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.

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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.

Homeschool Events List for September 28, 2014

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Autism Initiative
Magic House
Dittmer ArtBarn
National Churchill Museum
Educator Appreciation Weekend
Reading wRiting & Ravioli Program
Homeschool Classes
STL Landmarks Series: Public Library
Christian Government Seminar
Kid Power
St. Louis Home School Craft Fair
Formal Winter Dance
STL Landmarks Series: Jewel Box
Cinema St Louis
Teen Talent Competition
Holiday Bazaar
Penguin Ski Club

Agape Kids Homeschool Autism Initiative
This program combines a parent support group and two children’s social skills groups. The parent group, which meets on the first Monday of the month, provides education about autism (including symptoms, diagnosis, behaviors, and treatment), resources available in the community, how to access these resources, 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, ages 6-10 and 11-15, provide a setting for learning and practicing fundamental social skills, including: conversation skills, emotional regulation, understanding others, and building confidence. We foresee children establishing meaningful, ongoing friendships through these groups. The groups utilize Super Skills, a social skills program for children with autism and related challenges. We will modify this program as needed to address the needs of lower-functioning autistic children. These groups include home educated children not on the spectrum. They will also benefit from learning social skills and establishing friendships.
Groups meet Mondays from 3:00-4:00 at Agape’s West County location in Kirkwood. Fall groups begin September 15, spring groups begin January 12. Registration will re-open at the beginning of each semester. Children can join groups at any time if the group is not full. The parents group meets monthly at the same time and location as the children’s groups.
Parents whose children are not in a social skills group can attend the parenting group.
The cost is $20 per group, often covered by insurance, and a $50 materials fee per semester. The parent support group is free.
Call Carolyn Knarr, Director of Children’s Therapeutic Services, for more information or to enroll. 314-556-1427.

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
First visit is October 6, 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:
November 3, 2014
January 5, 2014
February 2, 2014
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com

DITTMER ARTBARN
Classes are starting again! This time, just in time for the holidays we are offering some very special discounts! http://www.dittmerartbarn.com/classes.html
Enroll one family member or friend, get the second seat in the class for 50% discount.
Enroll for a second consecutive session and get a 50% discount. Special for Homeschoolers –  with the 48 contact hours from the two sessions, you’ll have enough hours for a whole semester’s work!
Either of these choices are over $92.00 savings!
And yes, a Pay-as-you-go option is available, please contact Kim Wilson for details. This means for around $20.00 a class!
Next classes are:
Digital Alchemy: Create Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop
Sculpt-ology: Paperclay Sculpting
Mark Making: Art Explorations in Multiple Materials
Mark Making for the Younger Set: Art Explorations in Multiple Materials
For more details, please go to the website and check out the Classes, Workshops, Privates and Open Studio times. www.dittmerartbarn.com
I don’t have these discounts listed as a choice on the website through PayPal, so you’ll have to contact me directly.
And don’t forget First Fridays, the first of every month! They’re fun and FREE! http://www.dittmerartbarn.com/first-fridays-open-craft-night.html
Best
Kim Wilson
Dittmer ArtBarn Studio Classes
6420 Castle Rock Ln, Dittmer, MO 63023

National Churchill Museum
501 Westminster Ave, Fulton, Missouri 65251-1299
Homeschool Day, October 8, 2014, 9am-4pm
Attend a day focused on the flexibility and learning styles of homeschoolers. The Museum will feature different learning activities geared towards specific age groups (PreK-High School).
It’s an informal environment that encourages family-style learning!
Each of the activities will take place at certain times throughout the day.
Check out our website to see what’s happening!
Families interested in participating are kindly requested to register at www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org/homeschool-days.
(Advanced registration allows us to make sure we have enough materials.)
Contact the Education & Public Programs Coordinator for more information.

Educator Appreciation Weekend
Half-Price Books, 1664 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
636-536-3925
Teachers and librarians save 20% on everything in store during Educator Appreciation Weekend Thursday, October 9 through Monday, October 13 at all Half Price Books locations. While you’re in the store, renew your Educator Discount Card and continue to save 10% all year round. No matter what you buy – stocking up for your classroom or getting something for yourself – you’ll save on your entire purchase. If you don’t have an Educator Discount Card, apply for one today in store or at hpb.com! It’s simple to apply and easy to save. And remember, your P.O. money goes twice as far at Half Price Books, where almost everything is half price or less every day. Learn more about our Educator Discount program.

Reading wRiting & Ravioli Program
Students (K-8th) = Free Meals
Teachers = 50% Off Meals
The Reading wRiting Ravioli Program was created to improve the reading skills of grade school students and provide another tool for teachers to ensure the success of our children. The Pasta House Co. developed this program in 1989 and has more than 450 schools and more than 3500 teachers participating in the St. Louis area. To receive additional information on how students can receive monthly award certificates for FREE food to The Pasta House Co., teachers can contact us at (314) 535-6644 OR email phc@thepastahouse.com to register their school.

Homeschool Classes
Olympiad Gymnastics offers 50 minute classes once a week for home school groups.
Wednesdays from 2:15pm– 3:05pm
Early Bird Discount;
First child: $110 for 9 week session
Second child: (20% discount) $96 for 9 week session
For more information please call (636)-227-7460 or email west@olympiadgymnastics.org
312 Sovereign Ct. Manchester, MO 63011

STL Landmarks Series! St. Louis Public Library: Central Library
Enjoy free chamber performances by musicians of the St. Louis Symphony in some of St. Louis’ most treasured places—a perfect way to celebrate ST. Louis’ 250th birthday!
All concerts are about an hour long and are free and open to the public. Seating is limited at some venues—please call for reservations if noted. Where no reservation number is indicated, seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:00 PM
More Info
Free chamber concert featuring oboe quartets by Mozart and Britten, plus Mozart’s Flute Quartet.
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Directions
STL Landmarks Series presented by Brown Shoe Company

Christian Government Seminar
There will be a free Christian government seminar to help you understand your government, where you fit in, and how to make a difference. Micah Pearce, a former homeschool student from Wisconsin, will be the speaker. This seminar is geared towards students age 13 on through high school, and parents are more than welcome to attend. All are welcome.
When: Thursday, October 16th at 6:30 pm. at the Pillar Foundation building, 15820 Clayton Road, in Ellisville.
Topics covered include:
The political process and how the three branches work together.
How Christians should relate to, and understand with their government. Whether or not Christian’s should be involved.
How governments differ from each other. And how different governments affect their people.
The Founding Fathers perspective on government, people, and God.
What a principled representative looks like and what they can accomplish.
How you can support candidates who share your values.
How you can communicate with officials already in office, and keep them accountable.
The need to instill Christian values on the cultural level.
I rap it all up with how powerful young people are by virtue of the fact that it’s so uncommon for a young person to stand up and speak passionately and articulately.
Feel free to e-mail Micah at micah@americanmajority.org or call him at (920) 207-4387

Kid Power
Ages 7-18
Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30pm
October 21-November 25
January 6-February 10
Progress Park Gymnasium, 968 Meyer Rd, Wentzville MO
Be prepared for one full hour of power-packed exercise, games and fun! Participants will work to strengthen their muscles and cardiovascular system. You will have so much fun you won’t want the class to end. Please make sure you are in exercise-ready clothes and tennis shoes for each class.
Fees: $35 residents; $40 Non-Residents
For more information or to register contact Wentzville Parks & Recreation at Progress Park at 636-332-9236

St. Louis Home School Craft Fair
Saturday, Nov 8, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Come see fantastic gift ideas for the Holidays and a wide variety of quality made items.
Location of Craft Fair:
First Baptist Church in Ellisville, 137 Clarkson Road, Ellisville , MO 63011
Visit www.homeschoolcraftfair.com/ for more information and directions.
Now taking registrations for tables. Registration forms can be found at: http://www.homeschoolcraftfair.com/registration_form_craft_fair_2014.pdf
Or contact Aleea at 636-399-6427 and she will be more than happy to send you a form.

MIDWINTER NIGHT’S DREAM
Homeschooler Link in conjunction with HELPS invites you to attend a Formal winter dance.
November 14, 2014; 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 907 Jungermann Rd, St. Peters, MO 63376
Cost: $15 per person
This dance is open to those in 9th through 12th who are homeschooled. Each attendee may bring one guest who is not homeschooled. Light refreshments and dessert will be served.
Dress code is as follows:
Girls: nothing too short or too revealing
Boys: shirt, tie and dress pants required.
Reservations and payment can be made on-line at www.homeschoolerlink.com
Deadline to register is November 1st
Questions, contact Andrea at schomeschoolerlink@gmail.com

STL Landmarks Series: Jewel Box
Enjoy free chamber performances by musicians of the St. Louis Symphony in some of St. Louis’ most treasured places—a perfect way to celebrate ST. Louis’ 250th birthday!
All concerts are about an hour long and are free and open to the public. Seating is limited at some venues—please call for reservations if noted. Where no reservation number is indicated, seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.
Friday, November 07, 2014 7:00 PM
More Info
Free chamber concert featuring harp, horn, and more.
Jewel Box
5600 Clayton Ave
St Louis, MO 63110
Directions
STL Landmarks Series presented by Brown Shoe Company

Cinema St. Louis
We would like to invite you and your students to experience the art of cinema and all it can offer in the way of educational and creative development. Cinema St. Louis is offering  Free Screenings during the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival as part of our  Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students Program. The screenings occur from Nov. 17-21, 2014. Full synopses of the films, including targeted grades, can be found in our attachment.
Young people today are assaulted with media images, and finding value among them is often difficult. Our goal is to present young people with positive images that challenge stereotypes, inspire critical thinking, and promote understanding and tolerance. The Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students Program (CFS) does this by presenting a diverse selection of films for grades 2-12. At several screenings, classes will have the chance to meet and talk with filmmakers. The selected films can supplement courses in many areas, including social studies, history, communication arts, sciences, literature, music, and visual/performing arts. This year, we’re offering a selection of movie adaptations of classic and popular works of fiction.
There will be 14 screenings from  Nov. 17-21, beginning at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., or noon,  at the  St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library (in downtown St. Louis City),   COCA (in University City),  Plaza Frontenac Cinema (Frontenac),  or Tivoli Theatre (University City). http://cinemastlouis.org/cinema-students
If you have any questions about the educational programming or the festival in general, please do not hesitate to contact me, Tommy Callahan; I am the school-outreach coordinator of the Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students programming. I can be reached at 314-656-6175 or  CinemaForStudents@cinemastlouis.org. You may also call Cinema St. Louis operation supervisor Brian Spath at 314-289-4153 or e-mail him at  brian@cinemastlouis.org. Brian will help coordinate reservations.

2015 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
The past four years, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) has produced the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition and in 2015 we will be celebrating our fifth year! It is a bi-state performing arts competition for high school students who attend a high school or homeschool with in a 50 mile radius of the Gateway Arch. Students will have the chance to win scholarships, special awards and prizes and the Finals take place at the Fabulous Fox Theatre! We except a variety of acts including, but not limited to, actors, singers, musicians, rappers, ventriloquists, dancers and circus skills.
If you would like more information about FPACF please visit our website at www.foxpacf.org.
I appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Erica Rogers, Program Assistant
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation
462 North Taylor, Suite 203
St. Louis, MO 63108
Erica@foxpacf.org

Homeschool Holiday Bazaar
Homeschool family vendor/craft show is scheduled for Saturday, November 22 from 8-12 at the Family Vision Library conference room! 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
All vendors will be homeschoolers selling either direct sales or hand crafted items. Only 1 vendor per company and 2 per industry, so there should be a great selection for completing those holiday gift lists.

Penguin Ski Club
It’s an unbelievable price and makes a fantastic Christmas gift.
For $119 each person receives a lift ticket and an individual pass that they will keep with them. This pass is flexible allowing you to vary your choice of day from week to week (Mon-Thurs). It must be presented at the ticket window with each visit to Hidden Valley so a current lift ticket can be issued to the pass holder.
There is also a Friday option. If you would like to ski on Fridays only, you can buy a Friday pass for $149. Friday is a high demand day, but still less busy than weekends. The same person cannot buy both a Mon-Thurs pass and a Friday pass.
For an additional onetime fee of $10 per pass, ski or snowboard rental will be included with each visit (once a week Mon-Thurs).
Joining the Penguins club is still less expensive than skiing twice without a pass.   This is a fundraiser for the students of SHARE and the Homelink Learning Center. Anybody can join, including your friends, neighbors and family who aren’t homeschooling.
The deadline to join is December 1st at midnight. Hidden Valley makes no exceptions to the deadline.
To join the Penguin Ski Club, visit http://www.hiddenvalleyski.com/. Click “Plan and Buy” along the top. Click School programs, then under HV Ski and Ride Club click Learn More, and then click the box to buy now. Our user name for the club is “Penguins” with a capital P. Our password is “homeski” with a lower case h. You are now in our club site.
Next you will click the blue “go shopping.” At the top left there is a box of categories where you click 14/15 ski passes. Select the pass you would like. Most people want the Mon-Thurs option for $119. An alternative is to select the Friday only option for $149 and add it to the cart and check out. Only one deal per person. Don’t forget to add ski rental. (There is sales tax.)
During check out you will assign a guest for the pass. If you were a member last year, type in the name of each person one at a time and see if it is still in the system. If not, you may need to create a new guest. New members do this by typing in the name, address and birthday, etc.
Once you find the guest, or create a new one, you select the guest and enter his or her birthday. Check out is like most other things on line. You enter your billing name and address and make payment via Visa, Master Card or Discover.
To learn more about Hidden Valley, you may visit the website at http://www.hiddenvalleyski.com/ If you still have questions, please email me at K3instl@att.net or call 314-607-8023.

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 August 20, 2014

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Home Educators Seminar
Beta Testing
Jubilation Chorale
Free Guitar Classes
Barron Gymnastics
Magic House
Music Lessons

Free New Home Educators Seminar and High School Helps Seminar
Saturday, August 23rd, SHARE will be hosting back-to-back homeschool seminars. The free seminars will be held at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 7717 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves MO 63119.
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 the “Sign-up” link under the Upcoming Events box (right side) and an online registration form 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 basement Fellowship Hall, or stop by one of the area restaurants (There are quite a few in the neighborhood). We will provide soda and juice and there is a water cooler with cups.
Got questions?
Contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com
Attend one or both of these free seminars on Saturday, August 23, 2014
Location: Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church, 7717 Big Bend Blvd, Webster Groves MO 63119
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

Students – Beta Testing
Ever dreamed of making an animated movie!
A research team at Washington University in St. Louis is creating a new programming environment that enables users to create their own animated movie. With the help of the Academy of Science of St. Louis, they are looking for young people ages 10-15 to come and try out the software.
During the study, participants will make their own short animated movie.
~The study takes about 90 minutes and will occur on the Washington University campus.
~Participants will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.
There are a limited number of seats available for this event.
To fairly accommodate as many kids as possible, please register in the event lottery for a seat.
Please complete the lottery registration form located HERE by Monday, August 25, 2014 to have a chance to participate.
SESSIONS:
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00am-11:30am
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10:00am-11:30am
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Monday, September 1, 2014, 10:00am-11:30am
Monday, September 1, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00am-11:30am
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Sunday, September 7, 2014, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30p
For more information, please contact Michelle Ichinco at ichincom@seas.wustl.edu

Jubilation Chorale
South County’s Home School Choir JUNIOR HIGH/HIGH SCHOOL
www.jubilationchorale.com
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Place: Canaan Baptist Church Choir room (5409 Baumgartner Rd 63129)
Age: 12 yrs (by 9/1) through 18 — grades 7-12
Cost: $20 per month for the first child $35 per month for 2 or more children
Contact: Mrs. Scheidhauer at 314-293-8112 or n2singin@gmail.com
CLASS DESCRIPTION:
The choir will focus on music literacy, practicing good vocal production, singing 4 part harmony, sight-singing and performance etiquette. Although most of the class will be participation in the choral ensemble, it may also include written assignments and both singing and written tests. No audition is necessary for participation in this class but a vocal evaluation will be done to determine the ability level of the students and individual placement within the group. Literature will include a variety of musical styles and time periods. The choir will have the opportunity to perform several times each semester.

Free Guitar Classes
Please contact Don or Sharon for details when you sign up for class.
We meet Thursday nights at Twin Rivers Worship Center, 10575 Tesson Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
Classes begin September 11, 2014 in rooms 204 and rooms 205, Classes will end in May 2015,Classes are dismissed Thanksgiving through December 31st.
Classes offered:
~Joyful Noise (a beginners note class) This class will begin 9-11-2014 and meets from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
This is a note class for beginner students-children and adults. Students will learn to read notes and will be introduced to some theory.
Purchase book: Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method Complete Book with CD
Bring a music stand
Extra set of strings and picks
An electronic guitar tuner
3 ring binder and pencil
~Joyful Strings (a beginner’s chords class) This class will begin 9-11-2014 and meets from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
This class is for individuals who would like to play the guitar using chords. (Students are not required to read notes)
Purchase Book:   Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method Complete Book with CD
Bring music stand
Extra set of strings and picks
An electronic guitar tuner
3 ring binder and pencil to class
Please contact Don or Sharon for details when you sign up for class.
Contact information: Don or Sharon Cummins call 314-353-1420 after 5:30 pm – you may leave your name and number for a return call if no answer.
LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES IS 9-8-2014

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
September 15
October 20
November 17
(No December event)
January 19
February 16
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.

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
First visit is October 6, 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:
November 3, 2014
January 5, 2014
February 2, 2014
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com
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Special Exhibit from October 4 – February 1: Magic Tree House
Climb the ladder to adventure with the latest traveling exhibit Magic Tree House™. Based on the best-selling children’s book series written by Mary Pope Osborne and published by Random House, this novel exhibit allows visitors to branch out through history via a magical, time-traveling tree house. Join Jack and Annie, two ordinary siblings from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, as they are whisked away in time to experience three important periods in American history including a visit to Plymouth Bay at the time of the first Thanksgiving, a trip to a field hospital to help Clara Barton during the time of the Civil War, and a visit to a one-room school house to experience life as a pioneer. October 4, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Children choose their own adventure by selecting from three passageways inside the tree house, each leading them on an exciting, historical journey back in time. Let the adventure begin!
The Magic Tree House Exhibit was made possible by the generous support of the Crawford Taylor Foundation.

Yamaha Group Music Lessons
Yamaha has been the top in music education around the world for decades.
Now it has come to the St. Louis area.
The classes are 1 hour classes 1 time a week with small groups of 10 or less students. Everyone has some level of music in them, it’s just a matter of learning how to get it out. This curriculum is unique in that small groups are taught together and as they learn they each bring something to the group. Let’s face it, music is mostly a group effort from Jazz to orchestra and from choir to pop singers, they all are more than one musician working together.
http://usa.yamaha.com/music_education/learn_to_play_piano/keyboard_encounters_kids/ is an informational website from Yamaha.
Parents and students alike have voiced surprise and satisfaction in learning in the group atmosphere. It’s not as intimidating as a one-on-one lesson; the students feel they need to keep up with practice to be sure they are moving with the class; parents love the free lesson they learn by sitting in the class and eventually start into an adult class.
Students’ grades, study habits, and focus tend to become much better in their regular school subjects.
Be sure to get signed up for the new 50 min classes at either of the Piano Distributors Locations.
15464 Olive Blvd Chesterfield, Mo 63017 636-532-1881
455 Salem Place Fairview Heights, Il 62208 618-624-7272
dcarr@pianodistributors.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!
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 28, 2014

More information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. 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.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK!

AUDITION HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Saturday, February 1st, 2014 Grades 2nd—12th; Homeschoolers Welcome!
By Appointment: 9am-11am | Open Call: 11am-1pm To schedule an appointment or to RSVP for Open Call, please email info@gcpastl.org or call (314) 635-8608. Auditions will be held at The Journey School Building, 4926 Reber Pl, St. Louis, MO 63139
Visit www.gcpastl.org or call (314) 635-8608 for more information.
Gateway Center for Performing Arts production of Disney High School Musical On Stage will show May 17th & 18th.

Birds of Winter: Raptor Reality!
Treehouse Wildlife Center, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO 63386
Feb 1 2014 – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Join us at The Audubon Center at Riverlands for the arrival of the Birds of Winter! It may be cold outside, but it’s always 70 degrees inside The Audubon Center at Riverlands. Two story circular bay windows provide a 140o grand vista of the Mississippi River, where you may see eagles, trumpeter swans and other fascinating waterfowl.
See a raptor, up close and personal!  TreeHouse Wildlife Center will be at the Center with a rehabilitated raptor. It could be an owl, hawk or falcon – stop by the Center to see who shows up!
While you’re at the Center, learn about eagle watching – how to spot eagles, where to look and what brings the eagles here each winter. High powered spotting scopes will be available to enhance the eagle viewing experience and knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors and answer questions. Afterwards, cross the river and enjoy a warm beverage and good eats in the picturesque riverfront town of Alton, IL.
Admission is free to all events! For questions or to schedule a group, please call 636-899-0090. The Audubon Center at Riverlands’ Birds of Winter is funded, in part, by the Great Rivers Greenway District.

Maple Sugar Festival
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
(All Ages) It’s maple sugar time! You’ve been waiting all winter and it’s finally here! Come experience conservation success and forest resources at their finest – and sweetest! Visit the Sugar Bush to see trees tapped and collect the precious sap. Boil the sap down like Colonial Americans at the Three Kettle Station and see a more modern method at the Sugar Shack. Taste delicious syrup, sugar on snow taffy and pure maple sugar. More importantly, learn do to all of this right in your own backyard. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy. (No reservations necessary. Parking will be available at Rockwoods Reservation and off-site via a shuttle bus. Roadway signs and staff will direct vehicles to parking locations. Please call 636-458-2236 for more information.)

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
February 3, 2014 – LAST DAY FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR
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.
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com

Compass and Laser to Find Your Way
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Friday, February 7, 2014, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
(Families 10 and up) Have you ever hiked in the woods at night without a trail? Learn off-trail navigation skills with our Naturalists for a unique family experience! Navigate to landmarks using a compass and laser to point the way. Ideal for first-time participants to Orienteering and Navigation programs. Effort = Mild to Moderate: two to three mile off-trail hiking over gentle hills. Thick vegetation and briars present but can be avoided. (Reservations begin January 24. Please call 636-441-4554.)

Basket Weaving Class
2/8/2014 | First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site
200 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO | (636) 940-3322
The public is invited to learn a unique skill at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles. The class will cover the art of basket weaving and participants will create a beautiful handmade item, perfect for giving as a gift or keeping as a treasured family heirloom.
These events are perfect for a group of friends or for making new friends. Classes are $35 per person and class size is limited, so registration is required. Individuals are welcomed to register for more than one class, as a different type of basket will be featured during each lesson. Each class is $35 and all materials will be supplied. Class participants will walk away from each class with a newly-learned talent and beautiful, hand-crafted basket.
Register today to create one of the following projects:
• Round apple basket on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Market Basket on March 8 at 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Egg Basket on April 5 at 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

How Does Nature Clean Up? How Can We Help?
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(Adults and Families, 7 and up) By design, nature cleans up after itself in all capacities. Examples are water purification, scavenging dead plants and animals, and soil fertilization. In this program, we will investigate some of the creatures responsible for these tremendous tasks. We will also discuss different ways to mimic nature in our own conservation efforts. Bring a flashlight and dress appropriately for a nice winter hike! (Reservations begin January 28 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Forensic Science: What’s Real, What’s Not? What’s Cool, What’s Hot?
February 11, 2014; 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Special Partnership Presentation
Featured Speaker: Bryan Hampton, Director, Criminalistics Laboratory, St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department
Hear about the hot topics in forensics and its role in solving cold cases. Forensic scientist and St. Charles County Criminalistics Lab director, Bryan Hampton takes a look at the realities of forensic science and debunks some of the often glamorized science’s common myths. You’ll learn about the tools used in the crime lab and how the efforts of forensic scientists today impact the crimes of tomorrow.
Registration required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students are welcome to attend.
For more information, or to register, CLICK HERE, or call 314.533.8586.
Location:
St. Charles City-County Library, Corporate Parkway Branch, 1200 Corporate Parkway, Wentzville, MO 63385

Homeschool Special: Maple Sugaring
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
(All Ages) Embark on a Missouri tradition. Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to collect sap, and learn how to boil it down into syrup. Dress for the weather as the entire program is outdoors and part of the trail is not stroller accessible. (Reservations begin January 30. Please call 636-458-2236.)

Legend of Lone Elk Park
Sunday 2/23/14; 1 – 3 p.m.
Lone Elk Park
A park naturalist will guide hikers on the White Bison Trail to observe the elk, deer, bison and other wildlife that call Lone Elk Park home. Hikers will encounter steep rocky trails.
Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-8472.
All Ages $6/person

Missouri History Museum Day
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ST. LOUIS! Monday, February 24; registration begins February 17
At the Missouri History Museum, we celebrate educational choice through our Homeschool Day programs. We take pride in crafting experiences designed to best serve the needs of homeschool families.
Thanks to the generous support of our members, donors, and taxpayers, MHM Homeschool Days are completely free! All activities will be available from 10am to 2pm, and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like. Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP by registering at mohistory.org/homeschool. Advance registrations allow us to make sure we have enough activity materials for everyone.
We communicate information about these programs exclusively via email. Please sign up for our eNewsletter at mohistory.org/homeschool to make sure you stay in the loop!

From Sand to Silicon: Semiconductors
Mar 5th, 2014 (Wed); Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Science Seminar Series
Featured Speaker: Graham Fisher, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, SunEdison; Academy of Science – St. Louis Trustee
What is a semiconductor anyway? And why is silicon so special? Silicon Valley, the silicon economy… Silicon, the most studied element on Earth is the foundation of the $1.5 trillion electronics industry. And it’s very likely that some of the silicon in your home was manufactured right here in Missouri. Join SunEdison chief scientist, Dr. Graham Fisher, for a look at where silicon comes from, how it’s purified and converted to substrates suitable for manufacturing semiconductors for computer chips and other integrated circuits, and why its been so successful as the semiconductor of choice.
Bring your curiosity and queries to this in-depth look at the heart of today’s modern electronics. Dr. Fisher brings show-and-tell items for viewing and welcomes your questions.
Graham Fisher leads St. Peter’s-based SunEdison’s Emerging Technologies research group.
To be held at: Saint Louis Zoo Living World auditorium (north side of Zoo)
Parking is FREE in Zoo’s North Lot. FREE & OPEN to ALL. Registration not required. For more information call 314-533-8586 or email events@academyofsciencestl.org

Forensic Anthropology
Mar 6th, 2014 (Thu); Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Pioneering Science Series
Featured Speaker: Cristina Figueroa-Soto, Fellow and Biological Anthropology Ph.D. candidate, Forensic Anthropology Center, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. Junior Academy of Science– Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 – 12.
Location: Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122
FREE parking in Kirkwood High School lots.
FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.

Used Sale before the Expo!
HELPS 4th Annual Used Book and Curriculum Sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 15th, 9-12pm at (NEW LOCATION) Lindsay Lane Baptist Church, 920 Lindsay Lane, Florissant, MO 63031. Set up will be from 8am-9am. Cost of a table for HELPS members is $4 per table. NON-HELPS member pay $6 per table. This is a great opportunity to sell items prior to the Expo. To reserve a table, contact Laura at HELPSfieldtrips@gmail.com. Your table is not secured until the money has been received.

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  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, 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 24, 2013

More information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. 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.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Ancient Stardust
A Guide to the Hitchhikers of the Galaxy
Monday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex, Kirkwood, Missouri 63122
Featured Speaker: Evan Groopman, Ph.D. candidate, Laboratory for Space Sciences, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
Before the birth of our solar system, PreSolar grains of stardust hitched rides on Primitive Meteorites and Cometary Dust on spacecraft to land here, on EARTH, in the lab, where scientists study their composition and structure to understand the history of our galaxy and unravel the mysteries of our solar system.
Registration is not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking free in Kirkwood High School lots.
For more information, call 314.533.8586.
For more on Ancient Stardust, visit the Academy’s website at www.academyofsciencestl.org

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
November 4, 2013; 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, NOT JUST S.H.A.R.E. MEMBERS…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.
*Mark your calendar for these future dates:
January 6, 2014
February 3, 2014
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com
From the Magic House website:
SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Football the Exhibit
through January 5, 2014
The traveling exhibit, Football, introduces visitors to the science, mathematics and technology behind the game and how they relate to our everyday lives. This highly interactive exhibit provides hands-on learning covering a wide array of science topics through football themed areas such as Forward Pass and Game at the Line of Scrimmage.
Football brings all the excitement and experience of playing football while also teaching about the science that makes it all possible. Test your throwing skills in the Passing Cage area and learn what they truly mean when they say someone has a “rifle arm.” Try and match the speed of an NFL running back and learn the ideal trajectory for kicking a field goal. Football covers everything from the history of the game to the science of catching a pass!

Annual Christian College Fair
Thursday, November 7th from 6 to 9 pm
Christian High School, A Living Word School
1145 Tom Ginnever Ave. O’Fallon, MO 63366
Colleges confirmed:  http://www.lwcs.us/news-events/college%20fair%20list13.pdf
JOY FM is offering a $5000 scholarship in conjunction with the Fair.
See:  http://www.lwcs.us/campus-life/7th%20Annual%20JOY%20FM%20IMPACT%20Award.pdf

BRICKS 4 KIDZ
These Early Engineers Classes are designed to be educational and fun. We teach children principles of science, technology, engineering, and architecture using motorized LEGO bricks. Each lesson is unique and designed to engage a child’s mind. We have models of varying degrees of difficulty to accommodate the age range of the class, grades K-5th.
The topic of this six-week session will be Construction Craze. Students will make their own motorized models of tools of the trade from a hand-held power drill and power saw to a tough, all-terrain bulldozer and giant dump truck. Would you be surprised to learn that one of these objects has a history stretching from the Stone Age to the Space Age? And who thought of making a saw blade in the shape of a circle? Where does the word bulldozer come from? How big is the biggest dump truck? Build your knowledge of construction and build your own motorized LEGO tools.
Construction Craze Class Details
~Class is for students in grades K– 5th. Sorry, this is not a pre-school class and students must be kindergarten age to participate (six years old or a mature 5 year old)
~Class will run for six weeks on Thursdays from November 7 – December 19 at 3:30 – 4:30 pm (no class on November 28 because of the Thanksgiving holiday)
~Registration and payment is done online at the BRICKS 4 KIDZ website at www.bricks4kidz.com/stl  Scroll down to bottom of main page to “Click here to Enroll.”
~Cost is $70 per person for the six-week session
~Class will meet in Room 8 (2nd floor) of the St. Andrew Catholic School building, 309 Hoffmeister Ave. St. Louis, MO 63125. This is the Homelink Learning Center location in the South County area.
~For more information contact Kerrie Tate at kertatehomelink@aol.com or Sarah Justin at  sjustin@bricks4kidz.com

Introduction to Patrick Henry College
November 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for an introduction to Patrick Henry College (PHC)! Come by and meet Aaron Kamakawiwoole, Assistant Director of Admissions for PHC. This event is open to all high school students and their parents. For more information on PHC, visit www.phc.edu
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376
www.thefamilyvision.org

CRAFT FAIR
November 9, 2013
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield MO 63017
Come check out the incredible assortment of craft items. Find the perfect Christmas gift!
Concessions available
For information or questions, visit:
www.homeschoolcraftfair.com
Hosted by the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo

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  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, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 
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 6, 2013

More information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. 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.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Teaching Art in the Home or Classroom: Organizing & Journaling
August 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376
Learn how to integrate art into your current program! Our art workshops are designed to help parents, teachers, and co-op leaders establish an art program that shows students how to glorify God through the visual arts. We will show you how to set up the art room, what concepts and skills to teach, and how to include art history in your curriculum. Our workshops include hands-on art projects for attendees to “try before they teach.” This is great for large families and homeschool co-ops!
The cost is $10 per class and includes supplies. For more info, contact Gina McAndrew at gmcandrew@charter.net.
Future workshops will be from 6-7:30 PM (during the school year) on the second Tuesday of each month (except December and May). Stay tuned!
Details
https://www.homeschool-life.com/mo/scche/

Homeschool Spanish classes
Taught by Becca Castaneda in North County near the intersection of I-170 and St. Charles Rock Road:
First Baptist Church of St. John, 8665 St. Charles Rock Rd., St. John, MO 63114
Classes are on Wednesdays. The first 10-week session starts August 21 and runs through Oct. 23.
K-5th 9:15-10:15
6th-8th 10:20-11:20
High School 11:30-12:30
Classes are $8 each and a sibling discount of $6 for each additional child, plus a 10% discount when the session is paid in full by the first class.  A minimum of 5 students is needed for each class.
Contact Becca for registration and/or questions at b_mcstnd@yahoo.com or 314-643-7173.

DAYSPRING
Registration Open!
2013-2014 Schedule NOW Online!
Visit our website to view our 2013-2014 Class Schedule, now posted!
Be on the lookout for emails regarding Orientations & Fun Events.
Classes start the week of September 3rd.
ACADEMY: Core Program – University Model 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
PERFORMING ARTS: Musical Theatre, Drama, Circus Arts, and Backstage with full performances in the SPRING session
DANCE:  Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Tap – Dance classes for 10 and 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
Please check out our site, you will find full class descriptions, class times, teacher bios, and prices at www.dayspringarts.org.  We are working on a software that will allow online registration and account information, stay tuned.  In the meantime, you can download a registration form here or from the website under “register now enrollment forms”.
Visit Our Website www.dayspringarts.org or Call 314-291-8878
DaySpring School of the Arts
2608 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights
Gateway House of Prayer in South County
314-291-8878
www.dayspringarts.org
Office@dayspringarts.org

BROADWAY ON THE DRIVEWAY
>>Fall Classes Begin 9/9/13
Classes and Schedule: click here
>> AUDITIONS Gateway Showstoppers
Casting 6 Student Performers for new Broadway-style touring act!
Requirements:
– Ages: 10-18
– Weekly rehearsal & power tap
(Thursdays 2:30-4:30PM)
– Weekly 30 min. private training
Video Audition: For details, click here
Deadline: August 23rd, 2013
Questions: info@broadwayonthedriveway.com
>>NEW!  After School Classes
Announcing the all-new ITA for Youth musical theatre & power tap class!
Down the street from The Pillar Foundation at Z-Power Fitness Studio
Theatre-lovers will enjoy this high-energy, weekly intensive of singing, dancing, acting, designed to produce the next generation of triple threat entertainers striving to achieve excellence in their craft while standing strong against moral compromise.
Wednesdays 4pm-6pm
Ages 12-18
Details: click here
Additional After-School Classes:
Voice, Acting, Tap, Piano
Details: click here
http://www.broadwayonthedriveway.com

Used Book Sale
Sunday, August 25 – Thursday, August 29
The J’s Used Book Sale is gearing up for another go!
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 winter 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 – admission is $10 – sale is open 10:00am – 5:00pm
Monday – Wednesday – FREE – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday – FREE & Bag Day; fill a bag for $5 – 10:00am – 4:00pm (Fill a bag for only $5)
Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146

FREE MARKET WARRIOR
August 29th and 30th at the Family Vision Library – 6:30 to 10:00 pm
Loren Spivack, The Free Market Warrior, is coming back to Missouri!
Learn what every American and Patriot MUST KNOW about Free Market Economics and how they REALLY affect the economy.
This seminar is given over two evenings and is a continuation of the seminar given last spring, but don’t worry! If you missed the first seminar, you won’t be lost with the second. And this is a great opportunity for High School Students to get the real scoop on America’s Free Market Principles. Bring your teenagers!
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, Missouri 63376
636-447-6900
http://www.thefamilyvision.org/
The event is free to the public, but offerings to the Family Vision Library and Loren Spivack are appreciated.
Contact Lisa Payne-Naeger at Lisa.Naeger (at) mac (dot) com or the Family Vision
Loren is also touring around the state. If you can’t see him in St. Peters, look for him in other parts of Missouri. These events courteous of CWA of Missouri:
-Monday, Sept. 23
St. Louis County
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Louis County Library Hqtrs., 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO
-Thursday, Sept. 26
St. Charles Pachyderms
6:00 p.m
Donatelli’s Bistro, 8653 Highway N, Lake St. Louis, MO

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, and the best part is that they are going to continue giving us a reduced rate for the 2013-14 school year!!
When?
3rd Monday of every month beginning on September 16
To be followed by October 21, November 18, (No December event), January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19
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 = $8.00 Each additional family member = $6.00
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.

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
Season begins October 7th!
9:30-11:30 a.m.
EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price will again be only $3.00 per person!!!!!
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, NOT JUST S.H.A.R.E. MEMBERS…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 dates:
October 7, 2013
November 4, 2013
January 6, 2014
February 3, 2014
>If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com
SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Football the Exhibit
October 5, 2013 – January 5, 2014
The traveling exhibit, Football, introduces visitors to the science, mathematics and technology behind the game and how they relate to our everyday lives. This highly interactive exhibit provides hands-on learning covering a wide array of science topics through football themed areas such as Forward Pass and Game at the Line of Scrimmage.
Football brings all the excitement and experience of playing football while also teaching about the science that makes it all possible. Test your throwing skills in the Passing Cage area and learn what they truly mean when they say someone has a “rifle arm.” Try and match the speed of an NFL running back and learn the ideal trajectory for kicking a field goal. Football covers everything from the history of the game to the science of catching a pass!

Deutsch Country Days
The 32nd Annual German Living Historic Festival on Historic Luxenhaus Farm
October  19th and 20th, 2013; Saturday and Sunday – 9:00 AM thru 5:00 PM
http://www.deutschcountrydays.org/
For a full listing of exhibits and events visit: http://www.deutschcountrydays.org/exhibits/
Advanced Tickets Are Valid Either Day (purchase ON or BEFORE October 1, 2013)
Adults/Seniors (62+) ~ $14.50 Daily
Children (5 – 15) ~ $7.50 Daily
Additional Children (5-15) ~ $7.00 Daily
Kids under 5 are Free
Advanced Groups – Twenty or more $12.00 Daily
http://www.deutschcountrydays.org/tickets/

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 
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.