Homeschool Events List for September 28, 2014

Autism Initiative
Magic House
Dittmer ArtBarn
National Churchill Museum
Educator Appreciation Weekend
Reading wRiting & Ravioli Program
Homeschool Classes
STL Landmarks Series: Public Library
Christian Government Seminar
Kid Power
St. Louis Home School Craft Fair
Formal Winter Dance
STL Landmarks Series: Jewel Box
Cinema St Louis
Teen Talent Competition
Holiday Bazaar
Penguin Ski Club

Agape Kids Homeschool Autism Initiative
This program combines a parent support group and two children’s social skills groups. The parent group, which meets on the first Monday of the month, provides education about autism (including symptoms, diagnosis, behaviors, and treatment), resources available in the community, how to access these resources, ideas for parenting, and a forum in which parents can offer knowledge and support to each other.
Parents whose children are not in the social skills groups are eligible to attend.
The weekly children’s social skills groups, ages 6-10 and 11-15, provide a setting for learning and practicing fundamental social skills, including: conversation skills, emotional regulation, understanding others, and building confidence. We foresee children establishing meaningful, ongoing friendships through these groups. The groups utilize Super Skills, a social skills program for children with autism and related challenges. We will modify this program as needed to address the needs of lower-functioning autistic children. These groups include home educated children not on the spectrum. They will also benefit from learning social skills and establishing friendships.
Groups meet Mondays from 3:00-4:00 at Agape’s West County location in Kirkwood. Fall groups begin September 15, spring groups begin January 12. Registration will re-open at the beginning of each semester. Children can join groups at any time if the group is not full. The parents group meets monthly at the same time and location as the children’s groups.
Parents whose children are not in a social skills group can attend the parenting group.
The cost is $20 per group, often covered by insurance, and a $50 materials fee per semester. The parent support group is free.
Call Carolyn Knarr, Director of Children’s Therapeutic Services, for more information or to enroll. 314-556-1427.

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

Classes are starting again! This time, just in time for the holidays we are offering some very special discounts!
Enroll one family member or friend, get the second seat in the class for 50% discount.
Enroll for a second consecutive session and get a 50% discount. Special for Homeschoolers –  with the 48 contact hours from the two sessions, you’ll have enough hours for a whole semester’s work!
Either of these choices are over $92.00 savings!
And yes, a Pay-as-you-go option is available, please contact Kim Wilson for details. This means for around $20.00 a class!
Next classes are:
Digital Alchemy: Create Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop
Sculpt-ology: Paperclay Sculpting
Mark Making: Art Explorations in Multiple Materials
Mark Making for the Younger Set: Art Explorations in Multiple Materials
For more details, please go to the website and check out the Classes, Workshops, Privates and Open Studio times.
I don’t have these discounts listed as a choice on the website through PayPal, so you’ll have to contact me directly.
And don’t forget First Fridays, the first of every month! They’re fun and FREE!
Kim Wilson
Dittmer ArtBarn Studio Classes
6420 Castle Rock Ln, Dittmer, MO 63023

National Churchill Museum
501 Westminster Ave, Fulton, Missouri 65251-1299
Homeschool Day, October 8, 2014, 9am-4pm
Attend a day focused on the flexibility and learning styles of homeschoolers. The Museum will feature different learning activities geared towards specific age groups (PreK-High School).
It’s an informal environment that encourages family-style learning!
Each of the activities will take place at certain times throughout the day.
Check out our website to see what’s happening!
Families interested in participating are kindly requested to register at
(Advanced registration allows us to make sure we have enough materials.)
Contact the Education & Public Programs Coordinator for more information.

Educator Appreciation Weekend
Half-Price Books, 1664 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
Teachers and librarians save 20% on everything in store during Educator Appreciation Weekend Thursday, October 9 through Monday, October 13 at all Half Price Books locations. While you’re in the store, renew your Educator Discount Card and continue to save 10% all year round. No matter what you buy – stocking up for your classroom or getting something for yourself – you’ll save on your entire purchase. If you don’t have an Educator Discount Card, apply for one today in store or at! It’s simple to apply and easy to save. And remember, your P.O. money goes twice as far at Half Price Books, where almost everything is half price or less every day. Learn more about our Educator Discount program.

Reading wRiting & Ravioli Program
Students (K-8th) = Free Meals
Teachers = 50% Off Meals
The Reading wRiting Ravioli Program was created to improve the reading skills of grade school students and provide another tool for teachers to ensure the success of our children. The Pasta House Co. developed this program in 1989 and has more than 450 schools and more than 3500 teachers participating in the St. Louis area. To receive additional information on how students can receive monthly award certificates for FREE food to The Pasta House Co., teachers can contact us at (314) 535-6644 OR email to register their school.

Homeschool Classes
Olympiad Gymnastics offers 50 minute classes once a week for home school groups.
Wednesdays from 2:15pm– 3:05pm
Early Bird Discount;
First child: $110 for 9 week session
Second child: (20% discount) $96 for 9 week session
For more information please call (636)-227-7460 or email
312 Sovereign Ct. Manchester, MO 63011

STL Landmarks Series! St. Louis Public Library: Central Library
Enjoy free chamber performances by musicians of the St. Louis Symphony in some of St. Louis’ most treasured places—a perfect way to celebrate ST. Louis’ 250th birthday!
All concerts are about an hour long and are free and open to the public. Seating is limited at some venues—please call for reservations if noted. Where no reservation number is indicated, seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:00 PM
More Info
Free chamber concert featuring oboe quartets by Mozart and Britten, plus Mozart’s Flute Quartet.
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
STL Landmarks Series presented by Brown Shoe Company

Christian Government Seminar
There will be a free Christian government seminar to help you understand your government, where you fit in, and how to make a difference. Micah Pearce, a former homeschool student from Wisconsin, will be the speaker. This seminar is geared towards students age 13 on through high school, and parents are more than welcome to attend. All are welcome.
When: Thursday, October 16th at 6:30 pm. at the Pillar Foundation building, 15820 Clayton Road, in Ellisville.
Topics covered include:
The political process and how the three branches work together.
How Christians should relate to, and understand with their government. Whether or not Christian’s should be involved.
How governments differ from each other. And how different governments affect their people.
The Founding Fathers perspective on government, people, and God.
What a principled representative looks like and what they can accomplish.
How you can support candidates who share your values.
How you can communicate with officials already in office, and keep them accountable.
The need to instill Christian values on the cultural level.
I rap it all up with how powerful young people are by virtue of the fact that it’s so uncommon for a young person to stand up and speak passionately and articulately.
Feel free to e-mail Micah at or call him at (920) 207-4387

Kid Power
Ages 7-18
Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30pm
October 21-November 25
January 6-February 10
Progress Park Gymnasium, 968 Meyer Rd, Wentzville MO
Be prepared for one full hour of power-packed exercise, games and fun! Participants will work to strengthen their muscles and cardiovascular system. You will have so much fun you won’t want the class to end. Please make sure you are in exercise-ready clothes and tennis shoes for each class.
Fees: $35 residents; $40 Non-Residents
For more information or to register contact Wentzville Parks & Recreation at Progress Park at 636-332-9236

St. Louis Home School Craft Fair
Saturday, Nov 8, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Come see fantastic gift ideas for the Holidays and a wide variety of quality made items.
Location of Craft Fair:
First Baptist Church in Ellisville, 137 Clarkson Road, Ellisville , MO 63011
Visit for more information and directions.
Now taking registrations for tables. Registration forms can be found at:
Or contact Aleea at 636-399-6427 and she will be more than happy to send you a form.

Homeschooler Link in conjunction with HELPS invites you to attend a Formal winter dance.
November 14, 2014; 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 907 Jungermann Rd, St. Peters, MO 63376
Cost: $15 per person
This dance is open to those in 9th through 12th who are homeschooled. Each attendee may bring one guest who is not homeschooled. Light refreshments and dessert will be served.
Dress code is as follows:
Girls: nothing too short or too revealing
Boys: shirt, tie and dress pants required.
Reservations and payment can be made on-line at
Deadline to register is November 1st
Questions, contact Andrea at

STL Landmarks Series: Jewel Box
Enjoy free chamber performances by musicians of the St. Louis Symphony in some of St. Louis’ most treasured places—a perfect way to celebrate ST. Louis’ 250th birthday!
All concerts are about an hour long and are free and open to the public. Seating is limited at some venues—please call for reservations if noted. Where no reservation number is indicated, seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.
Friday, November 07, 2014 7:00 PM
More Info
Free chamber concert featuring harp, horn, and more.
Jewel Box
5600 Clayton Ave
St Louis, MO 63110
STL Landmarks Series presented by Brown Shoe Company

Cinema St. Louis
We would like to invite you and your students to experience the art of cinema and all it can offer in the way of educational and creative development. Cinema St. Louis is offering  Free Screenings during the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival as part of our  Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students Program. The screenings occur from Nov. 17-21, 2014. Full synopses of the films, including targeted grades, can be found in our attachment.
Young people today are assaulted with media images, and finding value among them is often difficult. Our goal is to present young people with positive images that challenge stereotypes, inspire critical thinking, and promote understanding and tolerance. The Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students Program (CFS) does this by presenting a diverse selection of films for grades 2-12. At several screenings, classes will have the chance to meet and talk with filmmakers. The selected films can supplement courses in many areas, including social studies, history, communication arts, sciences, literature, music, and visual/performing arts. This year, we’re offering a selection of movie adaptations of classic and popular works of fiction.
There will be 14 screenings from  Nov. 17-21, beginning at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., or noon,  at the  St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library (in downtown St. Louis City),   COCA (in University City),  Plaza Frontenac Cinema (Frontenac),  or Tivoli Theatre (University City).
If you have any questions about the educational programming or the festival in general, please do not hesitate to contact me, Tommy Callahan; I am the school-outreach coordinator of the Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students programming. I can be reached at 314-656-6175 or You may also call Cinema St. Louis operation supervisor Brian Spath at 314-289-4153 or e-mail him at Brian will help coordinate reservations.

2015 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
The past four years, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) has produced the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition and in 2015 we will be celebrating our fifth year! It is a bi-state performing arts competition for high school students who attend a high school or homeschool with in a 50 mile radius of the Gateway Arch. Students will have the chance to win scholarships, special awards and prizes and the Finals take place at the Fabulous Fox Theatre! We except a variety of acts including, but not limited to, actors, singers, musicians, rappers, ventriloquists, dancers and circus skills.
If you would like more information about FPACF please visit our website at
I appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you.
Erica Rogers, Program Assistant
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation
462 North Taylor, Suite 203
St. Louis, MO 63108

Homeschool Holiday Bazaar
Homeschool family vendor/craft show is scheduled for Saturday, November 22 from 8-12 at the Family Vision Library conference room! 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
All vendors will be homeschoolers selling either direct sales or hand crafted items. Only 1 vendor per company and 2 per industry, so there should be a great selection for completing those holiday gift lists.

Penguin Ski Club
It’s an unbelievable price and makes a fantastic Christmas gift.
For $119 each person receives a lift ticket and an individual pass that they will keep with them. This pass is flexible allowing you to vary your choice of day from week to week (Mon-Thurs). It must be presented at the ticket window with each visit to Hidden Valley so a current lift ticket can be issued to the pass holder.
There is also a Friday option. If you would like to ski on Fridays only, you can buy a Friday pass for $149. Friday is a high demand day, but still less busy than weekends. The same person cannot buy both a Mon-Thurs pass and a Friday pass.
For an additional onetime fee of $10 per pass, ski or snowboard rental will be included with each visit (once a week Mon-Thurs).
Joining the Penguins club is still less expensive than skiing twice without a pass.   This is a fundraiser for the students of SHARE and the Homelink Learning Center. Anybody can join, including your friends, neighbors and family who aren’t homeschooling.
The deadline to join is December 1st at midnight. Hidden Valley makes no exceptions to the deadline.
To join the Penguin Ski Club, visit Click “Plan and Buy” along the top. Click School programs, then under HV Ski and Ride Club click Learn More, and then click the box to buy now. Our user name for the club is “Penguins” with a capital P. Our password is “homeski” with a lower case h. You are now in our club site.
Next you will click the blue “go shopping.” At the top left there is a box of categories where you click 14/15 ski passes. Select the pass you would like. Most people want the Mon-Thurs option for $119. An alternative is to select the Friday only option for $149 and add it to the cart and check out. Only one deal per person. Don’t forget to add ski rental. (There is sales tax.)
During check out you will assign a guest for the pass. If you were a member last year, type in the name of each person one at a time and see if it is still in the system. If not, you may need to create a new guest. New members do this by typing in the name, address and birthday, etc.
Once you find the guest, or create a new one, you select the guest and enter his or her birthday. Check out is like most other things on line. You enter your billing name and address and make payment via Visa, Master Card or Discover.
To learn more about Hidden Valley, you may visit the website at If you still have questions, please email me at or call 314-607-8023.

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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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