Homeschool Events List for March 13, 2017

Classical Conversations
Healthy Snack class
Homeschool Speech and Debate Club
Used Curriculum Sale
Jefferson Sale
HELPS Annual Used Curriculum Sale
Homeschool Prom
Holy Family Homeschool Association
International Music Festival
Suggested Resource
Visual Manna Art Academy
Wetlands for Kids Day

Classical Conversations
Contact: Amy Russell
If you’ve ever been interested in Classical Conversations or homeschooling in general, here’s your chance to learn more! The Kirkwood community will be having an informational meeting on March 18 from 2-4 pm. Please come and find out more about this great program and have all of your questions answered! Please RSVP for location. Hope to see you! Amy Russell

Mom and Me Healthy Snack class
Free, for ages 6-12
Tupperware Studio Demo Kitchen; March 19th at 2:00pm
Must RSVP to the Facebook Event Page at the Deanna’s Tuppertastic Tupperware page
We will be making Trail Bars and other healthy snacks. I will dry to different cooking classes each month.  Next month I plan to have a Mom’s Chocolaty Night Out.

As we approach the season when our minds all turn towards plans for next year, we want to let you know about our local homeschool speech and debate club. Have you ever wondered, “Why exactly would a student want to participate in speech and debate?” If so, take a look at the following video which gives a wonderful glimpse into the benefits of competitive speech and debate:
Is this something you would like for your student? Our weekly club meetings help prepare students to compete as a part of the Stoa League. We help students learn speaking skills and practice logical argumentation, providing support and encouragement as they gain increasing confidence in public speaking. Each tournament provides multiple opportunities to present to judges and receive feedback. We find that tournaments provide the challenge and excitement that energizes the learning process.
Would you like to know more?
We hope so! Here are two opportunities to find out more:
1. Come visit our upcoming tournament on March 22-25. Students will be gathering from across the region to debate and present speeches that will be as varied as a comical interpretation of Tom Sawyer, an expository speech on synesthesia, and an impromptu analysis of the movie Inside Out from a Christian perspective. Come as a guest—or better yet, come as a judge! This experience will give you an even better understanding of this wonderful activity. For more information on the tournament go to
2. Later this spring, we will be sending out information about next year. We will most likely be meeting at West County Assembly of God on Monday afternoons. (In the past, we have met on Tuesdays.) If you would like to be on our email list, please contact Kathy at
Hope to see you soon!
The St. Louis Speech and Debate Club

April 1, 2017; 10am-1pm
First Baptist Church, 8265 Local Hillsboro Rd, Cedar Hill, MO 63016

Jefferson Sale
April 7 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Why the Jefferson Sale? Because prices are so low at this book sale, a two-dollar bill—the portrait of our third president—is sure to get you something good.
We have to clear out a lot of books. They’re good books, but we just don’t have the space. Maybe you can help find a new home for some of them. Maybe the low prices will help you out. Be sure to stop by during our Jefferson Sale.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376

HELPS Annual Used Curriculum Sale
May 6, 2017
Everyone is welcome to join us for our annual used sale. Come to shop for bargains of things you need for the fall. Need to sell? No problem. Go to the website below to register for your table. Tables are limited so don’t wait too long.
Location: Trinity Church, 3515 Shackelford, Florissant, MO 63031
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Table set up for sellers is 8:00 am
To register for a table, please send an email to   A confirmation email will be sent to you with payment information.
Non-HELPS member cost for table: $10

Homeschooler Links and H.E.L.P.S. invite you to attend
“A Night Under the Stars” Formal Prom.
When: Saturday May 6th  7:00pm-11:00pm
Where: St. Pauls’s Evangelical Church, 980 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141
Cost: $20
This dance is open to those 13-18 yrs old who are homeschooled, regardless of any group memberships.  Each attendee may bring one guest who is not homeschooled.
King and Queen along with a full court will be crowned.  Senior parents may join the dance at 10:50pm for a last dance with their student.
Please go to to register.  You will be asked for 2 song requests and allergy information when you register.  Songs must have a “clean” version and be appropriate to be added to our request list.
Dress Code:  girls – nothing too short or too revealing; boys – shirt, tie and dress pants required.
Prom Registration for a direct link to register.

Holy Family Homeschool Association
The Holy Family Homeschool Association is a Catholic homeschool group open to Catholic families in Farmington and the surrounding areas.  We meet the third Wednesday of the month for faith, fellowship, and planned activities for the children. Please contact Lauren Stein for more information at

with the WORLD FIDDLE ENSEMBLE performing Swedish, Arabic, Scottish, Americana, Celtic music and more!
(Fiddlers! look below to participate!!!)
Joined by Faculty and Friends of DaySpring including
Jermaine Smith, Tenor
John & Paula Kasica, percussion & flute
David Seitzinger, guitar
Lacey Lee, harp
Gary Lee, cello
Jaime & Vanessa Zayas, tango dancers
and select student performers
Performing music by composers Astor Piazzolla (Argentina), Carlo Domeniconi (Turkey), Paterson, Bonds/Langston Hughes (early 20th century Black American artists), and music from Japan, France, & Romania.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Festival Concert – 6 pm
General Admission Tickets available at
$12/adults; $8/students (12 & under)
Limited seating available
Fiddle/Strings Masterclass –
4 pm, only $5 ($15 for participants-concert included)
CALLING ALL FIDDLERS!!!! on violin, cello and harp to participate in an afternoon Master Class with the featured ensemble–please contact DaySpring by March 24 if you are interested in participating! (
DaySpring Student Performers will be featured in an International Recital – 3 pm (free)
All events take place at DaySpring Arts & Education in the DaySpring Black Box Theatre.
2500 Metro, Maryland Hgts – Just east of I-270 off Dorsett Rd    314.291.8878

Suggested Resource: PBS Learning Media site.  You can register for a teacher account and create lesson plans or view content.  You can also register for a student account to view content and lessons.  Looks like some helpful video clips, visual aids, timelines, and documents.  –Thank you, Gwen

Visual Manna Art Academy Program
I wanted to write and tell you about the Visual Manna Art Academy Program. It is similar to when I wrote the big art curriculum, however more advanced as I have incorporated advanced elements from my three approved AP classes. Students will be able to get 9 hours of AP credit if they choose to. It is a 20 hour online program and then we will take mission trips. Each student in order to graduate has to do two mission trips. They will be in Kansas City, etc and abroad. I am scheduling one with Chris Davis to Israel to do work for some ministries there…as in murals…so exciting. My plan is that when these students graduate that will be able to do a one month intern program at Christian ministries or businesses. At any rate, I have been working several months on the material and Monday I got a call to substitute in Graphic Art at the technical institute in Rolla, and there was the cutting edge information I needed for that part of the program. I am starting small with a couple of students, but want to offer this opportunity to many as I believe this is a huge need in the homeschool community. I know the Lord has led me to put it together and it will be under the nonprofit Visual Manna Art Academy and will give all these young homeschoolers an opportunity to know what to do when they are gifted with talent in the visual arts. Our motto is Be Bold, Be Original and Be Excellent!
Sharon can be contacted at:

Wetlands for Kids Day
Kids of all ages and their families can learn about these unique places during a day of fun and engaging activities.
You can call them water filters, or flood buffers, but many unique plants and animals call wetlands home. On April 1, you’ll definitely call them fun.
The annual Wetlands for Kids Day celebration is set for Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. Wetlands for Kids Day is hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU). The event, supported by grants from MasterCard, Purina Pro Plan, and the Mississippi Valley Duck Hunters Association, is free for both kids and adults.
Wetlands for Kids Day is designed to help families have fun discovering nature while also learning about the importance of these vital habitats in Missouri.
Activities will include more than 20 education stations where visitors can learn about wetland wildlife firsthand. There will be a chance to see live birds of prey, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary. A live reptile and amphibian station will provide a close-up look at these wetland inhabitants. Kids can explore the Duck Wing Maze while learning to identify ducks by wings and plumage along the way. They can also crawl through a simulated beaver den.
Retriever demonstrations are popular with visitors who enjoy watching the dogs perform. Other stations include fish tasting, air rifle shooting, archery, DU Laser Shot, and a rod-and-reel casting station for the little ones. The Discover Nature—Fishing program will also offer a fishing opportunity on Lake 15.
Each child who attends gets a free subscription to the MDC Xplor: Adventures in Nature magazine for kids. They will also receive a DU Greenwing membership and a subscription to Greenwing magazine.
In keeping with its watery theme, Wetlands for Kids Day will be held rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to come no matter the weather as there will be activities both indoors and out.  Food will also be available for purchase during the event.
To learn more about Wetlands for Kids Day on April 1, call 636-441-4554. The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located in St. Charles on Route D, about two miles west of Highway 94. For more information on other upcoming events, go to

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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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