Homeschool Events 2/24 to 3/13

In this issue:

2/24 – MO – FHE High School Seminars

2/28 – MO – SHINE St. Charles Graduation Information Meeting

3/1 – MO – Gifted Resource Council’s Academic Challenge Cup Creative Convention

3/2 – MO – Deadline to sign up for spring break programs at The Green Center

3/5 – MO – Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gymnastics

3/5 – IL – Running Start Homeschool Information Meeting

3/6 – MO – Clementine (Family Theatre Series)

3/6 – MO – Dierbergs Homeschool Cooking Class (6 week session)

3/8 – MO – Free basic archery instruction for teachers & homeschool parents

3/10 – MO – HELPS Used Curriculum and Used Book Sale

3/12 – IL – Reach for the Stars! Homeschool reading pledge drive

3/13 – MO – Homeschool bowling with ARCH Co-op

3/13 – MO – Homeschool Skate at Rock-Roll-O-Rena in Arnold, MO



Sky Zone Homeschool Jump

Homeschool Gymnastics at Team Central in Maryland Heights

KOR Komplex Homeschool Classes

North County Secular Homeschoolers Park Days


FHE High School Seminars

Join us for this free seminar. We will be covering graduation requirements, transcripts, GPA’s, ACT/SAT tests, scholarships, and more.

February 24, 1:30-3:30

Daniel Boone County Library, 300 Clarkson Rd, Room #3, Ellisville, 63011

Please register for the seminar you will be attending by sending an email to Kim Quon at


SHINE St. Charles Graduation Information Meeting

Do you have a senior who is interested in graduation with SHINE St. Charles? At this meeting we will go through information about SHINE’s graduation scheduled for May 26th and you’ll be able to ask any questions you have. Please sign up so we know how many people to expect.

Date: February 28, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM


Meeting Room B

McClay Library

2760 McClay Road

St. Charles, MO 63303 US

Please visit our calendar at to register.


Gifted Resource Council’s Academic Challenge Cup Creative Convention

Looking for an enrichment opportunity to broaden your child’s creative problem-solving skills in a friendly team competition?

Gifted Resource Council’s Creative Convention, for children in grades 2 & 3, requires no advance preparation other than practice in creative problem-solving and working as a team. Creative Convention teams of up to five 2nd and 3rd graders work together to develop, design and construct a solution to a lifestyle problem.

These STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities challenge children in a fun environment, fostering cooperation and creativity. Imaginations soar as children use STEM skills to build their creative engineering designs. Registration ends soon, so register a team today!

GRC’s 34th annual Creative Convention will be held at UMSL’s Millennium Center on Thursday, March 1st and Friday, March 2nd, 2018.

Competition Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $90 per team

More information for those interested in registering a team can be found on our website at under the Academic Challenge Cup tab. You may also call the GRC office at 314.962.5920 or email us at


Deadline to sign up for spring break programs at The Green Center

Spend your spring break at one of The Green Center’s Nature Explorer Spring Break sessions! Second, third, fourth and fifth grade students are invited to attend one or more sessions that will take place on March 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20 & 21 from 9:00am-3:00pm.

Our sessions will get your child outdoors and learning about the plants and animals that live around them! They will hike and investigate natural habitats such as our tall grass prairie, forest and wetland ecosystems. Students get to learn about our resident chickens, create art projects with natural items, plant spring vegetables in our diversity garden beds and much more throughout the week.

Grades: 2-5

Cost: $25 per day (includes all materials and a snack)

Registration must be received (with payment) by Friday, March 2. For more information, contact Kathleen at 314-725-8314, ext. 105, or by email at

Visit our website for a registration form and information about our summer camps.


Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gymnastics

Homeschool Day is an exclusive event for homeschool families on Mondays throughout the school year. We offer a reduced rate for an open gym environment that includes the Adventure Island Giant Inflatable. Barron also offers instructional classes during daytime hours for a discounted rate.

DATE: March 5, 2018

TIME: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

PRICE: $11.00 + tax

FAMILY DISCOUNT: $7.00 + tax

AGES: 14 months through 22 years old

LOCATION: 5411 Jedmed Ct. St. Louis, MO 63129 | Phone: 314-892-6909

A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade. Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk. Adults are not allowed on equipment. Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine. Register here.


Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen; there is a maximum of 60 children. If an event is canceled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by email.


Running Start Homeschool Information Meeting

The Southwestern Illinois College Running Start program will host an informational meeting for homeschool students and their parents interested in the accelerated program.

The meeting will take place Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Liberal Arts Complex Room 2311-2313 at the SWIC Belleville Campus. Current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are welcome to attend.

Running Start allows highly qualified students to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously earning an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from SWIC.

For more information and reservations, contact Jane Sparks at 618-235-2700, ext. 5490, or


Clementine (Family Theatre Series)

Clementine is having a terrible week, but this spunky eight-year-old doesn’t let her daily visits to the principal’s office get her down! Come join America’s favorite curly-haired carrot-top as she navigates the hilarious waters of friendship, family, school and mischief on an epic third grade adventure you’ll never forget.

Date: Tuesday, 3/6/18 Time: 12pm

Location: St Louis Family Theatre Series/Florissant Civic Center Theatre,

#1 James J Eagan Dr. Florissant MO 63033

Cost: $4 a person & we have a reservation of a block of tickets that will go to the first to pay Kim Schlanger Kuntz via PayPal using this link:

More information and registration here:!/showSignUp/70a054baaa72ea64-clementine


Dierbergs Homeschool Cooking Class (6 week session)

Dierbergs West Oak in Creve Coeur, MO is excited to be offering a 1/2 credit cooking elective for home schooled students grades 9-12! This 6 week program will run on Tuesdays from 10 am—1 p.m. on March 6, 13 and 20 and April 4, 10 and 17. There will be no class on March 27.


  • Knife Skills and Kitchen Safety

  • Food Safety and Basic Nutrition

  • Grocery Shopping for Efficiency and Cost

  • Creating a meal plan.

  • Basic cooking skills including: Vegetables, Poultry & Meats, Sauces,

  • Baking, Egg Cookery, Stir-fry and Fruits, Sandwiches and Salads.


Cost for the 6 week program is $225 per student.

Registration will be done through the Dierbergs School of Cooking website:, or by calling 314-432-6505. Registration will begin Tuesday, February 13 at 9:00 a.m.


Free basic archery instruction for teachers & homeschool parents

[note from Shelby: I confirmed with Education Outreach Coordinator Eric Edwards that homeschool parents are eligible to participate in this program]

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) basic archery instructor training class for teachers from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Drive in Chesterfield.

This is a free training class and is meant for teachers (& homeschool parents) who are interested in incorporating MoNASP instruction into their school’s curriculum. Teachers must attend the entire training session to receive the Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) Certification. BAI training is required for schools to participate in MoNASP and to qualify for related grant money. MoNASP is taught as a two-week unit during the school day and makes the school eligible to compete in a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournaments on a local, state, national and international level. Schools must qualify for the NASP competitions. NASP is a national program that teaches International style target archery to students in grades 4-12.

Statistics show school archery programs improve school attendance, increase participants self-esteem and physical activity, helps kids relate to learning subject matter and gets them outdoors to discover nature. Participants also learn an activity they can enjoy for the rest of their lives in the form of recreational target shooting or bow hunting.

To register for the workshop, visit For more information, contact MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist at, or call 314-301-1500 ext. 4218. Registration deadline is Feb. 28.

For more information about MoNASP, visit


HELPS Used Curriculum and Used Book Sale

Homeschoolers Encouraging Learning and Providing Support, also known as HELPS, is a board-run home school support group whose goal is to provide educational encouragement and support for those families that home school their children.

We’ll be holding our Used Curriculum & Used Book Sale Saturday, March 10, from 9am to noon at Trinity Church in Florissant, MO. This event is open to the public, and non-members are able to sell their materials. Visit us on Facebook for more details.


Reach for the Stars! Homeschool reading pledge drive

Sign up for the Reach for the Stars reading program, and help your children develop a love of reading while giving back to the community!

Participants work to collect pledges from friends and family in exchange for reading at least 300 minutes from 3/12-3/26. The money your children collect from pledges goes to two places: 1. Back to them! They can use 50% of the pledge money to purchase books from the Usborne and Kane Miller catalogs (over 2000 titles!). The other 50% of the pledge money will be used to purchase books for donation to Mosaic Pregnancy and Health Centers in Granite City.

Our kickoff party will be held March 12 from 1pm to 3pm at Pride Gym in Collinsville. The event is free of charge to all reading program participants. Visit our Facebook page to sign up!


Homeschool bowling with ARCH Co-op

Come bowl with us! Open-play (non-instructional) bowling time slots are available on these dates from 12pm-3pm. All ages welcome – parents/caregivers welcome to bowl too. (Feel free to pass registration info on to friends.) You can sign up for as many hours and individuals as you’d like, but space is limited (only 8 lanes!) so signing up is necessary. Cost is only $1.50 per bowler, per hour, to be paid in CASH there. Shoes are included.

Location: Epiphany Lanes, 3164 Ivanhoe Ave, St Louis MO 63139

Date: 3/13

Sign up here:


Homeschool Skate at Rock-Roll-O-Rena in Arnold, MO

We are located at 4153 Jeffco Blvd.

Homeschool skating on Tuesday, Mar. 13 from 1-3pm. Prices: $4 to skate, $2 for regular rental, $3.75 for rollerblades.

Our facility has been in business since 1965. Now owned and operated by second generation Glen and Jo Donna Neifert. We take pride in our “Family Oriented Atmosphere”.



Sky Zone Homeschool Jump

STARTING AUGUST 18TH: Join us on Fridays from 1:30pm-3pm for Homeschool Jump! Homeschool students will get a discounted rate of $10 for 90 minutes of jump time, and each additional sibling is just $5 for 90 minutes of jump time! Check out our Hours & Calendar for availability!


Homeschool Gymnastics at Team Central in Maryland Heights

Instructional Gymnastics 1 hour class, no previous experience necessary

These will be reoccurring monthly classes on the 1st Tuesdays, second Thursdays & last Fridays every month, Aug-May with a break during the summer months. Please note that the times may change a bit every month because the gym has a busy schedule that they are trying to fit us in. Please register for each class you’d like to participate in.

If you are not in the ARCH Co-op & would like to make sure to get all the future gymnastics invites, email Kim Kuntz at to give her your email address.

$5 for your first kid ages 3-teen, and $3 for additional kids

For more details and to register, please visit:!/showSignUp/70a054baaa72ea64-gymnastics6


KOR Komplex Homeschool Classes

We offer homeschool classes on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 9am to 11am.

This is a two hour event, where we take them through a brief warm-up, followed by a demonstration of the obstacles. We have 30+ obstacles and a parkour section. Parents can come and watch or drop off. The price is $10 per child and it is ages 5 and up. All parents must sign a waiver for their children. We also have regular open gym times – check our website for details!


North County Secular Homeschoolers Park Days

It’s Park Day season!! We meet on Wednesdays from 12ish until 3-4ish at the following parks:

Join us on Facebook, and come out and play at the park!!

STL Homeschool Events – Vendor & Non-homeschool events

In this issue:


1. Dyslexia-friendly tutoring using Barton Reading and Spelling

2. Chegg free ACT & SAT prep resources

3. Free government, economics, and American history curriculum from Certell


Non-homeschool events

2/20 – MDC’s Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic

4/15 – STL Day on the Runway


General info & programs

1. NextGen+ Leadership Program

2. Youth Group of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis

3. D’Frohliche Schuhplattler, German Dance Group

4. Eugene Field House Museum

5. Panthers Homeschool Football Team

6. MEGSSS Math Enrichment Program

7. SLCL Sensory Story Time for Kids on the Autism Spectrum




Dyslexia-friendly tutoring using Barton Reading and Spelling

My name is Andrea Holmer and I am a homeschooling mother of 4. I have a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Special Education and many years of teaching experience.

I learned about a year ago that my third child has dyslexia. After extensive research I chose to begin using Barton Reading and Spelling with her. It has been going so well that I have been inspired to become certified with the program in order to help other struggling students.

I am currently looking for 1 or 2 students (between the ages of 6 and 12 years) who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, or are highly suspected of having dyslexia, to tutor at a reduced rate of $20 per hour while I prepare for certification (anyone I begin tutoring now will continue to receive this rate for the entire duration of their tutoring relationship with me, even following my certification). This would require a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week for at least the first 3 levels of Barton. This could be anywhere from 3 months to 1 year depending on the age and progress of the student.

If you are interested, you can contact me through email at or phone/text at 314-324-8748.

Chegg free ACT & SAT prep resources

With Chegg Test Prep, students can get instant access to hundreds of expert SAT, ACT, and GRE test prep guides. One of our most popular guides to date is our top 50 strategies for SAT test day article. And we’re only getting started!

We know how stressful testing can be for students. With our free test prep resources, we aim to support students (particularly of low-income families) and help relieve some of that stress.

You can learn more about us here:

SAT Test Prep:

ACT Test Prep:

Free government, economics, and American history curriculum from Certell

Certell ( is an education nonprofit dedicated exclusively to producing free, full-semester curriculum for teachers who have a passion to engage students. Certell does this by creating meaningful content that positively shapes students’ futures. The content is dynamic, thought provoking and relevant—and they do an amazing job of using current, popular media to convey powerful concepts. This content helps students embrace the common sense, life-changing principles they will take with them into adulthood.

While the curriculum is targeted to the high-school level, it can also be adapted for use by middle school or college educators. Certell’s unique approach and creative curriculum covers such important subjects as:

Common Sense Economics (full semester)

Common Sense Government (full semester)

Common Sense American History (two full semesters)

As we mentioned, all of Certell’s content – from learning management system (LMS) curriculum packages to eBooks to Bell Ringers – is free. This means:

• Free to download

• Free to adapt and teach as-is “right out of the box”

• Free to adapt into your existing curriculum on a lesson-by-lesson basis

• Free eBooks for your students

New teachers just getting started and seasoned educators who are now teaching a new subject — as well as all educators in between — will appreciate Certell’s thoughtful, empowering and easy-to-understand approach. We encourage you to try the Certell curriculum for yourself: Use it with your students, and tell fellow educators about this tremendous, free resource. You can learn more by going to

Best wishes for a successful new semester and prosperous New Year.


Rob Schimenz

Executive Director

Stossel in the Classroom


Non-homeschool events


MDC’s Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the opportunity for youths to discover upland gamebird hunting at the Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic. The program will introduce new hunters between the ages of 11-15 to the sport with the emphasis on ring-necked pheasants.

The program begins with a classroom clinic at the August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Participants will then take to the field for the pheasant hunt itself, hosted at the Missouri Gun and Quail Club located in Wright City. The hunt will occur on Saturday, Feb. 24.

“The clinic will cover some biology, firearm handling, and how to clean the birds. We’ll even give participants some recipes to help them prepare the pheasants for eating,” said Bryant Hertel, MDC Busch Outdoor Education Center manager. He also added that the hunt itself would be a great way for first-timers to sample the sport of upland bird hunting.

All participants must be Hunter Education certified and have not attended the program in the past. The guided hunt is for first-time participants only. Participants must attend the clinic to attend the hunt, and should have some familiarity with shotgun handling.

The clinic and hunt are both free. However, advanced registration is required by going online to The August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles west of Highway 94.

STL Day on the Runway

For the first time ever, the public is invited to spend the day on St. Louis Lambert International Airport’s airfield in support of Special Olympics Missouri athletes. Bring the family and come join the fun at STL Day on the Runway!

The estimated time for the event is 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Team up and pull together for this Law Enforcement Torch Run® signature event that will feature:

  • 5K race and family fun walk on the runway
  • Plane Pull® : Build a team of between 15 and 25 people with friends, family, co-workers and test your strength by pulling a FedEx Cargo Plane, estimated to weigh 190,000 lbs.! Participants in the plane pull must be at least 12 years old. Teams must raise a minimum of $1,500 by event day.
  • Family Festival – A fun family atmosphere with activities for children and kids of all ages, including a mini pulling event, displays that give you a sneak-peak behind the scenes of the Airport and highlight some of the tools of our community’s first responders.
  • Entertainment, opportunities to participate in activities with Special Olympics Missouri athletes, food trucks/food vendors, and more!



General info & programs


NextGen+ Leadership Program

St. Louis Christian College has approved the launching of a new program called the NexGen+ Leadership Program which is designed to match the Missouri A+ program. This is a huge advantage that homeschoolers have not had before do to the rules and regulations of the Missouri Program.  SLCC has removed those barriers.

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Significant tuition savings for eligible students
  • Connect with Christian leaders for career mentoring and networking
  • Education from a Christian worldview
  • Christ-centered campus

To explore a student’s eligibility, the student must apply at or call the admissions department at 1-800-887-7522, ext. 8110.

Please help me to help fellow homeschool parents and their kids get a good Christ-based college education by encouraging all senior level students to apply for free immediately at SLCC was recognized as a very inexpensive college at This makes it even better for homeschoolers.

Youth Group of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis

The Youth Group of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis is dedicated to the performance of German folk dancing and culture. The Jugendgruppe consists of boys and girls ages 13 years old up to 21 years of age. It is a relaxed, yet serious, atmosphere as they learn dances from the different regions of Europe. We would love to have you come and see how much fun it is to dance and be part of our group!

The group is led by Rosemarie Ficken. Practices are held at our hall on Jefferson Ave. on scheduled Sunday afternoons, or at our facilities in Jefferson County at Donau Park. Please email us for a practice schedule at More information is also available at our facebook page.

D’Frohliche Schuhplattler, German Dance Group

Ages 4-80’s

This group was formed in 1976 for the purpose of upholding Bavarian culture and traditions through Schuhplattler (dancing), music and authentic Bavarian clothing. Membership is minimal. Practices are usually held twice a month on Fridays at Laclede Groves, 732 S. Laclede Station Road. Non-members are welcome to check us out. We are always looking for new members that are interested in German dancing. Please contact Nancy Plunk at 314-610-9765 to confirm practice times. Also visit our webpage.

Eugene Field House Museum

The Field House Museum in Downtown St. Louis is a historic house museum whose primary focus is to educate visitors on Eugene Field, the “Children’s Poet”, and his father, Roswell Field, a landmark attorney on the Dred Scott case. Tours of the historic house allow children to immerse themselves in 19th century life in St. Louis and creates an environment that encourages learning. These topics are still relevant for today’s society and are highly recommended as part of a curriculum.

For those who can’t make it to the museum for a tour, we also have a Touch Trunk with hands-on activities that can be checked out for free. To complete this experience we have available pre-made lesson plans for $10. These can be tailored to all age groups and are an excellent resource for teachers.

A good starting point for more information is at this link: or we encourage teachers to contact the museum directly at 314-421-4689 or We can be reached there anytime during museum hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sundays from Noon to 4:00 PM.

Panthers Homeschool Football team

For a superb opportunity to grow young boys into responsible, team playing young men, check out the Panthers Homeschool Football team!

My sons have been involved for over three years now, and being on the team has given them encouragement and support from the coaches and teammates that they have gotten no where else. They have learned that others count on them. When they make a mistake or don’t show up when they are needed, the whole team suffers. When they really work and do their best, the whole team benefits. They have learned responsibility. Accountability. Manning up to their mistakes and working hard to make sure they don’t do it again. Encouraging others when they are down and celebrating when they are up. Losing graciously and winning graciously. Playing without cheating or trying to hurt the opponents.

The coaching staff is fabulous and works to train the boys firmly and with discipline, but also so each one knows the coaches care about them individually.  To find out more, contact Head Coach Bob Schembre at 314-807-6359, or visit the website at Registration is open for this upcoming season, and there are two football camps coming up as well. Hope to see you on the team!!

MEGSSS Math Enrichment Program

I run a small nonprofit that provides enrichment programs in math for 5th-8th grade students (specifically, high-ability in math). We have had many homeschool families use us as a resource over the years. In fact, our prior ED was a homeschool parent. I’m newer to the organization, but I believe we’ve collaborated in years past. We are currently in our nomination season. Teachers or parents can nominate their students to participate in our qualifying test for our gifted (Elements) summer and after-school program for 2018-19. We also offer a summer program (MathJam) where no nomination or testing is necessary.

Let me know if there are ways we can let your population know about our programs. We’ve been challenging students with the next level of math curriculum for nearly 40 years in the St. Louis area.


Maureen Hergenroether

Executive Director

Project MEGSSS, Inc.

SLCL Sensory Story Time for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

St. Louis County Library offers Sensory Story Time for families with children ages 3-9 who are on the autism spectrum or who have multi-sensory needs. The program provides a welcoming environment for children to enjoy a story and other fun activities.

The program uses props, toys and tactile objects, to offer children a variety of ways to process the information being presented. In an effort to help kids feel more comfortable, SLCL also provides noise canceling head phones and blue light covers to mitigate sensory stimulation such as fluorescent lighting and loud noises.

SLCL staff have put together a social story about the various activities that will take place at Sensory Story Time. Parents report that providing a visual road map helps children with autism transition from one activity to the next. Social stories are linked below.

Weber Road Branch

2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m.

Social Story (pdf)

Prairie Commons Branch

2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Social Story (pdf)

Daniel Boone Branch

1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30 p.m. starting in July 2018.