Homeschool Events List for October 8, 2014

Old Settlers’ Days
City Museum Homeschool Hangouts
Heavens, What a Mess
Story Time
Grafton Rendezvous
Global Change in 1904
Pumpkin Drop
MHM Homeschool Day
First Freedom Essay Contest
The Big Muddy
JA BizTown Homeschool Visit Day

Old Settlers’ Days
October 11 & 12, 2014; 10:00am to 5:00pm
Kampsville Riverfront, Water Street, Kampsville, IL 62053
Old Settlers’ Days depicts the life and times of the early settlers in Calhoun County. Old time crafts, mountain-man encampment, children’s activities, great entertainment and lots of good food highlight this entertaining event. For more information, call (618) 465-2114.

Homeschool Hangouts
City Museum, 750 North 16th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103
Homeschool groups, we’ve got a special deal for you!
On Wednesdays and Thursdays in October, City Museum welcomes homeschoolers with a special rate and activity just for you! Reserved groups will receive admission for $8.00 plus tax per person with NO MINIMUM NUMBER required! What’s more, if you can provide us with a copy of your group’s tax exemption letter when making the reservation, we’ll reduce the rate to just $6.00 per person.
Once you’re here for your homeschool visit, meet us at the front desk (by the giant rock) at 10:30 AM for a 30-45 minute docent lead tour of City Museum. After your tour, go play on your own, or bring a sack lunch to Architectural Hall, introduce yourself and ‘hang out’ with the other homeschool groups visiting that day. Please call our groups office at 314-231-2489, ext 601 to make your reservation.

Heavens, What a Mess!
How to Deal with the Problem of Space Debris
Wednesday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110
Featured Speaker: William Schonberg, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, F. ASME, Assoc F. AIAA, Department Chair, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome! Check with your teacher, you may be able to attend for extra credit! Proof of attendance available following the presentation.
Where does space debris come from? How much space junk is really out there? What happens when a spacecraft is hit by a piece of space junk? Get the answers to these and all your questions about space junk in this fascinating, out-of-this-world talk on our messy heavens.

Story Time
October 17 @ 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Join us for a story time! Best suited for ages eight and under—parents and older siblings welcome. Sign up today!
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

Grafton Rendezvous
October 18 & 19, 2014; 10:00am to 4:00pm
Grafton Riverfront, Front Street, Grafton, IL 62037
Join us for the return of the Grafton Rendezvous on the banks of the Illinois River. See pre-1840 history come to life with period dress and demonstrations of archery, tomahawk and knife throwing and traders selling items of the period.

Global Change in 1904
Electrification and the Dawn of the Anthropocene
Tuesday, October 21 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.
Featured Speaker: Jack Fishman, Ph.D., Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Director, Center for Environmental Sciences, Saint Louis University
Dr. Jack Fishman, Saint Louis University, describes how the planet has changed since the time of the World’s Fair and the dawn of the Anthropocene.

Saturday October 25; 8am-6pm
St. Charles County Smartt Field (KSET), 6390 Grafton Ferry Rd, Portage Des Sioux, MO 63373
6th Annual Pumpkin Drop and Open House presented by St. Charles Flying Service Inc.
Airplane Rides, Flight Simulators & Bounce House.
Make reservations to fly on Pumpkin Drop day!
Once in a lifetime experience….Buy a ride on the B-25 LHFE Flights (Living History Flight Experience)
Whether you are signing up for your own mission or giving one as a gift, the Missouri Wing is excited to have you come along. For Info Call Bob Moore: 314.486.1205
Pumpkin Drop Competition 9am-6pm
Preflight Competition Noon-2pm
Free Coffee and Donuts 8am-11am
EAA Sponsored BBQ Noon-5pm

October 27, 2014: Registration will open one week prior to the start of the event.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
Making St. Louis an American City: The Louisiana Purchase
All activities will be available from 10am to 2pm, and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like. Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP by registering at Advance registrations allow us to make sure we have enough activity materials for everyone.
We communicate information about these programs exclusively via email. Please sign up for our eNewsletter at to make sure you stay in the loop!

First Freedom Essay Contest
The First Freedom Student Competition is a first-semester national essay and video contest. It offers high-school students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation. The competition is open to students in the United States and U.S. territories, and to American schools and American home-schooled students worldwide. We invite 9th — 12th grade students at all levels of academic placement to participate.
The right to religious freedom is set forth in constitutional and international human-rights law. Today’s youth play an important role in upholding and strengthening this liberty; therefore, the First Freedom Student Competition has been developed to:
-Help high-school students better understand religious freedom — its history and current significance;
-Encourage high-school students to explore their individual and civic rights to and responsibilities for religious freedom;
-Engage high-school teachers and students in the study of American history and the First Amendment; and
-Challenge high-school students to strengthen their analytic writing and media skills.
The online student registration deadline is Monday, November 17, 2014. The postmark deadline for mailing the entry and its accompanying materials is the following Monday, November 24, 2014. Click here for more details:

The Big Muddy
An Ecological History of the Missouri River and 21st Century Challenges
Tuesday, December 9 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.
Featured Speaker: David L. Galat, Ph.D., Cooperative Associate Professor, retired, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri; Science Advisor, Great Rivers Partnership, The Nature Conservancy
In this fascinating and important talk on the Missouri River, its geology, ecological history and development—from Lewis and Clark, the steamboat era, and dam building, to the great flood of 1993 and today, Dr. Galat talks about current restoration programs and the 21st century challenges we face in protecting The Big Muddy, our nation’s longest river.

TeenPact Leadership Schools
A great hands-on supplement to your government/civics courses. 4 Day Class for ages 13-19 and 1 Day Class for 8-12 year olds, at your state capitol. The MO class is March 2-6, 2015. There is homework involved beforehand, check it out at Registration for MO & IL classes have begun and if you’d like to get in on a group discount see the information below:
What is TeenPact?
What is TeenPact?TeenPact is a dynamic, hands-on leadership school for Christian students. Our mission is to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things.
The TeenPact experience is one of intentional growth, education and encouragement. We believe that God gives every young person a great spiritual capacity as well as a scriptural mandate to cultivate and use their talents – even before they are old enough to drive, work or vote! TeenPact trains these young people to embrace their call as the next generation of leaders by giving them tools, teaching and opportunities.
Each TeenPact program is marked by spiritual discipleship, student leadership, parental involvement and a commitment to excellence. Our loyal base of parent volunteers and student leaders keep the vision alive and growing as we continue to expand nationally. Founded in 1994 by Tim Echols, TeenPact currently offers classes in 39 states and counting.
“Changing lives to change the world” is more than a motto to us. It’s literally what we do every day.
Registration for MO classes have begun and if you’d like to get in on a group discount contact:
Laurel Morton

2015 JA BizTown Homeschool Visit Day
Junior Achievement JA BizTown Homeschool Visit Day is March 17, 2015.
Please Note: If you are unable to register, it probably means that the event is full. If you’d like to be added to the waitlist, please send an e-mail to Nancy Armstrong
Parent Curriculum Pickup Date is February 3, 2015 at 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Register Online
BizTown Program Overview
JA BizTown encompasses financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship curriculum, providing students in grades four through six with a solid foundation of business, economics, and free enterprise education. Furthermore, the program content augments students’ core curriculum in social studies (e.g. citizenship, government), reading, writing, and mathematics. The JA BizTown experience augments students’ classroom curriculum. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills to learn about key economic concepts as they explore and enhance their understanding of free enterprise.
Through daily lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in a simulated community designed to support differentiated learning styles, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a local economy. JA BizTown helps prepare students for a lifetime of learning and academic achievement.
JA BizTown Goals
JA BizTown will meet the needs of a diverse group of students by providing engaging, academically enriching experiential lessons.
Following participation in the JA BizTown experience, students will be able to:
-Discuss the roles they, as citizens, play in their community as workers and consumers, and relate these personal roles to the free enterprise system.
-Discuss the importance of citizen rights and responsibilities in a community.
-Demonstrate a basic understanding of the free enterprise system.
-Understand the importance of nonprofit organizations in our communities.
-Build money management skills through a practical knowledge of economic concepts and banking practices.
-Develop an understanding of basic business practices and responsibilities.
-Demonstrate the soft skills necessary for their successful participation in the world of work.
The JA BizTown Curriculum is designed to minimize lesson preparation time through an efficient lesson organization. The lessons are designed as a framework and can be adapted to meet the special needs and interests of your students in the classroom. However, students should complete each required lesson to ensure that they have the background knowledge necessary to fully participate in the JA BizTown experience. Following the participation in the JA BizTown simulation, students participate in debriefing lessons provides to ensure a well-rounded learning experience.
Check writing is an integral part of the JA BizTown experience. Both the curriculum and simulation require students to practice and apply this valuable skill. Check writing is one aspect of money management that contributes to the overall goal of preparing financially literate students.
JA Contact: Jenny Eickhorst,, Director of Capstone Programs
Click here to download the flyer

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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.