Homeschool Events List for June 26, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

DaySpring’s 5th Annual Shakespeare Family Festival
Saturday, June 29th
Performances of “As You Like It” at 11 & 6
Festival activities 2 hours before each show
Millennium Park, 2 Barnes West Drive, Creve Coeur, MO 63146
FREE and Open to the public
Food and Drink available for purchase…
We have a FOOD TRUCK coming!
Festival activities include performances & demonstrations from local artists…
Recorder Ensemble, Madrigals, Sword Fighting, Juggling, Fencing, Face Painting, Living Shakespeare Characters, Children’s Art Activities, and more…
Featuring a performance of “As You Like It” from the students of DaySpring’s Shakespeare Summer Workshop (see below), also including performances from DaySpring’s Chamber Music Camp and Drum Club.
Featuring a Performance of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”
Travel with us to Arden in France where we will meet the hopelessly optimistic Orlando and his melancholy counterpart Jacques. They of course are falling in love with the feisty Rosalind and the kind hearted Celia, runaways in search of their fortune. As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.
Performance by the students of DaySpring’s Summer Shakespeare Workshop,  adapted by Serena McCarthy for an audience of all ages.

Can you believe that it is already the end of June? Next Tuesday, July 2nd, is HOMESCHOOL Tuesday. Patti Naeger, our senior gardener, will be revealing the language of herbs and flowers via a touch/taste/smell tour of our gardens. Each student will be able to create a bouquet that gives a secret message. As usual the event begins promptly at 10AM and ends by noon. It costs $4/participant with a $10/family maximum. We do appreciate hearing back via email, Facebook post, or telephone call if you plan to attend so that we can arrange to have enough materials on hand for everyone.
This is a craft-based 5-day day-camp that starts on Monday, July 15th and ends on Friday, July 19th. Campers should arrive by 10AM each day and be picked up by 3:45. Campers should bring a sack lunch and a snack. We’ll do a variety of activities – some indoors and some outdoors so dress for the weather outside. There will be a display of the things the campers have made on Friday, July 26th from 6-9PM for the Fourth Friday Ste. Genevieve Art Walk. Cost: $25/camper. Preregistration is required and we must have a minimum of 10 campers by July10th in order to hold the day-camp this year. Please call or email to get a registration form.
This is an all day event on Saturday, July 27th from 8:30AM-5:30PM. You will learn how to prepare fibers (fibers provided), learn about dying fibers, learn to spin using a drop spindle and a spinning wheel, and begin to make something with the yarn you made.
Cost: Adults $50.00; 8-12 year olds – $25.00
Please call, Facebook, or email to register. We will break between 11:30-12:30 for lunch – you are welcome to remain at the Bolduc House Museum to eat or go to one of our downtown restaurants.
Thanks so much for participating with our programs as we grow and develop into New France – the OTHER Colonial America.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

AGES 12+
Convenient location just 3 minutes down Clayton Road from The Pillar Foundation
>>THE DIVINE COMEDY by Dante Alighieri
The Inferno
The Purgatorio
The Paradiso
To begin with, it is a classic that has maintained its appeal for 700 years.  It has something fresh to offer with every reading.  Coming out of the silence of the late middle ages, the Comedy had huge impact on all the great literature which followed from the renaissance into the 20th century.
A text like the Comedy has several important and relevant benefits for the high school student.  It offers the opportunity to explore the human condition – the depths of depravity and its consequences, and the heights of virtue and its rewards.  It portrays the variations of the human character, showing students how to deal with different character types which they have not yet encountered in their limited life experience.  It broadens their horizons as it opens their eyes to another time and place…yet one which is not so different as they might have imagined.  It communicates universal truths and realities showing a man struggling for hope in a world of political, social and spiritual upheaval…a world not so very different from ours.
This is the power of the Comedy!
Want to have your students read this classic but are afraid you can’t motivate or interest them?  Consider participation in Interactive Literature!
Using resources from Memoria Press, students will read the Comedy out loud each week and then engage in discussion using questions and proven materials to help this amazing work come to life!  Each book of the Comedy will be taught in an 11 week session so that by the end of the third session students will have completed the entire work of “The Divine Comedy” and earning a complete literature credit towards graduation.
Not only will students gain understanding of this masterpiece but they will have engaged in the skills of oral dramatic interpretation as they read the work out loud as a group each week in addition to memorizing the complete first Canto.  That will be quite an accomplishment!
WHEN:  MONDAYS beginning September 9 from 10:30am – 12:30pm
WHERE:  78 Meadowbrook CC Estates,  Ballwin ( 3 minutes down Clayton Road from the Pillar Foundation)
WHO:   Grades 9 – 12
Materials:  The Divine Comedy text translated by John Ciardi and Student guide- both available from Memoria Press
Tuition: $165 per 11 week session (15. per week)
Class size: Limited to 10 students.
To register:  email me at
>>Shake Hands with Shakespeare
Students will be reading aloud the brilliant words of the Bard as we explore character, theme, plot, literary functions and figures of speech, historical significance and relevancy to today.  Discussion will be a large part of class as well as reading the complete play aloud to hone the skills of diction, articulation, dramatic tone and oral interpretation.
This is a great way to read Shakespeare and understand the material while taking the fear out of words and phrases that seem complicated and foreign.
Using the No Fear Shakespeare Series, students will have a side by side translation of each line for a complete and thorough understanding of each work.
Each play will be studied over a 6 week session beginning September 9 so that by the end of the 12th week we will have studied both a tragedy and a comedy and earned a full semester credit of literature.
WHAT: “HAMLET” -Session I (Sept 9 – Oct 14)
“MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING” – Session I (Oct21- Nov 25)
WHEN:  Mondays  9:00 – 10:15am
WERE:  78 Meadowbrook CC Est , Ballwin
WHO:  ages 12+
Tuition: 80. per 6 week session
Materials:  No Fear Shakespeare Series copy of each play
Class size:  limited to 10 students
To register:  email
I have taught many classical works as well as staged many dramatic productions of both Shakespeare and other classical pieces with children, teens and adults.  These works add so much to the understanding of humanity, our world and the timelessness of the struggles and victories of the human spirit.  It is my joy to share my love of these great works of literature with your students…..
Please email me with any questions you may have!  I look forward to teaching this fall!
Thanks- Heather Sartin

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 –  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

2013 Homeschool Christmas Card Contest
What? Thinking about Christmas in summer?! That’s right! Every year, HSF sends Christmas cards to widows who have received curriculum assistance from the Foundation. But we need to start now to have the cards prepared. This summer, HSF offers you the opportunity to design the artwork for this special greeting card!
For each entry, select a category:
Category 1: Christmas Memories
Category 2: Seasonal Beauty of God’s Creation
Category 3: Christ’s Birth: The First Christmas
There is no limit to the number of submissions under one or multiple categories.
Important Perspective: Keep in mind that the purpose of the artwork is for use on the front of Christmas greeting cards. We encourage you to submit artwork or photography that is elegant and creative, filled with meaning and warmth. The goal is a finished product that will bless the hearts of the widows who will receive it. In keeping with this goal, you are welcome to use computer enhancement on artwork or photography. Have fun making it beautiful, but remember not to copy or use anyone else’s work in the process.
Any homeschooling student, parent, or teacher that is 15 years old or older as of January 1, 2013.
Three 1st place winners, one from each category. In addition to a box of 12 of their cards with artist acknowledgement on the back, each winner will receive their option of a $25 HSLDA Bookstore gift card or an additional prize, to be announced in June. Stay tuned!
Sounds great! How do I submit?
>All aspects of each entry must be completely original, to avoid copyright infringement. And besides, we would rather offer these dear widows something special, created just for them.
>Artwork and photography accepted in digital format (jpg, bmp, gif, tif)
>For artwork, please submit as a picture in digital form (for specific instructions, see below). Please do not have artwork frame or matting in the photo.
>File size must be a minimum of 300dpi/ppi in a color or black & white digital photograph of the artwork (or scanned photo if you do not own a digital camera)
>Send electronic file of the artwork to with “Christmas Card Contest” in the subject line. Include the following information in the email with your entry: Name, email address, phone number, address, HSLDA member number if applicable, date of birth, and theme category (1, 2, or 3).
How long do I have?
Email deadline: August 1, 2013
Winners will be notified by letter and/or email and announced on HSF’s website and through HSLDA’s e-lert service by September 30th, 2012.
Other Information
Judges will select a winner from each category. Judging will be made based on subject, creativity, composition, and general appeal. The decision of the judges is final.
Any proceeds from the cards will go to the Home School Foundation’s Compassion Fund
Photographs/artwork becomes the property of HSLDA and will not be returned. Entry in the contest constitutes permission for HSLDA to use the prints for publication at its discretion.

New homeschool Resource
Introducing the new Homeschooler Link website (! This is a resource for homeschool families to find information about homeschool activities and groups in our area.  Have you ever had someone tell you about a great homeschool activity and you forgot what it was by the time you got home?  This is the place to put all of those wonderful resources we have available, a one stop link.  If you want to get information out there for the whole homeschool community, instead of just your group, this is the place to do that.
I would encourage all groups to log-in and post a description, or anything else, on your page. If I have not added your group, join in and write me a note to add it. I would love to have everything possible for homeschoolers in one location.  Just go to discussions and drop me a note.
The calendar will be able to handle different categories and people can subscribe to only the categories that interest them. So, if you only want one groups info or only little kids activities, you can search for just those. Make sure that you fill out the registration form to have access to the calendar and roster.
Groups can post things that they have planned and want to invite ALL homeschoolers. People can start any type of club. We are starting an electronics club soon!
Sometimes we just don’t know what all is out there and available to us. Let’s make this a great source for our families to use. We will have sports, crafts, drama, education, field trips, misc. resources to use, and where to find things.
Come and help me fill up these pages to welcome the homeschool families of our area!

Article on the growth of homeschooling

College Essay Coach
I wanted to send you a quick email to provide the families within your homeschooling organization information about my college essay coaching services. Top College Essays provides services from brainstorming the essay to the final edit.
As an English teacher with numerous publication credits within the genre of the personal essay,I can assist students in shaping the essay that shapes their future. We are strictly a coaching/tutoring service; thus, we do not write the essays for the students as some online essay services do.
For more information about our services, members of your organization can visit us on the web at, or they can follow us on Facebook, where we provide valuable essay writing tips and post current articles and blogs in regard to effectively crafting the personal statement for college admission.
Thanks in advance for your consideration. I hope to hear from you soon.
Warmest regards,
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Top College Essays/ College Essay Coaching

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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