Homeschool Events List for March 20, 2015

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Automation and Robotics Technology degree
Liberty First 2015 Tour
Chemistry Class for Homeschoolers
Poetry Contest
Daniel Boone’s Homeschool Day
Carpentry Camp

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNICIAN
www.statetechmo.edu
State Technical College of Missouri is now offering a 5 semester program, located at Lewis & Clark Career Center in St Charles, MO, that allows students to earn a degree in Automation and Robotics Technology.
This program provides students the opportunity to participate in paid work experiences three full days a week while attending classes two full days a week. Thus, students enter the workforce with more experience, less debt and a significant employment advantage. This highly engaging program develops multi-skilled technicians who have the technical knowledge and abilities to perform well, communicate effectively, think critically, work in teams and act professionally. Students will graduate with a degree in Automation and Robotics Technology. The cutting-edge nature of the Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students to be ready to excel in the manufacturing industry or continue on to an advanced degree.
Come to an introductory meeting and hear from school representatives in person, Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 7pm, at the Deer Creek Library in O’Fallon, MO (1300 North Main O’Fallon 63366-2013).
If this time/date does not work for you, or if you have other questions, please feel free to contact school representatives at: Steve.Doede@statetechmo.edu or James.Henley@statetechmo.edu

Liberty First 2015 Tour
A great event for all…should Christians be involved in politics? Hear Constitutional Attorney KrisAnne Hall at The Pillar Foundation on Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:00-9:00 pm…sponsored by Concerned Women for America Missouri.
“Liberty First 2015 Tour: KrisAnne Hall teaches the history of religious liberty in America that isn’t being taught anywhere else. As a pastor’s wife, KrisAnne speaks with authority regarding the Christian’s Biblical obligation to defend liberty. She teaches the history that is essential to understanding our Constitutional Republic. This history has not been taught for decades but is essential to the preservation of liberty for future generations. No opinions. No politics, Just historical facts. Hall gives real time solutions that We, The People need to correct this out-of-control federal government.”
​“No cost to attend. Women, men and teens are encouraged to attend.”
The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011
www.thepillar.org

Chemistry Class for Homeschoolers
Informational Meeting for 2015-2016
Tuesday March 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm
First Evangelical Free Church in Manchester
We will meet in the Big House located behind the church
Taught by Mrs. Kacey Marner
Email for more information if you cannot attend Kaceymarner@gmail.com
The Chemistry course is designed for homeschool high school students. The class will meet 3 hours a week for 16 weeks per semester. The first two hours of the course will focus on the content of Chemistry. This will consist of answering questions from the homework the previous week, a quiz, and teaching of new material through lecture and examples. Most weeks the last hour will consist of a lab where the students will have the opportunity to experience Chemistry first hand. The class includes over 25 labs as well as notes, grades, test, quizzes, labs, homework, and the text. The class will likely be held at First Evangelical Free Church mid morning on Tuesday.

HSLDA’s Poetry Contest
How better to celebrate National Poetry Month this April than by giving your children a creative incentive to write a poem of their own!
HSLDA’s annual spring Poetry Contest offers all homeschooled students ages 7–19 a place to have fun practicing their poetic techniques in a creative response to one of three classic poems.
Open to HSLDA members and non-members alike and offering cash prizes upwards of $200, this contest promises to be a fun, educational experience for all!
View Contest Info & Guidelines
This year, our themes for the three age categories focus on the whimsical, even zany, side of poetry:
~Category 1 (ages 7–10): “Green Eggs and Ham” (excerpt) by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’s poem “Green Eggs and Ham” has become an American favorite, beloved for its humorous repetition and wacky illustrations. Your assignment is to read the excerpt and write a new, creative continuation of this zany poem, picking up right from where the excerpt leaves off! Keep the original rhyme scheme of AABB and keep your poem’s length to no more than 6 quatrains.
~Category 2 (ages 11–14): “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll
In 1871, Lewis Carroll published one of the best known English nonsense poems in his fanciful sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Titled “Jabberwocky,” the poem uses nonsense words and whimsical language to transport Alice and all of its readers to a mythical land where strange creatures dwell.  Carroll paints an unreal world using unreal words, but in doing so, he leaves a very real impression of mystery and mythology that brings the story vividly to life in the imagination! Your assignment is to be creative in a similar way: write a poem of similar length (5-7 quatrains) and rhyme pattern (ABAB or ABCB) that takes place in a fun, perhaps mysterious, new world!  Incorporate some of the techniques Carroll used, including made-up vocabulary, neologisms, words with strong visual impact, and rich creativity of expression and idea.
~Category 3 (ages 15–19): “To My Valentine” by Ogden Nash
With his characteristic humorous flair, American poet Ogden Nash uses unexpected metaphors and atypical expressions to convey his nonetheless powerful love in his poem “To My Valentine.”  Your assignment is to think outside the box to do the same: defy clichés and write a modern-sounding poem that expresses a positive emotion in an uncharacteristic way.  Let your choice of vocabulary, metaphors, examples, theme, or the very emotion expressed be laced with originality. Follow Nash’s rhyme pattern (ABAB or ABCB) and keep your poem’s length between 5 and 7 quatrains.
To get a sense of what to look for or avoid when writing a poem, you can view the judges’ comments or read the winning poems from previous years!
Guidelines and entry forms can be found on our website, as well as information about our other annual contests for art, photography, and essay.  We look forward to reading your creative rhymes!
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. ~Rita Dove

Daniel Boone’s Homeschool Day
Wednesday, May 20, 2015; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center, 1868 Hwy F, Defiance, Missouri
Homeschool students and their families are invited to experience frontier life through various pioneer skill stations. Watch black powder demonstrations, dip candles, barter in the General Store, explore the principles of physics through fire starting, relive life in a “one-room” school house, learn frontier carpentry, and much more!
Students: $7.00
Adults (18 and older): $5.00
Children (4 and under): free
One free adult per 4 paying students.
Families are encouraged to bring a “sack” lunch and enjoy lunch on their own under our new pavilion!
For more information: (636) 798-2005   www.danielboonehome.com
Please note: Due to the nature of the historic site, there is limited stroller and handicap accessibility.

Carpentry Camp
June 29th – July 2nd, 2015, 10 AM – 2 PM
Deer Creek Park, Maplewood
6th-9th grade
In the week-long Carpentry Camp, a skilled professional will lead the class through proper technique and craftsmanship and supervise each participant with their very own project.
Projects include measuring, sanding, drilling, hammering, staining, painting and other skills. Each participant will take his finished work home at the end of the week.
Class fee includes project material, apron and tools, and a T-shirt!
EARLY REGISTRATION = $165 (Before May 15th)
After May 15th = $185
Get $20 off your enrollment fee for every friend that registers!
To enroll or for more information visit http://kenneyremodelers.com/camp.html

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!
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 March 10, 2015

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Spirit Night @ Chick-fil-A
DaySpring Academy – Informational Meeting
The Compassion Experience
Town & Country Symphony Orchestra
Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
Confessions of a Prodigal Son
Ancient Skywatchers
The Write Stuff Contest
Wetlands for Kids
State Forest Nursery Open House
Congressional Art Competition
SHARE Prom
Pen Pal Program
Great American Human Foosball
Free Summer Bowling

Patriots’ baseball Spirit Night @ Chick-fil-A!!
We’ll be having a Spirit Night on Wednesday, March 11, from 5-8pm @ the Mid Rivers location.   All you have to do is tell them that you’re there for the Patriots’ Spirit Night when you order, and they’ll donate a portion of your total to the Patriots. It’s even good if you use the drive-thru, but then you’d miss out on chatting w/all the baseball players and their families! Come see us and support this great program!

DaySpring Academy – Informational Meeting
Where students learn to think Critically & Creatively while building Communication & Collaboration skills.
Do you have more questions about the program and our curriculum? We are hosting an Evening Informational Meeting to see the curriculum, sample schedules of a week and ask questions to staff, teachers, and fellow parents… Friday, March 13th at 7pm. Let us know if you’d like to come!
Did you miss our Open House? Inquiring families are welcome to tour anytime, please call so we can be sure your are visiting the correct day to see the correct level.
DaySpring is a Unique Educational Experience that offers…
Preschool through High School academics in all the core subjects & elective classes to enrich
-Structured in a University Style
-Hybrid of home school and private school
-Students work in the classroom with peers and a teacher two days a week (three days for older students); then work at home with parents the other days of the week.
-Challenging Curriculum
-Creative – Imaginative – Investigative – Cooperative styles of learning
-Parents and teachers working cooperatively to see growth in students
-A safe and healthy environment that encourages individuality and a love for learning
www.dayspringarts.org       314-291-8878       office@dayspringarts.org

The Compassion Experience
Reservations Required
Change the Story: The Compassion Experience is coming to St. Louis, MO with an event hosted at Faith Lutheran Church. The free event will bring visitors on an interactive journey through the lives of children living in Kenya and the Philippines.
Through over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside daily life in a developing country — visiting homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Through the use of an iPod and headset, each tour is guided by a child whose story starts in poverty but ends in hope. The event is an excellent opportunity to experience another culture and better understand the realities of global poverty. Don’t miss this life-changing event brought to you by Compassion International and Faith Lutheran Church.
Event Information:
Date: March 13-16
Location: Faith Lutheran Church, 6101 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129
The Compassion Experience is free and appropriate for all ages. Click here for additional details and to reserve your spot to attend.

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra
Sunday March 15 at 2:30pm
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N. Ballas Rd., Town and Country, MO 63131
Selections include:
Vivalid Concerto for 4 Violins
Jeff Lindhorst, Stephanie To, Hiran Fernando, Rachel Rabe – Violins
Mozart Symphony #39
Pelleas and Melisande (Faure)
Rapsodie pour Orchestre et Saxophone in E (Debussy)
James Meyer, Saxophone
Prairie Night & Celebration Dance (from Billy the Kid) (Copland)
No Charge for Admission!!!
The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra enjoys serving the St. Louis area through its free musical concerts. The Orchestra performs at local universities and schools, churches, malls, retirement centers and parks. The musical style varies from classical, broadway and pops to holiday. Music Director and Conductor: David Lowell Peek.

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT BARRON GYMNASTICS
The nice folks at Barron Gymnastics have once again graciously opened their doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym, with a reduced rate for homeschoolers.
When?   3rd Monday of every month
March 16
April 20
May 18
Where?   Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO 63129
Time?     10:45 am. – 12:00 p .m. (1 hour and 15 minutes)
Cost?     1st child = $10.00         Each additional family member = $7.00
What?
>1.25 hours 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 Tramps, 18’ Rope Climb.
>Includes the Giant Adventure Island Inflatable!
Who?
>Homeschool Day is for children 14 months up to 22 years of age.
>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.
How?
>All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
>YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE EVENT!
Registration available Online (http://barrongymnastics.com/special-events/homeschool-day/) or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
Here’s what else you need to know:
>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: This is not to be confused with the Homeschool Program at Barron’s Gym.

Confessions of a Prodigal Son
Homeschooler Nathan Clarkson has written and directed a movie about being a Prodigal Son. It is starring Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, God’s Not Dead) and also Nathan’s wife, Rachael Lee as well as St Louis native, Dawin Harris. I am working on getting a screening here in the St Louis area. Tickets must be pre-ordered and I have to sell about another 80 tickets to make the screening happen. This movie is not recommended for younger children due to some of the scenes showing alcohol and other teen-related events.
If you would please join me and others in supporting this and showing Hollywood we want more Value-based films. Also, please feel free to share the link via any social media you may be on. Share with friends and family that are in the area.
Here is the link to purchase the tickets. Tickets must be pre-ordered NO LATER THAN MARCH 19TH! The screening is Thursday evening, March 26th at 4pm, Ronnie’s Theater in St Louis. The link will show the address and other information.
https://www.tugg.com/events/13348#.VPfKN-oL5_E.facebook

Ancient Skywatchers of the Eastern Woodlands
Sunday – March 22nd – 2:00pm
Dr.William Romain, PhD, chronicles a five-thousand year-old tradition of Native American skywatching. Using state-of-the-art LiDAR imagery and archaeoastronomic assessment protocols, he documents celestial alignments of representative sites from the Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods. He also explores certain design principles held in common across the region and significant trends through time.
This lecture is free, open to the public, and held at the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.
For more information phone 618-346-5160.

The Write Stuff Contest
Enter your original literary work and you could win a prize!
Calling all kids and teens ages 8-18 with a talent for creative writing! The St. Louis County Library is holding a contest for all writers. There will be prizes for the winners.
How to enter:

  1. Send an email with your original literary work attached to kidzone@slcl.org or teenzone@slcl.org between March 1 and March 31, 2015.
  2. In the body of the email, please include the following: name of entrant, age, current SLCL Library card number, library branch, phone, email, parent/guardian name, school.
  3. Also include the following statement in your email: Yes, I have read the official contest rules and followed them. I agree that the attached document is my own work and contains my own original ideas.

The Write Stuff Contest Official Rules and Guidelines
-Students age 8-18 are encouraged to enter.
-Entrant must have a valid SLCL card.
-Limit one submission per person.
-Write one story, including the line: “I peeled back the paper and there you were…”
-Entry can be funny, serious, etc. Judging will be based on originality, story flow/continuity and mechanical elements (grammar, punctuation, spelling).
-Story must be between 250-500 words long for ages 8-14 and between 500-1000 words long for ages 15-18. (title does not count)
-Please send entry as a “.doc” or “.rtf” file.
-Each entry must be typed and double-spaced (no fancy fonts please).
-Do not write your name or place any other identifying marks on the story pages.
-Entries must be received between Sunday, March 1 and close of business on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
-Winners will be chosen in three categories: Ages 8-10, Ages 11-14, and Ages 15-18.
-Winners will be notified by Friday, April 17 and posted at www.slcl.org within a week.
-First place entries will be posted in their entirety on the Kids Blog and Read Alert teen blog.
-Judges decisions are final.
-Visa gift cards will be given for 1st ($50) and 2nd ($25) place in each category. Winner and runner-up will receive certificates.

WETLANDS FOR KIDS
Saturday, April 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles
Wetlands for Kids Day is hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU). The event, supported by grants from the Enterprise Foundation, US Bank and the Mississippi Valley Duck Hunters Association, is free for both kids and adults.
Wetlands for Kids Day is designed to help families have fun discovering nature while also learning about the importance of these vital habitats in Missouri.
The activities include more than 20 stations where visitors can learn about wetland creatures first hand. There will be a chance to see real birds of prey courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary. A live reptile and amphibian station will provide a close-up look at these wetland inhabitants. Kids can explore the Duck Wing Maze while learning to identify ducks by wings and plumage along the way. They can also crawl through a simulated beaver den.
Retriever demonstrations are popular with visitors who enjoy watching the dogs perform on land and water.   Other stations include fish tasting, air rifle shooting, archery, DU Laser Shot, and a rod and reel casting station.
Each child who attends gets a free subscription to the MDC Xplor: Adventures in Nature Magazine for kids. They will also receive a DU Greenwing membership and a subscription to Puddler Magazine. There will also be free tree seedling giveaways while supplies last.
In keeping with its watery theme, Wetlands for Kids Day will be held rain or shine. In the event of wet weather, the event will be moved indoors. Food will also be available for purchase during the event.
To learn more about Wetlands for Kids Day on April 4, call 636-441-4554. The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located in St. Charles on Route D, about two miles west of Highway 94.

State Forest Nursery Open House
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to discover nature through an open house on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its 754-acre George O. White State Forest Nursery near Licking, MO. Reservations are requested by calling 573-674-3229.
MDC staff will provide guided tours on a small bus to show attendees how Nursery staff grow and sell more than 3 million seedlings annually. Visitors will learn how seeds from more than 60 species of trees and shrubs are collected, cleaned, planted, grown, lifted, graded, stored, and shipped. In addition to tours, staff will demonstrate the workings of a portable sawmill and answer conservation questions. Smokey Bear will also be at the event.
To get to the Nursery, take Highway 63 north from Licking a half mile to Shafer Road and then go west for four miles.
The State Forest Nursery has provided seedlings to Missourians since 1947 for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, and wildlife habitat. Learn more about the Nursery from the MDC website at mdc.mo.gov/node/3986.

Congressional Art Competition
I am pleased to announce that Missouri’s 2nd congressional district will participate in the Annual Congressional Art Competition again this spring. This competition is an excellent opportunity to recognize the rich artistic talents of the high school students in our district. Each year I look forward to seeing the outstanding work of our accomplished young artists. You can view the 2014 entries through a link on my website  www.wagner.house.gov .
The winning entry from the 2nd district will not only be recognized at the local level but will also be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol along with other student’s artwork from around the country.   The 2nd district winner   will   receive round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C.to attend a ceremony unveiling the winning   pieces from across the nation.   The second and third place entries will be displayed in my Washington D.C. and District offices, respectively, for one year.
All entries and release forms must be delivered to my District Office at 301 Sovereign Court Suite 201, St. Louis, MO 63011 by 5 PM on Monday, April 13, 2015. All the entries will be displayed and the winners announced at the 2nd District Exhibit and Awards Ceremony. Details regarding this event will be forth coming shortly. Please encourage your students to participate in this worthwhile program.
If you have any questions, please go to my website at  www.wagner.house.gov or contact Jaci Winship at 636-779-5449 or   jaci.winship@mail.house.gov . The Congressional Art Competition Guidelines and Student Information and Release Forms may be downloaded from my website.

SHARE Prom
All homeschooled high school students and homeschooled alumni are invited to attend.
Our theme is “A Night In Paris”
We have a NEW LOCATION this year:
Andre’s West Banquet Center, 211 South Old Highway 141, Fenton, MO 63026
April 16, 2015 – 7:00-11:00 p.m.
~Prom Cost is $30.00 per person ($40.00 after April 2nd)
~Pam Weatherford will be our photographer.
Prom package includes 2-5×7’s, 4 wallets $18.00 ($20.00 at the door)
~Last day to register is Friday April 9th (We have to give Andre’s a final total; therefore, NO late registration forms will be accepted)
~This year registration will be online. Please note that you will have to go to 3 different websites to register correctly. (Note: If a parent cannot volunteer, you can skip #3)
If you do not have access to Paypal, you may send a check or cash to:
Cathy Mullins, 3675 Montana, St. Louis, MO 63116
How To Register:

  1. SIGN UP AT THIS SITE: http://stlshareprom.weebly.com/

Here you will sign up yourself and/or a guest, enter the optional poll for Prom Court (juniors & seniors only), request 2 songs; and read the Prom Rules.

  1. GO TO THE SHARE CALENDAR PAGE TO SIGN UP AND PAY WITH PAYPAL:

https://www.homeschool-life.com/sysfiles/member/events/events_view.cfm?memberid=283&public=1&private=&eventid=1222094

  1. VOLUNTEER TO CHAPERONE OR HELP CLEAN UP AT THIS SITE: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c48aaaf22a20-20152

Pen Pal Program
HSAMF (Home School Association for Military Families) Pen Pal Program is for both military and civilian homeschooled children.
Our Pen Pal Program is a FREE literacy based, traditional letter writing program.  It is a great way to get children writing traditional letters, a skill that is often lost in today’s society, as well as make friends with children they would otherwise not have met.
Quite honestly, it has been a great way to work on grammar and spelling with my children, without them even realizing they are “working on school.”
If you are interested, or know of any other homeschooling families that may be interested, we encourage you to check out our website, www.hsamf.org Look for the Pen Pal Program under the Programs tab.
We also want to encourage you to sign up for our e-newsletter.  Penpal Tidbits is a bimonthly publication that will give you fresh ideas to share with your penpal. For example, August 26th was Australia Day, so the children were encouraged to learn something new about Australia and then share it with their pen pal.

Great American Human Foosball
A unique and fun form of physical activity and team building!
Homeschool reservations are Mon. or Fri. 1-3 pm
$5/head/one game (12 minimum), or $150/2 hrs (25 maximum)
For more info. contact Sherri: (314)-882-6191/GreatAmericanHumanFoosball@gmail.com
S.L.S. Building
3227 Morganford Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63116
www.greatamericanhumanfoosball.com

FREE SUMMER BOWLING
Just go to http://www.kidsbowlfree.com and pick a bowling alley!

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!
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 February 26, 2015

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Daddy Daughter Dance
Home School Swim Program
Bowling Outing
Bolduc House
Curriculum Fair
Judges for Speech and Debate
Expo Updates
New Co-op
Music Together
Regional photography competition
Pam Tebow
SHARE Homeschool Art Show

Daddy Daughter Dance
Koinonia, out of First Baptist Wentzville, is hosting their first Daddy Daughter Dance! Feb 27, 6-9p. Dinner, Devotion & Dancing. Open to the public. Invite a friend and his daughter as well and allow God to bless you! $20 for Dad and one daughter, $25 for Dad and *all* his girls. Modest dress required (nothing too low or too short). Tickets are limited. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact us at fbcwkoinonia@gmail.com

Home School Swim Program
Stroke Mechanics/Endurance Swim and Swim to Suit Lessons
Where: Wildwood Family YMCA
When: Fridays February 27 – April 3, 2015
Time: 11:00-12:00pm & 12:00 – 1:00pm
Ages: Stroke Mechanics ages 5-18 yrs / Swim to Suit ages 3 -12 yrs
Stroke Mechanics- is designed for swimmers who can swim a minimum of 25 yds. freestyle and 25 yds backstroke.
Swim to Suit- is designed for children who are working on water orientation and the basics of swimming and stroke development.
Cost: $30 members / $50 non-members
Contact Jennie Smith, Aquatic Director @ 636-458-6636 ext 245, or at jennifer.smith@ymcastlouis.org

WINTER Bowling Outing
When: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Where: Brunswick Zone Lakeside 1254 Dougherty Ferry Road Valley Park, MO 63088 (636) 225-2400
Notes: Open to all homeschoolers and their families
$5.00 includes 3 games and shoe rental
No league, no commitment, just a FOR FUN event!!

Bolduc House Homeschool Day
The March 3rd Homeschool Tuesday should be really fun. A local artist will be here with a series of paintings about people and life in the Ste. Genevieve colonial community. The homeschoolers will brainstorm about the stories that might be illustrated by the paintings and then, working alone, or in groups, go through the writing process to create an original story or poem. As always, the event begins at 10AM and will end by noon. It costs $4/participant and we’ll be done by noon as usual. Please let us know if you are coming and how many people you are bringing.
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
www.bolduchouse.org

CHC USED CURRICULUM FAIR
We are excited to host the 2nd Annual CHC Homeschool Curriculum Fair!  Our fair will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm; and is open to ALL area homeschoolers!
-Tables available for $5.00 to sell your homeschool items.
-Free admission to browse and shop!
-Free parking!
-CASH-only transactions for peace of mind and ease of both Seller and Buyer.
-Fun and free activities to keep your littles occupied while you shop and sell:  open to youth ages 3-13 years.
The table cost is just $5.00 and can be shared with a friend if you choose.  Your table fee is due at check-in on March 6 and to be paid in cash.
For more details, please contact Christina Wright at info@collinsvillehomeschoolcoop.com or by visiting the Curriculum Fair page at www.collinsvillehomeschoolcoop.com.
Hope you can join us!
*Items being sold are in AS-IS condition with no liability accepted by CHC, CHC Admin Team, MHBC, or seller.  Purchaser assumes all liability.
*All unsold items must be removed by seller during Clean-up.
*Supervised youth activities are being offered as a free convenience for parents to sell and shop.  Activities are offered with no liability accepted by CHC, CHC Admin Team, or MHBC.  Parents assume all liability.
*Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Homeschooling families will be accepted first, and registration to non-homeschoolers will be accepted as space allows (Non-homeschoolers refers to educational material providers only i.e. Discovery Toys, Usborne Books, etc.  Registrations for non-education related vendors will not be accepted i.e. Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Thirty-One Bags, etc.).  Registrations will be accepted while space is available or until March 1, whichever happens first.
Curriculum Fair will be held at Meadow Heights Baptist Church, 1498 Vandalia Street, Collinsville, Illinois 62234.

WANTED
Judges for Speech and Debate Tournament March 18-21, 2015
West County Assembly of God, 13431 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Homeschool speech and debate is raising up a generation that is not afraid to speak out for truth and justice, for faith and hope. We need community judges willing to listen and encourage. We need you!
Description:
Gender: Male or Female. 400 judges needed!
Occupation: ANY. Professional, parent, college student, doctor, teacher, pastor. Any background and experience accepted! You may feel unqualified, but you are exactly the kind of judge we seek. Students must learn to communicate with everyone, not just those trained in speech and debate
Age: Anyone over 19 and out of high school
Training: No previous experience required A brief training session is provided.
Commitment: Approximately 2 1/2 hours Times are available throughout the day and evening.
Caution: You may become a repeat participant! Many people who have volunteered enjoy the experience so much, they come back to judge again and again. The judge hospitality room remains armed and loaded throughout the day with an abundance of delicious food. Overindulgence is a danger!
Reward Offered: No, there’s no monetary reward. But there is the opportunity to listen and encourage as future leaders: lawyers, actors, mechanics, Bible teachers,—maybe even a future president—share their talents and sharpen their skills. You just sit back, enjoy the speakers, fill out the ballots, and enjoy the food.
Anyone meeting this description may register at https://gatewayclassic2015.homeschooldebate.net/

Expo updates….
-The Expo speaker pages now have the 2015 seminars along with their descriptions, times, and room numbers! Go to the Home Page of the Expo website at www.stlhomeschoolexpo.com and click on “Read More” under each speaker picture to see the awesome talks they will be giving this year. There will be a few additions, changes, and adjustments, but the majority are posted.
-The Schedule Grids for Friday (March 20) and Saturday (March 21) are almost finished and should be posted on the Expo website sidebar over the weekend. Keep checking!
-There are three “Track Talks” pages posted – “Youth Interest,” “Struggling Learner,” and “High School Helps.” More tracks based on subject and interest will be posted as it gets closer to the Expo.
-Interested in the fun & educational Expo Children’s Program that will be held next door in the “Bigg House” this year? Register for the program by February 20 for a chance to win one of four Expo Cash prizes of $50!
-We are so excited that HSLDA’s new High School Consultant, Carol Becker, will be giving seven helpful seminars in our “High School Helps” Track! On the 2014 Evaluations Forms many attendees requested jr. high and high school support and we scheduled Carol’s seminars plus lots of others. See the “High School Helps” Track link on the website.
-Stay tuned for more updates on the Exhibitor Giveaways & Prizes, “Toddler to Tween” and “Dad” Seminars, Volunteer Opportunities, Leaders’ Fellowship, Homeschool Clinic, and much more!
-Thanks for purchasing ads to put in the Program/Booklet, Expo Tote Bags, or Business & Services Guide, and for spreading the word about our event.  This helps keep prices low (still only $10 per person!) and Thursday nights free!
-Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback! Looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Expo!
The Expo Board

NEW CO-OP
A new Homeschooling Co-Op is starting in Cedar Hill, MO Fall 2015.
Please come to the information meeting at First Baptist Church of Cedar Hill, 8265 Local Hillsboro Road, Cedar Hill, MO 63016 on March 24, 2015 @ 6:30PM!
The goal for this Co-Op is to provide homeschooling families the opportunity to join together and share in their children’s education. We will be meeting once a week for classes (examples may be life skills, creative writing, health, dance, etc.) and have regular field trip opportunities. We also are striving for parties and events such as prom, graduation, etc.
Free childcare will be available at the meeting.

Music Together
In a Music Together class, up to twelve children and their parents meet weekly in a 45-minute class to sing songs, dance, play with simple musical instruments, have fun with chants, fingerplays, rhythm games and a rich variety of other music and movement activities. This program is geared toward children birth – 5 years old, and the adults who love them. Come experience how children learn music through play!
Tuition: $175/ 10 weeks (first child), $120 for additional siblings over 8 months in age
Starts: Tuesday, March 31st 9:45am
Babies younger than 8 months attend FREE
Tuition includes 1 CD, MP3 song download code, and a beautifully illustrated songbook.
City Music and Education Center
9299 Watson Rd., Crestwood, MO 63126
314-961-8700 (ask for Janelle)
janelle@citymusicstl.com
www.citymusicstl.com

REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
Manchester Arts is seeking entries for our third annual regional photography competition, FOCUS 2015. The competition is open to photographers of all ages and skill levels, who reside in the greater Metro St. Louis area. Prizes totaling more than $1,600 will be awarded to 23 entrants, within three age categories: Youth (ages 5-13), Young Adult (ages 14-20), and Adult (ages 21+.)
Submit your best photographs (family-friendly, 3 images maximum.) of any subject matter, created anywhere  Entry deadline is April 6-7, 2015, and the main exhibit will run April 17-19, with an opening reception and awards program, the evening of April 17. An awards exhibit will be on display after that, through May. For all of the details about the competition and exhibits, please download the two attached files: (a) FOCUS 2015 Call For Entries (with info, rules, entry forms, etc.); and (b) FOCUS 2015 Poster/Flyer, that we invite you to share and display if you wish. For more information about Manchester Arts, or to find more info about FOCUS 2015, please visit our website at manchestermo.gov/arts, and follow event updates on Facebook and Twitter (links and contact info, below.)
We invite you to please help us spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in participating! Feel free to forward this email to whomever it is appropriate; display or share our event poster/flyer; tell a friend, family member, colleague, neighbor, or student; mention the event on social media, etc. We greatly appreciate your assistance in helping our event succeed and grow, and we hope to see everyone’s photography on display at this fun community arts event!

Having Faith – Pam Tebow
Musical Guest Michael O’Brien
April 11, 2015
10:00 am (doors open at 9:00 am)
Pam Tebow, mother of Tim Tebow, will be a guest speaker for a women’s event at First Baptist Church of Wentzville (653 Luetkenhaus Blvd. Wentzville, MO 63385) in April. As a veteran homeschooling mother of five, Pam has specifically asked us to invite you and your friends; and as always, we are thrilled to do so. Please join us for a day of fun and inspiration.
Tickets may be purchased through itickets.com (search Pam Tebow), the church office 636.327-8696, or the women’s ministry table Sunday mornings. They are $20 per person. For more details and directions: www.fbcwentzville.com

9th ANNUAL SHARE HOMESCHOOL ART SHOW
GRADES K-12 – April 28, 2015
The 9th annual SHARE Homeschool Art Show is a fun opportunity for young artists to see their work on display, view others’ artwork, and enjoy fellowship time with others who love art. Ribbons will be awarded to place winners in each grade category (including separate categories for photography) and participant ribbons will also be given.
This contest is open to all homeschooled students, Kindergarten – 12th grade. We encourage students of all ages to submit pieces. Let’s make this SHARE Art Show another great one!
Artwork will be judged twice. First, privately before the Show begins. All award ribbons will be held until the awards ceremony, so as not to influence the Artists’ Choice awards. The second judging will be “Artists’ Choice”: students who have submitted artwork will vote on the pieces they like the best, and the winner in each category will receive a special ribbon. All awards will be announced after everyone has had a chance to view the artwork.
IMPORTANT DATES
Friday April 10          Registration deadline (to allow us time to order ribbons)
Friday, April 24         Deadline for project drop-off (see drop-off contacts below)
Tuesday, April 28     Viewing 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Announcement of winners 7:00 p.m.
Registration information and submittal guidelines can be found on the SHARE website (top bar, calendar and link on home page).

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.

Dr. Brian Ray speaking about Gen2 Results

Does Homeschooling Work?

New Study: Generation2 Survey
Research Findings on Home Based Education
Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.
February 26, 2015 • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pillar Foundation • 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisviille, MO 63011

Dr. Ray will help you consider the answers to questions such as the following?

  • Are parents qualified to teach their children, academically?
  • What about socialization?
  • Should ethnic minorities homeschool their children?
  • How will these children succeed – or fail – in the “real world” of adulthood”?
  • What are the findings of the Gen2 Survey (Generation 2, Millennials)?
  • Is Common Core any good?

If you have an interest in or concern about the “outcomes of home education,” think that homeschooling is bad for society (or good for society), or you are a veteran homeschooler who just needs a little morale boost, you won’t want to miss this presentation. Good books and other relevant resources on child training and homeschooling will be available.
Admission: FREE to the public. Offerings appreciated to benefit the nonprofit National Home Education Research Institute and ongoing research. Books, reports and videos will be available for purchase.

Bring the curious, the critic, your friend, your pastor, and your children’s grandparents. Dr. Ray will have some good books and reports on homeschooling and child training for sale.

Who is Dr. Brian Ray?

Dr. Ray has been critically reviewing research in the area of home education for about 32 years. He is the founding editor of Home School Researcher, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal on home education; has published numerous articles on home education in professional journals (e.g., Peabody Journal of Education, Educational Leadership), Christianity Today, and Homeschooling Today magazine; has been interviewed by numerous radio, print, and television media, including two appearances on the “NBC Today Show” with presidents of the National Education Association; is a former professor of education at the undergraduate and graduate levels; is a former classroom teacher in private and public schools; is an outstanding researcher, and takes a logical and friendly approach to home education. His Ph.D. is in science education from Oregon State University. His newest books are Home Educated and Now Adults and Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling (available online http://www.nheri.org). Dr. and Mrs. Ray have/are homeschooling their eight children (and they have six grandchildren), and live on a small farm in western Oregon.

Contact: Lisa Payne-Naeger at Lisa.Naeger@mac.com with questions.
Dr. Brian Ray at NHERI: mail@nheri.org or (503) 361-1490

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 February 7, 2015

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Bradburn’s Closing
Girls Homeschool Soccer
Home Education Information Event
Pillar Speaker
Swim & Safety Lessons
Gala Dinner
Got Talent Show
Expo Facebook Contest

Bradburn’s Location closing
They are closing their Creve Coeur location at 734 North New Ballas Rd, but the Hampton Ave store will remain open.   See http://bradburnspts.com/. The website hasn’t been updated with a store closing announcement. They told me today everything might be cleared out by Feb 15th or so.
Right now everything in the Creve Coeur store is 40% off. Good deals on school, art, and office supplies. They have some bulletin boards, chalk boards, supplies for Sunday School crafts, too.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS HOMESCHOOL SOCCER TEAM
Calling all high school girls who are interested in playing soccer!! The St. Louis Patriettes could use some more players for the Spring 2015 season. They play about 10 games per season. Practices are held at Green Trails Elementary in Chesterfield. They mostly play smaller private and Christian schools in the area. If you are interested, please contact Coach David Pipes at david.pipes@mallinckrodt.com.

Learn About Home Schooling in Missouri
February 23, 2015; 7-8:30pm
Speak with representatives from local Home School Organizations
Receive a list of laws in Missouri pertaining to home schools
Ask questions about how to get started
Home Education Information Event
Do you wonder if home education is right for your family? Do you have doubts and fears as to whether you are “qualified” to teach your own child? This is an informational meeting to raise awareness about what it takes to teach your children at home in Missouri. It is not tied to any particular style, curriculum or company.
LOCATION: Christ Presbyterian Church, 2156 Bluestone Dr., St Charles, MO 63303
For more information or to RSVP contact:
Mary Fink: mfink@classicalconversations.com

Pillar Speaker
What Conservative Christians (and their children) need to know about Religious Liberalism
Col. John Eidsmoe Nationally-known Speaker Constitutional Attorney Author and Historian
Wednesday, February 25: 7:00pm
The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd. Ellisville, MO 63011
636.386.7722
www.thepillar.org

SWIM & SAFETY LESSONS
Summer is coming and now is the time for kids to learn to swim and be water safe. The Gateway City Aquatic Club (a sports ministry of Hole in the Roof Ministry Center) 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: Session IV – March 4th thru April 8th (6 weeks)
Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:00pm
or
March 5th thru April 9th (8 weeks)
Thursday afternoons from 3:30 pm – 4:15pm
(There must be a minimum of 4 students to hold this class)
Where: Cherokee Recreational Center Pool (Home of the Avengers), 3200 South Jefferson, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Cost: $48.00 Session fee
(Additional $16.00 registration/insurance fee due yearly. Good till August 30, 2015)
Sibling Discounts: 20% off additional children – session fee only!
Please call Coach Jamie for more information/registration (314) 884-0824

Fifth Annual Gala Dinner
Friday, March 6 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Please join us for a special evening!
Our guest speaker for our Fifth Annual Gala is
Mark Moebius, founder of The Rock FM St. Louis.
Candle light dinner with catering by Tornatores.
This is a great way for the community to support the work of The Family Vision .
The cost is $25 per person.   RSVP by February 27.
Call TODAY to Reserve Your Seats.
The Gala will be held at
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive   St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900 – www.thefamilyvision.org

Got Talent Show
Sunday, March 22 – 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by College Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1702 Clawson St., Alton
Everyone in the community is invited to enter and share their talents!
Singing – Dancing – Visual Arts – Magic – Instrumentalists – Acting
Any amateur talent you want to showcase!
A panel of judges will preside and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three presentations.
Entry fee is $20 per act for ages 16 and over; $10 for under 16. Scholarships will be available.
A free-will offering will be received and proceeds will be shared between the ministries of College Avenue Presbyterian Church and Partners for Just Trade (PJT), a non-profit, faith-based organization that builds partnerships between producers living in extreme poverty and consumers in North America. PJT addresses root causes of poverty through Fair Trade sales, education, solidarity, and a commitment to trade justice.
Following the show, a light soup and salad supper will be available for purchase.
Entry forms available from the church office, Karen Wilson, or electronically – just send an email to dlc0906@gmail.com. Entry deadline is March 8, 2015.

Expo Facebook Contest
We have an amazing group of speakers and exhibitors for the 10th anniversary Expo on March 19-21, and the final speaker seminar schedule is coming soon! Check the Expo website frequently as we update the speaker pages during the next two weeks. Go to www.stlhomeschoolexpo.com.
Even though we have an extra-special line-up this year, the cost is still ONLY $10 per person!
We will also be sending out lots of helpful info about the Exhibition Hall, Youth Track, Special Needs Seminars, High School Helps Seminars, Toddler to Tween Seminars, Children’s Program, Homeschool Clinic, prize drawings, volunteer opportunities, and much more!
In the meantime, don’t miss the new Expo Facebook contest!
Go to the Expo Facebook Page (Have you “liked” it yet?) and comment under the Exhibition Hall picture with three of your favorite Expo Exhibitors by 9:00 pm on Sunday, February 8th.  You can find all of the awesome 2015 exhibitors/vendors listed on the “Exhibitors” link on the Expo website.
Your comments will enter you in a prize drawing for $25 in Expo Cash to be spent on any exhibitor during the 2015 Expo.  Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Facebook page. Expo Cash prizes will be held at the lower level Registration Table for pick-up during Expo hours.  Stay tuned …there will be a different Expo Facebook contest every Sunday night!
Don’t forget additional Expo Cash prize drawings for those that pre-register by February 15th!
Thanks for helping to spread the word about this year’s Expo!
The Expo Board

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 January 24, 2015

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Teen Science Cafe
Eureka Classical Conversations
Wentzville Classical Conversations
Winter Dance 2015​
Avocado Growing Class
Magic House Homeschool Morning
MHM Homeschool Day
Bolduc House Homeschool Day
FHE Alert

Nanotechnology Teen Science Cafe:
The Science of the Small
Wednesday, Jan 28; 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center
520 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
REGISTER HERE
Featured Speaker: Suzanne Lapi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Washington University School of Medicine
How small can you get? What does “nano” mean? Is nanotechnology already present in our everyday lives? What can it lead to in the future? Join us for the next Teen Science Cafe to find out! Dr. Suzanne Lapi from Washington University will talk about her work in nanotechnology, and you will even get to try some activities with objects that use real nanotechnology! Hear from Dr. Lapi about how she found her career in nanotechnology and about her current research in the production of novel radio isotopes for medicine and development of new radiopharmaceuticals for cancer imaging.

Eureka Classical Conversations
Enrollment for the 2014/15 school year will open on February 1 for the Eureka Classical Conversations Campus. Our campus offers Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge A, B and I (see website for more details on each program).
A parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Eureka. Exact location TBD. RSVP to eurekamocc@gmail.com. Include the ages of all your children and your cell number.
About Classical Conversations:
The term “classical education” is a phrase that is becoming more commonly heard throughout homeschool circles. What does it mean? To put it most simply, classical education is a model of rigorous and thorough education that equips a young student not only throughout their school days, but creates a lifelong learning process that carries into adulthood. At the core of this educational process, is the grammar stage. During this period, students soak in knowledge through memorization and learning who, what, where, and when of those facts memorized. As they start to test their boundaries in life, they move into the dialectic stage, and begin to grow in understanding. Students question how facts relate and explore cause and effect. The rhetoric stage occurs during their high school years. Students draw upon the knowledge they gained during their grammar years and the understanding produced from the dialectic stage in order to formulate their opinions and have the ability to express them with grace, ease, and persuasiveness.

Info Meetings for Classical Conversations
Contact: Lydia Kaiser dlkaiser5@gmail.com
Do you want structure, vision, and goals while keeping your homeschool simple too?
You’re invited to join us for two informational meetings to learn more about Classical Conversations!
January 30th @ 7 p.m. – Wentzville Bread Co
February 4th @ 7 p.m. – Wentzville Parkway Library (reserved room)
Learn about our programs: Foundations (4 yrs – 6th grade), Essentials (4th-6th grade), and Challenge Programs (Junior High-High school)
What Is Classical Conversations?
Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families.
We believe there are three keys to a great education: Classical, Christian, and Community.

S.H.A.R.E. Winter Dance 2015​
​​Open to all homeschoolers in the area​
“Meet Me In St. Louis”
When: Friday, January 30, 2015; 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Where: Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 4355 Butler Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63128
Cost: $10.00 per person, $15.00 after 1/25/2015
Who Is Coming: All homeschooled highschoolers and 8th Graders are invited to join us!
Food: A Light “St. Louis favorites” buffet will be provided
Dress Code:   St. Louis themed dressy casual. Jeans are allowed;
St. Louis themed t-shirts or jerseys are encouraged.
No adult or over 21 related apparel.
Please dress modestly, nothing too low cut or too short.
Clarification:  You can wear dressy-casual to formal – your choice.
But, we are opening the dance to a more casual attire this time…
meaning you can wear jerseys, etc, with jeans, skater skirts, etc
How to Register:  Go to the SHARE website and click on Winter Dance on the top bar.
This will link you to our calendar where you can sign up. You can use Paypal to pay for this event when you register.
If you do not have Paypal, you may send cash or check(made out to SHARE) to: Cathy Mullins, 3675 Montana, St. Louis, MO 63116  DON’T DELAY! WE ONLY HAVE ROOM FOR 200 DANCERS!
Note: This dance will be well-chaperoned, but parents are welcome to stay and help. When you register though, only register the student who is coming. IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THE Winter Dance, PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050C48AAAF22A20-20151/8576529

Avocado growing class
Have you ever wanted to grow your own avocados, and enjoy fresh avocados right from your very own avocado tree? If so, this class may be for you. In my class, you will learn all the basics of setting up to grow your own avocado saplings, what conditions they like best, and how to keep them healthy. I am trying to aim for having a class the first Saturday every month. So, if I get enough interest, then we could proceed.
I am trying to see what people would think about taking a class on how to grow their own avocado plant, as well as to care for them.
I live right in the middle of Ellisville. But if there is enough interest, I will try to get a larger place to hold the classes.
The tuition for the class will be $14.99 per class, which is held once a month.
As I don’t have the internet at home, if you are interested in the class, please call me directly @ 636-284-0383 Susanna Kelley

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
February 2, 2015; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year. We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”. Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House. It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families. You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees. My goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
*Price: $3.00 per person (adults included)
*Children under the age of 1 are free.
*You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
*Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following: Cash, Check, Credit Card, Debit Card
*Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
* THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS…SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!   Please feel free to copy this and forward to them. It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
*Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com

MHM Homeschool Day
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
Get ready for our upcoming Homeschool Day, Happy Birthday, St. Louis, on Monday, February 2, from 10:00am to 2:00pm! We are celebrating the
251st birthday of the founding of St. Louis and the closing of our record-setting exhibition, 250/250, with a full day of activities, tours, crafts, and performances for your families to enjoy. The 250/250 gallery will be closing on February 15, 2015.
Please note: To ensure the safety of our artifacts and to provide an engaging experience, all tours will be ticketed. All children five years of age or older and adults are required to have tickets to attend a tour. There will be five different tours offered, one of which will be offered twice. To ensure that the maximum amount of homeschoolers can enjoy the tours, we ask that each guest attend no more than two tours. You may request tickets at the registration table. Tickets are free and are first come, first served. Also, to ensure that homeschoolers attending a special 250/250 tour have an enjoyable learning experience, we ask that you limit your free exploration time in the 250/250 gallery to 10:00am–12:00pm. Thank you!
Please RSVP to join us. We look forward to seeing you!

Bolduc House Homeschool Day
Homeschool Tuesday will happen on February 3, 2015 beginning at 10AM. We’ll be doing various print-making activities and then using the prints to make Valentine’s cards. Did you know that there are lots of French connections to Valentine’s Day? As always, we’ll include a mini-tour of our collections as they relate to the theme. We’ll be done before noon. The cost remains $4/participant with a $10/family maximum. We really need to know how many people will be participating ahead of time so give us a call at 573-883-3105, reply to this email, or “join” the event on our Facebook page. Please do invite your homeschooling friends, too.
Just in case: In the event that the weather is inclement, check the news to see whether the Ste. Genevieve schools are closed. If they are closed, the museum will also be closed. In that case, Homeschool Tuesday will be postponed to the following week, Tuesday, February 10th. Otherwise the event will be on Feb 3rd as planned.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
www.bolduchouse.org

FHE Alert
It has come to the attention of FHE, a research firm identifying themselves as “20/20 Research” is contacting homeschool families. They are NOT with the show 20/20. FHE advises homeschool families use caution when talking with alleged researchers that initiate the contact. While it may not be the case here, in the past FHE has been contacted by homeschool parents who have started answering questions that seemed innocuous, and then the questions devolved into inappropriate probing (EG, obviously some kind of stalker/fraud).”
FHE also hopes that many will be attending their Rally in the Rotunda on March 3rd!  (I love doing this!  It’s so great to be sitting in the capital building surrounded by hundreds of homeschoolers from all over the state!!!  You can log the whole day if you visit the various historical sites!  We enjoyed taking the train—I found it very relaxing!   -Cathy)
FHE’s 32nd Rally
Tuesday, March 3, 2015; 12:30pm
At the Capitol Rotunda
“Standing Together for Home School Freedom”
Featured speaker:    Former U.S. Congressman, Todd Akin
Take time to visit Your Legislators
There are many educational Points of  Interest :
*Tour the Capitol
*Spend time in the State Museum
*Visit the Governor’s Mansion or the
*Supreme Court Building
See Guide to Jeff  City  website!

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 October 29, 2014

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Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers
Homeschool Dance Class
Magic House
Lady Knights Basketball
Basketball Skills Clinic
Winter Bowling Outing
Home School Swim Program
Music Trivia & Silent Auction
Homeschool Kids Craft Fair
College Planning
Lego Build and Play
Teens Make History Academy
Girls in the Know

Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers
October 27-31
Leading Experts speak daily at 2pm & 7pm www.FrontlineFamilies.org
DID YOU KNOW?????
>Some are accusing the homeschool community of ignoring sexual abuse issues, harboring abusers and unreasonably resisting regulation.
>1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by age 18.
>Sexual abuse knows no demographic boundaries.
>Left untreated, sexual abuse wounds can destroy lives.
1) We believe homeschoolers are responsible parents who work hard to care for their children.
2) We believe we, as a homeschool community, can raise up safety standards and protect our kids in a sexually perverse culture.
3) We believe families want help and information….
BUT it is TIME we take ACTION!
THIS IS OUR WEEK!
WE MUST INCREASE OUR SKILLS TO PROTECT our families!
Join us online for the following
COMPLETELY FREE week of events:
Sexual abuse happened to our homeschool daughter. It was a nightmare we would wish on no one! We made mistakes as a family that we do not want you to make! In our book “Unmask the Predators: The Battle to Protect Your Child” you can learn how to avoid the same attack against your family. If you are in the middle of a crisis this book will provide encouragement and wisdom to help you find healing and restoration. Get 20% off + Free Shipping when you enter Coupon Code “homeschool” at checkout.

HOMESCHOOL DANCE CLASS
O’Fallon Parks & Rec offers a home-schooled dance classes for ages 4-7. Thursdays at 10:30AM and the new session starts the week of Nov. 3.
$54 for two months for O’fallon residents and $62 for non-residents

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
November 3, 2014; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price will only be $3.00 per person again (ages 12 months and older)
Dear Homeschoolers,
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year. We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”. Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House. It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families. You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees. My goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
*Price: $3.00 per person (adults included)
*Children under the age of 1 are free.
*You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
*Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following: Cash, Check, Credit Card, Debit Card
*Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
* THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS…SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!   Please feel free to copy this and forward to them. It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
*We have 4 Magic House dates. There is no September or December event.
*Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
*Mark your calendar for these future dates:
January 5, 2014
February 2, 2014
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com

LADY KNIGHTS BASKETBALL
The St. Louis Blue Knights are expanding to form their first girls’ basketball team! The first meeting/practice of the Lady Knights will be on Monday, November 3rd from 6:30 to 7:45 at Pheasant Point Elementary School on Highway K in O’Fallon. After this meeting, numbers will be finalized in hopes to have enough to field at least one team in the 8-11 year old range, with the season beginning in early January.
Please have the girls bring a water bottle, basketball (if you have one) and shoes for playing ball.
If you are unable to attend this practice, but would like more information, please contact Amber Plymale @ amberplymale@aol.com.

Basketball Skills Clinic
with Professional Basketball Coach Wayne Mendezona
The St. Louis Blue Knights Home School Basketball organization is excited to welcome Coach Wayne Mendezona for a basketball skills clinic on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Community Christian Church (623 Meramec Station Rd. in Manchester, MO 63021). Coach Mendo has coached professionally and in college as well as led Quick Handle Camps for 20+ years. Coach Mendo has trained thousands of players across the world including NBA ALL-STAR Dwayne Wade.
The Knights are excited to welcome Coach Mendo to the St. Louis area to train boys and girls ages 8-18 on November 4.   The cost for the clinic for boys and girls ages 8-11 is $15 and will be from 5-7 pm. The cost for the clinic for boys and girls ages 12-18 is $20 and will be from 7-9:30 pm.
Coach Mendo also has founded the ministry Next Steps Athletics through which he uses basketball to teach children about character development and most importantly a life changing relationship with Jesus. During his visit to St. Louis, the Knights will be partnering with him to lead a free basketball clinic to the children in the Ferguson / Florissant area.
Registration for the Winter Session is still open
Registration for the St. Louis Christian Home School Blue Knights winter basketball session is still OPEN for boys and girls ages 8-13. The cost for the winter session is $75. Practices will be once a week beginning in November with games starting in January. Registration for the winter session is open until October 28.
For more information or to register for the clinic on November 4 please contact Dona Funke at stlblueknights@gmail.com

WINTER BOWLING OUTING
November 11, 2014
Bowling during this time is open to any and all homeschoolers, parents or siblings that would like to come.
$5.00 gets you 3 games and shoes are included as well.
This is not part of a league, this is just a for fun event to add to the winter line-up.
Bowling will begin at 1:30, just let them know when you arrive that you are part of the home school group and they will get you all set.
Brunswick Zone Lakeside1254 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park, MO 63088 (636) 225-2400
Please check the website for directions or more info at: http://www.bowlbrunswick.com/about-us/254/1

Home School Swim Program
The Wildwood Family YMCA at 2641 Highway 109 is pleased to offer a brand new swim program to our home school communities.  Our “Home School Swim Program” will consist of a Stroke Mechanics and Endurance swim component, similar to swim team for ages 5-18.  Those swimmers too young for the Stroke Development and Endurance clinic can attend our Swim to Suit program.  Swim to Suit is for children ages 3-13. We will customize swim lessons to fit your child’s needs, and instructors will evaluate swimming levels on the first day.  The YMCA helps youth develop valuable skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling responsibility and safety instruction. Swim instructors are certified through the National YMCA Swim Instructor Training. Stroke Mechanics will be taught by Lori Conran, former collegiate swimmer, and high school swim coach.  Space is limited, register today!
Dates:  Fridays, November 14 – December 19, 2014
Times:  11:00-11:45 am – Swim Level 1 and Swim to Suit
12:00-12:45pm – Swim to Suit
12:00-1:00pm – Swim Level 2 & 3
Cost: Members $30; Non-Members  $50
How do I register?  Online at ymcastlouis.org, or contact our Service Desk at 636-458-6636. Questions? Contact Jennie Smith, Aquatics Director at 636-458-6636, ext. 245
***Financial Assistance is available. Please contact the service desk for more information***
>Swim Level 1:  Intended as an introduction to competitive swimming for ages 5-older. Athlete needs to swim 25 yds freestyle and 25 yds backstroke without assistance, and have knowledge of rotary breathing. Emphasis will be placed on learning all four strokes.
>Swim Level 2:  This group is for elementary age swimmers who have knowledge of all four competitive strokes. Emphasis will be placed on stroke technique, endurance, starts, and turns. Swimmers must be able to swim 100 IM and 200 Freestyle.
>Swim Level 3:  This group will be comprised of advanced elementary/middle school swimmers that have mastered proper technique of all four strokes and are becoming more involved in the competitive aspect of swimming Emphasis will be placed on technique, endurance. Longer distances will be swam.

Music Trivia and Silent Auction
“NAME THAT TUNE” Fundraiser
You won’t want to miss this fun filled evening of “Name That Tune” hosted by the Jubilation Chorale.   So pull out your old albums (what are those?), brush up on your favorite songs from your favorite musicals or Disney movie (this is when you can really “Let it Go”), and test your musical memory at our fundraiser. Bring your friends and make an unbeatable team to fill your own table. Light snacks and soda will be provided, but feel free to bring appetizers to share with your table. The evening will include a silent auction and dessert auction (lots of specialty desserts like a decadent Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake). This is not your typical trivia night, so come for something exciting and different.
When: Friday November 14th, 2014 from 6-9 pm
Where: Canaan Baptist Church, 5409 Baumgartner Rd. St. Louis, MO 63129
Cost: $10 in advance $12 at the door
Contact: Julie Daubendiek–Event Coordinator 314-440-6038 or julieanddon@gmail.com

HOMESCHOOL KIDS CRAFT FAIR
Hosted by the HELPS homeschool group
What: created by kids craft fair
When: Saturday November 15th 9am-noon
Where: Lindsay lane Baptist Church, 920 Lindsay Lane, Florissant 63033
Items included: homemade soap, frozen pies, crochet items, pot holders, ornaments, picture frames, hair accessories, and more

College Planning Success for a Whole Lot Less
November 18 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
Please join us for a FREE Educational College Financial Planning workshop that will focus on high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  We’ll discuss the FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive!
Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, we will cover the best strategies on how to pay for college on the most tax efficient basis-without it putting a strain on the rest of your finances.
In this workshop, you will learn:
>How to increase your tax deductions and tax credits
>How to pick colleges that will give you the best financial aid packages
>How to send your child to an expensive private university for less than a state school.
>Which assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Family Contribution.
>How to pay for college in a failing economy without relying on 529 plans, expensive student loans or raiding your retirement accounts.
>How to get ahead by developing a customized plan to meet all the college costs you will incur as a family.
>How to lower your “out-of-pocket” costs and get the maximum amount of money from each school.
Kevin Anderson, of Exodus College Planning, helps make college more affordable so parents can send all their children to a school of choice without bankrupting retirement and other goals. Kevin was recently chosen as one of the nation’s leading authorities on college financial planning and funding to co-author the forthcoming book “Transform” featuring Brian Tracy.
Kevin came to the financial planning industry after 25 years in management and executive roles primarily in Fortune 500 companies. Now specializing in college financial planning, Kevin has over 10 years of financial industry experience spanning the areas of financial planning, retirement planning, life insurance and investments.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE EVENT Go here to reserve your seat. www.tfvl11-collnite.eventbrite.com or call 636-594-2280

Lego Build & Play
November 21 @ 10:00 AM – NOON
Have fun with friends and library Legos! This is a great time to visit with other parents while the children exercise their creative minds. All ages are welcome; we have an assortment for all ages, including larger DUPLO pieces for the little kids, and LEGO Technic pieces for ages 12 and up.
No sign up needed—just come on in. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
www.thefamilyvision.org

Teens Make History Academy
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
An eight-week intensive workshop that explores different areas of the Museum like research, exhibitions, and theater. Teens meet Museum staff, conduct weekly challenges, and complete a capstone project with teammates. Successful graduates of the Academy will be considered for a limited number of paid apprenticeships with the Museum.
The Academy will run from Saturday, January 17, to Saturday, March 7, 2015. It will be held on Thursdays from 3:30–5:30pm and on Saturdays from 10am–2pm.
Applications are due Friday, November 21, 2014. Visit www.mohistory.org/tmh/apply to fill out the online application.
Paper copies are also available by request.
If you have questions, please contact Ellen, the Teens Make History coordinator, at (314) 746-4436 or ekuhn@mohistory.org.
Successful applicants will be contacted to set up a time for a formal interview in December. Final selections will be made by Friday, December 19, 2014.

Girls in the Know
Mother-Daughter Speaker Series
4 one-hour sessions Led by a group of women professionals, this month long program meets weekly teaching healthy communication skills to strengthen the mother-daughter bond while promoting positive self-esteem.
Who’s Invited? The speaker series is designed for mothers/caregivers and their 9-13 year old girl
Week 1: Empowering Your Pre-Teen Daughter
Week 2: Promoting A Healthy Body Image
Week 3: All About Safety: Internet, Cell Phones, Home & Away
Week 4: The Birds & The Bees ~ What Pre-Teen Girls Should Know
Fee: $125 per mother-daughter pair. Financial assistance available, no one turned away
Dates: Tuesdays from 7-8pm: Jan 13, 20, 27, & Feb 3, 2015
Location: Babler Elementary School: 1955 Shepard Road, Glencoe, MO 63038
Register Now Space is limited to 20 mother/daughter pairs. 15 pair minimum requirement. On our website, click the program tab, then speaker series, then registration.
>>Program Leader Melissa DuPerrett: 314-497-1873 melissayd@charter.net
For details on other events, additional locations, or more information about Girls in the Know, check out our website or send an e-mail to info@girlsintheknow.org

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!
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.