Homeschool Events List for January 20, 2014

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Ice Skating Classes and Open Skate
Designed for Homeschoolers
Winter I 14 Session:     January 8 – February 12       6 weeks for $80
Winter II 14 Session:    February 19 – March 26        6 weeks for $80
US Basic Skills Curriculum
12:00pm – 12:30pm – Basic 1  (Skaters 6 and up)
A. Forward two-foot glide
B. Forward swizzles: 6-8 in a row
C. Backward wiggles: 6-8 in a row
D. Rocking horse: 2-3
12:30pm – 1:00pm – Basic 2/3 (Skaters 6 and up)
A. Forward one foot glides: R & L
B. Backward two-foot glide and one foot glides R & L
C. Backward swizzles: 6-8 in a row
D. Two-foot turn from forward to backward
E. Moving snowplow stop
F. Forward alternating ½ swizzle pumps, in a straight line (slalom-like pattern) and swizzle pumps on a circle
1:00pm – 1:30pm – Basic 4/5 (Skaters 6 and up)
A. Forward and Backward outside edge on a circle: R & L
B. Forward and Backward inside edge on a circle: R & L
C. Forward and Backward crossovers, clockwise & counter clockwise
D. Forward outside three-turn, R & L from a stand still position
E. Backward ½ swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counter clockwise
F. Backward stroking
G. Backward snowplow stop: R & L and Hockey Stop
**Lessons include skate rental and practice ice on day of class.
Open skate: Wednesday 11am – 1pm;  January 8 – May 14
$5 per admission (includes skates)
For More Information, Contact: Melody Carper, – Ice Skating Academy Director (636) 537-4200; 16851 North Outer Forty Drive, Chesterfield, MO 63005

Homeschoolers Bowling League
THE HOMESCHOOL BOWLING LEAGUE is looking for you!!!!
When? Wednesday mornings beginning January 15, 2014
Time? 10 a.m.
Where? Imperial Bowl, 6045 W Outer Rd, Imperial, MO 63052
Who? Anyone in your homeschool family! Moms, Dads, Kids!
How much? $5.00 per week; this includes shoe rental (you may pay weekly, not by semester)
Contact? Ed and Nancy Ockrassa @ or 314-537-4771

St. Louis /St. Charles County Homeschool Curriculum sell/buy/trade

Prince Caspian: the Return to Narnia class
There is still room in Becca Hubbard’s exciting new 2nd semester elementary class called Prince Caspian: the Return to Narnia! Miss Becca is an AWESOME teacher and kids of all ages and learning styles LOVE her classes!
Students really enjoyed her Narnia! The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis, and a Bit of Britain class last year, but it is not a prerequisite to the new class.
Becca’s flyer says: “We’ll discuss the great adventure story Prince Caspian, pull out some of the spiritual truth, and learn a little about the life of C.S. Lewis.”
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.
Prince Caspian: Return to Narnia classes will begin on January 21 and/or 23, and run for 17 weeks, following the Homelink schedule. The cost is only $90 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.
Both readers and non-readers are welcome. The students will get the most out of class if they are familiar with the Prince Caspian chapters before class, but they may have the chapters read to them by parents, older siblings, etc.
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!

DaySpring Classes
There is still time to sign-up for new and existing classes.
Classes are back in session with some exciting new additions!
Registration is now open!
Most classes are still open at DaySpring!  Choose from Musical Theatre ages 5-18, Dance beginning at age 3, Art, Home School Enrichment and Core Program, Drama, Circus Arts, and Private Music Lessons.
Call today 314-291-8878 or email
There’s still room in…
Performing Arts
Musical Theatre Classes – Monday nights (both locations), Wednesday & Monday (Crestwood) afternoons, Saturday afternoons
Drama – Monday nights and Wednesday daytime
Petite Allegro – ballet & tap for the young child ages 3-11, openings in all of our classes – Wednesday daytime, Thursday nights, Monday (Crestwood) afternoon, and Saturday mornings
Ballet, Tap, Modern, & Jazz – Tuesday nights, Wednesday nights, Thursday nights, Saturday afternoons
New Beginner Tap Class – Ages 11 and up, Monday afternoons
We have several qualified music instructors who are looking to build their studios, availability ranges from teacher to teacher, please call to inquire.
We offer lessons in: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Voice, Guitar, Percussion, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe
We’d love to start evening or Saturday Art classes, if you’re interested please contact us.  We currently have daytime home school classes on Wednesday and Friday (Crestwood).
Wednesday daytime classes for home schoolers
Academy for Home Schooling families
This is a great time to inquire and come visit our unique program. We are taking some students at this time for the second semester as well. Call to make an appointment
**a full schedule for classes including times, descriptions, & registration forms are available on our website

We have a Winter Beginner’s Clinic beginning next week on Thursday, January 23rd at Gametime Sport in Chesterfield Valley. It runs for 6 weeks from 2-4:00 pm and costs $60.
In addition, we will be offering Intensive Winter Workshops on Friday Afternoons in the basic areas – to allow the athlete to take a jump up in a specific area. The time of the Winter Workshops will be 3:00 – 5:00 pm. The cost will be $15 per person per workshop. The player may pick and choose which workshops they would like to attend. The location will be Gametime Sport in Chesterfield. Each Workshop will have a different focus. The Workshops will run from January 23rd until the end of February. The schedule will be as follows:
January 24th – Serving
January 31st – Hitting
February 7th- Passing / Serve Receive
February 14th- Setting
February 21st- Serving
February 28th – Hitting
I am happy to answer any questions – in writing or on the phone.
Patty Yager   314-566-3667
Athletic Director and Head Varsity Coach
St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights
Girls Varsity Volleyball Program

TRAIL LIFE USA Inaugural Recruitment Meeting
Trail Life USA is officially running and we are too.  We are having our recruitment meeting on January 23 at 6:30pm at The Family Vision Library.  A Hot Dog Dinner will be provided.  Come on out and find out a little bit more about Trail Life, have some food, fun, and fellowship!  For more information or to RSVP contact – Cheryl Bates at or call/text 636-345-2283.  You do NOT have to RSVP to attend, but the more we know are coming the better the count for food.  Bring the kids with you.
If you have daughters – we will be chartering an American Heritage Girls Troop as well – but we are doing one thing at a time.
Who is Trail Life for…..:Boys from Kindergarten to age 25
When is the Meeting…..:January 23, 2014 at 6:30pm
Where is the Meeting…..:The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Dr, St. Peters, MO 63376

Genealogy 101 Plus with Martin Field
> Class starts on January 30, and will meet every Thursday from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm at the Homelink building in Room 3 on the 1st floor. There will be no class on March 27 because of the Expo (Note: If there is absolutely no way you can take the class at that time, let us know an alternative that would work best for you and perhaps we can make a change).
> Homelink is located in the St. Andrew Catholic School Building, at 309 Hoffmeister Ave, St Louis, MO 63125.
> The class is designed for students in jr. high and high school, age 12 and up.
> Cost is $35 per students, with a $5 copy fee. Tuition is due on the first day of class, unless a payment plan is arranged ahead of time.
> To sign up, email Kerrie Tate at with a student name, age, grade and a parent name & contract information. She will send you a registration form and more details.
> Course Description: Genealogy 101 Plus is designed to accommodate all levels of genealogical knowledge, but is geared more toward the beginner than the advanced student. The class will be starting with the basics and then move into the more advanced techniques and aspects of the subject. Repositories of genealogical data will be described, with emphasis placed on investigative and searching skills. Mr. Field hopes to equip the students with the skills to research their family histories and those of others, and to appreciate what is discovered
> Martin Field’s Bio: Born near Detroit, Michigan, Martin has lived in the St. Louis area for 20 years. He and his wife Sheila two children–Sarah, 23, who majored in music, and Eric, 18, a senior, who has been homeschooled since sixth grade. Martin holds a B.A. from Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) in Psychology and Spanish and a B.S. in Data Processing from Northern Michigan University. For many years he worked as a computer/programmer analyst, both as an independent contractor and a full-time employee, for a variety of companies, including State Farm Insurance, Express Scripts, and McDonnell Douglas. In recent years he has taken time off from work to become a stay-at-home dad to better raise and teach his children. Martin is very active in his church, where he has taught in the AWANA program and now serves as the church historian. He has a passion for genealogy, does research daily, and loves to share his findings and knowledge with others.

Teen Business 101
Students will learn what it takes to be a 21st Century entrepreneur. Working in teams students will create a business idea then develop it. From creating a business plan, marketing strategies, including how to advertise to target audience on FB and Google, website design, how to put together a presentation/ present  effectively investors, and create a mobile app prototype for their business. Students will use Microsoft Office and App Development Software.
Teen Business 101 classes are open to student’s 7-12 grades. No prior business or technology experience is necessary. We will meet for 90 minutes per week for 10 weeks beginning in February 2014. Cost is $75.00. Students can bring their own laptops or we will provide.
Pamela Fahrenkopf, M.A.T. has created, owned and operated retail and educational companies for 25 years. This is a great introduction course for students who are interested in learning more about business. We will invite guest speakers to share their business insights with students.
Call (636) 821-3154 for more information and sign up. Location to be determined in West/South County.

Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Variety Show
March 27th, 2014
The format this year will be two 45-minute segments with a 45-minute intermission (6:00-6:45 and 7:30-8:15). All performances are limited to 4 minute segments or less. The Board and the church would like to limit large groups this year because of parking issues. I will talk separately with the directors of larger groups to figure out logistics on this. And finally, once again, the Tuesday evening rehearsal is not optional.
All auditions must be received by Monday, February 10th.
Please contact Gina McAndrew  at for an information packet.

2014 is the Ninth Annual Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo!
The Home School Expo is just  around the corner!   —->>  March 27 to 29
What IS the Expo?  The St. Louis home school conference held at First Evangelical Free Church, 1375 Carman Road, Manchester, MO, 63021  <<—- has all the details, check it out
Why should I care?   The Expo is a fantastic time to get info on curriculum, strategies for teaching, planning your day, instilling Godly character in our children.    You can hold the books in your hand and give them a close inspection, to be sure you are only buying what you need.
If you are new to home schooling this year and have never been to the Expo – mark your calendar and plan to attend.  If you are a veteran home schooler, come and join us and share your experience as you meet fellow home schoolers.
Aren’t conferences expensive?   $10 to register for two full days of sessions and exhibit hall is a bargain. You can pack your lunch if you want to really save money, or buy some great food from the concessions area and save time.  You may win a pre-registration prize!
From the Expo home page:
Special Pre-Registration Incentives
If you pre-register “extra-early,” by February 15th, your family’s name will be placed in a drawing for one of six prizes consisting of
three $100 “Expo Cash” certificates
three $50.00 “Expo Cash” certificates,
redeemable at the exhibitors of your choice at this 2014 Expo.
If you pre-register “early,” by February 28th,  your family’s name will be placed in a drawing for six $50.00 “Expo Cash” certificates, redeemable at the exhibitor of your choice at this 2014 Expo.
Will I be bored?   There are multiple sessions on a variety of topics each hour, you pick which ones interest you. Most years we have over 80 talks to choose from.  There are talks specifically of interest to Dads, to youth, and to parents of Special Needs children.
What about my kids?   The children’s program for 6 through 12 year olds is  available for a very low cost — think of it as a VBS in March. The Verity Institute students and staff provide this quality program that our families have been thrilled with each year.
What if I am not sure this is for me?   Come on Thursday night and experience a taste of the Expo for FREE.  Thursday night also includes the popular Variety Shows featuring home school talent!  The new home schooler sessions take place Thursday as well.

Homeschooler Link in cooperation with the HELPS group would like to invite all 9th-12th grade home school students to a “glowing” formal spring dance.
May 2, 2014
7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
St. Peters Cultural Arts Center (next to the Rec Plex)
#1 St. Peters Center Drive (at City Hall)
St. Peters, MO  63376
Cost:  $15 per student
Go to to register
This event is open to all who are homeschooled and will be Freshman in the fall of 2014 through 12th grade.  Homeschooled students may bring one guest.
Light refreshments will be served.
Questions – Please contact Andrea 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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