Homeschool Events List for January 1, 2014

In case you missed it…
St. Louis Homeschool Events List is now on Facebook! For those who are checking their newsfeed more often than email, I have you covered. Remember to check “Get Notifications” so you don’t miss a post; I won’t be paying for promotion. :-) Also, the Support Group pages have been updated. Please let me know if I have missed a group or have any incorrect information.

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. Don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gym
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO 63129
The nice folks at Barron Gymnastics have once again graciously opened their doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym, and the best part is that they are going to continue giving us a reduced rate for the 2013-14 school year!!
When? 3rd Monday of every month. Future dates are:
February 17
March 17
April 21
May 19
Cost? 1st child = $8.00 Each additional family member = $6.00
>1.25 hours of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
>Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30’ Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Tramps, 18’ Rope Climb.
>Includes the Giant Adventure Island Inflatable!
>Homeschool Day is for children 14 months up to 22 years of age.
>A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade.
Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk.
Adults are not allowed on equipment.
>Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
>All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
Registration available Online ( ) or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
Here’s what else you need to know:
>Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen.
>They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
>Refunds only given for illness and Barron’s must be notified before the event begins.
>If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
>>>Note: This is not to be confused with the Homeschool Program at Barron’s Gym.

Nature Play – Registration Open!
Winter 2014 Schedule – January 28-February 19
“Nature play” programs reconnect children to nature and offer them experiences to explore, discover and interact with the natural environment. Connecting children to nature has beneficial effects on a child’s health, development and well being. Many programs will take place in our  Discovery Garden which became a certified Nature Explore Classroom in 2011!
Tuesday, January 28 (ages *4-5)           Wednesday, January 29 (ages 6-7)
A sleeping prairie, tree skeletons, a cardinal in the snow…all beautiful winter scenes.  Use nature to inspire and create artistic winterscapes.
Feeding Your Feathered Friends
Tuesday, February 4 (ages *4-5)            Wednesday, February 5 (ages 6-7)
Attract winter birds to your yard by providing a buffet for them to feast on!  Create different bird feeders to take home while learning about what birds will visit them.
Winter Wildlife
Tuesday, February 11 (ages *4-5)             Wednesday, February 12 (ages 6-7)
Brrr…it’s cold outside!  Find out how animals survive our cold winter months and go on a short hike to look for signs of wildlife!
A “Frozen” Adventure
Tuesday, February 18 (*4-5)                     Wednesday, February 19 (ages 6-7)
Team up on this “frozen” adventure!  Jack Frost has cast a spell on our Center’s kingdom and everyone’s senses have vanished.  Discover where they were hidden, but be careful!  You may encounter forest and prairie creatures along the way.
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Cost:  $8 student per program
Location:  The Green Center 8025 Blackberry Ave  St. Louis, MO  63130
Payment must be received in advance of the registered class.
Pre-registration is required for each program!
*Parent/Guardian must stay on site with children 4 & 5 years old.
Programs will occur indoors & outdoors. Please dress children appropriately for the weather.
To register for a class, contact:
Kathleen Evans at 314-725-8314 Ext. 105 or
About The Green Center
The Green Center is an arts and environmental education organization dedicated to helping people understand the natural world through hands-on experiences, protecting native habitats, and encouraging artistic expression inspired by nature.

Hello, I am trying to get this group started for families that live in Illinois. We do drive to Missouri for several events and am in no way trying to take members from this group but I would like to have an active group closer to home. I’d like to organize park and games days as well as field trips on the Illinois side. I also have a very lonely only. Please feel free to join the group and once we have a few members I will start planning events. Thanks 🙂

St. Louis and Eastern Missouri Area 2014 Season
There is a homeschool tackle football program available for young men in the Eastern Missouri and St. Louis area.  The league consists of teams in the north, middle and southern sections of Eastern Missouri.  The name of the league is the Mid-East Missouri Home School Football Association.  It is an incorporated, nonprofit Christian athletic organization established to serve homeschool families.  Our opponents are both public and private schools.  Teams are for young men from ages 11 to 14 years old; and, from 15 to 18 years old.  For information about any of these teams please contact us:; or e-mail; or call coach Bob Schembre at 314-807-6359

For all those who have been watching and waiting – Trail Life USA is moving forward!  We just got the final approval yesterday to charter through Zion Lutheran Church in Harvester.  They are also chartering an American Heritage Girls troop at the same time.  There is one more meeting between some leaders to iron out some details, but we are ready.  If you have been waiting and watching to see if we are for real – we are.  This is a Christ-Centered Character Development program.  We will do all the fun things your boys want – camping, hiking, fishing – you know the cool stuff.  American Heritage Girls will do the same.  If you want info on either program and are ready to get your son’s and daughter’s signed up together – we have the place for you!!
Contact Cheryl Bates for more details. or call/text 636-345-2283

Jill Johnson writes:
Just an update on what is going on across the state as it relates to Common Core. Meetings are being held across the state in Missouri in December and January. The requests for meetings are pouring in from all over the state as the truth about Common Core is understood, and the word spreads. The law of exponentials is taking hold. There are several others who are now holding town hall meetings and traveling the state to inform others. (One in particular is a teacher and a mom of 6.)
>>PLEASE mark your calendars and help spread the word…February 18 in Jefferson City there will be a rally against Common Core and for support of education reforms that will strengthen local control. Joining us will be several organizations such as Concerned Women for America and United for Missouri. We will be meeting at 11 in the rotunda of the capitol building. PLEASE KNOW how important this day is. We need to get as many people there are possible. We are encouraging parents to bring their children to actually see the Constitution in action. It will be a great lesson in how the process is supposed to work. Many of our law makers are paying attention, we have the support of a lot of the leadership and the legislature, many whom have fought for good things, but have never had the support to make them happen. Please don’t discount your appearance that day. Your attendance will not go unnoticed. Please make that day a priority………
Also, by way of information, a small group was invited to meet with Senator David Pearce last week. That proves that your phone calls definitely worked and got the attention of the right people. It was a good meeting. He took lots of notes, asked good questions, and listened. We let him know the deep displeasure with the dismissal of SB210, and shared with him that the public is engaged on this issue. Hopefully, that meeting will prove beneficial as we approach the next legislative session. I will tell you that meeting would never have happened had it not been you and the way the message went viral very quickly. We appreciated the invitation extended by Senator Pearce.
There are so many amazing people that we have been able to collaborate with over the past several months. I have been inspired and touched by your stories because they speak to most every parents desire to have what’s good in their community and in their schools.
Knowledge is power…really, it is. 🙂 but speaking up is what gives knowledge wings. Most of us have never done anything like this before…but, keep spreading the truth. Thank you for being as engaged as you are. It is making a difference!
P.S. There is a movie coming about Common Core in February. Here is a link to the movie trailer.  People are becoming more willing to stand.

Starting January 1, 2014 all St. Louis County Library used book sales will be handled online via Thrift Books. Visit for details.

I am writing to you to introduce myself to the homeschooling community. I am a Group Exercise Coordinator for a newly opened gym called Wild Horse Fitness. We are offering exciting classes for kids from six to adult.  We are located in Ballwin at 920 Kehrs Mill Road.
We are offering racquetball court and studio space with equipment for hourly rent from 12:00 until 4:00pm, Monday through Friday at $55.00 per hour with a maximum of ten kids per hour. We also are offering weekend hours from 6:00 pm til 9:00pm on Friday and from 3:00pm til 8:00pm on Saturdays. Sundays are by appointment only.
You also have the option of having a personal trainer with your group to lead the exercises for 45.00 an hour.
Please feel free to pass along my name to anyone you feel may benefit from a family friendly facility. Our co-owner homeschooled her own children and understands the value of a great learning environment.
We are eager to hear from you and hope you find our services and facility suitable for teaching your children.
Have a healthy day!
Karen Morrow
Group Fitness Coordinator/Personal Trainer

Plast-It! Art Studio
‘Where Kids Get Creative’
Art & Digital Animation (10 week classes)       Available for your location
Students will learn the basics of the making of a Claymation Film. Components covered in this class include creating a storyboard, creating characters using clay and other media, fashioning dialogue, designing sets, creating lighting and sound effects, photographing the scenes and using movie-making software to create a unique movie masterpiece!  (Grades 1-5) Call Pam for more information @ 636-821-3154.

Website Design and Digital Photography
Students will learn website design and digital photography. This is a fun, cutting edge class that give students an understanding and hands on project work when they take their photos, transform them in editing software and add them to their website. Our focus will be on ‘Nature’. (Grades 3-5) Call Pam for more information @ (636) 821-3154

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.