Homeschool Events List for September 1, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

It’s a new school year and our monthly Homeschool Tuesdays seem to be growing in attendance so we thank you all for supporting the Bolduc House Museum and our transition to New France – the OTHER Colonial America. As always, Homeschool Tuesday happens on the first Tuesday of the month – September 3rd – from ten in the morning until noon. The topic this month is Fur and Fur Traders so we’ll have a menu of activities to support learning about that topic that will be relevant to anyone from kindergarten through high school. The cost is still $4/participant with a $10/family maximum. We do like to know who and how many people are coming so please let us know if you are planning to attend.
In addition, we have another Colonial History Day for Homeschooling Families planned for Saturday, September 7th. However, just two families have expressed interest in attending and we need a minimum of ten families at $35/family to make the event possible. It will be a full day of activities and informal conversation about history and homeschooling. Before you go on the website to pay for this day, let me know you may be interested so I can make a good decision. This will be our fourth such day but if I have to cancel this, we will not reschedule it.
As always, I am happy to bring a program to your homeschool co-op or association. Here’s hoping to see you soon.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Fun Spot Skating Center, 1400 West Blvd., Belleville, Illinois 62221
The next Homeschool Skate at Fun Spot Skating Center is Tuesday, September 3rd! It will be from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Just $5 per skater and that includes regular skates. It is opened to all homeschoolers!

Looking for a different kind of choir?
Want to attend a free Open House to get more info?
Want a playground, gym, or quite space to wait while one of your children are in choir?
Open to ALL homeschoolers in the area.
We have enough singers to form the 1st to 6th grade choir AND the 7th to 12th grade choir. Yay! However, the ideal size for the elementary choir is 30 for this production and we need you for a full-size sound! For Jr Hi /Sr Hi we could use a few more voices, too, no singing experience is needed, just a willing spirit!
Our Pre-K class is wide open for the 4 & 5 year olds!
On Tuesday Sept 3rd , the first choir meeting will be an Open House, and you are welcome to come and join us for this first class if you would like to meet Mrs. Latisha Gilliland and hear more about the choir plans. We will watch samples of the production video “We Three Spies” of the elementary musical and there will be time for Q & A. Older kids will sing some tunes you’ve heard on Joy FM !
2:30 – 3:00 Pre to K
3:15 – 4:15 7th to 12th
4:15 – 5:30 1st to 6th
West County Assembly of God has graciously offered that not only will the playground be available for Choir families, but also, if the weather isn’t suitable, they will allow us to use their gym for a rainy day! These will both require a Mom or Dad be present, or have a plan with another parent to be responsible for your child during this time.
When your child is in choir, there will be a quiet study hall available, as well, for siblings and space for moms to visit.
Please bring your registration with you on Tuesday, to West County Assembly of God. Questions? e-mail Leah Hall –
If you are coming as an Open House guest, please e-mail Leah so we will have a head count to plan on.
— Marianne, Leah and Jo Ann ( Moms of 8 very excited singers )

2013-14 SEASON
Thursdays beginning September 5; 3:30-5:00pm
First Free Church, Manchester
YAWS is a year round program designed to challenge the acting student in all areas of theater. Past performances include: “The Comedy of Errors” , “Twelfth Night” , “The Swine of Avon”, “The Ballad of King Windowglass”, “Aesop’s Fables”, “Pilgrim’s Progress”, and “The Bremen Town Musicians”…
By using the 7 C’s of Acting, students will acquire greater skill in:
Commitment …the willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done…
Concentration …gather your mental faculties and focus them on the task…
Conditioning…tuning your instrument for flexibility, alertness, energy…
Control…the ability to flow and succeed under pressure…
Confidence…an ever increasing  trust in your ability….
Courage…boldness and heart – …
Clarity…does your work make sense?
Using both Shakespeare and contemporary playwrights, students will study, rehearse and present their work in performance, growing in trust, friendship and learning to work as a group of like-minded artists.
YAWS is open to ages 10 – 18 and is mixed ages by design. We seek to illuminate life and have found that a variety of ages allows us to do this best.
Class is also kept small by design, allowing each student to excel and grow at their pace and in an environment of encouragement and creativity.
Please email me at: to register

Here is the article in the Post about the Panthers:

Discover Laumeier Festival & Community Picnic
Sunday, September 8, Noon – 5 p.m. Laumeier Sculpture Park
Discover or re-discover Laumeier Sculpture Park through an interactive day for all ages. Enjoy an afternoon of music, storytelling and fantastic food as you picnic in the shade, stroll among the sculptures and explore the wonders of nature. Uncover the Park’s rich history and come to know it in the present through fun activities designed to inspire. Visit or call (314) 615-5278 for more information.

St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center, Inc.
Announces Our New Center right in Lemay!!!!  Just blocks from Salvation Army and Homelink.  Open every Wednesday, 2-8 p.m.  Located at 315 Lemay Ferry Road, one block east of Bayless Rd.

Docent – Guided Walking Tour
Sunday, September 15, 2 p.m., Laumeier Sculpture Park
Bring your walking shoes and meet in front of the Museum Shop for a free, one-hour guided tour of the Laumeier Sculpture Park outdoor collection. Visit or call (314) 605-5267 for more information.

To sign up for one of the Educational Concerts, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar at the bottom. When the calendar appears, click on the date/concert you’re interested in. A pop-up window will appear on the left side of your screen. Fill out the required information and your name will be added to the sign-up list. SHARE pays for your spot when your name is on the list.
Send your payment of $5.00 per person (child or adult) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave. St. Louis MO 63119. Checks are made payable to SHARE. Please put concert details in memo section of check.
Before committing, please read the “POWELL HALL EDUCATIONAL CONCERT IMPORTANT INFORMATION” found on the left sidebar of the SHARE website in the “Powell Hall Concerts – NEW” link.
This field trip is open to all homeschoolers. Feel free to email, text or call with any questions….Kerrie ( or 314-791-0000)
The Fall 2013 Powell Hall Educational Concerts are….
>>Kinder Konzert – “The Life and Times of Beethoven” on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at 11:00 am
Performer Michael Boudewyns returns to Powell Hall to perform an original program detailing the life and amazing music of Beethoven, featuring selections from Beethoven’s mighty Fifth Symphony. In addition to hearing excerpts from his most famous work, audiences will learn more about how Beethoven channeled his life’s hardships into musical works of genius. Conducted by Steven Jarvi.
>>Young People’s Concert – “Symphony SLAM” on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11:00 am
A true fusion between visual art and music! STL Symphony Music Director David Robertson pairs images of some of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s beloved treasures with music from Bartók, Britten and more!
The Winter 2014 Powell Hall Educational Concerts are…. .
>>Kinder Konzert – “Peter and the Wolf” on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:00 am
It’s Prokofiev’s piece with an on-stage twist! Performers from STAGES St. Louis will join the St. Louis Symphony to act out this family favorite. Conducted by Steven Jarvi.
>>Young People’s Concert – “Choose Your Symphonic Adventure” on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11:00
Be part of this interactive fun-filled journey through the history of classical music where YOU pick the program! Featuring the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and more. With these amazing composers, you can’t take a wrong turn!

JA Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day
In just a few weeks, students receive the keys to making good financial decision… before they receive the keys to the car. Great opportunity! We are pleased to announce two visit opportunities for 2013-14, JA Finance Park, Homeschool
Visit Day. With JA Finance Park, students can experience a four-week curriculum in personal finance, which culminates with a visit to our facility to put the lessons into practice.
When: Monday, October 28, 2013 & Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: Arrival: 8:45 until 9:00
JA Finance Park: 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 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—1st student (includes curriculum and visit)
$15—each additional student within a family/Co-op
$10—JA Finance Park in a Day for Personal Finance students (Sophomore-Senior)
Curriculum Pick-up: Starts September 1, 2013; from 8:30 until 4:00 M-F.
The curriculum takes about four weeks to complete.
Please allow 3 business days after registration for materials to be prepared. Ask for Nancy Armstrong 636.728.0707 ext. 236
Training: Online training is available at,
Additional information: Cheryl Bohlen,
Phone: (636) 728-0707 ext. 234

Academy of Science is seeking Leaders for 2013 BioBlitz
Tower Grove Park – Friday, September 27, 2013
3:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Academy of Science is seeking BioBlitz leaders.  Leaders will lead a 75 minute trek.
Each BioBlitz team will include up to 20 citizens (of all ages) who will help with data collection as we chronicle the biodiversity in the park.  The Academy of Science will recruit team participants.
Qualified Leaders include biologists, naturalists and environmental experts. Leader Registration Link – here
BioBlitz  is an exploration  and inventory of the  biodiversity of urban parks. Teams of citizen scientists led by biologists, naturalists and environmental experts search natural areas, listing as many different species as they can find. Since the first BioBlitz in Forest Park in 2004, we have developed a database of over 700 species found in the park!
Questions?  Contact Peggy James Nacke  314-533-8291

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.

%d bloggers like this: