Homeschool Events List for December 1, 2016

MHM Homeschool Day
Bolduc House Museum – Homeschool Program
FieldTripZoom – Free fieldtrip
Town and Country Symphony Orchestra
JA Finance Park
Piano teachers
Holiday Movies

MHM Homeschool Day
The nights are long, the days are cold, and the holiday season is upon us.
Join us on Monday, December 5, from 10am to 2:30pm for Getting into the Holiday Spirit! We’ll spend this Homeschool Day immersed in winter holiday traditions new and old, well known and forgotten, local and international. View a long-standing exhibit in a new light and flex your creativity skills by making crafts and crafting stories.
Seeking some holiday entertainment? We’ll have holiday tunes in the Grand Hall, courtesy of The Sheldon, and—for the first time in Homeschool Day history—a special production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, courtesy of the Metro Theater Company. Tickets for the play must be purchased in advance. The Museum is covering half the cost for homeschoolers, so click here to order your tickets. Be sure to enter the code HOMESCHOOL at checkout to get the discount!
Want to give back this holiday season? We’re once again partnering with Project Linus, a national organization that helps provide handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Project Linus will be at our December Homeschool Day with supplies so students can help make no-sew fleece blankets. Project Linus will also be accepting financial and material donations. Please click here to view guidelines for donations.
**Please note:
Entrance to the History Clubhouse, intended for children ages 2 to 10, will also be ticketed on a timed-entry basis, starting at 10am. This should ensure that everyone has a quality experience. You may request tickets at the registration table; these tickets are free and first come, first served. As a reminder, all children in the History Clubhouse must be accompanied by an adult.

French Christmas Traditions – Homeschool Program
Date:  December 6, 2016
Time:  1:30-3:30 pm
Where:  Bolduc House Museum
125 S Main St, Sainte Genevieve, Missouri 63670  Bolduc House Museum
What:  Our December 6th homeschool program falls on St. Nicholas Day! The French celebrated St. Nicholas Day by teaching the children about the goodness of Nicholas, a Catholic Bishop who was known for his generosity. Our program will begin promptly at 1:30 at the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church (downtown Ste. Gen, 2 blocks from the Bolduc House). Families will sign in at the doors of the Catholic church (payment will be received there as well, exact cash preferred, no debit cards please). We will tour the beautiful old church, hear its French history, and meet Monsignor Stehly who will tell us about St. Nicholas. Then our homeschoolers will make their way to to the Bolduc House Museum, and in the spirit of St. Nicholas, the Bolduc House staff / volunteers will offer a special “open site”! The grounds will be open for 1 hour for families to explore, with many different French Christmas activities offered around the site!
Register:  Our programs fill up FAST, so pre-registration is REQUIRED! Call Sandy @ 573-535-0223 for more information or to register.
Come celebrate with us, as we learn the story of St. Nicholas and some of the unique traditions celebrated in our little French village! Joyeux Noel!
(There will be no Homeschool programs in January or February. Our programs will resume in March 2017, watch our Facebook page for more details.)

How WWII rationing changed our dinner table
Free live streaming available December 9
FieldTripZoom is offering FREE access to the National Churchill Museum’s live stream program for a limited number of registrants. Click on any link below to register. An event link will be sent to use at the date and time of the program.
You only need Internet access and a PC, laptop or tablet to participate.
Our live stream program description, date/times, and registration links are below.
During World War II, people participated in home front activities like rationing and victory gardens where much-needed resources could go towards the war effort. Travel with the National Churchill Museum back to the 1940s and experience what it was like to plan family meals using rations. This program is a wonderful supplement to math, sociology, social studies, home economics, and reading. Grades: 4th – 6th
December 9, 2016 | 10:10 AM CST
December 9 | 12:10 PM CST
December 9 | 2:10 PM CST
Please feel free to visit FieldTripZoom’s website at,  call them at 1-800-825-3127 or email at to find out how you can attend more of these great events!

Town and Country Symphony Orchestra
December 11, 2016; 2:30 pm
Ridgway Auditorium, The Principia, 13201 Clayton Rd., Town & Country, MO 63131
The holidays seem to start earlier and earlier each year, don’t they?!  Well, the TCSO will continue to offer our Holiday Season concert in the month of December … no earlier!
Principia’s Ridgway Auditorium will be beautifully decorated and our intermission will include family-friendly treats and drinks.  This concert is a spirit-lifting exploration of holiday inspired music including soloists and tunes you’ll sing right along with.

JA Finance Park Homeschool Day
March 17, 2017; 9:30am-2:00pm
A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park is offering a visit day for our home schooling parent/teachers and students and we hope you’ll participate!
Teens rarely think about buying health insurance, child care, or evaluating investment choices. At A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park, they do!  JA Finance Park combines curriculum based learning with a day-long visit to a fully interactive, simulated economy. Students in 7th-12th grades (ages 13-19) are introduced to personal finance and career exploration. They receive family and income scenarios, identify lifestyle goals, visit 13 businesses to learn about 21 budget categories, create a budget, make purchasing decisions, and pay for their expenses. In the tablet-based program, students assume a persona of a provider for a family and must accommodate the needs of the family without overspending. Educators assist student learning by preparing students before the visit day and debriefing the experience after the visit day. Parent volunteers help guide the students through the JA Finance Park simulation.
Program Objectives
JA Finance Park will meet the needs of a diverse group of students by providing engaging, academically enriching experiential lessons. Following participation in the JA Finance Park experience, students will be able to:
-recognize the services of financial institutions
-understand the advantages of saving, investing, and using credit wisely
-examine the role of insurance in risk management
-examine the impact that credit scores and credit reporting have on personal finance
-discover the importance of spending money wisely
-recognize planning and budgeting as valuable tools
-apply classroom learning in the simulation by creating a family budget based on a hypothetical life situation
The JA Finance Park program curriculum is composed of 13 required teacher-taught lessons that are easy to use, with minimal preparation time. The curriculum culminates in a hands-on, tablet-based budgeting simulation that is implemented at our A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park, located inside the Dennis and Judy Jones Free Enterprise Center in Chesterfield, MO, with the assistance of volunteers who receive online training for their roles at JA Finance Park.  The simulation is approximately 4½ hours long.
I am providing this link to explain the way the JA Finance Park simulation works:  Visit Day Information
Once you have accessed the power-point, look to the left of the page and select “Arrival” on the drop down list.  The homeschool business assignment is sent out individually, so tell us if you want your student grouped with a specific student during the visit day.  Also, some parents (6-13) are asked to volunteer and assist with the JA Finance Park simulation.  Please contact Cheryl Bohlen (636-728-0707, ext. 234; with any question that you may have. Click to: ENROLL NOW!

Piano Artistry Studio
Ryan and Laura Abshier
St. Peters
Four-week Christmas piano lesson sessions starting now! Come and learn some of your favorite Christmas music. Ryan and Laura Abshier of Piano Artistry Studio are offering four, half-hour private piano lessons for $80 in the St. Peters area. All materials included with extra music to take home and play during the holidays. No prior piano experience required. For beginning to advanced levels.
Ryan and Laura Abshier, owners and instructors of Piano Artistry Studio, provide piano instruction in St. Charles County. They offer lower tuition rates to homeschoolers who have lessons before 3pm on weekdays. A separate waiting area is available so that siblings can have an area to play or study. Ryan and Laura each hold Master’s degrees in piano and have over twenty years of combined experience teaching piano. Emphasizing excellent training, creative expression, personal achievement, and systematic curriculum, they teach classical, popular, and church/worship music to all ages and skill levels.

Hi-Pointe Theater
1005 McCausland Avenue, St Louis, MO 63117
It’s time for Holidays at the Hi-Pointe! Don’t miss a single one!
Saturdays in December. All shows at 10:30am.
Still just $5.00 a ticket!

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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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