Homeschool Events List for July 30, 2017

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Teen Eagles
Homeschool Choir
Driver’s Training
Eclipse Viewing
Afternoon Book Bites
Home Educators Craft Fair
National Math Competition
SLCL Digital Classroom
Homeschool Support
Benefit Trivia Night

Teen Eagles
As a Teen Eagle, you will have the unique opportunity to learn about the legislative process, meet representatives and senators, attend conferences such as EPC and Eagle Council at discounted prices, and even lobby for important bills at the Capitol in Jeff City! You will also learn proper etiquette for meeting people, dressing appropriately for important events, making introductions, and attending banquets. In addition, Teen Eagles provides many leadership and service opportunities as well as the chance to develop and improve your public speaking skills.
We also plan fun activities throughout the year such as movie nights, game nights, trivia nights and more!
The first Teen Eagles meeting will be August 14th at the Pillar in Ellisville from 7:00-8:30 p.m. It will be an informative overview of the upcoming semester. We will swear-in new leadership, and there will be a Q&A session at the end of the meeting. In general, we meet the second Monday of every month, and will communicate any upcoming activities or events at our monthly meetings.
Teen Eagles is a great organization that I’m proud to be a part of. We do everything with the purpose of developing and equipping young leaders to positively influence our culture through a Biblical worldview. Come make a difference!

Registration Opening for Choir
Time to finalize schedules and register for all those wonderful classes! Music is such an important part of a well-rounded education that you’ll want to be sure you take advantage of the opportunity to include music and/or choir into your students schedule. Registration will be open for the Jubillee class, Jubilation Chorale and Jubilation Revelation. These classes teach so much more than just singing and note reading! We work to foster creativity, leadership, encouragement, cooperation, worship, ministry, history, discipline, commitment, thinking of others more than yourself, and so much more. Help your student find and develop God’s gift of music and sign up now!
Register early to help us plan for you. You may register on line beginning Monday July 31st at www.jubilationchorale.com
>Jubilee Class will begin Wed. Sept. 6 from 1:00-1:45 PM.
>Jubilation Chorale will begin class Wed. Aug. 30 from 2:00-3:30 PM.
>Jubilation Revelation will begin class Wed. Sept. 23 from 3:45-4:45 PM (limited class size)
You do not need to pay when you register. You are welcome to pay on line, mail your payment or bring your payment to orientation on Aug. 28th. Remember there is a convenience fee of 3% for paying on line which goes to PayPal.
For those interested in participating in the Jubilation Chorale or Jubilation Revelation, there will be a mandatory parent orientation meeting on Monday. Aug. 28 from 6:15-6:55 pm at Canaan Baptist Church. This is just before the Berea Academy orientation which begins at 7:00pm.
This will be another exciting year and we hope you will join us!

Driver’s Training
Hello.  My name is Tom Heisserer.  I am a homeschooling father of eight children.  I have a fully insured driver’s training service in the St. Louis area.  My background includes being a former Missouri State Highway Patrolman and a current accident reconstructionist and insurance claim investigator with a large insurance company.  I have a current unrestricted Missouri driver’s license.  I have taken the Protecting God’s Children class and have my background checked every two years through the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Training will include: reviewing the Missouri Driver’s License guide; learning how to change a tire; and one on one driver training in all types of traffic situations.  In addition, I will provide instruction on what to do if you’re in an accident as well as what to do if you are pulled over by the police.   I will keep a log of hours for the Missouri driver’s license test.
Whether you have a permit and no driving experience; or you have some experience and need to brush up on your skills before taking the driving test; or you need help studying for the written test before your permit; or even a newly licensed driver that could use a bit more practice I can tailor the training to you.
I will meet you and provide training in my Ford Taurus which is equipped with a passenger side brake pedal.
For more information on availability, rates, or any other questions you may have please email me at 8jsdrivertraining@gmail.com

Eclipse Viewing
Watch the August 21 solar eclipse in nature at MDC conservation areas. For an interactive map of the eclipse’s path across Missouri, approximate times to watch, a full list of recommended conservation areas for viewing, and details on each area, visit the MDC website at mdc.mo.gov/eclipse. A printable map is also available at the bottom of the webpage.

Afternoon Book Bites
“Smile” by Raina Telgemeier
It will meet on the 4th Monday of the month at 1:30, beginning August 28th.
Monday, August 28, 2017 – 1:30p.m. to 2:30p.m.
https://www.slcl.org/content/afternoon-book-bites-smile-raina-telgemeier
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A book club with activities, snacks and discussion of this month’s selection. Pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation desk. Ages 9-12. Registration required. East Room.

2017 Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Craft Fair
Saturday, November 18, 2017; 10 a.m.—3 p.m.
West County Assembly of God, 13431 North Outer Forty Rd, Chesterfield, MO  63017
Free Admission! Raffles!
Gifts, jewelry, ceramics, doll clothes, seasonal, baked goods, knitted and crochet items, wreaths, face painting, cards, baby items, purses, soup and cookie mixes, candles and more!
To apply as a vendor, go to www.homeschoolcraftfair.com and download an application.

National Math Competition
The National School Improvement Alliance will conduct the Missouri State-wide Math Competition for 1st-8th Graders on September 16th in Kansas City, and November 18th in St Louis.  This year the event has been extended to include home school students.
Being good in math is about practice and to put in the practice time, students need motivation. This event is open to ALL 1st-8th Graders and is a great way to establish focus for math.
Competition Specifics:
During a nearly 10-hour day, thousands of elementary and middle school students will rotate in and out of the competition sites, where they will work to qualify for the Regional Event to be held in St. Louis (April 2018). Hundreds will qualify for the Regional.
Cost of Event:
There is a small entry fee of only $10 per student to help defray cost, but the hundreds that will progress to the Regional and/or National Events pay no additional fees. We only have 220 slots per grade level and some levels are starting to fill up. More information is at www.mathchampions.org.  If there are more questions, please call me at 404 391-0249.
Dr. Boykins, Competition Director

Homeschool with Success
Free course in the digital classroom available to St Louis County Library patrons
Homeschool with Success: https://education.gale.com/l-slcl/online-courses/homeschool-with-success?tab=detail
Courses are FREE for St. Lous County Library patrons and are professional and informative.  The courses each last 6 weeks and are completely digital (no in-person requirements) and asynchronous (any time of day/night).
You can browse the whole catalog here: https://education.gale.com/l-slcl/SearchResults.aspx

Homeschool Support article: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/homeschool-methodologies/120910-pros-and-cons-of-unschooling-is-it-right-for-you/

Benefit Trivia Night
For Medical Fund of Double Lung Transplant Recipient and St. Matthias Parishioner – Dan Fitzsimmons (homeschool dad)
Turkey Bowl, 50/50 Drawing, Silent Auction
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017; Doors open @ 6pm; Trivia Begins @7pm
$25/ Person: Popcorn, Pretzels, Beer, Wine, and Soda included with ticket price!!
St. Matthias Parish Center, 800 Buckley Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125
$5 per Raffle Chance Available NOW – Fully Functional 1964 Rock-O-La Jukebox OR Smoker with Kenrick’s Gift Certificate
Make reservations with Sandy 314-560-2792 or smaevents2017@yahoo.com
Tickets and Silent Auction items can be paid via credit card
Co-Sponsored by Catholic Financial Life Chapter 1038

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
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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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Homeschool Events List for July 27, 2017

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Observatory Open House
Blast Off! Science Game Day
LifeLight Youth Theatre
Summer Book Fair
Speech and Debate
Homeschool Day Project Showcase
Middle School Quiz Bowl
Maverick Learning Center
High School Classes
Memorial Homeschool Co-op
Ambleside Christian Academy
New Homeschooler Seminar
Educator Appreciation Days
Homelink
Seeking English Teacher
Highschool Mini-Seminar

Observatory Open House
http://www.umsl.edu/~physics/About%20the%20Department/astro.html
The Richard D. Schwartz Observatory at UMSL, 7701 Florissant Rd, St. Louis 63121
Free and Kid friendly
July 29 at 9 PM – 10 PM; Public viewing of the first quarter Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 Globular Cluster, Albireo, Ring Nebula.
August 26 at 8:30 PM – 10 PM; Public viewing of the first quarter Moon, Saturn, M13 Globular Cluster, Albireo, Ring Nebula.
September 30 at 8:30 PM – 10 PM; Public viewing of the first quarter Moon, Saturn, M13 Globular Cluster, Albireo, Ring Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy
October 28 at 7 PM – 9 PM; Public viewing of the first quarter Moon, M13 Globular Cluster, Albireo, Ring Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, Double Cluster

Blast Off! Science Game Day in St. Charles
You’re invited to Science Game Day for Homeschoolers, a FREE event!
What: Learn science through card games and board games!
Who: Homeschoolers 6th-12th grade
Plus, younger kids are welcome with parental supervision!
When: Tuesday, August 1st, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Come and go as you please!
Where: The St. Charles Fantasy Shop (board game store), 2125 Zumbehl Rd., St Charles, MO 63303
Why: Educational, non-digital, hands-on games have an incredible impact on learning! By making the education process enjoyable and fun, we make the hard sciences more accessible for students.
Have a blast playing games which are being used in classrooms across the country and learn about Biology and Chemistry during a fun-filled afternoon!
Space is limited, so RSVP today at Blast Off! Science Game Day – St. Charles Facebook event!  Not on Facebook? Email Susan@geniusgames.org with the number of students you plan to bring!

LifeLight Youth Theatre
https://www.lifelightarts.com/home.html
Now is the time to complete/ finalize your 2017/18 LYT registration.
To complete your family’s registration for LYT Performing Arts classes, please complete the online form by following this link. CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION.
On this secure online form you will finalize your class(es) selection, pay the first month’s tuition, pay the per child yearly registration fee and supply fees associated with certain classes.
The online registration form is due August 2nd.
We will accept registrations after this date, if there is room in the class. *Veteran LifeLight families, please do not delay as there has been a higher than usual demand for new registrations and we try to honor your loyalty by giving you your requested classes first.
Classes begin Monday, September 11th and registered families will receive a “Welcome” email approximately 2 weeks before classes begin.

2017 St. Charles Friends of the Library Summer Book Fair
Friday, August 4th
9 AM – 12 PM (Friends Members only admission)
12 PM – 9 PM Open to general public
Saturday, August 5th
9 AM – 7 PM Open to general public
Sunday, August 6th
1 PM – 3 PM
Open to general public
Non-Profit day
$5 a bag day (most items)
NEW LOCATION: The Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63303
Free Admission

Competitive Speech and Debate
Our alumni students claim that this activity, above all others, prepared them for both college and life. As parent leaders, we agree—so much that we come back year after year to support and organize this club. We would love to have your family join us this year as we encourage one another to, “Speak boldly. Changing the world for Christ.” The goal reflects the mission of our competitive league: Stoa. To find out more about homeschool speech and debate, please visit the website: http://stoausa.org/. There you will find a wonderful video that gives a glimpse of the opportunities available through this activity.
Speech and Debate Opportunities for the 2017-2018 School Year
Time: Mondays from 2:30-5:30
Location: West County Assembly of God
Dates: Between September 11—November 27 and January 8—April 9 we will meet for approximately 18 sessions. (We purposely keep this flexible because of the tournament schedule, but in the past years we have ended up offering more sessions than we initially scheduled.)
Club Time: We offer a combination of instruction, discussion, and practice that prepares students (ages 12-18) to speak with confidence and poise. We are particularly excited this year to offer Skype coaching through Ethos Debate (http://www.ethosdebate.com/) for one hour of our debate time. During the remaining time, leaders will facilitate games, impromptu speeches, drills, and debates to allow students to hone public speaking skills. Our goal is to provide opportunities for every student to speak every week. Much of this practice will come through debate drills and impromptu exercises, but we will also help students prepare speeches for competition.
Competitions: Our club typically hosts a St. Louis tournament in the spring and several of our families travel to tournaments throughout the Midwest. The level of tournament involvement is up to each family. Some choose to only compete in St. Louis, while others travel to multiple tournaments. One of the joys of speech and debate is the special friendships our families have made with families across the United States.
Camp: We are hosting an Ethos Debate Camp August 22-24. Please see http://www.ethosdebate.com/2017-camps/st-louis-mo/ for more information.
Cost for Club:
Yearly fees: $260. Discount of $25 ($245) for early registration (due by August 5). Fees are due at time of registration.
Early Registration Deadline: August 5, 2017
Final Registration Deadline: September 11, 2017 (1st day of club)
If you would like more information or would like to request a registration form, please email Kathy at stlspeechdebate@outlook.com

Homeschool Day Project Showcase
Missouri History Museum
Are your homeschoolers proud of something they’ve made? Have they researched something fascinating that they want to share? Come show it off at our first-ever Homeschool Day Project Showcase on Monday, September 18!
This is an opportunity for your students to educate other homeschool families about projects they’ve worked on related to science, history, or art. It’s also a chance for students to practice presenting and explaining their work to small groups.
Our project showcase will be set up like a science fair so families can walk around and interact with all the presenters. Students are welcome to share something they’ve already done rather than make something new.
Please note:
Nothing can be bought or sold during this project showcase.
Students will have one table that measures approx. 6 feet by 2 feet.
Students will have access to a power source if requested.
Students will need to bring any laptops or tech equipment with them, if needed.
Multiple students from the same family may apply.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but are limited to 25 total participants.
Apply Now

Middle School Quiz Bowl
We are in the process of starting up a middle school (grades 6-8) quiz bowl team. Quiz bowl is an academic competition where teams of students use buzzers to score points for their team by answering a wide range of questions. Topics include history, literature, math, religion, science, geography and fine arts. We will be training and practicing together twice a month and competing in approximately five competitions with other Missouri middle schoolers throughout the year. There may also be an opportunity to travel (possibly Atlanta, DC, or Chicago) if we qualify for nationals. Please contact Jen Farra (jenfarra@gmail.com) for more information.

Maverick Learning Center
11150 Old Saint Charles Rd, Saint Ann, Missouri 63074
At Maverick, we offer an extensive variety of classes for K-12 students. Utilize our classes as a supplement or your entire curriculum. We offer hour to hour-and-a-half long classes that will help you become organized this school year. Our classes are very reasonably priced.  Join us as we start this new school year!
https://www.mavericklearningcenter.org/course-descriptions

High school classes still accepting students
Chesterfield Presbyterian Church’s Homeschool Network 9Up program is still taking registrations for the upcoming school year.
Here’s the short and sweet version:
All classes are on Thursdays and are taught at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church on Clayton Road. There are 2 14-week semesters.
Students follow a day by day syllabus for each class.  Thursdays are for labs, discussions, lectures, class projects, etc. All classes are taught at a high school level from a Christian worldview by seasoned teachers who maintain high standards for their students.
Classes offered this year are:
8:30-9:30-High school composition, $250/year, taught by Carol Scanio
9:30-10:30-British Literature, $250/year, taught by Carol Scanio
10:30-11:30-Fall semester:  Government, $125/semester; Winter semester: Economics and entrepreneurship, $125/semester, both classes taught by Carol Scanio.
9:30-10:30-Saxon Algebra 1, $350/year, taught by Cindy Bianucci
10:30-12-Apologia Physical Science, $400/year, taught by Cindy Bianucci
10:30-12-Apologia Biology, $500/year, taught by Aili Grasso
12:30-2-Apologia Chemistry, $500/year, taught by Aili Grasso
12:30-2-Apologia Physics, $500/year, taught by Cindy Bianucci
2-3-Saxon Algebra 2, $350/year, taught by Cindy Bianucci
More information can be found at www.chespres.org under children’s ministries and then homeschool network and then the google page. Have questions?  Call Linda at three one four 276 five five 8 four

Memorial Homeschool Co-op
A Christian, parent-led coop that meets on Wednesday mornings at Memorial Presbyterian, just west of Forest Park.  We have hands-on classes and field trips for 3 years old -5th grade in subjects ranging from science and art to social studies.  Affordable fees are charged to cover supplies and to pay parent teachers.  Free nursery is provided. Please email Catha for more information at pureriskcjg@yahoo.com

Ambleside Christian Academy
Registration for Fall 2017 is now open for Ambleside Christian Academy! We started out last year as a forest school, with Jeff Bader teaching nature/drawing, and Cort Hubbard teaching PE. This year we have expanded to include other programs as well! Students can be enrolled in 1-4 days per week, allowing parents to customize an educational plan for their children. In addition to the forest school, we now offer Field Trip Days, which include two days per month where students are immersed in the creativity of a master – learning from museums, buildings with amazing architecture, artists, small businesses, charities, and more! The other two days a month students study architecture and entrepreneurship, and spend most of their day in studio time, working alone or in small groups to design and implement a project inspired by the master works. We have also added our Checkpoint workshops, where we focus on communication and relational skills, as well as math, writing, grammar, Latin, and memory work. We have lots of details on our website if you want to learn more! amblesidestl.com

New Homeschooler Seminar
When?  Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time?  9 am – 12 pm
Where?  St. Andrew Catholic Church, 309 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis, MO 63125 (4 mins from Hwy 55 and Bayless exit)
Please drive around to the back of the church complex to a large parking lot and look for signs. (Sorry, no childcare provided.)
What? Everything you need to know about homeschooling in Missouri and Illinois.  This is a general homeschool seminar and will not go in to detail on homeschooling for high school.  But it will explain homeschool state laws, record keeping, planning, curriculum, resources, and more!
Cost? FREE, but registration is required, so that we know how many to prepare for.
How to register? Go to www.sharehomeschool.com, scroll down till you see Homeschooling ABC’s image, click on link.

Educator Appreciation Days
Barnes & Noble, 8871 Ladue Road, Ladue, MO 63124
Every Sat & Sun in August, your local Barnes & Noble store will host Educator Appreciation Days. Enjoy 25% off most items INCLUDING personal shopping. –10% off in the café.  At B&N Ladue, we’ll have raffles & giveaways, too…We hope to see you there! Homeschool families may enroll in the FREE Educator Discount Program to receive special savings, information about ongoing events & resources.   Year-round you’ll receive 20% off of all eligible items for educational use.

Homelink registration is now open
Go to:  www.sharehomeschool.com
The website has a completely different look and my hope is that it will be much easier for you to navigate…lots of big pictures to click on rather than a list of tiny pop-outs. Plus, it makes it much easier to navigate on your smart phone, although I don’t recommend signing up for classes that way as it is so much easier from a laptop or desktop.
Registration is pretty much the same as last year but we have made some changes. Here are the basic steps for registering for classes:
Quick Overview to Signing Up for Homelink classes
Log in if you are a SHARE member. If you are not a SHARE member, you will need to join in order to take Homelink classes (insurance requirement).
Join or renew SHARE membership.
Fill out online Homelink Registration Form—very important as this is our emergency contact info.
Sign-up for all the classes you need and choose an Operation Fee that applies.
Pay what you owe. A minimum of $25.00 must be paid for each class. Your student will NOT be officially enrolled in a class unless that deposit is paid.

Seeking English Teacher
Homelink (the learning center connected with SHARE) is looking for an English teacher (just got word that the one we hired in May, cannot do it now).  Classes are scheduled for Thursdays and so far we have students in the following classes:
American Lit & Comp  (high school)
British Lit & Comp   (high school)
Intro to Lit & Comp (middle school)
Creative Writing  (middle school)
You would not have to teach all of these classes if prep work seemed too much.  I think we could choose one in each grade level, narrowing it down to 2 classes.
Of course it would be perfect to have someone with an English degree or a degree in Education, but we all know that a homeschool mom who is diligent can do just as well as someone with a degree.  So we are open to that.  You would determine how much you will charge for the class, but we will not know exactly how many students you will have until at least August 22.
We are hoping to find someone who is just crazy about literature and has a real zeal to share that love with homeschool students.
Feel free to email me at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com with your resume, your reasons for wanting the job, and/or to just ask questions.  Or, you can call me at 314-769-7965.

Highschool Courses, Credits & Transcripts Mini-Seminar
ARE YOU UNSURE OF WHAT CLASSES YOUR HOMESCHOOL STUDENT NEEDS TO GRADUATE?
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO COMPOSE A TRANSCRIPT?
WOULD YOU LIKE SOME 1 ON 1 HELP IN MAPPING OUT YOUR STUDENT’S SCHEDULE FOR THE HIGHSCHOOL YEARS?
These are the 3 major concepts that will be addressed in our upcoming mini-seminar!
A team of veteran homeschoolers will be able to assist you with your specific transcript!
WHAT? A mini-seminar concentrating only on courses and credits needed for graduation & keeping a transcript.
WHEN?   Saturday, August 12, 2017
TIME?  9am-noon
WHERE?  St. Andrew Catholic Church (Homelink location), 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125 (drive around to the back of the church for a huge parking lot)
WHO?  All homeschooling parents are invited (Sorry, no childcare available.)
COST? $5.00 to cover room rental and copy costs.  If this is a hardship, let us know, as scholarships are available.
HOW?  To register, go to www.sharehomeschool.com and scroll down a bit till you see the flyer that you can click on. If the $5 is a hardship, just finish your registration form and skip the Paypal part.
Questions?   Ask Cathy at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
FOLLOW THE LIST ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date 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
.