Homeschool Events List for August 9, 2016

Simplifying Social Media
Down and Dirty
Sing at South
Pint-Size Predators
Teacher Open House
Homeschool Morning at the Magic House

Simplifying Social Media
August 11 – December 8 (Second Thursdays)
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
TFV South County, along with Response! Targeted Marketing, is pleased to offer a series of social media classes designed to benefit you in your business endeavors. These informational seminars are open to the public.
Seminars will be held the second Thursday of each month, August through December. We will gather at 8AM each morning and have a short coffee/networking time. Seminars will begin at 8:30 sharp. A $10 suggested donation per class will be accepted to support the work of The Family Vision.
Space is limited. Please call ahead and reserve your seat today.
The Family Vision: South County, 1387 Covington Manor Lane, St. Louis, MO 63125
(With so many homeschoolers being self-employed I thought this was relevant)

Down and Dirty
Aug 25, 2016 09:30 am – 11:30 am
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
(Ages 3–6) Remember the fun days of sand boxes and mud pies? Here is the chance to relive some of the joys of our childhood with your own children. We’ll provide the dirt; you bring the clean clothes for the ride home! Adults, separate from the children, will learn about the importance of unstructured play and nature exploration for the healthy development of young children. At the same time, our naturalists will take the children to the nature play area where they use their imaginations to get down and dirty in our big pile of dirt! (Reservations begin August 11 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Sing at South
The Lutheran High School “Junior Singers” welcome students in grade 5 through 8 (ages 10 – 14) to “Sing at South” with them this year.  The Junior Singers are beginning their fourth year of singing success, combining voices from around the area as a “select” middle school choir.  Students from any educational setting are welcome, including public, private, and home schools in addition to Lutheran schools.  A singer-friendly audition is required where students sing “Row Your Boat” and “Happy Birthday” to demonstrate pitch-matching and rhythm skills.  Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8:30 pm in the LHSS Choir Room at the school on Tesson Ferry near Gravois.  Students learn music reading and ensemble singings skills along with responsibility and group cooperation during the rehearsals which include musical games as well as choral music.   The choir performs at LHSS concerts throughout the year.  The Junior Singers are led by Greg Gastler, LHSS Choir Director, and assisted by Kelly McCord, LHSS Elementary Music Specialist.  Schedule an audition for your singer by calling Mr. Gastler at 314-833-1063 or by emailing  Auditions will be held  at LHSS on Monday and Tuesday afternoons after school, August 29 & 30, with “last-minute” auditions at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 6, before the first rehearsal at 7 pm.  Annual tuition is $60 payable to LHSS.  Adults are welcome to observe both auditions and rehearsals. Several former Junior Singers are currently singing in the advanced choirs at LHSS.  Come, audition with a friend, and “Sing at South!”

Pint-Size Predators
Aug 30, 2016 09:30 am – 11:00 am
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
(Ages 6 and up) Two elegant insects that hunt and eat other insects are the dragonfly and the praying mantis. They have adaptations for totally different hunting strategies, one patrolling the air and the other staying put until the moment of ambush. Have you seen any? Were you impressed and curious? Come have some fun this morning while learning more about them. (Reservations begin August 16 by calling 314-301-1500.) Reserve by Aug 29, 2016

Teacher Open House
Wednesday, August 31 at 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bahama Buck’s, 6010 Mid Rivers Mall Rd, Saint Peters, Missouri 63017
Bahama Buck’s values education and our teachers! We would like to invite teachers to stop by our store on Mid Rivers Mall Drive for a Teacher’s open house on August 31 from 3:30-6:30 pm.

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
Begins October 3, 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)
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.  Our 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 12 months 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, SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! Please feel free to copy this and forward to them.  It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
-We have 4 Magic House dates.  There is no September or December event.
-Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
-Mark your calendar for these future dates:
November 7, 2016
January 9, 2017 (2nd Monday)
February 6, 2017
-If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at
>>>Special Exhibit<<<
Kings, Queens and Castles
October 1, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Kings, Queens & Castles, a children’s chess exhibit co-created by The World Chess Hall of Fame and The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum, brings the game of chess to life and provides an engaging introduction to individual chess pieces and game strategy. Designed for children ages 3 to 11, Kings, Queens & Castles features an array of interactive elements including a medieval castle complete with turret slides, a giant chess board floor and life-size chess pieces, the chance to make custom made fanciful crowns, oversized interlocking bricks to build the castle walls, a custom digital memory book app and more. This new exhibit invites children to learn more about this classic game as well as to pique the interest for those who already play.

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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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