13 Feb

First Lutheran “All Schools” Robotics Expo a Success

First Lutheran "All Schools" Robotics Expo a Success

About 20 Lutheran school Robotics Teams participated in the first ever Lutheran Schools Robotics Expo, Sat., Feb 1, 2020, sharing experiences and resources as we continue to inspire captivation in the vast world of STEM.

Lutheran High, St. Charles hosted the Expo, giving students and mentors from all over the St. Louis Lutheran school community the chance to demonstrate their robots, projects and programs in a low-pressure environment of exploration and inspiration. 

Thank you to the numerous LESA and Lutheran High volunteers who helped things run smoothly, especially Lutheran High’s FIRST FRC Team 4329 Roboteers. And congratulations to all of the schools that participated:

To learn more about LESA’s innovative LEGO STEM Robotics Program, click here.

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13 Feb

LESA Member Teacher Named LEA Outstanding New Lutheran Elementary Teacher

LESA Member Teacher Named LEA Outstanding New Lutheran Elementary Teacher

Allyson Hoger was selected to receive Lutheran Education Association’s 2020 Outstanding New Lutheran Elementary Teacher Award. She is in her third year of teaching at Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles, Mo. Among responsibilities in addition to teaching third grade, Allyson leads the Faith Family Committee, serves on the Yearbook Committee, and is assistant cheerleading coach. Ms. Hoger earned a B.A. in elementary education with a minor in theology and endorsements in special education and middle school language arts from Concordia University Chicago.

One parent, in support of Allyson’s nomination, said, “As a parent of four children, I have met many teachers over the years and Allyson is far and away one of the best we have ever had. She has the gift of teaching. I am not even comparing her to other new teachers; she is one of the best of all time. I find it so refreshing when I go to parent-teacher conferences. Miss Hoger knows the whole child. She is extremely organized and passionate. These characteristics shine through in all that she does. She makes learning fun and exciting. She is amazing at incorporating games and technology into her lessons.”

Allyson’s assistant principal commented, “Miss Hoger’s lessons are phenomenal. She presents each subject area in a variety of methods in order to educate her classroom of diverse learners. When observing Miss Hoger’s classroom I am immediately drawn to the energy and confidence Miss Hoger exudes in presenting each lesson. In turn, her students feed off her energy and excitement for the subject matter. Her pastor adds, “Allyson goes above and beyond with her involvement in the school and church outside her classroom. She never strives just to get by or for the bare minimum. Allyson always surpasses my expectations and is a team player and a natural leader. She is mature beyond her years. She relates with ease and excellence with people of all ages.”

Allyson says, “My mission as a Lutheran educator is to inspire and support students by providing them with a safe and loving learning environment in order to educate them socially, emotionally, spiritually, and cognitively so that they can learn how to be Christ followers in today’s society. Students in my classroom have the purpose of learning, cooperating as a body of Christ and deepening their faith. It is my belief that the teaching ministry involves not only teaching young minds but also encouraging children to be disciples so that they can spread the Gospel message to others.”

For a complete list of honorees, visit


Edward Grube (
Director of Publications and Communications
Lutheran Education Association
7400 Augusta Street
River Forest, IL 60305
708.209.3453 Fax 708.209.3458

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13 Feb

2020 Lutheran Student Christian Leader

Green Park Lutheran Student is St. Louis’s 2020 Lutheran Student Christian Leader

Ella Arbeiter, 13, would have been honored Saturday, April 18, at LESA’s cancelled “Cooking for Kids” Dinner-Auction to support Lutheran schools

(St. Louis, MO) April 20, 2020 – Ella Arbeiter, a graduating eighth-grader at Green Park Lutheran School in south St. Louis County – and future Lutheran South freshman – has been named Lutheran Student Christian Leader of the Year by the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). The award, which includes a $500 scholarship underwritten by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, recognizes Lutheran elementary schools students who demonstrate courage, compassion, leadership, academic achievement and a commitment to their community. (Click here to see a video interview with Ella.)

Ella, 13, had been scheduled to receive her award Saturday, April 18, at LESA’s annual “Cooking for Kids” Tribute Dinner-Auction at Orlando Gardens South. The dinner, which was cancelleddue to the COVID-19 crisis, has since been converted to an online auction event to support scholarships and services for students at 31 Lutheran elementary schools in the St. Louis area. Bidding begins Saturday, April 18, and runs through May 3 at

Ella was nominated for the award by one of her teachers, Mr. Joshua Dixon. “Ella has been instrumental over the past few years in the operation of our yearly food drives and donation drives for missionaries and other church work,” said Mr. Dixon. “She’s the first to volunteer, the first to comfort, the first to try new things and the first to jump into action when action is needed. She leads by examples and encourages others to follow her example.”

Last year, Ella and her mother Emily participated in a mission trip to Hong Kong, where Ella helped students read and speak English. “It was so cool to be over there and to share our faith,” said Ella. She says her desire to help others is inspired by her mother, who raised Ella as a single mother after having her in college. “I look up to my mother as a leader because she did it by herself,” said Ella. “She moved to St. Louis where she didn’t know anyone. I see her as a huge role model in my life.”

In addition to her service work and studies, Ella is an active athlete. At Green Park, she played basketball and ran track and cross country. She also swims competitively year-round. Her favorite subjects are English and math, and she hopes to work in business or accounting someday. In the meantime, she’s looking forward to attending Lutheran South in the fall. For Ella, being a Lutheran Christian Leader is a way of life. “It means that you try to be the best role model – when someone is looking and when someone is not.”

LESA hopes to honor Ella in person at a future date, in cooperation with public health guidelines.

“Cooking for Kids” is LESA’s largest annual fundraising event to support and sustain the future of Lutheran Christian education in the St. Louis Metro Area. Bidding will open April 18 at for hundreds of items, including jewelry, art, autographed sports memorabilia, tickets to see Hamilton at the Fox, Blues and Cardinals tickets, golf packages, and season passes to the St. Louis Zoo, among other prizes.

About LESA

More than 8,300 children of all faiths attend LESA member Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making Lutheran schools the second-largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 31 elementary schools, three high schools and three related agencies. Since 2004, LESA has awarded more than $5.5 million in need-based scholarships to 3,488 families in the St. Louis area. Visit, or follow us on Instagram at

About Green Park Lutheran School

Green Park Lutheran School is a nationally accredited JK-8 school located in south St. Louis county. For over 55 years Green Park Lutheran has served as a destination and a pillar in the community, offering academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment. Located at Union on Green Park Road near I-55 and Reavis Barracks, Green Park is a ministry owned and operated by Christ Memorial, Gethsemane, Peace and Resurrection churches. For information on enrollment for the 2020-21 school year, or to schedule a tour, visit, or call 314-544-4248.


Katherine (Kit) Auble
Director, Fund Development and Marketing

Brenda  Kimberlin
Media Coordinator
Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA)
314-496-1799 (cell)

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16 Jan

Visit a Lutheran School During National Lutheran Schools Week – Jan 26-Feb 1

Visit a Lutheran School During National Lutheran Schools Week - Jan 26-Feb 1

Lutheran “All Schools” Open House Sunday, Jan. 26

(ST. LOUIS, MO) January 15, 2020 – Nearly 8,500 students in the St. Louis Metro Area will celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week (Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2020) with service projects, special events and open houses. The schools are members of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association. 

The theme of this year’s National Lutheran Schools Week is “Joy:fully Lutheran”!, from First Thessalonians 5:16–24: “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 

In the St. Louis area, 19 schools will begin the week with a special Lutheran “All Schools” Winter Open House event Sunday, Jan. 26, at their respective campuses. Most will welcome visitors from 1-3 p.m., but times may vary. To confirm times and find participating schools in your area, visit, or call LESA at 314-200-7014.

Nearly 8,500 children attend 33 LESA-member Lutheran schools in St. Louis and southern Illinois, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. Lutheran schools serve children of all faiths, abilities and backgrounds and meaningful tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. To date, LESA has awarded more than $5.5 million to St. Louis area families, touching the lives of more than 3,300 children. 

For more information and media on National Lutheran Schools Week, visit

About LESA

LESA represents 33 elementary and high schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, including four National Blue Ribbon schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools. For more information, visit, or call LESA at 314-200-0797. LESA is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Lutheran “All Schools” Open House: Sunday, January 26, 2020, from 1-3 pm 

Additional open house dates noted. Times may vary. Contact schools directly to confirm times, arrange private tours or obtain enrollment information.

Illinois – Metro East

Good Shepherd, Collinsville 618-344-3153     

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm 
  • Sunday, February 23, 1-3 pm
  • Sunday, March 22, 1-3 pm
  • Preschool Preview – Tue, Feb 4, 6:30 pm 
  • Kindergarten Preview – Tue, Feb 4, 7 pm

Holy Cross, Collinsville   618-344-3145 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm

St. John’s, Red Bud 618-282-3873 

  • Call to arrange tour  

St. Paul’s, Troy 618-667-6314 

  • Tuesday, February 11, 4-7 p.m.  618-667-6314

Trinity, Edwardsville 618-656-7002 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm
  • Kindergarten Open House – Tue, Feb 25, 6 pm  

Unity, East St. Louis 618-874-6605 

  • Call to arrange tour 

Zion, Belleville 618-234-0275 

  • Sunday, January 26,  12:30-2:30 pm

Zion, Bethalto  618-377-5507

  • Sunday, Feb 23 – Noon-2 pm (Soup Luncheon)
  • Kindergarten Open House – Thursday, Feb 6 – 6:30-8:00 pm 
  • “Dr. Seuss” Preschool Preview Night – Tue, Feb 25, 6 -7 pm

North Area 

Atonement, Florissant 314-837-1252 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm

Grace Chapel, Bellefontaine Neighbors 314-867-6564  

  • Sunday, February 23, 1-3 pm

River Roads, Baden 314-388-0300 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm

Salem Lutheran, Florissant 314-741-8220 

  • Sunday, March 15, 1-3 pm


Abiding Savior, Mehlville 314-892-4408 

  • Sunday, January 26,  1-3 pm
  • Early Childhood Sneak-a-Peek – Thurs, Feb 20, 9-11 am

Green Park, Green Park 314-544-4248 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm

Salem, Affton 314-353-9242 

  • Sunday, January 26, Noon-2 pm

St. John’s, Arnold 636-464-7303 

  • Contact to arrange tour  

Word of Life, St. Louis Hills 314-832-1244 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm (All 3 campuses)


Christ Community (CCLS), Kirkwood/Webster Groves 314-822-7774

  • Thursday, March 5, 6-7:30 pm (Open House/STEAM & Literacy Night)

Immanuel, Olivette 314-993-5004

  • Tuesday, February 11, 8:30-11:30 am
  • Weekly “Tuesday Tours” @ 10:10 am, RSVP 314-993-5004

Immanuel, Washington 636-239-1636  

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm 
  • Enrollment Opens January 22

Our Savior, Fenton 636-343-7511

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm (Grades 1-8)
    • Kindergarten Round Up, 1-1:30 pm 
  • Enrollment opens February 1

St. John, Ellisville 636-386-0186 

  • January 26, Noon-1:30 pm 

St. Mark’s, Eureka 636-938-4432 

  • Sunday, January 26, 10:30 a.m.-1 pm

St. Paul’s, Des Peres  314-822-2771 

  • Sunday, January 26, 12-2 pm (North Campus, 1300 N. Ballas Rd.)

St. Charles County 

Child of God, St. Peters 636-970-7080 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 4, 8:30-10:00 am
  • Tuesday, February 25, 4:00-7:00 pm

Immanuel, St. Charles 636-946-0051 

  • Sunday, January 26, 12-3 pm
  • Pre-K & Kindergarten Sneek-A-Peek 
  • Wednesday, January 29, 8:30 am
  • Thursday, Febraury 6, 8:30 am 

Immanuel, Wentzville 636-639-9887 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm

Messiah, Weldon Spring 636-329-1096 

  • Sunday, January 26, Noon-3 pm

Zion, St. Charles 636-441-7424 

  • Contact to arrange tour 
  • Online enrollment opens Jan 26 @ 5 pm

High Schools 

Lutheran North High School & Middle School  314-389-3100

New Student Outreach Events:

  • Course Selection Night – Incoming Freshmen – Tue, Jan 28, 7 pm
  • Elementary Music Festival – Fri, Jan 31
  • Elementary Academic Fair – Sat, Feb 1
  • Tours – email Admissions Director Becky Kammeier at

Lutheran High School South 314-631-1400

New Student Outreach Events:

  • Middle School Mixer – Fri, Jan 31, 7-9 pm (No RSVP necessary)
  • Scholar Bowl (Elem & MS) Sat, March 28, 9-11:30 am
  • Tours – email Admissions Director Katy Schmitt at

Lutheran High School St. Charles   636-928-5100 

  • Contact to arrange tour 

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04 Nov

Order Your Christmas Cards!

Order Your Christmas Cards!

It’s that time of year again! Time to order your Christmas cards featuring the artwork of our Lutheran students. Show your friends and relatives the spirit of the season while supporting the Lutheran children of our community!

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01 Nov

Save the Date: Brew in the Lou – Oct 10, 2020

Save the Date: Brew in the Lou - Oct 10, 2020

Thank you to guests, vendors, sponsors and volunteers for helping the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association raise a record-breaking $120,000 for Lutheran schools at its 7th Annual “Brew in the Lou” Festival, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at Francis Park in St. Louis Hills. (Save the Date for our next Brew in the Lou – Sat., Oct. 10, 2020!)

More than 1,800 craft beer and food fans sampled specialties from nearly 100 of St. Louis’ best beer, wine, spirits, coffee, food and pop-up vendors, including about forty local and regional craft breweries.

Guests also voted for their favorite brats, home brew and chili recipes. This year’s  Battle of the Bratwurst prize went to Salem Men’s Club, followed by Oakville Butcher Shop and Digregorio’s Market. In the ultra-competitive People’s Choice Home Brew Competition, Immanuel Lutheran in Washington won first for Rev. Mark Bangert’s “Belgian Pear Ale.” East Side Brewers Club’s Brad Gutierrez and David Page took second for “Ginger Beer” and home brewer Eric Smith “Saison” took third.

The top prize for this year’s Chili Cook-Off went to Salem Men’s Club, followed by the Bootleggin’ BBQ and Reinneck Ranch.  Brew guest Gina Stueke was the lucky drawing winner of two all-inclusive St. Louis Blues Hockey Club Seats.

The Steve Ewing Band  and the Lutheran High School South Jazz Band provided entertainment, and KPLR/Fox 2’s Jeff Bernthal, a Lutheran schools grad, emceed. To see more photos visit on Facebook at @LESABrewintheLou.

Thank you to our sponsors, vendors and guests for  your generous support. Proceeds benefit the 8,500 children enrolled in 34 Lutheran schools in the bi-state area. To contribute, visit, or call 314-200-0797.

To view Brew 2019 photos click on the photographer’s name. Thank you to Terry Dinnius and Bob Ackley for your great photos!

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11 Sep

Brew, Food & Music Lineup Announced for 7th Annual “Brew in the Lou” at Francis Park – Oct. 12, 2019

Brew, Food & Music Lineup Announced for 7th Annual "Brew in the Lou" at Francis Park - Oct. 12, 2019

(St. Louis, MO) September 9, 2019 – LESA’s 7th Annual “Brew in the Lou” Festival, presented by Thrivent Financial, will offer one-stop tasting of St. Louis’s best beer, wine, spirits and food favorites when it returns to Francis Park, Sat. Oct. 12, 2019, from 1-5 p.m. About 60 tasting stations will line the banks of The Lily Pond, including more than 40 local, regional and national craft breweries, distilleries and wineries.

Wristbands are $40 advance/$50 day-of-event and can be bought online at, or over the phone at (314) 200-0797. (Advance sales close at midnight, Thurs., Oct. 10.) Admission includes unlimited tastings and a keepsake commemorative glass. And new this year for Brew fans who want more than a tasting – a select number of food vendors will have full-size servings available for purchase. 

Brew Beverages: Beer Sauce ShopBrick River CiderCathedral Square Brewery, Center Ice BreweryCharleville BrewingCrane Brewing (NEW), Crown Valley BreweryEarthbound BreweryExcel BrewingGoose IslandHeavy Riff Brewing Co.Hopskellar Brewing Co.KomBlu KombuchaLieferbrau Brewing Co.Mackenzie Brewing (NEW), Main Street Brewing Co.Maplewood Brewing (NEW), Millpond Brewing Company (NEW), Missouri Beer CompanyModern BreweryNarwhal’s Crafted IceOdell Brewing Co.O’Fallon BreweryOld Bakery BeerPeel Brewing Co.Narrow Gauge Brewing, Public House Brewing CompanyRockwell Beer Co. (NEW), Saint Louis Hop ShopSchlafly Brewing (NEW), Six Mile BridgeSquare One Brewery & DistillerySt. Louis University Brewing (NEW), Southside Alchemy (NEW), Stubborn German Brewing (NEW), Third Wheel Brewing Co.Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.Wood Hat SpiritsJ.Rieger & Co.Stumpy’s Spirits & DistillerySt. James WineryStone Hill Winery, Lindwedel WineryExcel Soda and Bubbly Sparkling Water.

Brew Food: The Stellar HogRed Top BBQBootleggin’ BBQPappy’s Smokehouse (NEW), Gallagher’s PizzaDogtown PizzaSwiss MeatsOakville Butcher Block (NEW), Old  ViennaPhilly Pretzel Factory (NEW), Salsa Rose ProductsDouble G HamSt. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Des Peres (NEW), Kernel Cobbs Kettle Corn and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Brew Marketplace: St. Louis BattleHawks – XFL FootballSt. Louis Brewers GuildSeries SixGloria’s Unique BoutiqueThe Crafted BoneBenton Park PrintsPaparrazi Jewelry & AccessoriesEuphoria Beauty Boutique (NEW), Debbie Fenelon Photography (NEW), Post Pouring Co. (NEW) and Thrivent Financial.

Brew VIP Tent: Fallon’s Bar & GrillJameson Caskmates and 4 Hands Brewing are the Official Sponsors of the VIP Tent.

Brew Sponsors: St. Louis BattleHawks – XFL Football Thrivent Financial, First Community Credit UnionDrury, Simmons BankLCMS FoundationLutheran TrustDobbs Tire & AutoGil Schroeder’s Sod FarmLohr Distributing & Anheuser-BuschFlooring SystemsAT&T TV STLLutheran Hour MinistriesFirst BankFACTS Tuition ManagementThe Maschhoffs,  Dierbergs Markets, Bob Dierberg, Roger Dierberg, Bill & Eileen Bunte, David & Jerry Wollenberg, Vernon & Joann Schroeder, Paul & Jeannie Niewald, Keith & Kathy Odegard, The Maschhoffs, Marilyn Brickler, Torbeck, Kalin Liefer, Gene & Linda Lehr, Jack Gerber, and the Kauffmann Family Foundation.

Entertainment: Enjoy live music from the Steve Ewing BandKEZK & Y98. FOX 2’s Jeff Bernthal will emcee and KMOX will be on-site. Fans can also vote for their favorite home brews and homemade chili in our ultra-competitive People’s Choice competitions.

And back this year by popular demand – an additional “Brew in the Lou” Home Brew Bottle Competition sanctioned by the St. Louis Brews Home Brewer’s Club to benefit our schools. New this year – the winning home brew will be served on tap at Twisted Rootslocated at 3690 Forest Park Ave. Registration is open now and will be limited to 200 entries. There will be three judging sessions: Tue., Sept 24 at 6 p.m. and Fri., Sep. 27 at 6 p.m. at The Stellar Hog (5623 Leona St., St. Louis, MO), and Sat., Sep 28th from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church (4045 Holly Hills Blvd, St. Louis, MO). Judges and stewards are also needed. Register or apply at

Proceeds from “Brew in the Lou” benefit students and teachers served by the St. Louis -based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). Last year’s festival attracted 2,100 beer and food enthusiasts and raised a record $107,000 for Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area.

More than 7,000 children of all faiths attend LESA member Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making Lutheran schools the second-largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 33 elementary and high schools and five related agencies. For more information and a list of member schools, visit

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29 Aug

“Go See the Principal” Author Gerry Brooks to Address 500 LESA Teachers, Principals

“Go See the Principal” Author Gerry Brooks to Address 500 LESA Teachers, Principals

About 500 teachers and principals from 33 Lutheran schools in the St. Louis area and southern Illinois will gather at Christ Community Lutheran School (CCLS) in Kirkwood Friday, Aug. 30, for a special presentation by social media star Gerry Brooks, author of the new book Go See the Principal: True Tales from the School Trenches. The participating schools are members of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA).

Brooks, an elementary school principal with a social media following of over 1.2 million users (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), will speak about Personal Climate and Culture. As a teacher and principal with more than 14 years in education, Brooks is known for his humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences. His focus is on encouraging teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies. 

More than 7,100 students attend Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 29 elementary and four high schools, including three National Blue Ribbon Schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools. For more information, visit

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22 Jul

LESA’s Brew in the Lou – Early Bird Wristband Sale!

LESA's Brew in the Lou - Early Bird Wristband Sale!

Don’t miss LESA’s Brew in the Lou Festival on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM in Frances Park in St. Louis Hills!   Please join me at this fantastic event featuring 100 food, beverage, and retail vendors in the beautiful setting of the park’s Lily Pond, and enjoy live entertainment provided by the Steve Ewing Band.  Your wristband purchase entitles you to food and beverage samples during the event and supports students attending LESA’s 31-member Lutheran schools throughout the St. Louis community.

Early bird wristband sales continue through July 31st, so purchase your wristbands now!

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03 Jun

Activities to exercise your child’s brain this summer!

Activities to exercise your child's brain this summer!

There are discussions about the benefits of year-round schooling however, we contend that summer education doesn’t have to be in the classroom. Here are several activities to help keep your children learning–spiritually, academically and socially–through the summer without taking away the fun.


Engaging your kids in reading and writing skills over the summer is key to improving learning throughout the year — so here are some creative activities.

Create a book club: A great way to mix the social “play dates” with creativity. A summer book club for kids reinforces reading as well as socialization.
Keep a journal: Show kids how they can keep a journal, writing about the activities they do over the summer.
Enroll in summer writing camps: Find several summer writing camps for older kids by searching Summer Writing Camps St Louis.
Read throughout the day: There are all kinds of ways to encourage your kids to read throughout the summer, not just books. Fiction and non-fiction abounds on the Internet. To help you decide if a book is appropriate for your child’s age, check out
Write a comic book: Have your children develop creativity, writing, and humor with a fun comic book or start with a weekly comic strip. They can even work on this project with a friend, collaborating on the dialogue and the artwork.
Select books or stories about your summer activities: Before heading to the beach or picking up a basketball or even watching a movie, find books about the activities or the book behind the movie.
Compose emails: You children can practice writing by composing emails and sending to friends and family about their summer time fun.
Read in bed: Encouraging your child to read in bed, even if it delays bedtime a bit, is a great way to get them to read. It feels like a special treat to get to stay up late and reading relaxes after a busy summer day.
Create a blog: Sharing summer activities with friends and families with an online blog helps children practice with their writing. This article will help you get started.
Read everywhere: Read street signs, billboards, and anything else you can find while you’re on the go this summer. 
Allocate family reading time: Set aside a time everyday when the whole family reads, by themselves or all together.
Leverage comic books: Comic books are a great way to generate interest in reading for your child.
Read out loud every day: Poolside, beachside or even before bed, read aloud to your child and have them read aloud to you every day.
Summer reading camp: Enroll your child in the Summer Challenge from It’s a competitive, virtual reading camp that kids of different ages can enjoy. 


Staying active and outdoors can be a fun way to learn and grow over the summer.

Watch a baseball game: Whether it’s a Cardinals game or other more affordable local teams or even a Little League game, talk about the strategy of baseball as you watch.
Visit a museum: Art, history or even the City Museum are a great way to learn over the summer. Many museums have summer kid’s programs. Visit their websites to see what they have to offer.
Dine out: Help your kids do menu math at a restaurant. Ask them what they can afford with different amounts of money. For older kids, have them factor the tip at the end of the meal.
Take a tour: Museums aren’t the only way to learn while taking it all in. There are a variety of factory tours or even local art studios to help your children learn how every day items are made.
Go camping: Helping plan a camping trip is an excellent lesson for children. Once you arrive, allowing your child to participate in setting up camp and preparing meals helps build confidence and self-sufficiency. Kids can learn to identify different plants or terrain as well.
Visit a park: Whether local or one of the great state or national parks, offer a multitude of learning activities while building a family experience.
Don’t forget the Zoo: St. Louis has one of the top zoos in the country. Have your child research different animals prior to your visit.


You don’t have to be out and about this summer to find learning experiences. Staying home offers its own opportunities.

Be crafty: Plan a weekly crafting day with your kids and for your kids and their friends. Here are some ideas
Building a playhouse: You can combine outside fun while practicing measurement and safety by constructing a backyard treehouse. If that feels ambitious, building an in-the-house tent city can be a fun engineering project too.
Set up a lemonade stand: The classic lemonade stand offers many lessons in math and business.
Plan a game day: Board games help children hone thinking skills, while having fun with friends or family.
Track the daily weather: Show your children how to track temperatures and weather during the summer. Here’s a great online resource.
Calculate the family’s environmental footprint: Show your child how to use the EPA’s personal emission calculator to learn about your family’s emissions and to discuss how you can reduce your impact. 
Plant a garden: Help your kids learn about sustainability, nutrition and physical growth with a backyard garden. This site is a good resource.
Play Monopoly: By playing Monopoly for your family game time, your child can play the “banker” to count money and make change.


Finally, there are hundreds of fun and entertaining activities to help kids prevent brain drain over the summer.

Grocery shopping: Often we’re trying to just get this chore done, however, it’s fun to make it educational as well. Have your child practice match skills and plan menus.
Make a robot: There are many St. Louis based robotics camps at Washington University, STEM programs, and Snapology.
Keep a photo journal: In addition to getting your children writing over the summer, your child can also use a camera and notebook to create a photo journal.
Use puppets: Your kids can use their imagination to write and “produce” puppet shows over the summer. Puppets can be made out of many household items.
Fun with science: Put your kids minds to work by turning them into scientific researchers with various summer time experiments
Make a game: Create your own board game or your kids can try their hand at a digital game at Kodu or Scratch.
Play travel games: Taking a long car trip? Introduce your kids to some of those games we played as children like ABCs.
Map your travel: Show your kids how they can help plan a vacation, help create a map or even book travel online.
Don’t forget summer camps: There are many camps around the area from robotics to web design to health camps to help keep your kids brains working. We sponsor our very own vacation Bible school camps and other camps. Call us at 314-200-0797 for more details if you are looking for a Lutheran summer camp.


There are hundreds of online resources to make learning fun this summer. Here are just a few:


Story Online

The Smithsonian Institute

ELearning For Kids

PBS Kids


IXL Learning

Literacy Center

Fun Brain

National Geographic for Kids

Art Projects for Kids

NASA Kids Club

Young Ocean Explorers

How Stuff Works

Discovery Mind Blown

Fun4Kids St. Louis

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