Homeschool Events List for June 23, 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.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

Unschoolers and Homeschoolers of all kind are welcome to join our St. Charles County Life Learners group. We get together every week for park days, field trips, sports, hikes, yoga, camping and more. Our children range from baby to age 10 as of right now. Please join we love making new friends!
Thank you 🙂

Summer Skate Sessions
Great Skate, 130 Boone Hills Drive Saint Peters Mo 63376
Tuesdays-Fridays 1- 4 p.m.; through August 13th
$5 admission  $2 Skate Rental

Free Teaching the Classics Seminar
June 27 and 28
Chai v’Shalom Lutheran Church, 6327 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO  63139
Registration is required.
RSVP to Melissa Trippeer at or 314-322-2198.
I wanted to let you know about an upcoming seminar I will be offering.  I hope you will be able to join me.
Do you love great literature and desire to learn how to teach it effectively?  Come join us for a 2-day workshop where we will view Teaching the Classics by Adam Andrews (master storyteller, literature instructor, historian, and homeschool dad), as well as engage in lively discussion and brainstorming sessions.  This class is for every parent who loves to read good books and has a heart-felt desire to share them with his or her children.  Learn how to glean the most from literature through a questioning method that will help you explore the five common elements of any story: plot, conflict, setting, character, and theme.  Whether you are reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit aloud to your pre-readers or discussing To Kill a Mockingbird with your high school student, this method will help you mine the depths of any story to discover all the treasures awaiting within.

Whitaker Music Festival
Wednesday evenings, through August 7
Birds singing in the warm, rose-scented evenings signal it’s time for the summer Whitaker Music Festival. The open-air festival presents free Wednesday evening concerts under the stars every June through August.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic supper, baskets or coolers. Picnic fare, beer, wine, soda and sno-cones are also available for purchase on-site.
The festival is funded by the Whitaker Foundation, which supports St. Louis arts and parks to promote common heritage, celebrate diversity and encourage vitality within the community.
2013 Concert Schedule:

The Attack upon the Constitution:
Darwinism, Postmodernism, Statism, and the “Living Constitution” a free lecture by Constitutional Expert, JOHN EIDSMOE, Constitutional Lawyer • Author • Historian • Educator
– US Constitutional Attorney
– Retired Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel
– Law Professor, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
– Legal Counsel for Foundation for Moral Law
– Holds 7 academic degrees
– Author of 14 books including his new three-volume set, Historical and Theological Foundations of Law
– Served as Senior Staff Attorney at the Alabama Supreme Court and on the Ten Commandments Legal Defense Team of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore
Thursday, June 27, 2013; 7:00 p.m.
sponsored by
The Pillar Foundation
15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011
636.386.7722 •

Freedom Celebration
June 28, 2013; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO, 63376
Mark your calendars now for our Seventh Annual Freedom Celebration! Join us in celebrating our nation’s heritage of liberty with music, a guest speaker, food and fellowship! Please plan to join us for this special event.  This event is free!
Music will be performed by Evidence Sings, a St. Louis-area Christian singing group. Evidence Sings is comprised of four talented, vibrant young women dedicated to strengthening believers and spreading the gospel through music. These soulful singers enjoy performing live concerts for churches, community events, and charity functions throughout the Midwest region.
Our guest speaker is State Representative Paul Curtman. Representative Curtman is an ardent student of history, defender of the U.S. Constitution, and the author of two books.  Paul believes that sound principles are the cornerstone of good government. His outspoken commitment to the will of the people and holding our elected leaders accountable to the Constitution has earned Paul numerous television and radio appearances across the nation.
We’re asking everyone to bring:
Lawn chairs (the event is outdoors)
A finger food or dessert to share
That’s all! It’s free to come, no signup is needed, and there’s no space limit!
This event will be held in the back parking lot at TFV (weather permitting; in case of rain or excessive heat, it will be moved to our conference room). TFV will provide water.

ROBOTICS at Quick Study Labs
Class starts July 1st, 2013
Three Easy Steps to Start
Order materials you will need “SCXP-50 XP” which can be found online at Amazon or other fine stores.
Order a Digital Multimeter you can purchase through Quick Study Labs if you don’t have one already.
Register for the class today!
P.S.  Some optional parts of this class may require parts from the kit you used in The Edison Project.
The Introduction to Robotics class (ROBO1) will cover the basics of how all robots work.  This class will explore the wonderful world of programmable circuits.  ROBO1 is all about building circuits with intelligence.  Some of the topics for this class will be:
1. How do robots work?
2. Awesome types of robots in use today
3. The brain of all robots “The Microprocessor”
4. When robotics should be used and why
5. The basics of automation
6. Installing software for programming a microprocessor
7. Flow Chart Programming
8. Basic input and output operations
9. Increasing the output capabilities of a robot
10. Digital logic
11. Binary numbers
12. Why switches bounce (de-bouncing a switch)
13. Using sensors for input
14. Data logging and much more
The syllabus for this class is subject to change as this class develops.  It could be even more exciting than listed!
This is going to be an AWESOME class!
Mr. Phillips
Making Things POP with Electronics

July 8-12, 2013; 10am – 4pm
We have a wonderful week long camp that will allow campers to learn and grow at their own pace.
At the camp, we will cover safety, grooming, tacking basic equitation and the thrill of jumping.
We will also feature games, crafts and cap it off with a show for family and friends at the end of the week.
BEFORE/AFTER CARE AVAILABLE $8 PER HOUR— arrangement & payment required before start of camp
Sarah Mechlin
Sarah Frampton
Lauren Parker

New to Homeschooling Meeting
hosted by Crossroads Christian Connection
When: Tuesday, July 9th
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Spencer Rd Branch Library Room 112
427 Spencer Road, St. Peters 63376-2420
Join us for a parent meeting where we will discuss a variety of topics helpful to new homeschoolers. We will cover information regarding approaches to homeschooling, the law, resources, documentation, support, and supplementary classes.
RSVP to Jennifer to attend:
>>>Please note that we do not have childcare available for this parent meeting.<<<

English Country Dancing- Summer Session 2013
To benefit the SCCHE Widows Fund
All are welcome!  Partners not required!
All dances will be taught as we do them.  No prior experience necessary!
The English Country Dance quadrille is a precursor to American square dancing, but English Country Dance uses many other forms as well:  circles, longways sets, etc.  It’s the genteel dancing you’ll see in the many Jane Austen or Charles Dickens films, set in the early 1800’s.
We will be using volunteer callers for these dances.
All proceeds will go directly to the “SCCHE Widows Fund”.
Come as your schedule permits.
Friday, July 19, 7-9 PM
Friday, August 23, 7-9 PM
Cost:  Suggested Donation:  $5/person per evening
Donations may be cash or a check to “SCCHE” with “Widows Fund” on the memo line.
The facility will be the gym of:
Trinity Lutheran School, 4689 North Highway 94, Saint Charles, MO  63301
Directions:  From I-70 or I-270 take 370 to Hwy 94 (north of the City of St. Charles).  Go north/east on Hwy 94 about 4 miles (about 5 minutes) to Trinity Lutheran School.  It will be on the left, shortly after a curve to the left and then back to the right again.  Look for a red brick school building with flagpoles out front.
Rules for the building include basic courtesy and common sense.  We will have the gym, rest rooms, and entry foyer.  Non-marking/court shoes are required.  We recommend you bring a water bottle for each person in your family.  All children must be attended by a responsible person at all times.  If they don’t wish to participate, they will be able to play quietly on the floor in the entry or along the edges of the gym while we dance, but they must stay off the dance floor and they must have someone with them to keep them out of harm’s way or from getting into mischief.
For more information contact
Carol Stearns
636-928-4413 (home) call this number first!
314-402-6529 (cell)
Trinity Lutheran School:  Multi Purpose Building Usage Policy
1. Smoking or other forms of tobacco use are NOT permitted inside any of the buildings in the school complex.
2. Only clean gym/court shoes (no street shoes) are permitted on the gym floor during recreational activities.
3. Only authorized personnel are allowed in the equipment room.
4. When the kitchen is used, it will be left in a clean and sanitary condition suitable for the next use.  All tables and counter tops shall be wiped down with a damp rag and mild detergent.  All utensils, dishes, and other items shall be washed clean in soapy water and stored in their proper locations.
5. Speech and conduct must be appropriate for each activity and reflect Christian standards.
6. Animals are prohibited from the building unless specifically trained for assisting a disabled individual.
7. Individuals using the building and equipment are responsible for losses or damages.  It is the responsibility of each family to insure that all facilities are returned to the condition they were in prior to the activity.
8. At least one adult must be present at all times for every five minors.  Children will not be allowed to enter the building until adult supervision arrives.
9. Trinity Lutheran Church and School is not responsible for accident or injury.  All users are expected to use equipment properly and safely.  Examples of prohibited activities are hanging from basketball rims or nets, kicking or throwing balls, climbing on stacked mats, risers, chairs or tables, or using equipment in a manner inconsistent with its intended use or in a way that would be deemed unsafe.
10. The group is responsible for leaving the used rooms neat.  Specifically, all trash will be collected and deposited in the proper waste receptacles throughout the building.  If a custodian must be hired to clean up after the group, an extra fee will be charged.  If the premises are damaged, an extra fee will be charged and the security deposit forfeited.
11. Horseplay or loitering is not allowed.  Adults are responsible for the conduct of the minors under their supervision.  No one is permitted in any room other than the one they are scheduled for.
12. The Multi Purpose Building may remain closed during inclement or severe weather.  Closing the facility due to weather will be announced by way of e-mail and/or phone call to all families registered.  Every effort will be made to reschedule the activity at a later date.
Please print liability waiver, sign, and bring with you the first night you attend.  Thanks!
I acknowledge my responsibility and that of my family in using the facilities of Trinity Lutheran Church.  I agree to abide by the regulations as specified above.  I agree to exercise the utmost care in the use thereof; to leave the building and equipment in clean and orderly condition; and to provide adequate care and supervision of children who attend.  I agree that no controlled substances and tobacco products will be used in the facility.  I further agree that Trinity Lutheran Church is not responsible for any accidents or injuries that may occur.
Signature: ___________________________________________________________  Date: ____________________
(Printed Name)  ____________________________________________  E-mail: _______________________________

Come Join the New SCCHE Kinder Choir!
SCCHE Kinder Choir is excited to start a new semester! We welcome all children K-2nd grade. This is a great introduction to beginning music, including basic voice training, singing as a group, rhythm and basic theory.
Cost: $15 per month per child or $25 per month per family
Day/Time: Thursdays, 3:00 – 3:30 pm (starting September 5th)
Place: The Family Vision (, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, Mo. 63376
Directors: Matthew & Bethany Coad
For more information or to sign up, please contact us!

Eagle Learning Center
Classes meet at First Baptist Church of Ellisville on Clarkson Road near Manchester Road. The learning center is administered by homeschool volunteers.
Classes are held on Mondays, 8:30 to 4:15 pm, for two 12-week semesters
FALL: September 9 – November 25, 2013
SPRING: January 6 – April 7, 2014
(no classes February 17 & March 17)
All homeschool families seeking instruction in a Christ-centered environment may apply.
Registration is underway for current families.
New families may request an application now and begin registration on June 29th.
Classes available for First Grade through High School
Students may enroll in any number of classes, from one up to a full day.  For breaks between classes, students can choose to sign up for study hall – a supervised, quiet environment, or go to the break room for shorter breaks and to eat lunch or a snack.
Elementary Grades
Art, Drama, Writing, Geography, Public Speaking, Science, & Spanish
Middle & High School
Art, Drama, Spanish, Classical Geography, Composition, Analytical Grammar, Public Speaking, Sign Language, Apologia Science (General Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry & Physics), Health, Logic, Humanities, Newspaper Club
Some middle & high school classes require students to begin course work on their own before classes begin.  Preliminary assignments will be sent by the teachers via email.  See course descriptions (available upon request) for further details.
To receive detailed course descriptions and an application packet, please contact Laura Hecht at

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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