Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Fine Arts, STEAM, & Other Opportunities for Kansas City Homeschoolers


Updated 6/19/24


BRAKES driving program — Amazing program to teach kids valuable driving skills, including defensive driving, what to do if a tire blows, crash avoidance, panic stops, distractions, and more! The program is free, but a $99 charge is held on your credit/debit card and after the training, you can ask for a refund or leave the charge as a donation to help others benefit from the program. Register ASAP when registration opens!

Classical Conversations Groups — There are multiple Classical Conversations groups in the metro as well including Olathe, Shawnee, Lenexa, Overland Park, Lee's Summit, and others. 


Horses of Hope Riding Academy

Kansas City Zoo Homeschool Classes

Seams to Me — Roxanne R. Durando, Seamstress (Alterations, Sewing Instruction Age 8 & Up, Costume Design/Construction). Email Phone 816-724-9478.

TeenPact Leadership School

The Knot Hole (woodworking)


Johnson County Community College Dual Credit Art Classes (Drawing, Painting, Watercolor, so much more!) for college credit

Johnson County Community College Dual Credit Art History Classes for college credit (8 different offerings)

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Youth and Adult Studio Classes (adult seems to be 16+)

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Free Weekend Fun


Allegro Choirs of KC — My daughter and I went to hear her friend sing in this choir and it was OUTSTANDING.

Crescendo Collective in Independence, MO. They have two groups: beginners ages 6-10 and intermediate ages 11-18. They meet on Friday mornings. Price is $85 per student per year. Contact email is


NCFCA Christian Speech and Debate League

Foreign Language


Spanish — Mariposas Spanish Language Experience
Lenexa, KS. Kristen Ely is a homeschooling mom who graduated her youngest this year (2023). She teaches homeschool Spanish classes in her home in Lenexa, KS. 
913-433-4463. I use a "comprehensible input"-based approach to second language acquisition. This means using a lot of Spanish in context, slowly and with lots of repetition so that everyone understands what's going on. The goal is to have meaningful interactions in Spanish, hearing it a lot and using it as the kids become comfortable with it. We move around, play games, sing and listen to songs, tell and act out stories, and have a lot of fun! For ages 8 and up.


Piano — Kristen's Piano StudioKristen Ely is a homeschooling mom who graduated her youngest this year (2023). She gives creative private or partner piano lessons in her home studio in Lenexa, KS. 913-433-4463. "I take a creative and individualized approach to learning piano through games, improvisation, and more along with a solid foundation in technique and note reading. For ages 5 to adult."

Violin — KC Violinist (Miss Katie)

Performing Arts

Culture House (The) in Olathe, KS

Green Leaf Performing Arts in West KCK with 2 more locations in Olathe

In the Light Performing Arts Center in Peculiar, MO

Reed Performing Arts Company in Lee's Summit, MO

Social Cabaret in Overland Park, KS — Theater and music instruction opportunities at a new venue in Overland Park. Specifically for 16+. Check out Cabaret Arts & Social Theatre on Facebook to see opportunities for older kids (16+). They have an improv class coming up and an audition workshop series as well.

Starlight Theater Education Programs


Other Homeschooling Helps:

On Mission Bible Quizzing runs August thru February for ages 8 and up. Teams work together on study through New Testament books of the Bible and compete monthly with other teams in Ks. and Mo. Weekly practices on Monday nights. This year's study is the Book of Acts. Curriculum is the Esv text. Learning God's Word, knowing Him more, Christian fellowship, teamwork, reinforcing grammar rules and competition. Located in Olathe. Private message Vicky Gunkel on Facebook. She and her husband are ministry leaders

Sunday, June 16, 2024

47 Kansas City Area Homeschool Co-ops, Drop-offs, & Hybrids

Last updated 6/16/24

(This post is under construction as I work hard to gather more information and create updates. I'm also separating the sports, fine arts, enrichment, and FB groups into their own posts. Thank you for your patience, and please let me know if you have any additions or updates! You should be able to leave a comment on this post or email me at Happy homeschooling and hybrid-ing!)

New to the area? Lived here your whole life? New to homeschooling entirely?

Is your homeschool curriculum religious, secular, eclectic, rigorous, relaxed, or a mixture of a few of those? Whatever — you're in the right place!

Welcome to my post full of Kansas City homeschool co-ops (parents pitch in), drop-offs (parents get a break), and hybrids (a couple of days at a school building or other place to learn, and the rest of the work is done during the week at home)! 

I've spent lots of time and care compiling this information, so please let me know if you find a link that needs an update or if you know of another entry I could add to the list! You can email me at 😁 or leave a comment on this post.

With so many options in one spot, I'm hoping it makes it easier to choose the best one (or more!) for your family! Here are your many, many options, with more added all the time!

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Childhood of Famous Americans Book Series -- Alphabetical List

*Originally posted 10/1/2013

I love it when you can combine more than one subject at a time, and I think it's essential to the successful homeschooling of more than one kid. That's what I love about the Childhood of Famous American series of books. It combines Language Arts with history in an engaging way, not like a boring textbook. 

Below is a list of the entire series of books. I hope to print it out and cross them off as we read them as a family. Some are Easy Readers and fast to get through. Some are full books. Enjoy!

A.P. Giannini, Boy of San Francisco Marie Hammontree
Abe Lincoln, Frontier Boy (The Great Emancipator) Augusta Stevenson
Abigail Adams, A Girl of Colonial Days Jean Brown Wagoner
Abner Doubleday, Young Baseball Pioneer Montrew Dunham
Adlai Stevenson, Young Ambassador Martha E. Ward
Albert Einstein, Young Thinker Marie Hammontree
Alec Hamilton, the Little Lion Helen Boyd Higgins
Aleck Bell, Ingenious Boy Mabel Cleland Widdemer
Allan Pinkerton, Young Detective Kathryn Borland and Helen Speicher
Alvin C. York, Young Marksman Ethel H. Weddle
Amelia Earhart, Kansas Girl Jane Moore Howe
Andrew Carnegie, Young Steelmaker Joanne Landers Henry

Saturday, June 1, 2024

75+ Swimming Pools, Waterparks, Swim Beaches & Splashpads in Kansas City

Water fun has been a part of my kids' lives pretty much since they were each born. I grew up with Mission Pool basically in my backyard, and most days you could find my mom and me in line waiting to get in 10 minutes before they opened each day so Mom could race to her favorite corner to get "her" spot.

I think zero-depth pools are one of the greatest inventions ever! I can't tell you how many hundreds of hours I've spent at swimming pools nursing one of my babies in a lounge chair while also keeping an eye on my other kids nearby in the zero-depth area or in the baby pool.

I hope you and your family have a fantastic and safe summer enjoying the sun and the water!

105+ Sports & Physical Fitness Opportunities for Kansas City Homeschoolers

This post contains 32 categories full of sports and physical fitness opportunities from baseball to volleyball so homeschooled kids can move their bodies and stay healthy! 

Check back often because I'm always hearing about and sleuthing out new places to go!

If you'd like to see a place you love added to this post, please email me at Thanks!

Updated 6/1/24

Disclaimer: I may receive a few bucks or a freebie for helping to promote things I believe in, such as Kids Bowl Free or the POGO Pass.

Check out the Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass for 2024 (it's free for kids 14-19 years old for the summer!)

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Social Opportunities & Events for Kansas City Homeschoolers


Friends, there are SO MANY activities for homeschoolers in this town! I can't keep up with them! I call it being blessed with busy.

I'll add specific events and opps as I am made aware of them. Otherwise, be sure to check out my post about the must-join Facebook groups because those groups are where you're going to find many of the events and opps: 35 KC Homeschool Must-Join Facebook Groups

Here are a few other posts and sites you might want to bookmark:

Kansas City Parent Magazine (tons of things to do in Kansas City and updated monthly)

Annual in the Spring — Prom Dress Giveaway Event in Grandview

Annual in April — FHE (Families for Home Education) Prom

Annual in April — BunnyPalooza! Easter Bunny and Celebration at the KC Pumpkin Patch

Annual in May — FHE (Families for Home Education) High School Graduation at Connection Point Church in Raytown, MO

Ongoing — JCCC Driver Education Course

For Summer Camps, see this post!


Brickfest Live!


Steubenville Conference (Catholic)

Used Curriculum Sale and Resource Fair


Christy Spook Trail (Grandview, MO)

February 2025

KU Engineering Expo

Winter Jam

Trail Life

American Heritage Girls

FHE Missouri Homeschool Day at the Capitol

March Brookside St. Patrick's Day Warm-up Parade

March — The 32nd Annual National Homeschool Basketball Championships (Nationals)

KC Reptile Show

Gem & Mineral Show

Looking for a Fun Cookbook or Helpful Book?

The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook

Here's my e-junkie shop for writers

35 Kansas City Area Homeschool Must-Join Facebook Groups

Homeschooling Mommybot luvs her homeschool Facebook groups for many different reasons, and here are just a few...

1. Perfect for finding things out if you're new to town.

2. You can ask advice about ANYTHING ... doctors, speech therapists, co-ops, curriculum, dual credit, transcripts, places to go and things to see, and so much more.

3. Great places to sell curriculum and other items in them and they are full of trustworthy members who have been vetted by an admin.

4. Find out about field trips, dances, fun events, park days, athletic events (soccer, volleyball, basketball, all of it!) and more, as well as promote your own events and those of your co-op, church, sports organization, fine arts organization, etc.

5. Best of all, you can get support in these groups. Third grader refuses to do school? Someone in the group has been there and can tell you how they handled that issue. Middle schooler needs some socialization? A couple of these groups create a monthly calendar (one on the MO side and one on the KS side) that's print and go. New baby and husband out of town? How about a meal train?

Some of the groups below are extremely general and large, while some are very specific to a certain area of town or an event (Airsoft Wars, Camelot Dances).  Some are religion-based and some are not. Some are just for teens, including the dual-credit group, which mostly seems to be centered around JCCC on the Kansas side, but you could always start your own dual-credit group centered around the Missouri side!