Homeschool Events List for August 4, 2012

This is a only a partial list of what I have received in the past month. I will be posting daily for the next three days (after today) to catch up. Thanks for understanding!

More  information about area events can be found at  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

August 3 – 5, 2012

St. Louis Speech and Debate Club
For over five years, the St. Louis Speech and Debate Club has been offering classes for home school students. Whether you are interested in competitive speech and debate or desiring to improve your speaking skills without competition, this group is a great place to start. This year we are offering the following classes:
Speech Workshop (grades 7-12)
Advanced Debate Workshop (grades 8-12)
Introduction to Debate (grades 7-12)
Apologetics/Logic (grades 7-12)
Chemistry (grades 10-12)
Junior Speech (grades 4-6)
For more information, including course descriptions and fees contact Robyn Starkey at (618) 458- 7324; Cell: (618)340-2630;

We hope you’ll be able to join us for the August Home School Tuesday, on August 7th from 10AM until noon. The topic this month will be Family History and Genealogy and we’re going to introduce it through the work that Carolyn Bach did for a zoo in Australia. She’ll explain how she had to trace the genealogy of red pandas and Fijian crested iguanas. Then we’ll transition to activities designed to help you and your students explore your own family history. Of course, we’ll also hunt for items related to the Bolduc family history. You can register in advance at – just click on the Learn More button.
NEWS!!!!! Did your student make anything out of clay at the Colonial History Day in April or at the June Homeschool Tuesday? The fired clay pieces are finally back (actually they have been back for several weeks but no one said anything to me until yesterday) and are ready to be picked up.
More news! We listened to you and are going to hold another Colonial History Day for Homeschoolers on Saturday, September 29th. The registration form is available at – just click on the Learn More button. Does your family make anything to sell or barter? Let us know if you would like to bring some items to “sell” as part of an activity showing the way Louis Bolduc operated his import business. We’ll also be making things to eat at this event. More details will be available as they are finalized.
Call or email if you would like any other information. Please invite new and prospective homeschooling families to join you when you come to one of our programs.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis MO 63117
“The Searchers” starring John Wayne
Tuesday August 7th at 1:30pm
Saturday August 11th at 10:30am
$5.00 a ticket…purchase them at the front box office.

Times and dates have been set for this coming fall semester’s Spanish classes. Classes will be held in Charlack. Classes will be offered in two levels; one class for K-6th grade and two for 7-12th grade. Classes will run in 10 week sessions. A minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 10 students per class is required. If more students sign up than current classes allow, more courses may be offered. Also if families are interested in classes but aren’t willing to travel to Charlack, and enough interest in expressed, more classes with a convenient location will be offered.
Schedule is  Wed 9:30-10:30 (7-12grade)
Thursday 9:30-10:30 (7-12grade)
Thursday 10:45-11:45 (K-6grade)
Dues may be paid either at the beginning of each class or for families wishing to pay total session fee in advance an $8 discount will be provided. If paid on each day of class, the cost is $8 per student. If paid in total at beginning of 10 week session cost is $72. For families with more than one child interested in taking classes during the same session, a two dollar discount will be applied for the second child per class.
Curriculum is based off of Avancemos! a common curriculum used in many area high schools including, Westminster Christian Academy and Priory. No purchase of the text will be necessary. All materials will be provided through copies and worksheets. Every student will need to purchase a Spanish/English Dictionary and bring to each class.
>>>Sign up deadline is August 8th.<<<
I can be reached at my email or by phone at 314-643-7173. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions. I look forward to meeting and working with you soon.
(Below, I’ve included a short bio and references.)
Sincerely, Becca Castañeda
My name is Becca Castañeda. I have a BA in Spanish from the University of Missouri. I have extensive traveling and living abroad experience and speak Spanish in my home with my Colombian husband. I have been teaching private Spanish lessons since the beginning of 2012 but have worked with children off and on for many years. I am passionate about instructing young people and encouraging their goals of being bilingual. Below are a few references of home school families that I have worked with this year.
I believe in teaching through immersion although part of each class will be in English just to ensure that there is no misunderstandings on assignments and instruction. Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at my email or by phone 314-643-7173. I look forward to working with you and your children. Thank you.

I am new to homeschooling this year but I am not new to kid’s sports and recreation.  My husband, Jay and I started providing our church and surrounding community with Upward Programs about 5 years ago.  For those of you who do not know anything about Upward Programs, they were started in North Carolina by one man for one specific church and grew to include a Global wide effort to reach kids for Christ.  The goal of Upward Sports is to introduce Jesus Christ to children through sports.
We are beginning our Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading Season.  There is one practice night per week in which a devotion is done mid way through practice and games are on Saturdays.  Stars are given out on game day to give kids a sense of accomplishment for how they played the game.  The stars are different colors and represent: Best Offense, Best Defense, Sportsmanship, Leadership, Best Effort and Christline.  All coaches must be approved by Crosspoint Church Pastoral Staff and includes a background check and Upward Application for intent to coach.  There is an evaluation process in which helps to keep teams equally balanced with talented and no so talented individuals.  There is a substitution policy in which all kids play equal amount of time.  There is competition but we do not keep standings… Everyone is a Winner in God’s eyes and that is the Upward way.
The cost is $60 for flag football and $65 for cheerleading.  There is a $15 late registration fee after August 19th.  Uniforms are provided and yours to keep as well as an award at the end of the year.  Scholarships may be available to those that qualify or you “pay” your registration fee through a Fundraising Opportunity – TJ’s pizza’s.  If you sell 25 items, your registration fee is $0.
You can register and evaluate at Crosspoint Church, 5001 Little Rock Rd, St Louis MO 63128 on the following days:
Sunday, August 12th, anytime from 2pm – 5pm
Saturday, August 18th, anytime from 2pm – 5pm
Sunday, August 19th, anytime from 2pm – 5pm.
If you have questions, please email me at or you may call me at 314-650-3361.  If those dates and times do not work for you, you email me for alternate arrangements.
I look forward to meeting some new homeschoolers during the Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading Season!

Open House at Concordia Gymnastic Society
6432 Gravois Ave, 63116 (near intersection of Gravois and Holly Hills in South City)
Saturday, August 11 from 9am-noon
Do your kids have Olympic fever? Are you eager to have them try gymnastics without breaking your bank account? The Concordia Gymnastic Society, also known as Concordia Turners, offers boys’ and girls’ gymnastics, coed trampoline and tumbling, dance, martial arts, speed stacking and more for one low family membership price. For less than $50 per month, all your children can be involved in all of these activities. Just to clarify, that’s not per child, that’s per family! Come to our open house to learn more about one of the oldest gymnastics organizations in the country and meet some of our gymnasts who have just competed in the Junior Olympics. Classes start September 17 with registration the week before, but you can join any time.  For more information, go to

Petite Allegro Twirling Tutu Party
Twirling Tutu
Saturday, August 11th
2:00 to 3:30
DaySpring , 2608 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights 63043
Free and open to all children ages 3 to 10
Come enjoy the fun of tutus and twirls!  We will kick off out new dance season at DaySpring with ballet crafts, delicious food, and fun dances.  To complete the ballet fun, we will watch a special ballet performance from one of the lovely ballerinas of DaySpring.  Wear your favorite party or ballet dress and come twirl with us!
We request that parents remain at the party to help keep your little ones included in the activities.  There will also be a very brief meeting with the parents and teachers to summarize the year and Petite Allegro’s philosophy.

Lutheran South High School is announcing a new program for homeschool students that allow them to take college preparatory courses in English, math, science, social science, and foreign language. You may also choose a course in theology, fine arts, or practical arts. To view their entire list and description of courses, check the website under Academics. Applications for fall 2012 courses will be accepted up until August 14th. Tuition for a semester course is $800 and for a full year course is $1600. Annual application/registration fee is $125 and students are required to wear Lutheran South uniform clothing. For more information and an application, contact Jayne Lauer, 314-631-2842, ext. 426 or

We’re bringing a new session back in August hopefully after the Heatwaves. 7 weeks of kickball out at O’Connor park in Bridgeton. If you are interested, please feel free to go to or pass the info along to someone who may be. I know football, fall softball and basketball is coming soon, so I understand if your child has other obligations. Otherwise get your child out to Kick it. We continue to grow and get better 2 years in.

USACE Summer of Paddling Event
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Audobon Center at Riverlands, Mississippi River Trail, and several other organizations will be hosting a Summer of Paddling event on August 17th and 18th.
Friday, August 17th, will be youth day (4th-12th grades) from 9:30am-2:00pm and Saturday, August 18th, is for the general public from 9:00am-4:00pm.  Both days are free to attend, just need to register for the youth day.  Activities for both days include paddling, Lewis and Clark re-enactors, fishery component (fish ID and electroshock fishing demonstration), Trail Service Project, birding/nature walk/photography, geocaching, biking, and more.  This is a tentative list of activities; more information will be provided later on. The location for the event is at Riverlands Way Pavilion just down the road from the Audobon Center at Riverlands in West Alton.
If this event is something you would be interested in attending, please feel free to contact me for more information.  Thanks!
Mary Ann Meyer, Park Ranger
Rivers Project Office, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO 63386
Office:  636-899-0088

Liberty Classical School
If you are planning on signing your child up for LCS elementary classes, there is still time!  Classes begin Tuesday, August 21st.  The class offerings and schedule are as follows:
K-3 English
Jesse Wise Bauer’s “Grammar Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind” as well as Veritas Press’ esteemed Phonics Museum.  K-3rd grade meets from 9am to Noon.  Teacher:  Christy Maloney
K-3 Science
Science for K-3rd will be taught using Apologia.  K-3rd grade meets from 9am to Noon.  Teacher: Christy Maloney
K-3 History
Students will be traversing the path of the ancients with Mystery of History by Linda Hobar.  K-3rd grade meets from 9am to Noon.  Teacher:  We are looking for a history teacher!
4-6 English
4th-6th grade English The Institute for Excellence in Writing 4th-6th Grade Writing meets from 9am-9:50am.  Teacher:  We are looking for an English teacher!
4-6 History
Mystery of History by Linda Hobar.  4th-6th grade history meets from 10 to 10:50am.  Teacher:  Gerri Stephens
4-6 Science
Truth in Science.  4th-6th grade science meets from 11-11:50am. Teacher: Allison Ramshaw
Elementary Math
Saxon Math Our 4th through 6th grade Math classes will meet from 1pm to 2:30pm.  See below for curriculum and teachers.
4th Grade: Saxon Homeschool 65, Teacher: Suzie Snider
5th Grade: Saxon Homeschool 76, Teacher: We are looking for a math teacher!
6th Grade: Saxon Homeschool Algebra ½, Teacher: Justus Witty
Latin will be taught from 2:40pm to 3:40pm.  Teacher:  Dr. Michael Bond
Logistics of LCS Elementary
It will be the goal of our teachers to cover several lessons in the time they are spending with the students.  Because this classical school is meeting only one day per week, teachers will rely heavily on parents to help their students with homework.  Our teachers will do all the planning and presenting of material and send homework for the student to accomplish and return the following class period.
Students will be tested and given grades at the end of each semester.
LCS is a school and therefore largely a drop-off program.  However, because many of the teachers of our elementary classes have little ones that must be supervised in the nursery, moms will be asked to volunteer some of their time if they have a student enrolled in the school.  We will also be looking for moms to volunteer as classroom helpers in the K-3rd grades.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be actively involved in your child’s class and what kid doesn’t get excited when it is his or her mom’s turn to be parent helper!
Because we are viewing the elementary classes much like a ministry to families this year, we are endeavoring to keep tuition very low.  Classes are $25.  If you enroll your child in 4th-6th grade History, English, and Science classes, tuition is $50 for those three taken together.  Tuition does not include curriculum costs or any supplies that may be needed for the classes.
If you are interested in teaching any of the classes in which we still have a need, please send your resume to Bob Knodel at or mail in to:
Liberty Classical School, 709 Crestview Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63366
Registration for elementary classes is free this year.  Please visit to register your child today!

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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