Homeschool Events List for July 23, 2016

Homeschool Baseball
Homeschool Information Meeting
Freedom Christian Learning Center
Bolduc House Museum
Memorial Homeschool Co-op
Fine Arts Classes
Metro-East Co-ops
Cottage School
Free guitar lessons
WCCHE Back to School Picnic
Peter Pan, the musical
Homeschool Encouragement

Homeschool Baseball
The St. Louis Patriots homeschool baseball organization is forming teams for the Fall 2016 season. If your son is interested in playing baseball, please send his name and date of birth to Patriots’ director, Mark Valle, by July 15 at: You can learn more about the Patriots at

The SHARE annual Homeschool Helps Workshop Day is a great place to find answers, guidance, and support. We try to fit as much valuable information as possible into one summer day! We want to answer your FAQ’s and help everyone prepare for the upcoming school year. Please mark your calendars and feel free to come. The workshops are free and open to everyone…including non-homeschoolers and non-SHARE members.
The workshops will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2016 and will be held at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 7717 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves MO 63119.  The church is centrally located near Hwy 44 and 40 and has plenty of space and AC! (Same location as in past years).
See all the details (in blue) below about the two workshops. The first one is a New Home Educators Workshop (for pre-school – 7th grade) from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, and the second is our High School Helps Seminar (for 7th – 12th grade) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Parents of jr. high students are welcome to attend both seminars, but those jr. high families that have been homeschooling for a few years will probably find the morning session unnecessary. The afternoon session would be a good fit for both newbies and veterans with jr. high students. Remember – it is wise to start planning for the high school years BEFORE they arrive!
Both workshops are free but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. We need to know how many are attending so that we can prepare enough handouts and decide what rooms to use.
To register, go to Click on HOMESCHOOL HELPS WORKSHOPS on the top bar– click on “Here” and a description of the workshop with registration at the bottom will appear.
Register all people who will be coming and be sure to indicate which session(s) you are attending. Please write any questions you have in the appropriate box. It is very helpful for us to get your questions ahead of time!
Sorry – there is no childcare for this event but nursing babies are allowed, of course. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch or snacks to eat in the Lighthouse Fellowship Hall, or stop by one of the area restaurants (There are quite a few in the neighborhood).

Freedom Christian Learning Center
Serving the homeschool community of Lincoln County and surrounding areas
Classes offered for 3rd – 12thgrade!
Check out our Website:
2016/17 Learning Center Days: Tuesdays
Orientation Night – Meet the Teachers; Tuesday, August 16th
First Day of Classes; Tuesday, August 23rd
This Year…Online Registration!!!
Late registration fee increase will apply after July 31st!
Location: Living Hope Church of Christ, 887 Old Moscow Mills Rd. Troy, MO 63379

August Event at the Bolduc House Museum
WHAT:   HOMESCHOOL TUESDAY AT STE. GENEVIEVE…it’s a history hunt around the town!
We will explore Ste. Genevieve and gather information and sweet treats along the way!
WHEN:  Tuesday, August 2, 2016
TIME:  1:30-3:00 p.m.
WHERE:   Bolduc House Museum, 125 S. Main St., Sainte Genevieve, Missouri, 63670
WHAT:   Bring a bottle of water and your walking shoes! Homeschool families will hunt for history around old Ste. Genevieve – maps and questions will be given at the start of the program and families will explore Ste. Genevieve, gathering information and sweet treats along the way!
COST:  $4/student, $10/family.
Pre-register by calling/texting Sandy (573-535-0223) or emailing her at
The Bolduc House Museum hosts Homeschool Programs the First Tuesday of the month, 1:30-3:30pm.

Memorial Homeschool Co-op
A Christian, parent-led coop that meets on Wednesday mornings in Clayton. We have hands-on classes and field trips for 3 years old -5th grade in subjects ranging from science to art to social studies.  Fees are charged to cover supplies and to pay parent teachers.  Nursery is provided. Email or call Rebekah Bennett at 314-609-9240 or

Fine Arts Classes
Are you baffled at how to give your kids quality fine arts education as a homeschool mom?  Do you want it to be fun but in an encouraging Christian environment?  Then look no further—the new Canaan Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) is just the place for you!  Founded on the tradition of excellence you have come to expect from the Jubilation Chorale, CAFA will offer a variety of classes meeting weekly on Wednesday afternoons at Canaan Baptist Church, beginning Wed. Aug. 31. (Private lessons will be at the availability of the instructor).  The complete brochure with detailed information is headed for the printers now. Classes will be offered at reasonable budget friendly prices and will include multi-student discounts. All classes will have several opportunities to perform each year. (This does not include the theory class).  Classes offered this fall include:
General Music for Early Elementary—Grades Kg – 2
Jubilee Choir—Grades 3-6th
Jubilation Chorale—Grades 7-12
Jubilation Revelation—Grades 7-12 (a worship team including light drama)
Beginning Band—Grades 6-12
Music Theory—Grades 9-12
Private Lessons—Grades 1-12 for voice, piano, and all instruments
Contact information:
Laura Scheidhauer  314-402-5038 or
Brian Roberts  314-487-1730 or

Metro-East Co-ops
Hello! We have emailed previously about Collinsville Homeschool Co-op, CHC, and what it has been offering to homeschool families on the Illinois side of the region. Sadly due to facility issues, CHC will no longer be offering homeschool classes.
I am excited to say that a smaller class group has formed and will begin offering opportunities for this fall. Community Academy will be serving homeschool families in the Metro a East with educational and enrichment classes two afternoons per week through a new partnership with the Edwardsville YMCA and SIUE. Spanish, science, art, and PE for students in grades K-12.
More details can be found in our Facebook group,, or by emailing
The other is called Legacy Cooperative, and will meet on Fridays from 9:15 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Collinsville, IL. If you have further questions, you may contact Legacy Cooperative at

Cottage School
Wednesdays, from 9am – 3pm at The Pavilion at Lemay and serves Grades K-5
I am so grateful to live in an area with such a large homeschooling population and the many programs available for support – many of which I use myself! However, there are certain things I wanted for my own young children that I wasn’t finding anywhere else. I’ve always loved Classical, Charlotte Mason, Waldorf, and Montessori approaches, and so I created a cottage school that I hope incorporates the best of these methods in a way that offers a high-level of quality but also affordability. It has been a long road in the making, but I feel God has opened doors that will allow us to provide a great service to the local homeschooling and alternative education community. Please check out our website to learn more, and we’d love to hear any feedback. Thanks!! Michelle Perjak

Free Guitar Classes
Thursday Nights
New Location:
Renewed Spirit Community Church, 1405 West Main Street, Festus, MO 63028
Classes begin September 08, 2016 Lower level.   Classes will end in May 2017, Classes are dismissed Thanksgiving through December 31st.
Classes offered:
>>Joyful Noise (a class for beginners) this class meets from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This is a note class for beginner students-children and adults, 8 years of age and up. Students will learn to read notes and will be introduced to some theory.
Requirements:  Purchase book:  Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method 1, bring a music stand, an extra set of strings and picks, an electronic guitar tuner, 3 ring binder and pencil.
>>Joyful Strings (a beginner’s chords class) this class meets from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  This class is for individuals who would like to play the guitar using chords, 8 years of age and up. (Students are not required to read notes)
Requirements:    Purchase book:  Jumbo Easy Guitar Songbook by Hal Leonard, Bring music stand, an extra set of strings and picks, an electronic guitar tuner, 3 ring binder and pencil
If you need to purchase a guitar we recommend the Rogue guitar which can be purchased online through Musicians Friend, see website for special sale prices.
Please contact Don or Sharon to register / reserve your seat for this class:
Contact information: Don or Sharon Cummins call 636-465-0860 – if no answer please leave your name and number for a return call
Last day to register for classes is 09-06-2016

WCCHE Back to School Picnic
Saturday, August 27th; 4:00pm
You don’t want to miss this upcoming annual event. It is a great way to meet new friends and re-connect with others. It’s a great opportunity to be encouraged by veteran homeschool families and to acquire information about your homeschooling adventure. There will be tables set up so you can get information and sign up for various extra-curricular activities in the homeschool community. Mark your calendar and plan to come out and enjoy this wonderful family event. This event is open to all perspective, new, and veteran homeschool families.
Date: Saturday, August 27th Time: 4:00 pm (We’ll eat around 5:30ish)
Location: Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Go to the WCCHE website ( and sign up for this event. Barbeque will be provided by West County Christian Home Educators
WHAT YOU BRING: Last name A-L Bring a side dish and a beverage to share. Last name M-Z Bring a dessert and a beverage to share. Bring lawn chairs
Please help with this event:
Help set up or clean up: Contact Heather Kesselring at or text her at 314-593-0047
Help with Decorations: Contact Krisi Maichel at or 636-422-8226
For any other questions regarding details, contact Carol Walker at or 636-284-9229

Peter Pan, the musical
Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30 at 7pm
Christ Memorial Lutheran Church: 5252 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63126
With just three short but intense weeks of rehearsal DaySpring students ages 6-18 will wow you with their performances of the full production of “Peter Pan” the musical. Follow Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John on their adventures as they fight pirates, save Tinker Bell, and declare that they will “never grow up!”
This sweet, fun, and endearing show will touch your heart and the upbeat musical numbers will have you leaving the theater singing! Surely this show will not disappoint an audience of all ages.
Tickets: available online (online fees apply) or at the door
General Admission $12 Adults & $8 Children (ages 3-12)
Want more details or an easy way to share this with your friends?  Join our facebook event!

Homeschool Encouragement
One of these blog posts is a little older than the other, but both are important reminders.
Carren Joye
Heather Sanders

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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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