Homeschool Events List for January 25, 2013

More information about area events can be found at https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ 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. Please do not link to individual posts without permission. Linking to the website is always fine. 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

PATRICIA MCKISSACK PROGRAM
On Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site will host award winning author Patricia McKissack.  Ms McKissack will present a program for families about her books, which span over 200 years of African American experience.
The program will be held at the park visitor center at 7400 Grant Road, St Louis, MO 63123.  The program is free, however, reservations are required due to space limitations.  Please call (314) 842-1867 X230 for reservations and additional information.
Students and teachers (with ID) in attendance will receive a complimentary copy of Scraps of Time: Away West or Dear America: A Picture of Freedom!  Other books will be available for purchase.  A book signing will follow the program.

GREAT SKATE HOMESCHOOL VALENTINES PARTY
Thursday, February 14; 1-3pm
Great Skate, 130 Boone Hills Drive, St. Peters, MO
~Bring your decorated valentines box and valentines to share!
~Enjoy skate games and door prizes!
~Admission is $6 and includes skate rental and a small drink
In the past, this event has been scheduled by various local groups.  This year, we decided to include all groups and open it up to all homeschoolers. Please call us at 636-441-2530 to let us know how many skaters you’ll be bringing.

AIMS CLASSES
There is still room in the Auditorium Presentations, but the Dissection Labs are filling up quickly. See a complete list of class offerings at the bottom of this email.
The next Auditorium Presentation is “How the Body Works: A Study of Human Organs & Systems” on Tuesday, January 29th from 9:30 – 11:15 am. It is one of the most popular classes and will be taught by a former school teacher that is now a medical doctor. The cost is only $5 per student and Parent Chaperones are free.
All classes take place in SLU’s Paul A. Young Hall at 3839 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108. Auditorium Presentations are $5 and Dissection Labs are $15. Parent Chaperones are free, but must sign up ahead of time.
To sign up for one of the AIMS Auditorium Presentations and/or Dissection Labs, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at www.homeschool-life.com/mo/share/ and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar at the bottom. When the calendar appears, click on the date/class you’re interested in. A pop-up window will appear on the left side of your screen. Fill out the required information and your name will be added to the sign-up list. When your name is on the list SHARE pays for your spot. You must sign up individually for each AIMS class, even if they are on the same day.
Mail your check (made payable to SHARE) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave., St. Louis MO 63119. You can write one check for all classes, but be sure to make a notation about class choices in the memo section of the check. Please put “AIMS” on the outside of the envelope. You can also drop off your payments to Kerrie at Homelink, support group meetings, field trips, etc.
For more details about this event, go to the “AIMS Program 2012-2013” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll over to the “AIMS PROGRAM IMPORTANT INFORMATION” webpage. Feel free to call, text or email Kerrie at 314-791-0000 or kertatefieldtrip@aol.com with any questions about this event.
SHARE-Sponsored 2012-2013 AIMS Classes
January 29, 2013, Tuesday
How the Body Works: A Study of Human Organs & Systems, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
February 19, 2013, Tuesday
Forensic Science/Autopsy, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
March 20, 2013, Wednesday
The Human Heart and Lungs, 9:30 – 11:15 am, $5
Pig Heart Dissection – 11:30 –12:45 pm – $15 – LAB
May 8, 2013, Wednesday
The Human Ear, Nose & Throat, and Eyes – 9:30 – 11:15 am – $5
Pig Eye Dissection –11:30 – 12:45 pm – $15 -LAB

PROJECT MEGSSS
Project MEGSSS’ 35th annual nomination season opens this month! Discovering, inspiring and developing the talents of middle school students with extraordinary gifts in mathematics–this is Project MEGSSS’ (Mathematics Education for Gifted Secondary School Students) mission, and we ask for your help at this time each year.
Generally, nominees are 5th or 6th grade students scoring in the 98th percentile in math and the 95th percentile in reading on standardized tests, although we do regularly test 7th & 8th graders interested in attending our summer programs and have tested some students as early as 3rd and 4th grade who have been successful. If there is any question as to whether or not a student will qualify for the program, we recommend nominating the student and then attending a parent information meeting with your child.
Our online nomination form is provided at www.MEGSSS.org in the nomination tab. There is no cost or obligation to nominate a student. A nomination simply gives us enough contact information to mail a packet and invitation for parents and students to attend an informational meeting. Parent information meetings will be held over the next three months in various locations, and we invite you to attend one if you wish to know more about our program.
As a home school parent who found out about MEGSSS “through the grapevine,” I want to encourage you to share information about the program with other home school groups and parents of mathematically gifted students. St. Louis one of a very few places in the United States that offers a nonprofit program of this caliber. MEGSSS provides “above level” mathematics testing, leading to a student’s participation in a rigorous summer enrichment program. For students with busy schedules, two summers of our mathematics program is excellent and challenging enrichment. However, successful completion of the summer program makes the student eligible for our after-school programs, which meet one day per week for up to three years, studying a unique program of math designed to challenge gifted students while introducing them to a broad array of math topics. Financial aid is available to students of modest means because of the generosity of The Saigh Foundation and the Employees Community Fund of the Boeing Corporation.
Finally, we have some exciting program options for families this summer, in addition to our traditional introductory MEGSSS program. Parents have long requested full day programming and camp-style enrichment, and we plan to offer some enrichment choices to round out the day/week. As part of these extended days, we will also offer homework help sessions daily, for students who need a little extra encouragement and support. In addition, we are now in St. Charles, Webster Groves and Creve Coeur during the school year, making access a little easier for families.
Cynthia Hoffman, Executive Director, Project MEGSSS
www.MEGSSS.org

DOCUMENT CONVERSION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers needed to help work on publishing Holt’s Growing Without Schooling as a print and e-book. For your efforts, you will be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the book.
See here how easy the process is (although requires some time):
https://vimeo.com/57296191
Password: GWS
Pat Farenga, Carlo Ricci, and Steve Tedesco are working to publish in book form and as an e-book the magazine John Holt started (Growing Without Schooling). To date we have made progress with help, but it has become clear that if we want to complete this in a timelier manner we need more help. In order to do this we need to convert the PDF files that we have into Word documents. This is not difficult, but time consuming. It can take 6 or 7 hours per issue and we will offer support throughout and we will send you a straightforward 11 min training video to explain how to do it (see above)-we are hoping that we get enough people so that each person would volunteer to convert one issue.IT IS REALLY EASY, but time consuming and that is why we need the help. As well, if you get stuck we will always be available to help and answer questions.
So, if you are willing to help, please contact Carlo Ricci at carlor@nipissingu.ca  For your efforts, you will be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the book.
You would need to have access to the Internet, Adobe PDF Reader to open PDFs (this is free software), and Word. We are looking for about 30 or 40 volunteers on a first come, first allocated basis. Without your help, we doubt that this important work can be completed.
Please share this email widely.
Thanks so much,
Dr. Carlo Ricci
Professor, Schulich School of Education, Graduate Studies
E-mail: carlor@nipissingu.ca
www.nipissingu.ca/education/carlor
www.nipissingu.ca/jual/index.asp  (Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning)
www.youtube.com/UnschoolingChannel

Faith Ascent Base Camp
SAVE THE DATE! July 10-13, 2013
Our 4th annual Faith Ascent Base Camp will take place July 10-13, 2013! We’re proud to announce that Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO will be our hosts this year! College credits are available. More info to come…
Attention Parents & Grandparents:
Early Bird Registration = $175
Registration after April 1st = $200
Register Here!
Attention Pastors & Teachers:
Group discounts and scholarships are available!
Contact Us Here!
Attention Donors & Sponsors:
Our Fundraising Goal For Faith Ascent Base Camp 2013 is: $50,000
To learn more Click Here!
Faith Ascent Base Camp is 4 days and 3 nights of fun, fellowship, and intense preparation for the spiritual and intellectual challenges Christian teens will face in the real world (especially college). In a college environment, we ask and answer the tough questions Christian teens are asking and being asked. College credits are available.
In grace,
Jeremy Smith
Executive Director, Faith Ascent Ministries

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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Homeschool Events List for January 21, 2013

More information about area events can be found at https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ 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. Please do not link to individual posts without permission. Linking to the website is always fine. 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.

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT MO HISTORY MUSEUM
We’re excited about our upcoming Homeschool Day on Monday, January 28!
Our theme this month is The Civil War in Missouri.
Entrance to the gallery will be free for homeschool families with reservations only, so plan ahead and register today! Reservations must be made online by midnight on Sunday, January 27 so that we can print out enough tickets. Families without advance reservations will not be eligible for free tickets, and, as always, registration is done by each family (not by co-ops or groups). Thanks for your help!
Our doors will open at 10am and ticket distribution will begin at the sign-in table located in the Grand Hall. Activities will run from 10am to 2pm, all other free exhibits in the museum are open the full day.
This month we are hosting an essay contest! Students should write a review on The Civil War in Missouri exhibit and send it back to the Museum by Monday, February 4th. Please refer to the MHM article Going Beyond the Scavenger Hunt for ideas and suggestions.
There will be three divisions based on age: grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each winner will receive a free family level membership. There is a 500 word limit. Please include your name, grade, phone, and address on your essay. These should be emailed to mwawrzyniak@mohistory.org
Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP.
We’re looking forward to seeing you on Monday, January 28!

EXPO GIVEAWAY
“Like” the Expo Page on Facebook for a chance to win free Expo admission! They will have a drawing every Monday from now until April 8th. Save the date, Expo is April 11-13, 2013!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greater-St-Louis-Area-Home-Educators-Expo/182325518535611

Educational Events in Alton, IL
>The Eagles are coming…Check out the list of Eagle Watching Programs available for your next field trip. Then as you look forward to the end of the school year, keep in mind the great options for class field trips all around Alton, Illinois. We have some wonderful educational opportunities to expand classroom learning, as well as first-class museums, special events and sites that just make the day outside of the classroom lots of fun. Best of all, so many of the sites available for touring are absolutely FREE. What could be better than that? If you are looking for new ideas for a field trip for your group this school year, give us a call at 1-800-258-6645 or visit us online at www.VisitAlton.com  We’re here to help!
>Audubon Eagle Watch
Sundays, Jan. 6 – Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We guarantee you’ll see one eagle, up close and personal. The World Bird Sanctuary will be at the Center for an eagle meet and greet. High powered telescopes will be available to enhance the eagle viewing experience and knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors and answer questions. Admission is free. For questions or to schedule a group, please call (636) 899-0090.
>TreeHouse Wildlife Center
Live Bald Eagle Weekends – January & February, Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The TreeHouse Wildlife Center is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife while promoting environmental awareness through education. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. For more information please call 618-466-2990.
>National Great Rivers Museum & Melvin Price Lock & Dam No. 26
Bring your group to the National Great Rivers Museum and Melvin Price Lock & Dam to meet the Mississippi. The museum is FREE with a suggested donation of $1. Allow at least 1 hour to tour the museum; 2 hours for both sites. Group reservations can be made by calling Becky or Sissy at 1-800-258-6645.
~Masters of the Sky
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, Feb. 16 – 18, 2013 – Show times at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Witness the “Masters of the Sky” birds of prey demonstration. Come see eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at this educational and informational program presented by the World Bird Sanctuary. Admission fee: $5 for Adults; $3 for children 12 and under; 3 and under are free. Also, there will be a free eagle display at noon and 2 p.m. for 30 minutes. For more information, call the National Great Rivers Museum at (877) 462-6979.
>THE JOURNEY STARTS HERE
Experience the Illinois side of the Lewis & Clark story at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and National Trail Site #1 in Hartford, IL. The museum features five exhibit rooms, the film “At Journey’s Edge” (20 minutes in length), 55-foot full scale “cutaway” keelboat and replica of the Camp River Dubois. Educational materials are available through the museum. After visiting the museum, site interpreters are on hand at the fortified Camp River Dubois to explain what life was like for the men as they prepared for the journey. The sites are FREE with a suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children. Allow 90 minutes to tour both sites. New pavilions at the site make this a great location to enjoy your sack lunch! Group reservations can be made by calling Becky or Sissy at 1-800-258-6645.
~Highler Learning
From platforms at 50, 100 and 150 feet, your class will experience the stories of Lewis & Clark, history of the region, watch wildlife roam and view the confluence of two great rivers – the Mississippi & Missouri. Admission is $2 per person. For group reservations,contact Becky or Sissy at 1-800-258-6645.
~Eagles over the Confluence: Bird of Prey Display
Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Treehouse Wildlife Center will be at the Tower with some of their resident raptors. Bald Eagles usually steal the spot light, but what about the other birds of prey? Come to the tower to witness the other large birds that live by our confluence.
~Eagles over the Confluence: Itchy Brother’s Chainsaw Wood Carving
Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Watch the Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art carve wooden sculptures with their tools to send a salute to the Bald Eagle.
~Eagles over the Confluence: Native American Tribute to the Bald Eagle
Saturday, Feb. 9, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the elegance and significance of our nation’s symbol throughout North American history. Kathy Dickerson, a member of the Kiowa Tribe in Oklahoma will teach you about Native American traditions and authentic hand crafted artwork. There will also be Native American dancers performing every hour starting at noon.
~Eagles over the Confluence: Live Eagle Display
Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Get up close and personal with a Live American Bald Eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary.
>These events are Free! For more information contact the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower at 618-251-9101.
~Big Truck Day!
Join the Village of Godfrey and their fleet of BIG Trucks on Wednesday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the sixth annual BIG Truck Day in Glazebrook Park. Displays will be presented by the Godfrey Fire Protection District, Pepsi America, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Godfrey Street Department and many more that children can view, touch and explore. Admission is free. For more information, call (618) 466-1483.
~Measuring up to Wadlow
Visit the museum to learn about Robert Wadlow, Alton’s Gentle Giant, still the tallest man in the world measuring 8’11.1″. Check out the Pioneer Room that describes the exploits of Lewis & Clark, the Lincoln & Shields Duel, the Confederate Prison & more. The exhibits also include information about the Piasa Bird, the Lincoln Douglas Debates and the Civil War. Cost for children is $1. Group reservations can be made by calling (618)462-2763 or emailing altonmuseum@gmail.com.
~Down on the Farm
The Agricultural Enrichment Program at the Tri-County Antique Club in Jerseyville is a great educational program for students preschool through Grade 6 to learn about farm life in rural Illinois. Enrichment programs are “Hands-on, hands-in” and give students a glimpse of farm life. During the program, students see antique farm equipment, learn how wheat and cornmeal are made, ride on a wagon, learn to make soap, make and sample homemade butter, pet animals, shell corn, make rope, use old-fashioned wood tools and play games. Reservations are required, and groups are limited to a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 65. The cost is $3 per child, and one adult is free for every seven kids. Please contact Cindy Gelsthorpe, by email gels7@piasanet.com to make your reservation.
>SCHEDULE YOUR GROUP TODAY
Looking for more ideas for your group? Call the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-258-6645 or visit online at www.VisitAlton.com. Our experienced staff is available to help you put together the perfect field trip all around Alton, Illinois.

On the Trail of Mis-Folded Proteins:
Biochemistry and Neurodegenerative Disease
THURSDAY, January 24, 2013, 7 p.m.
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex, 63122
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration not Required.
Michael R. Nichols, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Mis-folded proteins are a fascinating biochemical topic and the accumulation of these mis-folded protein aggregates looks to be the next big medical challenge. The phenomenon is an underlying cause of numerous neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s. As our lifespans increase and more people live to a ripe old age, the detrimental effect of protein aggregation is now much more appreciated and a tremendous number of biophysical, biomedical, and clinical studies have been conducted.
A Pioneering Science Seminar brought to you by: The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Kirkwood School District.

MO REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL
I’m coordinating a Missouri Regional Science Bowl for middle school students to take place March 2, 2013 at the Saint Louis Science Center. Registration is only $20 for a 4-5 student team, and the winning team wins an all-expenses paid trip to compete in National Science Bowl in DC.  Registration is now open on the national website http://science.energy.gov/nsb/middle-school/middle-school-regionals/ and is limited to the first 28 teams.  Homeschool teams are welcome, and students must be born on or after September 1, 1997 and on or before April 25, 2003.
I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.
Amanda Yuen, Coordinator
Missouri Regional Science Bowl–Middle School
WHAT-­ First-ever Missouri Regional Science Bowl for middle school students
WHEN­‑Saturday, March 2, 2013
WHERE-­ Saint Louis Science Center Exploradome, 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
WHO-­ Teams of 4-5 middle school students (grades 6-8) and 1 coach
HOW MUCH­‑$20 registration fee per team
The winning team receives an all-expenses paid trip to the National Science Bowl!
QUESTIONS?‑Contact Amanda Yuen at MOSciBo@gmail.com
Registration is limited to 30 teams!
REGISTER‑AT­:
http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/middle-school/middle-school-regionals/
FOR‑MORE‑INFORMATION­:
http://www.tinyurl.com/moscibo

BROADWAY ON THE DRIVEWAY
Performing Arts Classes – Christian Perspective * Wholesome * Modest * Affordable
Accepting New Students! Starting: Week of Jan. 22nd
~Power Tap Fusion Workshop
ALL AGES * ALL LEVELS * ALL FREE!
Thursday, January 31st
(3:15pm-4:15pm)
Whether you’re a seasoned tapper or just getting your feet wet, come experience the joy of our favorite dance form – power tap!
http://www.broadwayonthedriveway.com/Classes
2012 / 2013 Performing Arts Classes
~NEW!  BOTD COMPANY MUSICAL THEATRE / POWER TAP CLASSES
(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.
~PRETTY AS A PRINCESS BALLET (ages 4-5)
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.
~PRIVATE VOICE (12 & up)
Bask in the joy of singing and learn vocal safety, posture, breathing technique, diction, ear training, vocal placement, phonation, resonance & interpretation.
~PRIVATE PIANO (6 & up)
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.
>A NOTE TO PRIVATE STUDENTS & PRIVATE SIBLING GROUPS:
Private lessons are highly focused on proper technique and geared toward each student’s level and individual needs.  Students are expected to practice their assignments 5 days a week (various lengths of time depending on age & skill level).  E-mail or call to inquire about available time slots on Tuesdays.
REGISTER ONLINE: http://www.broadwayonthedriveway.com/Classes
~New! Adult Tap Class
Thursdays, 11:15am-12noon
8 week session, begins Feb. 14th ($80)
Beginner/early intermediate class
Contact: info@broadwayonthedriveway.com
Register: www.broadwayonthedriveway.com
~It’s a Wonderful Life- The Musical Auditions
April 26th & 27th (Ages 7 – college)
More info coming soon on BOTD’S 19th annual
FREE Summer Musical!
Visit Website: http://www.broadwayonthedriveway.com
Storage Space Needed
Broadway on the Driveway is looking for an additional storage space for costumes & props.
-St. Louis area
-300 sq. ft. or 1-2 garage bays
– Reciprocal advertising available
QUESTIONS/CONTACT:
info@broadwayonthedriveway.com
636.541.2813

GUITAR LESSONS
My Music Room, owned by singer/guitarist Robin Lopate, gives private and group lessons in Kirkwood.  I have posted some new guitar classes up on my website – www.mymusic-room.com   I am looking for teens and kids to fill some classes up.  There is also a “Woman to Woman” guitar class, ages 11 and up, great for moms and daughters, and “Guitar For Teens”, for teens only.   Class schedules will be determined based on students’ availability.  Discount for any private or group student that schedules between 9am-3pm.  Please check my website for class descriptions.  I am also accepting private students.
If you are interested in a class, let me know. I have to have at least 3 students to run a class.
Thanks – Robin

HOMESCHOOL SELF DEFENSE
Ohana Martial Arts is now offering exciting and FUN morning and afternoon self-defense classes EXCLUSIVELY for home schooled students of any age.  Please contact Sifu Ken Sills (4th Degree Black Belt) at 314-486-4127 for information.
Ohana Martial Arts
2060 Dorsett Village, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 (In the Schnuck’s Plaza)
www.ohana.kajukenbo.org

Volleyball Clinic
Are you interested in attending our next clinic?
It is for players ages 9-19.
The St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights will hold a Winter Volleyball Clinic on Friday afternoons for girls and boys at Gametime Sports in Chesterfield – just a mile off of Hwy 40 – from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, beginning on February 1st and running through March 22nd. The cost is $68 for the first player and $60 for the second and third from the same family. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, get some exercise, and learn a lifetime sport.
USA Volleyball Certified coaches will do stretching, conditioning, plyometrics, and also teach basic volleyball form and strategies. There will be contests, games, and scrimmages. The players will be divided onto 2 separate courts – one for beginniners and one for experienced competitive players who know offensive and defensive systems. It’s a lot of fun!
If you’re interested, please contact Mrs. Yager for the application.  10yagers@att.net
I am always happy to answer questions.
In His Name,
Patty Yager
USA Volleyball IMPACT, CAP I and CAP II Certified Volleyball Coach
314-566-3667
St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights, Girls Varsity Volleyball Program
www.orgsites.com/mo/patriettelightsvolleyball/

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.

Homeschool Events List for January 17, 2013

More information about area events can be found at https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ 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. Please do not link to individual posts without permission. Linking to the website is always fine. 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.

Hi Pointe Theater Classic
January 26th, Saturday at 10:30am
1005 McCausland Ave.,  St. Louis, MO 63117
Hi-Pointe will be offering a second classic feature, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. Ticket price $10.00.
(Note:  The price is higher this time because this show is a fundraiser for The Medical Alliance, an organization dedicated to serving the St. Louis community with many services in areas of need throughout the city.)
Planning ahead: Remember the nostalgic fun of classics at Christmas at the Hi-Pointe? The fun doesn’t have to end with the holidays, join us every second Saturday morning for a carefully chosen treasured film and enjoy the memories all year long.
Now that you have that brand new 2013 calendar, just go ahead and mark every 2nd Saturday for the Hi-Pointe Classic.
You know you don’t want to miss a single one!!
Hope to see y’all Saturday morning!
PS: to learn about current movies at the Hi-Pointe click here .

An Evening with Dr. Brian Ray
Thursday, January 31, 2013; 7:00pm until 8:30pm
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., Saint Peters, Missouri 63376
Have you or someone you know ever wondered:
• Are parents qualified to teach their children?
• Are these children receiving an adequate academic education?
• What about socialization? (And what is socialization, anyway?)
• How will homeschooled children behave when they get into the “real world of adulthood”?
• What do different worldviews have to say about who should be educating children?
• Are proponents of statism cooperating with or co-opting homeschoolers’ standards and plans for their children and their country?
• If you homeschool, what should be your short-term and long-term visions?
Come and hear Dr. Brian Ray answer these and many other questions! Dr. Ray is the President of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), and a homeschooling father of eight. He has been critically reviewing research in the area of home-based education since 1984.
Dr. Ray will address the attacks of professors and other academics homeschooling freedom, and will explain what research says about homeschooling students and families.
What impact might common core standards, now accepted by many states, on homeschoolers and their children? Dr. Ray will explain what common core standards are and why they matter.
The evening will conclude with a question and answer period; whether you are a longtime homeschooler or a critic of homeschooling, Dr. Ray will provide informative answers to your questions.
Admission is free; a suggested donation of $5 per person or $8 per family will be received by NHERI. Books, CDs, and DVDs from NHERI and Dr. Ray will be available for purchase as well.
To sign up, please contact NHERI at mail@nheri.org or 503-364-1490

2013 GSLAHE VARIETY SHOW
The Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Variety Show is once again scheduled for Thursday evening, April 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the First E-Free Church in Manchester. Last year’s show was a huge success thanks to the professionalism of all of the organizations that performed!
Because the number of acts and the timing of their performances kept our show to exactly one hour, we are going to keep the same set-up for this year. Our feedback from the patrons and the vendors was favorable, as a shorter show allows for more shopping and fellowship. With that said, we will be coordinating a total of 16 blocks that last 4 minutes or less. Larger groups may wish to audition for more than one block, but a second block cannot be guaranteed, so your entries should be two different numbers lasting 4 minutes or less.
Judges will choose the acts based on audition DVDs or online submissions, working to have a variety of acts. You can mail the DVD auditions (along with microphone, lighting, and other needs) to Gina McAndrew at 15 St. Lawrence, St. Peters, MO 63376 or email them to us at ExpoVarietyShow@yahoo.com   All auditions must be received by February 15th, 2013 to be considered. There are absolutely no exceptions to this deadline because of judging, scheduling, church needs, and emcee requirements.
All performers will be required to attend the dress rehearsal, which is tentatively set for Tuesday, April 9th. The church will be testing mic’s, lighting, projections, and other technical issues on that evening, so this is a mandatory rehearsal.
The Variety Show is an excellent way to showcase the talent of your organization’s homeschoolers! We will have a table in the auditorium for flyers and include your group in the program with your contact information. Please keep in mind that if you are not selected for this year’s Show, you are invited to audition again next year. Participants will be selected not only by performance quality, but also by how their acts fit into the overall schedule. Non-selection is not intended to be a negative gesture.
We look forward to seeing all of your auditions! Don’t forget to include your microphone, lighting, or other requirements, as well as the exact timing of your act. If chosen, you will need to bring any equipment not provided by the church.
In Christ,
Gina McAndrew, Kelly Weston, Karla Boyer
Variety Show Coordinators

The Disability Project
March 6, 10:00 – 11:30 am at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road
The Saint Louis Art Museum and That Uppity Theatre Company will be collaborating to present the DisAbility Project at the Ethical Society on March 6th. I would like to invite you and other homeschool families you are associated with to join us. This fun production builds public awareness about a variety of disabilities and seeks to empower individuals, honor their stories, and encourage dialogue. The ensemble members present vignettes about true-life experiences of people with disabilities in a format that is both entertaining and educational.
There will be a Q & A session following the performance and each group will receive materials and teaching suggestions for follow-up activities. No one will feel left out as we explore how our society responds to people with disabilities, how we can help with respectful inclusion, and how all people can be engaged in the arts.
Lisa Stelling-Jokisch
Educator, Community Partnerships
Saint Louis Art Museum
lisa.stellingjokisch@slam.org
http://www.slam.org/

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.

Homeschool Events List for January 13, 2013

More information about area events can be found at https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ 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. Please do not link to individual posts without permission. Linking to the website is always fine. 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.

Homeschool Band
Homeschool Band meets on MONDAYS at Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, 63123.
The classes are endorsed by SHARE, but independent of our Homelink classes. Students must be SHARE members to participate in band (so that they are covered by our insurance plan).  However, there is no Homelink registration fee, as these classes do not meet at the Homelink location.  Many thanks to Bayless Baptist Church for their kindness in allowing us to use their rooms.
All levels of musical experience are welcome—beginning, intermediate and advanced.  Band instrumentation includes brass, woodwinds and percussion.  Mr. Heitmann, band director and teacher, is highly recommended by the homeschool community.
Classes are VERY reasonable at $20.00 per month.  Classes are 50 minutes long.
Recommended Grade: Varies–each student must be able to read the written word.  They do not have to read music, but must be able to physically hold their chosen instrument so it works properly.
Contact Steve Heitmann at 636-208-6914 or heithutsteve@yahoo.com  for more information.
Teacher:  Steve Heitmann has a Music Education degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis along with lifetime certification in instrumental music for K-12. Steve has taught and performed music in all types of settings for many years. This is his 14th year of teaching band for homeschoolers. Steve is the orchestra leader of his church, where he also plays trumpet. Steve and his wife Cheryl are homeschool parents of 6 children, ages 11 to 25.
The band/guitar schedule for second semester will be as follows:
10:30-11:20 brand new beginning guitar class
11:30-12:20 Sept beginning guitar class
12:30-01:20 advanced guitar
01:30-02:20 Worship band
02:30-03:20 Sept beginning band class
>Beginning Guitar Class for first-timers       10:30 a.m.
The beginning homeschool guitar class is designed to help beginning students learn to play the guitar, read standard music notation and to pick simple melodies on the guitar.  We will also learn some very basic chords and strumming patterns.  We do prefer that each student have an acoustic guitar, but we will accept those students that already have an electric guitar.  You will have to carry your amp to class each week. Students must be physically large enough to hold the guitar and have basic reading and math skills.  This class will be limited to 12 students.  The cost is $20.00 per month.  It is recommended that students arrive around 10 minutes early so they can quietly tune their guitar in the hallway.  I will have books with me on the first day of class for purchase.
>September Beginning Guitar Class      11:30 a.m.
This will be a continuation of the first semester class.  The same suggestions apply to intermediate students as is written above for the beginners.  The cost is $20 per month also.
>Advanced Guitar  12:30 p.m.
Talk to Steve to see if your child could be at this level.
>Worship Band  1:30 p.m.
The worship group seemed to have started by accident, but the Lord has had this in Steve’s heart for some time. This will be starting very slowly. Horn players will be learning melody, horn parts and minor improve to selected worship songs.
>September Beginning Band Class    2:30 p.m.
This is a continuation of last semester.  The instruments in the homeschool beginning band include the electric bass, woodwinds, brass and percussion.  Students who have never played an instrument, cannot read music or desire to start a different instrument are welcome to join us.  Students must be physically large enough to hold the instrument that they choose to play and have basic reading and math skills.  We will be using the Standard of Excellence Book One.  The cost is $20.00 per month.   New students welcome!

HOMELINK ADDITION
This email is an addendum to our “Homelink Classes, 2nd semester” email. I accidentally added Reading Round-up to the schedule as a Fun School (Special Needs) class, but it is designed for all children, not just those with special needs. Please see the class description below:
Reading Round-up for Emerging and Struggling Readers -Thursdays, 9:00-9:45
This class is for any student who is either just beginning to read or needing a little help. We will be meeting in the classical library where students will learn to choose books that are appropriate for their current reading level. Students will learn to identify mistakes in reading as well as the skills needed for fluency and decoding. These are the skills necessary to advance to higher levels of reading. We will be reading individually and in small groups. Please bring a current book selection to the first class so that I can assess your child’s current reading skills.
Cost: $140 per semester for the first child. Each additional sibling is $130 per semester.
Teacher Info: Deanna Fisher has a degree in Disability Studies and is currently finishing a degree in Special Education from Fontbonne University. She currently home schools her 6 year old son and is a full-time caregiver for her adult stepson with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. Deanna worked for Special School District for two years and has decided to spend her teaching career helping homeschooled students with special needs.
If you have questions about this class or wish to sign up, please contact Deanna at 314-941-0922 or fisher828@sbcglobal.net

Classical Conversations – Chesterfield 2013-14 Information
Classical Conversations – Chesterfield will meet on Tuesdays, beginning August 2013
West Hills Community Church, South Outer 40 Road (between Maryville Center and Mason)
Courses offered: Foundations, Essentials, Challenge A, Challenge B, Challenge 1, Challenge 2
Email Mickey Button mmillerb@swbell.net to register and for more information.  Also, visit www.classicalconversations.com to learn about Classical Christian education.
Information meetings:
1/15/2013, 7:30 –  Panera Bread Company, 13275 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO 63131
1/22/2013, 7:30 –  Panera Bread Company, 13275 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO 63131
please RSVP for information meetings mmillerb@swbell.net
Open House
1/28/2013 9:00 – space is limited, register by email to reserve a spot mmillerb@swbell.net
Several Classical Conversations communities have formed in St. Louis and outlying areas, for information about other communities see www.classicalconversations.com

SHARE monthly support group meeting – OPEN TO ALL
Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7 p.m.
It will be at our Homelink location, St. Andrew Catholic School cafeteria, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125. (If you have never been to this location, drive around to the back of the complex where there is a huge parking lot.  Look for a sign on Building #3.)  We are excited about this special meeting so we are opening it up to all homeschoolers in the area!  Our thinking is that there might be other families who are going through a similar situtation with their children, and it will help them so much to hear from others who have been there.  No sign-up or RSVP needed.  Just come in you want!
Our guest speakers will be Urban and Carrie Gaxiola.  The Urbans have been married for 26 years and blessed with 8 children, ranging in ages from 7 to 25 years old. They have homeschooled all of their children since birth and four of their children have completed their high school studies and graduated. The Gaxiolas were leaders of the St Clair County Christian Home Educators and held various positions from Reading Coordinators, New Homeschool Coordinators to leading the group for 7 years. They currently are focused on home educating their 4 youngest (7-16 years). God has been gracious to the Gaxiolas and homeschooling for them is not just a method of education but a way of life.
The topic for the meeting Thursday night is…“Homeschoolers Never Have Prodigals….Or Do They?”
Urban and Carrie send this preface to their talk:
Having been dedicated homeschoolers for 22 years, we have devoted our lives to educating our children and helping others along the way. Tonight will be no different as we share our hearts and our journey in raising our children.
We realize that we have a Sovereign God Who loves us and has a perfect plan for our lives and the lives of our children. Sometimes that journey takes unexpected turns, and even though we are homeschoolers, we are not immune to the attacks of the enemy, the self-will of a human being, and the pain that life can sometimes bring.
We will be coming to you to share the journey God has had us on for several years now as we have raised our children and things have not always gone as we had dreamed. Yes, sometimes homeschoolers have prodigals, and our family is no exception. But through it all, Jesus has been our anchor, our hope and our peace.
We have experienced the pain of a prodigal child and the joy of one coming back. What we have found is that we need a support system when the journey gets rough, and those dreams get delayed or even dashed. All too often we think we have the formula for our children turning out just right, and when it doesn’t, we feel lost, confused and, at times, very alone. Because we are homeschoolers, we tend to isolate ourselves for fear of shame and judgment when we have trouble with our children.
We are coming not to give you another formula, but we are coming to share the things God has taught us and continues to teach us about raising teens and young adults in a scary world. If you have children in this stage of life or you know someone that does, or perhaps you just want to listen to our story, then please come and hear our hearts! It’s a story of pain and loss, love and restoration, continued hope and a focus on Jesus as all in all!
Hope to see a great crowd that evening!  The Lending Libraries will be open.  They are a work in progress but filled with wonderful teaching resources.
Cathy and Kerrie

One Soldier’s Story
Presented by John Notgrass
What:
John’s grandfather Wesley Notgrass (1915-2007) joined the United States Army in 1941 and served for four years, one month, and seven days in the United States and Europe during World War II. Based on his grandfather’s recollections and wearing his grandfather’s uniform, John steps into character to share Wesley’s life story in a first-person narrative, from growing up in the 1920s and 30s through his experiences during the war. The presentation is illustrated with photographs from Wesley’s collection.
Where:
Faith Baptist Church of Dardenne Prairie
2300 Bates Road, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366
When: Friday, January 18, 7:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken.
John Notgrass is a speaker, singer/songwriter, and historical actor based in St. Louis, MO. He offers challenging messages about faithful living, shares original music, and gives first-person history programs about real individuals. He is available to present for churches, family events, historical societies, homeschool groups, and schools. Call 636-336-2521 or email john@notgrass.com for information about hosting an event.

Eureka Classical Conversations
Enrollment for the 2013/14 school year will open on February 1. Our campus offers Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge A.
A parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Heritage Presbyterian Church (400 Alt Road, Eureka). Melanie Carter will be present to offer information on Foundations and Essentials. Debbie Keane, our Challenge A Director, will meet with parents who have junior high aged students. Please let one of us know if you are planning on attending.
Melanie Carter
Foundations/Essentials Director
eurekamocc@gmail.com
Debbie Keane
Challenge A Director
keaneacre@aol.com
Other campuses are available around the Greater St. Louis Area. Check out www.classicalconversations.com to find your closest campus.

BOLDUC HOUSE
Here are three dates you may want to add to your homeschool and family calendar. The place online that has the MOST up to date news is the Bolduc House Museum Facebook PAGE. You may also be amused by our mascot’s page: Zuts The Bolduc House Museum Squirrel (it’s a page, NOT a person.)
>Tuesday, February 5th – Homeschool Tuesday from 10AM – Noon – for K-12th graders. The topic will be “Slave Stories” and will focus on slavery in Ste. Genevieve prior to the Louisiana Purchase. Cost: $4/participant with a maximum of $10/family.
>Sunday, February 10th – Children’s Ball from 2PM – 4PM – bring your parents! This was a traditional Sunday afternoon activity during which the French colonial children gathered and learned the court dances of Versailles so that they would be able to behave well in society. Cost: $4/child and regular adult admission for parents
>Saturday, April 13th – Colonial History Day for Homeschooling Families – this all day menu of activities will be fun and educational. It will be our fourth such event. Cost: $35/family.
The website will be updated soon with even more information about our educational and homeschool programs and day camps so watch it at www.bolduchouse.org
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Lt. Col. J. Felix St. James Camp #326 Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War is offering a $100 scholarship to a student from Ste. Genevieve County who is entering college in the fall. The Private John E. Smith Scholarship is in memory of John E. Smith a Union soldier who died of some disease when he was just 18 years old. To get an application email Gary Scheel at somewhere1@sbcglobal.net.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum
125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
www.bolduchouse.org

ESSAY CONTEST FOR FEMALES
The Federated Republican Women’s Club of St. Louis is offering its second annual essay contest for female high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores living in the St. Louis area.  This year’s topic is energy policy (see question below).  The prize will be a $500 scholarship towards the student’s college tuition or for use at the college bookstore.  Submissions must be received by May 1 and the prize will be awarded at a FRW meeting on May 28. Please forward this information to your students and any club/organization that may be interested.
Please contact me with any questions or for the official rules and application.
Sincerely,
Elise Kostial  elisekostial at gmail dot com
Chair, Youth Outreach Committee
Federated Republican Women’s Club of St. Louis
>>>>Energy policy is a critical issue in the United States today. The Republican party wants to reduce the United States’ dependence on foreign oil and promote the development alternative energy sources. However, the National Republican Platform states that, “The most powerful environmental policy is liberty, the central organizing principle of the American Republic and its people. Liberty alone fosters scientific inquiry, technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and information exchange. Liberty must remain the core energy behind America’s environmental improvement.”
Explain the Republican position on energy policy and the importance of liberty to the party’s ideas for the advancement of those policies.

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.

Homeschool Events List for January 11, 2013

More information about area events can be found at https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ 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. Please do not link to individual posts without permission. Linking to the website is always fine. 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.

SELF DEFENSE TRAINING DISCOUNT
Please listen to this pod cast of my weekly radio program. The first segment, with Grandmaster Michael Rhoades, outlines a great activity, for kids and adults alike, with a homeschool, family friendly small business entrepreneur that you can enjoy with the entire family. Also, if you mention you heard about his programs on my radio show, he will give you a 10% discount on your classes.
Grandmaster Michael Rhoades offers self defense training for every level of student and it is also a great character builder to boot. Please spread the word if you believe this is a worthwhile activity that homeschoolers can enjoy.
Thanks,
Lisa Payne-Naeger (homeschool mom, author, host)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missourigrassrootsradio/2013/01/10/mgcculture-vigilante

Borders Educator Appreciation Days
Borders is having their Educator Appreciation Days in January.
In stores – January 12 – 20
Online – January 9-20
The discount is 25% off classroom and personal purchases and 10% off Music and DVDs.
Here is a link for details on their Educator Discount program – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bn-at-school/educator.asp

JA Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day
When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013; This is the same day as the homeschool visit for JA BizTown.
Time: Arrival: 9:15 until 9:30
JA Finance Park: 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Ages: Ages 13 to 18
Where: Junior Achievement, Dennis & Judy Jones Free Enterprise Center, 17339 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, Missouri, 63005
Enroll: Online at www.jastl.org
Look for the Homeschool menu item under JA Finance Park
Enrollment is limited to 100 students
Student Fee: $25 for 1st student (includes curriculum and visit)
$15 for each additional student within a family.
$15 for stand alone visit day
Registration through January 22, 2013
Curriculum Pick-up: Starts September 1, 2012; from 8:30 until 4:00 M-F.
Please allow 3 business days after registration for materials to be prepared.
January 25, 2013 is the last day to pick-up materials.
The curriculum takes about four weeks to complete.
Ask for Nancy Armstrong
Training: Online training is available at, www.jastl.org
Additional information: Cheryl Bohlen
Phone: (636) 728-0707 ext. 234
E-mail: cbohlen@jastl.org

DAYSPRING CLASSES
Most classes are still open at DaySpring! Call today 314-291-8878 or email office@dayspringarts.org
There’s still room in…
Performing Arts
Musical Theatre Classes – Monday nights (both locations), Wednesday & Friday (Crestwood) daytime, Saturday afternoons
Drama – Monday nights and Wednesday daytime
Dance
Petite Allegro – ballet & tap for the young child ages 3-11, openings in all of our classes – Wednesday daytime, Thursday nights, Friday (Crestwood) daytime, and Saturday mornings
Ballet, Tap, Modern, & Jazz – Tuesday nights, Wednesday nights, Thursday nights, Saturday afternoons
Music
We have several qualified music instructors who are looking to build their studios, availability ranges from teacher to teacher, please call to inquire.
We offer lessons in: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Voice, Guitar, Percussion, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe
Art
We’d love to start evening or Saturday Art classes, if you’re interested please contact us.  We currently have daytime home school classes on Wednesday and Friday (Crestwood).
Enrichment
Wednesday & Friday (Crestwood) daytime classes for homeschoolers
>>>a full schedule for classes including times, descriptions, & registration forms are available on our website www.dayspringarts.org

SPANISH CLASSES
Here is a list of Spanish classes offered throughout the area that still have a few spots available.
The St. Charles grade school class meets on Wed. nights at 6:30 at Vetta Sports complex.
In South/West County on Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran at 141 and Manchester, a grade school class meets from 2:45-3:45.
In West County off of Clarkson between Clayton and Manchester on Tuesday a k-4 class meets from 12:15-1:15 and the 5th-middle school group meets from 1:30-2:30.
In St. John on Thursday there is a high school class from 9:30-10:30, grade school from 11:50-12:50. And high school conversation from 1:30-2:30.
Online Classes are also available through www.foreignlanguageonline.net
Please let me know if you’re interested in any of these. b_mcstnd@yahoo.com
Thank you!  -Becca Castaneda

E-MEDIA @ SLCL
Did you get a new eReader or tablet for the holidays? Find out how to download free eBooks and eAudiobooks from the St. Louis County Library’s eMedia collection. Bring your new device, as well as your library card number and PIN, and specially trained Library staff will walk you through the process. Registration is required.
Kindle and Kindle App Users: Please bring your Amazon account ID and password.
Non-tablet Users (i.e. Nook Simple Touch): If you have a laptop, bring it with you to get the most from the session.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – 10 a.m. – Mid County
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 – 6:30 p.m. – Samuel C. Sachs
Thursday, January 17, 2013 – 2 p.m. – Natural Bridge
Friday, January 18, 2013 – 10 a.m.  – Headquarters
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 – 9:30 a.m. – Thornhill
Friday, January 25, 2013 – 10 a.m. – Weber Road
Monday, January 28, 2013 – 2 p.m. – Cliff Cave
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – 10 a.m. – Grand Glaize
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – 2 p.m. – Headquarters
Thursday, January 31, 2013 – 6 p.m. – Oak Bend
Monday, February 4, 2013 – 6:30 p.m. – Rock Road
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 – 2 p.m. – Tesson Ferry
Thursday, February 7, 2013 – 2 p.m. – Prairie Commons
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – 2 p.m. – Daniel Boone
Friday, February 15, 2013 – 2 p.m. – Bridgeton Trails
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – 10 a.m. – Jamestown Bluffs
Thursday, February 21, 2013 – 2 p.m.  – Samuel C. Sachs

Hope Lutheran School Book Sale
Wednesday, January 23rd & Monday, January 28th
9:00a.m.-11:00a.m.
Our elementary school recently closed and we have a wide variety of used textbooks and novels for low prices. (Scott Foresman math, Houghton Mifflin science, social studies & spelling, Harcourt reading priced, several classic novels $2-8)
Hope Lutheran Church & School
10701 St. Cosmas Lane, St. Ann, MO 63074
Turn into the West Entrance and go to the school door by the playground.

PRAISE BAND AUDITIONS
Looking for a Drummer and a Guitar Player who could play in an existing Praise Band Classs Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 2:30pm At RockShow Academy – 8809 Gravois Rd. in Affton, MO  63123   (314) 556-7110

PATRIETTE LIGHTS VOLLEYBALL
The St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights will hold a winter volleyball clinic on Friday afternoons for girls and boys at Gametime Sports in Chesterfield – just a mile off of Hwy 40 – from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, beginning on February 1st and running through March 22nd. The cost is $68 for the first player and $60 for the second and third from the same family. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, get some exercise, and learn a lifetime sport.
USA Volleyball Certified coaches will do conditioning, plyometrics, teach basic form and strategies. There will be contests, games, and scrimmages. The players will be divided onto 2 separate courts – one for beginniners and one for experienced competitive players who know offensive and defensive systems.
We really do have a lot of fun. And we learn a lot too. Twelve of our girls have made select teams this year!!! The Lord has blessed their hard work and good attitudes.
If you’re interested, please fill out the application and send it to me as soon as possible. This clinic always ends up with a waiting list.
Blessings,
Patty Yager
Athletic Director and Varsity Coach
St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights
Girls Varsity Volleyball Program
www.orgsites.com/mo/patriettelightsvolleyball/
314-566-3667

Home Schooling with Joy
One Day Conference, Saturday, February 2, 2013
at The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive  St. Peters, MO  63376
www.thefamilyvision.org
Longtime homeschool parents and TFV patrons Larry and Sue Pruett are offering a seminar designed for both new and experienced homeschoolers! This conference is for the newbie homeschooler who wonders how to homeschool and the veteran homeschooler who is discouraged and needs a “shot in the arm” to continue the journey joyfully. Below is the schedule for the day.
• 8:30 AM–5:30 PM Shopping open all day
• 9:00 AM Juggling Act (Larry & Sue)
• 10:30 AM Living Books to Language Arts (Sue)
• 11:30 AM–1:00 PM Lunch break
• 1:00 PM Breakout: Dad’s Hats (Larry)/Scream & Shout (Sue)
• 2:30 PM The Extras That Aren’t Extra (Sue)
• 4:00 PM That You May Not Grow Weary (Larry & Sue)
The fee for this conference is $25 per couple, and includes a $10 credit toward any $50 purchase at the conference.
You may sign up with The Family Vision; all payment is to be received by Larry and Sue Pruett.
For more information, please visit the Pruetts’ website at http://homeschoolingwithjoy.com/Homeschooling_With_Joy/Upcoming_Conferences.html

HOMESCHOOL VALENTINE PARTIES
In the past, various homeschool groups have held their Valentines Party here at Great Skate along w/ a cookie exchange and Valentine Box competition.
If you are interested in booking something, please contact us – right now the dates/times we have available are:
Wed., Feb. 13 from 1-3pm
Thurs., Feb. 14 from 1-3pm
Fri., Feb. 15 from 1-3pm
A private party is a minimum of $275.00 plus tax for a group of 35 skaters.  Or, if you have 50 skaters or more, we will charge $5 admission and $2 skate rental.  You can collect money ahead of time, or ask attenders to pay admission as they enter.  Please call us at 636-441-2530 to book your Valentine Party!
http://www.greatskaterollerrink.com/

49th Annual Greater America Coin Fair
St. Louis Numismatic Association Big 3 Day Show
February 15-17, 2013
St. Louis Airport Hilton, 10330 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63134
Across I-70 from the airport
www.stlouiscoinclub.com

EntrepreLaunch
Thursdays beginning February 21, 2013
The Family Vision is pleased to announce EntrepreLaunch, will begin its second year.  This program is designed to help young men and women develop the entrepreneurial spirit and skills. We desire to help train and launch young entrepreneurs into the business world.
EntrepreLaunch is for young people ages 15-20 +, who want to learn entrepreneurial business skills. Participants should have a business idea which they would like to develop (this is recommended for getting the most out of the instruction, but is not required).
EntrepreLaunch will contain seven two-hour training sessions, each covering a basic area of business development.  These sessions will feature professionals and entrepreneurs, who will teach participants how to navigate the process of starting and running a business. Visit the website for complete listing.
The cost for all seven sessions is $70 per student. Call today to sign up!
The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
636-447-6900
www.TheFamilyVision.org

Trivia Night & Silent Auction
Fundraiser for DaySpring School of the Arts
Friday, February 22
Doors open at 6:15 pm
Trivia begins at 7:00 pm
The Columns Banquet Center, 711 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, 63303
Tickets: $15 per person before 2/8, $20 after
call 314-291-8878 to register

DaVinci Machines II: The Australian Exhibition
When: Now Open through May 2013
Where: 800 Market St., Ste 100, Saint Louis, MO 63101
Across from City Gardens, One Block North of Busch Stadium
Hours: Tues – Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sun – 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Mondays – Closed to Public for Group Tours and Private Parties
About the Exhibition:
With over 60 machines on display, many of which are interactive, the collection features replicas of the major and most striking inventions of the original Renaissance Man. Featured machines on display include the DaVinci bicycle, hang glider, and air screw, the precursor to the modern-day helicopter.  Also, on display are two of Leonardo’s revolutionary robotic inventions, the life-size robot drummer and for the first time ever, the secrets behind Leonardo’s legendary mechanical lion.  The uniquely interactive machines are a popular aspect of each exhibition as visitors can touch and handle these models to gain a first-hand appreciation of how they work. Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings from his codices accompany each model.
Highlights of the Exhibition:
-We have several life-size versions of DaVinci’s most famous designs on loan from the Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy displayed for the first time in North America
-We will be unveiling Leonardo’s incredible vision of the “Ideal City” in full color graphic panels and stunning animation for the first time ever
-Experience DaVinci’s “Last Supper” in the size and scope of how he intended his masterpiece to be viewed
-You will be amazed by our recreation of the Battle of the Titans.  In 1505, DaVinci and Michaelangelo were commissioned to paint opposing frescoes in the Hall of Five Hundred in Florence, Italy.  Both paintings were left unfinished and over 500 years later we have reproduced them here in Saint Louis, MO.
– Discover Leonardo’s version of the great pyramid building machine revealed for the first time at the DaVinci Machines II in North America.  This incredible, actual working model, called the Herodotus Machine was believed to have helped build the great pyramids of Egypt.
-View beautiful reproductions of over half of Leonardo’s masterpieces in our stunning art gallery
Come Visit the DaVinci Machines II: The Australian Exhibition and explore the mind of the Greatest Genius of All-Time and Discover the DaVinci in You!
Tour Times: We offer school group tours every hour starting at 11:00 am and running through 4:00 pm.
Tour and Film: On weekdays, we offer a school group package that includes a guided, 30 – 40 minute group tour of the exhibit as well as a showing of the “Da Vinci Genius,” a 45 – minute educational film.  For our younger students, we have three 10 – minute video segments about DaVinci as an alternative film option. We do have a Teacher’s Guide available on our website with activities for those who would like to further enhance the learning experience.
~~Attention Teachers – Don’t forget to ask about our Educator’s Discount on books and DVD’s in our gift shop.  We have wide variety of literature on DaVinci, Michelangelo, and the Renaissance.  Also, don’t forget to bring a tax-exemption letter to save on any school –related purchases.
Group Pricing:
Small Group Pricing (5 – 19) – $10.00/person – Large Group Pricing (20 or more) – $ 7.00/person
General Admission Pricing:
Adult – $14.00; Students & Teachers – $11.00; Seniors & Military – $11.00; Children (5 – 10) – $9.00; Children (4 and Under) Free; Family Pack(Up to 5) – $40.00
Contact Info:
(314) 241-1241
info@discoverdavinci.com
Please be sure to check out our website for additional information, Teacher’s Guides, reviews and photos of the exhibition.  www.discoverdavinci.com

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.

Homeschool Events List for January 6, 2013

More information about area events can be found at https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ 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. Please do not link to individual posts without permission. Linking to the website is always fine. 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.

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
January 7, 2013; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price once again will be only $3.00 per person!!!!!
Dear Homeschoolers,
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year.  We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”.  Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House.  It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families.  You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees.  My goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of  homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
>Price:  $3.00 per person (adults included)
>Children under the age of 1 are free.
>You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
>Sign up is not necessary.  You may pay at the counter and you may use the following:
Cash   *   Check   *   Credit Card   *   Debit Card
>Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
>THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS, NOT JUST S.H.A.R.E. MEMBERS…SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!   Please feel free to copy this and forward to them.  It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
>Mark your calendar for the LAST date to follow: February 4, 2013
>If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com

BEGINNING RECORDER CLASS
A new Beginning Recorder Class is forming beginning on January 8th at 1:00 p.m. on Monday afternoons. We will meet at Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, 63123.
The class is endorsed by SHARE, but independent of our Homelink classes. Students must be SHARE members to participate in this class (so that they are covered by our insurance plan). However, there is no Homelink registration fee, as this class does not meet at the Homelink location.
Trisch Breed is a homeschooling mother of five (four graduated), church musician, singer and flautist. She has been teaching flute, piccolo and recorder, both in private lessons and group classes for the past 25+ years If you have questions or for more information, e-mail Trisch Breed at trischbreed@yahoo.com or call 314-775-5294.
Music Schedule: This year Trish is only offering beginning recorder class
1:00 p.m. Beginning Recorder Class:
Ages 8 and up. Younger students and special needs students are welcome with a parent or other helper to assist them.
Learn Basic Skills
Read Musical Notation
Fingerings for Soprano Recorder
Ensembles, Duets and Solos
Games and Drills to reinforce skills learned
Voluntary participation in Nursing Home Ministry
Spring Concert at Bayless Baptist
End of year Recital
Class Prices and Fees
$20.00 per Month
$15.00 for Yamaha Soprano Recorder and Book
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Note from Trisch Breed: I also give private lessons in Flute and Voice. For more information, please call me at 314-775-5294 or e-mail me at trischbreed@yahoo.com

Home School Physical Education
The Salvation Army Gateway Citadel Worship and Community Center
824 Union Road, St. Louis, MO  63123
The spring 2013 semester will begin the week of January 8, 9, and 10, 2013.
For the full class schedule and list of costs and times please visit www.homeschool-life.com/mo/share/
Please feel free to copy this information and pass it on to other interested home school families.

HOMESCHOOL BOWLING CLUB
The winter session of the Home School Bowling Club will start back up next Wednesday 1/9/13, hope you will be able to join us.  All ages and skill levels are welcome!
Winter League begins 1/9/13 and goes through 4/10/13
Meet each Wednesday 1:00 – 2:30 Lakeside Lanes – Valley Park, MO
$5.00 per bowler includes 3 games, shoe rental and coaching
Directions and the phone number for the lanes can be found on their webiste at: http://www.bowlbrunswick.com/about-us/254/1

Beginning Oil Painting Classes
Looking for something creative for your child to do?  Consider oil painting classes.  These classes are designed for the child with no (or limited) experience.  The next four week session starts on Friday, January 11, 2013; 12:30 – 2:30 PM.  The cost is $30.00 + supplies.  The children will be painting “Sunday Night Services”.  They will make progress each week until they have a completed painting on February 1.  You can see a photo of the painting, get the supply list and register for the class on our web site www.fbcarnold.org/artsandcrafts

NARNIA CLASSES
Becca Hubbard will be offering an exciting new class for the spring 2013 semester! It is stil not too late to sign up for “Narnia!  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis, and a Bit of Britain” class starting on Tuesday, January 15 or Thursday, January 17. Becca says:
“We’ll discuss The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for the great story that it is, pull out some of the spiritual truths, look at the life of C.S. Lewis, and add a bit of British geography, history, and culture as it connects to C.S. Lewis and Narnia.  Readers and non-readers are welcome. The students will get the most out of the class if they are familiar with the chapters before class, but they may have the chapters read to them by parents, siblings or others if they prefer.”
The 60 minute “Narnia!” classes are geared for students from about age 6-12 but grade and age cut-offs are very flexible. They take place at the Salvation Army Community Center (824 Union Rd., St. Louis MO 63125) and the times are designed to correspond with the Homeschool P.E. classes offered in the same building. You do not have to be a P.E. student to take the “Narnia!” class.
The possible class times are Tuesdays at 1:00 pm or Thursdays at 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm. If the times and days don’t work for you, let Becca know – if she has six students she will form another class.
The class will start January 15 or 17 and run for 17 weeks, following the Homeschool P.E. schedule. The cost is $90 per student (so reasonable!).
If interested contact Becca at cbhubbard@htc.net or 618-281-4944 and let her know the age of your student and what day and time would work best for you. She needs feedback to finalize the classes!
Hope many of you can participate!  Our children wish they were young enough to take this class!   Kerrie & Cathy
P.S. Here is Becca Hubbard’s bio for those that don’t know her….
This is Becca Hubbard’s fourth year teaching enrichment classes for S.H.A.R.E. Becca has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois. Her twenty-five years of teaching experience have encompassed pre-K through adult education, the majority of those years in full-time elementary classrooms. She has tutored in a variety of subjects at Sylvan Learning Center and privately. She is married to Homeschool P.E. teacher Cort Hubbard.

FINE ARTS COOP
We are starting classes on January 15th in Troy, Mo, and have classes from 5-12 year olds in most classes. We currently have music, art, drama, science flight experiment class and ballet. We have added a watercolor class and drawing class for any age (nearly one on one instruction). We have a NEW Microsoft Office class for ages 12 and up that will be a for-credit class – depending on how you want your child to test at the end depends on the number of credits or it can be taken pass/fail. All teachers are professionals in their field and all are home-school moms also except for the Microsoft Office instructor.
These classes run for 12 weeks except for Microsoft Office which runs for 6 weeks. Facility Fee for the church is $25 per family for 1-2 children and $35 per family for 3 or more children. Most classes are about $25 per month per child with sibling discounts available.
You can get more information at www.homeschool-life.com/mo/tcche or email kendrabeck@centurytel.net

It’s Your Story
At Pen2Paper Art Studio, Columbia, ILLINOIS
Come make your own story with pictures and words. We will look at comic books, graphic novels, and other illustrated stories. I will provide a list of story prompts for students to choose from. We will learn about visual storytelling while learning useful drawing techniques. If time allows, we will bind the finished stories into books.
All levels of experience are welcome. Ages 9 and up.
$65.00 for three classes, $5.00 for supplies.
6:00 pm—8:00 pm, Wednesdays
Jan 16th, Jan 23rd, Jan 30th
Instructed by Patrick Weck
Sign up at www.pen2paper.org
Or email to: pen2paper@htc.net
618-340-3490

History to Our Ears Community Recital
On the evening of March 13, 2013, young musicians will take the stage at the Missouri History Museum for the second annual “History to Our Ears” recital. We’re inviting your students to audition for a place on the program!
More than just a noteworthy performance opportunity, “History to Our Ears” features a preparation institute that combines coaching sessions led by professional musicians, opportunities to learn about connections between music and history, and leadership training in connecting with other artists.
The preparation institute will be held after school on March 11 and 12, with the culminating performance on the evening of March 13, 2013.
To be considered for a place in this innovative program, students should download the audition form and be sure to apply by January 18, 2013. http://www.mohistory.org/node/8154

Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
The nice folks at Barron Gymnastics have once again graciously opened their doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym, and the best part is that they are going to continue giving us a reduced rate for the 2012-13 school year!!
When?  January 21
Where?   Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO 63129
Time?     10:30 am. – 12:00 p .m.
Cost?      1st child = $8.00         Each additional family member = $6.00
What?
>1.5 hours of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
>Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30’ Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Tramps, 18’ Rope Climb.
>Includes the Giant Adventure Island Inflatable!
Who?
>Homeschool Day is for children 14 months up to 22 years of age.
>A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade. Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk. Adults are not allowed on equipment.
>Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
How?
>All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
>>>>YOU MUST REGISTER BY SATURDAY JANUARY 19TH FOR THE EVENT!
Registration available Online (http://barrongymnastics.com/special-events/homeschool-day/) or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
Here’s what else you need to know:
>Barron’s must have at least 28 children to make this event happen.
>They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
>Refunds only given for illness and Barron’s must be notified before the event begins.
>If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
>Note: This is not to be confused with the Homeschool Program at Barron’s Gym.

ACT WORKSHOP
Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting an ACT Workshop on Saturdays, January 26 and February 2 in O’Fallon.  More information–including times, location, cost, registration instructions, and testimonials–can be found at www.BobJohnsonTutoring.com

Liberty Farm – Homeschool Owned!
A small micro farm located at the intersection of Union and 55.  We offer a full share and half share csa and will be selling at the Tower Grove Farmers Market for the 2013 season.  Please check out our website at www.liberty-farm.net or give us a ring at 314-717-1155 for more information and pricing.  We look forward to meeting you.  Thank you for supporting small farms!

PIANO LESSONS
January: the perfect time to start piano lessons
Cost: $75 per month, average, plus a few materials
Contact: Rhonda Barfield
Phone: 636-219-8701
barfield@aol.com
Thinking about piano lessons for you or your child?  I can teach everything you need to know: thorough, yet fun instruction from an experienced teacher with 20+ years experience in two schools and at home, a Christian, and a former homeschool mom. You’ll be amazed at how quickly students start to play “real” songs.
Listening House Studios students:
– play a variety of music, including both classical and popular
– learn to read notes, but also to play by chord symbols and by ear
– compose original music
– improvise (make up) music on the spot
– understand music theory and technique, and how to use both when playing
– perform comfortably and often in public
If you’re looking for enjoyable, professional piano lessons for yourself or your children, reasonably priced, Listening House Studios can help. Email for more information or to set up a free consultation. Also ask me about recommendations from other homeschool moms.

HOMESCHOOL TUTOR
Hello, My name is Michelle Perjak, and I have had sudden and unexpected life circumstances arise which require me to help substantially with my household income. I know in my heart of hearts that God still wants me to raise and educate my own children, and as I am 22 weeks pregnant, I don’t think I could find a ‘real job’ right now even if I wanted to 🙂
I believe my greatest skill set is tutoring. I have degrees in math, physics, and computer science, so I am qualified to tutor those subjects at any level through lower level college classes. I have lots of experience tutoring in these subjects, and I thoroughly enjoy it. I can also teach beginner piano lessons (first two years), clarinet (first 5 years) and up through high school level biology and chemistry.
After the first week in January, I will be living in Columbia, IL, and my house will be about five minutes from the JB bridge. My rate will be $15/half hour for all subjects, and I will be available to tutor weekends or weekday afternoons. Feel free to let your other kids tag along – we will have a big basement with lots of toys, I have 6 and 5 year olds of my own who would love a play date, and older kids are welcome to just hang out.
You can contact me via email (mnperjak@gmail.com) or phone 638-340-6345 if you are interested.

Local Harvest Grocery – Homeschooler Owned
Local Harvest Grocery started in 2007 in a 600 square foot space in South St. Louis. Since then the Local Harvest family, including a grocery store and cafe on Morgan Ford Road, a cafe and event space in Downtown St Louis, and a grocery/cafe combination in Kirkwood, has paid over $1 million dollars to local farmers and food producers and has grown to employ close to 100 people.
We have been, and still are, committed to being a positive part of our community – using green practices, supporting small local farmers and producers, donating to educational and environmental charities.
Local Harvest feels that knowing your food is of the utmost importance – we are dedicated to transparent and honest food production. We invite you to enjoy the delicious tastes of seasonal eating as well as its positive impact on our world.
www.localharvestgrocery.com

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.

HOMELINK SECOND SEMESTER

See the bottom of the email for some important info about NEW or open classes at HomelinkPersonal Finance, Driver’s Permit, Home Economics Part II, Art Fundamentals, Advanced Art, NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting, Herbal Studies, etc. Some are starting this week! Contact the teachers directly if you are interested! (See contact info listed under class). Remember – you can jump into any Homelink class if there is room and the teacher gives permission.

Other details about classes that will be continuing from last semester are available on the SHARE website. Look for “Homelink Classes” on the sidebar.

Call, text or email if you have any questions or concerns! Kerrie & Cathy

Kerrie Tate (kertatehomelink@aol.com or 314-791-0000)

Cathy Mullins (ekcjmullins@gmail.com or 314-769-7965)

NEW HOMELINK CLASS POSSIBLITIES FOR SPRING 2013

Note: Michelle Engle would like to offer Herbal Studies classes again beginning in February. We are trying to find the Thursday class time that would work for the most students and parents. Please contact Kerrie at kertatehomelink@aol.com with your preference!

Personal Financetaught by Rene Hayes, C.P.A. starting Jan. 8 if possible

This class is based on a real world model. Through assessment testing students will evaluate their interests, skills and values to choose a mock career and formulate a plan for attaining that career. From this point students will build a future personal financial scenario. They will formulate a budget based on anticipated mock earnings, housing, taxes and all related expenses. We will cover assets, debt and financial planning. Students will complete a simple individual tax return and Form W-4. They will complete a job application and have a mock interview. All assignments are hands on and research based.

THIS CLASS HAS HOMEWORK. At home research and internet OR library access is essential. Minimum class size is 5 students.

Grade: high school

Class length: 75 minutes plus individual mock interview time.

Cost: $160 per semester

Time: Tuesdays, 11:00 – 12:15 starting January 8th

Rene’s contact info: lightandjoy999@gmail.com

Note: if there is another time that works best for you Rene is flexible!

Materials fee $15. Students will need a PENCIL (not a pen), eraser, three ring binder, notebook paper and 5 dividers.

Driver’s Permit Class taught by Rene Hayes starting Jan. 8 if possible

The permit class covers all aspects of the material tested by the written portion of the driving test. We will cover vocabulary, road markings and signs and traffic laws and regulations. Throughout the semester students will take practice exams. The final class is an optional field trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles to take the driver’s permit test. There will be weekly quizzes and take home vocabulary.

No behind the wheel driving will be done in class. Minimum class size is 5 students.

Class length: 75 minutes

Cost: $125 per semester

Time: Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:15 pm starting January 8th

Rene’s contact info: lightandjoy999@gmail.com

Note: if there is another time that works best for you Rene is flexible!

Materials Fee $15. Students will need a folder or notebook for papers, a pencil and the fee for the driver’s permit exam.

 

Home Economics, Part II taught by Lisa Bader starting Jan. 8

This is a beginning Home Economics course that is project-based and will focus primarily on food preparation during the 2nd semester (sewing was the 1st semester). Other skills/techniques/projects to be incorporated include basic gardening, simple flower arranging, home décor by personal style, candle making, recycling, card making, etc. The class will be using The Hidden Art of Homemaking, by Edith Schaeffer.

Recommended Grade: Grade 7 and up

Length of Class: 90 minutes

Cost: $100 per semester… This price includes the $25.00 materials fee.

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm on Tuesdays, starting January 8th

Lisa’s contact info: text or call her at 636-375-6793

Art 1: Art Fundamentals – taught by Jeff Bader starting Jan. 10

Students will work on artistic and design projects that emphasize creativity and individual expression in both realistic as well as abstract approaches. They will be exposed to fundamentals of composition, drawing, and perspective. A variety of media will be utilized such as paint, clay, fabric, plaster, etc.

Recommended Grade: 7th and up

Length of Class: 75 minutes

Cost: $125.00 plus a material fee TBD

Time: Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:45 am or 11:00 am – 12:15 pm or 1:00 – 2:15 pm

Jeff’s contact info: call or text 636-524-3614

Art 2: Advanced Projects in Art – taught by Jeff Bader starting Jan. 10

This course is for the serious Art student who desires to hone their skills in unique and planned projects. Students will consult with the teacher and develop individual goals and plans for the semester. Drawing skills including perspective, proportion and shading will be included in the course as well as more advanced topics related to design and creativity.

Recommended Grade: 8-12

Length of Class: 75 minutes (but Jeff would like to make it a longer class)

Cost: $125.00 plus a material fee TBD per student plan

Time – Thursdays, 2:30 – 3:45 (but may increase based on student feedback)

NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Class taught by Monty Schrunk starting Feb. 19

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to learn the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target. Topics covered are:

– Identification of shotgun parts, action types, and demonstration of how each functions.

– NRA rules for safe gun handling; explain and demonstrate how to handle a shotgun safely

– Ammunition: components of a shotgun shell, types of shotgun ammunition and their intended use, matching ammunition to the correct shotgun and dealing with ammunition malfunctions.

– Explain and demonstrate the fundamentals of shooting a shotgun

– Safely shoot a shotgun on a range, shooting at a moving target using the five fundamentals of shotgun shooting.

– Identify and safely use the materials needed to clean a shotgun

– Explain ways to pursue shotgun-shooting activities after the course

– Explain the criteria for selecting a shotgun

– Identify various shooting organizations and explain how to become involved with them

Students who successfully complete the course, demonstrate the skills learned and pass the final exam will receive a NRA certificate of completion.

Grade/Age Level:

7th grade and up; minimum age 12

Curriculum:

Class will use materials from the National Rifle Association. Packets will be distributed on the first day of class.

Parent Info:

One parent may attend with each minor student, as an unregistered observer, at no additional charge. However, only registered students will receive course materials, participate in shooting exercises and be eligible to receive a course completion certificate. Parents are welcome to register as a student and participate in all class activities with their child, but in case of over-enrollment priority will be given to youth students.

Cost:

$125 per student. This covers all course materials, range time and ammunition.

Family Discount: When multiple members of a single family register for the course, members will receive a progressive $5 discount. In other words the first member pays full price, the 2nd receives a $5 discount, 3rd receives a $10 discount, etc.

Class Size:

Minimum: 4 students; Maximum: 6 students

Additional Information:

– No live ammunition is permitted in the classroom at any time. Firearms and ammunition will be provided for the course; students should not bring their own unless previously arranged with and approved by the instructor.

– Range exercises will be conducted at St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club, possibly on two Mondays. Tentative dates (pending final scheduling) are March 25 and April 15

– Class will begin later than other Spring Homelink classes. The first class will be on Tuesday, February 19. This is so that the (outdoor) range sessions will occur later in the term.

– If interested contact Monty Schrunk at msguntraining@att.net

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Here’s more information about second semester classes at Homelink.  This one pertains to Fun School, our unique program for kids with special needs.    We have not only revised the time schedule for second semester but have added and deleted some classes.  If you know someone who is homeschooling a child with special needs, please pass this on to them.  Jesse has been in almost every class and I have to say that they are all really well done!   As soon as our dvd is completed, I will be posting it online so that everyone can view the awesome Christmas production that the children were in this past semester.  Also, our bake sale last semester netted $150.00 that was given to the Humane Society on a recent field trip there.   Lots of learning, lots of social interaction and lots of fun—that’s Fun School!

Please note that because these classes are designed for children with special needs, class placement is not so much determined by age or grade level but by ability.  Age is definitely a factor, but it is not used exclusively for determining which class a student is eligible to participate in.  Please contact Cathy Mullins if you have any questions.  Ekcjmullins@gmail.com or 314-769-7965.

We are not aware of any other program in our area like this that is designed for homeschoolers with special needs.  Please pass this on to any friends you know who may be educating their exceptional learner at home.   Thanks!     Cathy and Kerrie

Our new schedule is as follows…

FUN SCHOOL CLASSES HELD ON THURSDAYS
BEGINNING JANUARY 10, 2013

Elementary Level

 

Reading Roundup
9:00-9:45

Deanna Fisher

 

Wacky Fun Science
9:45-10:30
Deanna Fisher

 

Mixed Media Art
10:45-11:45

Deanna Fisher

 

Jr. High & HighSchool Level

Music & Movement

11:45-12:30
Kelli Ballard

 

Lunch & Recess
12:30-1:30
Maeven Blankenship

Literature
1:30-2:30
Maeven Blankenship

 

Team Sports
2:30-3:30
Maeven Blankenship

 

Below are the Class Descriptions for each of these:

ELEMENTARY LEVEL

Reading Round-up for Emerging and Struggling Readers   Thursdays, 9:00 – 9:45
This class is for students who are either just beginning to read or needing a little help. We will be meeting in the classical library where students will learn to choose books that are appropriate for their current reading level. Students will learn to identify mistakes in reading as well as the skills needed for fluency and decoding. These are the skills necessary to advance to higher levels of reading. We will be reading individually and in small groups. Please bring a current book selection to the first class so that I can assess your child’s current reading skills.
Cost: $140 per semester for the first child. Each additional sibling is $130 per semester.

Wacky Fun ScienceThursdays 9:45 – 10:30
This interactive class studies space, weather, animals, plants and the human body. Students will put on lab coats and become junior scientists while performing fun experiments with fizzing potions, rockets, magic ketchup, blobs in a bottle, and slime. Lab coats and safety goggles will be provided.
Cost: $140 per semester for the first child. Each additional sibling is $130 per semester. Materials fee is an additional $20 per child per semester.

Break 10:30 – 10:45

Mixed Media Art – Thursdays 10:45 – 11:45
This open-studio art class will feature weekly guided art projects. Focus will be on incorporating both fine and gross motor skills while working with multi sensory media such as paint, sand, clay, and chalk. We will also be making various types of clay and paint. Artist apron and beret will be provided.
Cost: $140 per semester for the first child. Each additional sibling is $130 per semester. Materials fee is an additional $35 per child per semester.

Deanna Fisher has a degree in Disability Studies and is currently finishing a degree in Special Education from Fontbonne University. She currently home schools her 6 year old son and is a full-time caregiver for her adult stepson with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. Deanna worked for Special School District for two years and has decided to spend her teaching career helping homeschooled students with special needs.

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JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGHSCHOOL LEVEL

Music and Movement  – Thursday, 11:45-12:30
This class will have a very heavy music therapy influence. It will focus on increasing the students’ development of important life skills, such as communication, physical movement, attention and memory, emotional growth and social skills. Music and Movement will also engage the students through the use of singing, dancing, acting, and the use of musical instruments. The students, through these various activities, will also receive exposure to basic music concepts including, but not limited to, rhythm, melody, tone color, tempo, and dynamics.
Price:  $145.00 per semester ($8.00 per class).  No materials fee.

Kelli Ballard is a board certified Music Therapist and a Positive Behavior Support Specialist.  She has a dynamic personality and her students love her outgoing ways.  This will be her first semester of teaching at Homelink, although she has been actively involved in Homelink classes this year through her client, John.

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Lunch and Recess – moderated by Maeven Blankenship Thursday 12:30-1:30
Lunch will be supervised and recess will be short.  It is designed to give the students exercise and more time to socialize and make friends.
COST:  $2.00 per week

LiteratureThursday 1:30-2:30
Our Literature class brings a new great aspect to Fun School. All students will be reading works that are well known and some that are new adventures. The objective of the class will be to have students understand different types of literature as well as the meaning of each individual work that will be presented. Students will learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction. We will look at poetry, fables, short stories, and two chapter books in this class. There will be a short time of introductory work to be done at the beginning of class–sometimes it may be a crossword puzzle and other times it may be reading a poem that we will be talking about in class. Adaptations will be made as needed for each individual.
Some selections from the Fun School Literature class are as follows.

Poetry- While talking about poetry we will be looking at works by Shel Silverstein and Naomi Shihab Nye. These poems will be read and talked about in class.

Fables– Students will learn about the purpose of fables as well as take two weeks to look at different fables by different authors. These will be read in class as well.

Non- Fiction– Students will be examining interesting non-fiction works in class. There will also be a short lesson on taking notes.

Alice in Wonderland– We will be reading two chapters of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland–Chapter 7 (A Mad Tea Party) and Chapter 8 (The Queens Croquet-Ground). These books will be read at home and then will be discussed in class. Books will be provided.

The Velveteen Rabbit– This is the novel we will be reading in full. The book will be read at home (one chapter a week). We will be doing activities with the book in class. Books will be provided.

Price:  $145.00 for the entire semester ($8.00 per class).  No materials fee.

Team Sports and Activities – Thursday 2:30-3:30
This class is a special needs class focusing on using team sports to better motor skills and teamwork. The class has been split into three separate sports so that the students will be able to get a full understanding of the sport, as well as gain skills for each particular sport. The class will be starting this semester with a kickball league, and finish with baseball (field hockey was held first semester along with some kickball).  All modifications and adaptations necessary for each student will be provided so as each child will get the best experience possible out of the time spent in class.  Regular Homelink students volunteer in this class to assist those who are more physically challenged—a great way for friendships to develop among students who would not necessarily be in classes together!
Price:  $5 per Class session

Maeven Blankenship is a former Homelink student who is now a sophomore at Fontbonne University. Her goal is to be a special education teacher. Two years ago  she was an aid in Fun School classes, and last year she worked as a teacher in the Tuesday Fun School and did an excellent job.  She has also served as a “shadow” (one-on-one aid) for various special needs students. This year Maeve will be teaching a full block of classes, including Money Basics and Team Sports.  Maeven has worked with special needs individuals for most of her life, including her younger brother. She understands the importance of meeting both the academic, social, and physical needs of children who learn differently.