Homeschool Events List for August 16, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Hello Everyone,
I’m in the stages of homeschooling High school aged kids and I wanted to find a yahoo group focused on 9th – 12th grades. I didn’t find one. Maybe I didn’t look extensively enough, so I created one.  Please join if you are in the stage of homeschooling a high school student or have graduated home schooled kids. I’ve found that we are in need of support and the group I made is for that. I’ve made two and they are listed below. Please feel free to invite others who are homeschooling highschool students!
Group home page: –  open to all those homeschooling or who have graduated High School students (9th-12th)
Group home page: – this group is opened to Missouri residents.
Thanks and I hope to see you on the groups!
Tawanna Cullen

Mozingo Music is offering several different music and drama classes this fall, as well as dance and vocal ensemble.  We have known Jeff Mozingo for over 20 years and he is a wonderful Christian man, who would like to reach out to the homeschool community.  There are classes for kindergarten through high school/adult.  The drama classes will put on productions at the end of the semester.  Some of the plays they will be doing this fall are, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Hansel and Gretel: The Untold Story, and The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree.  Check out the link below for more information.
This class is being taught by Wendi Dicken-Bradshaw, who home schooled her own 3 children.

The next session of 6-week robotics courses at Smart Kids Robotics begins the week of August 20 — registration is open now at
Smart Kids Robotics is a fun, innovative learning opportunity for kids of all ages.  Smart Kids Robotics uses robotics in a unique high-tech, hands-on learning facility to excite kids about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Our goal is to encourage adaptive expertise by inspiring kids to confidently pursue their ideas, collaborate and realize their accomplishments (and have lots of fun with robotics!)
Register for a fun, challenging robotics course and save $25 today!
Course schedule:

Birds Behind the Banana Republic:
Avian Conservation in Honduras
Aug 29th, 2012 (Wed)
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
To be held at: Saint Louis Zoo Living World auditorium (north side of Zoo)
Parking is FREE in Zoo’s North Lot.
FREE & OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students, welcome. Registration not required.
For more information call 314-533-8586 or email
Honduras, literally, great depths, sits at the heart of Central America. With the largest percentage of natural forest cover remaining in the region and much of the Central American continent’s largest wilderness, the country is a conservation hotspot and a mecca for migrating birds.
Robert Gallardo, leading authority on Honduran avifauna works to promote avian conservation projects in Honduras and is at work with noted bird illustrator, John Sill, on a field guide to depict all the country’s known species. In St. Louis for one night only, Robert showcases the rich and diverse birds of Honduras as he shares stories from nearly 20 years of adventures exploring remote Honduran landscapes to document 30 avian species never before recorded in this lush Central American country.
For more information on Robert and the Birds of Honduras, please visit his website at

Deadline to register your homeschool for the pizza hour book it program is September 1st. Students grades K-6 are eligible to receive free personal pizza coupons for meeting reading goals.

Voice Class and Music Theory
Beginner Voice Class
Thursdays   1:45 – 2:45pm
Fall Session ( 12 weeks)   September 6 – November 29
Spring Session I (9 weeks)   January 3 – February 28
Spring Session II ( 9 weeks)   March 7 – May 9
Students will be studying the voice as an instrument and learning the basics of proper singing including:
breath support
matching pitch
musical interpretation
vocal placement
stage fright and nerves
poise and confidence
Students will work on a piece of music as a group each week applying the principles/techniques being taught along with a variety of vocal exercises to both strengthen the voice and the breathing machine.  Class will also focus highly on being a supportive, creative and safe place to explore and experiment with vocal singing in a positive and challenging environment.
Students will be singing in English, Latin and Italian as they learn several pieces over each session.   Material will be taken from Lingua Angelica (Memoria Press) and Steps to Singing for Voice Class – 3rd Edition (Royal Stanton).  Students will need to purchase the book by Royal Stanton.  Other materials will be provided.
Class size is limited and full class participation is an expectation.
Where:    FirstFree Church    1375 Carman Rd     Manchester MO
Who:  Junior High –  High School
Tuition:   Fall Session (12 weeks)  135.
Spring Session I/II  (9 weeks each)  105. per session
>>Private Voice Lessons are also available.<<
Music Theory I – Beginner
Thursdays 12:45 – 1:40pm
Fall Session (12 weeks)  Sept 6 – Nov 29
Spring Session I (9 weeks)  Jan 3 – Feb 28
Spring Session II  (9 weeks)  March 7 – May 9
Music Theory I will focus on the following musical elements:
key signature
table of sharps/flats
note value
note reading (names)
ear training
sight singing
Students will participate in weekly theory exercises along with written work.  We will use a book called NOTE SPELLER and a VOICE CLASS book which have some great concepts and valuable exercises in them for learning to read music.  NOTE SPELLER is an inexpensive workbook which becomes a great resource book once students have worked through it.  Other resources may be necessary (musical staff paper or workbooks) as the student progresses through the sessions.   This class will build the students ability to read music and follow a musical score/choral piece for participation in choirs, musicals or other types of group or solo singing as well as lay a foundation for playing an instrument.
Class size is limited to allow each student to have the most interaction..  Participation is necessary and a required part of the class experience.
Where:  FirstFree Church      1375 Carman Rd.     Manchester MO
Who:  Junior High –  High School
Tuition:  Fall Session ( 12 weeks) –  135.
Spring Session I/II (9 weeks each) –  105.  per session
Students may combine any or all classes offered on Thursdays for a full half-credit of performing arts per semester.
Additional classes offered on Thursdays include Beginner Voice Class and Young Actors Workshop & Shakespeare.
Students enrolled in more than one class receive a multiple class tuition discount.
To register your student please email me at:
Please visit for complete details and for additional classes/workshops!

BioBlitz in Forest Park
Sep 7th, 2012 (Fri) — Sep 8th, 2012 (Sat)
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join teams of scientists and skilled naturalists during the 24-hour exploration in Forest Park. Expeditions leaving every hour from the base camp which is located behind the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center (Forest Park Forever Building). Families with nature lovers, budding scientists and experienced naturalists of all ages are invited. Here’s your chance to learn about everything from fish to fireflies, bats to butterflies. For details, visit
Students under the age of 18 need to attend with an adult.
See you at base camp!
>>NOTE: must be pre-registered to participate

Friday – September 14th from 1:00 – 3:00
This sign-up event is free and open to any home school family that would like to check out the lanes and the Home school Bowling Club.  Reservations are required please call the lanes direct at (314-469-6550) or email  Each person who signs up will receive two hours of bowling, shoes, a piece of pizza, soda and be entered into the attendance prize drawings. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Our fall league will begin 9/21/12 for ten weeks, cost is $5.00 per week and includes 3 games, shoes and coaching.  In addition we have several special parties planned to add to the FUN factor).  176 Four Seasons Shopping Center, Chesterfield, MO 63107
Bowling is a safe, sport that is healthy and fun.  We like to think of it as a life-long sport.  Something you do as a student and continue to do throughout life.  There are also opportunities to win college scholarships for our youth that build their bowling skills and compete.
Brunswick Zone Chesterfield, 176 Four Seasons Shopping Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Will be held at RockShow Academy on Monday, September 17th from 5:00pm-6:45pm.
Rehearsals will start the following week and meet Mondays from 5:00pm – 6:45pm at RockShow Academy.  The class is $10/week and there is a sibling discount so all subsequent children after the first enrolled child are only $8.00/week.
RockShow Academy is located at 8809 Gravois Rd./ Affton, MO  63123
Please Contact Kelley or Dave Brandt if you have any questions.
Dave: 314-601-5339
Kelley: 314-412-1963

BioBlitz in Tower Grove Park
Sept 21st, 2012 (Fri)
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Join teams of scientists and skilled naturalists during the first BioBlitz in Tower Grove Park. Families with nature lovers, budding scientists and experienced naturalists of all ages are invited. Here’s your chance to learn about everything from fish to fireflies, birds to butterflies. For details, visit
Students under the age of 18 need to attend with an adult.
See you at base camp!
>>NOTE: must be pre-registered to participate

MHM Homeschool Days
MHM Homeschool Days are completely free! All activities will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like. Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP. Registration will open one week prior to the start of the event. Advance registrations allow us to make sure we have enough activity materials for everyone.
We communicate information about these programs exclusively via email. Please sign up for our enewsletter to make sure you stay in the loop!
Our Olympics (Registration Required)
Monday, September 24 2012 at 10:00 am
Discover the Real George Washington (Registration Required)
Monday, October 22 2012 at 10:00 am
Numbers and Notes (Registration Required)
Monday, November 19 2012 at 10:00 am
Winter Wonderland (Registration Required)
Monday, December 10 2012 at 10:00 am
The Civil War in Missouri (Registration Required)
Monday, January 28 2013 at 10:00 am
St. Louis in Black and White (Registration Required)
Monday, February 25 2013 at 10:00 am
Exhibit TBA (Registration Required)
Monday, March 18 2013 at 10:00 am
Theme TBA (Registration Required)
Monday, April 15 2013 at 10:00 am
Celebrating Missouri (Registration Required)
Monday, May 6 2013 at 10:00 am

Weekly classes begin the first week of September on Tuesdays and Thursdays afterschool/evening.  There is also a class available during the day on Wednesdays.  For more information, please visit my website at
Winter Art Classes
October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 1:30-­‐2:30 – $55
November 7, 14, 21 and 28; 9:00-­‐10:00 – $45
October 2, 9, 16, and 23; 11:15-­‐1:15 – $100
Chinese Plates:
November 6; 11:15-­‐12:15 – $20
Wire Sculpting:
November 6; 12:30-­‐2:30 – $35
November 7 and 14; 12:15-­‐2:15 – $30
December 4; 10:00-­‐12:00 – $40
Clay Sculpting:
December 4; 12:15-­‐2:15 – $30
Glass Etching:
December 5; 12:15-­‐1:15 – $20
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Triple J’s, 3944 S Old Hwy 94, Saint Charles, Missouri 63304
It’s just around the corner (to the south and east) from the Walmart and Aldi stores near Jungermann and Hwy 94.
Just wanted to remind everyone that Triple J’s will be open for a limited time, so be sure to stop in and get fresh, locally-grown produce before the season ends!
We have had delicious corn on the cob, watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, tomatoes, etc. from them over the past month, and we’re looking forward to apples being available before long!
They are open Tues.-Sat. 9:00-7:00 and Sun. 10:00-4:00.  They are closed on Mondays.
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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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