Homeschool Events List for January 20, 2016

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Homeschool Bowling – two options!
Jubilation Chorale
National History Bee
Magic House Homeschool Day
Totally Rad 80s
St. Charles County Parks Programs
Art Contest
Circus Harmony
Homeschool Roller Skating
Piano lessons
English Tutor
Math Tutor
MO DIRT

HOMESCHOOL BOWLING
Calling all parents and kids! Did you know there is a bowling league for homeschool kids? It is a fun league where kids can learn or improve their bowling skills and make new friends in the process. It costs only $5.50 each week and that includes shoe rental. Give it a try. The kids have a great time. We would love to have more kids join us.
The league meets on Wednesdays at 1:00pm at:
Brunswick Zone Lakeside Bowl, 1254 Doughtery Ferry Rd., Valley Park, 63088

MORE HOMESCHOOL BOWLING
When?  Wednesday mornings beginning January 6, 2016
Time?   10 a.m.
Where? Show Me Lanes, 4575 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63129
What?   3 games!
Who?     Anyone in your homeschool family can bowl!  Moms, Dads, Kids!
How much? $5.00 per week; this includes shoe rental (you pay weekly, not by semester)
Questions? Contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com, 314-769-7965 or JUST SHOW UP and look for TRACY GORING!
High Game Winners will receive gift cards at the end of the semester!
Note: You must have bowled a minimum of 9 times out of the 18 week schedule to be eligible to win prizes.

Jubilation Chorale
It’s not too late to register students for the second semester of choir. We are just getting started and have an exciting semester of music planned for the spring.  We would love to have some new voices and friends join us.  See the attached flyer for more details.
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: $25/month for the first student or $40/month family plan (2 or more students)
Contact: Mrs. Scheidhauer at 314-402-5038  or  n2singin@gmail.com

National History Bee
Greetings Missouri Homeschoolers!
My name is Connor Teevens, and I am with the National History Bee. For the 2015-2016 year, we are making a concerted effort to reach out to the Homeschool community.
To that end, we are pleased to announce that for the Elementary and Middle School Divisions of the 2015-2016 National History Bee, the initial registration fee will be waived for all homeschooled students!
The National History Bee is an individual academic competition for K-8 students. The Bee tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics that have direct relevance to what students are learning. Winners advance to regional competition and the Regional Champions earn the right to compete at the National Finals for the title of National History Bee Champion.
I invite you to visit our website at www.historybee.com/homeschool and share it with other members of your group. On the site you will find not only more information about the competition itself, but a wealth of free history resources and practice quizzes.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at connor@historybee.com or 864-475-1776
Connor Teevens
Director of Communications
National History Bee, 1701 John B. White Blvd., Spartanburg, SC 29301
(864) 475-1776
http://www.historybee.com/
@NatlHistoryBee

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
February 1, 2016; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price will only be $3.00 per person again (ages 12 months and older)
Dear Homeschoolers,
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year. We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”. Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House. It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families. You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees. My goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
~Price: $3.00 per person (adults included)
~Children under the age of 1 are free.
~You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
~Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following: Cash, Check, Credit Card, Debit Card
~Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
~THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS! Please feel free to copy this to all. It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
~We have 4 Magic House dates. There is no December, January, or March event.
~Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
~Mark your calendar for the last date for the school year:
April 4, 2016
~If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com

Totally Rad 80s
Sat January 30 @7pm
Sun January 31 @3pm
We Got the Beat… Mr. Roboto… Whip It… Africa… The 80’s were a time of intense creativity- from Michael Jackson to U2, so many styles contributed to this decade’s legacy. Come to DaySpring Arts & Education to hear and see a spectacle of radness, fully-costumed singers (students ages 9-18) supported by a live band. Be prepared for killer riffs, beautiful melodies, and amazing harmony provided by students of all ages, and see the debut of our wicked cool pop ensemble, “Sounds Like Teen Spirit”.
DaySpring Black Box Theatre, 2500 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights, 63043
Tickets can be purchased through the DaySpring office; $7 in advance, $10 at the door

St. Charles County Parks Programs
We have many programs for youth, families as well as adults. Our parks are amazing!
I teach homeschool programs on the first Tuesday of each month currently….starting up again in Jan. 2016. It is a different theme each month and program is an hour and a half. Some of the themes are nature detectives….what is going on in the woods when you can’t see it. It’s basically a track and signs class. So much fun! It’s a hike, hands on investigations and fun! Another class is all about rivers and water sheds, etc. I am an outdoor education/ experiential educator with many years of working with kids. I also offer preschool programs as well as families and adults. I will be having a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program at various park facilities in the new year. It’s open to everyone but certainly, I can program just with homeschoolers on one of the dates.
If Tuesdays are not a good day, I can possibly rearrange if it is better for majority.
Thank you so much! Just let me know and I will forward a flyer to you!!!
Sincerely,
Jill Wider
St. Charles County Parks
Outdoor Education Specialist
Experiential Educator
St. Louis Zoo Educator
314-724-8501
jillwider8@gmail.com

ART CONTEST
HSLDA’s 2016 Art Contest has begun!  The contest is open to all homeschooled students ages 7-19 and will run from now through February 1. Cash prizes up to $200 will be awarded.  You can view the contest info and guidelines here.
This year’s theme is through the eyes of a biblical character. Imagine one of the scenes associated with the Bible characters listed in our three categories below. Can you envision the smoke rising from the burning bush that Moses witnessed? Can you imagine seeing King Xerxes in front of you as you approached him without his consent? How intimidating that must have been for Esther! Illustrate something these people would have seen, heard, touched, felt, or experienced during their lifetime.
Each student is invited to enter up to two pieces of artwork relating to the theme for his or her age category.
Category 1 (ages 7-10): Through the eyes of David or Mary, mother of Jesus
Category 2 (ages 11-14): Through the eyes of Ruth or Elijah
Category 3 (ages 15-19): Through the eyes of Moses or Esther
Read the judges’ comments from previous contests to learn on what features your art will be judged. Also, see 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, along with information about our other annual contests for poetry, photography, and essays.  As always, your contest entry fee benefits the Home School Foundation’s Special Needs Children’s Fund. Thank you for helping families in hard times continue to homeschool their children who face learning challenges. We can’t wait to see the artwork that you create!

CIRCUS HARMONY
Looking for a unique physical activity or some performing opportunities for you or your children? Circus Harmony offers classes for all ages in a variety of circus disciplines. You can also create your own private or semi private classes and workshops. For more information, go to http://www.circusharmony.org/.
Circus Harmony’s Spring classes start on Feb 1. In addition to their regular class offerings in a variety of circus disciplines for all ages, they offer a special homeschool class. Their spring schedule can be seen at http://circusharmony.org/spring/

HOMESCHOOL ROLLER SKATING
Homeschoolers in the area are trying to get a monthly skating session organized. Here’s the info:
No sign-up necessary…just drop on in!
WHERE?   Rock Roll-O-Rena, 4153 Jeffco Blvd. Arnold, MO 63010
DIRECTIONS: Exit at Richardson Road from Hwy 55 and head east. Make a right on Jeffco and it’s just a few blocks down.
COST? $4 for skating plus $3 for traditional skate rental (blades are $3.75 to rent)
You may bring your own skates but they have to be approved at the door.
WHEN? Tuesday, February 23
TIME? 1:00-3:00 p.m.
GOT QUESTIONS? Contact Michele Weaver at michele.c.weaver@gmail.com

Piano lessons
Is music a regular, structured part of your homeschool curriculum? It should be, because it’s good for brain development. . . and also rewarding and fun.
Listening House Piano Studios caters to homeschoolers. Founder Rhonda Barfield homeschooled four children K-12, and her son and business partner Eric Barfield divides his time between teaching at the St. Charles location and playing professionally in Nashville and St. Louis.
Many of our families drive long distances to participate in our outstanding studio. I can explain why in a free, no-obligation consultation. Or check out http://www.listeninghousestudios.com/ to learn why LHS piano lessons are unique, perfect for homeschoolers.

ENGLISH TUTOR
I am a retired English teacher with a Masters Degree in English, a Specialty in Writing, and twenty-seven years of teaching experience. My career was my ministry, as the Lord often opened doors in the public school system for me to witness while teaching the young people I loved.
Since retiring, I have begun my own tutoring business to make a little extra income and to continue helping young people who need help in English. Most of my teaching involved teaching Honors Sophomores and College Composition I and II through Jefferson College so our students could receive college credit and have those courses completed before beginning college; however, my degree includes grades 9-12. My qualifications allow me to help students in many areas, and I enjoy nothing more than to see a young person succeed.
If there is a place for my services in the home schooling world, I would love to work with Christian parents and children. I live in the South County area of St. Louis but am not limited to that precise area.
Thank you so much.
Sincerely,
Sandy Clem (314-560-1206)

PRIVATE MATH TUTOR
– bachelor of science degree in mathematics
– 10 years of experience working with students in mathematics from arithmetic through calculus
– available to work directly with your child(ren) and/or to work with you so that you may then instruct your child(ren)
– $40/hour to meet in Florissant (in north St. Louis county)
If interested, please call/text Ryan at 314.313.0452

MO DIRT
Dear Homeschool Educators of Missouri:
We would like to invite your home school group to join a new citizen science project called MO DIRT – Missourians Doing Impact Research Together, which promotes STEM learning through new science education and outreach opportunities in Missouri. The goals of MO DIRT are two-fold: (1) to further educate citizens on the societal importance of healthy soils and (2) to recruit as many individuals as possible to examine the current properties of our state soils and how these are being influenced by land use and management, as well as microclimate and climate change. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation under the federal EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) initiative. Called “The Missouri Transect”, this working group of scientists, educators and community advocates will be generating data and models to better understand how climate influences agricultural and native plant systems, and how Missouri communities are affected and respond to this phenomenon over the course of five years. The leading institution for The Missouri Transect is the University of Missouri-Columbia, which is collaborating with eight other academic institutions including the Donald Danforth Plant Center, the Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis University, Lincoln University, Washington University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City and St. Louis.
Currently, we are offering training to volunteer citizens (e.g. teachers, high school students, landowners, naturalists, youth groups, lifelong learners, etc.) who are interested in contributing to the research efforts through MO DIRT by conducting soil health surveys across the state of Missouri. The training takes about 3 hours, and participants receive instructions on how to measure various physical, chemical, and biological indicators of soil health such as soil temperature, moisture, respiration, nutrients, color, texture, etc. Participants interested in establishing their own survey site will receive a soil kit with a manual. The training as well as the kit and manual are free.
MO DIRT soil surveys are conducted by teenagers and adults, working as individuals or in small teams, in study sites of their choosing representative of habitats such as prairie, forest, croplands, pastures, etc. The sampling sites cover small land areas and evoke very minor disturbances. It is preferred that the sites are monitored monthly from February to November over the course of the study. The data generated from the soil surveys will provide baseline information to be shared through an open access on-line website. This electronic tool will allow participants to learn about data being deposited by others across the state, and how the data will be validated for use by scientists, as well as teachers for classroom learning, all for the endpoint of better tracking of how soil health is being affected across the state for long term prospects.
We hope you and other members of your group will seriously consider becoming part of a great team of citizen scientists who, with research scientists, will learn more about climate, plants, communities and our state’s natural resources. If you are interested in this initiative please contact us. We will coordinate training based on your location and availability. Please share this information with other citizens/groups who might be interested in this program. Visit our website (be activated soon) for more information (MissouriEpscor.org/education/MO-DIRT). Thank you for your time and interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon.Sincerely,
Terry Woodford-Thomas, Ph.D.
Driemeyer Director of Science Education and Outreach
The Missouri Transect Science Education and Outreach Coordinator
Sandra Arango-Caro, Ph.D.
Education Program Facilitator, MO DIRT
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center 975 N. Warson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63132
Ph. 314.587.1412 | Fax. 314.587.1512
http://www.danforthcenter.org/

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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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