Homeschool Events List for May 22, 2014

Cooking lessons for home schoolers
Summer Reading Club
Nature Connects
Camp Viva Explore
Free Admission – Churchill Museum
Guitar Classes
The Etiquette Factory
Passages Homeschool Days
Smart Kids Robotics
Firefly Festival
Alpaca Farm Day Camp
Chemistry Class for Homeschoolers
Future Business Owners

Private cooking lessons for home schoolers
Along with having an education geared towards art, I also have experience in the culinary arts. I am offering private instruction in the area of culinary arts. From the simpliest cooking strategy building up to most extensive dishes. Enrollment for elementary to teenage years. If possible, I will have 2 sessions a week, one for elementary age, and one for junior/high school age, since each student will have his or her own skill level. Tuition is $15 per hour per student, plus cost of the materials. The class times will not exceed 2 hours per session. I will try to incorporate some cooking skills that they may do in everyday life, such as making fruit preserves and homemade breads to homemade soups and even some fun dishes. If interested, signups begin on May 12th, 2014. My son and I live in Ellisville, if that is close for any of you. Parents are welcome to stay, if desired. Here is my address, if you would like to reply by mail as well.
42 Cathcart Drive, Apt D, Ellisville, MO 63021
Miss Susanna Kelley

SLCL’s popular summer reading clubs will kick-off on May 12 and run through August 2. Last year over 120,000 people participated in the program, which offers fun activities and great prizes for the whole family. Participation is free and registration begins May 12. Visit for more information.

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Purchase Tickets
Explore larger-than-life plants and animals made from LEGO® bricks as they take up summer residence in our world-famous Climatron®. This extraordinary exhibit of 25 sculptures inspired by nature is constructed with over 300,000 LEGO pieces. A majestic bald eagle, a beautiful monarch butterfly, and a giant praying mantis are among the installations featured in the exhibit.
Don’t miss the Brookings Interpretive Center, where visitors of all ages will be invited to make, create, build, take apart, tinker, investigate, and discover.
Hours & Admission
May 24 to September 7
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Includes regular Garden admission plus exhibit
$10-14 adults ($5 children)
$4 Garden members ($3 members’ children)

Camp Viva Explore
We need 5 more kids ages 3-7 for our Camp Viva Explore in Ellisville. A homeschool mom and has offered to host at her home at Manchester and Clarkson. The camp doesn’t have a definite week yet but this will hopefully be one week in June. The camp will meet M-F from 9-12 and is $100/child. A healthy snack will be provided and activities include games, songs, art and creative play – all in Spanish!
Let me know if you’re interested. Once we have the last 5 kids committed we will decide on the week!
Call Becca @ 314-643-7173. Gracias!

National Churchill Museum, 501 Westminster Avenue, Fulton, MO 65251
Educators play a big role in the success of the National Churchill Museum, which is why we are excited to offer educators free admission in the month of June 2014. This discount is offered to educators of elementary through university students. Educators from both public or private institutions and from homeschooling families are welcome to take advantage of this opportunity.
>For Homeschooling Parents- If a member of a homeschool group, bring a paper card, mailer, email, etc. showing membership. If not a member of a homeschool group, bring in documentation of where you found out about the Free Admission for Educators (print out this page of the blog). J

My Music Room, owned by singer/guitarist Robin Lopate, gives private and group lessons in Kirkwood.  I have posted some new guitar classes up on my website –  I am looking for teens and kids to fill some classes up.  There is also a “Woman to Woman” guitar class, ages 11 and up, great for moms and daughters, and “Guitar For Teens”, for teens only.   Class schedules will be determined based on students’ availability.  Discount for any private or group student that schedules between 9am-3pm.  Please check my website for class descriptions.  I am also accepting private students. If you are interested in a class, let me know. I have to have at least 3 students to run a class.

The Etiquette Factory
Teaching etiquette on three different grade levels.
Session I. 2nd thru 4th grade   Using games, role play, props, music and kind discussion we will cover tact, dining, introductions, being a guest, hygiene, accepting “no”, respect, bullying and teasing.
Session II. 5th thru 8th grade.   We will cover the same skills as in session I, but will emphasis phone etiquette, spcial media etiquette, sympathy and integrity.
Session III. 9th thru 12th   Using mostly kind discussion, role playing and some games, we will cover many of the same topics as Session I and II, but with the emphasis more toward the teen. We will also cover job skills, dating/prom and college etiquette.
Early registration ends May 31.
June 23rd thru August 18
These classes and opportunities are for you and your family to grow in the Lord and to learn practical skills that will allow your family and children to impact the world for Jesus.
Learn more at
Sign up today!
The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive St. Peters, MO 63376

3534 E. Sunshine in Springfield, MO – next to Pursuit Church 1-888-297-8011
June 5, September 11, October 9, November 6. December 4, 2014
I wanted to make you aware of a great educational opportunity in Springfield, MO called Passages. The exhibit includes biblical text from Dead Sea Scrolls and artifacts to a working Gutenberg Press and King James Press. We would love to see you there for any of our homeschool days or event times. Discounts are included for homeschools and home educators. Please let me know if we can provide you more information.
Our website is:
Thank you for your consideration
Manager of Software Development, Online Marketing
405.745.1879 Phone

Smart Kids Robotics
The next 6-week Smart Kids Robotics session begins the week of June 2. Choose a weekly one-hour class meeting on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday for 6 consecutive weeks.
Smart Kids Robotics is a fun, innovative learning opportunity for kids of all ages. Smart Kids Robotics uses robotics in a unique high-tech, hands-on learning facility to excite kids about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Smart Kids Robotics offers a unique curriculum of Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced robotics courses in addition to Sumo Robotics and Autonomaze! Robotics.  Have fun with robotics, develop STEM skills, and program robots with an introductory graphical interface or the more advanced Java programming language. Obtain details and register online at

Firefly Festival
Wednesdays: June 11, 18, 25
8 to 9:30 p.m.
Our popular celebration of Earth’s living lanterns returns! Join us for firefly crafts, a firefly-themed snack, and firefly games. Then, experience the magical Conservatory glow walks where we light the inside of the Butterfly House with twinkling lights. Wrap up the evening by joining staff on an outdoor journey to see real fireflies. Please bring one flashlight per person. Price is per session. For ages 6 and up.
Price per person:
$12 General admission
$10 Garden members
Registration required

Alpaca Farm Day Camp in Troy, MO
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
Cost: Early Bird Special $195 – see website for details
Activity: Farm Chores, Alpaca Handling and Training, Animal Husbandry, Arts & Crafts, Spinning, Crochet/Knitting, Farm Maintenance, Fur Tanning, etc.
Questions/Concern: Jeff and Gita Suchland 636-465-9218

Chemistry Class for Homeschoolers
2014-2015 School Year
Tuesdays 10:10-1:30
First Evangelical Free Church, Manchester, MO
Mrs. Kacey Marner
The Chemistry course is designed for homeschool high school students. The class will meet 3 hours a week for 16 weeks per semester. The first two hours of the course will focus on the content of Chemistry. This will consist of answering questions from the homework the previous week, a quiz, and teaching of new material through lecture and examples. Most weeks the last hour will consist of a lab where the students will have the opportunity to experience Chemistry first hand. The class includes over 25 labs as well as notes, grades, test, quizzes, labs, homework, and the text. Please email for more information. The start date is August 26th and the registration deadline for the course is June 30th.

Head To Tail Pet Supplies (1692 Gravois Road, High Ridge) is starting a program called Future Business Owners of Jefferson County. It will give kids a chance to learn how to run a business. They offer a space for them to sell their products on the patio certain days. They already have child that will be selling handmade bracelets and she is donating some of the money to a charity. They’re mentoring her and helping her advertise and get more people to look at her products. It would be nice for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Athletic Groups, Church Groups or a fundraiser. If interested, please have them contact Cathi. Branham

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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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