Homeschool Events List for January 10, 2015

Homeschool Football
Homeschool Skate
HSLDA Art Contest
Trebuchet Contest
ACT Prep and Tutoring
CrossFit Kids
Guitar Lessons
Knight for Hire

Homeschool Football
We are in the third year of our Middle School program and our Second year of our Varsity Homeschool Football Program. Please contact for information:
Our Players come from Jefferson County, Ste Genevieve County, St Louis County, St. Francois County, St Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County and even further.
Mid East Missouri Homeschool Football Assoc.
Central Panthers
Bob Schembre

Homeschool Skate
Twin City Home Educators is hosting another skating at Rock Roll Arena on January 22, 2015 and all homeschoolers are invited. Time: 1-3 p.m.
Price: $3 admission and $2 for quad skates, $3.50 for inline skates. You are welcome to bring your own skates but they WILL inspect them. Sounds like they take very good care of their floor, and they will check to make sure all the wheels are there, are clean, toe-stops are in place, etc.
Definitely cannot have riding toys, strollers, anything like that on the rink. If someone is using a wheelchair, that of course is allowed on the rink.
We have had some great turnouts- hope to see a bunch of you again!
If you have questions, please email Paula at

HSLDA Art Contest
HSLDA’s 2015 Art Contest is open to all homeschooled students ages 7—19 and runs from now through January. Cash prizes up to $200 will be awarded. View Contest Info & Guidelines.
Our themes for this year’s contest focus on the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, which lays out a beautiful poetic summary of the seasons of life, emphasizing that there is a time for each activity and experience. These verses help us appreciate each bend in life’s road, even the hard ones. We invite students to consider the following verses, and then create a picture based on their reflections. Students are welcome to consider the verses in both a literal and figurative sense.
Category 1 (ages 7—10): “A time to weep, and time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4
What things or situations make you laugh? Maybe it’s playing with a favorite pet, carving a pumpkin, or eating an enormous slice of pizza! Maybe you’re a ballerina, or maybe you just like to dance under God’s stars at night. Think about what makes you laugh, cry, or dance and tell us about it in a picture.
Category 2 (ages 11—14): “A time to heal, a time to break down, and a time to build up.”
Ecclesiastes 3:3
Many things can be broken or built up and healed. They can be small, like Grandpa’s old pocket watch or holding a friend’s hand. They can be big like the Freedom Tower in New York City or Jesus on the cross. Submit a picture that reflects how the truths contained in this verse apply to your life or the wider world.
Category 3 (ages 15—19): “A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.” Ecclesiastes 3:2
People and living creatures are only a subset of many things that can be born and die, such as friendships, dreams, ambitions, projects, character qualities, and families. What experiences have sown love and value in your heart? What first inspired your dream? Explore how birth and death, planting and plucking up, occur in life, and capture your musings in a picture.
Each student is invited to enter up to two pieces of artwork relating to the theme for his or her age category.
Read the judges’ comments from previous contests to learn on what features your art will be judged. Also, view the winning artwork from past years to get an idea of what has won in the past!
Guidelines and entry forms can be found on our website, as well as information about our other annual contests, which include poetry, photography, and essay.

Trebuchet Contest – March 2015
Lewis & Clark Community College
This year we are trying to reach out to home school groups in the area that may not be aware of the contest.
The contest will take place on Friday, March 27th in River Bend Arena. Once again there is no registration fee for the event.
For a description of the event, and to see a video from last year, visit the contest website at The site contains some resource pages, sample reports, 2015 rules, and a link to the online registration form. Each student must register individually. This is a great opportunity for students to apply many of the skills they learn in school while having fun doing it. The event encourages use of scientific inquiry, informational writing, and teamwork.
Due to NSF funding, we are able to offer some supply money this year. The first 50 registered teams will receive $100 per team for supplies. Supply money must be sent to the school which will then disburse funds according to their procedures. A supply money request form is included in the rules located on the website.
Cash prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the three competitions (with the potential for a team to win over $1000). Trophies will be given out for first place in each competition and for the overall champion.
During registration, students can vote for desired shirt color in addition to entering their choice of beverage and pizza. They can also suggest songs to be played during the competition.
Please note that each team must provide their own safety glasses which must be worn during battles.
The trebuchet battle competition will be run as double-elimination so there will be significant lag time between competitions, particularly early on. They can use this time to watch or cheer on other teams, or even visit the informational tables we hope to have available. To encourage students to visit the tables, we are planning to raffle off a new iPad. Students can get one raffle entry for each 5 tables visited. (if the winner already owns an iPad, we may be able to just do a cash prize instead)
If you have any questions, please let me know. We hope you will be able to join us this year! Please pass on the information to any faculty or students whom you feel would be interested in putting together a team for the contest.
Kevin Bodden
Professor, Mathematics
Commons 213
(618) 468-4849

ACT Prep and Tutoring
Michelle Gruender of Tutoring for Excellence offers ACT preparation courses and math/science tutoring (individuals or groups) at a discount for homeschool families. Her children have enjoyed both traditional schools and homeschooling. She tutored her eldest with his ACT preparation and he received a 33 and a full ride to college.
During their preparation, students complete 4-5 actual past ACT exams—they focus on pace (critical for maximizing their ACT score), develop familiarity with all concepts tested, and improve proficiency in weaker areas through guided repetition.
In math tutoring, Michelle walks your child through their academic year while targeting “gap” areas where student comprehension is weak. As they develop, they move on to the next level of math understanding—diagnosing with short quizzes, working on weak areas, and ensuring success before moving on to the next concept area.
Michelle has run a successful tutoring business for the past five years, ran the ACT/SAT review course at Sylvan Learning Center, and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. For more information (schedule is filling up quickly), call Michelle at 636-584-9749 or email her for pricing and more details at

CrossFit Kids
CrossFit South City is now enrolling for our CrossFit Kids classes (ages 5 and up). CrossFit Kids is a physical education program designed to create a love of exercise and fitness. All classes are game-based and kids carry no load (weights) until they are in our CrossFit Teens program. Classes will begin for our November session on Nov. 6th. Classes take place on Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 – 4:30. Tuition is $75 for classes twice a week per month for the first child in a family enrolled and $50 for each additional child. Tuition is $50 for classes once a week for the first child in a family enrolled and $40 for each additional child. For more information or to enroll in CF Kids classes, contact Erica Stearns (312) 804 – 0711 or

Guitar Lessons
My Music Room, owned by singer/guitarist Robin Lopate, gives private and group lessons in Kirkwood.  I have posted some new guitar classes up on my website –  I am looking for teens and kids to fill some classes up.  There is also a “Woman to Woman” guitar class, ages 11 and up, great for moms and daughters, and “Guitar For Teens”, for teens only.   Class schedules will be determined based on students’ availability.  Discount for any private or group student that schedules between 9am-3pm.  Please check my website for class descriptions.  I am also accepting private students. If you are interested in a class, let me know. I have to have at least 3 students to run a class.

Knight for Hire
I have been to home school groups with presentations about knights and medieval times and I come in full real armor as a knight telling tales of chivalry that are humorous but serious about chivalry and the scout oath and law. This program has been well received by over 70 scout groups.
My website is:
314 308 7075
Karl M. Kindt III

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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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