.
Despite their opulence, wild Morpho peleides prefer to stay in the forest understory, feeding on fermenting fruit, tree sap, even decomposing animals—keeping their wings folded to avoid catching the eye of would-be predators. But during mating flights, Blue Morphos rise high into the canopy, attracting mates with their iridescent splendor.
Throughout the month, visitors will learn about the critical role butterflies play in nature, and how the Butterfly House is involved with butterfly conservation efforts in Costa Rica. Come inaugurate the season with these majestic creatures at the Butterfly House and immerse yourself in a sea of blue—all March long!
Don’t miss this dramatic sight while it lasts! All activities are free with admission.
Members of the Missouri Botanical Garden enjoy free admission. Become a member today!
Education Activities
Explore the Blue Morpho’s rainforest home through interactive games and crafts in our classroom. From forest floor to the highest treetops on Earth, we will discover the animals and plants that call the tropical rainforest home. This fun event for the whole family also includes crafts and games for children ages 3 to 13. Every Saturday and Sunday in March; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Museum Discovery ~ Missouri History Museum
Thursdays in April
10am – 11:30am
$7 per class per family
$5 per class per family for Museum members
$20 for 4-class series per family
$15 for 4-class series per family for Museum members
Advance payment is required. Payment can be made with all major credit cards.
Bring your children ages 2-5 to make exciting discoveries through hands-on activities while exploring Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age (April 5 & 12) and Seeking St. Louis (April 19 & 26)!
Families will move throughout the gallery and classroom spaces at their own pace as they complete activities incorporating touch, movement, smell, sound, art, and more. Each class has a different theme!
Week One – April 5
Discovering Baby Animals
Week Two – April 12
Discovering Fossils
Week Three – April 19
Discovering Wind, Water, & Fire
Week Four – April 26
Discovering Towns & Travel
Activities Include:
Petting Zoo and Pony Rides (April 5)
Dress Up
Matching sounds to pictures
Making footprint paths
Visiting with Meggie, the Museum’s own life-size mastodon character (April 12)
Arts and crafts
Digging for fossils
Exploring the power of wind through parachutes (April 19)
Playing with puppets
Riding in a horse-drawn carriage (April 26)
Visiting the trolley on the North Lawn
>Please note that some activities are subject to weather.
Activities are appropriate for children ages 2-5.
Light snacks will be available.
Reservations are required, and space is limited.
Call 314.454.3114 to make your reservation today!

Music Teacher
My name is Diane Kaminsky.  I am a Music teacher, Elementary Education teacher and a mother.
I teach piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons and recorder lessons in the student’s homes.  I teach lessons to ages 3 1/2 – adult.  I also teach small group music classes for ages 3 1/2 through school age.
I travel throughout the St. Louis area and to parts of Illinois.
I have a degree from Webster University and I’m certified to teach Elementary Education and Music Education.  I have taught music to infants through grade school students and I have taught in a classroom to ages 3 1/2 through grade school.
Teaching music is my passion.  I individualized my lesson for each student.  The student will learn music theory, scales, musical concepts, and a wide variety of songs.  I also have 2 recitals a year.
I will travel to the student’s home on a day and time that is convenient for the student and teach them lessons for one half hour each week.  My fee is $20.00 per half hour lesson.
I would like to teach home schooled students and incorporate their lesson into their weekly schedule.
Please me let know if you have any questions.
Thank You, Diane S. Kaminsky, 314-805-5383

For infant and preschool-aged children of all abilities!
Led by board-certified music therapist, Victoria Lininger.
Come sing, play, and dance with your child in our music group! First class is free!
When: Tuesdays 10:00-10:45
Where: Mid Rivers Music Instruments, 355-A Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
Drop-in or contact Victoria for more information 816-206-2826 or
Fee for Music Groups:
You first class is Free!!
Drop in for any class: $15 / $5 (for sibling)
Purchase a convenient punch card. (Cards do not expire!)
10 Music Group Punch card: $120 (save $30!)
5   Music Group Punch card: $65 (save$10!)
10 Music Group Sibling Punch card: $50
5   Music Group Sibling Punch card: $25

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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