Homeschool Events List for January 6, 2013

More information about area events can be found at and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.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

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 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
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

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
Please feel free to copy this information and pass it on to other interested home school families.

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:

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

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 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.

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 or email

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
Or email to:

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.

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
>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!
>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.
>All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
Registration available Online ( 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.

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

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 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!

January: the perfect time to start piano lessons
Cost: $75 per month, average, plus a few materials
Contact: Rhonda Barfield
Phone: 636-219-8701
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.

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 ( 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.

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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