Oh, now I’m tickled. My cousin made the news in connection with homeschooling. (this is one of the perks of being one of those writers to whom interview-ees and such are hostage — I get to feature what I like)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri, 27 January 2007, Local institutions become learning ground for home-schooled children
Smith says she sought input from such groups when designing and scheduling the Science Center’s programs, which began in the fall of 2000.
So did Donna Dupske, educational services manager at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House & Education Center. She began setting up the Butterfly House’s home-school academy, which holds sessions in June and November, soon after she arrived five years ago.
“I hit the Internet and looked for home-school groups — whether they were organized or just little chat boards or informal groups — and let them know that I was interested in working with their students,” Dupske says. “In looking at other zoo-type institutions, I saw there were a series of classes available and said, ‘I can do that here.'”
Donna and I have had homeschool conversations, both serious and humorous, and I’ve been to the Butterfly House and had a personal tour by Donna through the tropical butterfly conservatory — where butterflies fly free. It was fascinating, and I recommend it, and the ‘bug boxes’ out in the lobby.
Years ago when we were in the St. Louis area, my husband and I took the kids to Cahokia Mounds. The St. Louis area sounds like a pleasant place to homeschool.
Other St. Louis groups mentioned in the article are:
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