Homeschool Events List for February 9, 2017

Saint Louis Interceptors
Homeschool Gymnastic Days
MHM Homeschool Day
Homeschool Special
Essay and Video Contest
Teen Volunteer Opportunity
FHE Rally
Writing Contest
Visit a Farm
Suggested Resource
SLSC Group Discount
Storytelling Event
Isreali Soldiers Tour
Mother-Daughter Tea
Chess At 3
Open Doors Education

Saint Louis Interceptors youth shotgun team
New/prospective member practice 2/11
Date: Saturday, 2/11, 2:00 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club, 18854 Franklin Rd. Pacific Missouri  63069
Who:  Any home schooled youth, grades 5-12, who are interested in shotgun sports.  Attendance at this practice doesn’t commit you to the team.
All new or prospective members of the St. Louis Interceptors should plan to come to this practice for safety instruction and an introduction to the fundamentals of shooting clay targets with a shotgun.  Cost for the practice will be at regular rates – $5.50 range fee + $6.00 for ammo per 25 targets (1 round of trap or skeet).  This is an opportunity to try out the sport before deciding to join the team.  This practice will be dependent on the weather.
Interested parties, please RSVP to either the google calendar event: and/or the facebook event: to receive updates about the event.  Email  with any questions.

Homeschool Gymnastic Days
Homeschool Gymnastics classes at Team Central, 2675 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. All welcome. Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday and Fridays (See sign-up for times. Note that times may be different for each session as this gym works hard to schedule us within their busy schedule.) You don’t have to commit to a regular class, sign up for whichever sessions you’d like. Or sign up for one and come try it out! Ages 3-Teen participate in an instructor-led 1-hour class for $5 (divided by age group.) 0-2 year olds are $3, if you’d like your child to utilize an area of the gym set up for toddlers with you supervising. Otherwise you and small children can stay in observation waiting room. A parent or other adult taking responsibility for your children must stay on premise for the hour. Boys and girls (there are usually quite a few boys – what I love about Homeschool gymnastics!) Wear whatever you’re comfortable in – sweatpants, shorts, t-shirts, leotards are all fine. You can pay Team Central by cash or credit card upon arrival each time.
My kids love this place and we haven’t found more affordable and flexible gymnastics anywhere! Let me know if you’d like your email address added to the monthly sign-up for future months. Email me with any questions. Erica Rinke
Separate sign-ups for February and March…

MHM Homeschool Day
Our next Homeschool Day, Historic St. Louis, will highlight the early days of St. Louis through gallery activities, workshops, and even dance lessons. Join us from 10am to 2pm on Monday, February 20, to discover who lived in St. Louis during its first 100 years, how the city took shape, and much more! Please register below to join us on February 20. We can’t wait to see you! Register Here!
>>>Please note: The facilitated workshops Explore Lewis and Clark and Streets of St. Louis will be held at our Library and Research Center, located at 225 S. Skinker Blvd, and will start a bit before and after our usual Homeschool Day time so you can enjoy our regular programming as well.
We’re excited to offer you these programs that let students interact with authentic primary sources in an incredibly personal way. To provide an engaging experience and ensure the safety of our artifacts, a maximum of 30 people will be allowed in each Library and Research Center workshop, and students must be accompanied by a chaperone. We also strongly encourage you to follow the age limits noted below so your students can get the most out of the experience. Email to reserve your space. Reservations are free and first come, first served, but email confirmations will be required to participate.

Home School Special: Amusement Park Adventure
Wednesday, March 1 at 1:30 PM – 3 PM
Snapology of St. Louis – West
10028 Manchester Rd., Glendale, Missouri 63122
Tickets Available –
Ages: 7 – 14
Home-school special price: $10.00. Design your own amusement park in this super fun program! Learn how to use LEGO® bricks and other building materials to make coasters and other awesome rides. Can you design the next Disney World? (Bring your little ones to the event for only 5.00 per child for an hour of creative play in our Discovery Center.)

139 CASH PRIZES for students, totaling $22,000!
Help your students earn LOTS of great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom’s essay contest, for students aged 12-18! And we have super prizes for teachers, too!
In addition to our ESSAY CONTEST, we’re excited this year to introduce our new VIDEO CONTEST for students aged 14-23! We can’t wait to see your students use their creativity to express their views in a potentially viral video.
ESSAY/VIDEO TOPIC: “Technological innovation has changed our lives, mostly for the better. But some innovation raises safety questions. Some threatens existing businesses. What should America do about that?
John Stossel raises a few such issues in his TV special, Tech Revolution, but there are probably many others. Tell us what you think!”
The deadline to submit essays is February 17th, 2017, and the video deadline is February 27th, 2017.

Teen Volunteer Opportunity
The Zoo ALIVE Teen Volunteer for the STL Zoo is a phenomenal program, and highly recommended. It’s a fun way for homeschoolers to get volunteer hours and get hands on experience working in a teen-friendly environment. Because it is through the zoo, there are an abundance of opportunities offered to the ZAs, such as research projects, committees, and trips.
The deadline to apply is March 2nd this year. It’s best to start now because the amount of paperwork is pretty daunting.
You can get all the information you need here:

2017 FHE Rally at the Capitol Rotunda
Tuesday March 7, 2017
FHE encourages each family attending the Rally to bring COOKIES to their legislators!  The Senators, Representatives, and their staff always appreciate fresh baked goods. (Or I always stop in Kingdom City at Ozarkland for awesome fudge)
How to Maximize Your Day at the Capitol:
~Contact your Senator and/or Representative ahead of time to let them know you will be at the Capitol to attend the FHE Rally and that you would like to stop by his/her office for a short visit.
Find your Missouri State Senator and Representative- click here.
**Note: any appointments should be made so they will be completed before12:00pm or will begin after 2:00pm to allow your family time to come and go from the Rally.
~Plan a Capitol Tour. Visit this link for more information on Capitol Tours: for more information click here.
You can also explore the Capitol on your own. Pick up a self-guided tour booklet from the Tour desk just off the Capitol Rotunda.
~Visit the Missouri State Museum located on the first floor of the Capitol on either side of the Rotunda.
~Consider Field Trip Extras. There are many other sites to visit in Jefferson City. Here are just a few:
– The Missouri Governor’s Mansion: click here for more information
– The Supreme Court Building is located on High Street across from the Capitol. Tours are available, but reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting the Supreme Court of Missouri at 573-751-4144.
– Missouri State Highway Patrol Safety Education Center and Museum is located at 1510 East Elm. Reservations are recommended and are required for groups of more than 10. Call 573-526-6149 to make reservations.
See You There!

Writing Contest
The National Museum of the US Air Force is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Air Force History and Heritage Student Writing Competition. This competition is designed for students ages 13-18 and will allow them to compete for $3,000.00 in scholarship funds. This competition is open to students in public and private schools and those students who are homeschooled. Paper requirements meet Core Curriculum ELS Writing Standards for grades 6- 12

Visit A Farm
Welcome to our Farm! We are so blessed to be able to live on such a beautiful piece of God’s earth that we want to share a bit of that with others! The farm serves as our home and our businesses.
The main business is Statler Registered Angus. My husband, The Farmer, raises Registered Angus Bulls (with a little help from the rest of the family)!
Next is Grandma Bea’s Natural Products, my little company. I create all of the products for Grandma Bea’s right here on the farm.
And finally, The Homestead. The Homestead is a place where you can step back in history to the 1800’s and experience life like “Little House on the Prairie”.  We have almost 50 activities for children (and adults!) to participate in. Grinding wheat, crushing herbs with a mortar and pestle, churn butter, wash clothes with a wringer washer, write with a feather pen, play pioneer games and so much more! The children can even dress the part! We have prairie dresses, bonnets, aprons, suspenders and straw hats for children to pretend with!
Guests are also welcome to visit the hen house and gather eggs or feed the chickens. The hens love visitors and usually come running to see who’s here!  The calves and heifers can be found waiting at the fence row hoping for someone to feed them a handful of grass.
Depending on the time of the year, baby calves and baby kittens may even be available to see and pet.
The farm has a wealth of herbs and edible plants that we enjoy foraging. Guests can schedule appointments to go on foraging field trips.
We welcome homeschool families, school field trips, daycare field trips and anyone that wants to enjoy a bit of the simple farm life!
Please call 573-517-2126 for appointment or email at! Hope to see you soon!

Suggested resource:

My name’s Michael Wense, and I’m the Group Sales Manager with the Saint Louis Science Center. I wanted to introduce myself and pass along some information about our homeschool group discounts. In 2017 we’re offering a special discount for homeschool groups of 10 or more: groups who attend both an Omnimax film and a Planetarium show get both for $10.
(We’ll also have a brand new Planetarium show, Live Sky Eclipse, which looks at solar and lunar eclipses. That program has an extra $1 materials fee, so the tickets will be slightly higher.)
If you’re ever looking to bring a group to the Science Center for a field trip or day trip, I’m more than happy to help get you set up.
Michael Wense
Group Sales Manager | Visitor Services
Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave | Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
Phone: 314-289-1419  |

A Live Storytelling Event for Kids
(St. Louis, MO) The Story Bee, a groundbreaking opportunity for kids to write and tell their stories, will premier in St. Louis in April of 2017. The Story Bee is open to all students, K-12, and encourages critical thinking, creativity and self exploration.
“The Story Bee gives kids the chance to be their own heroes. From start to finish, they lead the entire process, and come out stronger, braver and more confident on the other side. The Story Bee develops the skills that our children need to lead the world.” –Pamela Valentine, Queen Bee and homeschooler
Submissions are open! Visit our website at for details. All submissions will be reviewed by The Queen Bees and selected stories will be chosen for a live audition and the inaugural Story Bee show will be cast.
Performances will take place at the brand new .ZACK Theatre near Grand Center. In addition to giving kids a chance to be heard, the Story Bee will give back. This year, they will be filling the Honey Pot for KidSmart, a St. Louis organization. Their mission is to ensure that children and their classrooms in the Greater Metropolitan St. Louis Area have the basic tools for learning by transferring, at no cost, the community’s surplus supplies and merchandise into the hands of teachers for school children in need.
For more information, please visit our website or email

Isreali Soldiers Tour
CWA of Missouri and the Bergson group are bringing the Israelis Soldiers Tour to Ellisville!
Sunday, Feb. 12; 2:00 p.m.
Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, MO
The mission of StandWithUs is Supporting Israel Around The World, Through Education.
StandWithUs is an international, non-profit Israel education organization. They believe that education is the road to peace. StandWithUs is dedicated to educating people of all ages about Israel and to combating the extremism and anti-Semitism that often distorts the issues. They believe that knowledge of the facts will correct common prejudices about the Arab-Israeli conflict, and will promote discussions and policies that can help promote peace in the region.

Mother-Daughter Tea
A Mom’s Heart in IL is hosting it’s annual Mother-Daughter Tea on March 11th at 10 am. Cost is $5 per person. It will be held at the Fairview Heights church of Christmas, located at 9955 Bunkum Road, Fairview  Heights, IL.
We will be serving Brunch, coffee, and teas, and have a couple speakers giving short talks on how “Words We Speak Can Reshape the World.”
You can sign up at this link
We are currently updating our Web page, but you can also check us out at or on FB and Twitter.
Deb Giles
Head organizer

Chess At 3
New Chess Curriculum for Ages 3-8
Problem-solving skills, increased literacy, enhanced critical and strategic thinking, honed verbal skills, emotional intelligence. These are just a few of the benefits that we know Chess offers to its players.
Now these benefits are available to a younger generation. Chess At 3 is a proven curriculum specifically designed to teach the game of chess to children aged 3-8. Our curriculum teaches the game of chess through a host of unique characters and stories. Through the power of storytelling and engaging activities, the game of chess is brought to life for young children. Chess At 3 has 100% of our students as young as 3 years old playing and loving the game of chess.
For a free demo lesson in your home or classroom or for more information, please email

Open Doors Education
For those looking for a friendly, Christian environment in which their children can learn, Open Doors has a two day a week program, currently for children in 2nd – 8th grade (may add younger class in the fall) Children learn math, writing, science, social studies, art and lego engineering. A small amount of work is assigned for two extra days at home. Taught by an experienced teacher in a beautiful Creve Coeur location, and with lots of outdoor play built in, this is a flexible program for families who love homeschooling but don’t want to do it alone. Students can also attend for just one day or just one subject, though most partake in the entire program. Our desire is to support families and their unique learners, and to involve parents in decision-making. Contact Ali Grimshaw ( for more information.

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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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