Homeschool Events List for March 7, 2016

Homeschool Roller Skating
Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gym
Youth Shotgun Team
Home Educators Expo
Homeschool Choir Concert
Formal Prom
Economy Museum
Missouri Aviation Historical Society
Volunteers Needed
Christian Youth in Action
New Private High School
Creation Museum
Sight and Sound Theater Discount
PHC Teen Leadership Camps

March 21, April 26 from 1-3 pm at Rock Roll O Rena, 4153 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, MO
Cost is 4$ per skater plus skate rental 2$ regular skates or $3.75 for blades.
You can also bring your own skates.

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)
March 21, 2016
April 18, 2016
May 16, 2016
No homeschool days in 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.

I’m interested in organizing and coaching a homeschool youth shotgun team (Trap, Skeet and/or Sporting Clays) and am seeking those who might be interested in participating in, assisting with or supporting such a team. Details are to be determined, but I expect the qualifying ages to be 12-18; prior experience not required. If there is enough interest we will have an organizational meeting to discuss additional details. This first year will likely be a learning experience for all of us.
Shotgun shooting is currently the fastest growing high school sport in the country. Right now it’s most prevalent in Minnesota and spreading to the Dakotas, but this growth is expanding throughout the country. Shotgun sports are also popular at the collegiate level, with our own local Lindenwood University hosting a team that is consistently ranked as a top team in the country. It’s a great opportunity to get outside to learn and develop a new skill, have a great time with friends, practice hand-eye coordination, and (at a primal level) make some noise while breaking things (clay pigeon targets).
If interested, please e-mail me at We will be seeking sponsors to try to minimize costs for the team members, so please also contact me if you might be willing to provide financial support, either personally or as a business sponsor.
Monty Schrunk, Chief Instructor
Full Armor Defense, LLC
NRA certified Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun Instructor; NRA Range Safety Officer

> The Schedule Grids for Friday (April 8) and Saturday (April 9) are almost finished and we just them posted on the Expo website at We will continue to update the schedule as we add more speakers and seminars. Thanks for your patience while we work to make it all fit together in the best way!
> Reminder – if you register “extra-early,” by this Monday, March 7th at midnight, your family’s name will be placed in a drawing for one of six prizes consisting of three $100 “Expo Cash” certificates and three $50.00 “Expo Cash” certificates, redeemable at the exhibitors of your choice at this year’s Expo.
> The 2016 Children’s Program is an exciting new experience, brought to you by The Etiquette Factory with Mrs. Patterson. Children from ages 6-12 will participate in quality, hands-on programs from exceptional organizations in the St. Louis area. Go to the Children’s Program web pages on the Expo website and click on the organization logos for more details. Register for the program by March 21 for a chance to win one of four Expo Cash prize of $50! Deadline for Children’s Program registration is April 1.
> There will be a new Facebook contest starting Monday, March 7, and ending at midnight on Saturday, March 12.  Comment with a Susan Wise Bauer seminar that you would like to see and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win $25 in Expo Cash. You will also win a copy of Dr. Bauer’s well-known book, “The Well – Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home” (10th Anniversary Edition). Dr. Bauer has been one of our most requested speakers, and we are thrilled that she chose our Expo as her only homeschool conference for 2016! Don’t miss her helpful and encouraging talks, and be sure and stop by the Peace Hill Press booth.
> If you serve the homeschool community in some area of leadership, we would like to express our gratitude by inviting you to the Leaders Fellowship event on Thursday, April 7, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Carol Topp will be giving her seminar “Homeschool Leadership is Like Marriage-Know What You’re Getting Into!” and there will be light refreshments. The event is free but please register on the website by April 5.
> Don’t forget to purchase ads to put in the Program/Booklet and/or Expo Tote Bags. The Expo is a great way to get the word out about your business, group, or service, and it helps keep prices low and Thursday nights free! See the “Advertise with Us” link on the website for more details.
> Have you seem the new 2016 Expo Promo Video we just posted on the website and Facebook page? Many thanks to videographer and former homeschooler, Josh Mullins (Yes – he is the older son of Cathy & Ed Mullins!)  for putting it together! Please share it with homeschoolers (or anyone!) that may not have heard about the Expo.
> Stay tuned for more Expo “Updates” in the upcoming weeks. In the next few days we will be adding three “theme” pages to help with schedule planning – High School Helps, Youth Track, and Special needs/Struggling Learner. We will also be sending out info about volunteering, contests, prize winners, new speakers & exhibitors, etc.

The Jubilation Chorale will be giving a concert!
When?   April 24 – 3:00 pm
Where? Peace Lutheran Church, 737 Barracksview Road, Saint Louis, MO 63125

“Under the Sea” sponsored by Homeschooler Link and HELPS homeschool groups
Friday, April 29, 2016; 7-11pm
St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, 9801 Olive Blvd, St. Louis MO 63141
Cost: $20; a meal will be provided
This dance is open to those in 9th-12th who are homeschooled. Those entering 9th grade in the fall of 2016 may also attend. Each attendee may bring one guest who is not homeschooled.
King and Queen along with a full court will be crowned. Senior parents may join the dance at 10:50pm for a last dance with their student.
Dress code- Girls: nothing too short or too revealing. Boys: shirt, tie and dress pants required.
Reservations and payment can be made online at (click on the public events tab)
Deadline to register is April 25th. Questions,

The economy. We hear about it every day, but how much do we actually know about it? A first, the topic may seem confusing and dull. But in the heart of downtown St. Louis, understanding the economy comes to life in a truly dynamic way. The award-winning Inside the Economy® Museum inside the historic Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis immerses visitors in a one-of-a-kind experience. Engage in a hands-on journey through interactive exhibits, games and videos that cover topics ranging from inflation to banking to the global economy. The Inside the Economy® Museum makes learning about the economy interesting and fun for nearly all ages.
The museum is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is FREE to all visitors.
Address: 1 Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, Broadway and Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: 314-444-7309

Hi all, please see flyer detailing our next meeting, which will be held on Thurs Mar 17th, 7 PM at Creve Coeur airport in Maryland Heights, MO. As always please check our Facebook page at for directions, and all the latest updates. Since we are still in winter, if the weather looks really bad, we will post any cancellations by 4pm on the date of the meeting. Admission is free, all are welcome, and light refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there!

Strong Tower Ranch Summer Camps
Volunteers Needed!
Strong Tower Ranch is looking for volunteers to assist children on A WESTERN ADVENTURE and most importantly, to learn about JESUS!
Parents and older teens are encouraged to apply at the website, sending in the volunteer forms found there.
These Day Camp dates are:June 13-17; June 27-July 1; July 11-15; July 25-29
This would be a great opportunity for a Youth Mission trip that is close to home and very inexpensive, affording opportunities to develop relationships locally as well.
Please prayerfully consider giving of your time and energy towards such an eternal impactful opportunity.

Do you want to make an eternal difference in the lives of children this summer? Do you have an interest in local mission work? Are you between the ages of 14-18? We’d like to invite you to participate in Christian Youth in Action®, a program designed for high school students with a heart for the Lord and missions work.
Christian Youth in Action is a training program sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship®, a children’s ministry with ministry in 195 countries all over the world. Christian Youth in Action is designed to train youth to share the Gospel with children through back yard Bible clubs called 5-Day Clubs. After training you’ll have an opportunity to teach 5-Day Clubs throughout the St. Louis area in community centers, churches, Salvation Army day camps, preschools, and Christian homes.
Training takes place June 12th – 25th (a day of pre-training takes place on June 4th). After training, you’ll have the opportunity to work two to five weeks teaching 5-Day Clubs and sharing the Gospel with children all across the greater St. Louis area. If you’d like more information about Child Evangelism Fellowship visit our website at If you’d like more information about Christian Youth in Action and how you can be involved call: 636-724-7992.

Miriam has worked with many home educating families over the past 9 years to help children who have learning disabilities excel in their academics and socially/emotionally.  We are opening a new, private and very small high school in the St. Louis area for students who have multi-faceted learning disabilities and would like to get the word out to your home educating families about this new resource. Financial aid is available. Please share this information with your families. Thank you.
Miriam Academy, a new high school educating students with learning disabilities in an environment designed to help them excel, is now accepting applications for our inaugural 2016-2017 9th grade class! Miriam Academy is designed to support the education, development and college/career transition needs of our students through personalized learning experiences and a 10:1 student/teacher ratio. Miriam: The Learning Disability Experts are pleased to introduce this unique school in response to a strong need identified by area parents.
Learn more about Miriam Academy by visiting our website ( and Facebook page (, or by viewing our recent coverage in local media outlets including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,KSDKLadue NewsWebster-Kirkwood Times and the St. Louis Business Journal. To begin the application process or discuss the individual needs of your child, email Rhonda Broussard at or call 314-766-4410.

Through June, the Creation Museum in Kentucky is offering four children’s tickets free with two adult tickets.
Also the new full size replica ark museum opens July 7 this year.

Sight and Sound Theater Discount
Homeschool families and friends,
See the below special scholastic discount for our newest production of “MOSES”.  Our scholastic offer is one of our biggest discounts and we encourage you to share with other homeschool students.  To receive these significantly discounted prices, just mention code: BR16SC  Reservations can be booked online at, or phone 800.377.1277.
Click HERE for our MOSES video preview.  The production launches on March 5th.
Also, don’t forget our special “Behind the Scenes Tour” that we offer in our Branson, Mo location at only $5 per person!  You receive the unique experience of meeting our professional actors, exploring our 300-ft wrap-around stage, learning about our set-design shop, and even seeing our “animal actors” up close.
Click HERE for our 2016 calendar, pricing information, and everything else you need to know about booking our production.  We encourage you to book quickly as many dates will sell out.

PHC Teen Leadership Camps for 2016
We are excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2016 summer camp season! We are grateful for your continued interest, and we’re tremendously excited about the opportunity to serve you and your kids again this year.
You’ll see below that we’re bringing back several of the old favorites, including Moot Court, Strategic Intelligence Levels 1 & 2, and Constitutional Law; we’re also happy to offer three brand new camps: Sonnets, Singing & Stage, COLLEGE BOOTCAMP: Explore Writing, and Whose Truth? When Worldviews Collide. You’ll find this information and more by following this link.
While you’re on the website, check out our extensive descriptions for each camp, along with bios for our senior leadership team, our camp survival guide, and a sample schedule of a day in the life of a Teen Camps camper. If you have access to Facebook, head on over to our Facebook page for continued updates and frequent camp-related announcements.

Please visit and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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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