Homeschool Events List for October 14, 2013

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You are invited to attend the Sixth Annual Post-Secondary Education Fair for home-schooled students. This event will take place Friday, October 18, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 Nifong, Columbia, MO
This fair is a wonderful opportunity for home schooled students and parents to visit with many different universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, and vocational-technical/trade schools at one time. The 2008 -2012 fairs included 45 different types and styles of schools, not only from Missouri, but also from states as far away as Wyoming and Tennessee. The schools in attendance will showcase their degree and certification programs and the relaxed environment encourages students to converse with the school representatives. The fair not only gives students and parents information concerning schools and their offerings to our home- schooled students, but it also allows home schooled students to explore the variety of opportunities waiting for them in post-secondary education.
We will again offer the mini-seminar, “Preparing your High School Home-schooled Student for Post-secondary Education,” led by Cindy Campbell, a home school mom of three. Mrs. Campbell’s seminar was much appreciated by the families that attended the past two years. She guides and advises home schooling families as they prepare their home-schooled high school student for college. The seminar will address what subjects and records are needed to assist your students with their college preparation.
Hart Career Center, will again this year be offering free of charge, “Education and Career Interest Assessment.”  This will be offered to each student that would like to take advantage of this service. It is voluntary and only for your personal benefit.
Woodcrest is located in an area that has many types of restaurants close at hand. The church has been very good to us and we would like to respect their building by asking that you eat away from the building and do not carry food/drink into the building. Closed water bottles would be fine to bring.
If you have any questions about this Post-Secondary Education Fair, please contact the sponsors,
Ron and Brenda Crowe, past home-schooling parents of three, at email:
Business number: 573-581-1377 (Allison-Crowe Overhead Doors)
Cell: 573-473-6110

Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013; From 10 am to 4 pm
Junior Achievement, 17339 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO
Admission, activities, and refreshments are free!
Visit our event website!
With Human Bowling you climb into a life sized bowling ball and get ready to roll! This is your chance to give your friends and family a push to help strike out financial illiteracy.
Other Great Festival Activities!
Attendance prizes!
“Cupcake Amore” cake walk
Face Painting and Temporary Tattoos
Photo Booth
Free Hot Dogs and Refreshments
Paint-a-Bank Train (first 20 kids that arrive)
Y98 Promo Team (11-2)
“Reel Life” Fishing Game
“Chuck-A-Duck” Game
Back Massages by Hawk Ridge Family Chiropractic
And much more!
Tune into Fox 2 News with Tim Ezell at 9 am on Friday, October 18th to see him get rolling in our Human Bowling Ball for student success!
Road Trip to Achievement (R2A)
R2A is available from 11:00 to 3:00
JA Student with BankStudents aged 5-12 can experience JA’s fun and engaging activities that teach real-world skills in a hands-on environment.  They earn income along the way and can shop for prizes when they’re done. Discover your road to success!
Click here to visit our event website!
RSVP today for free gift!
Questions? Contact Kaelen at 636-728-0707 est. 235 or

Shake Hands with Shakespeare
We are nearing the end of session one and our reading of “HAMLET”.  Students have also watched a number of scenes from the RSC production to deepen their understanding.
JOIN US FOR SESSION II and Shakespeare’s comedy
Space is available!
Students will be reading aloud the brilliant words of the Bard (both a tragedy and a comedy this fall) 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: “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING” – Session II (Oct21- Nov 25)
WHEN:  Mondays  9:00 – 10:15am
WERE:  78 Meadowbrook CC Est  Ballwin
WHO:  ages 10+
Tuition: 80. per 6 week session
Materials:  No Fear Shakespeare Series copy of the play (Barnes and Noble)
Class size:  limited to 10 students
To register:  email

Teen Science Cafe
Thurs., Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park
5:30 – 6:00 pm: Refreshments
6:00 – 7:30 pm: CosmoQuest; The Secrets of Craters
Featured Speaker: Nicole Gugliucci, Ph.D. astronomer and educator, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
How many craters does the moon have, and what can they reveal about its history? Join us as we hear the story of Dr. Nicole Gugliucci’s journey from a doctorate degree in radio astronomy to engaging the public in citizen science through a program called Cosmoquest. Expect hands-on activities that will not only answer these questions, but will also train you to contribute to real research from home!
Find out more about CosmoQuest here.
Registration required. OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students from throughout the region. Space is limited. Click here to register.
For more information, visit or call 314.533.8586.

Gateway Learning Connection
Art, Music, Spanish, Storytelling/Creative Writing and Technology classes available.  Due to popular demand, we have expanded our course offerings! Visit our website at to view a detailed listing of class times and descriptions. Each course is facilitated by a professional that has extensive experience in the particular subject matter they are teaching.  They will engage and encourage your child to use their imagination and have fun.  In this small group session, students have the ability to gain excellent instruction and meet new friends.
You may choose from one class or several! Each session is 8-weeks in length and the costs are $140 per 8-week session for one class or a reduced rate of $120 per 8-week session, if your student is enrolled in 2 or more classes. And you will receive an additional 10% discount if you register before October 15th!
Contact us at 888-959-8194 or use the contact form on our website at for additional information or to enroll!

Working Wildfowl: Decoys, Carvings and the Waterfowl Tradition
Audubon Center at Riverlands, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, IL 63386
Through December 31
Working Wildfowl is an original exhibit at The Audubon Center at Riverlands, showcasing vintage and contemporary wildfowl decoys, duck calls and artwork.
Free Admission
Additional Details at

Kraus Farms Equestrian Center
We are a family owned and operated facility dedicated to hospitality and education. We are conveniently located in Southwest St. Louis County near the intersection of Highways 44 and 141. Kraus Farms has been in operation for 70 years. We are one of Missouri’s largest facilities with approximately 5,000 acres of trails as well as 2 outdoor arenas and an indoor arena. We are proud to introduce 3 new equine opportunities.
Mommy and Me Pony Camp
This camp is designed for little kids (ages 3 & 4) who are not ready to come to camp on their own. It is a great way for you and your child to experience pony camp together. You both will learn about ponies, safety, ground manners, grooming and saddling. We will do fun things including story time, a simple craft, snack time, brushing the ponies and playing games with the ponies. One parent or adult is required per child. This adult will be assisting the camper with their pony during the camp session. No horse experience is required.
Mini Buckaroo Lessons
Kraus Farms is now offering Mini Buckaroo lessons for 5 and 6 year olds. These lessons are designed for children who wish to ride but are not yet old enough for our regular lesson program. The focus of the lessons will be on horse care, safety both on the ground and in the saddle, tacking, grooming and riding while on a lead line or lunge line. One on one lesson time will allow for the rider to learn the beginning movements of riding while in an age appropriate setting. Kraus Farm lesson horses will be used for this program. Lessons are once a week for one hour.  This includes tacking and untacking.
Living History Presentation
Homeschoolers, Boy and Girl Scouts, school groups and birthday parties can take advantage of our Living History Program.  This is a unique opportunity only available at Kraus Farms. Come learn about the way of life for the Native Americans of the High Plains. Each session can be customized for your specific needs. Topics may include but are not limited to clothing, food, transportation, how the introduction of the horse shaped lifestyles, etc. Call to reserve your place.
You can contact us at 636 225 9513 with any questions and to schedule your camp, lessons and presentation. Feel free to visit our website 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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