Homeschool Events List for August 19, 2015

Third Degree Glass Factory
Thornhill Open House
STL Symphony
Fall Nature Play Programs
MHM Homeschool Days
Piano Lessons
Green Center Youth Education
New SLCL Benefit
The Speech Spot

Third Friday: “Back to School”
August 21; 6pm
Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St Louis, MO 63108
Before the school year kicks in to high gear, come join us for one last exciting summer outing the whole family will enjoy!
Sure, this summer’s been fun. Why not have one final family outing before the madness begins again? Join us at Third Friday for exciting night of fun with glass, featuring dazzling glassblowing demonstrations by guest artist Tony Cray!
-Chow down on some delicious nosh from Holy Crepe!
-Exciting guided glass art activities: Work in our studios to make your own paperweight, flameworked glass beads, fused glass jewelry or nightlight ($35). Featured project this month: Fused glass chalkboard tiles! ($25) – SIGN UP BEGINS AT 6:00PM
-East Gallery presents its new installation: “Beloved Objects” by Jeffrey Sass: a collection of fascinating manipulated photographs!
-8:00p: The Kevin Mitchell 4 Band is back for another swingin’ good time!
-Sunset fire spinning by St. Louis Fire Technicians.

Saturday, August 29 & Sunday, August 30
1 – 5 p.m.
Thornhill Grounds in Faust Park
Faust Park has added more chances to tour the former home of Governor Frederick Bates. Walk or drive down the gravel road behind the Butterfly House to find this nearly 200 year old treasure. The house was restored to its 1820 appearance and is partially furnished. The estate also includes a detached kitchen, period barns, a smokehouse, ice house, orchard and family cemetery. Period dressed guides offer a glimpse into Missouri’s past. Call (314) 615-8328 for more information. This is a free event.

Join David Robertson and the STL Symphony for our FREE annual concert in Forest Park on September 15! This performance previews the season of musical storytelling and classical favorites capped off with a fireworks spectacular at the base of Art Hill. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and invite your family and friends to one of St. Louis’ favorite musical events of the year!
SMITH The Star-Spangled Banner
BERNSTEIN Candide Overture
MENDELSSOHN Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
WILLIAMS Flying Theme from E.T.
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol
WARD America the Beautiful
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever

Fall Nature Play Programs
“Nature play” programs reconnect children to nature and offer them experiences to explore, discover and interact with the natural environment. Connecting children to nature has beneficial effects on a child’s health, development and well being.
(These programs can also be scheduled separately with schools or organized groups.)
Wednesday, September 23 (ages 4-7) – AUTUMNAL EQUINOX CELEBRATION
It is the first day of fall! You are invited to our party to celebrate! Find out what changes will be happening during the new season.
Wednesday, October 7 (ages 4-7) – CONNECT TO YOUR SENSES
Learn how to use your five senses in the outdoors by exploring a variety of different habitats. Taste from our herb garden, too!
Wednesday, October 14 (ages 4-7) – SEEK AND FIND
Create your own collection of natural items as we search for the colors and textures of fall.
Wednesday, October 21 (ages 4-7) – PUMPKIN PATCH PICKIN’
Learn how pumpkins grow, visit our “pumpkin patch” to find a pumpkin to decorate and enjoy a pumpkin snack.
Wednesday, October 28 (ages 4-7) – CAMOUFLAGE DETECTIVE
Explore the outdoors by investigating critters that blend in with their surroundings. As Halloween approaches, would could be hidden in the trees and grass?
Wednesday, November 4 (ages 4-7) – ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
Take part in a fall scavenger hunt where you will have to look up in trees, under logs, around a pond and throughout the rest of our outdoor spaces to find all of your items and win a prize!
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Cost: $8 per student/ program (includes all materials)
Payment must be received in advance of the registered class.
*Parent/Guardian must stay on site with children 4 & 5 years old.
**A minimum of 5 students are needed to hold each class.**
To register for a class, contact: Kathleen Kapayou at 314-725-8314 X 105 or
The Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Ave, University City, MO 63130

Dear Homeschool Families,
Get ready for a new school year with FREE Homeschool Days at the Missouri History Museum!
Homeschool Days are an opportunity for homeschool families to experience the Gallery + Classroom programs regularly offered to K-12 schools. In addition to these exhibit-based educational programs, we also facilitate a variety of other activities depending on the day’s theme! We offer activities for specific age groups as well as activities that the whole family can enjoy together.
Homeschool Days take place once a month on Mondays. All activities are available from 10am to 2pm, and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like.
Thanks to the generous support of our members, donors, and taxpayers, MHM Homeschool Days are completely free! Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP by registering at Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the Homeschool Day date.
We communicate information about these programs exclusively via email. Please sign up for our eNewsletter to make sure you stay in the loop!
We look forward to spending an engaging and educational school year with you and your family!
Sarah Sims, Manager, K–12 Education Programs
Monday, November 16 – 1875 COMES ALIVE!
Monday, December 7 – HOLIDAYS IN HISTORY
Monday, February 15 – HISTORIC ST. LOUIS
Monday, March 14 – MUSEUM DETECTIVES
Monday, April 18 – ENGINEERING THE 1904 WORLD’S FAIR

Piano lessons tailor-made for your homeschooler
Rhonda Barfield
Now is the perfect time to sign up your children for piano lessons, but where to go? Consider Listening House Studios for these 10 reasons:
1) Prices are reasonable. Tuition costs $80 a month, which includes at least four monthly lessons and/or performance opportunities per semester. Or for those who need more flexibility, try the five-week plan for $100.
2) Parents get more for their money with LHS. Most lessons overlap 10 minutes of “partner time” with the next student (or sibling) on the schedule.
3) LHS lessons include performing for other students, music history, theory, and games. Piano lessons provide a complete music program for your children.
4) Students learn and memorize 10 songs, which they have ready to perform at all times. They play an “in-class recital” of their repertoire twice yearly during lesson time.
5) LHS teachers (like me) are highly qualified. I’ve taught piano for 20+ years in two piano schools (Truman State University Prep Program, Kirksville, and Beverly Milder’s Musical Arts, Chesterfield) and at my home studio. I also homeschooled four children, K-12, so I understand homeschoolers’ needs.
6) LHS can teach all styles of music: traditional, classical, jazz, rock, blues, worship, hymn style, etc. If children advance beyond what I can offer in a particular style, they have the option of transferring to my son Eric, a professional musician who shares a studio with me.
7) Students learn to read notes, but also to play by chord symbols and by ear. This uniquely equips them to play, for example, worship music.
8) Students are also encouraged to be creative. They compose original music and learn to improvise (make up) music on the spot.
9) LHS offers wonderful recitals: a coffee house recital (with tips!) in the fall, a formal classical recital in March, and a fun festival and contest in May.
10) Parents highly recommend the studio. Ask me for homeschooled families’ names.
Email for more information or set up a free consultation to learn more about fun, professional, reasonably-priced piano lessons, tailor-made for your homeschooling family.

Youth Education
Program Time: 2 hours – Cost: $7 per student – Chaperones are free of charge – Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
An environmental education and arts-integrated science curriculum offered to school districts sets The Green Center apart from other local cultural and science organizations.
The Green Center offers outdoor classrooms that enable students to learn about the natural world through inquiry-based programming. Whether students are investigating the prairie, forest or wetland, they will receive a hands-on experience that will encourage them to observe and explore. In addition, Scouts can earn badges through field experiences at The Green Center.
Below are just a few general topics of programs that we offer. We can customize a program to support educational needs. All programs are available to students of all ages in any school or organized group.
Wetland Ecology, Insects, Prairie Ecology (fall only), Ecosystem Plot Studies, Forest Ecology, Letterboxing, Keying Out Tress-Classification, Geodesic Greenhouse Growing, Prairie By Design (fall only), Missouri Rocks: Geology, Pollination Appreciation, Discovery Garden Exploration
The Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Ave, University City, MO 63130

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The Speech Spot
Elizabeth Dunn M.S., CCC- SLP
3284 Ivanhoe Ave., Saint Louis, MO, 63139
(618) 791-8271
I have a dedicated therapy room in South Saint Louis and specialize students up to age 14. I can provide therapy services, 2nd opinions or full evaluations for parents seeking profession guidance for their students needs.

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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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