Homeschool Events List for March 26, 2016

Historic Site Focus Group
Group Leaders’ Fellowship
Homeschool Expo
FVL South County
HSLDA Poetry Contest
Dance Opportunity
LifeLight Youth Theatre
Seeking Entrepreneurial Kid
Project MEGSSS

Hello Home School Families!
My name is Victoria Cosner and I am the Site Administrator for the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles, Missouri.
I am interested in conducting a focus group on educational offerings at this site. We are looking to create programs that would suit the needs of various types of home schooling families. I would like to do the first one Thursday, March 31 from 10am to noon and Friday, April 1 from 1-3.
I am looking for a maximum of 10 educators to talk to me for an hour or two on what we could offer you and your families to fit in your educational plans.
We will have a special free program for your kids on 1820’s Missouri History with our staff while you meet with me. They will be able to churn some butter, use a washboard, and make a historic craft. They will also make a snack for you!
Please contact Victoria Cosner at 636-940-3322 to make reservations and let us know you would be willing to help us out. We may do a couple of these so if this one does not work, let me know you are interested and I will contact you for the next one.
Thank you for any consideration and feel free to pass this along to other organizations and friends.

Group Leaders’ Fellowship
Where: First Evangelical Free Church – room 300
When: Thursday, April 7, 2016; 3:00 pm  –   4:30 pm
You are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and fellowship on Thursday, April 7th before the Expo officially begins.  As the volunteers are helping the exhibitors set up their booths, leaders will enjoy the following:
A short time of fellowship from 3:00 – 3:30 PM
A word of encouragement at 3:30 PM.
“Homeschool Leadership is Like Marriage-Know What You’re Getting Into!”
Marriage and leading a homeschool organization have a lot in common. Speaker Carol Topp shares her insights from her 30 years of marriage and 15 years of advising homeschool leaders using Hebrews 13 as an inspiration. This opening session will encourage and remind leaders that they are doing an important, but difficult, job.
Criteria for attending?  If you consider yourself a leader in the homeschool community, then you are invited to attend!
Cost?  Nothing, zip, nada, zero!  This is our gift to you!
Sign Up?   Register for Leaders’ Fellowship HERE
(Note: Registration is required so that we know how much food to purchase.  Also, this meeting is for adults only…sorry!)
Deadline? Registration due by Tuesday, April 5th!

We’ve been getting lots of great feedback about the 2016 Expo…and also lots of questions! Check the Expo website frequently at as we update information and try to provide answers. Please feel free to contact us if you do not see the info you need on the website or Facebook Page. Below are some important updates, including contest winners. Thanks for helping to spread the word about the 2016 Expo! Looking forward to seeing everyone on April 7-9!
The Expo Board
-Our “Track Talks links” are up! We are so excited about the speakers and seminars in the Youth Interest Track, the Struggling Learner Track, and the High School Helps Track. We are still adding seminars and updating the descriptions so please check back frequently!
-Don’t forget to register for the Children’s Program by midnight on March 21st to be entered in the drawing for Expo Cash! Deadline to sign up is April 1st and there will be no “at the door” registration this year. The 2016 Children’s Program will be 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.
-Please consider purchasing an ad OR helping help us sell an ad in the Expo Program/Booklet and/or Expo Tote Bags (Would your hair stylist, dentist, chiropractor, groomer, pet-sitter, computer tech, electrician, carpenter, etc. like to buy an ad and connect with the homeschool community?). It is a GREAT way to spread the word about a business, group, or service, and the ad income helps us keep prices low and Thursday nights free! For only $50 your business card goes to over 2000 families. See the “Advertise with Us” link on the website for more detail.

The Family Vision South County Grand Opening
April 16 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Open house celebration! Visit our brand-new South County location!
1387 Covington Manor Lane, St. Louis, MO 63125

HSLDA Poetry Contest
Celebrate National Poetry Month this April by giving
your children a creative incentive to write a poem of their own!
HSLDA’s annual spring Poetry Contest gives all homeschooled students from ages 7 to 19 a place to have fun practicing their poetic techniques in a creative response to one of three classic poems. *Age as of April 1, 2016
Open to HSLDA members and non-members alike and offering cash prizes upwards of $200, this contest promises to be a fun, educational experience for all!
View Contest Info & Guidelines
-Category 1 – Ages 7-10*  “Sick”
Renowned for his brilliantly humorous children’s poems and illustrations, Shel Silverstein gave us “Sick,” a poem in which a little girl tells of all her aches and woes to avoid having to go to school, only to learn something surprising at the end. The story blows up like a big fat bubble and suddenly goes *POP* in the final lines! Can you write a poem with a surprising twist at the end like that?
-Category 2 – Ages 11-14*  “Daffodils”
One of Wordsworth’s most famous works, “Daffodils” sends you on a journey through majestic scenes and nudges you to look for such splendor in your own surroundings. Perhaps you treasure many small memories when time seemed to stand still, or perhaps a few important moments simply made you burst with enthusiasm! Share one or more of those special memories with us in your poem this year.
-Category 3 – Ages 15-19*  “What is White?”
In her beloved collection of thought-provoking treasures, Hailstones and Halibut Bones, Mary O’Neill addresses the many forms that the color white takes. White can be concrete, like a “marshmallow” or “a ship’s sail!” White can also be “the part you can’t remember in a dream.” Challenge your creativity this year by selecting an adjective and writing a poem that describes or gives shape to it.
To get a sense of what to include or avoid when writing a poem, you can view the judges’ comments or read the winning poems from previous years!
Guidelines and entry forms can be found on our website, as well as information about our other annual contests for art, photography, and essay. We look forward to reading your creative rhymes!

Dance Opportunity
Joy Melcher, Civil War Lady, is sponsoring two historic balls at the Mahler Ballroom next month here in St Louis.  There are not only costume Balls to attend, but also luncheons and tours that you can sign up for throughout the weekend.
Link to Mahler Ballroom:  This link gives you the address, and pictures of this gorgeous venue.
Here is the link to all the activities for April 15/16:
Dance Discovery will perform The Four Cradles, on Friday, April 15, at the Regency Ball.  Dr John Ramsay discovered this dance in the Library of Congress, complete with music, dance instructions and a wonderful diagram, dated 1803.  Bringing this dance to life was a joy, and to share it again is the best!
Please feel free to share this link with your groups, and anyone you think may be interested in the events.

LifeLight Youth Theatre
Summer 2016 Performing Arts Workshops. Shine this Summer with LifeLight.
Performing Arts Camps for Ages 3 – 21.
June 2016
12:30pm- 4:30pm.
You must be registered for camps to audition!
All enrolled campers are cast and auditions are part of the educational experience and help us to cast you in the perfect part.  Scroll down for links to register online for all camps and workshops. 1/2 day campers do not need to audition.
June 13 – One Day Theatre Workshops-
“Jedi Training” Stage Combat Workshop (ages 8-14) –
or Improv Workshop for teens (ages 12 & up).
Click here to register or for info!
June 20- June 24- “Pirate & Princess” Musical Theatre Revue Performance Workshop (ages 3-6 & ages 7-12)- all NEW Disney fun.
Click here to register or for info!
June 20- June 24- “DIRECT FROM BROADWAY” Musical Theatre Revue Performance Workshop (ages 12 – young adult)
Click here to register or for info!
June 27- July 1- “DISNEY’S THE LION KING KIDS” Week Long Broadway Performance Workshop (ages 5-8 & 8- young adult)
Click here to register or for info!
July Camps
July 11- July 15- GODSPELL JR  Week Long Broadway Performance Workshop (ages 8- young adult)
Click here to register or for info!
August Camps
August 1- August 5- SHREK JR Week Long Broadway Performance Workshop (ages 5-8 and ages 8- young adult)- this is a must do!
Click here to register or for info!
LifeLight Youth Theatre

Seeking Entrepreneurial Kid for Business Opportunity
Toffee On The Run began as a goal in the heart of an eight-year-old girl to raise money for a plane ticket and a mission trip to Senegal, Africa.  Only five weeks later, she had surpassed her goals, and wasn’t stopping there.  An official toffee-making business was born.
TOTR makes, markets, and ships multiple flavors of toffee nationwide, and continues to grow in popularity.  “Everyone loves toffee. Even people who say they don’t like it end up loving it after they try it.  It’s so much fun to put a smile on peoples’ face.”
Now, four years later, this business owner is ready to pass the spoon onto another young entrepreneur.  “I feel like I’ve learned so much by having a business. I want to share this knowledge and sense of accomplishment with another kid.” says 12 year old Julie.
Do you know a young someone who has the drive to own their own business? Toffee On The Run is well-established and excited for a new chapter of it’s life with the next owner. You can find all of the details on the website:

Project MEGSSS
A 35 year old, St. Louis-based nonprofit, provides challenging summer and after-school mathematics programs for current 4th through 7th grade students who show talent in mathematics. We have two different summer programs available, our traditional Elements challenge program (summer with the option of continuing after-school) for highly talented 5th and 6th graders and #MathJam15, a summer camp for current 4-7th graders (rising 5th through 8th) who are both good at math and interested in more math challenge.
-Elements: By nomination only; nominations are being accepted now through May. 5th and 6th grade students nominated for our traditional programs are pre-qualified by testing prior to entry in the summer introductory Elements program. Students do not have to be formally identified as gifted to participate. Generally, nominated students are well ahead of grade level in math, and would be those scoring in the 98th percentile in math and 95th percentile in reading, on standardized tests. However, if your child gets the right answers in math, but can’t explain how he/she did it, this might actually be an indication of math talent! For more information, click on the Elements photo on our website, contact Stephanie at, or nominate your student at
-#MathJam15: This year, we are opening our summer camp to a small group of current 4-7th graders (rising 5th through 8th) interested in a ten-day summer math experience. It is highly recommended that current 5th and 6th graders also consider the Elements program if they feel they may qualify. Hands-on math mornings will be followed by After Math, a mashup of science, writing, art, and math fun. This is a chance for excellent math students to spend time in a challenging atmosphere with other students of their own age who think in some of the same ways they do. Registering now. For more info, click on the MathJam program picture on our website or contact Teresa at
Project MEGSSS’ programs are designed to broaden exposure to higher-level math concepts, while introducing students to formal logic and developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Programs now in St. Louis and Rolla. If your child has the potential to aim high in math, go online for more information. Give your child the gift of challenge and watch them grow!

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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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