Homeschool Events List for February 27, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK!

Homeschool Gymnastics and Swimming
Mid-County Family YMCA
Sessions run, Feb. 24-April 13 and April 14 – May 25.  Fees listed are per session
45 min swim lesson and 45 min gymnastics lesson
Wednesdays, 1-2:45 pm
Fee $56 per child for non members and $40 per child for members of Mid-County Family YMCA
Gymnastics only, Ages 3-12
Mondays & Fridays, 1:30-2:15
Fitness and Swimming, Ages 3-12
Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm

We have attempted to hold this quilting program three times so far in 2014 with the winter warring against the program. Hopefully, the roads will be clear and there will be no snow on the ground on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. We’ll begin, as always, at 10AM and end by noon. All homeschoolers are welcome. We’ll look at quilts in our collection, make a small quilt to take home, take part in a quilting bee and more. It costs $4/participant with a $10 max/family. So, please let us know if you plan to attend and with how many people- call, email, or join the event on our Facebook page. Thanks so much.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

FHE’s 31st Rally at State Capitol
March 4, 2014; 12:00 Noon
Join fellow home educators from across the state as we join together to support the efforts of our FHE Lobbyists, Kerry & Abram Messer. We will have the opportunity to meet and greet lawmakers, renew friendships, and let our legislators know that homeschoolers are doing fine, and we just want to be left alone! This is an opportunity for these legislators to see home educated students up close, and for the fruit of our labors to be evident.
Home school families are the best ambassadors for home education. Your participation in the process is crucial to the efforts of the FHE Board and lobbyist.
The Rally will take place in the Capitol Rotunda, where legislators will address the group, our lobbyist and executive director will give us updates on the state of home education in Missouri, and home educated musicians will share their talents for us.
This should be the best field trip of the year! It is a perfect opportunity to engage in civics, learn about our state’s history and governing process. You won’t want to miss this.
For more information contact:
Al and Sheryl Schmidt
FHE Assistant Executive Director/ FHE Region 6 East Director
1-877-696-6343 ext. 62

Spring Shopping Bazaar
March 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come out for the Spring Shopping Bazaar! This event is sponsored by the Titus Project, a youth service project, in support of The Family Vision.
Events include door prizes, a raffle, and face painting! Vendors include: Pampered Chef, Scentsy, PartyLite, Origami Owl, Plexus, Avon, It Works!, Norwex, Thirty-One, Not Yo Mama’s, Beauty Control, Tastefully Simple, Park Lane, Miche, Young Living
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376 United States

The Family Vision/Potter’s Clay Art Show
Friday, March 21, 2014
Theme: Anything Goes
IMPORTANT Information and Requirements for Entry:
*Please note that display space is limited for these shows so artwork will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. With that in mind, artwork will only be accepted by the front desk staff at The Family Vision between Monday, March 10th, and Monday, March 17th at 10:00 a.m. Artwork will not be accepted after this time due to cataloging, judging and hanging purposes. The form available at The Family Vision’s front desk must be filled out and turned in for EACH PIECE of artwork.
*The cost to exhibit is $10 per person for up to 3 art pieces with a $25 dollar cap per family. Checks are payable to The Family Vision with proceeds supporting the outreach of The Family Vision. Ribbons will be awarded in all age categories at the show on Friday the 21st. All artwork will stay on display at The Family Vision until the following show (about two or three months).
*When turned in, art MUST be framed and have hardware ATTACHED to the correct end or side for accurate hanging and displaying. Potter’s Clay cannot hang artwork that does not match this criteria.
*All artwork must be God-honoring. The Family Vision and Potter’s Clay are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen pieces and reserve the right to deny pieces they deem unacceptable.
*Age Categories are:
Age 6 and Under
Age 7 to 9
Age 10 to 12
Age 13 to 17
Adult 18 and above
*If questions, please contact Marcia Petrossian at 636-294-4233.

Homeschool Horsemanship Classes
El Shaddai Ranch
Students will learn about horse anatomy, basic grooming, horse care, tack, and RIDING! Horsemanship classes at El Shaddai will nurture the spiritual and character development of the rider, while having lots of fun and making new friends.
Sessions are being offered on Mondays 2-4 pm., Thursdays 11am-1pm, and Fridays 11am-1pm.
Class fee is $125 for one child, $100 per child if more than one student is registered.
Class size is limited to 5 students.  Sessions are 4 weeks long.
Class dates are as follows:
Monday: 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7
Thursday: 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10
Friday: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11
*Make up dates due to inclement weather will be scheduled as needed at the end of the session.
For more information or to enroll a student, please contact Susie Russo at 636-466-2993 or email
Registration forms will be emailed to you, or will be available on the first day of class.

Please join us for the 1st Annual CHC Homeschool Curriculum Fair. Just $5 will reserve you a table to sell the curriculum and/or homeschool materials/supplies you are no longer needing. Registration and more details can be done at our website. Hurry before all the tables are gone!
NOTE: RSVPing must be done on the website. (see below)
Hope to see you there!
Christina Wright
CHC Admin Team

Drinking Water Week Poster Contest
Attention: Fifth Grade Students
In recognition and celebration of Drinking Water Week, May 4-10, 2014, the American Water Works Association and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are holding a poster contest for students in the fifth grade. The theme this year is “What Do You Know About H2O?”
Deadline: Entries should be postmarked by March 24, 2014.
Size: No larger than 11 x 17 inches.
Media: Artists may use any color or media (crayons, marker, pencil, etc.) to create their posters.
Information to include: Student name, teacher name, school name, address and phone number.
Where to send entries: Susan Bloomer, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Public Drinking Water Branch, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, Mo 65102.
Prize: $300 for first, $200 for second, $100 for third.
Entries will be judged on three criteria: how original the entry is, how well the concept is executed and how well the poster relates to public water supplies. The poster should show how tap water is essential to our daily lives!
A safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, attracts industry and investment, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression. We often take water resources for granted unless we are living through a drought or when depleted water supplies threaten a community’s future.
For more information, visit or call Susan Bloomer of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827 or 573-526-1825.
Posters will not be returned after the contest.
And as a reminder – don’t forget to check out what the department has planned for Earth Day this year!

The Expo is only a month away!
Four weeks from today, on March 27, 2014,
we will have a free night complete with the following:

  1. A wonderful Variety Show displaying homeschool talents from across the area
  2. A New Homeschoolers Seminar
  3.  A seminar on the Missouri Homeschool Law
  4. A seminar encouraging parents who are considering homeschooling their special needs/struggling learner children
  5. A seminar for parents considering homeschooling through high school.

And, of course, a full night of FREE exhibitor shopping!!
So, tell all your friends and family members who are considering homeschooling
to come out on Thursday night and learn more about it!
Click here for more information on Thursday night’s offerings.
Friday and Saturday are chock full of fun, fellowship, encouragement, seminars, and more shopping.
All for the ridiculously low price of …

  • $10 per person   or
  • $30 per family of three or more (in the same family).

…that great price is only good through Thursday night, March 27.
If you wait till Friday morning or Saturday morning, it costs more.
AND the good news is….
If you pre-register BEFORE midnight February 28th (that’s this Friday night)
you are eligible for The Expo’s Early Bird registration drawing.
Your name will be placed in a drawing
to win one of six $50.00 Expo cash certificates –
redeemable anywhere in the Exhibitor Hall!!

So, why wait?? Register today and maybe you’ll win some Expo spending money!
Click here to register online (and pay by PayPal).
Click here to download a registration form (PDF) and register by snail mail (must be postmarked by Midnight, February 28, 2014).
…Don’t forget the Children’s Program!! It’s going to be great this year!!!
Click here to learn more about the Children’s Program
Click here to download a registration form to register your children for the Children’s Program.
The children’s program often fills up before the first day of the Expo, so you probably need to register your kids ahead of time.
See you at the EXPO!!

The St. Louis Christian Patriette LIGHTS will hold their 4th Annual Summer Volleyball Camp again this summer at the beginning of June for Girls Age 11-19.  (Club level boys may attend the Advanced Camp) We offer 3 different distinct levels of training:
BEGINNERS – June 2-5, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Immanuel Lutheran on Hwy N, just 3 miles South of Hwy 40.
In this level we will start at the very beginning for players that have no experience or only a year or two at the YMCA or Spirit Center. Proper form will be stressed in all the basic skills. The standing overhand float serve will be worked on. Learning is accelerated through games and contests. Volleyball terms and rules will be introduced in a fun way. Each session will end with playing time. Lead Coach Arin Williams is home school graduate, USAV IMPACT certified, a lot of fun, and the girls LOVE her !
INTERMEDIATE – June 2-5, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Immanuel Lutheran on Hwy N, just 3 miles South of Hwy 40
We are pleased to announce that this court will be coached by Meaghan Murphy of the Gateway Elite Volleyball Club. Meaghan is a pleasant and gifted coach who has been trained in the GOLD Square methodology that has become so popular and efective on the East and West Coasts. This intermediate level is for those players who played 2 or more years on teams but still need to learn positions, how to move on the court, systems, and review proper form in all skills. Conditioning will be included as well as preparation for upcoming tryouts. Coach Meaghan loves to have fun and incorporates great games and contests in her teaching. Each session will end with competive game playing.
ADVANCED – June 9-12, 1:30-4:30 pm, 141 & Manchester,
We are honored that Liz Haeckel will be lead coaching this level. Liz is a Master Coach who has coached for 15 years, 10 of those years were for Rockwood Thunder (one of the top clubs in St. Louis) and this past year she coached for H2. You have to see this coach to believe it. She has a way of bringing players to higher level of play with ease. This advanced level is for those who have played for years on competitive teams and already know positions and systems. Basic form will be fine tuned, plays, and strategies learned. Conditioning will be worked in as well as preparation for upcoming tryouts. Each day will end with competitive match play. Club level boys are allowed to participate in this camp.
All of our coaches are USAV certified. A free t-shirt is included for the first 40 applicants. To hold your spot please fill out our camp application (there is an application link below) and mail it with a check for $88. It is possible to come par time on only certain days. The cost  for part time attendance is $8 plus $20 for each day attended.
For more information about our club please visit us on the web at
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to write Patty at or call her at 314-566-3667.

This is a great opportunity for home school kids to get some physical education. Classes will work to build balance, coordination, agility, flexibility, power, stamina, speed, strength, and cardiovascular endurance. We provide information to help increase their knowledge of nutrition and the importance of a healthy lifestyle for boys and girls of all ages.  All of this will be incorporate by performing functional movements with body weight and cardio exercises in a fun and safe environment. Visit to register.

What Does Common Core Mean For Homeschoolers?
By Emily Watson for Show Me Daily
The Common Core State Standards have brought a wave of protests from concerned parents throughout the country, including here in Missouri. States readily adopted these standards without properly investigating what the standards, and everything that comes with them, would mean for their students. Now many states are balking at implementation. Amid the growing debate, one group often overlooked in the conversation is homeschoolers. Many in the homeschool community are still trying to figure out what the new standards mean for them.
Having the ability to customize their child’s curriculum is one of the main reasons parents choose to homeschool. Some worry that the new standards may infringe on their ability to do so.
The creators of the SAT and ACT are already working on aligning their tests to Common Core. Public schools are changing their curriculum to align with the new standards and tests. There is concern that homeschoolers will struggle on the redesigned state and national standardized tests unless they also align their curriculum. This defeats the purpose of homeschooling – to have greater flexibility and autonomy.
The more state standardized tests and college entrance exams align to the Common Core, the more textbook companies will align their curriculum to the Common Core. Over time, this could leave homeschooling parents with fewer and fewer alternatives from which to choose. It is difficult to know what the exact impact will be; what is certain is that the issue is not going away anytime soon. Parents, whether homeschooling or not, should continue to question Common Core and to educate themselves about the standards and their potential effects.

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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