Homeschool Events List for September 13, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Sept 14 – Collinsville Jr -1:30
Sept – 21 – Sat – U City Jr High – St Louis –
Sept 28th – Sat – Our Lady of Lourdes Columbia, Mo – (tent. home) – 11:00 am
Oct 2 – Wednesday – Clopton / Elsberry – 7:00 pm
Oct 12 – Saturday – Vianney 10:00 am
Oct 16 – Wednesday – Brentwood – 6:30 pm
They also have a facebook page: Mideast Missouri Homeschool Football Association

PE Classes in Fenton
The city of Fenton Parks and Recreation Department will once again be offering a Physical Education program for home schooled students at RiverChase. We will have Bob Needham a retired, certified Physical Education and Health Teacher, teaching our program.
Bob was elected to Who’s Who among Teachers in America; only the top 5% of teachers receive this recognition. He has also been nominated for Missouri Physical Education Teacher of the year. We have a quality program.
Mr. Needham served on the Character Education and Curriculum Committees for the district where he taught.
Our program provides students the opportunity to participate in group activities and make some new friends. The program has a wide variety of activities, including games, sports, health and wellness activities.
The class will meet on Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:30. The first 8 week sessions will start September 9th to October 15th. The second fall session will be offered from November 11th till December 16th.
RiverChase is located at 990 Horan Drive. This is near the firehouse at Bowles and Horan. Our phone number is 636-343-0067.
Price:  Session 1   8 weeks
Resident of Fenton Members of RiverChase $33.00
Resident and Non Resident Members $36.00
Non Residents $40.00

We, on the Illinois side of the river, are having a used book sale, including but not limited to curriculum, readers, Christian books, educational toys, puzzles, and games. This will take place at the Troy Tri-Township Park in Troy, IL off Hwy. 162 and Riggin Road from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013. See you there!

Exploring the United States Classes
We’ll explore the United States by region, learning the states and capitals, the major mountains and rivers, and something unique about each state. Come join the fun on this coast-to-coast tour!
So far, the class will be offered on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:00 OR on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00 at the Salvation Army Gateway Community Center (The same location as Homeschool P.E. – 824 Union Rd., St. Louis MO 63125). The times are designed to correspond with the Homeschool P.E. Program, but you do NOT have to be enrolled in P.E. to take Becca’s class. If the times and days don’t work for you, let Becca know – if she has six students she will form another class.
The Exploring the United States classes will begin on September 17 or 19, and run for 12 weeks, following the P.E. schedule. The cost is only $65 and includes all materials. The class is geared for ages 6-12, but Becca is very flexible and adapts the curriculum to fit the students.
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 your feedback asap to finalize the classes!
Don’t forget – Becca is also available for private tutoring in many subject areas and comes highly recommended by SHARE families!
Here is Becca Hubbard’s bio for those that don’t know her….
This is Becca Hubbard’s 26th year of teaching and the fifth year she has offered elementary enrichment classes to the St. Louis homeschool community. Becca’s degree is in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois and her teaching experience has ranged from pre-K through adult education in public school, Christian school, Sylvan Learning Centers, along with private tutoring. Becca has been the moderator for the St. Louis Area Homeschool Geography Bee for the past three years and is married to long-time Homeschool P.E. teacher Coach Cort Hubbard.

United States Air Force Auxiliary
Civil Air Patrol cadet ages 12 – 17 get FREE “hands-on” orientation flights in a Cessna Aircraft. Find Out How
St. Charles Composite Squadron invites boys and girls ages 12 – 17, their parents, siblings and friends who are interested in learning more about the Civil Air Patrol to the:
Monday, September 23, 2013; 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Christian High School, 1145 Tom Ginnever Ave, O’Fallon, MO 63366
Lt Col Natalie Onuoha, USAF Academy Liaison Officer
Lt Col Onuoha will be available for students and parents to discuss Academy admission and appointment procedures.
There will also be:
– Skills Demonstrations
– Activities
– Displays
– Refreshments
– Q & A Session for Parents

Home-School Art Sampler
Kindergarten to Second Grade – Tuesdays and Thursdays: Sept. 24 – Oct. 3
10-11:30 a.m. • $80 per student
Third to Fifth Grade – Tuesdays and Thursdays: Nov. 5-14
10-11:30 a.m. • $80 per student
Try out different media including paint, graphite, charcoal, clay and more, while learning about artwork from the Renaissance to present.
The William and Florence Schmidt Art Center @ Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL 62221,   618-222-5ART (5278)

Speed Mentoring for Moms
Place: Family Vision Library
Date: Tuesday, September 24th
Time: 6:30-8pm
RSVP: Dawn Griffin @
This is an event open to all homeschooling parents interested in getting advice from a variety of homeschool moms. How it works: moms (mentors) will be ready to talk one on one and explain how they have homeschooled and the style of schooling that has worked for them. You may ask questions and discuss with them until the bell sounds; it is only a brief discussion. Then you will continue on to the next mentor until you have traveled the room which will give you a short overview of different styles of homeschooling and a chance to ask questions one to one. After you have been around the room, there will be a brief time to talk further with a mentor or ask more questions. Please feel free to invite a friend and share with other homeschool groups; this is open to all of the homeschool community. Please RSVP to Dawn Griffin at to attend.

Sept 27-29 and Oct 11-13 in Ironton, MO at the beautiful Camp Penuel. We will have 20 hours of art training so students can go back and share and teach in their local support groups and churches.  Adults are welcome.
Students will complete a large mural size painting, and go home with a series of my books in ebook form and my newest book that teaches the elements and principles of art along with Bible outreach principles.
Please contact me for information. Adults are welcome.  A $50 dollar deposit reserves your place. Food and supplies are covered in the fee.  See flyer for details. If you know someone called by God and gifted in art, please pray about coming!
We begin at 11:00 on Friday and go until 7:00….and then Saturday go from 9:00 until 5:00 and then Sunday from 9:00 until 1:00. You can certainly worship God in art and that is what we will work on Sunday.
Camp Penuel is quite a mission. In the summer, inner city children come to camp there for free and hear the gospel. Let me know if you need a ride or would like to carpool with someone.  See flyer.   Please let me know if you have any other questions. We covet your prayers.
Sharon Jeffus will be the main teacher.  Sharon has a B.S. E. in Art Education from John Brown University and co founded Visual Manna and Visual Manna Media. Go to or for more information.
For the month of September I have internet art lessons available at the cost of 4 lessons for $50.00.

FBCW Koinonia
We aim to love God and love people by equipping families who desire to educate their children at home with the resources and encouragement to succeed!   We are located in Wentzville, MO and serve the surrounding cities as well.  Join us for our monthly:
Field Trips
Girls Club
Boys Club
Moms’ Meetings and more!
To stay informed, follow us on our Facebook page at: FBCW Koinonia.  You can also contact us via email at or at 636.327.8696

Junior Singers
Lutheran High School South is launching a new “select” choir for middle school students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.  This experience is designed to build on each student’s music instruction in other settings.  Participation in “Junior Singers” is through a brief audition.  Students will sing “Happy Birthday” and “Row Your Boat” along with pitch-matching and range evaluation.  The Junior Singers will rehearse on Tuesday evenings, 7 – 8:30 pm, in the LHSS Choir Room, 9515 Tesson Ferry Road in south county, beginning in mid-September.    Emphasis in rehearsals will be on healthy vocal technique for excellent choral singing, as well as stage presence, self-discipline and character development.  The Junior Singers will perform at regularly scheduled LHSS Choir concerts, along with other opportunities that arise.  Tuition for the 2013-1014 school year is $50 payable to LHSS.
The Junior Singers are directed by Greg Gastler, LHSS Choir Director, assisted by Kelly McCord, elementary music specialist for the Lutheran High School Association.  If your student would love to sing with others who also love to sing, please contact Mr. Gastler at LHSS, 314-631-2842 X 314, for more information and to schedule an audition.  Audition dates and times may be scheduled with Mr. Gastler, via phone or email to

Wolf Fest 2013
A day for the entire family to eat, drink, watch, learn and marvel.
This year’s Wolf Fest will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
Admission is just $25 a carload, and no reservations are necessary.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see and photograph some of the most endangered wolves in the world. In addition, guests can stroll among dozens of booths, vendors and exhibits, many with conservation and wildlife themes.

The next homeschool event will be A Stitch in Time Homeschool Tuesday on October 1, 2013 where we will be doing hand-sewing. Of course both men and women knew how to do basic sewing in the 18th century and who does not need to know how to sew on a button! I’ll create this as an event on Facebook later this week. Homeschool Tuesday happens on the first Tuesday of each month from 10-noon. Every month the program focuses on a different aspect of French colonial life here before 1803.
If any of you are involved in a homeschool support group or co-op, please be aware that we can plan a field trip for a group of homeschooling families that involves whatever menu of activities we decide. Just please do call ahead to make sure that we know when your group plans to come and what activities you would like for us to provide for the group.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
o. 573-883-3105

Concerned Young Women for America is excited to present the video series “The Political Animal,” by Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries. This six-part video series, geared towards high school students, will address the myths that keep Christians from becoming more like Christ – and changing the world – through political involvement. Join Concerned Young Women for America as we explore the importance of political engagement from a Christian worldview.
We will meet Thursdays evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 pm for six weeks (Oct 3 – Nov 7). Meetings will be held at the Pillar Foundation in Ellisville (15820 Clayton Rd.) Each week we will watch and discuss one 20-minute video segment. Afterwards we will enjoy fellowship time and refreshments!
CYWA is a national chapter of Concerned Women for America for young women, ages 13-18. For more information or to register, please contact Elise Kostial (CYWA Coordinator) at or 636-675-4410.

Colonial Education Day at Fort de Chartres
Friday, October 11, 9:30-2:00, $5 per student, located at 1260 State Highway 155, Prairie du Rocher, IL 62277. The day will start at 9:30 a.m. in front of the flag poles with an opening ceremony. This will include a short history of the fort from the Site Superintendent. After this whole group demonstration, students will break into smaller groups (10-15 students with 1-2 chaperones/teachers) and go to a demonstration of their choice. Every 15 minutes a musket will fire signaling time to move to a new demonstration. This will continue until lunch at 12:00. Lunch will be from 12:00-12:45. Students will bring a sack lunch. After lunch we will have another whole group demonstration of a narrated skirmish between the French and British. This will be an example of encounters between the French, British, and Natives throughout the French and Indian War. Following the skirmish, students will continue to go to demonstrations for 15-minute intervals. The day will conclude at 2:00. You will receive a map of where the demonstrators are located with a schedule of whole group activities and lunch. Re-enactors will be available to guide groups throughout the day. Some of the planned demonstrations include French Marine soldiers and British soldiers, fife and drum corps, powder horn making, candle dipping, leather work, wood work on the great wheel, quill work, pottery and sculpting, 18th century maps, quill pens, canoes, Native camp in the Native Village, fire starting, musket station, and bake oven. For information, go to or email

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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