Homeschool Events List for April 3, 2014

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TONIGHT! April 3, 7-9pm
New Life Baptist Church, 1185 Shackleford Rd, Florissant MO 63031
A small homeschool group called HOPE (Homeschoolers Offering Parents Encouragement) will have representatives from various organizations coming to tell us about all the fun summer opportunities for you and your kids! Each speaker will have about 10 minutes to speak so make sure you arrive on time. You won’t want to miss anything! We’ll also have tables set up for those who want more information from a particular speaker.
This should be really fun and informative.
If your name begins with A-M please sign up to bring an appetizer to share; N-Z please bring a dessert. Drinks will be provided.

Thinking About Homeschooling?
Mini-Conference 2014
The Thinking About Homeschooling Mini-Conference will be offered on April 5, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It is being organized by local home schooling families to provide information, encouragement and support to families who may have questions about home schooling.
The organizers want to demonstrate that home schooling allows an excellent, diverse and thorough education that can be individualized for each child’s specific abilities and needs.
The conference will begin with featured speakers David and Kara Brummel, and then continue with break-out sessions on a variety of topics, giving information about different aspects of home schooling. Attendees will be able to choose which speakers and topics they are most interested in. Additionally, there will be a curriculum fair that will allow interested parents to walk around and see a sampling of the different types of curricula that are available for home school use, as well as extra resource information detailing activities and opportunities available to homeschoolers in our community.
The curriculum fair will be open from 8:30am – 1:00pm. We would encourage you to choose to browse the fair and extra resource tables during one of the sessions instead of attending a speaker if you desire so that you will have ample time to take advantage of this valuable resource. It will not be available after lunch.
Registration may be completed on this site:
OR by downloading, printing and mailing in the registration form with your personal check, postmarked by March 28, 2014. Details for print and mail registration can be found at
We encourage you to register online. We are using PayPal to process our online orders. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can sign up for a free account at
You may choose to wait and register at the door, but ordering a boxed lunch will no longer be an option on the day of the event, and session seats may not be available for the sessions you desire to attend.
At the door check-in and registration will open at 8:15am on Saturday morning. Feel free to come at that time to begin browsing extra resource tables and the curriculum fair
Cost to attend is $6 per individual or $10 per couple/family. Box lunches are available for $5.70 or $6.50 per lunch on pre-paid registrations. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.
For further details about the event, visit the Facebook page “Thinking About Homeschooling Mini Conference-Southeast Missouri.” (
Have questions about Thinking About Homeschooling? Mini-Conference? Contact Thinking about Homeschooling Mini-Conference
Posted for Alison Staggs, Cape Girardeau Homeschooling Group

2014 Catholic Homeschool Conference
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.
Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119
Our vendor fair is open only to conference attendees. Vendors will be open Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Schedule your time so you can acquaint yourself with the many options available to Catholic homeschoolers.
Our conference is designed for parents. Due to facility limitations and safety concerns, we ask that no children other than nursing infants accompany you to the conference.
Conference attendees get a coupon for $2 off a $10 purchase at the vendor of their choice. One per family. High-school student excluded. Valid only on the days of the conference.

The Etiquette Factory
The Etiquette Factory curriculum is a fun and engaging Manners Camp program. The instructor, Mrs. Patterson, has a teaching degree in special education. She has homeschooled since 2005, and she has been active with the North County-based H.E.L.P.S. homeschool group. She and her family are active members of their church and are part of the Children’s Ministry there. She says, “If our children learn how to show others that they are valued through words and actions then it will help them out in every aspect of their lives. What better way to show God’s love for others than to start with a kind word or action?” I have 2 that are starting this week!
>The first one starts on April 1st and goes from 12-2:30. It will be located at the McKnight Crossings Church (across from Tilles Park) in the Brentwood/Ladue area.
>The second one starts on Thur. April 3rd at the St. John Baptist Church near the intersection of 170 and St. Charles Rock Rd. Again, 12-2:30.
>THEN Mondays starting June 23 at The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
Now accepting enrollment!
Register by May 31 to receive an Etiquette Factory music CD!
>Grades 2-4 – 10:00 am – 11:00 am – $72
Using games, role play, props, music and kind discussion, The Etiquette Factory covers tact, dining, introductions, being a guest, hygiene, accepting “no,” respect, bullying, and teasing.
> Grades 5-8 – 11:15 am – 12:15 pm – $72
Using games, role play, props, music and kind discussion, The Etiquette Factory covers tact, dining, introductions, being a guest, hygiene, accepting “no,” respect, bullying, and teasing.
>High School – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – $72
Using games, role play, props, music and kind discussion, The Etiquette Factory covers tact, dining, introductions, being a guest, hygiene, job skills, dating, prom, and college etiquette.

Horsemanship Clinic at Strong Tower Ranch
The Horsemanship Programs at STR are unique because they are, above all else, ministry! We want all who visit to be encouraged with the hope and love found in Jesus. Teachable moments of trust, relationship building, and leadership skills are built upon during the time spent with the horses. Our goal in the STR Horsemanship Program is to equip children, teens, and adults with valuable life lessons that can be carried over into every day experiences. We aspire to empower individuals with the confidence of who they are in Christ through our mentoring and discipleship programs.
Our program provides an opportunity for students ages ten and up to gain knowledge and experience with beginning through advanced horsemanship skills in a one-on-one setting. Instructors will incorporate biblical values and truths while teaching horsemanship skills. The clinic meets for five weeks.
Thursday, April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Suggested donated price is $150.00, anything over can be used for tax purposes.
To register for Horsemanship Lessons, contact Lori Brooks via email or call at 636-333-0212 Ext.3.

Jefferson Sale
April 10 @ 9:00 am – April 11 @ 4:00 pm
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
Why the Jefferson Sale? Because prices are so low, a two-dollar bill—the portrait of our third president—is sure to get you something good.
We have to clear out a lot of books. They’re good books, but we just don’t have the space. Maybe you can help find a new home for some of them. Maybe the low prices will help you out. Be sure to stop by during our Jefferson Sale.

The topic of this six -week session will be Forces of Nature. This is an all-new unit about the amazing and powerful forces of nature, as students explore the when, where, how, and why of all kinds of natural phenomenon. There is a lot of geography in this unit as we explore the “Ring of Fire,” “Tornado Alley,” and hurricanes around the world. We’ll also introduce students to basic icon-based programming using the LEGO WeDo drag-and-drop programming software. You won’t want to miss this session!
BRICKS 4 KIDZ Construction Craze Class Details:
>Class is for students in grades K– 5th. Sorry, this is not a pre-school level class and students must be kindergarten age to participate (six years old or a mature 5 year old).
>Class will run for six weeks on Thursdays from April 10 –May 15 at 2:30 – 3:30 pm (Please note the earlier class time).
Registration and payment is done online at the BRICKS 4 KIDZ website at Click on “Register Now” at top of screen and follow instructions.
>Cost is $70 per person for the six-week session
>Class will meet in Room 8 (2nd floor) of the St. Andrew Catholic School building, 309 Hoffmeister Ave. St. Louis, MO 63125. This is the Homelink Learning Center location in the South County area.
>For more information contact Kerrie Tate at or Sarah Justin at
Goals of BRICKS 4 KIDZ Classes:
Introduce engineering and architecture principles
Explore math and science concepts
Increase general knowledge through discussions related to each model
Develop social/emotional skills such as patience, teamwork and communication in the process of completing a project
Enhance self-esteem by solving problems and completing projects
Improve fine-motor skills as children manipulate small components
Utilize multiple learning modalities to engage visual, kinesthetic and auditory learning styles
Teach important classroom skills such as organization and following directions
Foster an appreciation for how things work

Affiliated with STOA Speech and Debate League
Our club provides the opportunity for students ages 12-18 to gain skill in speaking and debate. We offer a group environment and instruction that allows students to participate with increasing confidence.
We currently meet on Tuesdays from 2:00-5:00pm at West County Assembly of God. Planning is currently underway for the 2014-2015 school year, but we do not anticipate major changes from this year. If you would like more information as it come available, please email Laura at or Kathy at

Amazing April at Hacker Factory!
HackerU offers a variety of fun activities each month so kids can see what they can make!
This month:
>Basket Basics: Recycling just took on a whole new shape! This versatile craft turns old newspapers into stylish baskets that make great gifts or storage solutions for everyone! Make a small round basket that will teach you the skills to design any basket you can imagine.
>Intro to Soldering: Learn basic soldering skills along with simple circuits, basic electronics and Ohm’s law while you build a blinking circuit board. Parent Attendance Required.
For class dates, times and to register, please visit:
Location:   uControl HackerSpace, Matrix DPS LLC, 15 Arrowhead Industrial Blvd. St. Peters, MO 63376
>Maker Moms “Crazy for Coconuts”
Mom’s need fun too at HackerU!
Join us on April 18 as we make 4 DIY personal care products (shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, and deodorant) using the healthy and highly beneficial coconut. Coconut milk and coconut oil save your skin and body from the onslaught of chemicals from which ordinary products are made. Take home all products, recipes and ideas for personalization!
Taught by Sara of The Homestead Harvest LLC
To register for class, please visit:
Location: uControl HackerSpace, Matrix DPS LLC, 15 Arrowhead Industrial Blvd. St. Peters, MO 63376

Congressional Art Competition
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District. Please encourage your students to participate in this worthwhile program.
All entries will be judged by a panel of professional artists from the district who will award first, second and third places. All the entries will be displayed and the winners announced at the 2nd District Exhibit and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 26 at 9:30 a.m. at 301 Sovereign Court, St. Louis, MO 63011.
The winning piece from our district will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol with the other winners from across the nation. The top artist will receive round-trip airfare for two to attend the Congressional Art Competition Reception in the nation’s capital. The second and third place entries will be displayed in my Washington D.C. and District offices, respectively, for one year.
All entries must have student release forms attached to the back and be delivered to my District Office at 301 Sovereign Court Suite 201, St. Louis, MO 63011 by 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
The Congressional Art Competition Guidelines and Student Information and Release Forms may be downloaded at
If you have any questions, please contact Jaci Winship at or 636-779-5449
You can view the 2013 entries HERE
> Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District deadline is April 18th: visit for further information
> Visit for contact information for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District deadlines

Did you fill out an Evaluation Form:
Did you leave something?
The following items were found at the Expo. To claim yours, please contact Cathy Mullins at and she will figure out a way to get it back to you.
T-shirt, royal blue, XL, 24 hour fitness left in 2nd floor exhibitor check-in area
Coat, Grey and black, nylon multilayer, target, size small, (A Jim Weiss handout and a mint in the pockets 🙂
Small plastic bag of clothes, left on first floor, jeans, red v-neck cashmere sweater and shirt, size small.
Navy blue felt coat, size 8
Rams NFL jacket, grey, size XL
American Eagle hoodie, white XS
Grey knitted scarf
2 packages of colored construction paper–just purchased in bag
2 Miller’s Penmenship papers – just purchased in bag
Carter’s burp towel, blue with white little bears on it
My Father’s World tote bag
Plastic cup with green pears on it
Nintendo DS – plastic holder with 15 little game cards in it!
Small blue water bottle with airplanes on it
3 Harvard Classics hard-bound books: “Nine Greek Dramas”; Vol. 15 – “Goethe, Keller, Storm and Fontaine”; Vol. 16 – “Leo Nikolaevitch, Tolstoy”
1 gray 5 subject notebook with tons of notes and journal thoughts and lessons journaled (someone really needs this back!)
1 black clipboard with lined paper on it
Green clipboard with lots of note about curriculum
Amy Tucker’s receipt from FHE membership
Blue tote bag with penguins in a case
1 eyelash curler
Progressive orange foam key chain
2 dice: 1 regular one and 1 8-sided one
1 red hair clip with jeweled flower
1 hair clip with a little kitty on it
1 pastel drawing of a bird…signed “Abby”
1 pastel drawing of the boat…can’t read signature
1 AARP card in the name of Carolyn Bergmann

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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