Homeschool Events List for August 19, 2015

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Third Degree Glass Factory
Thornhill Open House
STL Symphony
Fall Nature Play Programs
MHM Homeschool Days
Piano Lessons
Green Center Youth Education
New SLCL Benefit
The Speech Spot

Third Friday: “Back to School”
August 21; 6pm
Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St Louis, MO 63108
http://www.thirddegreeglassfactory.com/thirdfridays/
Before the school year kicks in to high gear, come join us for one last exciting summer outing the whole family will enjoy!
Sure, this summer’s been fun. Why not have one final family outing before the madness begins again? Join us at Third Friday for exciting night of fun with glass, featuring dazzling glassblowing demonstrations by guest artist Tony Cray!
-Chow down on some delicious nosh from Holy Crepe!
-Exciting guided glass art activities: Work in our studios to make your own paperweight, flameworked glass beads, fused glass jewelry or nightlight ($35). Featured project this month: Fused glass chalkboard tiles! ($25) – SIGN UP BEGINS AT 6:00PM
-East Gallery presents its new installation: “Beloved Objects” by Jeffrey Sass: a collection of fascinating manipulated photographs!
-8:00p: The Kevin Mitchell 4 Band is back for another swingin’ good time!
-Sunset fire spinning by St. Louis Fire Technicians.

THORNHILL OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, August 29 & Sunday, August 30
1 – 5 p.m.
Thornhill Grounds in Faust Park
Faust Park has added more chances to tour the former home of Governor Frederick Bates. Walk or drive down the gravel road behind the Butterfly House to find this nearly 200 year old treasure. The house was restored to its 1820 appearance and is partially furnished. The estate also includes a detached kitchen, period barns, a smokehouse, ice house, orchard and family cemetery. Period dressed guides offer a glimpse into Missouri’s past. Call (314) 615-8328 for more information. This is a free event.

FREE SYMPHONY CONCERT
Join David Robertson and the STL Symphony for our FREE annual concert in Forest Park on September 15! This performance previews the season of musical storytelling and classical favorites capped off with a fireworks spectacular at the base of Art Hill. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and invite your family and friends to one of St. Louis’ favorite musical events of the year!
SMITH The Star-Spangled Banner
BERNSTEIN Candide Overture
MENDELSSOHN Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
WILLIAMS Flying Theme from E.T.
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol
WARD America the Beautiful
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever

Fall Nature Play Programs
“Nature play” programs reconnect children to nature and offer them experiences to explore, discover and interact with the natural environment. Connecting children to nature has beneficial effects on a child’s health, development and well being.
(These programs can also be scheduled separately with schools or organized groups.)
Wednesday, September 23 (ages 4-7) – AUTUMNAL EQUINOX CELEBRATION
It is the first day of fall! You are invited to our party to celebrate! Find out what changes will be happening during the new season.
Wednesday, October 7 (ages 4-7) – CONNECT TO YOUR SENSES
Learn how to use your five senses in the outdoors by exploring a variety of different habitats. Taste from our herb garden, too!
Wednesday, October 14 (ages 4-7) – SEEK AND FIND
Create your own collection of natural items as we search for the colors and textures of fall.
Wednesday, October 21 (ages 4-7) – PUMPKIN PATCH PICKIN’
Learn how pumpkins grow, visit our “pumpkin patch” to find a pumpkin to decorate and enjoy a pumpkin snack.
Wednesday, October 28 (ages 4-7) – CAMOUFLAGE DETECTIVE
Explore the outdoors by investigating critters that blend in with their surroundings. As Halloween approaches, would could be hidden in the trees and grass?
Wednesday, November 4 (ages 4-7) – ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
Take part in a fall scavenger hunt where you will have to look up in trees, under logs, around a pond and throughout the rest of our outdoor spaces to find all of your items and win a prize!
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Cost: $8 per student/ program (includes all materials)
Payment must be received in advance of the registered class.
*Parent/Guardian must stay on site with children 4 & 5 years old.
**A minimum of 5 students are needed to hold each class.**
To register for a class, contact: Kathleen Kapayou at 314-725-8314 X 105 or kevans@thegreencenter.org
The Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Ave, University City, MO 63130

MHM HOMESCHOOL DAYS
Dear Homeschool Families,
Get ready for a new school year with FREE Homeschool Days at the Missouri History Museum!
Homeschool Days are an opportunity for homeschool families to experience the Gallery + Classroom programs regularly offered to K-12 schools. In addition to these exhibit-based educational programs, we also facilitate a variety of other activities depending on the day’s theme! We offer activities for specific age groups as well as activities that the whole family can enjoy together.
Homeschool Days take place once a month on Mondays. All activities are available from 10am to 2pm, and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like.
Thanks to the generous support of our members, donors, and taxpayers, MHM Homeschool Days are completely free! Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP by registering at mohistory.org/homeschool. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the Homeschool Day date.
We communicate information about these programs exclusively via email. Please sign up for our eNewsletter to make sure you stay in the loop!
We look forward to spending an engaging and educational school year with you and your family!
Sarah Sims, Manager, K–12 Education Programs
Monday, October 19 – ECONOMICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Monday, November 16 – 1875 COMES ALIVE!
Monday, December 7 – HOLIDAYS IN HISTORY
Monday, February 15 – HISTORIC ST. LOUIS
Monday, March 14 – MUSEUM DETECTIVES
Monday, April 18 – ENGINEERING THE 1904 WORLD’S FAIR
Monday, May 9 – FASHION: BUSINESS AND CREATIVITY

LISTENING HOUSE STUDIO
Piano lessons tailor-made for your homeschooler
Rhonda Barfield listeninghousemedia@gmail.com
Now is the perfect time to sign up your children for piano lessons, but where to go? Consider Listening House Studios for these 10 reasons:
1) Prices are reasonable. Tuition costs $80 a month, which includes at least four monthly lessons and/or performance opportunities per semester. Or for those who need more flexibility, try the five-week plan for $100.
2) Parents get more for their money with LHS. Most lessons overlap 10 minutes of “partner time” with the next student (or sibling) on the schedule.
3) LHS lessons include performing for other students, music history, theory, and games. Piano lessons provide a complete music program for your children.
4) Students learn and memorize 10 songs, which they have ready to perform at all times. They play an “in-class recital” of their repertoire twice yearly during lesson time.
5) LHS teachers (like me) are highly qualified. I’ve taught piano for 20+ years in two piano schools (Truman State University Prep Program, Kirksville, and Beverly Milder’s Musical Arts, Chesterfield) and at my home studio. I also homeschooled four children, K-12, so I understand homeschoolers’ needs.
6) LHS can teach all styles of music: traditional, classical, jazz, rock, blues, worship, hymn style, etc. If children advance beyond what I can offer in a particular style, they have the option of transferring to my son Eric, a professional musician who shares a studio with me.
7) Students learn to read notes, but also to play by chord symbols and by ear. This uniquely equips them to play, for example, worship music.
8) Students are also encouraged to be creative. They compose original music and learn to improvise (make up) music on the spot.
9) LHS offers wonderful recitals: a coffee house recital (with tips!) in the fall, a formal classical recital in March, and a fun festival and contest in May.
10) Parents highly recommend the studio. Ask me for homeschooled families’ names.
Email for more information or set up a free consultation to learn more about fun, professional, reasonably-priced piano lessons, tailor-made for your homeschooling family.

THE GREEN CENTER
Youth Education
Program Time: 2 hours – Cost: $7 per student – Chaperones are free of charge – Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
An environmental education and arts-integrated science curriculum offered to school districts sets The Green Center apart from other local cultural and science organizations.
The Green Center offers outdoor classrooms that enable students to learn about the natural world through inquiry-based programming. Whether students are investigating the prairie, forest or wetland, they will receive a hands-on experience that will encourage them to observe and explore. In addition, Scouts can earn badges through field experiences at The Green Center.
Below are just a few general topics of programs that we offer. We can customize a program to support educational needs. All programs are available to students of all ages in any school or organized group.
Wetland Ecology, Insects, Prairie Ecology (fall only), Ecosystem Plot Studies, Forest Ecology, Letterboxing, Keying Out Tress-Classification, Geodesic Greenhouse Growing, Prairie By Design (fall only), Missouri Rocks: Geology, Pollination Appreciation, Discovery Garden Exploration
The Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Ave, University City, MO 63130

NEW SLCL BENEFIT
SLCL cardholders can now access Lynda.com-a popular video tutorial website. Normally, using Lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but SLCL cardholders will be able to access Lynda.com content for free at home or in the library with a valid SLCL card number and PIN. Lynda offers a variety of tutorials to help users build skills in software, design and business­. Get started with Lynda.com.
Turn On. Log in. Get Smart. Training in: 3D, Animation, Audio, Business, Design, Developer, Home Computing, Photography, Video, Web + Interactive, plus Creative Inspirations. Access training at www.slcl.org

The Speech Spot
Elizabeth Dunn M.S., CCC- SLP
3284 Ivanhoe Ave., Saint Louis, MO, 63139
(618) 791-8271
www.TheSpeechSpotSTL.com
I have a dedicated therapy room in South Saint Louis and specialize students up to age 14. I can provide therapy services, 2nd opinions or full evaluations for parents seeking profession guidance for their students needs.

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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON 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. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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 August 16, 2015

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Homelink Learning Center
English Country Dancing
DaySpring Arts & Education
Classical Conversations
Swim Team & Lessons
IEW Seminars
Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gym
DATE CHANGE FOR HOMESCHOOL CRAFT FAIR

HOMELINK REGISTRATION IS OPEN
The Homelink Learning Center schedule is complete and we are finally able to use the new online registration system! Thanks for your patience & understanding with the many delays as we dealt with unexpected “start-up” issues. The new system may be confusing and time-consuming at first, but in the long run it will make things easier and more efficient for teachers, students and parents.
Note from Kerrie: My son’s college admissions rep said our course descriptions and schedule look more complicated than theirs! She said they have a team of 50 paid staff working on the classes year round and asked how big our “staff” was. I told her we don’t need a staff of 50 people when we have the amazing Cathy Mullins volunteering her time… with a new kidney!
We are so excited about the 2015-2016 teachers and classes and hope Homelink can meet some of your homeschooling needs and offer support as we face another school year together!
For ALL the details you need to know, go to the SHARE website Home Page at www.sharehomeschool.com and click on ‘Homelink Classes” on the black navigation bar at the top. You will see seven 2015-2016 pop-out webpages entitled:
GENERAL INFORMATION
HOW TO REGISTER
STEP 1: HOMELINK REGISTRATION FORM
STEP 2: SCHEDULE AND CLASS REGISTRATION
HOMELINK CURRICULUM REFERENCE GUIDE Thanks for compiling this, Judy Musick!
HOMELINK HANDBOOK
SALVATION ARMY HOMESCHOOL P.E.
Note: We included a pop-out about the Homeschool P.E. Program because the Salvation Army is only 5-7 minutes away from the Homelink location and many Homelink families take classes at both places. We try to avoid conflicts with P.E. class times but it is getting harder each year! P.E. tends to fill up quickly on Tuesday and Thursdays so contact Coach Cort Hubbard ASAP if you are interested in classes on those days. See the webpage for info..
The HOW TO REGISTER page explains the new registration process in detail. Feel free to call us with any questions as you check the Matrix/Schedule Grid, read the Course Descriptions, fill out the online Registration From, and pay your Class Deposit Fee to hold a spot. Also let us know if you find any mistakes. Cathy Mullins is truly the “Website Wonderwoman” and can solve any problem you encounter!
You can imagine how difficult it was to make all of the classes fit together for all the students and teachers! We had to consider conflicts with P.E, carpools, Pillar, Speech & Debate, college dual enrollment, Patriots practice & games, dance classes, gymnastics, music lessons, jobs, volunteering, therapies, youth groups, scouts, musical theater, St. Andrew staff…and MORE! We welcome your input if you have a conflict in ANY of your classes! There is no guarantee that we can change the schedule…but we will try to make adjustments if enough students have a problem.  Email Kerrie Tate at kertatehomelink@aol.com with class feedback and/or questions. Please include conflict/class details and your phone number.
We will be adding other webpages in the next few weeks, including 2015-2016 FUN SCHOOL CLASSES, ORIENTATION INFO, COURSE GUIDE BY SUBJECT, PAYMENT PLAN FORM, and others!
Mark your Calendars for the Homelink Orientation on Tuesday, August 25th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. More details to come!

English Country Dancing for the Metro East
Don’t miss out on the last of the Summer Dance Series hosted by the English Country Dancers of the Metro East.
The dances are open to the public, so invite your friends!
Tuesday, August 25th.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Dancing from 7-9 p.m.
On a lovely wooden dance floor in the historic Turkey Hill Grange (next to Eckert’s-Belleville).
Space is limited, so register soon to ensure you don’t miss out on this fun event!
Children 8 years and under are free.
All others: $5 each.
Maximum per family: $15
Visit www.ECD4ME.org for more information and to register.
Please spread the word!
Dances are called by homeschool graduate Zoe Quinn.

DaySpring 15-16 Schedule Now Online
Visit our website www.dayspringarts.org or call 314-291-8878
DaySpring Arts & Education
We’ve Moved!
2500 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights (just on the other side of Dorsett)
GHOP in South County
Linbergh at Gravois
August 30th – Grand Opening Celebration, come see our new building!!!
September 4th – Enrichment Open House, meet teachers and learn about classes
August 24th – Fall Private Lesson Semester Begins
September 8th – First Day of Group Classes
PERFORMING ARTS    Musical Theatre, Drama and Backstage with full performances in the SPRING session
DANCE   Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Tap – Dance classes for 10&up
Petite Allegro – Ballet and Tap Program for the young child
FINE ARTS mixed medium art classes for all ages
MUSIC   Private Music Lessons in most instruments, group classes for homeschoolers
ACADEMY   Core Program – University Style Education, partnership with homeschooling parents teaching Core subjects
Enrichment Program – elective classes for Homeschoolers
PRESCHOOL     Creative Arts Preschool and Preschool Arts Morning art, music, movement, and academic readiness for ages 3-5
Please check out our site, you will find full class descriptions, class times, teacher bios, and prices at www.dayspringarts.org.  Registration forms can be found our site or you can fill one out by  clicking here.

Byrnes Mill Classical Conversations
Imagine greatness for your child. What if your child’s school was amazing? What if your child loved learning? What if your family became stronger through school?
It can be. Welcome to Classical Conversations – a home-centered, Christian education program that equips you to teach your child through resources and community support.
What is Classical Conversations?
With Christ at the center of our efforts, we are a group of like-minded parents in your community that meet weekly. We share a focused curriculum as our core and lead our families through the materials at our own pace.
I am pleased to announce there will be a new Classical Conversations Community is opening this fall 2015-2016 school year in Byrnes Mill, MO.
Spring Hills Presbyterian Church, 6247 Upper Byrnes Mill Rd, Byrnes Mill, MO 63051
To attend an information meeting please contact Katie Donahue 314-229-1283 or directorkatie.cc@gmail.com
Classes begin August 31st

Swim Team
The Gateway City Avengers is a small, year-round USA Swimming competitive swim team located in south St. Louis City. This smaller swim club approach provides for individual coaching attention as well as plenty of training space which allows all swimmers to excel to their highest levels. The Gateway City Aquatic Club is a not-for-profit organization: a Christian sports ministry of Hole in the Roof Ministry Center. It is coached by long time homeschooling family, Jamie and Paul Hamilton. The Avengers are supported by a team of highly motivated and dedicated parent volunteers as well as a group of private and corporate sponsors. When a swimmer becomes a member of the team, they learn the meaning of courage, goal-setting, dedication, determination, responsibility, sportsmanship and teamwork. Our swimmers learn that you achieve what you work for, not what you wish for. Some Avenger swimmers may swim fast enough to become Olympic champions, but ALL Avenger swimmers will develop a life-long commitment to excellence, to discipline, to sacrifice, and high character living.
Registration for the 2015-2016 season is now open. Swim team practice begins on Tuesday, September 1st at the Cherokee Recreational Center, 3200 South Jefferson, St. Louis, MO 63118. . Participation in one USA Swimming swim meet per month is required. There are squad for children 4 to 18 years of age and all abilities.   To schedule your child’s squad placement evaluation, please contact us at 314-884-0824.
Swim Lessons:
The Gateway City Aquatic Club is now offering swim and safety lessons through their “Avenger Swim School”. Children ages 4 and older will be taught basic skills to more advanced skills according to their ability. Lessons are progressive, so attendance is crucial to a child’s success. With the use of underwater swim mirrors, noodles, and other fun equipment, children will learn to be comfortable and confident in and around the water. Classes are limited to no more than 6 students, and all classes are taught with excellence by experienced swimmers and directly supervised by USA Swim Coaches. Each class is 45 minutes in length. Space and classes are limited!
When: Fall Session 1 – Sept 9th through November 18th (10 weeks)
Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:00pm
NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
Where: Cherokee Recreational Center Pool (Home of the Avengers), 3200 South Jefferson, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Cost: $80.00 Session fee
(Additional $16.00 registration/insurance fee due yearly. Good from September 1, 2015 tillAugust 30, 2016)
Sibling Discounts: 20% off additional children – session fee only!
Please call Coach Jamie for more information/registration (314) 884-0824
GATEWAY MASTERS
Gateway City Masters is a new, developing aquatic fitness program open to all adult swimmers (fitness, tri-athlete, competitive, and non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. Coached workouts for all skill levels will be provided along with instruction in stroke technique. Opportunities will be offered for pool and open water races, to those who are interested. This program is designed to help swimmers improve their fitness and/or train for specific goals, and offer active support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship, fun and camaraderie. Swimming is a healthy, lifelong sport, no matter what your age! So, what are you waiting for? Grab your suit, cap, goggles, and towel and let’s get swimming!
When: Fall Session 1 – Sept 9th through November 18 (10 weeks)
NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:30pm
Where: Cherokee Recreational Center Pool (Home of the Avengers), 3200 South Jefferson, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Cost: $50.00 Session fee
(Additional $16.00 registration/insurance fee due yearly. Good from Sept 1, 2015 – August 30, 2016. Do not register with AAU until Sept 1 as they are not offering AAU 2016 memberships till that date.)
11 Swimming spots open.
Please call Coach Jamie for more information/registration (314) 884-0824

IEW SEMINARS
Andrew Pudewa from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) is coming to the Family Vision Library in St. Peters, MO on September 10th-12th, 2015. Please check out the schedule and register here: http://iew.com/mo2015
Questions? Please contact IEW’s customer service at 800.856.5815

Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gym
5411 Jedmed Ct., St. Louis, MO 63129
We have opened the doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym at a REDUCED RATE!
DATES: Dates below for registration (3rd Monday of the month)
September 21, 2015
October 19, 2015
November 16, 2015
February 15, 2016
March 21, 2016
April 18, 2016
May 16, 2016
No homeschool days in August, December, January, June and July
TIME: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
PRICE: $10.00
FAMILY DISCOUNT: $7.00
AGES: 14 months through 22 years old
DETAILS: 1 hour and 15 minutes of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30′ Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Trampolines, 18′ Rope Climb.
INCLUDES THE GIANT ADVENTURE ISLAND INFLATABLE!
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.
CANCELLATION DETAILS:
Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen.
They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
Refunds only given for illness and Barron’s must be notified before the event begins.
If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
NOTE: YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE EVENT! Registration available online or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909. These days should not be confused with the daytime homeschool gymnastics classes Barron’s offers at a reduced rate.

DATE CHANGE FOR HOMESCHOOL CRAFT FAIR 
SAME LOCATION – SAME TIME.
Hopefully this new date will accommodate even more families.
You have an extra week to prepare!
It is time to start thinking about the Homeschool Craft Fair!  It will be here before you know it –
November 14, 2015;  10 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Consider working in a brief course in Art or Business Management to your new school year! (preparing a craft and how to promote/sell at the Craft Fair)  Parents – this is a great opportunity to encourage your young entrepreneurs! Adults are welcome to participate as well.
Full and half tables are available.  The venue for the Craft Fair this year is new but not new to homeschool families – same location as the Expo! (First Free Church on Carman Rd. in Manchester)  This facility will be an awesome, central location for all area homeschool families.
Checkout the Craft Fair website for more information!  Get your registration in now to reserve your space!

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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON 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. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Homeschool Events List for August 8, 2015

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YMCA Book Fair
MDC at Missouri State Fair
Used Book Sale
Seeking String Players
Autism Initiative
Swimming and Gymnastics Class

YMCA Book Fair
August 13-17, 2015
Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park
550 Weidman Rd, St. Louis, MO, 63011
Each year, hundreds of thousands of books are donated to the Y, so we can provide a large selection of new and quality used books at reasonable prices. Our book fair started in 1978, by a group of dedicated volunteers, as a one day fair in the gymnasium. It has since has grown into a five day event.
The book fair will open the morning of Thursday, August 13, at 9am. Preview night has become preview day (9AM-9PM) and is a day earlier!
First Selection Day, $10 Admission: Thursday, August 13, 9am – 9pm, wristbands for opening day will go on sale at 7:30am.
Free Admission Days: August 14-17, 9am – 9pm
1/2 Price Day: Sunday, August 16
We will close the fair Monday, August 17 with $10 box day.

MDC at Missouri State Fair
Visit Conservation Building 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Aug. 13–23 at State Fair in Sedalia.
SEDALIA, Mo. — Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 13–23. Visit the Conservation Building from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily to see aquaria full of live fish and other aquatic wildlife along with displays of live native animals such as snakes and turtles. Ask conservation questions of MDC staff, get educational materials, and have fun.
Pop into the Department’s air-conditioned Conservation Kids’ Discovery Room between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to have hands-on fun exploring nature through crafts and other activities.
Enjoy conservation-related demonstrations at the Department’s outdoor pavilion, including:
>Raptors of Missouri on Aug. 13 and Aug. 22 at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.
>Fish Cooking and Cleaning on Aug. 14 and 15 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
>Be Bear Aware on Aug. 16 and Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
>Rainfall Simulator: Managing Soil on Aug. 17 and 18 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
>Fly Tying on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
>Alien Invaders in Missouri! on Aug. 20 with displays and activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
>Forest Products and a Circular Sawmill in Action on Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Used Book Sale at the J
2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146
Thousands of books will be available for sale as the next J Used Book Sale returns to the Staenberg Family Complex. Find a paperback for the months ahead or explore new genres at a fraction of the price of larger retail outlets! Proceeds from the sale benefit the Roswell and Wilma Messing Cultural Arts and Education Department.
Sunday, August 16 – Thursday, August 20
Sunday – admission is $10 – sale is open 10:00am – 4:00pm
Monday – Wednesday – FREE – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday – FREE & Bag Day; fill a bag for $5 – 10:00am – 6:00pm (Fill a bag for only $5)

Seeking String Players
The Missouri Baptist University String Ensemble is open to people of all ages who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. If you have played a string instrument in your high school orchestra, or have equivalent skills, you are welcome to join. You may be asked to play an informal audition for placement purposes. The ensemble rehearses, on Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Pillsbury Chapel/Dale Williams Fine Arts Center. First rehearsal is Monday, August 17 in the Pillsbury Chapel/Dale Williams Fine Arts Center. The String Ensemble prepares three concerts each year; Fall, Christmas, and Spring. Our concert repertoire includes masterworks of the string ensemble literature from the Baroque Era and beyond.
If you are interested in joining the String Ensemble, please contact Mary Sweetin atSweetinM@mobap.edu, or call at 314-324-3249.

Home Educators Autism Initiative
Group for Parents & Children
TAKING ENROLLMENT NOW FOR LATE SUMMER/FALL … SPOTS FILL UP FAST, CALL TODAY!
This program combines an autism parent support group and children’s social skills groups for families who homeschool. Children in these groups do not have to be on the autistic spectrum.
The program is funded through Autism Speaks and is free of charge.
The parent group, which meets on the last Monday of the month, starting in September, provides education about autism (including symptoms, diagnosis, behaviors, and treatment), resources available in the community, ideas for parenting, and a forum in which parents can offer knowledge and support to each other. Parents whose children are not in the social skills groups are eligible to attend.
The weekly children’s social skills groups, for ages 6-10 and 11-15, provide a setting for learning and practicing fundamental social skills, including: conversation skills, emotional regulation, understanding others, respect, and building confidence. Children can establish meaningful, ongoing friendships through these groups. The groups utilize Super Skills, a social skills program that identifies each child’s strengths and weaknesses and sets up goals to address specific areas of need.
All groups meet Mondays from 3:00-4:00 at Agape’s West County location, 11600 Manchester Road, Suite 101 Des Peres, MO 63131. The 12-week groups begin August 31, 2015. Registration will re-open at the beginning of each semester. Children can join groups at any time if the group is not full. The parent support group meets monthly at the same time and location as the children’s groups.
This group is continuous and can be joined at anytime throughout the year if space is still available.
To register, call Carolyn Knarr at 314-556-1427.

Home School Swimming and Gymnastics Class
Mid-County YMCA 1900 Urban Dr. Brentwood MO 63144
Thursdays 11:30 – 1:15 pm
Ages: 3 – 13
Session begins week of September 14th
Begin with a 45 minute swim lesson, followed by a 45 gymnastics lesson. There will be a 15 minute window for showers and changing after swimming. Parents are responsible for transition time in locker rooms.
Contact: Sarah Chik 314.962.9450 ext 229

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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON 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. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Homeschool Events List for August 2, 2015

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Teacher Appreciation Days
Wholesale Laptops
Home Educators Back-to-school Kick-off Night
Homeschooling Seminars
RockShow Academy
Homeschool Physical Education
Homeschool Roller Skating

Teacher Appreciation Days
Office Depot/Office Max is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Days on August 1st-4th and August 29-September 1st.   Homeschoolers are teachers too! You should be able to sign up for their teacher program. Print off a membership card from your local homeschool group to support the fact that you are homeschooling. Gifts include 25% off and a free calendar. Talk to your local OD/OM store.

WHOLESALE LAPTOPS
Homeschoolers eligible for wholesale laptops! I know nothing else about this except what you are going to read….
Microsoft Education Product Policy allows nonprofit NFS to offer in-classroom technologies and pricing (previously reserved for traditional public school facilities) to Homeschool families.
First year of program – over 1,800 families obtained laptops through NFS.
Based on Microsoft Education Product guidelines, the NFS Board voted to categorize homeschool families as schools and to implement Homeschool Group Purchasing in May of 2014. The program goal is to facilitate access of in-classroom technologies for individual Homeschool families.
NFS Board “our organization is only four years old. In that time we have stressed moving forward to meet the technology needs within all educational venues. The first year of the Homeschool program has been a great success. We had no idea that so many homeschool families would participate. There have been hick-ups, our phone and Lab staff were, at times, overwhelmed by the response. For the 2015/16 school year NFS has expanded capabilities to meet the expected demand.”
Homeschool families are now able to acquire computers/software at the same wholesale pricing the NFS program affords to traditional public school facilities.
Homeschool families can purchase from NFS as individual families or form a group for a Group Order. In both cases the families must provide Homeschool documentation (type is dependent on the State of residence) to NFS. This is required to receive the full package of Microsoft Office software and lower laptop costs.
For full details please visit; www.notebooksforstudents.org/homeschoollaptopdiscount.htm
About Notebooks for Students
Notebooks for Students (NFS) is a nonprofit private operating foundation located in Carlsbad, Ca. Incorporated in 2011, our mission is to address the ever-growing Digital Divide within the national student body by increasing the availability of computers to all educators and students. NFS is an Authorized Microsoft Education Reseller.
CONTACT:
David Puzo
Notebooks for Students
2588 El Camino Real F253, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(800) 991-7631
press@notebooksforstudents.org
www.notebooksforstudents.org

It’s Back-to-school Time
Please join us for St. Charles Christian Home Educators Back-to-school Kick-off Night!!
Attendance is open to all homeschoolers or those considering homeschooling, so spread the word!
Tuesday, August 11th; 6:30pm-8:30pm
Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, 63376
Featured Speakers and Workshops:
Beauty for Ashes: Michelle Pohl, author, blogger and homeschool mom, is returning to provide encouragement and practical ways to find joy when life makes you weary. For new homeschoolers and veterans alike, come and be refreshed for the coming year.
For Dads Only: What does it mean to wear the hat of a homeschool dad? What is the dad’s role in the homeschool? What about socialization? How about calculus and chemistry? Can my wife REALLY do this? Join Paul Westover and Benny Bryant as they share their homeschool dad experiences and answer all your questions. Leave encouraged.
New Homeschoolers 101: Christy Westover will be sharing experiences and providing practical resources for new homeschool moms. Bring your questions and concerns, worries and fears about the coming year. We’ll lay them all down and sort them all out as we talk about the true heart of homeschooling and how it all works.
Registration for SCCHE group:
Registration tables will be set up for you to register or renew your SCCHE membership for the coming year. Registration is $25 per family per year. You may pay by cash or check (made payable to SCCHE). You may also renew or register online.
Activity Registration:
All SCCHE groups and activities will have representatives on hand to answer questions and register families for the coming year. Tables will include the Learning Center, Band, Choir, Drama, PE, Small Groups, Potter’s Clay, and much more!
Door prize drawings at 8:15pm.
NO CHILD CARE is available. Children are welcome to accompany parents, but must be with parent for the entire evening and CANNOT be left unattended in the library at any time.

HOMESCHOOLING SEMINARS
These free “Homeschool Helps” seminars will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2015 and will be held at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 7717 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves MO 63119.   It is centrally located and has plenty of space and AC! (Same location as last year).
See all the details below about our New Home Educators Seminar (for pre-school – 7th grade) from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, and our High School Helps Seminar (for 7th – 12th grade) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Parents of jr. high students are welcome to attend both seminars, but those jr. high families that have been homeschooling for a few years will probably find the morning session unnecessary. The afternoon session would be a good fit for both newbies and veterans with jr. high students. Remember – it is wise to start planning for the high school years BEFORE they arrive!
Both seminars are free but registration is required. We need to know how many are attending so that we can prepare enough handouts and decide what rooms to use.
To register, go to www.sharehomeschool.com. Click on NEW HOMESCHOOLER SEMINAR on the top bar– click on “Here” and a description of the seminar with registration at the bottom will appear.
Register all who will be coming and be sure to indicate which session(s) you are attending. Please write any questions you have in the appropriate box. It is very helpful to get your questions ahead of time!
Sorry – there is no childcare for this event but nursing babies are allowed, of course. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch or snacks to eat in the Lighthouse Fellowship Hall, or stop by one of the area restaurants (There are quite a few in the neighborhood).
Hope to see you there! Kerrie & Cathy …and other homeschool veterans!
LOOKING FOR HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT AND INFORMATION THIS SUMMER?
Attend one or both of these free seminars on Saturday, August 22, 2015
Location:
Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church, 7717 Big Bend Blvd, Webster Groves MO 63119 (location of SHARE 2015 Kindergarten graduation ceremony)
>>>NEW HOME EDUCATORS SEMINAR<<<
For those with students from preschool to jr. high
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Q & A period from 12:00 noon –1:00 pm
Topics to be covered:
– Common Homeschooling Myths
– Teaching Styles/Learning Styles
– Missouri Homeschool Law
– Record Keeping
– Curriculum Choices
– Special Needs
– Helpful Tips
>>>HIGH SCHOOL HELPS SEMINAR<<<
For those with students in jr. high or high school
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Q & A period from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Topics to be covered:
– Planning Courses and Curriculum
– High School Record Keeping
– ACT and SAT Tests
– AP, CLEP, and SAT Subject Tests
– Making a Transcript & Resume
– Dual Enrollment, Learning Centers, Co-ops, etc.
– College Applications
– Post -Secondary Options

RockShow Academy
New HOMESCHOOL Programs
RockShow Academy here with some exciting news!! We have opened up NEW programs that are available for ALL homeschoolers! The owners and instructors, Kelley and Dave Brandt are proud homeschool parents of 3 who have been directing and acting in shows for the past 20 years and want all homeschoolers to have a music and theatre background! With our exciting programs, we have something for the whole family! We also have special sibling and homeschool discounts! You’ll love RockShow Academy!
Located on 8809 Gravios Rd. RockShow Academy’s mission is to provide the Greater St. Louis area with a professional and fun performing arts school for children, teens, and adults. Specializing in core Musical Theatre, Private Music Lessons, RockBands, and Birthday Parties, RockShow Academy strives to inspire, encourage, and guide young people in a positive direction for their lives.
-The RockShow Academy Team
>High School Musical
Ages : 11 & up!
About: Learn firsthand what it’s like to be in a professional performance with lights, sound, sets, costumes, & a stage!!
Auditions Date/Time: Monday, August 24th from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Rehearsal Day/Time: Starting September 4th, we will rehearse Friday’s from 1:30-3:30pm
Performance Dates/Times: There will be two performances in March of 2015 (date TBD)
Price: $230 for all (23 rehearsals! Extra rehearsals are free!) 1/2 for additional siblings!
(Payment plan available upon request)
>”The Aristocats!” Kids
Ages : 5-12
About: Young Actors will learn acting, singing, dancing and the thrill of putting up a show on a big stage with full production
Day/Time: Monday’s 2pm-3:30pm
Starting, Monday, August 31st
Price: $120/semester for the first child. $60/semester for the second child
(Payment Plan Available Upon Request)
>Acting & Improv
Ages : 11 & up!
About: Students will learn a variety of improv skills (like “Whose Line is it Anyway?”) and acting techniques
Day/Time: Friday’s 12:30pm-1:30pm Starting September 4th
Price: $60/semester (12 Classes)
No sibling discounts on this class because prices much lower than public’s price
>Rock KeyBoard
Ages : 8-12
About: Young musicians will learn music fundamentals, technique and how to keyboard in a Rock Band in a relaxed group setting!
Day/Time: Friday’s from 11:30am-12:30pmStarting September 4th!
Price: $60/semester (12 Classes)
No sibling discounts on this class because prices much lower than public’s price
>Private Music Lessons
Ages : 5-99!
About: We offer lessons specializing in voice, guitar, drums, keyboard, bass, & more!!
Day/Time: Schedule a day/time that’s good for you, Monday-Friday! Starting August 31st
Price: $15/wk if scheduled before 4pm!
We offer sibling discounts!
To Check Out RockShow Academy’s Other Programs Visit RockShowAcademy.com
IF you have any questions or would like to sign up for one of RockShow Academy’s new homeschool Programs, Email us at rockshowacademy@gmail.com OR call us at (314) 875-9024

SALVATION ARMY HOMESCHOOL P.E.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
– The Homeschool Physical Education Program is sponsored by the Salvation Army, and takes place at their Gateway Citadel Worship and Community Center, 824 Union Road, St. Louis Mo., 63123. This is the 27th year of the classes, taught by founder Cort Hubbard.
– Teacher/Coach Cort Hubbard has a Bachelors Degree from Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Georgia, a Masters Degree from the University of Mississippi, and a K-12 teaching certificate. There is not enough room to list Cort’s experience and accomplishments! (And he would be mad if we tried!)
– Homeschool P.E. course description – “These classes promote physical exercise, skills development, and sportsmanship. The typical Homeschool Physical Education class will begin with prayer, followed by calisthenics, coordination skills or jogging, skill development (teaching session), and fun games which often incorporate the skill being taught. The specific material a student will learn is based on their age and skill level, seeking to introduce new skills, or improving on skills already acquired.”
– Fall 2015 classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, beginning September 8, 9 & 10 and ending December 15, 16 & 17.
– Classes often fill up quickly, especially on Tuesday and Thursday because those taking Homelink classes try to schedule PE on the same day. Do not wait to register or your preferred time slot might be taken! Classes are divided by age groups, but there is some flexibility allowed. Due to class size and safety issues, it is not always possible to move your child to an older or younger class.
– To sign up and hold your spot, you can email Cort your registration information at Cort_Hubbard@usc.salvationarmy.org. Please include ALL of the necessary info – guardian/parent name, email address, phone number, student age and class choice. Payment is not due until the first day of class. Checks are made out to the Salvation Army. If you have any questions about class placement, ask Cort by email or call him at 631-0727 ext. 6130.
– The cost of Homeschool P.E. is VERY reasonable – only about $4.00 per class! To participate in Homeschool P.E. classes, each student must be a “member” of the Salvation Army, but Cort has incorporated the membership price into the class fees. The cost for P.E. per semester is $56 for one student, $107 for two students, $157 for three students, and $50 for each additional student.
– Cort’s wife, Becca Hubbard, will again be offering homeschool enrichment classes (for about ages 6 – 12) at the Salvation Army that coordinate with P.E. class times. We’ll put a link on the SHARE website as soon as the classes are ready.
– Many of you have asked about how you can purchase Quarterback King – the awesome game that Cort invented. Go to www.quarterbackking.com for all the details. Cort also has a few of the games in his office at the Salvation Army for purchase.

Homeschool Roller Skating Days
WHERE:
RockRollOrena, 4153 Jeffco Blvd. Arnold, 63010
http://www.rockrollorena.com/home.html
WHEN:
September 22, 2015
October 15, 2015
November 17, 2015
TIME:
1:00-3:00 pm
COST:
$3.00 + skate rental
Regular Skate Rental $2.00 Extra
Inline Skate Rental $3.75
CONTACT PERSON: Michele at Michele.c.weaver@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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON 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. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Homeschool Events List for July 2, 2015

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Summer Concert Series
Christian School sale
Olden Days of Summer
Etiquette for Beginners
Manners Camp Elementary
Manners Camp Middle School
Dining Etiquette for Teens
Laumeier Free Family Days
Business Etiquette for Teens
Faust Historic Village Open House
Homeschool Workshop and Fellowship
Memorial Homeschooling Cooperative
Piano Lessons
Business seeking to employ homeschoolers

Faust Summer Concert Series
Every Tuesday this summer! 7 -9 p.m.,
Faust Park, 15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63017
This summer, spend your Tuesday evening at Faust Park Amphitheater! The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and St. Louis County Parks will present top local entertainment for free concerts and family fun from 7-9 p.m. Enter Faust via the north entrance for free parking close to the stage. Bring your own seating. Food trucks will be on site for food and beverage purchases. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Call the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce at (636) 532-3399 or Faust Park at (314) 615-8328 for more information. Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates, including cancellations.

Christian School sale
Christian School is selling books of every description, as well as desks, chairs, bookcases, file cabinets, art supplies, music supplies, PE items, toys, games, etc….
Date:   July 8 – 9 (Wednesday – Thursday).
Time:   10a – 3p
Location: First Baptist Church of St John, 8665 St Charles Rock Road, St John MO (near the intersection of I-170 & St Charles Rock Road)

Olden Days of Summer
Friday, July 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Historic Village at Faust Park
Faust Park is offering kids a day of fun with a historical twist at Olden Days of Summer! Special activities take place in and around the historic homes and barns and include blacksmith demonstrations, rope making, candle-dipping, corn husk dolls, face painting, carousel rides, hayrides and more. For more information, call (314) 615-8344 or (314) 615-8332. For kids 2-12. Cost is $10/child in advance or $15 the day of the event. Adults are free with a paid child’s admission.

Etiquette for Beginners: Sessions 1-4
July 13, 15, 20 and 22. @ 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Using stories, play and songs. Each of the four sessions will cover a skill that every young child (ages 4-7) should know: introductions, accepting no, being a guest, saying please and thank-you
Please register at www.theetiquettefactory.com/mrspatterson or 314-596-1868.
Cost: $40
http://theetiquettefactory.com/edu_sch_details.php?schId=310&eduId=98
Location: The Family Vision 2020 Parkway Drive St. Peters, MO 63376

Manners Camp Elementary: Sessions 1-4
July 13, 15, 20 and 22 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Using games, role playing, props and kind discussion we will cover: Introductions, phone etiquette, being a guest, proper hygiene, accepting “no” politely, dealing with “bullies,” American Style dining, and much more. Recommended for ages 8-10.
Please register at www.theetiquettefactory.com/mrspatterson or 314-596-1868.
Cost: $75
Website: http://heetiquettefactory.com/edu_sch_details.php?schId=312&eduId=98
Organizer: Dina Patterson
Location: The Family Vision 2020 Parkway Drive St. Peters, MO 63376

Manners Camp Middle School: Session 1-4
July 13, 15, 20 and 22 @ 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Using games, role playing and kind discussion we will cover: introductions, phone etiquette, being a guest, rules of borrowing, hygiene and much more. Recommended for ages 10-12.
Please register at www.theetiquettefactory.com/mrspatterson or 314-596-1868.
Cost: $75
Website: http://theetiquettefactory.com/edu_sch_details.php?schId=311&eduId=98
Organizer: Dina Patterson
Location: The Family Vision 2020 Parkway Drive St. Peters, MO 63376

Dining Etiquette for Teens
July 15 ONLY @ 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Learn the proper way to formally dine, introduce, manners, table settings, things to avoid.   Recommended for ages 13 and up
Please register at www.theetiquettefactory.com/mrspatterson or 314-596-1868.
Cost: $10.00
Website: http://theetiquettefactory.com/edu_sch_details.php?schId=311&eduId=98
Organizer: Dina Patterson
Location: The Family Vision 2020 Parkway Drive St. Peters, MO 63376

Laumeier Free Family Days
Sunday, July 19, 2 – 4 p.m., Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis, MO 63127
FREE Family Days provide participants of all ages a chance to bond while encouraging observation, imagination, curiosity and creativity. Activities are designed to be simple enough for ages 4 and up to enjoy, yet complex enough that more experienced young artists can take their projects to another level. Families will have fun exploring new media and concepts while finding inspiration with Laumeier’s natural environment, temporary exhibitions and Permanent Collection. Admission is free.

Business Etiquette for Teens
July 22 ONLY @ 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Learn the proper way to make the best impression possible when looking for a job. How to introduce yourself, asking questions, showing enthusiasm and a “can do” spirit.
Recommended for ages 13 and up
Please register at www.theetiquettefactory.com/mrspatterson or 314-596-1868.
Cost: $10.00
Website: http://theetiquettefactory.com/edu_sch_details.php?schId=311&eduId=98
Organizer: Dina Patterson
Location: The Family Vision 2020 Parkway Drive St. Peters, MO 63376

Faust Historic Village Open House
Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, July 26, 1 – 5 p.m., Historic Village at Faust Park
The historic homes in the Village will be open to tour on select weekends at no charge. Guides in period dress will be available to answer questions about the structures as well as the heritage gardens that are attended to by dedicated volunteers. A varying number of buildings may be open due to staffing availability. Admission is free.

Koinonia Homeschool Workshop and Fellowship
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
10:00 – noon
FBC Wentzville Youth Room
(No childcare is provided however, we do have a game room with electronics available. Children are welcome to quietly stay with you as well.)
Considering homeschooling?
New to homeschooling?
Need information about homeschooling in Missouri?
If you are new to the homeschool adventure or just have an interest in learning what it’s all about, please plan to attend this workshop/fellowship.
Our hope is to answer any questions you may have, dispel any doubts in your ability, explain Missouri State Laws, explain what activities Koinonia provides for the year, introduce you to the wealth of resources available and above all, give encouragement.
If you are interested in attending this workshop or know of someone this may benefit, please feel free to join us.
No pressure. Just facts, food, and fellowship!
For more info: fbcwkoinonia@gmail.com

Memorial Homeschooling Cooperative
Memorial Coop is a homeschooling coop that meets on Wednesdays from 9:10-12:10. We meet at Memorial Presbyterian Church on Skinker across from Forest Park. We have classes for 3 year old through 4th grade, as well as nursery playtime for those under two. Right now, we would especially love to add 3rd and 4th graders! (and, of course, their siblings would be welcome!).
We start with Morning Assembly where we learn a Bible passage and song all together, which the children perform at the end of the semester Exhibition. Then, we have two classes which swap, an hour of Science and an hour of Art, with recess and snack in the middle.
This coming school year we are planning to have Botany and Physics for the 1st-4th graders in the Fall. And learning about painting in Art.
Highlights for the MHC 2015-2016 School Year:
-Our school year will start the Wednesday BEFORE Labor Day and finish the second week in May. In the Fall we will offer two 5 week quarters with field trips interspersed from September 2 to December 9, and Spring Semester will run from January 13 to May 11, 2016. Our Co-op hours are from 9:15am to 12:05pm.
-Our Welcome/Back To School Picnic is currently scheduled for August 29. This will allow students to reacquaint themselves with each other, meet their teachers, and tour the building.
-We will be offering classes for students 3 years old (by Sept 1st) through 4th grade. (With a nursery for those under three.)
>The Preschool group will have playtime, snack and an hour long class.
>The Pre-K(4yrs) – 4th grade will have two 1 hour long classes with a break for snack and recreation in the middle.
>We require a parent from each family to teach/assist or help in the nursery each week.
Class fee:
-Pre-K – Elementary students $60 per semester
-For Preschool(3yrs), fee is $35 per semester.
-Siblings receive a 25% discount.
-A lab fee of $10 is included in the tuition amount
To reserve a space for your family:
-Send Catha the following information with your family registration fee: Name, phone number, email, and names and birth dates for children attending.
-Turn your registration in early and save on the registration fee. Enclose a check for the Registration Fee. (This is non-refundable and paid once per family per year.) Registration fee is $25 per family.
>Registration fees must be paid in full to reserve each of your childrens space in their classes.
>Registration for new families whose oldest child is four (by Sept 1) or younger will open July 1, due to the fact that we want leave room for families that have school age students.
Make checks payable to Catha Rieger and mail to the address on the bottom of this post.
We are excited about our upcoming year of Co-op and know that with your prayers and participation it will be a wonderful one. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Rebekah Bennett, Co-coordinator, Scheduling
314-609-9240    rebekahjbennett@gmail.com
Catha Rieger, Co-coordinator, Finances
314-865-4778  pureriskcjg@yahoo.com
3656 McRee, Saint Louis MO 63110
Abby Schamp, Co-coordinator, Administration
314-600-2557   abbyschamp@gmail.com

PIANO LESSONS
Connie Tan is offering piano lessons for children of all ages and skill levels in O’Fallon MO.
As a homeschool Mom herself for a few years, she knows the value of music in a child’s life.
Lessons offered during school hours in her home. Connie is a mother of 4 children and has played piano for 37 years. Music and children are her passions. 314-807-5902/ justbupit@aol.com

WEST COUNTY CHICK-FIL-A SEEKING HOMESCHOOLERS
Homeschool, high school students, looking for a fun work opportunity?!?! Working at Chick-fil-A at West County Center is more than just a job. It’s a stepping-stone to a successful future in the world of business. We offer flexible hours, competitive pay, and a fun team environment. Come be a part of our team! Applications can be filled out at snagajob.com or picked up at West County Center Chick-fil-A.
Thank you so much,
Emily Stoinski, Guest Relations
Chick-fil-A @ West County Center

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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON 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. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Homeschool Events List for June 28, 2015

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Classical Conversations
History Clubhouse
Summer Family Fun Series
Bolduc House
Workshop for Educators
Hopping Homes
Spider Sniff
Scene, Ad & Action Camp
Youth Frog Gigging Clinic
Hiring Homeschoolers
Children’s Choir and Group Voice lessons

Classical Conversations
There are openings in the Classical Conversations Foundations and Essentials programs in the Kirkwood area. We meet on Tuesdays at Kirkwood Road Christian Church.
Please join me for an informational meeting on Monday, June 29 from 7-9. Please email me for the exact location as it may change due to interest. Foundations and Essentials are the programs for children 4 years-11 years old.
Classical Conversations is a national Christian homeschooling program that equips parents, supports your homeschool and offers a community for accountability and encouragement.
RSVP to Amy Russell at arussell7@gmail.com.

History Clubhouse
Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Free Admission!
Created with input from regional families, the History Clubhouse is a space for families to foster a love of history, learning, and museums. Families can step back in time, explore, discover, and play in some favorite St. Louis places in a welcoming environment where nothing is hands off. Walk among the buildings of downtown St. Louis, steer a steamboat on the Mississippi River, prepare food in the ancient city of Cahokia, sell ice cream at the 1904 World’s Fair, and learn history along the way!
Family Nights in the History Clubhouse
Tuesdays, June 30–September 29
4:00pm to 7:30pm
Free
Join us for free family fun on Tuesday evenings in the History Clubhouse! On these special evenings, your family also will enjoy music, face painting, crafts, and more. Activities vary each week; please visit mohistory.org/historyclubhouse for a complete listing.

Summer Family Fun Series
Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays in July
(No program July 3)
10:30am
FREE
Join us for free family fun! This series combines special guests, storytelling, and hands-on arts and crafts projects inspired by objects and themes in our exhibitions. Groups of eight or more MUST call (314) 454-3114. Groups may not be permitted to attend the Summer Family Fun Series but may be invited to make private reservations on Wednesdays and Thursdays. See our website for a complete schedule.

Critters, Crawdads and the Creek Homeschool Tuesday
Tuesday, July 7th is the next Homeschool Tuesday. Ed and Lesley will be taking everyone on a walking adventure to find all kinds of critters – we’ll see how many different kinds of critters we can find and we’ll probably get wet and muddy so wear appropriate clothing as well as bug spray and sun screen. Bring butterfly nets or bug collecting boxes too if you have any. And, a camera! As usual, please let us know by email, FB post, or calling the office at 573-883-3105 to say how many people you will be bringing. Cost: $4/participant or $10/family/maximum. We start at 10 and should be done by noon
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
www.bolduchouse.org

National Park Service Workshop for Educators
Osage History and Enduring Culture
Old Courthouse, downtown St. Louis
Friday, July 10, 2015
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Free
Presenters:
Dr. Andrea Hunter, Director, Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office
Kathryn Red Corn, former Director of Osage Tribal Museum
Julie Northrip, Director of Education, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
When Pierre Laclede established his fur trading post in St. Louis he had exclusive rights from France to trade with the Native Americans in the Missouri River Valley and the territory west of the Mississippi. This was the land of the Osage Indians, the largest and the most powerful group in the region. They numbered eight to ten thousand people controlling a 100,000 square mile hunting area bordered by the Missouri River on the north, the Mississippi River on the east and Arkansas River on the south.
Dr. Hunter will provide a brief history of the Osage Nation from the origin of the tribe, based on tribal oral tradition, to its current status on a reservation in Oklahoma. Dr. Hunter will also discuss archaeological research that has been conducted on several Osage sites in Missouri.
Throughout generations of loss, tragedy, and oppression, the Osage have shown tremendous resiliency. Kathryn Red Corn, former Director of Osage Tribal Museum, will show how the Osage have maintained their culture and oral traditions and continue to share them with younger generations today.
For more information about this workshop, or to register, please call Julie Northrip at 314-241-1244 ext. 100 or e-mail at julie_northrip@nps.gov

Hopping Homes
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strodtman Road, St. Louis, MO 63138
July 14, Tuesday; 12:30 – 2 p.m.(All ages)The sounds of summer often feature a chorus of Missouri’s frogs and toads. Let’s decorate an abode for these vocal amphibians to place in your yard or garden for your own private concert. If time allows, we will venture out on the area to find some of our jumping residents. (Reservations begin July 1.) Call 314-877-6014

Spider Sniff
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Hwy D, St. Charles, MO 63304
July 18, Saturday; 8 – 9:30 p.m.(Families, Ages 6 and up) Do you have a nose for nature? Bring a flashlight and your night vision for a walk around August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in search of these “jewels of the night!” Become an official Spider Sniffer after attending this exciting program where you will learn about Missouri’s eight-legged critters and how to sniff them out in the dark! (Reservations begin July 3.) Call 636-441-4554

Scene, Ad & Action Camp 2015
Presented by Craftibility
Does your child sing along to commercial jingles? Does your child watch television advertisements more than television shows? In this class, your child will create fun television advertisement scenes and design a magazine cover featuring his/her very own products. At the end of each class, your child will present his/her advertisement to the other campers.
Ages 5-12 years old
Location: Lucky’s Market
Lucky’s Market, 15830 Fountain Plaza Drive, Ellisville, MO 63011
Thurs, July 23
Friday, July 24
Thurs, July 30
Friday, July 31
Time: 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (Bring your own lunch)
Cost: $30 for one class
$25 if you sign up for more than one class
10% discount for a sibling or friend referral
To sign up, contact: Terri Canis
Craftibiliity@gmail.com
Here’s where to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHJQ9T3

Youth Frog Gigging Clinic
July 31, Friday; 7 p.m. – midnight. (Ages 11 – 15 accompanied by adult mentor)In this clinic, we’ll teach you how to hunt frogs at night using a technique called gigging. Gigging for frogs is an entertaining and unique summer pastime that can be enjoyed by all. Learn about frog habitat, the basics of frog gigging, necessary equipment, and gigging rules and regulations. When it gets dark, we’ll head out to actually go frog gigging! Afterwards, we’ll demonstrate how to clean and cook your frogs, and everyone will get to taste a sample of real frog legs! This event will be held at the BK Leach Memorial Conservation Area in Lincoln County. (Reservations begin July 1 by calling 636-441-4554.)

CHICK-FIL-A HIRING HOMESCHOOLERS
Dear Homeschool Families: My name is Jill Hume and I am the Human Resources Director at Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza. We will be hosting our third Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza Homeschooler’s Informational Meeting on the following dates:
Wednesday, August 19th from 10:00am-11:00am
Thursday, August 20th from7:00pm-8:00pm
at the Sunset Hills Community Center. Our Owner/Operator, Eric Benting, will share the Chick-fil-A story as well as our vision and values. He will expand upon Chick-fil-A’s corporate purpose, which is, “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A”. We are looking for energetic team-members who lead with a servants’ heart and are excited to make a difference in the community and in the lives of others.
We will serve samples of our delicious Chick-fil-A Nuggets and refreshing iced tea while you learn more about Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza and why it is such a rewarding place to work. The restaurant is located in Sunset Hills off Lindbergh, we offer competitive pay, flexible schedules and are closed on Sunday. This opportunity is for employment at the Sunset Hills location only.
The address for the community center is:
Sunset Hills Community Center, 3915 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Sunset Hills, MO 63127
If you would like to attend, please e-mail me at jillhume@mac.com to reserve your spot. Please include candidate’s name and total number in your party; parents please join us too!
Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to meeting you!

Children’s Choir and Group Voice lessons
Does your child love to sing? Join us for group lessons! This group is designed for children 8 to 11 years old and will last for 15 weeks. We’ll sing music from a variety of styles, including pop and Broadway. We’ll perform as a group at the end-of-semester recital, with opportunities for solos! We’ll learn the basics of healthy vocal technique, note-reading, and a little music history. The group will be limited to 10 students, so contact bethany@themusicroomstl.com to reserve a spot.
Mondays 6:30-7:15 PM with Ms. Lisa. Fall session runs 8/31-12/14, no class on Labor Day. Maximum of 10 students. At our first session (8/31), students will have a one-on-one lesson with Ms. Lisa to assess vocal range and previous note-reading knowledge.
Semester tuition $250 per child plus $15 materials fee. May be paid in monthly installments.

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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON 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. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Homeschool Events List for April 29, 2015

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Greater St. Louis Book Fair
Classical Conversations
2- Used Curriculum Sales
Panthers Volleyball

Hello Readers! A computer wipe and reinstall has kept me from my duties for awhile, but hopefully I am now back in the swing of things. These are a few timely items, but there is more coming soon!

2015 Greater St. Louis Book Fair
Schedule & General Information
The following is a preliminary schedule. Fair times, special events, admission and policies may be subject to change.
>>Thursday, April 30       Opening Night
Opening Remarks            03:30 pm – 04:00 pm
Gates Open. $10 General Admission       04:00 pm – 09:00 pm
>>Friday, May 1                FREE General Admission               10:00 am – 08:00 pm
>>Saturday, May 2          Shopping for Persons with Disabilities    09:00 am – 10:00 am
FREE General Admission               10:00 am – 08:00 pm
>>Sunday, May 3             FREE General Admission – Half-Price Day               11:00 am – 06:00 pm
Location / Venue
Macy’s at West County Center, 80 West County Center, St. Louis MO 63131
Lower Level of Macy’s East Parking Garage
Macy’s at West County Center is located at the intersection of I-270 and Manchester Road. The Macy’s East Parking Garage is located on the east side of Macy’s, toward Ballas Road.
Payment Options: Cash, Check, Credit Card: Discover, MasterCard, VISA
Policies:
Persons found not abiding by the following policies will be asked to leave Book Fair at once:
>Patrons may stay in the parking garage overnight Wednesday provided they remain in their vehicles. No campers are allowed.
>Patrons may begin lining up at 6 am on opening day.
>Patrons are limited to one shopping cart at a time.
>Cart contents can be reserved at the secure reserve, large purchase area.
>All reserved items will be boxed & sealed until payment is received.
>All reserved items must be paid for & removed by closing time of that day.
>We are not responsible for protecting or securing items stored for patrons after a sale.
>Unattended boxes or carts will be resorted and restocked.
>Electronic scanners/book purchasing lists may be utilized at book tables only; books may not be scooped up and removed from tables for scanning.
>Patrons purchasing rare and collectible merchandise must remain at the purchase counter while their items are being pulled from the display cases. Request lists will not be fulfilled unless the interested patron is present.

Classical Conversations
We have several openings in the Classical Conversations Challenge A, B and I program in the Eureka/Wildwood area. We meet on Tuesdays from 8:30-3:30PM at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, Alt Road, Wildwood, MO.
Join us at Eureka Bread Co on May 19, 2015 from 7-9PM for more information on this excellent program for teens. Students must be 12 years of age before Sept. 30, 2015 to enroll.
Classical Conversations is a national Christian homeschooling program that equips parents, supports your homeschool calling and offers both accountability and encouragement.
RSVP Directors Shelly Redman at shelly6595@sbcglobal.net, Stephanie Kaiser, stephiekaiser@yahoo.com or Melissa George at dmcalm@gmail.com if you are interested in attending the meeting!

TROY (MO) USED CURRICULUM SALE
The Troy area homeschoolers will be hosting a Used Curriculum Sale at Troy First Baptist Church.  All homeschoolers and others interested in buying or selling curriculum or educational items are welcome to attend. There will be no admission charge to buy or sell. The first 35 people that reserve a table will be able to sell their books.
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
Location: Troy First Baptist Church, 1000 Elm Tree Rd., Troy, MO
Times:  9:00-10:00: Check in and Set Up.  Volunteers needed to be there at 9:00 to help set up.
(Tables must be reserved ahead of time; see below.) Sellers may buy and sell to each other.
10:00-1:00: Regular shopping. No admission fee.
1:00–2:00: Clean up. Volunteers needed!
* TO SELL YOUR BOOKS: You need to reserve a table ahead of time, bring your books with you, and set them up to sell at that table. You should label them with prices and bring your own change.
* There is no charge for a table rental. Because of this, there is a limit of one table per family. You may share a table with one other family.
* Since there is no charge, you may be tempted to reserve a table and then not show up. Or you might bring a couple of books to sell just so you can get early shopping. Please do not do this.
TO RESERVE A TABLE:
* Please email your name, address, email address, and phone number to Charlotte Schlup at cschlup@centurytel.net  We have small, medium, and large tables available.  It will be first come, first served on the day of the sale. You will be sent an email confirmation.
* You will be asked to sign in at the door, and two adults per table will be allowed to sell. There will not be any tickets mailed to you.
* Please do not sell any food or drinks. You may bring your own lunch and drinks, but we ask you to clean up after yourselves.
* Please remember that this is a curriculum sale, not a garage sale.
* Please be respectful of the church property and of other people.
* Please keep your children with you at all times and do not allow them to walk around unsupervised. Under no circumstances are they to be roaming the hallways of the church.
* If you sign up, I expect you to show up. Please let me know if circumstances keep you from attending so I can give your table to someone else.
*If you have any questions, please send an email to Charlotte at cschlup@centurytel.net  Please put “Used Book Sale” in the subject line.

USED CURRICULUM SALE
FCM (CHEF) USED CURRICULUM And BOOK SALE Saturday, June 6, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the beautiful Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131; conveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 between Hwy 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza. Both buyers and sellers have told us that this one is the best! We have people come from all over the state and other states. Sellers may begin setting up at 8:00 a.m. Tables are $13 for an 8-ft. table. To reserve your table please contact Sonia at fcm@familycovenantministries.com or 314-920-6135.

Panthers Volleyball
Girls Volleyball in the St. Peters / St. Louis / Chesterfield area
Girls going into the 6 – 12 grades this Fall 2015
Summer Volleyball Camp 2015 is set for June 29 – July 1
Try-outs for the 2015 Team is set for July 2
Place: St. Joseph Church in Cottleville
Time:  Noon – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $30 for Camp  – $10 for Tryouts
Free T-shirt included when registered for both, by June 1, 2015
We will select girls for at least 3 teams, Varsity, Jr. Varsity & Jr. High.  We will also have a practice squad for girls who are either new to the sport or just need a little more practice, but may want to get ready for next season.
Visit our website:  www.panthersvolleyball.org
For more information:  Email:  panthers_volleyball@hotmail.com
Or call Tony Latham at:  636-236-1371

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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON 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. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.