Homeschool Events List for August 7, 2012

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
Begins October 1, 2012!; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price will only be $3.00 per person!!!!!
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year.  We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”.  Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House.  It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families.  You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees.  My goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
>Price:  $3.00 per person (adults included)
>Children under the age of 1 are free.
>You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
>Sign up is not necessary.  You may pay at the counter and you may use the following: Cash~Check~Credit Card~Debit Card
>Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
> THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS, SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!   Please feel free to copy this and forward to them.  It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
>We have 4 Magic House dates.  There is no September or December event.
>Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
>Mark your calendar for the other dates to follow in addition to October 1st:
November 5, 2012
January 7, 2013
February 4, 2013
>If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at

Theatre IV is offering several field trip opportunities in the St. Louis area for the coming school year.  I hope your group will take advantage of these fun learning opportunities.
Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Sq, St. Louis, MO 63108
The Ugly Duckling; Oct.10, 2012: 9:30, 11:30
Edison Theatre at Washington University, 6445 Forsyth Boulevard #203, St. Louis, MO 63105
The True Story of Pocahontas; Nov.12, 2012: 9:30, 11:30
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; Dec.4, 2012: 9:30, 11:30 & Dec.5, 2012: 9:30, 11:30
Florissant Civic Center, 1 James J Eagan Drive, Florissant, MO 63033
I Have a Dream; Jan.30, 2013: 9:30, 11:30 & Jan.31, 2013: 9:30, 11:30
For reservations or more information, please visit our website,
Andrew C. Boothby, Tour Associate
Theatre IV America, Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre

FREE conference for homeschool students!!!!
Are science and faith compatible?  Does biology supports or undercut human uniqueness?  Is there evidence that life and the universe were intelligently designed?  We invite you to explore these questions and more at The Francis Schaeffer Institute Lectures on Science & Faith: Friends or Foes? taking place on October 12-13, 2012 at Covenant Theological Seminary.  Sessions will explore the compatibility of science and faith; the impact of Darwinian evolution on ethics, society, and theology; debates over human origins and uniqueness; the scientific evidence for intelligent design in cosmology and biology; and C.S. Lewis’s prophetic insights into the dangers of scientism.
Featured speaker s include Dr. Jay Richards, co-author of The Privileged Planet; Dr. Ann Gauger, senior research biologist at the Biologic Institute and co-author of the new book Science and Human Origins; Dr. C. John Collins, Professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary and author of Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?; Dr. Hans Madueme, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College;Dr. Paul Nelson, Adjunct Professor of Science and Religion at Biola University; and Dr. John West, editor of The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society.
This conference will be of special interest to seminary students, college students, and pastors and other church leaders.  In light of this great opportunity, would you please consider spreading the word about this event to your students, church members, and/or colleagues? If so, we have a variety of promotional materials you may use, including flyers (that can be used as bulletin inserts); postcards; posters; a PowerPoint announcement slide; and email announcement text.  If you would like any printed materials, please let me know by August 10th so that I can fulfill your request in a timely manner.
A summary of the conference details is below, but, please visit  for more information The conference is sponsored by Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in conjunction with The Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary.
General Admission: Includes admission to all sessions from Friday night thru Saturday night, plus a free book and DVD.  General admission does NOT include lunch or dinner on Saturday.  A limited number of box lunches can be reserved at the rate of $11 per person by those who pre-register.
Early-Bird Registration (thru Sept. 21, 2012): $25
Regular Registration (from Sept. 22-Oct. 5): $35
Student Admission: High School, College, and Seminary Students can come for free, but they must register. They will need to show student ID when checking in.  Student admission does NOT include lunch or dinner on Saturday.
We appreciate your help in sharing this information and hope you can attend!
Sam Wall, Media Representative
Discovery Institute, Center for Science & Culture

2012 Home School Craft Fair!
Make sure you have your calendars marked for the 2012 Craft Fair – November 10, 2012.
This is a great time to start thinking about the crafts your family would like to sell.  Last year we sold out of booth space, so if you are planning on participating, you will want to sign up soon.
This is an area wide event – all homeschool families are welcome to participate!  Closer to the event we will be looking for your help in getting the word out – we will need lots of shoppers.  Last year we had an amazing display and variety of crafts.  You do not want to miss this event.  It is a wonderful opportunity for children, moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas to create and market items.
Questions?  Everything you need is on the website:

Post-Secondary Education Fair
You are invited to attend the Fifth Annual Post-Secondary Education Fair for home-schooled students. This event will take place Friday, October 12, 2012 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 Nifong, Columbia, MO. This fair is a wonderful opportunity for home schooled students and parents to visit with many different universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, and vocational-technical/trade schools at one time. The 2008 – 2011 fairs included 45 different types and styles of schools, not only from Missouri, but also from states as far away as Wyoming and Tennessee. The schools in attendance will showcase their degree and certification programs and the relaxed environment encourages students to converse with the school representatives. The fair not only gives students and parents information concerning schools and their offerings to our home- schooled students, but it also allows home schooled students to explore the variety of opportunities waiting for them in post-secondary education.
We will again offer the mini-seminar, “Preparing your High School Home-schooled Student for Post-secondary Education,” lead by Cindy Campbell, a home school mom of three. Mrs. Campbell’s seminar was much appreciated by the families that attended the past two years. She guides and advises home schooling families as they prepare their home-schooled high school student for college. The seminar will address what subjects and records are needed to assist your students with their college preparation. Mrs. Campbell’s oldest child is working as an ASL interpreter and on a master’s program to prepare for a career in speech pathology, her middle son is a full-ride-scholarship graduate of Westminster College and is now earning his master’s at MU on a full scholarship, and her youngest has attended Westminster and is now attending MU to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.
We hope to offer another mini-seminar concerning reading recovery for your home schooled student. More to come concerning this.
At present the plans are for Hart Career Center, to again offer free of charge, “Education and Career Interest Assessment.” This will be offered to each student that would like to take advantage of this service. It is voluntary and only for your personal benefit.
Woodcrest is located in an area that has many types of restaurants close at hand. The church has been very good to us and we would like to respect their building by asking that you eat away from the building and do not carry food/drink into the building. Closed water bottles would be fine to bring.
If you have any questions about this Post-Secondary Education Fair, please contact the sponsors,
Ron and Brenda Crowe, past home-schooling parents of three at or at their home-based business number:  573-642-0659

Tour of the College of the Ozarks
Organizer’s name: Elaine Lambert Dorey
Email address:
Address: 12746 Fee Fee Rd, St. Louis MO 63146
Phone: (include area code)   314-591-4125
Field trip name and general location: Tour the College of the Ozarks / Branson MO
Date and time: Monday, October 22, 2012  11:30 am
Minimum number Required for Options – Group Rates   20
Age restrictions: Highschool (siblings welcome)
Cost & Brief trip description: All Costs include Taxes/Fees
College of the Ozarks Tour  Monday 10/22   NO CHG   Lunch can be purchased  Get a Christian education at Hard Work U
(Opt) Lodging at Westgate Branson Woods $65.84nt.  includes Breakfast Buffet for 2
(Opt) Silver Dollar City Harvest Festival  Sunday 10/21   Child 4-11 $41.92   Adult 12+ $52.66
(Opt) Hughes Bros. Show Monday 10/22 8pm
Ch 6-11  $7.81 / Ch 12-17  $14.51 / Ad 18+  $30.13

Free online classes at St. Louis County library!
Quite a line up, from college prep to computers to language!

2013 Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo
Thursday – Saturday, April 11-13, 2013
First Evangelical Free Church, 1375 Carman Road, Manchester, MO 63021
Our Featured Speakers
We have finalized the list of featured speakers this year and we are excited about what they have to offer! We have not yet made arrangements on what topics they will be speaking on, but that’s coming! We look forward to another great Expo in 2013! So, here they are…
Todd Wilson of Familyman Ministries
Todd Wilson will be returning with his humor, wit, and great advice for dads (and the rest of us, too!). Familyman Ministries started with this mission: “to remind dads of what’s most important.” How to accomplish this mission has grown, along with the ministry.
To find out more about Todd and Familyman Ministries, go to:
Steve Demme of Math-U-See and Building Faith Families
Steve is the author and founder of the popular Math-U-See curriculum. He has also served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years. His desire is to strengthen, teach, encourage, validate, and exhort parents and families to follow the biblical model for the Christian home.
To find out more about Steve’s ministry, Building Faith Families, go to:
To find out more about Math-U-See, go to:
Kirk and Casey Martin of Celebrate Calm
Kirk and Casey are a father and son team who provide science-based behavioral training for educators, parents and children. Martin provides practical, concrete strategies that can be applied immediately. His presentations are laugh-out loud funny and interactive. Even teachers comment, “I could have listened to him for another hour.”
To find out more about Kirk and Casey and Celebrate Calm, go to:
Rebecca Keller, author of Real Science-4-Kids
Dr. Rebecca Keller is a homeschool mom who earned a PhD in biophysical chemistry from the University of New Mexico who worked in the areas of biophysics, molecular biology and neuroscience. When she could not find textbooks that excited her kids about science, she decided it was time to create her own and wrote the popular Real Science-4-Kids homeschool curriculum.
To find out more about Dr. Keller and Real Science-4-Kids, go to:
Joyce Herzog, Learning Disabilities specialist, author of Scaredy Cat Reading and more…
Dr. Joyce Herzog is a gifted teacher and author of many educational products that simplify teaching for you and learning for your students. Joyce taught classrooms of learning disabled students in private and public schools for many years and has been working with homeschooling families for over twenty-five years.
For more information on Dr. Herzog, go to:

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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