Homeschool Events List for August 20, 2014

Home Educators Seminar
Beta Testing
Jubilation Chorale
Free Guitar Classes
Barron Gymnastics
Magic House
Music Lessons

Free New Home Educators Seminar and High School Helps Seminar
Saturday, August 23rd, SHARE will be hosting back-to-back homeschool seminars. The free seminars will be held at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 7717 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves MO 63119.
See all the details below about our New Home Educators Seminar (for pre-school–7th grade) from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, and our High School Helps Seminar (for 7th – 12th grade) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Parents of jr. high students are welcome to attend both seminars, but those jr. high families that have been homeschooling for a few years will probably find the morning session unnecessary. The afternoon session would be a good fit for both newbies and veterans with jr. high students. Remember – it is wise to start planning for the high school years BEFORE they arrive!
Both seminars are free but registration is required. We need to know how many are attending so that we can prepare enough handouts and decide what rooms to use. To register, go to Click on the “Sign-up” link under the Upcoming Events box (right side) and an online registration form will appear. Register all who will be coming and be sure to indicate which session(s) you are attending. Please write any questions you have in the appropriate box. It is very helpful to get your questions ahead of time!
Sorry – there is no childcare for this event but nursing babies are allowed, of course. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch or snacks to eat in the basement Fellowship Hall, or stop by one of the area restaurants (There are quite a few in the neighborhood). We will provide soda and juice and there is a water cooler with cups.
Got questions?
Contact Cathy Mullins at
Attend one or both of these free seminars on Saturday, August 23, 2014
Location: Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church, 7717 Big Bend Blvd, Webster Groves MO 63119
For those with students from preschool to jr. high
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Q & A period from 12:00 noon –1:00 pm
Topics to be covered:
– Common Homeschooling Myths
– Teaching Styles/Learning Styles
– Missouri Homeschool Law
– Record Keeping
– Curriculum Choices
– Special Needs
– Helpful Tips
For those with students in jr. high or high school
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Q & A period from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Topics to be covered:
– Planning Courses and Curriculum
– High School Record Keeping
– ACT and SAT Tests
– AP, CLEP, and SAT Subject Tests
– Making a Transcript & Resume
– Dual Enrollment, Learning Centers, Co-ops, etc.
– College Applications
– Post -Secondary Options

Students – Beta Testing
Ever dreamed of making an animated movie!
A research team at Washington University in St. Louis is creating a new programming environment that enables users to create their own animated movie. With the help of the Academy of Science of St. Louis, they are looking for young people ages 10-15 to come and try out the software.
During the study, participants will make their own short animated movie.
~The study takes about 90 minutes and will occur on the Washington University campus.
~Participants will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.
There are a limited number of seats available for this event.
To fairly accommodate as many kids as possible, please register in the event lottery for a seat.
Please complete the lottery registration form located HERE by Monday, August 25, 2014 to have a chance to participate.
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00am-11:30am
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10:00am-11:30am
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Monday, September 1, 2014, 10:00am-11:30am
Monday, September 1, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00am-11:30am
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Sunday, September 7, 2014, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30p
For more information, please contact Michelle Ichinco at

Jubilation Chorale
South County’s Home School Choir JUNIOR HIGH/HIGH SCHOOL
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Place: Canaan Baptist Church Choir room (5409 Baumgartner Rd 63129)
Age: 12 yrs (by 9/1) through 18 — grades 7-12
Cost: $20 per month for the first child $35 per month for 2 or more children
Contact: Mrs. Scheidhauer at 314-293-8112 or
The choir will focus on music literacy, practicing good vocal production, singing 4 part harmony, sight-singing and performance etiquette. Although most of the class will be participation in the choral ensemble, it may also include written assignments and both singing and written tests. No audition is necessary for participation in this class but a vocal evaluation will be done to determine the ability level of the students and individual placement within the group. Literature will include a variety of musical styles and time periods. The choir will have the opportunity to perform several times each semester.

Free Guitar Classes
Please contact Don or Sharon for details when you sign up for class.
We meet Thursday nights at Twin Rivers Worship Center, 10575 Tesson Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
Classes begin September 11, 2014 in rooms 204 and rooms 205, Classes will end in May 2015,Classes are dismissed Thanksgiving through December 31st.
Classes offered:
~Joyful Noise (a beginners note class) This class will begin 9-11-2014 and meets from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
This is a note class for beginner students-children and adults. Students will learn to read notes and will be introduced to some theory.
Purchase book: Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method Complete Book with CD
Bring a music stand
Extra set of strings and picks
An electronic guitar tuner
3 ring binder and pencil
~Joyful Strings (a beginner’s chords class) This class will begin 9-11-2014 and meets from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
This class is for individuals who would like to play the guitar using chords. (Students are not required to read notes)
Purchase Book:   Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method Complete Book with CD
Bring music stand
Extra set of strings and picks
An electronic guitar tuner
3 ring binder and pencil to class
Please contact Don or Sharon for details when you sign up for class.
Contact information: Don or Sharon Cummins call 314-353-1420 after 5:30 pm – you may leave your name and number for a return call if no answer.

The nice folks at Barron Gymnastics have once again graciously opened their doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym, with a reduced rate for homeschoolers.
When?   3rd Monday of every month
September 15
October 20
November 17
(No December event)
January 19
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 18
Where?   Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO 63129
Time?     10:45 am. – 12:00 p .m. (1 hour and 15 minutes)
Cost?     1st child = $10.00         Each additional family member = $7.00
>1.25 hours of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
>Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30’ Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Tramps, 18’ Rope Climb.
>Includes the Giant Adventure Island Inflatable!
>Homeschool Day is for children 14 months up to 22 years of age.
>A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade.
Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk.
Adults are not allowed on equipment.
>Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
>All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
Registration available Online ( or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
Here’s what else you need to know:
>Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen.
>They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
>Refunds only given for illness and Barron’s must be notified before the event begins.
>If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
>>>Note: This is not to be confused with the Homeschool Program at Barron’s Gym.

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
First visit is October 6, 2014; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price will only be $3.00 per person again (ages 12 months and older)
Dear Homeschoolers,
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year. We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”. Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House. It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families. You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees. My goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
*Price: $3.00 per person (adults included)
*Children under the age of 1 are free.
*You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
*Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following: Cash, Check, Credit Card, Debit Card
*Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
* THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS…SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!   Please feel free to copy this and forward to them. It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
*We have 4 Magic House dates. There is no September or December event.
*Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
*Mark your calendar for these future dates:
November 3, 2014
January 5, 2014
February 2, 2014
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at
Special Exhibit from October 4 – February 1: Magic Tree House
Climb the ladder to adventure with the latest traveling exhibit Magic Tree House™. Based on the best-selling children’s book series written by Mary Pope Osborne and published by Random House, this novel exhibit allows visitors to branch out through history via a magical, time-traveling tree house. Join Jack and Annie, two ordinary siblings from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, as they are whisked away in time to experience three important periods in American history including a visit to Plymouth Bay at the time of the first Thanksgiving, a trip to a field hospital to help Clara Barton during the time of the Civil War, and a visit to a one-room school house to experience life as a pioneer. October 4, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Children choose their own adventure by selecting from three passageways inside the tree house, each leading them on an exciting, historical journey back in time. Let the adventure begin!
The Magic Tree House Exhibit was made possible by the generous support of the Crawford Taylor Foundation.

Yamaha Group Music Lessons
Yamaha has been the top in music education around the world for decades.
Now it has come to the St. Louis area.
The classes are 1 hour classes 1 time a week with small groups of 10 or less students. Everyone has some level of music in them, it’s just a matter of learning how to get it out. This curriculum is unique in that small groups are taught together and as they learn they each bring something to the group. Let’s face it, music is mostly a group effort from Jazz to orchestra and from choir to pop singers, they all are more than one musician working together. is an informational website from Yamaha.
Parents and students alike have voiced surprise and satisfaction in learning in the group atmosphere. It’s not as intimidating as a one-on-one lesson; the students feel they need to keep up with practice to be sure they are moving with the class; parents love the free lesson they learn by sitting in the class and eventually start into an adult class.
Students’ grades, study habits, and focus tend to become much better in their regular school subjects.
Be sure to get signed up for the new 50 min classes at either of the Piano Distributors Locations.
15464 Olive Blvd Chesterfield, Mo 63017 636-532-1881
455 Salem Place Fairview Heights, Il 62208 618-624-7272

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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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