Homeschool Events List for January 7, 2015

Jubilation Chorale
The Montessori Workplace
Homeschool Autism Initiative
Missouri High School Ethics Bowl
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
JA Finance Park
Classical Conversations
Missouri Aviation Historical Society
Family Movie Night
Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics

Jubilation Chorale
If you have been considering joining the choir or are looking for a group for your student to learn and grow musically, have opportunities to minister through music, and perform a variety of classical repertoire common to any good choir, then come and check out the Jubilation Chorale. We are starting a new semester so this is the perfect time to join.
We will begin class again on Wed. January 7th
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 Montessori Workplace
A Montessori resource center for children ages 3-12
Open House
Sunday January 11, 1-4 PM
Come visit our space, sign up for a free trial session, and tour Forest Park Montessori School- the wonderful pre-school that gives us a home!
We have restructured!  By opening up more slots per session we were able to reduce the fee to $25/child making the Workplace affordable for more families.  Open workplace sessions are $25/family.
For more details visit: the Word!  Like us on Facebook!

Homeschool Autism Initiative
This program combines an autism parent support group and children’s social skills groups for families who homeschool. Children in these groups do not have to be on the autistic spectrum.
The program is funded through Autism Speaks and is free of charge.
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, 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, for ages 6-10 and 11-15, provide a setting for learning and practicing fundamental social skills, including: conversation skills, emotional regulation, understanding others, respect, and building confidence. Children can establish meaningful, ongoing friendships through these groups. The groups utilize Super Skills, a social skills program that identifies each child’s strengths and weaknesses and sets up goals to address specific areas of need.
Groups meet Mondays from 3:00-4:00 at Agape’s West County location in Des Peres/Kirkwood, 11600 Manchester Road, Suite 101 Des Peres, MO 63131. The 12-week groups begin January 12, May 10, and September 20, 2015. Registration will re-open at the beginning of each semester. Children can join groups at any time if the group is not full. The parent support group meets monthly at the same time and location as the children’s groups.
Call Carolyn Knarr, Director of Child Therapeutic Services, for more information: 314-556-1427.

Missouri High School Ethics Bowl
Your high school home schooled students are invited to participate in the second annual Missouri High School Ethics Bowl, hosted by Columbia College, Saturday, February 7th, from 8:00 to 5:00 pm. For this state competition, teams are given a scenario and expected to solve it ethically. Winners receive cash prizes!!! Teams must have at least three members who are all in high school (9-12th), although most teams consist of 5-8 members.
If you would like more information regarding the Ethics Bowl, please feel free to contact Dr. Mark Price, Professor of Philosophy, at, or Dustin Nelson, Instructor of Philosophy, at As always, you are welcome to contact myself, Stephanie Snyder, Senior Admissions Counselor, at, or Ann Merrifield, Director of Business Development, at, for any questions regarding your home school student and Columbia College!
We would love to have your homeschoolers participate, and look forward to seeing you in February!!!!

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader of The Chronicles of Narnia!
There is still time to sign up because classes don’t begin until Tuesday, January 13 OR Thursday, January 15. Becca says…
We’ll learn about the great adventure story of “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” pull out some of the spiritual truths, and learn a little about the life of author C.S. Lewis. Readers and non-readers are welcome. You do not need to have read any of the other books in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series. We will catch anyone up on needed background. The students will get the most out of class if they are familiar with the chapters before class, but they may have the chapters read aloud to them.
The class can be offered at multiple times starting on January 13 or 15 (the week after Homelink and P.E. begin) and will run for 17 weeks. The cost is only $90 per student and all materials are included. The class is geared for ages 6 –12, but can be flexible. See possible class times below.
The tentative times are designed to correspond with the Salvation Army Homeschool P.E. Program classes and will meet in a classroom in the same building (824 Union Rd., St. Louis MO 63125). You do not have to be a P.E. student to participate. Becca will decide when the class is offered based on interest. It takes a minimum of six students to form a class.
If interested contact Becca at or 618-281-4944 and let her know the age of your student and what day and time would work best for you. She needs feedback to finalize the classes!
Becca Hubbard is a wonderful teacher and her enrichment classes come highly recommended! Remember…she is also available for tutoring in a variety of subjects. See her bio below.
Note: For more information on Spring 2015 semester of Homeschool P.E. at the Salvation Army Gateway Community Center, contact Coach Cort Hubbard at or 314-631-0727.There is still room in PE classes on all three days (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday). P.E. classes stat THIS week – January 6, 7 or 8.
Hope you can journey with Becca on the Dawn Treader! Kerrie & Cathy
Here are some possible class times for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader of The Chronicles of Narnia class….
12:00 – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 2:00 pm
10:00 – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 12 noon
12 noon – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 2:00 pm

JAFinance Park Homeschool visit date for the 2014/15 school year is February 26, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM.
Register Online           Download a Registration Form
A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park offers the same program for our home schooling parent/teachers and students as we do for our traditional school settings.
The JA Finance Park program curriculum is composed of 13 required teacher-taught lessons that are easy to use, with minimal preparation time.
-Students recognize the role of financial institutions and the various services they provide. Through case study, games, graphing, and other group activities, students understand the advantages of saving, investing, and using credit wisely.
-Students explore saving and compare investments as a part of their overall financial planning. They also examine risk and how insurance may help protect savings.
-Students compare financial institutions and their services. Through discussion and a game activity they also weigh the advantages and disadvantages of debit and credit. Lastly, students examine the role of credit scores and credit reporting have on personal finances.
­-Students discover the importance of spending money wisely and recognize a budget as a valuable tool. They create personal budgets based on saving and lifestyle goals and day-to-day situations.
-Students experience the JA Finance Park simulation, where they apply classroom learning by creating a family budget based on a hypothetical life situation. Students recognize the impact of credit history on budget planning and purchasing options.
The curriculum culminates in a hands-on tablet based (paperless) budgeting simulation that is implemented at our A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park facility, with the assistance of volunteers.  The simulation is approximately 4 ½ hours long.
High school students taking a personal finance class are welcome to participate in the A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park simulation as a stand-alone experience. All other students should complete the 12 required teacher-taught lessons, before participating in the on-site simulation experience and 1 debrief lesson following the simulation.
Questions: Contact Cheryl Bohlen,, JA Finance Park Manager.

Classical Conversations
Are you interested in learning about the Classical Model of education? Would you like to understand the ‘lost tools of learning’ that will give your children the skills to learn any subject well? Would you like to know how to teach multiple children?
Come learn about the beauty of community, accountability, support, and fellowship that a Classical Conversations community provides.
Classical Conversations has academic programs for children 4 years old thru 6th grade (Foundations/Essentials), 7-8th (Challenge A & B), and 9-12th (Challenge 1-4). I will be hosting two Information Meetings this month, both at St. Louis Bread Company in Des Peres (on Manchester Rd. by Trader Joe’s). The first is scheduled for Wednesday, January 14 from 7-9 pm. The second is Tuesday, January 27 from 7-9 pm.
There are several CC Communities currently meeting across the St. Louis and St. Charles areas and we are growing every year. I am the Foundations/Essentials Director for the Town and Country Campus (formerly meeting in Chesterfield). My children and I absolutely love this program; please contact me so I can tell you more!
Please RSVP by email or phone if you wish to attend. I look forward to hearing from you.
Lori Snell, 314-602-3176

Missouri Aviation Historical Society
The Missouri Aviation Historical Society is dedicated to honoring the aviators, designers, and entrepreneurs who have kept Missouri on the leading edge of aviation technology for over 150 years. We meet monthly at Creve Coeur (1H0) airport in Maryland Heights, MO. Whether you fly or drive in, please plan to join us on Thursday, January 15th as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the McDonnell Douglas F-15A “Streak Eagle” flights, which broke eight time to climb records over a two week period in 1975. We meet in the hangar adjacent to the terminal building, and start at 7:00 PM. Admission is free, with light refreshments available. For directions or more information on our Society, please visit our website/facebook page at Hope to see you there!

Family Movie Night
“Moms’ Night Out”
January 16, 2015 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Start the New Year with a fun family night!
Join us for a fun family movie night!
Our feature film for this evening is “Moms’ Night Out,” an endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.
Sign up today!
The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive St. Peters, MO 63376

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
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.

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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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