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Please feel free to send me homeschooling (or homeschool friendly) events and I will post them to this page!
Title: Book club for 9-12 yrs
Date: 2nd Monday  of each month
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT-06.00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Location: Mid Continent Public Library
Notes: This Book club meets every 2nd Monday of each month. You may pick up the book they will be reading at check out counter at Mid Cont. Library Excelsior Springs,
Excelsior Springs MO
Need music or band lessons??  Check out Kansas City Rock Band.
"KC Rock Band & Guitar offers daytime sessions for homeschool students looking to learn music in a group setting.  Our teachers have degrees in Music Education or Music Performance and many years experience teaching in public schools, private schools, and their own private studios."

Science City has Science Day Camps this summer for kids aged 6 to 12.  The classes are Monday-Friday, from 9-4.  Each camp last one week, and each week is a different topic.  If you are a Science City member, you get a reduced tution.  For more information see their website at
This event repeats every year.

The events below this line may be over for this year, but they occur EVERY YEAR, about the same time.  So, check it out and get an early start preparing for the next one! 

St. Joseph Homeschool Science Fair
Held every February

6:30 -- Set-up Time
7:00 -- Judging Begins
8:00 -- Awards

St. James Catholic Church
5816 King Hill Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64504
(Tables located in the School cafeteria, on lower level;
enter the north door under maroon awning; parking across street.)

$5 donation per family; Bring a snack to share; Drinks provided.

Rules and General Information:
1. All homeschool students in grades PreK – 12 are eligible.
2. Any science project, experiment, invention, or report is acceptable.
3. Parental involvement should be minimal, depending on the age of the student.
4. Projects should be age-appropriate and reflect the student's current studies or interests.
5. Science fair display boards are encouraged. These can be purchased at hobby stores or homemade.
6. Please protect the table and floor, if needed, with a drop cloth. Nearby outlets are permissible for use.
7. Judging will consist of a private interview (about 5 minutes) between the student and two judges.
8. A suggested donation of $5 donation per family covers the speaker and prizes. Awards are given at the conclusion of judging. Everyone wins a prize. Please mail to Candise Schmidling, 18 Eastwood Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64506.
9. Register by emailing the student's name and grade to by Feb. 8 so I can print certificates.
10. Bring a snack or treat to share with everyone. Drinks, cups, and napkins are provided.
11. Any family members and friends who want to observe are welcome. Everyone may listen to the special speaker while the projects are being judged.
12. Questions: call 816-671-0562 or 816-261-9852

Judging Sheets will have a scoring range of 1-20 for each of 5 criteria (for a total of 100 points):

*Scientific knowledge (20%) -- Does the student understand the scientific concepts within their specific subject area? Is there a solid background of learning that accompanies the project work?
*Proper procedures/documented results (20%) -- Is the hypothesis presented clearly? Is the student following a logical sequence of scientific procedures? Has data been collected carefully? Are the variables utilized properly? Is the conclusion well stated?
*Oral presentation (20%) -- Does the student explain the details of the project well? Does the student answer questions from the judge thoroughly? Speaking plainly and loudly enough?
*Visual presentation (20%) -- Is the project summarized in an organized manner? Shown neatly with graphics? Are the results portrayed in an effective manner? Was extra creativity and/or originality incorporated into the student's display?
*Level of difficulty or creativity (20%) -- Has the student chosen something appropriate for his age/grade level? Does the student have an understanding of the science beyond the specifics of his project? Was extra time and work involved in choosing this type of project? Has the student worked independently to demonstrate his skills and knowledge?

Homeschool day at CoCo Key Water Resort 
The next ones will be:

This is over for this year, but will start back up for the fall of 2013

Water Resort tickets are only $5 each (tax not included) from 11am – 4pm.

Space is limited, go online today to http://tickets.cocokeykansascity.comand login with your store name HOME to save $13 off admission per person or simply mention ‘Home School Day’ to the front desk to get this amazing discount.

Don’t forget to bring your own towel!

Jeff Hirst

Sales Manager

Holiday Inn SE Hotel - CoCo Key Water Resort

9103 E. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64133

Direct: (816)737-4727 | Fax: (816) 737-4745 | ***************

Northwest Missouri Home Educators has added lots of new resources to the website on almost every page! Some of these include: links to homeschool-friendly events and activities such as the PE classes at MWSU, Math Contests, and Homeschool Day at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop; new links to Teaching Resources for every grade and level; new links to educational games and sites on the Kids Page; new Freebies; and some fun new insets on several pages such as a Daily Factoid on the Home page, a free Coloring Page of the Day on the Teaching Resources Pre K - K page, and a Surfing the Calendar on the In the News page. As always, our Calendar of Events page keeps an up-to-date list on homeschool-friendly events in the area.

 While you're on the website, please take a moment to vote in the poll at the bottom of the Home page. This poll is to help us determine which ways homeschoolers in the area like to receive information about upcoming events and activities. Your vote would really help us focus our energies on the best ways to get all the information we have out to all homeschoolers.

 If you're on Facebook, be sure to "like" our page, Northwest Missouri Home Educators , to get (almost) daily resources, ideas, and tips and to be entered into our monthly prize drawing, with prizes such as coupons, Homeschool Mega e-Planners, certificates, gift bags, etc. If you refer a friend and that friend also "likes" our page, let us know and your name will be entered again in the drawing (an extra entry for every friend you refer).

Be sure to visit our affiliate site, stjohomeschool for even more homeschooling resources and information. 

Cameron MO coop news
Dear Families,

We are a parent-led, parent-taught co-op that meets once a week on Friday afternoons, from 12:30 - 3:30 pm, for 10 weeks per session, at the First Baptist Church in Cameron, Missouri. While we are a christian co-op, we are not affiliated with any particular denomination. We are a "full-participation" co-op, where entire families enroll, and at least one parent is required to be on-site, helping out in some capacity, during the co-op - we are not a drop-off program. We have classes and/or programs for every age, from infants through 12th grade.

Our fees are calculated at a $20 per family, per semester, plus class materials fees that will vary according to which classes you enroll your child(ren) in. Many of our classes have no materials costs associated with them, and the maximum for any one class is $10.

If, after reading this, you are interested in learning more, in volunteering to teach or help in other ways, or in registering for classes, please, Please PLEASE....join our yahoogroup.
This will be the only individually-emailed announcement about the co-op that you will receive. All further announcements about the co-op will go out through the yahoo group.
To join the group, go to:

and click on "Join This Group"
and follow the instructions.
I will be posting information on the group in the next couple of days regarding what classes have already been scheduled for this semester, as well as how many more classes we still need, and when registration will open.
If you know of others who may be interested, please feel free to forward this information on.
If you have other questions, please feel free to ask those questions on the group, as others may be wondering the same things, or you are also always welcome to email me directly with your questions, comments and concerns.
Sincerely Yours,
Carrie Bishop

Excelsior Springs Baptist Church is starting a new American Heritage Girls (AHG) troop. For those who don't know AHG's is a scouting program similar to Girl Scouts, but it is Christian in nature. Girls ages 5 to 18 all meet at one time. For most of the evening, the girls break out into smaller groups based on age. This is NOT a homeschool troop. Any girl is welcome to join, but Christian values will be upheld and taught. The program is non-denominational. We plan to have regular fun activities such as camping and the badge work is pretty in depth, so the girls learn a lot. The website for AHG is

If you'd like more info, feel free to email ritarash2002@ Please help us get this information out to people. Feel free to pass the details on to people you think might be interested.

 FIRST Robotics Team 3528, Up Next, is gearing up for the 2013-2014 season. We will be holding a Recruiting/Information Night for 8th-12th graders and their parents on Thursday, August 1 at the Metropolitan Community College- Business and Technology Campus (1775 Universal Avenue, KCMO). The evening will begin at 7:00 pm in room TC200. Enter at the first (south) entrance by the awning and go upstairs. Team members in pink shirts will be there to welcome you.

 FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The primary focus of FIRST is to encourage young people to pursue STEM related activities. They accomplish this by designing competitions which require hands on learning- and are really, really fun.

 Up Next is a team primarily composed of high school aged homeschooled students, who compete against other area high schools both in the KC area and around the country (even world). Eighth graders are welcomed if their maturity level is sufficient to handle the responsibility and commitment.

 In its three year history, Up Next has received many awards for its work both on and off of the competition field. We participate in many community outreach events in order to spread the word about FIRST and its mission. Please visit our website,, to learn more about our team and FIRST. Questions may be sent to


There was a sweet lady running an email group for homeschooling families that had students taking courses at JCCC. The purpose of the list was to recommend teachers, coordinate classes their kids were taking, and sell books. She is no longer able to continue this list, and I was asked to start a yahoo group for the same purpose.

I know many of you utilize MCCC, but I wanted to let everyone know about the yahoo group in case JCCC was in your plans. I've received invaluable information from them on Christian professors.

If you go to and search for homeschoolJCCC, it is the only one that comes up.