Homeschool Events List for December 7, 2016

Homeschool Co-op
Hour of Computer Code
Pillar classes
Homeschool Shooting Sports
Contact Six Flags
Baseball Lessons
Ice Skating

Homeschool Co-op
Cedar Hill Homeschoolers Co-Op will be having open registration for the Winter/Spring semester next Thursday, December 8 from 5-7pm in the basement of First Baptist Church of Cedar Hill.
The new semester begins January 11 and will run through the end of April with optional make-up weeks (for snow days) running into May.  The co-op meets weekly on Wednesdays from 9am-2pm with a 1 hour lunch break.
There are classes for all age ranges, Pre-K through 12th grade.
The cost to become a member is $15 per family per year.  The base cost for each class is $10.  In addition, each class will have variable fees for teacher supplies and curriculum, usually running an extra $5-15 per class (usually on the lower end).  For every 3 classes a child is signed up for, the 4th is free.  For each class you teach, you get 1 free class for one of your children.  Nursery is provided for teachers and volunteers.  Here is the class schedule for this coming semester.  If you would like to teach a class, please let Carla Goad know ASAP!
Pre-K (3 & 4 yr olds) (I believe it’s $25 for the 3 hours)
Health (7th-12th)
Little House on the Prairie (3rd-7th)
Elementary Science and Bible (K-2nd)
Stems (K-3rd)
Ecology (6th-12th)
Current Events (4th-12th)
Cake Decorating (3rd-8th)
History Through the Bible (K-5)
Women of the Bible (4t-12th)
Peace Through Poetry (6th-12th)
Crafts (K-5th)
Stems and Robotics (4th-12th)
Research Paper (continued) (8th-12th)
If interested or even just on the fence about taking classes, please join the co-op’s Facebook group to learn more.
There are also various field trips throughout the year, and anyone interested in only the field trips may participate with just the yearly $15 registration fee required (per family).
If you have an idea for a class and are interested in teaching next semester, please contact Carla Goad ASAP.  Carla can also answer any further questions you may have, through the Facebook group or on her cell 636-300-7206.

Hour of Computer Code
We know many homeschoolers are busy with holiday prep and events, but wanted to let you know about an awesome FREE “Hour of Computer Code” workshop/class for your high schooler coming up on Tuesday, December 13th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Homelink building in Room 9 (Homelink is located in the St. Andrew Catholic School at 309 E Hoffmeister Ave, St. Louis, MO 63125). It is definitely worth trying to fit this opportunity into your hectic December schedule!
Shane Klein taught the popular workshop/class at the Homelink location (and at some private and public schools) last year and we got great feedback from those that participated! He is a computer science major at Rolla’s Missouri University of Science and Technology, and has been authorized by Microsoft to offer the class for free (Shane is also a former homeschooler and Homelink student!).
Here is the class description:
The “Hour of Computer Code” is a workshop to introduce students to basic computer science concepts. Students will learn to write code to solve Minecraft-themed puzzles. There will giveaways from Microsoft, and drawings for free prizes, including a Bluetooth speaker and a cellphone power bank.
The class is for high school students but some 8th graders might be able to attend IF ready for a high school level computer class. Participants should bring their laptop or tablet. Please make sure the devices are charged if possible since electrical outlets might be limited.
The class is free and open to non-Homelink students and non- SHARE members, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED so we can plan for the room size and prizes. To register, go to the SHARE website ( and click on the “Calendar” link and then on “Computer Code” on the December 13th box.  A window will appear and the “Click here to Sign-up” link is at the bottom.  Please fill out all necessary information prompts, including student’s name, age, grade, and contact information AND a parent’s name and contact info.
NOTE: The SHARE Libraries are right across the hall from Room 9 and parents and/or siblings are welcome to wait there during the “Hour of Computer Code” workshop.
A huge thanks to Shane for taking the time out of his busy schedule to offer this class!
Feel free to contact us with any questions. Hope your student can make it!  Cathy & Kerrie
Cathy Mullins ( or 314-769-7965)
Kerrie Tate ( or 314-791-0000)

In the spring of 2016, UMSL’s Advanced Credit Program began a new program called ACP Online, which enables high school students to take college courses online. Because the program was a success, we are proud to invite you to register for Spring 2017 courses. We encourage you to visit our ACP Online website for more information and to register.
This semester, we will be offering one introductory course in each of the following areas: Communications, Economics, Gender Studies, and Physics.
These online courses are strictly for Missouri high school students and are offered for $64 per credit hour ($192 per course). This is approximately $800 less than the same courses would cost you as an on-campus UMSL student. So, take these courses now to save time and money!
Enrollment is opens January 2 and is on a first-come, first served basis. Each course will need a minimum number of students to run and each will be capped at 40 students. Any Missouri high school student is eligible, so your classmates may be from many different high schools.
Please discuss the opportunity with your parents or guardians. Also, ask if an ACP Online course you’re interested in can be counted for dual credit. Your school will not need approval from us to offer the high school credit; the choice is theirs. If the course is not approved for dual credit at your high school, you can still take an ACP Online course and receive the college credit through UMSL.
Students who have a health condition or disability, which may require accommodations in order to participate effectively in any course, should contact the Disability Access Services Office (314-516-6654).

Pillar classes
New Classes Available. 2nd Semester Registration is Open.
Call 636 – 386 – 7722 or drop by Mon -Thur 9 to 5 to register for classes,
15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO
>>Management 101
Instructor: Mike Ford
9th -12th Grades,    12 weeks – January 10 – April 4, 2017,    Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00
This course will explore the different components of management used in everyday work life. Gaining insight from the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, we will tell a story of how God used men to accomplish a seemingly unachievable task and how they used their management and leadership skills for this task. The takeaway from this course will be learning the basics of management and leadership and applying them in everyday life situations.
Instructors: Vickie Weller, Laura Hecht, Lisa Carper
High school class, 11th -12th Grade students will be given priority , January 26 – May 4, 2017 ,  Thursday 2:00 – 4:00
An important component of a college prep home education is to develop social skills that promote confidence, character, and leadership while glorifying God. The Etiquette class will be an interactive and participatory classroom where principles and the practical application of etiquette will be presented, discussed and practiced. Students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones to practice and further develop their etiquette skills to help others to feel comfortable, valued and possibly even loved, all the while not compromising their own moral beliefs. During this semester course, students will learn many skills including: warm introductions, the art of conversation – including listening skills and body language, written correspondence, technology etiquette – including social media and cell phone use, roles of a gentleman/lady, illness and disability etiquette, scholarship and job interviewing, community manners, personal presentation, hospitality, and dining etiquette. There will be a casual luncheon and a semiformal dinner (cost $30) which all students are required to attend.

Saint Louis Area Homeschool Shooting Sports
On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, come to Saint Louis’ Incredible Pizza Company between 4:00 and 8:00 pm and help us start the 2017 season with a bang! Pull the trigger on an evening of food and fun and bring your whole family to celebrate with home schooled youth shooters from around the St. Louis area.
A percentage of proceeds will be donated to Saint Louis Area Homeschool Shooting Sports and used to support youth shooting sports programs such as the Saint Louis Interceptors home schooled youth shotgun team.  When you arrive, just let them know you wish to support our fundraiser.
Package prices available for attendees:
$25.99 – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and Unlimited Drinks, a $10 Gamecard, and 4 Attractions
$26.99 – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and Unlimited Drinks and a $25 Gamecard
$34.99 – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and Unlimited Drinks, a $10 Gamecard, 6 Attractions and 2 Hours of Open Play on Video Games
Attendees can also purchase buffets alone at regular prices:
Adults (12+) – $9.99; $7.99 lunch special (11am-4pm)
Seniors (55+) – $5.99
Children (8-11) – $8.49
Children (4-7) – $6.99
Children (3 & under) – FREE
Drink only (includes drink, slushy, ice cream) – $2.25
Please invite your friends and family to come out to enjoy and support this event.  You can forward this e-mail or share the event on facebook:

Contact Six Flags
SHARE mom, Katie Donahue, shares this sad news about the 6 Flags Reading Program:
~I think this may be valuable information to send out to the homeschool community. Six Flags Read to Succeed updated their policy for 2016-2017 school year to discontinue providing tickets for teachers with less than 8 students (i.e. majority of homeschool families). Please take a moment to send them some feedback on their “contact us” tab and let them know how you feel about this change. Thank you for your time.

Baseball lessons
Are any of your children interested in baseball lessons focusing on fielding, hitting, catching, pitching, etc? The Sports Barn in Wentzville, Missouri is offering lessons for those who are interested on developing and improving their baseball skills. My name is Andrew Quiles and I am an instructor at the Sports Barn. I have played baseball my entire life and have a love for the game. I have a very flexible schedule and am available from 10am-10pm Monday through Sunday. The prices for Lessons are as follows:
1 on 1
$45 for 30 minute
$90 for 1 hour
2 on 1
$55 for 30
$110 for 1 hour
3 on 1
$129 for 1 hour
One can also purchase a 5 or 10 pack of lessons for a discounted price.
If you have any questions or want to inquire any further information, please contact at me at 305-801-3834. I look forward to hearing from you all and having the opportunity to work with your children!

Ice Skating
Two of our recreation complexes house ice skating rinks in the winter months; Greensfelder Recreation Complex in West St. Louis County and Kennedy Recreation Complex in South St. Louis County.
Greensfelder Recreation Complex
(314) 615-8472
Season runs from October 8, 2016 – February 25, 2017
Public Session Times:
Sunday – 3 – 5 p.m.
Monday – 10 a.m. – Noon & 3 – 5 p.m.
Tuesday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Wednesday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Thursday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Friday – 3 – 5 p.m. & 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday – 7 – 9 p.m.
Kennedy Recreation Complex
(314) 615-5572
Season runs from October 3, 2016 – March 9, 2017
Public Session Times:
Sunday – 12:15 – 2:15 p.m. & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Monday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Tuesday – 10 a.m. – Noon & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Thursday – 10 a.m. – Noon
Friday – 10 a.m. – Noon & 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday – 2:15 – 4:14 p.m. & 7 – 9 p.m.
Admission Fees (for both rinks):
3 and under, Free (when accompanied by an adult)
Child 4 – 12, $4/person
Adult 13 – 64, $5/person
Senior 65+, $4/person
Skate Rental – $1/person
Lockers – $0.25/locker (quarters only)

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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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