Homeschool Events List for April 14, 2014

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Educator Appreciation Days
Teen Science Cafe
Homeschool Fine Arts Show
Spring Football Clinic
Historical Children’s Festival
Girls Volleyball Try-outs
Summer Movie Series
Faith Ascent Camp
Alpaca Farm Day Camp
Anne Frank Student Matinée
Common Core

Educator Appreciation Days
At Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide, homeschoolers are eligible to participate in the Educator Discount Program.  Throughout the year, Educators may use the card for 20% off of items for educational purposes. We have a broad range of curriculum guides, workbooks, non-fiction and fiction for all ages, as well as educational games, puzzles, planners, and more!
Our next Educator Appreciation Days are coming up soon, April 12th through 20th, when the discount jumps to 25% off and we encourage you to use it on your personal items, too!   The increased discount will work at all Barnes & Noble retail stores and online.

Defying Gravity: Aerospace Innovation
Don’t miss the last Teen Science Café of the 2013-2014 school year!
Thursday, April 17, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at SLU’s McDonnell Douglas Hall
This month’s FREE Teen Science Cafe Program is Defying Gravity: Aerospace Innovation with Drs. Sridhar Condoor and K. Ravindra from St. Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. Experience a variety of interactive demonstrations showcasing their cutting-edge engineering research and technology!
This April Café is designed for middle school (6-8 grade) and high school students ONLY. Students throughout the region particpate, including  many homeschoolers (There are three SHARE teens on the leadership team!). Complimentary free food will be provided for STUDENT participants from 5:30 –6:00 pm. The interactive engineering presentation will take place from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
The Café will take place on the SLU Campus at McDonnell Douglas Hall, Room 1075. The address is 3450 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 (Please note this is a different location from past Cafes).
Space is limited so registration is required. Click here to register online. If you have questions contact the Academy of Science at 314-533-8586 or email More information and directions will be provided in your confirmation email.
NOTE: Parents can wait for their children in the lobby of McDonnell Douglas Hall, but due to space limitations and insurance regulations younger siblings are NOT allowed. Please be respectful of the age policy and the staff that works so hard to plan this free event.
The Teen Science Café is a free, fun way for teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Stimulating conversations with scientists, engineers, and inventors take place in an informal and relaxed setting…with free food! The program is sponsored by the St. Louis Science Center and is run by teens, for teens. It was inspired by the Café Scientifique programs that have become popular at science centers throughout the world.

Homeschool Fine Arts Show
Homeschooler Link presents
“The Hobbit” – by J.R.R. Tolkien and adapted by Edward Mast
“Stone in the Road” – By Kristi Thielen
MCCA’s Vocal Fusion
Come and join us for an evening of entertainment and art provided by Homeschooler Link.  The children of our Enrichment Thursday classes will be displaying their artwork, drama skills, and singing skills that they have been working on most of the year. We have some incredible talent!
When: May 4th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 907 Jungermann Rd, St. Peters, MO (Please enter from the back parking lot double doors)
Cost: $3 per person
Tickets may be purchased at the door.

North Mustangs Spring Football Clinic
May 16th & 17th
Open to all boys ages 8 – 18 where you’re schooled does not matter.
Would you like to learn some basic football fundamentals? We have a great opportunity for you! Coach “Rocky” Alan will work with each participant to develop the skills and fundamentals associated with the sport of football, teaching/drilling of fundamentals and techniques of each position. We will even have some tournaments on Saturday. No special equipment is required. This is a non-contact clinic. Saturday we will provide a BBQ for all participants!
Clinic hours are:
Friday 5/16 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Saturday 5/17 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
BBQ Saturday 5/17 at 12:00pm
Location: Dardenne Prairie Football Fields located inside of BaratHaven (1 Academy Place
Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368, next to the Lindenwood School of Nursing)
Cost: $65 if paid by April 18th, $75 up to the day of camp
Who: All boys ages 8 – 18 (public, private, or homes schooled)
Please have children wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes or cleats, and bring plenty of water!
To sign up go to our Facebook page ( or contact Bob Kusterer 314-452-6328 or email

Event times: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
200 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO | (636) 940-3322
Come live, learn and play as children in the 1820s did. Activities will include cow milking, butter churning, quill pen writing, candle dipping, baby farm animals, 1820s children’s toys and games, hearth cooking, period skills and craft demonstrations, re-enactors in period dress and  open door interpretation of the 1820s Peck Brothers Dry Goods and Hardware Store and Peck’s residence.  Spend the day relaxing and having fun 1820s style! Also included in the activities will be a performance by Emmy award winning educators and entertainers Jan and George Syrigoswho, who make up the musical group WildHeart. Their performance is designed to bring the heart of the wild to the heart of the child. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the historic site at 636-940-3322.

Lord willing, we plan to have 3 teams this year – one Junior High, one Junior Varsity, and one Varsity. On the Junior High team girls as young as fifth grade may try out (but may not make it). On the Varsity team girls as old as 19 or 20 may tryout as long as they are a senior in high school.
Beginning players are always welcome. Most the girls who come to us have never played on a team before. That’s okay. We are looking for a good attitude, a desire to learn and work hard, general athleticism, and  cheerfulness.
All of our head coaches are USA Volleyball certified with 5-20 years of coaching experience. We do not play “Rec Ball” like some of the other teams out there. Our girls are taught the sport of “real” volleyball as played at the collegiate level. We do not put a great deal of emphasis on “winning” as some teams do but rather on doing our best before the Lord In every situation and learning the correct game terminology and practicing a good attitude.
So you won’t (hopefully!) see our coaches screaming and arguing with refs for a point. We are attempting to train character and model it. We never intentionally cheat. We try to practice forbearance when other teams cheat, etc.
We are different than most sports programs. Our girls are sweet and kind and inclusive and fun and close friends. Mean-ness is not tolerated. Gossip is quickly put to rest. It would not be uncommon to see one strong player offer her playing time to a weaker player.
We pray at most events. The Bible is read and valued. If you have any more questions about our program please feel free to call me or write
Patty Yager

$1 per person

Base Camp will take place June 9-13. Save the dates!
In a real college setting our speakers challenge Christian teens to think through the toughest objections to Christianity and equip them to articulate the gospel with confidence and clarity.
The Results are both encouraging and humbling!
This summer, we’re modifying camp to reach more students. In addition to adding an extra day, we will be offering a 101 track and a 201 track! More details to come!
Please pray about:
1. Sponsoring camp scholarships for students in need.
2. Sending a 16-18 year old student to camp.
3. Talking to your pastor about camp.
4. Volunteering at camp.
If you feel called to help please contact us. We work very hard to stay in touch with everyone but the staff and I would love to hear from you!
For His Glory,
Jeremy Smith
Executive Director, Faith Ascent Ministries

Alpaca Farm Day Camp
Alpaca Farm Day Camp will be an interactive experience for children ages 8 to 14 where they can learn basic farm techniques, animal management, and skills related to fiber production, such as fiber spinning, along with other uses of fiber.  The camp will consist of small groups learning different skills, with a ratio of 6 to 8 children per instructor. There will be arts and craft projects where children can learn how to create things using alpaca fiber and wool.  Upon completing the camp the child will have basic knowledge of how fiber is harvested, prepared, and produce a handmade product of their own.  Animals on the farm include alpacas, chickens, rabbits, goats, llamas and dogs.
Dates: June 16-20 and July 14-18
Time: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 2:30pm
Activity: Farm Chores, Alpaca Handling and Training, Animal Husbandry, Arts & Crafts, Spinning, Crochet/Knitting, Farm Maintenance, Fur Tanning, etc.
Questions/Concern: Jeff Suchland 636-465-9218

The New Jewish Theatre opens its 18th Season in October 2014 with the iconic story of Anne Frank, the young girl who chronicled in her diary her family’s two years of hiding from the Nazis with another family in a hidden annex of her father’s Amsterdam factory. The production will run October 10 – November 2 with public performances on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. During the run, the theatre will offer four special student matinées as indicated below.
We are partnering with the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center to offer a combined educational opportunity to visit the Museum for a 9AM Tour prior to the performance if desired. There will also be optional talk backs after the performances. Space is also available if you choose to stay in the area for lunch after the performance.
Don’t let your students miss this opportunity to see history come to life through the production of this well-known story by the Premier small professional theatre in St. Louis. This production fits the curricula of History, English and Theatre departments.
The four student matinées are scheduled for 10 AM as follows:
Friday, October 10
Wednesday, October 15
Friday, October 24
Friday, October 31
Theatre capacity is 125
Location: Performances will be in the JCC’s Wool Studio Theatre, 2 Millstone Campus Dr, 63146
Holocaust Museum, 12 Millstone Campus Dr, 63146
Cost for theatre performance:
$15/student; one adult can accompany at no charge for every 10 student tickets
Additional adults will be charged the $15 student price.
Contact for Theatre reservations and Museum Tour: Kathleen Sitzer,314-442-3257

Information courtesy of Catherine & Don Gauvreau and Jo Ann Peterson
Anne Gassel from the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core will be speaking at the Daniel Boone Library on Thursday, April 24 from 6:30p – 8:30p. I have seen her speak about Common Core previously. She has been fighting against it for several years and is very knowledgable. She will discuss what the problems are with Common Core and ultimately, what we can do about stopping it. Missouri legislators are debating two bills to repeal the standards, which were adopted by the state’s education department four years ago.  Lawmakers say that the state Legislature should have had a say in that process, and that Missouri and other state education officials caved to pressure from the federal government. Anne will discuss this as well. Though she usually speaks more regarding Common Core and the public school system, I have spoken with her about Common Core’s impact on the homeschooling community. She knows that Common Core will affect homeschoolers (ACT, SAT, college curriculum, etc.) and wishes more homeschoolers would get involved in fighting Common Core. This would be a great meeting for anyone who wants to better understand Common Core and how to fight against it. Missouri schools are set to implement Common Core in the coming 2014-2015 school year.
If you have not seen “Building the Machine” yet — please watch it – >

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln 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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