Homeschool Events List for November 1, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

S.H.A.R.E. SPELLING BEE for 2012-1013
The S.H.A.R.E. Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013. This bee is open to any homeschoolers in the St. Louis area. It is for homeschooled children in grades K-8. We are changing the format of the bee this year due to lack of availability of volunteers in the past. There is a great deal of work that needs to be done and your participation as parents of the spelling bee participants is crucial to the success of this event. Please carefully read the directions below.
The S.H.A.R.E. Spelling Bee will be conducted as a WRITTEN test with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each grade level. The over-all high scorer will then advance to the St. Louis Post Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee and then, hopefully, to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.
Who: Homeschooled students in Grades K-8…you do not have to be SHARE member to participate.
Where: St. Andrew Catholic Church (former school building), 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125  (huge parking lot in rear of complex—look for sign indicating which building to enter)
When: Saturday, January 19, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m.
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER: The Spelling Bee Coordinator will send out an email by 8:00 am the morning of the bee if the bee is going to be cancelled If you do not have email access, please contact the Spelling Bee Coordinator to find out if there will be a bee that day. Back up date in case of inclement weather is Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Cost: $4.00 per student
Deadline for entering the bee: December 1, 2012
How do I get the Study Word List? Find these three supplements on the drop down menu under “2012-13 Spelling Bee” to your left. If you are receiving this via email, go to
1. 2013 Study Words by Grade
2. 2013 No Repeat Study List
3. 2013 Spell It Booklet (graphic free)
Open these files and print the word lists so you can begin studying with your child/children.
The official study guide is the Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and its addenda section, copyright 2002, Merriam-Webster.
How to sign up for this event:
1. Click on the Calendar navigational bar of the SHARE website (   Click on January 19. Scroll down to the bottom of the popout and click on “Click here to sign up”:
>>There is often a question as to which grade level a homeschooled child should be entered in the spelling bee. If your child is studying spelling at grade level or if your student is studying spelling above grade level in your home school, we recommend that you enter your child into the grade level that his/her age determines. For example, your child’s age and birth date determine that your child would be enrolled in 2nd grade in a traditional school setting. However, in your home school your child is doing 3rd or 4th grade spelling, then we recommend, when you sign your child up for the SHARE Spelling Bee, that you sign him/her up for the 2nd grade spelling group. If you have any questions regarding this, then feel free to ask. It is better to ask before the Spelling Bee rather than after the Bee when all the awards have been given out.
2. Send a check (made payable to SHARE) for $4 per child entering in the bee to:
Cathy Mullins, 3675 Montana, St. Louis, MO 63116
Your child will not be officially entered in the bee until the money is received. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING THE BEE IS: DECEMBER 1, 2012.
>>>Please note that students may participate in only one official home school spelling bee for the 2012-2013 school years to be eligible for the Post-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee.
>>>Due to changes in the Scripps National Spelling Bee rules, the S.H.A.R.E. Spelling Bee is permitted to advance only ONE student to the St. Louis Post Dispatch Spelling Bee. The 14 eligible counties are: Missouri: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Warren, Washington. Illinois: Clinton, Franklin, Jersey, Madison, Monroe County, St. Clair. According to the Post Dispatch and Scripps, you must be a permanent resident/homeschooler of these 14 counties during the 2012-2013 school years. Residency will be verified. We encourage all homeschoolers from other counties who wish to advance past the local level to consider entering an official spelling bee in their area. If you are unable find one and are not interested in advancing to the next level, you are welcome to enter the S.H.A.R.E. Spelling Bee.
žEvery Speller will receive a Spelling Bee participation ribbon and certificate.
žEvery Speller will receive a certificate for 50% off of a year’s subscription of Britannica. (The regular price is $69.95. You will be able to access it for $34.98)
žRibbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each grade level
Top three overall scorers will be able to choose from:
1. One of two FREE ($69.95) one-year online subscriptions for Encyclopedia Britannica
2. or a FREE PowerspeaK12 foreign language course – for the 2012/13 school year (More information can be viewed at
The top scorer will get first choice on one of these prizes. The 2nd place scorer will get 2nd choice and the 3rd place scorer will receive the 3rd prize
žTop overall speller will also receive a first place Spelling Bee trophy
žTop overall scorer advances to the St. Louis Post Dispatch regional spelling bee
Location: McKendree University, Lebanon, IL
Date & Time: Written semi-final bee is March 2, 2013. Time to be announced (No audience)
Oral final bee is March 9, 2013. Time to be announced (Audience over the age of three welcome)
Cathy Mullins, S.H.A.R.E. Leader

The National Geographic St. Louis Area Home Educators Geography Bee
WHO? All 4th – 8th grade homeschoolers in the St. Louis area.
WHAT? The 7th annual St. Louis Area Homeschool Geography Bee to qualify a winner for the MO State Bee.
NOTE: This is the official National Geographic Homeschool Geography Bee in the area. They have asked that homeschoolers only conduct one bee in the St. Louis area. Also, if you are an Illinois participant and win the bee, please know that you will be representing the state of Missouri.
WHERE? The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, 8749 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119   It is between Elm Rd and Grant Rd on Watson, just south of Hwy 44.
Here is a link to their map:
WHEN? Saturday, January 12, 2013 2:00 p.m.
WHY? To test your knowledge of both US and World geography, and because it’s lots of fun! Families are welcome to attend.
HOW? By filling out the online form and either mailing in a check or using Paypal! Also, your student will need to start studying geography to prepare for the bee. It IS a competition, and the contestant who has studied will be better prepared. For more information and Geobee Challenge practice questions, go to:
Your library may have atlases and reference materials for you to borrow. Or, you may purchase study materials such as: The National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide and Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
Please register your child by going to the SHARE public calendar, clicking on January 12, and scrolling down to see the sign-up link.
You may pay your $5.00 registration fee in either of these ways:
1.  Make your check payable to SHARE and mail to Cathy Mullins, 3675 Montana, St.Louis, MO  63116
Use the following method for Paypal:
A. Log into your Paypal account.
B. Click the “Send Money” tab.
C. Fill in my email,
D. Fill in amount to send.
E. Click on “Personal Tab” (This is very important as payments made under “Purchase Tab” will incur a charge to SHARE!)
F. Check-mark “Payment Owed”
G. Click on “Continue”
H. Check-mark “I will pay the fee”(unless you are linked to your bank account and then you don’t have a fee).
I. Scroll down to send the email. In the subject put “Geo Bee” and you can also send me a message of any kind.
J. Click on “Send Money” Done!
>>>We’ll have refreshments after the bee. Please bring a sweet, salty or healthy snack. We’ll provide drinks!
Contact Debbie at 314.544.7303 or 314.913.0464 or e-mail: or Cathy Mullins at 314.769.7965 with questions.

Academy of Science New Membership Program
We’ve listened to our past supporters and friends and retooled our benefits to offer you an even better, more personalized experience.
Membership now includes:
• hands-on STEM learning opportunities
• discounts subscription to Discover magazine
• 10% off your purchase at Left Bank Books
• free Junior Academy membership for a student of your choosing (the best way to educate and inspire the next generation!)
Please visit our website to learn more about these expanded benefits and consider joining at the Zinc level. Your membership donations make our work possible by underwriting our many education and outreach initiatives. In fact, 100% of your donation goes toward programming. Not a single cent is used for administrative or overhead costs. Your membership will mean another great year for science in St. Louis.
Click here to learn more about the initiatives of the Academy of Science – St. Louis

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.

%d bloggers like this: