Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, 2009
This day is organized to equip you as parent-teachers. Your teens can also attend workshops. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. There is an inexpensive Children's Program available for children ages 4-12. A nursing mothers' room will be available for moms and their babies. Strollers are allowed in the Exhibit Center, but use with caution. Due to space limitations, strollers will not be allowed in the used curriculum area. No wagons or other vehicles are allowed. Families will be asked to remove them from the premises. Please Note: Your children are your responsibility. Parents must not leave children unattended.
We are opening early on Friday! Those of you who want to beat the traffic and crowds can shop on Friday afternoon starting at 2:00 pm.
Close to one hundred exhibitors will be participating! We are also getting exhibitors that are popular at larger conventions and new to our convention. Check out the frequently updated exhibitor listing which also contains links to the exhibitor websites. Consult with and support our exhibitors. View them as experts who can advise and provide you with materials needed to "flesh out" your home school. Carefully consider all materials that would augment your family's growth. Remember, if you purchase materials at our convention, you save on shipping and may find reduced convention rates!
Check out the Workshop Descriptions and start planning right now. Eleven workshops will be featured on Friday. Twenty-six workshops will be featured on Saturday. See the Convention Schedule for times and locations.
A Used Curriculum Sale will take place from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday. Credit Cards, checks and cash are accepted. There are ATM machines at the Convention Center for your convenience. Click here for more information about used curriculum and for forms and instructions.
Help Wanted! Please consider volunteering at the convention. It's a great way to "give back" to the homeschooling community and be blessed by serving. We need folks to help in Registration, as Ushers, Workshop Monitors, and in Used Curriculum Sales. Take a look at the ENOCH Volunteer Information.
Register Online and make payment by check or with any major credit card. You can also sign up as a volunteer or make donations to the scholarship fund or to ENOCH, all online!. More information is available on the Online Registration Page.
Edison-Woodbridge Courtyard by Marriott
3105 Woodbridge Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837
800-321-2211 or 732-738-1991
1 mile from Expo Center
*Ask for special ENOCH rate of $79.00 prior to May 8!
This facility is large, quiet and specially equipped with enclosed rooms for workshops. It is also easy to get to from just about anywhere in the tri-state area.
The Food Court located inside the Exhibit Hall will be open throughout the day. You may also bring food or drink to eat inside or in the parking areas.
The convention will be held in the NJ Convention and Exposition Center, located at 7 Sunfield Avenue, in Raritan Center, an industrial park in Edison, NJ. Due to heavy rush-hour traffic during the 3:30-6 PM time period, plan to come early. Raritan Center, Edison, is no more than 1 1/2 hours from anywhere in New Jersey! Although there are many routes that could be used, the following are the easiest to follow without getting lost in the confusing maze ramps surrounding Raritan Center.
Take New Jersey Turnpike to Exit #10. After paying toll, take the ramp all the way on the right for Route 514 west. After about 0.1 mile, take the first exit on the right (Raritan Center). The ramp will take you under Route 514 to a traffic signal. Proceed straight through the signal onto Raritan Center Parkway. See Raritan Center below.
The easiest way is as follows:
From Garden State Parkway, use Exit # 129. Get on the New Turnpike southbound. Follow New Jersey Turnpike directions above.
An alternative (if you do not wish to get on the Turnpike) would be:
From Garden State Parkway driving Northbound, use Exit # 127 and follow signs to I-287 and watch for Route 514 WEST exit which exits to the left, get on Route 514 West and watch for jughandle entrance to Raritan Center on your right. Take the jughandle and continue on Raritan Parkway for about 1 mile following the expo center signs. Watch for Sunfield avenue on your right. Make a right and follow signs. The expo center entrance is on your left.
From Garden State Parkway driving Southbound, use Exit # 129 and follow signs for I-287 and watch for Route 514 West exit. Get on Route 514 West and watch for jughandle entrance to Raritan Center on your right. Follow signs to Expo Center located at END of Raritan Center Parkway. Watch for Sunfield avenue on your right. Make a right and follow signs. The expo center entrance is on your left.
From Route 1 north, watch for Route 440/NJ Turnpike Exit about 5 miles north of the Raritan River. Get on Route 440, keep right and get off immediately after the NJ Turnpike Exit onto Route 514 West (2nd exit). After about 0.1 mile, take the first exit on the right (Raritan Center). The ramp will take you under Route 514 to a traffic signal. Proceed straight through the signal onto Raritan Center Parkway. See Raritan Center below.
As you travel south on I-287 you will see the exit numbers going down. As you pass through Piscataway, Metuchen, and Edison, the exit numbers will be 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1. (Exit 2 is for NJ Route 27; Exit 1 is for US Route 1). Continue south on I-287 past exit 1. Just after exit 1, I-287 becomes NJ Route 440. Keep right as you continue south on NJ 440. Immediately after the exit for the NJ Turnpike, get off onto Route 514 West (2nd exit). After about 0.1 mile, take the first exit on the right (Raritan Center). The ramp will take you under Route 514 to a traffic signal. Proceed straight through the signal onto Raritan Center Parkway. See Raritan Center below.
Continue on Raritan Center Parkway for about 1 mile following the "Expo Center" trail blaze signs. Watch for Sunfield Avenue on your right. Turn right on Sunfield Avenue and follow signs. The Exposition Center entrance is on your left. (Convention center phone number is 732-417-1400.)
We are creating incentive for you to register early. This will allow us time to pull together the last minute details so the convention can run more smoothly.
We can't accept registrations by mail after May 23rd, but you can still register at the door. To save time, fill out the registration form and bring it with you to the convention. Also you can register online until May 23rd.
Yes. In fact, ENOCH conventions attract a large percentage of men. To encourage this, we have included workshops specifically aimed toward fathers.
We realize there may be several workshops you would like to attend offered at the same time. For this reason, all sessions will be professionally recorded. Audio CDs will be available for purchase and pick-up in the Exhibit Hall at the Manna Conference Recording table.
This is a convention especially for equipping parents. If you find that you will need childcare, please provide your own. Nursing infants are welcome and there is a room for mothers to relax and nurse or change diapers.
Children age 12 and under are free. Teens (ages 13-17) may register for an early-bird rate of $12.00 or regular rate of $15.00. We ask that children never be left unattended by an adult.
If you cannot afford the convention registration fee, you may apply for scholarship monies by sending a request with a short explanation of your need with your completed registration information to:
ENOCH of NJ Scholarship Fund
c/o Convention Registrar
15 Manchester Avenue
Keyport, NJ 07735
The Food Court is open on Friday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Yes, but the facility's Food Court eating area is available only for items purchased there. We recommend that you use the parking areas for any food you bring yourself.
Our convention is planned with a three-part purpose for attendees:
Noises children make, no matter how endearing, significantly distract the instructors and those who have paid to attend the sessions. The audio tapes are also affected. We ask mothers or fathers with children to sit near an exit so that if your child makes noise, you can step out immediately. A hostess may ask you to do so if the situation persists.
Everyone, (except children 12 and under) must wear his/her name tag visibly at all convention activities. If you lose it, you can purchase another one for $2.00 at the registration booth.
I am glad you asked. These tips were written by Sharon Grimes and taken from the "New York State Loving Education At Home Newsletter" Convention issue 1994: