Homeschool Events List for January 11, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

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.
Lisa Payne-Naeger (homeschool mom, author, host)

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 –

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
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,
Additional information: Cheryl Bohlen
Phone: (636) 728-0707 ext. 234

Most classes are still open at DaySpring! Call today 314-291-8878 or email
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
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
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
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).
Wednesday & Friday (Crestwood) daytime classes for homeschoolers
>>>a full schedule for classes including times, descriptions, & registration forms are available on our website

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
Please let me know if you’re interested in any of these.
Thank you!  -Becca Castaneda

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
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.

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

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.
Patty Yager
Athletic Director and Varsity Coach
St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights
Girls Varsity Volleyball Program

Home Schooling with Joy
One Day Conference, Saturday, February 2, 2013
at The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive  St. Peters, MO  63376
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

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!

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

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

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
Please be sure to check out our website for additional information, Teacher’s Guides, reviews and photos of the exhibition.

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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