Homeschool Events List for August 13, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

American Heritage Girls
If you are seeking a girls scouting program for grades K-6  that teaches how to serve God in their family, community, and country; please join us on August 23rd in the Kirk of the Hills Chapel from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. for an informational meeting and registration.  The church is located at 12928 Ladue Rd; St. Louis, MO 63141
For further details, you may contact Laura Stanfill at 636-329-1385.

All our classes are open for Registration at this time. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary year of training homeschoolers and other young people in the arts and academics. We have professional, experienced Christian teachers in all our departments with full training in the arts–ballet, jazz, modern, tap, Musical Theatre, Drama, Improv, Backstage and Technical Theatre, Music lessons in most instruments—–AND academics and enrichment for home schoolers.
For detailed descriptions, teacher bios, pricing and other info please see our website at There is also registration info & enrollment forms on the website. We are always happy to talk to you or show you around the facility.
Open House for Enrichment classes!!! Wednesday, August 29 at Maryland Heights and Friday, August 31 at Crestwood, from 9-11:30 am. Come and go through the day of mini classes, see what will be taught, meeting teachers and other families, register, and see the facilities.
South County location!! Gateway House of Prayer, Lindbergh & Gravois
Other fun beginning of the year activities coming too-Watch our website.
Performing Arts
Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap ~ Petite Allegro-Ballet for the Young Child ~ Musical Theatre ~ Performing classes ~ Drama, Improv ~ Circus Arts ~ Backstage & Technical Theatre
Drum Club! (Percussion Ensemble) ~ Music Technology (Garage Band & Finale) ~ Composition & Theory Lessons
Private Lessons in:
Piano, Voice, guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, saxophone, clarinet, mandolin, Percussion, drums
Maryland Hgts & Crestwood Enrichment
Lego Robotix ~ Art Workshop ~ Health & Fitness ~ Intro to Spanish ~ Holidays around the World ~ Creative Engineering ~ Jr. Meteorologist ~ Intro to dance styles ~ Ballet & Tap ~ Drama ~ Musical Theatre ~ Circus Arts
DaySpring’s Academy Core Program
This Program offers Core subjects 2 days a week in a University Model Program.
From 8th grade and up we allow “A La Carte” Classes to be taken. This year these include:
Biology ~ Algebra ~ Geometry ~ Excellence in Writing ~ 20th Century World History ~ Spanish (1st or 2nd year with a native speaker)
Nancy Schaaf, Executive Director
DaySpring School of the Arts, 2608 Metro, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Beginning Oil Painting Classes for Homeschoolers
For the past eight years Trina Stephens as been providing oil painting classes for homeschoolers at First Baptist Church in Arnold, MO.  These classes are designed for the student who has no, or limited, oil painting experience.  In each session Trina works with the student on color mixing, color values, brush techniques as well as proper care of supplies while the child completes an oil painting.  The next class begins on September 7, 2012; Noon – 2 PM.  This is a three week class (ending September 21) and they will complete a 12 x 16 painting “Shadows of Winter”.  The cost for this class is $18 plus supplies.  You can see a photo of the painting on our website   If the dates for this class don’t meet your needs, there will be other classes available.  This is a year round program with new classes always coming up.  In each one your child will complete a different painting. Feel free to call or email me with questions or to sign your child up for class!  Please note pre-registration is required to allow for adequate seating.  Email:   phone 636-296-7729  ext. 148.

Broadway on the Driveway Performing Arts Classes
Christian Perspective  *  Wholesome  *  Modest  *  Affordable
Classes Begin Week of September 10th!
Clarkson Studio:
14353 Manchester Rd., Manchester, MO 63011
Faith Lutheran Church:
1183 Big Bend Rd., Manchester, MO 63021
(Company A: ages 6-11, Company B: ages 12-18)
BOTD Company Classes are a multi-faceted approach to assisting students who want to pursue their “niche” in musical theatre with Godly integrity.  In the Company, Students enjoy the full musical theatre experience!  Students train in acting, singing, dancing & power tap preparing them for the stage.  They will also venture behind the scenes exploring the various specialty skills needed to put on a Broadway-style show.
POWER TAP (teacher placement, ages 6-18)
Powerfully Percussive!  Adrenaline Infused!  Extremely Fun!  Broadway-style and rhythm tap class – featuring dance combinations with a retro flair.  The exciting news of the year is that Company Classes include Power Tap!  Students will further hone their performance skills as they learn to “tap like the hoofers in the musicals!”
PRIVATE TAP (teacher evaluation)
Shuffle off to buffalo in the style of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and more!  Advance through tap combos, techniques & show-biz “wow” steps at your own pace.
Don your tutu and tiara as fairy tales come alive through ballet!  Little girls will discover the basics of ballet as they learn the art of imaginative storytelling through music and dance.
BALLET (teacher placement: ages 6-11)
Grace and poise for the aspiring ballerina!  Dancers will learn foundational techniques of barre, balance, stretching, footwork, rhythm, interpretation & poise to prepare them for the many dance forms of musical theatre.
VOCAL ENSEMBLE (ages 6-11, 12 & up, sibling groups)
An excellent class for the young singer!  Students will learn the basics of vocal safety, breathing, ear training, vocal technique & harmonization as they hone their showmanship and performance skills.
Bask in the joy of singing and learn vocal safety, posture, breathing technique, diction, ear training, vocal placement, phonation, resonance & interpretation.
Tickle the ivories and enhance your theory and technique!  Students will be assigned a variety of musical pieces to practice each week.  As students advance, they will be introduced to finger exercises, scales, chords, arpeggios, theory & chord charts.
Private lessons are highly focused on proper technique and geared toward each student’s respective level and individual needs.  Students are expected to practice their assignments 5 days a week (various lengths of time depending on skill level).  E-mail or call to inquire about available time slots on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Junior Bowling League
My name is Ricky Matsko, and I am the youth league coordinator at Plaza Lanes, located at 506 Droste, St. Charles, MO 63301.  Our center currently hosts junior leagues on Mondays at 4:30 PM and Saturdays at 10 AM.  We have averaged 20 bowlers each league in the past, and we are looking to expand.  Each league will include: bowling, end-of-year prizes, and coaching by trained staff.  If interested, my manager and I will be available to talk with the students about each league during your meetings.
The Monday after-school league will start on September 10th at 4:15 PM.  The Saturday morning junior league will start on September 15th at 10 AM.
If you have any questions, or would be interested in setting up a junior bowling outing or league outside of these times, please feel free to respond by e-mail, or call me at the center.  The number here is 636-946-3230.  You can ask for Ricky Matsko or Ben Toubben.

LEARN Home Education Network STL Visit
Feel free to pass this on to any inclusive or secular groups or homeschooling individuals!
For the past 12 years plus I have organized a homeschool roadtrip/campout to St Louis every other year (I am based in Kansas City).  This year the trip will be *Sept 12-16*, Wed thru Sun, after the summer crowds have dwindled and before large school groups start doing field trips. Families can choose to stay the whole time or join us for just part of it. This is a great way to enjoy St Louis inexpensively, taking advantage of group rates!  Some of the activities on the tentative schedule are:
The City Museum  (We will be going here on the Friday – $8 per person, $13 if including the Aquarium – if anyone has a Non-profit letter for another group and would be willing to let us use it the price drops to $5 and $10 with the Aquarium – LEARN is applying for non-profit status but our paperwork has not been processed yet.)
The Magic House (if enough folks will be going we will get a group rate)
The Science Museum (free – parking fee and special exhibits cost)
The Zoo (free, -parking fee)
Cahokia Mounds (donations)
The Botanical Gardens
Ted Drewes
The Arch and Museum of Westward Expansion
2012 St Louis Trip Information
Wednesday Sept 12 – Sunday Sept 16
Wed, Sept 12th
Drive to Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park to set up camp, eat and explore.
Cost per night is $13 per campsite ($21-26 for site with electricity and you will be away from the rest of the group). If you make reservations on-line there is an $8.50 fee. Each site can have up to two tents and up to six people or 1 individual family if the number exceeds six. This means if you want to share site/costs with another family you can if the total doesn’t exceed six.
Thurs, Sept 13th
Museum of Westward Expansion and tram to the top of the Gateway Arch.
On the riverfront at Market Street and Memorial Drive.
Museum admission is free, tram costs $10.00 (16 & up), $5.00(3-15) Parking is cheaper at the levee parking but then you must climb the stairs up to the Arch.  Easier access is the parking garage to the north of the Arch.
New Cathedral – the largest mosaic collection in the world. I can’t emphasize enough how incredible this is – the sheer magnitude and the artistry are incredible – and I say this as a non-theist!  It doesn’t take long but definitely a must see. A small museum shows how the mosaics were made.  Lindell Blvd at Newstead Ave, east of Kingshighway
Free, parking free
The Magic House -St Louis Children’s Museum 516 S. Kirkwood Rd. at Lindbergh Boulevard (a mile north of I-44 on Lindbergh) 314-822-8900
$9.50 (ages 1 and above) (if we have 15 or more the price is $5.75), parking free
Open noon to 5:30 pm
Afternoon Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road at Lindbergh Blvd. 314-821-1209
Near the Magic House – open til sunset. Free
Evening Unscheduled – visit at camp or whatever.
Fri, Sept 14th
11:00am The City Museum Wear clothes for climbing and getting wet!  We must arrive as a group and you must pay me at the door 16th and Delmar, off Jefferson Ave 314-231-2489
$8 ages 3 and up with an additional $6 if you choose to go to the World Aquarium Parking at the Museum is $5. Open til 1:00 am (yes that is 1 in the morning lol)
Evening Unscheduled – City Museum is open late – visit at camp or whatever.
Sat, Sept 15th
Forest Park: Your choice of the following Forest Park Website
I40/64 and Hampton Ave
The Zoo  (800) 966-8877  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free, some extra activities involve a fee – See the website for those activities (KC Zoo members can purchase the Safari pass for $5 – see website). Parking $15 although street parking (extremely limited) is free and there is a Forest Park trolley that costs $1-$2.  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Science Museum 800.456.SLSC, x4400
Parking is $10 in their lot, general admission is free, additional costs for special exhibits
9 am – 4:30pm
Missouri Historical Museum  (314) 454-3150
Free 10 am – 6pm
The Saint Louis Art Museum  314.721.0072
Free 10am – 5 pm
Grab some fast food dinner and then head to
Ted Drewes for frozen custard and a taste of Route 66. Truly a St Louis institution.
6726 Chippewa, west of Hampton (314) 481-2652
Cost dependent on appetite – $3-$6/per person, parking free
Sun, Sept 16th
Morning Your choice:
Cahokia Mounds interpretive center and climb Monks Mound to take in the view.
I-64 across Mississippi to Illinois. Take I-55/70 to SR111, then 2 miles west on Collinsville Road. 618-346-5160
Free, although there is a suggested donation of $4 per person or $10 per family, parking free
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Missouri Botanical Gardens
East on I-64 to Kingshighway. South Kingshighway to Shaw Blvd. 800-642-8842
$8 age 13 and up, children age 12 and under Free
9 a.m. – 5 p.m
Forest Park, return to see what you missed yesterday
Faust Park: The Butterfly House, The Historic Village, The St. Louis Carousel and Gallery,
15185 Olive Street Road in Chesterfield one mile north of Highway 40/64- close to where we are camping
Afternoon Head for home!
If you plan to come for any part please let me know at
In Peace, Cheryl Westra
LEARN Home Education Network

Let me first start by introducing myself, my name is Laura Erganian. I work for the Lodge of the Ozarks here in Branson, Mo. I was passed some information about some local events centered around homeschooling in Branson. I am not aware of any annual events or conventions here in Branson and thought, “what better town to host an event such as this?’ I must admit I am not completely familiar with homeschooling, including schedules and so forth; but I think it would be a great way to bring people together and share support. This is where I come in, as I said I work for the Lodge and have ample rooms and meeting space for an event such as this. I see this becoming a successful annual event.  And, this is where all of you come in. I am interested in any feedback, suggestions, or questions you may have. I invite all of you to contact me, either by email or phone with this information. I look forward to hearing from all of you.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Laura Erganian
Lodge of the Ozarks, Branson, Mo 65616
417-334-7535 Ext. 6106

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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