Homeschool Events List for September 13, 2012

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The Wildwood YMCA has opening for its Fall Session Gym and Swim classes.  It is for home school students ages 5-14 divided by age group. Swim lessons, rec swim, gymnastics for younger and fitness for older. Basic health/nutrition. Contact Dean at or call (636) 458-6636.
Thursdays 12:30-2:30 pm
Prices – (7 weeks)
member – $60
non-member – $90
$10 off for additional child
Classes begin tomorrow, September 13.

Come join us for a fun time Sunday evening, Sept. 16th, in Old Town St. Charles.  The St. Charles Lewis & Clark Fife & Drum Corps will perform a brief concert (free) that will be followed by a Free Colonial Dance (similar to a square dance).  Mrs. Buckhannon will teach each dance before each song.  This is a fun P.E. credit, and will not be a late night event. See below information:
followed by
Sunday, September 16, 7:30pm
at First Missouri State Capitol, 200 South Main Street

The St. Louis Patriots Boys Basketball Team announces the Camp/Tryout for the new season 2012/2013.  We will be looking to fill openings on the Junior High, Junior Varsity, and Varsity levels of our team.  The Patriots is a boys basketball team for homeschool boys in grades 7-12.  There is more information about our team at
Thursday, September 20 @ Parkway South Middle School, 760 Woods Mill Rd., Ballwin, MO 63011
Friday, September 21 @ Parkway Central Middle School, 471 N. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
JH- grades 7 and 8, 6:00-7:30pm
High School- grades 9-12, 7:30-9:00pm
Please bring a basketball with your son’s name on it, a water bottle, and a dark shirt and a white shirt for scrimmaging.
To register, please email with your son’s name, birthdate, grade, parents’ names, cell phone numbers, home phone numbers, and address.  Participants may come both nights or just one night.
This event is FREE.

Fall Social Skills groups now forming!  Kindergarten through high school; daytime and after school hours are available.  Call or email for more information including days and times.  or 314-635-5400.  Don’t forget to mention you are a homeschool family to receive a 50% discount!

Mid County YMCA (off Brentwood, north of Manchester) offers a homeschool swim and fitness class on Thursdays from 1 to 3.  My understanding is that they spend half the time in the pool and the other half in the gym with different group games (minus the time to change clothes).  We signed up, and they told us there were 7 other kids in the class (with mine that makes 11), but I figured group games would be better with more, so I wanted to make sure people know about it.  It starts this Thursday, so it’s a little bit short notice.  You don’t have to be a member to join the class.  It’s $60 for 7 weeks if you are not a member and $45 if you are a member.  It’s for ages 3 to 12 and they divide the kids up by skill level for the swimming part.  Not sure about the other, but I guess it would depend on how many are in the class.  Here’s a link to the brochure with their class schedule.  The homeschool classes are on page 6.

Raging Rivers Reading Program
Send them the following information and they will then add your “school” to the list of schools for the 2012-2013 Raging Reader Program. They will need the following information
School Name
Phone #
Contact Person and their e-mail address.
The program is designed for K – 6th Grade. They do their e-mail blast Mid Oct so that it can be in the kids hands to start the program by November 1st. They ask that all information be turned back into them before Christmas Break.
Send your info to Connie at

Registration for the 2013 TeenPact Missouri state class is open!
This year TeenPact will hold dynamic, hands-on government and leadership classes in 39 states. We are excited about the opportunity to help students become active citizens and grow stronger in their walk with God.  Our mission is to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith, and engage the culture. Missouri’s TeenPact class will be held March 4-7, 2013 in Jefferson City, Missouri. A Political Communication Workshop (optional) will follow on March 8.
TeenPact is a comprehensive leadership experience that brings teens closer to Jesus Christ, makes them better leaders, and positions them to impact public policy in their state. During the week, students meet important officials, interact with other like-minded students, and have more fun at the Capitol than they could have ever imagined. Students leave inspired and challenged with an intensive desire to change America for Christ!
Your child will leave TeenPact with a clearer understanding of government than most college graduates. There is no better way for high school students to earn their high school civics credit!
Students enjoy worship & devotions and meet important officials, interview lobbyists, view campaign disclosures, improve their public speaking skills, write their own bills, and conduct their own TeenPact legislature. They analyze public policy from a Biblical worldview and learn to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Other activities include:
•    Reading actual bills that are being worked through the legislature
•    Researching how political candidates spend their campaign money
•    Analyzing media content with an emphasis on worldview
•    Participating in student elections
•    Learning about the structure and content of our nation’s Constitution
What about children under 13?
The TeenPact One Day Class is an abbreviated version of the Four Day, designed specifically for ages 8-12. This class focuses on
•    The biblical responsibility to pray for our leaders
•    The principle of “higher authority”
•    The “bill-to-law” legislative process
•    Public speaking for young students
Date: March 8, 2013
Double Early Bird Discount: Register by September 30th to take advantage of our combined discount of $30 off per student for the Four-Day class! (this includes the Early Bird Discount detailed below)
Early Bird Discount: If you register at least 60 days before your class, you’ll receive $15 off your Four Day tuition.
Presidential Discount: Receive $15 off if you qualify for our Presidential Discount!  Please check our fees page for more information. If you are eligible, you will need to provide the coupon code during checkout to receive the discount.
Group Discount: If you register a group of 10 or more first-time students at least four weeks before class, you will receive a volume discount of $15 off per student. Discounts may be combined.
If you would like more information on the Missouri class, please direct an email to our State Coordinator Beth Blunk at
This is TeenPact Leadership School’s 11th year in Missouri. I am thrilled at what God is doing in my generation as He raises up youth to “stand in the gap”! (Ezekiel 22:30)
Hope to see you at TeenPact in March!
Sarah Greek
former TeenPact student and Promotions Coordinator
P.S. Don’t miss!

Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting two ACT Workshops.  One workshop will be in O’Fallon, Missouri, on Saturdays, October 6 and 13, and the other will be in Kirkwood on Saturdays, November 17 and December 1.
More details–including times, locations, cost, students’ comments, and registration instructions–can be found at

Guitar Lessons
Bluegrass/Gospel/Contemporary Worship
Cost: $20.00 per hour. 1st. lesson is free!
Mike Wall: (636) 240-1938 or
I am giving guitar lessons and have several evening time slots available.  I specialize in bluegrass and also teach contemporary Christian worship music. I teach students at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.  I teach rhythm and lead (flat picking).  I give lessons in my home and can give them in your home for a small additional fee if that is more convenient for you.
Bluegrass is a style of music that is uniquely different than other styles. It is one of the more difficult and yet very rewarding styles of music to play.
I have been playing guitar for 36 years and have played in several bands. I studied guitar under a nationally known bluegrass guitarist for five years.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning to play bluegrass guitar, give me a call at (636) 795-4338.
Thanks, and God bless.

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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.