Homeschool Events List for May 27, 2012

The updates are happening a little more quickly (just a few hick-ups) and I still hope to be finished soon. 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 information. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Classical Conversations
There will be an informational meeting Tuesday, May 29th at 7:00pm for anyone interested in Classical Conversations.  This meeting will be held at:
Liberty Christian Church, 709 Crestview Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63366
If you need directions, you may look up the church’s website, or contact me at
Classical Conversations is a tutoring program made available to homeschooling parents to aid in giving their children a classical education.  Classical Conversations provides programs grades Pre-school (age 4) and K through High school.
We meet on Thursdays mornings from 9am-1pm.  During this time, the children receive their memory work for the week in seven subjects: Math, History Timeline, History Sentences, English, Science, Latin, Geography
The students also receive a Fine Arts project and Science Project as well as recess and snack break.  The morning concludes with lunch!
During the info meeting, I will discuss Classical Conversations as well as classical education in depth.
Please email me to sign up if you want to know more about this awesome opportunity in classical education!
Thank you,
Andrea Bond

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Grace Community Chapel, 7661 Mexico Road, St. Peters, MO  63376
10:30  –11:30:    Early bird shopping:  $3.00 admission.  Proceeds go to the Widow’s Fund.
11:30  – 2:00:     Regular shopping.  No admission fee.  Note time has been extended one hour this year.
We will still have Widow’s fund books for sale in the chapel area

Homeschool Open Bowling
COME IF YOU CAN, don’t if you can’t
Every Wednesday 1:00
Lakeside has graciously offered us the same price during the remainder of spring and over the summer. This is open to anyone and everyone that would like to attend. Just let them know you are there for the homeschool bowling club and they will take care of you!
$5.00 includes 3 games and shoes, only pay for the weeks you can attend.
Location: Lakeside Lanes
1254 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park, MO 63088
(636) 225-2400

RockShow Academy in Affton is having 3 Camps in July:
RockShow Academy is located at 8809 Gravois Rd in Affton –
Tel: (314) 556-7110
July 9th – July 14th (ages 5-11)
July 16th – July 21st (ages 12 – 18)
July 23rd – July 27th
Have you always wanted to play or sing in a Rock Band?   Are you a Class Clown?
A Drama Queen?   A music fanatic?  The BIGGEST “Ham” in your family? The one always singing   – in the house, car – everywhere?
Guess What?
Glee Camp  or Rock Band camp is for YOU!
In these  summer camp sessions you will learn how to play, sing and perform like a Rock Star or Broadway Star with Performances at the end of each camp!
Encouraging Environment!   Beginners are Welcome too!
…To sing or play Guitar, Bass, Keyboard or Drums
…About all styles of Rock from all eras including current styles
…To be Goal & Team-Oriented & Work Well in a Group
…About Culture & History
…To adapt to new situations
…How to presenting in front of a Group
…To conquer “Stage Fright”
…To become more Outgoing
…Work with professional musicians who are great with kids
…Rock Out at the Friday Night Concert or Saturday Night Performance for Glee Camps!
…In a “Broadway” type environment
…Speech & Communication Skills
…How to adapt to new situations
…How to work Well in a Group
…To be “Goal-Oriented”
…About Culture & History
…How to present in front of a Group
…To conquer “Stage Fright
…To become more Outgoing
…To overcome Speech/Dialect Issues
…To Act, Sing & Dance in the Saturday Performance!
Bring your own sack lunch – we provide snacks/drinks
$139 per camp if registered by May 31st
$169 per camp after May 31st
20% Discount on all children after the 1st child enrolled in any camp

Little Fishes Swim School and Backyard Lifeguards will teach water safety with their Safer When Wet program at the Magic House in Kirkwood from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012. Register here.

LifeLight Youth Theatre Summer 2012 Performing Arts Workshops/Camps
To register for any LifeLight Summer Workshops please call 636-294-2978 or visit to register online or click the links below the camp description.
Most camps held in St Charles County with the exception of Godspell which is in Arnold, MO.
Short on time? These fun intensive workshops fit into any schedule.
>TRIPLE THREAT- mock musical theatre audition intensive Mon., June 4; 9:30am – 1:00pm; Ages: 11 & up
The performer who can dance, sing and act has the skills it takes to compete in the world of musical theatre. Designed specifically for middle & high school students, this program offers instruction in voice, acting and dance and the opportunity to build good audition techniques in all areas. A great preparation for upcoming auditions. Tuition $30.00
>IMPROV WORKSHOP- New every year-  Mon., June 25; 12:30pm – 3:30pm; Ages: 9 & up A student FAVORITE!
In this hilarious and active class you will use your imagination and teamwork to create characters, skits and stories while thinking on your feet. Learn to trust your instincts, your imagination, and your fellow actors! Tuition $20
LifeLight Youth Theatre’s Week Long Performance Workshop Camps
>JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT- Mon., June 18- Fri., June 22; Ages 7- 21 -Please note new dates!
Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless..PERFORMANCES AT THE ST PETERS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER THEATRE.
HALF DAY SESSION Ages 7-10, 9:30am- 12:00pm plus performance times on Friday, June 22 at 5pm & 8pm, (on Fri. arrive at 12:30PM).
FULL DAY SESSION Ages 11-21, 9:30am – 4:00pm plus performance times on June 22 at 5pm & 8pm.
>DISNEY’S ALADDIN- Mon., July 9-Fri., July 13, Ages 9-20
Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story  and every camel has a tail! All of your favorite characters are here in DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR, a stage adaptation of the Disney hit film. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences’ spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me” will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come!
FULL DAY SESSION Ages 9-20 ;Mon., – Thurs., 9:30am- 3:30pm plus performance time on July 13 at 7:30pm (Fri. July 13, go from class/rehearsal location to theatre at 2:00pm)
>GODSPELL JR.- Mon., July 23-Thursday., July 26, Ages 9-21
Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day.” As the cast performs “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life.
FULL DAY SESSION Ages 9-21, 9:30am – 4:30pm plus performance time. Tuition $110.00
>DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIANS –  Mon., Aug.6 – Fri., Aug.10, Ages 5-8 & Ages 9-18
In a loving home in the city of London, Dalmatian parents, Pongo and Perdita happily raise their Dalmatian puppies, until the monstrous Cruella De Vil plots to steal them for her new fur coat! Join all the dogs of London, as they daringly rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen. With a delightfully fun score, lovable characters, and one of the most deliciously evil villains in the Disney canon.
HALF DAY SESSION Ages 5-8, 9:30am- 12:30pm, (on Friday arrive at 3PM) they will join with the rest of cast for dress rehearsal and performance.
FULL DAY SESSION Ages 9-18, 9:30am – 4:00pm,plus performance time on Friday., August 10 at 7:00pm (Friday’s rehearsal/ workshop will take place at the performance space).
>Story Ballet Dance Workshop – Wed., June 13 – Fri., June 15, 12:30PM- 3PM AGES 6 – 8 ,
Students will learn several famous ballet stories such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle then explore one story through movement including learning classical ballet vocabulary and pantomime skills. Students will also create art projects and a scrapbook related to the story. Appropriate for students who have some ballet experience. Students should wear leotards, tights and ballet slippers. Taught by professional ballerina, Lauren McCart. Tuition $55.00

CHEF Used Curriculum Sale
(New Location) Wednesday, June 6, 9:00 a.m. to Noon at Maryland Heights Community Center , 2344 McKelvey Rd. , Maryland Heights , MO 63043 . Both buyers and sellers have told us that this one is the best! We have people come from all over the state. Sellers may begin setting up at 8:00 a.m. Tables are $13 for an 8-ft. table. To register for a table, send your check payable to CHEF, c/o Teresa May, 3110 Fulton Way , St. Ann , MO 63074 or contact her at 314-428-9086. Directions: From Hwy. 270 go west on Dorsett. Turn right at first light on McKelvey (same as going to Dorsett Church ). Turn right on Ameling. Turn left on McKelvey Rd. Community Center is on right.

Wehrenberg 2012 Free Summer Family Series
June 6 – August 16

Homeschool Bowling Club
Day: Wednesday, beginning June 6th
Time: 11:00 a.m.
12 week session, but you only pay for the weeks you attend
Price:  $5.00 per week for 3 games of bowling.  Price includes shoes.
You have the option of paying $9 a week and receive a free bowling ball & bag (You pick the color and the weight and they will drill it for you…several colors to choose from.)  Also includes 3 games plus shoes.
Where:  Imperial Bowl, 6045West Outer Road, Imperial, MO 63052
For more information or to sign up, contact:  Ed and Nancy Ockrassa, 314-537-4771 or

NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Class
Registration is still open for the June 15th and 18th session of the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Class. Please click on the link below to register and share this with any friends who might be interested in learning how to handle and shoot rifles safely and confidently.  A brochure with information on the class is attached; please feel free to contact me at or 314-800-7520 with any questions.
Even if registering online each student must fill out, sign and return a registration form (attached) with deposit.  The online registration is for NRA’s accounting of the class; the paper forms are for my record.  Those who do not wish to use the online registration may simply return the signed form to the indicated address and I will handle the rest.  However, registering online will lock your place in the class until the paper form is received.
-Class dates/times:  Friday and Monday, June 15th and 18th.  Students must attend both days
-Cost:  $100 per student; Family discount applies.**  A minimum deposit of $25 is due within 10 days of registration; the balance is due at the start of class.
-Location:  Top Gun Indoor Range, 4075 West Outer Road, Arnold, MO  63010
-Student Requirements:  Anyone, ages 10+, interested in learning the fundamentals of safe rifle handling and shooting.  No prior shooting experience is required.
-Parent Info:  One parent may attend with each minor student, as an unregistered observer, at no additional charge.  Only registered students will receive course materials, participate in shooting exercises and be eligible to receive a course completion certificate.  Parents are welcome to register as a student and participate in all class activities with their child.
-Registration Link:
> $25.00 Deposit must be received within 10 days of registration or the initial registration could be subject to cancellation.
>> When multiple members of a single family register for the course (even in different class sessions), each member will receive a $5 discount + the family discount of the previous member.  In other words, the first member pays full price, the 2nd receives a $5 discount, 3rd receives a $10 discount, etc.
Monty Schrunk  314-800-7520
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St. Louis Vacation Liberty School
Teaching A New Generation Of Proud Americans
The Patriot’s Version of Vacation Bible School Comes to Chesterfield
St. Louis Vacation Liberty School is a patriotic version of the traditional Vacation Bible School and it’s returning this year in a new location, on Westminster Christian Academy’s camps in Town & Country the week of June 18-June 22, 2012. America is floundering because we have taken faith out of our schools and our history. If the next generation is to help restore her to her true course, they must learn founding principles of personal and economic liberty through the lens of faith, hope and charity. VLS is a week-long, half-day program designed for children entering 5th through 8th grade in the fall. Enrollment is limited to 50 children. The cost is $65.00 per student.
Participants will gain an understanding of the United States as a special and unique country; established as a republic, with a balance of power and a goal of limited government. Children will discover the true vision of those who founded our country in a fun, exciting environment. They will learn the role of faith in the Revolutionary War, discover the Black Robe Brigade, learn the story of the Constitutional Convention, understand what “equal justice” really means and explore the balance between liberty and tyranny.
Finally, participants will experience true economic freedom by earning tokens throughout the week that can be used in the school store. This will reinforce the source, purpose and true value of money.
The curriculum is designed to teach principles, not dates and names. Sources for the curriculum include The 5000 Year Leap, A Patriots History of the United States in addition to Wall Builders, National Archives Charters of Freedom,, The Federalist Papers, The Constitutional Sources Projects, Principles of Freedom 101: Study Guide, and Library of Congress – Religion and the Founding of America.
Conveniently located in Town & Country, close to US 40/64. For more information and to register, visit or call us at 636-273-3816.

Homeschool Used Curriculum Sale
The homeschoolers from Troy First Baptist in Troy, MO will be hosting our first-ever Homeschool Used Curriculum Sale. This is not a fund raiser for our church or any other group.  The purpose of the sale is to allow homeschoolers to buy and sell their used curriculum and homeschooling supplies. All proceeds from table rentals and Early-bird Admissions will go to Southern Baptist Missions.
When: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Where: Troy First Baptist Church, 1000 Elm Tree Rd., Troy, MO
Please send $7.00 with a Self-addressed Stamped Envelope to Carita Crain, 164 Strack Farm Lane, Troy, MO 63379.
9:00 A.M. – Doors will open to sellers. You must have pre-registered and you must have your ticket.
9:45 A.M. – Early Bird Shopping — $3.00 admission fee
10:30-1:00 – Regular shopping, no admission fee
1:00 – Sale will close.  Please take all your books with you because there will not be a free table.
Tables are all about the same size.  Some are round, some are rectangular. You may choose your table when you set up.
Each table rental will receive two early bird tickets, to be used by adults.
No food or drink items may be sold.
Please remember that this is a curriculum sale, not a garage sale.
Please be respectful of the church property and of other people.  You must keep your children with you at all times and not allow them to walk around unsupervised.
For more info, please email Carita Crain at

Study of African American Homeschoolers – Help Needed
– Are you an African American homeschool family?
– Do you have any children between the ages of 9–14 being homeschooled?
– Would you be willing to help with a study?   And . . .
– Would you like free testing? Entry into a drawing for a Netbook-style computer, free membership with National Black Home Educators, free subscription to Home School Digest Quarterly Journal for Family Discipleship, free subscription to National Home Education Research Institute research journal and more, free research report on this study by Dr. Brian Ray, and the satisfaction of knowing you helped with an important study for black educational choice.
If you can or know anyone who can answer yes to the above questions
PLEASE very soon . . .
Contact – Dr. Brian Ray and NHERI at
OCHEC has a long and good history with Dr. Brian Ray and the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). We support this study of black homeschooling and public schooling. This is a solid and fair study and Dr. Ray will do a good job of conducting it and presenting it to the public.
More Detail About the Study
Dr. Brian D. Ray and the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) have a groundbreaking study  – of African American students – under way.
They are examining the academic achievement of black students in homeschooling and conventional (e.g., public) schooling, and various features and views of their parents. No research like this has ever been done on African American families.
Your child will be tested only once, this spring, for free. It is a nationally normed and highly regarded test. Parents will answer a brief questionnaire. All the information will be held in strictest confidence and data will be used anonymously by Dr. Ray. You will receive your child’s test scores.
If you want any references about Dr. Brian Ray or NHERI and their work, please contact National Black Home Educators (, your statewide homeschool organization,, or and ask about Dr. Ray and NHERI (
You may also see this study endorsed by:
National Black Home Educators NBHE:
CHAP of Pennsylvania:

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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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