Homeschool Events List for January 26, 2014

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Art Class with Special Needs Helpers
I started a company called, Craftibility. I teach arts and crafts classes to children of all abilities ages 3-6 years old with the assistance of individuals from the St. Louis Arc.
The mission is to help kids feel comfortable around individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, the lessons focus on teaching children character building skills.
If you know of any homeschoolers interested in signing up for a six week session starting in January at the Schnucks at Kehrs Mill on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:15 a.m., they sign up at
Terri Canis

Space has opened up for January 28 & 30 and February 28, see details below!
WHO? Groups of 20 – 25, 6th – 8th grade students.
The program can accommodate four groups of 20 – 25 students per day. Individual students are welcome, but must register and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
WHERE? Missouri Botanical Garden, Commerce Bank Education Center, 4651 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110  (NE corner of Shaw and Kingshighway)
WHEN? January 28 (room remaining for 65 students)
January 30 (room remaining for 40 students)
February 28 (room remaining for 25 students)
Program is from 9 am – 1 pm each day.
Pick one or more available dates. NOTE: Dates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
HOW? If you would like to select a group, or groups, of 20 – 25 6th, 7th, and/or 8th grade students to participate in Greening Your Future, please contact program director, Rose Jansen for registration at 314-537-7889, or
The date/s you would like to attend, the name and address of your school, grade level/s to attend, number of students per grade level group, and the name and contact information (school, cell, home phone numbers and email addresses) of the teacher chaperone/s and school principal.

Classical Conversations Information Meeting
Looking for support and encouragement on your homeschool journey? Across the United States, Classical Conversations communities exist to complement home-centered education and to connect parents with like-minded families. We have been equipping homeschool parents for more than 15 years! We offer programs from PK4 through high school and are currently accepting registrations for January!
We empower and support parents not only through our Classical Conversations communities across the country but also through our specially designed CC Connected online community, free 3-Day Parent Practicums, and academic retreats. All of these services ultimately equip parents to educate their children with the classical tools of learning and a biblical worldview so that they might impact the world for God’s glory.
If you would like to learn more about Classical Conversations, the classical education model, and how you can homeschool all the way through high school with our help, come to one of our info meetings! Feel free to pass it along to others who might be interested!
January 28th at 7pm
February 20th at 7pm
Grace Baptist Church, 6301 Ehlmann Road, St Charles, MO
We also have some open houses this semester, all those details replayed at the Information Meetings.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Terri Venter
954 394 2074

Classically Educating Your Homeschooled Child
Classical Conversations’ enrollment for the 2014/15 school year will open on February 1 for the Eureka/Wildwood Campus. Our campus meets on Tuesdays and offers Foundations, Essentials, Challenge A & B.
A parent information meeting will be held on Thursday evening, January 30 in Eureka. Please RSVP by email if you would like to attend. Include your cell number and ages of your children. We are accepting students from age four though junior high.
Melanie Carter
Foundations/Essentials Director
Debbie Keane
Challenge A Director (currently)
Challenge B Director (Fall 2014)

Classical Conversations Challenge Information Meeting
Classical Conversations is a leader in the home-centered education movement. It is a mission: To know God and to make Him known. It is a model: Classical Conversations combines the classical method of learning with a biblical worldview. It is a method: Classical Conversations families meet in communities where parents train parents to implement home-centered education well.
There are two ways in which Classical Conversations “combines classical learning with a biblical worldview.” The first is the more significant: classical education is a methodology. In important ways, it is not content-based—although excellent content must of course be chosen. It is a method, and its methodology is expressed through the Trivium, three of the seven Liberal Arts. “Liberal,” in this case, stems from the Latin word liber, meaning “free.” Education by means of the seven Liberal Arts nurtures children in ways that ensure they mature into free human beings.
Challenge , for students 12 and older,  Information Meeting
Thursday Jan. 30, 2014   7 p.m.
Christ Presbyterian Church, 2156 Bluestone Dr., St. Charles, Mo. 63376
Contact: Alyce Bava 332-5489 for more information

St. Louis Talent Show
January 31, 2014. The event will be from 6:30pm-9:00pm at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. Tickets are $15 for reserved, $10 for general admission, and $8 for children. Call (314) 882-1698 to reserve your tickets.

Homeschool Football – Meet the Coach Night
For middle school and high school aged boys
February 1, 2014; 3:00 to 5:00pm
Spencer Library Rm 112
MEMHSFA North team is giving you an opportunity to come meet the new varsity coach Eric “Rocky” Alan.  We will discuss our vision for the upcoming football season and answer questions.  We will also discuss a team name, mascot, and colors.  So, come with your ideas.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please send any questions to

February Fun at Hacker Factory!
HackerU offers fun activities each month so kids can see what they can make!
February Events
Clip Craft:  Turn ordinary paperclips into intricate working machines and beautiful jewelry!  Learn how to craft tiny machine parts then design a working machine.  A few simple twists of a paperclip results in lovely jewelry for someone special.  Take home the jigs so you can keep creating!
LED Message Board:  Use your skills with electricity to construct a fun, light up message board!  Leave a note for yourself that glows with UV lights – never forget anything again!
For class dates, times and registration, visit:
Location:  uControl HackerSpace, Matrix DPS LLC, 15 Arrowhead Industrial Blvd, St. Peters, MO 63376

Educator Workshops at your local Microsoft Store
As your Community Development Specialist, I’d like to invite you to attend our free Educator Workshops. Discover great tools to build out your lesson plans during these one hour free Educator Workshops:
>Building Math Muscle Workshop
February 8th  10AM
Explore new and easy tools to help your students learn, practice, and review math concepts. With Microsoft OneNote and third-party applications, your students can review every step you taught in class and get more out of homework time.
>Student Learning in the Cloud Workshop
March 8th   10AM
Learn how you can deliver lessons and resources to your students using Microsoft OneNote. Then find out how to integrate multiple applications such as Movie Maker, PowerPoint, and your Windows Phone. You’ll get to use your new skills to help your students produce a modern-age movie about Othello!
Learn more and register for an existing workshop, or contact your local store to register a private session for a group.
Hope you can join us!
Trina Claggett
Microsoft Store at Saint Louis Galleria Mall
2417 St. Louis, St. Louis, MO  63117
(314) 655-2550

Seventh Annual Valentine’s Day Cake Walk
February 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Bring the whole family and join us for The Family Vision’s Seventh Annual Valentine’s Day Cake Walk! Bring a cake, walk to the music and win a cake! Please sign up in advance, and please plan on bringing at least one cake per family–every family will win a cake!
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376

Rally in the Capitol Rotunda
February 18th, 2014 at noon
We are encouraging everyone who can, to attend as this is a critical time in our states history for education. Many of the legislators share our concerns for what has been happening in regards to education and there will be several bills being debated this spring. Several representatives and senators have either held their own town hall meetings in their districts or attended meetings, specifically addressing the issue of Common Core/Missouri Learning Standards, etc. Some meetings have been quite heated because of some hecklers, but it’s interesting to see the response from those in the audience, the hecklers are being told to sit down and be quiet.
Our desire on the 18th is to strengthen our legislators hand by showing up in support of the efforts they have been and will be making to address these concerns. Several of the bills that have been filed will be addressing concerns over data and student privacy, parental rights, and MSIP 5 and the Common Core standards. We are watching other states with the homeschooling laws that are coming down that are tied into the Race to the Top federal grants and there is reason to be concerned about nearly every aspect of educational liberty. So much of this has happened without anyone’s knowledge. Even to the extent that the Governor has said that they got together a “coalition of the willing” who pushed this through and how they would then would go back to tell the legislature (see attached video and let me say, that it’s not about politics so much as about what has been happening)
Caravanning and carpooling can be worked out in most situations, as we are spreading the news across the state so plan to bring your family and friends as we view and participate in our republic. 😀
P.S. Just some things to be aware of:
1) Ohioans are attributing the RTTT (Race to the Top-a Federal Grant) Early Learning Challenge Grant to this horrible homeschool bill that was just introduced. I understand IN, KY, PA, and GA are applying for the same grant.
2) This is a proposed Missouri bill. It’s an example of some “would be” connections to data collection, and the schools.

Bicycle Poster Contest
St. Louis BWorks is partnering with Saris Cycling Group, a US manufacturer of bicycle racks and cycling training products, to organize the 4th Annual 5th Grade National Poster Contest. The contest is asking 5th grade students to create a poster around the famous John F. Kennedy quote, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” The purpose of the contest is to promote youth riding bicycles as a way to lead a healthy lifestyle.
One first place winner will be selected from Missouri to receive a bicycle, bike light, and helmet. Missouri will also have second and third place winners, receiving a helmet and light and helmet, respectively. Posters are due March 7. One National winner will win a trip to the 2015 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. and their school or community center will receive bicycle parking to park twenty bikes and a bike/walk tracking system called The Hub.
Homes from which 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are selected will receive bicycle bells and lights, compliments of St. Louis BWorks, for the entire family.
To learn more about the SCG Poster Contest or to participate contact Molly Brady – St. Louis BWork’s Programs Administrator ( Also visit
Thank you,
St. Louis BWorks, 2414 Menard Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63104

TeenPact Capitol Class for 8-12 year olds
Your 8-12 year old is invited to join us at the state Capitol on March 7. For more information or to register:

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: 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

In the 2014-2015 school year, Bob Johnson Tutoring will teach ONE of these classes, depending on which one generates the greatest interest from parents.  Details–including information about format, curriculum, cost, location, and grades–can be found at
After looking over the information on the website, if you think you MIGHT be interested, you can send an email to with the information below.  By sending an email, you are NOT committing to the class; you are simply helping to identify where the interest is greatest.
* Parent name(s)
* Class interested in (Algebra 1, Geometry, or Algebra 2)
* Approximate level of interest (just investigating, very interested, etc.)
* The city you live in (to try to find the best location for interested parents)
* Any questions you may have at this point

Family Volunteer Opportunity
Safe Families for Children is an organization that matches children in need of temporary housing with Christian families that have a desire to serve Christ by caring for these children.   Over half of the host families in the St. Louis area are homeschooling families.  If you would like more information about this family volunteer opportunity, please visit the website and contact Kiera Boerckel at Safe Families for Children in St. Louis: 314-452-6547 or   Sharon says they are truly in need of host families.

Preschool through grade school tutor
I am a “retired” homeschool mom who enjoys teaching children. I have a bachelor’s degree and have homeschooled my four children kindergarten through high school. Three are currently working on college degrees: associate’s, master’s, and doctor’s, and the other is currently working for Michael Farris and will be attending Harvard Law School in the fall. I especially like teaching reading and early math and other subjects at that level. I have kept almost all of the material I used to homeschool and continue to add to it. I have lots of books, educational toys and games, and manipulatives I can use to help make learning easier and more fun. Contact Patty Ferguson at (314)954-3457. Flexible hours, reasonable rates, at my house in Oakville or I can travel, references available.
Hebrew Tutor
I am a student of Hebrew that can teach or tutor Biblical and Modern Hebrew. I have a BA in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Languages and am working on an MA in Jewish Studies. I am available any time Monday through Saturday in or close to Oakville for $25 an hour. Contact Michelle Ferguson 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).
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.