Homeschool Events List for February 4, 2014

More information about area events can be found at https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK!

Project MEGSSS
Accepting nominations now: Project MEGSSS provides challenging summer and after-school mathematics programs for students, grades five thru eight, who are highly gifted in mathematics. Students nominated for our programs are pre-qualified prior to entry and do not have to be formally identified as gifted to participate.
We provide qualified students challenging mathematics unlike what they will experience elsewhere. Most middle school curricula repeats the topics of elementary mathematics or, at best, advances students into algebra. Project MEGSSS uses The Elements of Mathematics, a curriculum designed to broaden exposure to higher-level math concepts, while introducing formal logic and developing critical thinking and problem solving skills. If your child has the potential to aim high in math, go online for more information and give your child a challenge that will last a lifetime!
This summer, our MathJam14 opens some advanced courses to rising 7th/8th graders who love math and desire a more serious challenge. Contact us at nomination@megsss.org or nominate a student at www.MEGSSS.org.
We put the “M” in STEM!

GENEALOGY 101 PLUS with Martin Field
–  Class starts on February, 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.
– 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 kertatehomelink@aol.com with a student name, age, and grade, along with a parent name and contact information. Please include class name in the subject line (Drama I or II). Kerrie and Martin 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 his 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.

DRAMA I & II with Amanda Oliver
> Drama I and II classes start on February 6 and will meet every Thursday until May 22 at the Homelink location. There will be no class on March 27 because of the Expo. The Drama classroom will be decided based on class size.
> Drama I is geared for 3rd grade through 8th grade, but younger students are allowed with teacher permission. The class will meet from 1:15 – 2:15 pm.
> Drama II is geared for 8th grade to 12th grade students, but younger students are allowed with teacher permission. The class will meet from 2:30 – 4:00 pm.
> Cost is $40 per semester for Drama I, and $75 per semester for Drama II, with no materials required. Tuition is due on the first day of class, unless a payment plan is arranged ahead of time.
> At the end of the semester there will be a small presentation/performance for both Drama I & II classes, where the students will have an opportunity to show off some of the skills they have learned in class. The students will help to plan and execute the final performance (Because Drama classes are starting late and are only one semester long, there will not be a large play).
> Homelink is located in the St. Andrew Catholic School building, at 309 Hoffmeister Ave, St Louis, MO 63125.
> To sign up, email Kerrie Tate at kertatehomelink@aol.com with a student name, age, and grade, along with a parent name and contact information. Please include class name in the subject line (Drama I or II). Kerrie and Amanda will send you a registration form and more details
> Course Descriptions:
Drama I – A basic introduction to theater. Game-playing and extensive improvisation exercises will be used to teach students about use of movement, voice, and technique in acting. A variety of memory improvement activities will be included. Some simple props and costumes will be introduced and utilized.
Drama II – Is similar to Drama I, but more advanced. Game-playing and extensive improvisation exercises will again be used to teach students about use of movement, voice, and technique in acting. Memory improvement activities will be more complex. Class sessions are longer and there will be more exploration of props and costumes. Occasional take-home assignments will be given and the students will receive a grade at the end of class with a list of their strengths, area of most improvement, and suggestions for drama practice over the summer.
> Teacher Bio: Amanda Oliver spent two years majoring in theater in college, before switching to a business degree. She has been involved in many high school, college and community theater production throughout Missouri. She has taught drama to the homeschool community in the past in is looking forward to doing so again. Amanda and husband Clayton are also the busy homeschool parents of daughter Ellie and son Spencer.

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT EDISON’S
When: Friday, March 14, 2014
Time: 11am-­‐3pm
Where: Edison’s Entertainment Complex, 2477 State Rte. 157, Edwardsville, IL 62025
(618) 307-­‐9020
www.edisonsfamilyfun.com
Cost: $10.00 per person
Edison’s will give us access to bowling, laser tag, and arcade from 11am-­‐3pm for $10 per person. Guests will be wrist banded and will be provided a number of lanes to bowl on. Arcade cards will be charged with unlimited arcade game play (excluding merchandising games and redemption). Edison’s offers a lunch buffet and pizzas from 11am-­‐2pm with full menu available starting at 2pm. Cost is $7.49 per person (add a drink for &1.99). Kids under 5 eat off the buffet at no charge and kids 5-­‐12 are $6.99 (drink included) Edison’s will be open to general public during the hours of our event. Please be respectful of all people. Let’s make Homeschool day at Edison’s a success. If we get a great crowd we are looking at making this a monthly offering.

1ST ANNUAL CHC HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM FAIR
Friday, March 21
Meadow Heights Baptist Church, 1498 Vandalia Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
12:00p – 1:00p Vendor Check-in and Set-up
1:00p – 3:00p Curriculum Fair
3:00p – 3:30p Clean-up
Vendor Tables $5.00
Free Admission to browse & shop
Open to ALL area homeschoolers to buy, sell, or trade.
Fun activities available for youth 3-13 years of age
Free parking, approximately 100 spaces available
Safe and Secure – Cash-only transactions
*Items being sold are in AS-IS condition with no liability accepted by CHC, CHC Admin Team, MHBC, or seller.
Purchaser assumes all liability.
*All unsold items must be removed by seller during Clean-up.
*Supervised youth activities are being offered as a free convenience for parents to sell and shop. Activities are offered with no liability accepted by CHC, CHC Admin Team, or MHBC. Parents assume all liability.
*Vendor registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration accepted while space is available or until March 14, whichever happens first.
Visit www.collinsvillehomeschoolcoop.com for more or to register your table.
Or contact Christina Wright at info@collinsvillehomeschoolcoop.com.

2014 Catholic Homeschool Conference
Presented by the St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association
Join us for a day of exciting and informative discussions designed to introduce and educate Catholic families to the endless possibilities of homeschooling.
Friday, April 11, 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mark your calendars! More information coming soon.

MOBOT
Registration now open for spring and summer classes!
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/learn-discover/classes.aspx

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.

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