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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.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.
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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.