Homeschool Events List for 3/8/12

The changes are happening, slowly (there is a lot of information!). Click on 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

The Family Vision Library – Closed Thursday, March 8th
The Library will be closed Thursday, March 8th for computer upgrades and transition to a new library operating program. This will allow us to better serve you our patrons.
We will reopen Friday, March 9th at 9:00 AM
Thank you for your support of The Family Vision Library.
The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive, Saint Peters, MO 63376
Tel:  636-447-6900

Project MEGSSS Now Accepting Nominations for Math-Talented 5th and 6th Graders
Start Date: January 1, 2012
End Date: April 30, 2012
For over 30 years, Project MEGSSS, a parent-run nonprofit organization in St. Louis, has been discovering, inspiring and developing the talents of middle school students with extraordinary gifts in mathematics. We offer “out of level” testing that may qualify a student for an introductory summer program and after-school and summer coursework for up to three years. This unique program appeals to students who enjoy math and want to be seriously challenged by a broadened and accelerated course of mathematics, some of college caliber. Nominations can be made online at by either parents or educators. Nomination is a no cost way to receive information and be invited to attend a parent info meeting. Telephone inquiries can be made at 314.842.5968. E-mail contacts regarding nominations can be sent to

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert
Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 North Ballas Rd., 63131
No Charge for Admission!!!
The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra enjoys serving the St. Louis area through its free musical concerts. The Orchestra performs in a variety of community locations including area universities and schools, churches, plazas and malls, retirement centers and parks. The Orchestra also performs in a variety of musical styles — classical, pops, Christmas pops, operettas, and oratorios. Music Director and Conductor: David Lowell Peek.

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
The weather is getting warmer and what better way to end the school year than a field trip to the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. The Mississippi and the Missouri rivers are best seen from the Tower’s 50, 100, and 150 foot levels.  Bring your class for a unique perspective on our rivers and showcase what is right here in their own backyard. At the Tower, students will see the third largest confluence in the world and discover how it has played a part in history, shaped our local communities and impacted our environment.
Astonishing Astronomy
Wed., March 14; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
$5.00 per ticket.
Come to the Tower and see the giants of our sky come within 3 degrees of one another. This conjunction will provide a fantastic visual and photographic opportunity. Witness the brightest planets in our Solar System from 150 feet up above the rivers. They best viewing of the Venus & Jupiter Conjunction will be after the sun goes down. Come early to watch the sunset. Expert Steve Sands will be providing information about the sky. Reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot at the Tower for viewing, call (618) 251-9101 or email
Spring Events!
March through May
03/31 – Tower Wind Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
04/01 – Easter Bunny at the Tower, noon to 4 p.m.
04/19 – Arts by the Levee, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
04/21 – Earth Day Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
05/12 – Birthday Bash, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
435 Confluence Tower Drive, Hartford, IL 62048

Inside the Brain of Autism
Rockwood Parents as Teachers Presents Inside the Brain of Autism
Presented by Dr. Bradley Mears
Dr. Mears, a researcher, presents internationally on topics related to early childhood growth and development, specifically in the areas of developmental neurology and autism.
He serves as a board member for the Midwest Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Thursday, March 15, 2012; 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at
Lafayette High School in the Auditorium
17050 Clayton Road, Wildwood, MO 63011
This session will discuss exactly what autism is, how our understanding of autism continues to progress, and just why each of these amazing kids is so different. As a researcher in the area of autism and the father of an autistic child, Dr. Mears will talk through the truth, the fads and the misunderstandings that surround autism. This presentation is for parents/caregivers/professionals only.
There is a cost of $5 per person to help cover presenter costs. to register.

Annie Jr.
Presented by DaySpring School of the Arts
2608 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043   314-291-8878
Set during the Great Depression, this classic musical theatre favorite follows the adventures of Little Orphan Annie as she discovers that family can be found where you least expect it.  Fueled by her desire to find her real parents, Annie wins over the heart of everyone she encounters.  Featuring all your favorite songs, such as: Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow, and Maybe.
Featuring DaySpring’s 5-13 year old Musical Theatre Students!
Friday, March 16, 2012     7:00pm
Saturday, March 17, 2012     3:00pm
Tickets: $7 children 12 & under, $10 adults, $13 reserved
-Available from a performer, the DaySpring office, or at the door.
Performance at
DeSmet High School Theatre, 233 North New Ballas Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141

Homeschool Day 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: 3rd Monday of every month: 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.
Here’s what else you need to know:
Barron’s must have at least 28 children to make this event happen.
They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
Refunds only given for illness and Barron’s must be notified before the event begins.
If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
Note: This is not to be confused with the Homeschool Program at Barron’s Gym.

WCCHE Used Curriculum Sale
You are invited to attend the West County Christian Home Educators Used Curriculum Sale.
Monday, March 19th
at the Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011
Shop at more than 28 tables with a selection of used curricula and resources.
Sale hours:  6:00- 9:00 P.M.
Mark your calendars now
We hope to see you there!

Classical Conversations for Dummies
The term “classical education” is a phrase that is becoming more common. What does it mean? To put it most simply, classical education is a model of rigorous and thorough education that equips a young student throughout their school days and into adulthood. At the core of this educational process, is the grammar stage.  During this period students soak in knowledge through memorization and learning who, what, where, and when of those facts memorized. As they start to test their boundaries in life, they move into the dialectic stage, and begin to grow in understanding. Students question how facts relate and explore cause and effect. The rhetoric stage occurs during their high school years.  Students draw upon the knowledge they gained during their grammar years and the understanding produced from the dialectic stage in order to formulate their opinions and have the ability to express them with grace, ease, and persuasiveness.
Classical Conversations breaks this process into a manageable plan for homeschooling families through three programs: “Foundations” for students ages 4 to 12 (or 6th grade); “Essentials”, which is taught in addition to Foundations, for students 4th-6th grade; and “Challenge” for junior and high school students.
Foundations meets once a week during the school year for 24 weeks. Class sizes are limited to eight students and their parents. A paid tutor uses games and songs to drill new memory work. Memory work includes geography, English grammar, math, science, history, Latin, the U.S. presidents, and a timeline of the world from creation to modern day America. The children learn about art, famous artists and composers, and practice different painting and drawing techniques. They also learn how to play the tin whistle, study the scientific method through science experiments and weekly perfect their public speaking skills.
Essentials engages the children in English grammar and writing while taking them beyond the worksheet. Students learn to develop the mental skills to sort and classify facts and learn the tools they need to become eloquent, effective writers. This is a program where English grammar is reinforced through conversations with adults who want their students to master the art of language studies. The Essentials program includes sentence diagraming, parts of speech, spelling, vocabulary, phonics, punctuation, writing lessons, and more. On top of this, part of class time is used to drill math facts in order to enable students to work with greater speed and accuracy in mental arithmetic as they prepare for success in Algebra and beyond.
The Challenge program is for students 12 and older. For 30 weeks they study six challenging subjects at home while practicing dialectic & rhetorical skills in a weekly class. An experienced home schooling parent tutors the students in math, foreign language, and science labs. Students also receive suggestions for improving their written work. Other coursework is shared through facilitated discussions. Each level is called a “Challenge” rather than a grade because students should be enrolled in the level they are prepared to study.
Look for our booth at the St. Louis Homeschool Expo on the lower level. Campus directors will be available to answer your questions.
Upcoming Information Meetings
Information meetings allow you to meet your area director, hear more about classical education for all ages, and obtain the details on your local campus.
Eureka/Wildwood Campus
Thursday Evening, March 8, 2012 and Thursday Evening, March 29, 2012
at Bread Co. 201 East 5th Street, Eureka, MO 63025
Please R.S.V.P. to Melanie Carter ( if you would like to attend one of these meetings.
Chesterfield Campus
Thursday Evening, March 15, 2012 at St. Louis Bread Co.
1650 Clarkson Road Chesterfield, MO 63017
Please R.S.V.P to Colleen Grunwald ( if you would like to attend.
Eureka/Wildwood Campus
Foundations & Essentials: Melanie Carter –
Chesterfield Campus
Foundations & Essentials: Colleen Grunwald –
Challenge A: Ginnie Stowe –
Challenge I: Angela Lockett –
South City
Foundations & Essentials: Vicki Jensen –
Foundations & Essentials: Susan Peck –
Challenge A: Melissa Trippeer –
Challenge B: Debbie Keane –
Lake St. Louis
Foundations & Essentials: Kim McKnight –
Challenge A:  Ginnie Stowe –
O’Fallon, MO
Foundations: Andrea Bond –
Troy, MO
Foundations Campus Coming Soon

Camp Invention
Hello fellow homeschoolers.  If you’re like me you’re thinking ahead to your next year of homeschooling so you can be prepared to shop at the Expo.
We’d love it if those plans included a very unique summer program Camp Invention.  Camp Invention is a National Program sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.  It presents campers will opportunities for critical thinking, problem solving and working as a team.
It is unlike any camp you’ve been to before!  The best part is it can be logged as 32 hours of science with no mess in your own home. For the details check the attached flyer.
WHO:  students entering 1st – 6th grade (about half are homeschoolers)
WHEN: June 18-22, 2012
TIME: 9:00 – 3:30
WHERE: Abiding Savior Lutheran Church and School  (55 and Butler Hill)
DIRECTOR:  Jocelyn Wofford (a SHARE homeschool mom)
COST: $215 – Register before March 30th for $25 off.  Can you be a volunteer?  Your child’s tuition will be $135!

“Hands-on History Adventure Day Camp,” is an opportunity for your campers to have five fun-filled days of exploring Missouri’s history with interactive experiences and a knowledgeable staff. Campers will learn 1800’s era skills, crafts and, of course, history.
The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 4-8 and is for children ages 8 to 11. It will be held at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, 200 South Main Street, St. Charles, Missouri.
Themes include ~Missouri Day: Campers learn about our great state’s history, take a tour of the site and meet/explore some of Missouri’s state symbols.
Westward Discovery Day: Campers will pitch a canvas tent, cook over a campfire, make rope and discover how explorers like Lewis and Clark spent their time.  Campers will learn to barter like traders did in the past.
Pioneer Living Day: Campers will see how daily life was lived in 1820’s Missouri by learning chores & games, and meeting some of the animals that helped pioneer families become sustainable.
History Detective Day: Campers will learn how historians and archaeologists use their skills to discover history’s mysteries. Map reading, a main street scavenger hunt, archaeology activities and working with some of the artifacts will allow campers to explore careers in history.
Show Me Day: Parents are invited to join their child for a period lunch cooked by their campers.  Campers will show their parents what they have learned.  Be prepared to play period games with your future historian.
Cost: $100 plus a $20.00 registration fee.  (T-shirt/bag and other goodies included)
Registration begins on Thursday, March 1. Call the site for forms and more information at 636-940-3322. Campers will need to bring a lunch each day except for Friday.  Space limited to 25 campers.

Summer Science Blast
The Saint Louis Science Center offers the cure for the “common camp” with its Summer Science Blast program. The summer line-up includes a variety of stimulating science sessions for everyone from preschoolers to teenagers, sure to keep kids excited about learning all summer long.
For even more information about Summer Science Blast, plus fun science activities to try at home, visit
New this year! Register online for Summer Science Blast camps, starting January 1 for Members, February 25 for everyone else.
To download a PDF of the Summer Science Blast brochure, click here.
Don’t want to register online? Click here to download a form to print, fill out and mail.

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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