Homeschool Events List for November 10, 2015

As always, my contact information is at the bottom of each post.
Blue Knights Basketball
Homeschool Craft Fair
Missouri History Museum
Barron’s Gym
Swim & Safety Lessons
Spanish class info meeting
Home Educators Geography Bee
JA Finance Park Homeschool Day
High School Enrichment Program

St. Louis Blue Knights Basketball
Winter Session for Boys and Girls 8 – 12 sign-ups are currently underway.
Here are the details:
CYC League – 10 games
Practice begins in December, Games begin in January
$75.00 fee for practice, games and insurance
$20.00 for Knights uniform, only if needed.
Submit Registrations and Payment by Friday, November 13th…Either:
Drop-Off at 10u practice – Tuesday, 5-6 Progress South Middle
Drop-Off at 12u practice – Friday, 6:30-8:30 Crossroads Elementary
Email Registration back to and mail payment to Knights Treasurer – Dan Perkins, 526 Oak Bridge Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021
Please let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to track down the answer. Also, please help us spread the word by posting this information on your home school websites or by forwarding this to friends you think may be interested in playing.
We are looking forward to another great season!
Thank you, Lori Schark
Knights Communications

2015 Homeschool Craft Fair
This Saturday, Nov. 14 10am-3pm
Come enjoy some shopping for pastors, teachers, family/self or the holidays.
There will be door prizes including Craft Bucks to spend and you will be sure to see some friends you know! Each year offers unique handmade gifts in a variety of styles, tastes and price ranges. Our family is never disappointed and we always leave thinking of something else we wish we would have purchased while we had the chance!
Invite others to come with you and help support the entrepreneurial spirit within the home educated community!! There is something for everyone!
Yummy Concessions for your lunch/snack convenience!
First Free Church (EXPO Location)
1375 Carman Rd., Manchester, MO 63021

November MHM Homeschool Day
Get ready for our upcoming Homeschool Day, 1875 Comes Alive!, on Monday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Come celebrate a fascinating year in St. Louis history in conjunction with our exhibition A Walk in 1875 St. Louis. This exhibit features the map Pictorial St. Louis, which captures every detail of the city in 1875. The day is full of tours, activities, and crafts for your families to enjoy.
Please note: The 1875 Comes Alive! tour will be ticketed. All children 5 years of age or older and adults are required to have tickets to attend a tour. To ensure the safety of our artifacts and to provide an engaging experience, there will be a maximum of 45 people allowed on each tour. You may request tickets at the registration table. Tickets are free and are first come, first served. Also, to ensure that everyone has a quality experience in the History Clubhouse, we are implementing a timed-entry system starting at 11 a.m. You may request tickets at the registration table. Tickets are free and are first come, first served. As a reminder, the History Clubhouse is intended for children age 2 to 10, and children must be accompanied by an adult while in the Clubhouse.
Please click here to register. We look forward to seeing you!

Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gym
5411 Jedmed Ct., St. Louis, MO 63129
We have opened the doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym at a REDUCED RATE!
DATES: Dates below for registration (3rd Monday of the month)
November 16, 2015
February 15, 2016
March 21, 2016
April 18, 2016
May 16, 2016
No homeschool days in August, December, January, June and July
TIME: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
PRICE: $10.00
AGES: 14 months through 22 years old
DETAILS: 1 hour and 15 minutes 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 Trampolines, 18′ Rope Climb.
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.
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: YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE EVENT! Registration available online or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909. These days should not be confused with the daytime homeschool gymnastics classes Barron’s offers at a reduced rate.

Swim & Safety Lessons
Get a jump on the upcoming Summer swim time. The Gateway City Aquatic Club is now offering swim and safety lessons through their “Avenger Swim School”. Children ages 4 and older will be taught basic skills to more advanced skills according to their ability. Lessons are progressive, so attendance is crucial to a child’s success. With the use of underwater swim mirrors, noodles, and other fun equipment, children will learn to be comfortable and confident in and around the water. Classes are limited to no more than 6 students, and all classes are taught with excellence by experienced swimmers and directly supervised by USA Swim Coaches. Each class is 45 minutes in length. Space and classes are limited!
When: Winter Session 2 – December 2nd through February 3rd (8 weeks)
Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:00pm
NO CLASS ON DECEMBER 23 or 30, 2015
Where: Cherokee Recreational Center Pool (Home of the Avengers)
3200 South Jefferson
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Cost: $64.00 Session fee
(Additional $16.00 registration/insurance fee due yearly. Good from September 1, 2015 till August 30, 2016)
Sibling Discounts: 20% off additional children – session fee only!
Please call Coach Jamie for more information/registration (314) 884-0824

Homeschool Spanish Immersion Class
My name is Sarah Urban. I am a k-12 certified Spanish teacher offering classes to home-schooled students around the St. Louis county area.  I have taught Spanish to over 400 students in the St. Louis and surrounding areas, all of whom have excelled in the language. I do not have a traditional way of teaching – no textbook needed and no direct grammar instruction. Students will learn Spanish the way that they learned English – through complete immersion. Please let your parents know about this awesome opportunity! If they are interested, they can RSVP to an informational meeting (December 10th @ 7:00 PM at the Timbers of Eureka) at or call me at 314-384-3624.

Home Educators Geography Bee
The National Geographic St. Louis Area
WHO?   All 4th – 8th grade homeschoolers in the St. Louis area.
WHAT? The 9th annual St. Louis Area Homeschool Geography Bee to qualify a winner for the MO State Bee.   NOTE: This is one of the two official National Geographic Homeschool Geography Bees in the area. Also, if you are an Illinois participant and win the bee, please know that you will be representing the state of Missouri.
WHERE? The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, 8749 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119
It is between Elm Rd and Grant Rd on Watson, just south of Hwy 44.
Here is a link to their map:
WHEN? Saturday, January 9, 2016   2:00 p.m.
WHY? To test your knowledge of both US and World geography, and because it’s lots of fun!
Families are welcome to attend.
HOW? By filling out the registration form (found HERE) and sending it in as soon as possible! Also, your student may need to start studying geography to prepare for the bee. It is a competition, and the contestant who has studied will be better prepared. For more information and Geobee Challenge practice questions, go to:
Your library may have atlases and reference materials for you to borrow. Or, you may purchase study materials such as: The National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide and Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
Please send $5 registration fee (checks made out to SHARE) for each child to:
Debbie Rehmer     10406 Ruby Manor Ct.       St. Louis, MO 63123
>>>We’ll have refreshments after the bee. Please bring a sweet, salty or healthy snack. We’ll provide drinks!
Contact Debbie at 314.544.7303 or 314.913.0464 or e-mail: or Cathy Mullins at 314.769.7965 with questions.

JA Finance Park Homeschool Day
February 23, 2016; 9:30am-2:00pm
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.
Now available, click to:  Register Online
Please contact me with any question that you may have.  Thanks!
Cheryl Bohlen
JA Finance Park Manager
Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, Inc.
Dennis & Judy Jones Free Enterprise Center
17339 North Outer Forty Rd., Chesterfield, MO  63005
Office:  636-728-0707, ext. 234

New After School High School Enrichment Program
For the past thirty- seven years, the experienced faculty of the Louis and Sarah Block High School has developed a substantive curriculum which has produced graduates who have succeeded all over the world. Now we’ve developed an exciting after-school program to share our curriculum with the community called C.O.M.E.T: Comprehensive Overview of Middle East Topics. We are accredited by AdvancED (which also accredits Ladue High School and Washington University), so course credits are transferrable and will enhance a high school transcript in preparation for the college admission process.
Our mission is to provide students with the knowledge and analysis necessary to better understand the historical background of the current conflict in the Middle East. By enriching our students’ appreciation for Middle Eastern culture, history, language, and intellectual achievement, we hope to create a stronger community of enlightened high school students and future leaders.
We also have programs offering courses in Survey of Science, Anatomy, and even Auto Mechanics. All courses meet twice weekly (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). One-half credit is earned for each course upon completion of two semesters. Courses will be taught evenings at 3:30-4:15, 4:25-5:10, and 5:20-6:00. For more information please contact me or visit our website at
Rabbi Gavriel Munk

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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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