Homeschool Events List for February 10, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.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!

Backyard Maple Sugaring
How to Make your Own Maple Syrup!
Thursday, February 13, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm, includes question & answer time
Homelink location – St. Andrew School, 309 Hoffmeister Ave, St. Louis MO 63125
Recommended for students 5th grade and up, but all ages are welcome if they can sit quietly without disturbing others.
A fun learning opportunity that will motivate us to get outdoors before the spring…and save some money! Homeschool mom and naturalist, Alison Lewis, will teach us about tapping our own maple trees and making maple syrup, a process that is much faster, cheaper, and easier than you think! And it is a PERFECT activity to do with children of all ages. The process can be done using items most of us have in our garage and kitchen.
Alison will share a slide show and demo that includes identifying maple trees, when and how to tap them, and how to boil and filter the sap to make syrup. Alison has developed her own “on a shoe string” technique for doing all of this. She will even share some surprising information such as which “non-maple” trees can be tapped for sap/syrup! Homeschool mom and Homelink teacher Judy Musick will also share her experience of making syrup last year on her own farm!
Please sign up by emailing Kerrie Tate (kertatehomelink@aol.com) directly with your count and put “Maple Syrup” in the subject line. We are trying to get an accurate count to decide on room use.
Cost is $3 for students and $5 for adults, but extra donations are welcome! Alison teaches this same class through STLCC Continuing Education for $25 per person, but is discounting it for homeschoolers and their friends.
For more information contact Kerrie Tate at kertatehomelink@aol.com or 314-791-0000

Classical Conversations Information Meeting
When: February 13, 2014 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Hope Church, 4200 Brown Rd., Berkeley, MO  63134
Are you new to home schooling or are you a veteran wondering what you will do differently next year?  Come find out how our home school communities help families to connect with others who want to teach their children at home using the classical model.  Through CC, parents learn to focus on the tools of learning so that they can equip their children to learn any subject. Students and parents enjoy the encouragement of learning with friends on the same journey.
We have programs for students of all ages, K4 through high school.
Our meeting will cover all of our programs and include a time of open discussion.
Angela Lockett
Challenge I, director
alockett@classicalconversations.com

President’s Day Skate!
130 Boone Hills Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
Great Skate is OPEN on President’s Day!
Great Skate is offering a “President’s Day Skate” on Monday, February 17 from 12pm to 5pm.
Cost is $5 admission and $2 skate rental.
Join us for an afternoon of skating, music, games and loads of fun!
As our forefathers did, let’s get this party started!
http://www.greatskaterocks.com

Night of the Arts: A Celebration of Unity
Black History Month 2014
Thursday, Feb 20th − 6:30pm to 8:30pm
FREE ADMISSION
Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Dr, Chesterfield, MO
The event will feature Westminster music, drama and poetry students, as well as a performance by the University of Missouri-St. Louis gospel choir featuring Westminster alumna Tiffany Thompson, and also a special tap dance performance by alumni David Alexander (ITA MEMBER). A reception will take place in the school’s grand entry from 6:30 to 6:50 p.m., followed by a program in the theater from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Classical Conversations is coming to Wentzville
Classical Conversations combines a biblical worldview with a classical model of education. Parents and students meet once a week throughout the school year to be equipped and encouraged as they home school from high chair to high school. Families connect in local communities led by trained directors to pursue activities that lay the foundation for life long self-learning.
K-4 through 12 years old will benefit from 6 different subjects being presented with creative enthusiasm by trained tutors.
Junior high and high school students thrive under the structure and accountability of our Challenge Program, receiving all they need to be well prepared for college.
Parents love the encouragement and support from others who have similar goals for their students.
Come hear more on Thursday, February 20th at 7:00 at Corporate Parkway library in Wentzville. You may RSVP to mfink@classicalconversations.com or just show up.
We also have a meeting that same night in St Charles at Grace Baptist Church, 3601 Ehlman Rd.at 7pm. Please contact terri@perfectlyunique.net

Expo Business & Service Guide
Attention homeschoolers, businesses, tutors, music instructors, and more!
Every attendee at the Greater St. Louis Home Educators Expo is given a goody bag that includes an Expo Program/Booklet, which is a guide to that year’s speakers and exhibitors. In order to make the Expo Booklet a more useful tool to families, (and to generate a bit more income without raising entrance fees), we are offering a new advertisement option— The Expo Business & Service Guide. It is very afford-able–3 full lines for just $10.00!
If you would like to advertise your business, please see the forms HERE. Of course, feel free to purchase a larger ad, but our 3-lines-for-$10 is geared to individual and smaller businesses.
BONUS: Purchase a $50 ad or more and you will be listed in the Business & Service Guide for free!
We can take your ad digitally or on paper–both directions are included. Our hope is that families will want to keep their Expo Booklet and refer to it all year long when they are searching for a particular product or service.
If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com
Thanks so much!
The Expo Board

Craftibility
I am starting a class on Tuesdays at The St. Louis Arc off Warson Rd from 10:30-11:30 a.m on Tuesdays and Fridays at The Nest (in Frontenac).  For those interested, they can contact me at craftibility@gmail.com.
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.
Terri Canis
www.craftibility.com

St. Louis turns 250 years old this year
Below is the link for a year of celebrations and related activities.
http://www.stl250.org/event-calendar.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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