Homeschool Events List for August 23, 2014

Blue Knights Basketball
Just So Stories?
Guitar Class
The Edison Project
Art Break Day
Library Homeschool Programs
Monarch Mysteries
Gymnastics Day
Wolf Fest 2014
MHM Exhibit
Private Music Lessons
Free Country Books

St. Louis Christian Home School Blue Knights Basketball
In 2014-2015, we are expecting more growth including the possibility of adding our first ever Lady Knights teams for girls 8-14. Below you will find important information as we kick off the 2014-2015 season. For more information please contact Dona Funke at
Aug 26- Informational Meeting for New or Prospective Families – This meeting is for new families interested in playing with the Knights this season. At this meeting you will meet the leadership team of the Knights, hear details about the upcoming season (costs, schedule, etc.) and have an opportunity to ask questions. The meeting will take place at 2Rivers Church (88 Hubble Dr in O’Fallon, MO 63368) at 7 pm.
Sept 2- Try-outs / Practices begin (Try-outs for 14U-18U only) (schedule below)
Sept 4- 10U–12U Boys and Lady Knights Fall Session Deadline – This fall the 10-12U boys and Lady Knights teams will play in the West County Basketball Association Fall Developmental League. Games will be played on Saturdays at Barat Academy in Chesterfield beginning mid-September. Practices will take place in O’Fallon, MO. The cost for the fall session will be $75 per player. Cost includes 8-10 games, practices, and insurance. The fall session runs from September – November. The winter session runs from December – March.
Sept 16- 2014-2015 Season Parent Meeting – This meeting will take place at Community Christian Church (623 Meramec Station Road in Manchester, MO 63021) at 7 pm.
BOYS’ TEAMS (gym addresses below)
18U Try-outs (ages 16-18)
9/2…CCC…7-9:30 pm
9/4…Progress South Elementary…6:30-8:30 pm
9/8…Fort Zumwalt North Middle School…5:30-7:30 pm
9/9…CCC…7-9:30 pm
16U Try-outs (ages 14-16)
9/2…CCC…5-7 pm
9/9…CCC…5-7 pm
9/11…Progress South Elementary…6:30-8:30 pm
14U Try-outs (ages 12-14)
9/2…Prairie View Elementary…7:30 – 9 pm
9/8…Wentzville South Middle…6:30-9 pm
9/9…Prairie View Elementary…7:30 – 9 pm
12U Practices (ages 11-12)
9/2…Pheasant Point Elementary…5:30-7 pm
9/9…Pheasant Point Elementary…5:30-7 pm
10U Practices (ages 8-10)
9/2…Pheasant Point Elementary…6:45-8:15 pm
9/9…Pheasant Point Elementary…6:45-8:15 pm
Practices will be announced once we are able to determine if enough girls are interested to field a 10U, 12U and/or 14U team(s). Practices will be once a week in O’Fallon, MO. The fall session runs from September – November with games on Saturdays in Chesterfield Valley. The winter session runs from December – March with games on Fridays and Saturdays throughout St. Charles County. Families are welcome to participate in the fall session, winter session, or both. Money will not be due at registration until it is confirmed there are enough girls to field a team.
CCC – Community Christian Church…623 Meramec Station Rd. in Manchester 63021
Progress South Elementary – 201 Knaust Rd. in St. Peters 63376
Fort Zumwalt North Middle School – 210 Virgil St in St. Peters 63376
Prairie View Elementary – 1550 Feise Rd in O’Fallon 63368
Wentzville South Middle School – 561 E Hwy N in Wentzville 63385
Pheasant Point Elementary – 3450 Pheasant Meadow in O’Fallon 63368

Just So Stories? Or Just So?
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
(Ages 4-8 years) Why does the opossum play dead? Is the coyote really a crafty, sneaky animal? Myths have been told over the centuries to explain oddities about animals. Come hear some Native American folklore stories told, and to hear the truth behind the myth. (Reservations begin August 27 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Introduction to Guitar Class
10 week class geared for ages 12 and up.
Parents welcome to attend with child at half price.
Optional: Written report for home-school portfolio and/or Grade given for transcript.
Cost: $100 for 10 week semester. [Must provide own guitar, tuner & copy of Essential Elements for Guitar with Cd or Audiofiles.]
Times: Weekly September 9th — November 18th (No class week of 10/13).
Number of Students per class: Minimum: 4 Maximum 8
Goal of Course:
Learn how to hold and tune guitar.
Learn notes in first position.
Learn basic chords and chordal accompaniment.
Learn basic note reading and theory.
For more information, contact
Julia Proleiko   (314) 750-0961

The Edison Project at Quick Study Labs
New Classes Start September 1st
Electronics for Homeschool kids age eight to adult.  This program is simple, safe, educational, and so much fun the only problem you will have is getting your kids to stop in time for math class.  Don’t worry about that however; there is plenty of math, science, history, and physics included at those teachable moments.
The Edison Project is designed for kids who possess the Edison Trait, but the short concise lessons are great for all learners.  The program inspires kids to build, invent, and learn by doing.  Lab equipment is required and is available from many online sources.
Hands-on science is so much fun!
The equipment is safe for students “Age 8 to 108” so the entire family can get involved or the kids can do it safely by themselves.
New students are accepted into Edison Project only four times a year.  The next group will start soon.  See the website for start dates!  If you have a budding scientist in your home, he or she will love this class!
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Friday, September 5; 10am-3pm
Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Center, Saint Charles, Missouri 63301
Presented by Art is Moving, Art Break Day is a global art event where the public is provided the opportunity and space to create art for free. From 10:00am – 3:00pm at the Foundry Art Centre, come inside to make your own original artwork; all supplies will be provided for you and you will have free access to paint brushes, paper, pencils, paints, and crayons. Everyone is welcome to have a seat and make art for free. No prior art-making experience is necessary to attend the event.

New Library Homeschool Programs
Arnold Branch, 1701 Missouri State Rd., Arnold, MO 63010
Phone: (636) 296-2204
>Thursday, September 11 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
World War I: An Eyewitness Program
Learn about World War I through activities.
For ages 5-14 years! Sign-up required!
>Thursday, October 23 @ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Endangered Animals: An Eyewitness Program
Learn about various endangered animals.
For ages 5-14 years! Sign-up required!
>Monday, November 10 @ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Great Musicians: An Eyewitness Program
Learn about musicians and their music.
For ages 5-14 years! Sign-up required!
>Wednesday, December 3 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Castles: An Eyewitness Program
Learn about castles through activities.
For ages 5-14 years! Sign-up required!
>Show Me Readers Club
Thursdays @ 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Join us as we read the ten 2014-2015 Show Me Readers Award nominee books and complete related activities. Those that attend at least six meetings will be able to attend the Voting Party on December 18.
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, October 2, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13, November 20, December 4, December 11, and December 18
For ages 5-12 years! Sign-up required!

Monarch Mysteries
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
(Ages 4 and up) The familiar black and orange monarch butterfly is actually very mysterious. What is the one and only plant the caterpillars will eat? How do both the caterpillars and the butterflies tell birds not to eat them? What other kind of butterfly cashes in on the strategy? Where do monarch butterflies go for the winter? We’ll learn about monarchs and celebrate their mysteries with stories, games and crafts. Siblings are welcome. (Reservations begin September 2 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Gymnastics Day for Homeschoolers
Calling all homeschoolers
Join us for a fun filled class at Kids World Gymnastics
Friday September 26, 2014
2:00pm – 4:00pm
$15 for first child, $10 for second child
Register by September 16, 2014
For more information or to register call Kids World Gymnastics at (314)838-JUMP or email

Wolf Fest 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Endangered Wolf Center – Eureka, Mo.
Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.
Cost: $25 per carload
Exhibits ~ Food ~ Games ~ Gift Shop ~ Silent Auction ~ Kids Area ~ Bounce House ~ Wildlife Animal Presentation ~ Climbing Wall ~ Music by Two Brown Dogs
No pets allowed – Event held rain or shine
Wolf Fest will be held at the Endangered Wolf Center, which is located on the grounds of Washington University’s Tyson Research Center, 6750 Tyson Valley Road, Eureka, Mo., 63025. The Center is off Interstate 44’s Exit 269 (Beaumont-Antire Road Exit) on the north side of the highway.
For information and news updates on Wolf Fest call 636-938-5900, visit our website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Louisiana Purchase: Making St. Louis, Remaking America
October 25, 2014 – April 19, 2015
Cost: Free
Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri
In 1803, the United States agreed to pay France $15 million for the Louisiana Territory—828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. The United States doubled its size, expanding the nation westward. Beyond the geographic expansion, The Louisiana Purchase remade St. Louis into an American city—and reshaped and redefined what it meant to be an American. Featuring loans from the National Archives and documents and artifacts from the Missouri History Museum’s collections, the exhibition will explore the complex negotiations related to The Louisiana Purchase and its aftereffect on St. Louis. A highlight of the exhibition is the Treaty of Cession (in French), better known as The Louisiana Purchase Treaty. The Treaty was first drafted in French and then translated into English, so it can be said that the French text is the “original original.”
Organized by the Missouri History Museum in partnership with the National Archives.

Guitar – Piano – Bass – Music Theory
Experienced and classically trained, Exceptional Christian Musician and instructor for any age level and level of ability. Wide variety of styles taught including:
Traditional Worship
Contemporary Worship
MIDI Programming and Sequencing
We are currently offering two locations: Ladue and South County
Contact: TIM POWER (314) 537-0897,

Free Bold Believers Country Books
Dear Home Educator,
The Voice of the Martyrs has been providing unique, age appropriate Christian resources for homeschoolers and Christian school teachers since 1996.
VOM offers Kids of Courage resources for children ages 5 to 12. Our 50-plus-page Bold Believers country books, each featuring one country or topic,* are available for free download at The books provide material for geography, missions, social studies, and current events curriculums. Parents, teachers, and children enjoy our blog featuring Christians around the world, school report ideas, crafts, and activities.
Additional popular resources for children are our Torchhlighters DVDs (in English and Spanish) about Christian heroes of the past, hardcover picture books for younger children, and a VBS curriculum easily adaptable for homeschool groups and co-ops. Resources for youth are also available at Online classes at for adults and youth offer persecution studies that provide students “an innovative way to become informed and involved in ministry to the persecuted church.”
For further information and information about additional resources, please check our websites.
Thank you,
The Voice of the Martyrs/Kids of Courage
*China, India, Colombia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Burma, Bangladesh, Uygurs, Khmu, Hmong, Chiapas, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gaza and the West Bank, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Algeria and Tunisia, Islam.

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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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