Homeschool Events List for July 12, 2015

Book Sale
Summer Painting Classes
American Heritage Girls
Music Classes

Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19
St. Charles Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, MO 63301
Friday, July 17; 12:00pm – 9:00pn
Sale Opens to the Public; Free Admission
Saturday, July 18; 9:00am – 7:00pm
Free Admission
Sunday, July 19; 10:00am – 3:00pm
Free Admission
Sunday prices-$5/bag (most items) Standard size plastic grocery bags provided on site.
Hardbacks – $2.00, Children’s and teen books – 25¢, Most paperbacks – 50¢, Oversize paperbacks – $1.00, Magazines – 10¢, Records, DVDs, VHS tapes & audio books individually priced. Sets & special collections, reference materials, some rare books, & other special items priced separately.

Summer Painting Classes for Kids
July 20-24, ages 6 and up, Hobby Lobby in Ballwin
Teacher: Linda Thompson
10:30 am to Noon   Beginning Painting $45
Using tempera paint, kids will explore shapes, color mixing, picture composition and more.
1:00-2:30 pm Painting Fun   $45
Kids will have fun making lots of pictures using painting games and challenges.
Supplies included except for painting smocks. Parents are welcome to take the class with their kids.
Pick up a registration form at the store or email Linda at dclrthomp (at) aol DOT com. Kids must be signed up ahead of time. No walk-ins.

American Heritage Girls
Looking for a fun, positive Christian activity for your daughter this fall? American Heritage Girls is a Christian character development organization that provides service opportunities, field trips, social activities and badge work in a Christ-centered environment.
Troop MO9522, at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church, is welcoming new members. Our troop includes several homeschooling families, in addition to traditionally schooled girls from around the St. Louis area. Our 20+ meetings this year are set to include service at the Food Pantry, a field trip to the art museum, hiking, a movie night, a chocolate party, participation in Feed My Starving Children, mother-daughter and father-daughter events, and much more. It’s going to be a great year!
Currently, the troop serves girls entering grades 1-6. Meetings are scheduled for two Thursday evenings a month, with some activities on weekends. In addition to girls, we’re also looking for parent involvement, including leadership, so that parents can participate alongside their girls.
To learn more, contact We look forward to seeing you!

2015-16 Music Classes: Band & Guitar
From Steve Heitmann: Ten years ago, when I started working at Nottelmann Music Company, Sunday and Monday was my weekend. Each one of those years; however, Monday has been the main day that I’ve taught homeschool band. For eight of those years I have also worked at church each Sunday. So, not counting holidays, vacation or a snow day, a Day of Rest has been missing for me between Labor Day and Memorial Day for the last eight years. Well, the time has come to proclaim each Monday as my day of rest and spend that time with my family! I pray that all of you understand why this is being done. I’m also hoping that this new schedule can be worked into your busy schedule! Thank you! Steve
Homeschool Music Classes meet on WEDNESDAYS at Zion United Methodist Church, 1603 Union Road, St. Louis, 63125. (about 1 minute from the Salvation Army PE classes!!!!!)
The classes are endorsed by SHARE, but independent of our Homelink classes. Students must be SHARE members to participate in band (so that they are covered by our insurance plan). However, there is no Homelink registration fee, as these classes do not meet at the Homelink location.
There will be a small fee to cover the cost of renting the room at Zion United Methodist Church.
All levels of musical experience are welcome—beginning, intermediate and advanced. Band instrumentation includes brass, woodwinds and percussion. Mr. Heitmann, band director and teacher, is highly recommended by the homeschool community.
Classes are VERY reasonable at $20.00 per month (with a small building rental fee….see below.) Again this year: We must ask that each family (not student) pay a $10 per semester fee to cover the cost of renting the building. You can just give that payment to Steve and he will see that Cathy Mullins gets it in order to pay the rental fee to the church. Thanks!
>>Classes are 45 minutes long and begin Wednesday, September 8, 2015.
Recommended Grade: Varies–each student must be able to read the written word. They do not have to read music, but must be able to physically hold their chosen instrument so it works properly.
Contact Steve Heitmann at 636-208-6914 or for more information.
Teacher Bio: Steve Heitmann has a Music Education degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis along with lifetime certification in instrumental music for K-12. Steve has taught and performed music in all types of settings for many years. This is his 20th year of teaching band for homeschoolers. Steve also plays trumpet at his church and sometimes substitutes with The St. Louis Big Band. Steve and his wife Cheryl are homeschool parents of 6 children, ages 14 to 28.
Newly Planned Schedule for WEDNESDAYS
1:30 Advanced Guitar
2:15 Advanced Band
3:00 Beginning Band
3:45 Intermediate Guitar
4:30 Beginning Guitar
♪Advanced Guitar 1:30 p.m. Talk to Steve to see if your child could be at this level.
♪Advanced Band 2:15 p.m Talk to Steve to see if your child could be at this level.
♪Beginning Band Class 3:00 p.m. Brand new students! The instruments in the homeschool beginning band include the electric bass, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Students who have never played an instrument, cannot read music or desire to start a different instrument are welcome to join us. Students must be physically large enough to hold the instrument that they choose to play and have basic reading and math skills. We will be using the Standard of Excellence Book One. The cost is $20.00 per month. New students welcome!
♪Intermediate Guitar 3:45 p.m. This will be a continuation of the last year’s class. The same suggestions apply to intermediate guitar students as is written above for the beginners. The cost is $20 per month also.
♪ Beginning Guitar Class for first-timers – 4:30 p.m. The beginning homeschool guitar class is designed to help beginning students learn to play the guitar, read standard music notation and to pick simple melodies on the guitar. We will also learn some very basic chords and strumming patterns. We do prefer that each student have an acoustic guitar, but we will accept those students that already have an electric guitar. You will have to carry your amp to class each week. Students must be physically large enough to hold the guitar and have basic reading and math skills. This class will be limited to 12 students. The cost is $20.00 per month. It is recommended that students arrive around 10 minutes early so they can quietly tune their guitar in the hallway. Steve will have books with him on the first day of class for purchase.
Special thanks to the congregation at Zion United Methodist Church for hosting our homeschool band and guitar classes again this year!
Contact Steve Heitmann at 636-208-6914 or for more information.

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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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