Events List for August 9, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Open House and Bug Day
Aug. 11 at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
For more information: 573-751-1010
The public is invited to bring their ideas to an open house Aug. 11 at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood. In conjunction with the open house, the park will also host Bug Day, which features fun family activities focused on the world of insects. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the open house and Bug Day are free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the park’s visitor center.
Representatives from the park will be on hand to review recent activities and projects at the facility, including storm damage cleanup, renovation of the Scout camp area, re-route of a section of Virginia Day Memorial Trail, creation of walkway to Walnut Grove Shelter, and the upcoming Alta Shelter restoration. Visitors will be invited to share comments regarding park operations, services, and future plans for development.
Bug Day activities will follow a mysterious insects theme with a mystery theater show featuring Sherlock Holmes-inspired Inspector Insector at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Other bug day activities will include exhibits, games, crafts, and an insect zoo. These activities will be fun for all ages
This open house is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park is located 20 miles west of St. Louis on Highway BA, between U.S. 40 and Highway 100. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the open house can make arrangements by calling the park directly 636-458-3813. For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

St. Charles Secular Homeschoolers – Back to School Picnic
SCSHS is having our Back to School Picnic on August 24th in Wentzville. We have a whole year of field trips, clubs, etc planned that we will share with everyone along with lots of fun and good food. If you’d like to know more, we’d be happy to send you the details. Email Sarah or myself at and we’ll fill you in.
Teri Eddy

The Homelink schedule is finally finished and registration is open for the 2012-2013 school year!
Homelink is a SHARE–sponsored “learning center” that offers a wide variety of “tutorial” classes designed to support the home education experience. The weekly classes are taught by teachers/tutors that are highly qualified in their subject, and have a passion for communicating it to homeschoolers. There are classes for all ages and grades, but the majority are designed for jr. high and high school students. Homelink also has one-of-a-kind “Fun School” classes for homeschooled students with special needs and challenges.
Homelink meets in the St. Andrew Catholic School building in the South County area at 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125. SHARE leaders and homeschool moms Kerrie Tate and Cathy Mullins are the (volunteer!) coordinators. Homelink Orientation is Tuesday, August 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 in the St. Andrew Gymnasium and classes begin on September 4th and/or 6th.
For more information go to the SHARE website at and click on “HOMELINK CLASSES 2012-2013” on the left sidebar. Scroll over to see the Homelink webpages, including “Final Schedule, “Course Descriptions,” “Teacher Bios,” “Homelink Handbook,” and more.
Below is a list of classes that we hope to offer at Homelink during the 2012-2013. The classes are listed in alphabetical order by teacher name.
We would love to have you join us!
Kerrie Tate ( or 314-791-0000) and
Cathy Mullins ( or 314-769-7965)
Sandy Arneson
America the Beautiful – Gr. 4-8
Microsoft Office – Gr. 4-8
Microsoft Office – High school
Yearbook – Age 13 and up
Jeff Bader
Art Fundamentals – Gr. 7-12
Advanced Projects in Art – Gr. 9-12
Lisa Bader
Folk Art Around the World – Gr K-3
Folk Art Around the World – – Gr. 3-6
Folk Art Around the World – Gr. 7-10
Home Economics – Gr. 7 & up
Cynthia Barger
Classical Writing – Gr. 4-6
Classical Writing – Gr. 6-10
Fractions, Percents & Decimals – Gr. 4-7
Young Scientist:  Birds, Bats & Bugs – Gr. 4-7
John Clark
Saxon Pre-algebra
Saxon Algebra I
Saxon Geometry
Saxon Algebra 2
Saxon Advanced Math (Trig and Pre-calculus)
Michelle Engle
Herbal Remedies and Cosmetics – Jr. high & up
Renee Hayes, Don Figlar & Mike Schwent
Automotive Maintenance and Simple Car Mechanics – Age 14 & up
Rene Hayes and Others
Driver’s Permit Study Class – Age 14 & up
Real Life Skills for Men (Cooking, Woodworking, and Camping) – Gr. 7-12
Lisa Hummel
Apologia General Science
Apologia Physical Science
Apologia Biology
Apologia Chemistry
Apologia Physics
German 1- High school
German 2 – High school
Apologia Advanced Biology
Apologia Advanced Chemistry
Apologia Advanced Physics
Judy Musick
Introduction to Lightning Literature and Composition –   Gr. 6-9
American Literature and Composition with American History Complement – Gr. 8-12
Advanced Literature and Composition – Christian Authors/Public Speaking – Gr. 10 – 12
Japanese 1 – Gr. 7 & up
Japanese 3 – High school
Japanese 4 – High school
Monty Schrunk
Basic Rifle Instruction – Jr. high and up
Janelle Steen
Spanish A – Beginners, Gr. 3-6
Spanish B – Beginners, Gr. 6-8
Spanish C – Intermediate – Gr. 4-7
Spanish 1 – Gr. 8 & up
Spanish 2 – High school
Spanish 3 – High school
Pam Weatherford
Photography 101 – Jr. high and up
Advanced Photography-  Photography 101 is a prerequisite
The following classes are designed for home educated students with special needs, but students of all abilities and learning styles are welcome. Last year’s students included those with a wide variety of challenges (Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, etc). The goal of Fun School is to create a rich environment for learning while building friendships (Note: As far as we know, there is no other homeschool program like it in Missouri).
Maeven Blankenship
Junior High and Highschool Classes
Money Basics
Team Sports and Activities
Deanna Fisher
Elementary Level Classes
Music and Movement
Inspiration Art
Wacky Fun Science
Cathy Mullins
Classes for all ages

HELPS Back to School Picnic
Date:  Monday August 27, 2012
Time:  6:00pm
Location:  St. Ferdinand Park (in Florissant, near Lindbergh & St. Ferdinand St), Pavilion # 1 (pavilion # 1 is the pavilion right as you enter the park, next to the playground)
Please read this email carefully!
At the picnic we will have:
>upcoming field trip information
>you may pick up your yearbook
>we will take membership forms (new members & renewals – the 2012 – 2013 membership form FOUND AT , please fill it out and bring it with you!)
>you may order HELPS t-shirts
HELPS will be providing hot dogs & buns, plates, napkins, and forks/spoons.
When you RSVP you will be asked to bring either a side dish or a dessert.  This allows us to ensure a variety of foods!  :o)
We do ask that you avoid any dishes containing nuts (peanut & tree nuts) as we have many folks with nut allergies in the group!
If you have a family member with food allergies, please plan to bring your own food specifically for that child (in addition to the dish we ask you to bring).  They are welcome to eat from the food buffet, but if they need a specific menu please feel free to bring an additional item for them.
Please bring drinks for your family, and if possible, a lawn chair or two!
We will be collecting a silent love offering for the Shah family.  This is the family whose 8 year old son was recently diagnosed with leukemia.  Because of their special dietary needs, the HELPS group is unable to assist the Shahs by providing meals, and so we have decided to bless them with a love offering.
You may forward this invitation to your friends who are interested in homeschool support groups, but we do need for anyone who wants to attend to RSVP so that we have enough hot dogs to feed everyone!!  :o)
To RSVP for the picnic please copy & paste the following information into a new email, and send it to
Last name:
# of people attending:
Cellphone # in case we need to reach you that day:
If there is inclement weather, we will cancel.  We look forward to seeing you at the picnic!
Laura Luebke, on behalf of the HELPS Board

Homeschool P.E. at The Pointe
#1 Ballwin Commons Circle, Ballwin, MO 63021
Ages 7-15 (divided into two groups); Wednesdays 1-2:30pm
September 2012 through May 2013; register for one month at a time
This physical activity class is designed to provide home school students the opportunity to participate in group activity which includes, sports, fitness, health and wellness activities. Monthly fees vary based on the number of week. A $5 discount is available for each additional child if you register two or more children from the same household.
Registration is available at  You will need to create an account to register online.
Statement of Inclusion-The Ballwin Parks and Recreation Department encourages the participation of people with disabilities in our programs and services. Please let us know when you register if you need assistance; or call Terri Johnson, CTRS/CPRP, the Executive Director of Municipal Partners for Inclusive Recreation at 314-835-6157.

High School Civics / Government Course
There are a few more spots left in this upcoming High School Civics course.  We will meet as a group twice a month on Tuesdays from approximately 11:30 – 1:00 more details to follow soon on locations and final dates but will be in the general area of Manchester, MO.
This course  will cover distribution of power, diversity in American society, economic rights, documents including: The Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amendments, treaties and agreements, the purpose of the government, laws (how/when/why), political parties, campaigns, elections, electoral college, comparisons of different types of government, structure of the government and their responsibilities.  We will respect that everyone has different opinions and ideas; this will NOT be a debate class!
In addition to meeting twice a month we will be putting together a Facebook group page so that students can participate in weekly discussion threads.  Each student will be responsible for keeping up with the assigned reading and coursework that will need to be done at home to allow us the best use of our “together” time.
The class is free of charge but there will be expenses of approximately $5.00 per student for copies and misc materials that they will need.
If you would like more information or would like to sign-up for this course please email me at p_mcclellan at and I will be happy to answer your questions.  Space is limited.

NCHC (North County Homeschool Choir)
Will begin Tuesday, September 4 – Grades 2-5 3:15-4:00 PM, Grades 6-12 4:15-5:00 PM. If you sang with us last year, just come on the first day. If you are new to the choir, I would like to hear your children sing (just for vocal range, etc.) before that. Please contact Donna Kennedy to schedule a time during August. Getting excited 🙂

Want to join the circus?  Well, Jessican Hentoff is offering many classes at Circus Harmony at the City Museum, especially a Monday class called “Homeschool Intro to Circus Arts”.  Check it out at

Reinbrook Studio’s Art Class fall session will be held on Mondays, beginning September 10th and run for twelve weeks (excluding the week of Thanksgiving), ending on December 3rd.  Classes will be held at Faith Church St. Louis on Highway 30 (former Life Christian Church location) from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.  The classes are for grades K-12 and are split into a younger class and an older class, also depending on artistic ability.   Registration may be done online at their website,  Sign-up is on a first come, first served basis, and fills up very quickly.   The list of needed supplies is also listed on their website.  Tuition is $95 per student.  For any questions, email Kathy at
~~~Editor’s Note: These classes are held at multiple locations throughout the area. Check the website for alternatives.

Professional guitar/bass guitar lessons available in home or at instructor’s home studio.  Bachelor’s in music and 7 years teaching experience.  Rates are $23/hour at instructor’s studio and $28/hour if traveling to student’s home.  Flexible scheduling, customized lesson planning, and open communication with instructor at any time during the week.  Teaches classical, jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, pop, funk, or whatever else student would like to learn.”
Contact info:
Kevin Haberberger

Do you have a Special Needs child you are schooling at home?  Do you need help?  I am teaching online through the Red Oak Academy.  This school specializes in Special Needs children.  Students get an IEP from trained professionals. They consider gifted children in this group.  Tell them Sharon Jeffus sent you and get a 10% discount.
Check out my art classes online at the Red Oak Academy.  Go to for more information.
Online classes are:
Art History 101
Creative Writing and Journalism
AP Studio Art 2D
Art Basics and Reading Skills (4-8 and Special Needs)
Art Basics (ages 9-13)
Week 1 Topic: Lines and Shapes, Master artists Van Gogh, Cezanne, Dore, Winslow Homer All students will do works of art focusing on technique.
Week 2 Topic: Texture, Master artists are Audubon, Durer, Stubbs, Holbein Students will create animals and learn texture techniques.
Week 3 Topic: Color Master artists Franz Marc, Suerat, Matisse Students will create pictures using paint and learn mixing and blending techniques.
Week 4 Topic: Form Students will do sculpting with terra cotta clay and plasticene clay.  Master artists are Remington, Michelangelo, Calder.
Week 5 Topic   Symmetry/balance Students will create a butterfly garden in pastels and paint.  Master artists are Spitsweg, Monet, Escher.
September 27, 28, 29 we will have a wonderful art retreat at Montauk State Park.  Families can stay at the park and students can come for only $30.00 per day or $75 for those wanting to spend the night at the house.  I even have a big canoe families can use.  These workshops are limited in size so a $50 dollar deposit is required.  Each student will complete a 4 foot by 4 foot painting.  Contact me for more information.
October 18, 19, 20 we will be having a lovely retreat here at Montauk.  The theme will be the outdoors and old cars.  We will have some astronomy thrown in. Down the road we have a place called Bo’s Hollow where you can drive the old Model T’s and Model A’s.  We will do nostalgia art.  Students will come home with the same 4 foot by 4 foot painting.  Cost will be the same as above.  A 50 dollar deposit reserves your place.
November 15, 16, 17
Come to Montauk for an Irish/Scottish weekend.   We will be having Irish dishes and all our art will be focused around Ireland, Scotland and England.  It will be history and art mixed, along with cuisine. Cost is the same, with an extra stipend for the cook.  Don’t miss this one.  Students will still do a large 4’by4’ picture.  We will also do photography.
If you are interested in a trip to Europe, let me know.  We can go as a group.  God bless and you can pay through paypal at, or send a check to the Sharon Jeffus 700 County Road 6630, Salem, MO . Hope to see you there!

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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