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ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter

APRIL 2013

From the President’s Desk



Dear Friends,

There is a woman at work who I have been talking to about homeschooling, (her son is three) and she is so excited about going to the convention!  The other day she asked me which speakers she should go listen to.  I told her that I would go over the workshops with her.  That is what the convention is all about, a potential homeschooler getting excited about looking at curriculum, listening to speakers, and meeting other homeschoolers.  That is why it is so important for you veteran homeschoolers to come: to encourage those new homeschoolers. But, sadly, that could end this year.

Yes, it is true; we are looking at having to cancel next year's convention.  We already have some great speakers lined up, but that may not make a difference.  Financially, ENOCH is struggling. We are trying to get other sources of income up and running, but more importantly if our attendance numbers do not improve this year, the vendors will not come back.  Vendors have to make a choice about which conventions they can go to.  This year we had several vendors say that they could not come to our convention because there are three big conventions the same weekend as ENOCH’s.  Since ENOCH’s Convention is considered small they go other places.  We have looked at possibly moving the convention to a different weekend, but that has not been possible.   I heard from someone that people are thinking about registering for the convention but not coming to the convention, just so ENOCH can get the income, that is a nice gesture, but without people actually attending the convention it only solves part of the problem.  If we don't have actual people show up and look at curriculum, fill up the sessions, buy from the exhibitors, the vendors have no choice but to not come back.
If the ENOCH Convention is gone, there will be no local convention for you to attend; you will have to drive to Pennsylvania, upstate New York, or Massachusetts.  As great as those conventions are, and we are friends with all of those state homeschooling boards, they do not know the New Jersey regulations for homeschooling; they cannot point you to a local support group; you will not see those friends you only meet at the convention each year.  And without the convention, ENOCH cannot survive financially and we will not be there for you to help find that local support group, help that new homeschooler with what they need to do to begin homeschooling, and you will lose a voice in Trenton when homeschool legislation bills are introduced.

To encourage you to come to the convention we have extended the Early-Bird Registration until April 20th, so whether you register on-line or by mail you have until April 20th before the prices go up.  Click here to register.

I think this will be the 16th or 17th convention my wife and I have attended and I still get excited about coming, even though I work the whole time now.  I enjoy listening to the speakers, talking with the vendors, whom many I have become friends with over the years, and speaking with homeschoolers from throughout NJ and from neighboring states.  It was at an ENOCH Convention back in 1997 that after hearing Ken Ham speak on Friday evening we decided there was no other option, but to homeschool our daughter.  Please give future homeschooling parents of New Jersey that same opportunity that you have enjoyed over the years!

I ask that you pray about coming to the convention.  I know some of you are saying, but I have all the curriculum I need, maybe there will be something at the convention that you will see that would help your son or daughter.  Sit on a few of the workshop and get encouraged, encourage a discouraged homeschool mom.  Volunteer, we need many volunteers for the convention to run smoothly.  Also, pray for the convention staff, those who volunteer for the whole two days so that you can be blessed.  And pray for the ENOCH Board as we need to make some decisions in the near future concerning the organization.

Here are some of the things that I mentioned earlier that ENOCH is doing to help increase our income:

First, Processing with a Purpose - If you own a business or know someone who owns a business and accepts credit cards you can help support ENOCH.  Simply process your credit cards under this program and Cornerstone Payment Systems will make a donation to ENOCH for as long as you participate.  For more information click on the following link http://cornerstone.cc/enochofnj/

Second, Box Tops for Education - Collect them yourself, ask your non-homeschooling friends, church members, etc. to save them for you to benefit ENOCH.   If you are already saving them for your support group please continue to support them. We will have a container at the convention for you to drop off your box tops or you can send them to our P.O. Box - ENOCH of NJ, P.O. Box 308, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716-0308.

Third, Silent Auction - This year at the convention we will be holding a Silent Auction.  Some of the organizations that have donated items for you to bid on so far are BJU, IEW, Apologia Press and, Sight and Sound Theater.  Check out all the items that you will be able to bid on at the convention website.
Thank you all for your payers for ENOCH and those that serve the organization.

In His Service,
Rich Millward
President of ENOCH of NJ



ENOCH's 2013 Homeschool Convention News!

ENOCH of New Jersey presents the 23nd Annual Homeschool Convention
Friday & Saturday, May 17-18, 2013 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, Edison, NJ
Vendor registration has already begun for the 2013 Convention! 
To register as an exhibitor or a speaker go to ENOCH's website and click on the links.

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Our featured speakers this year will be:

Zan Tyler, Apologia Minsitry
Steve Demme, Math U See
David Watkins, Pastor and Homeschooling Dad, Executive Director of Minnesota Homeschoolers

Please make sure to check the ENOCH website and facebook for updates!

ENOCH is offering entrepreneur tables at the 2013 convention.  Please see the information below regarding these tables.  If you have a child that would like to sign up for a table, please go to the following website to register.  https://enochnj.webconnex.com/2013exhibitors This is our exhibitors registration, but also serves for our entrepreneurs.  If you have any questions, please contact Michele Gross at exhibitorcoordinator@enochnj.org

Special Booth for Entrepreneurs

Booth Cost – [$50.00]

Eligibility: Entrepreneurs must be between the ages of 12 and 25 at the time of the convention. The entrepreneur must be the sole proprietor of the business (i.e. started by the teen and not a family business). All businesses must be reviewed and approved by the Exhibitor Coordinator. ENOCH reserves the right to refuse any vendor in part or in whole without comment. All decisions made by ENOCH are final.

Exhibit Space: Each entrepreneur space will include one 4' skirted table and 2 chairs. Only 1 table may be reserved per business. There will not be side drape divider panels between tables. Entrepreneurs will be expected to be respectful of each space. There will be room for 20 entrepreneurs.

Representatives: Each entrepreneur space is allotted 2 representative passes; one for the entrepreneur and one for a helper. Parents are not included in the representative count. Each entrepreneur is responsible to notify the vendor coordinator of the representatives' names. Any extra reps must also be identified and must receive their name badge at the Exhibitor booth after they have registered for the Convention.  No extra reps will be allowed in without a registration wristband.

Set Up and Tear Down: Entrepreneurs may setup on Friday, May 17th from 8:00 – 1:00 PM. Break down may occur any time after your products are sold out or any time after 1 PM on Saturday, May 18th. See below for more information regarding setup and tear down procedures.

Hours: The Entrepreneur section will be open during the entire time of the convention (Friday 2:00 PM -9:00 and Saturday 10:00-6:00 PM).  Again, you may start breaking down anytime after your products are sold out or after 1 PM on Saturday, but must be completely packed up by 9:00 PM on Saturday.

Payment: Payment must be made in full via credit card, money order or check.

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For the latest updates, trip ideas, homeschool events, and more - we can be found on facebook, twitter and NOW, Pinterest, too!
On facebook, look for ENOCH of New Jersey. For twitter, EnochNJ. You can find lots of resources, ideas, crafts, quotes, etc. related to homeschooling. Be sure to look for us and follow us on Pinterest - ENOCH of NJ. It is a great place to connect with other homeschoolers and get information between Newsletters.


BIG NEWS! ENOCH is Now Part of the Box Top Program!

ENOCH is now part of the Box Top program.
We will be taking box tops at the convention.
They can also mail them to us at PO Box 308, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716.
One note should read: "If you are part of a group that already particiates in the Box Tops program,
please continue to support them. ENOCH does not want to take away from your supporting your
own group. But if you are not part of a group and would like to support ENOCH, please save your Box Tops
get them to us."

Encouraging Words For Homeschoolers Across The Nation

After reading this article, I was encouraged to share it with you all. I have heard many say, I have everything I need and I've been doing this so long, that I don't need to go to the homeschool convention. Let me encourage you to read this article, especially if you are in one of the positions above and pray whether the Lord might have some blessing for you in attending. If so, sign up at www.enochnj.org during the early bird special. I don't think you will be disappointed.

The Old Schoolhouse®Magazine
March 20, 2013


Conventions are Near--Should I Go?

Many years ago now, I thought I did not need to attend a homeschool convention because I felt that I already knew what I was doing and what I wanted to continue doing. I didn't want to go and be persuaded to change my ways or my curriculum. So I skipped a year.
Within months of the conference I became discouraged and needed refreshment. Oh yes, that's why I went before! I was always refreshed and had my vision strengthened by attending. Although I knew what I was doing, I lost sight of why I was doing it.
When we lose sight of the "why," then when discouragement or tedium hit, we crumble. Because, face it, we are doing a lot of work in the face of lots of opposition. It takes strength and courage to continue, and we can find both when we renew our vision by attending a convention. You will not regret making the effort to attend.
Besides renewing our vision and drive for homeschooling, there are many other benefits to attending a convention:

Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld, renowned author and homeschool conference speaker wrote an article entitled, The Boom in Homeschool Conventions, in which he summed up the benefits of conventions this way: "I could write a book about these wonderful homeschool conventions, the families that attend them, and the fabulous entrepreneurs who offer their products to parents who truly care about their children's well-being and happiness. If you want to see the beautiful benefits of educational freedom, go to a homeschool convention. You'll love it!"

Let's support our homeschool conventions together, as we praise God together and thank Him for the continued freedom to keep our children Home Where They Belong.
"I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people." Psalm 35:18
TOS Senior Editor




F.U.N. Curriculum Sale

F.U.N. Curriculum Sale
Our wonderful facility has LOTS of room!
You are invited to the 9th Annual
F.U.N. Curriculum Sale
Hosted by Families United Network

Breakfast & Lunch concession available for our hungry shoppers!
Easy to reach from the Garden State Parkway - see
http://FunCurriculumSale.tripod.com for easy directions - just minutes away
When: Saturday, April 6th 2013
Time: 9AM-12:30PM (8:00AM for those setting up to sell - which will
also allow for early-bird shopping for sellers only!)
Where: Upper Township Community/Recreation Center, 1790 State Highway 50, Tuckahoe, NJ (use directions link or call)


Sovereign Grace Used Curriculum Sale: Tailgate Style!

Join us for the Sovereign Grace
Used Curriculum Sale: Tailgate Style!
What: Used homeschool materials, including books, DVDs, VCR tapes, academic games, anything related to education. Sell what you don’t need anymore, shop for next year, or both!
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9am-1pm Raindate: May 11
Where: Sovereign Grace Church parking lot, 111 Greentree Rd. Marlton, NJ
*seller set-up from 8am-8:45am in the church parking lot. You are welcome to use the trunk/back of your vehicle and/or your own table.
Sellers: Contact Ellen MacMichael (el@macmichael.com) to sign up
* Please, no yard sale items, but those used for educational purposes!

HSN’s Annual Used Curriculum

It is that time of year!!! Spread the word!!! Gather all the books, videos, magazines, readers, educational resources, and curriculum that you are no longer using. Come join us for HSN’s Annual Used Curriculum sale on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 2-5pm.

Additional details can be found at www.homeschoolsupport.org. If you have any questions, please contact us at hsn@homeschoolsupport.org.



Dear Education Network of Christian Home Schoolers (ENOCH):

Here is some info on affordable microscopes for homeschool families...

Do you want:
...to save money?
...to have a one year warranty?
...to buy a microscope that will last through college?
...to buy from someone that services and repairs as needed?
...to buy from someone endorsed by Dr. Jay Wile?
...to buy from a long time established seller?
...to try before you buy?

Affordable Quality Used Microscopes For Homeschoolers!

Larry Winkleman has been servicing and repairing microscopes for over 40
years. He has provided countless homeschool families affordable high quality
used microscopes they can use at home and at college. He personally inspects
and approves every microscope. Buying from Larry Winkleman means buying from an
honest caring microscope expert and a long time supporter of the homeschooling

Current Specials:

Bausch & Lomb HSM $150
American Optical Series 60 $140
Parco Model 950 $125
Bausch & Lomb ST $100

(See homeschoolscopes.com for pictures or to purchase.)

Email your questions and comments to info@homeschoolscopes.com or call 936-828-8747.



National Christian Forensics and Communication Association, the New Jersey Qualifier

YOU Be the Judge

On April 3-5, 2013, homeschool high school students will gather at the Presbyterian Church of New Jersey, in Oakland, for an exciting three day speech and debate tournament. Sponsored by the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association, the New Jersey Qualifier is one of four 2013 competitions in which homeschool teens from the Northeast (6 states) qualify for the regional and national championships. Students compete in ten different speech events and two styles of debate events.
Because the league trains teenagers to communicate with people from all walks of life, we need judges from the community who may or may not have any experience judging speech or debate. Although we also use NCFCA alumni and parents to judge, we depend on the community judge to evaluate the students from a fresh, "everyman" perspective.

No Experience Is Required

We are faced with the monumental task of finding over 150 judges to evaluate our competitors. We need you! It's a 2 1/2 to 3-hour time commitment, which includes arriving at the hospitality room (where we will feed you delicious refreshments), a short orientation, the 1 1/2 hour round, and filling out a ballot in the hospitality room afterwards.

Sign Up Now

To sign up and learn more please visit:
www.ncfcajudges.com click on Region X on the map, choose New Jersey Qualifier tournament and choose the time(s) you are available to judge.

You may judge as little as one round on one day or as many as several rounds over all three days.

The Presbyterian Church of New Jersey is located at 222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Illuzzi at NJQualifier@gmail.com. Thank you for participating in training the next generation; your contribution is invaluable.

The Ultimate Makeover:  Inside and Out

Change of Date:  April 12th

We see so many reality programs dealing with a makeover theme today.  You have extreme makeovers, surprise makeovers, botched makeovers, celebrity makeovers, but no Ultimate Makeovers!  Danielle Turcola, is hired by global companies to transform executive men and women in corporate makeovers.  She teaches them how to walk, talk, meet, greet, eat, and dress. Yet, her most rewarding transformations are the ones where there is a total makeover inside and out.

Does your wish list create discontent in your life, or your unfulfilled dreams fill you with woulda, coulda, shoulda, or has past abuse robbed your self-worth?  Well, Danielle shares a message of hope and encouragement, contentment and worthiness through a relationship with God.  Her makeover formula has a few short steps, yet lasts a lifetime.  Danielle will tell us about her Ultimate Makeover in 1979 and the amazing impact it made on her, her husband, children, friends and career.

Join us for a fun-filled, interactive program where you can ask Danielle those burning questions abut how to find the right clothes for your body type, your best hairstyle, quick and easy makeup tips, even how to fit and find the right bra!  And as a bonus, each attendee will take home her own personalized Color Confidence Card to look radiant all the time. 

This event is open to all ladies and teen girls.  Homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers.  Invite your friends and family to come out to this great event.
Join us on April 12, 2013 to get started on your own Ultimate Makeover:  Inside and Out. 

This event will be held at Mt. Olive Community Bible Church, 202 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Flanders, NJ.  It will begin at 7 PM.  The cost for this event is $10 which includes the program, Color Confidence Card and refreshments.

Please go to www.mytlcnj.com to sign up for this special event.  Click on the public calendar, go to the month of April, then click on the event to sign up and for payment instructions.  Please direct any questions you may have for this event to info@mytlcnj.com.


Private One-on-One Reading & Spelling Tutoring for Homeschooled Students

*Orton-Gillingham certified
*Retired homeschool mom
*Experience with all types of learning disabilities and dyslexia
*References from many successful students and their families
*Member of the International Dyslexia Association
*Limited openings available
*CALL 609-859-3856 for more information or to register.


Homeschooling Parent Presents-Homeschoogle.com

After Years In The Making!
Homeschooling Parent is proud to announce the "go-live", of www.homeschoogle.com. A social network for Homeschool families. Homeschool kids can now find FRIENDS/STUDY BUDDIES all over the world. Learn about other kids with the same interests, goals and subjects. Share ideas, pictures, videos, and even chat on-line. What a fun way to learn and make new homeschool friends. The Homeschool family just got bigger. Parents can create "EVENTS" to help support their Homeschool Support Group or Co-Op Group's events and conferences. Homeschool service providers can create their own "GROUP" and invite friends to join. Yes, it's very exciting!

Students create a Profile. In their profile, students enter their current subjects, areas of interest, hobbies, and college of interest. Students can then search other homeschool students, local, state wide, nationally including students from around the globe!

Support Groups, Co-Op Groups may create an "EVENT" to support their local homeschool efforts.

Homeschool Friendly Companies and Services may create a "GROUP", to assist viewers in finding Homeschool products and services.

How wonderful it is to finally have a site where everything is HOMESCHOOL FRIENDLY. One community with one mission! Home Education for our families.

SIGN-UP TODAY!...Help us "network" the news!


Math and Science Tutoring for Homeschooling Families in Northern New Jersey

Do you need help with math and science tutoring for homeschooling families in northern New Jersey for the remainder of the school year? I would be able to teach or tutor groups of students in any high school level math or science course (biology, chemistry, physics or algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry, pre-calculus, or calculus). For some courses I would also consider one-on-one tutoring.

My credentials are as follows:
- BS in Civil Engineering
- Certified to teach mathematics in the state of Virginia 2007-2012
- 5 years experience teaching high school level mathematics (algebra 1 and geometry)
- 1 year experience teaching high school level chemistry
- 1 year experience assisting homeschooling families and tutoring from 1st grade through college

My rates would be appropriate for the circumstances of homeschooling families.

If you have a need for math or science help this year please do not hesitate to contact me at dertutoring@gmail.com or at 570-592-7950. I hope that I will can be of service to you.

Online Homeschool Classes In Many Subjects!

Dear Education Network of Christian Home Schoolers (ENOCH):

Here are some class offerings you can pass along if you think
it will bless your homeschool families. I'm still sharing SAT Math Prep videos
for free. I've partnered with a number of talented teachers to offer a much
larger choice of classes for the 2013 - 2014 school year including Math, SAT,
Physics, Programming, Foreign Languages, US History, US Government & Economics.
(There are even Art classes in the works!)

See more info at http://phil4.com .


Fall Online Homeschool Classes In Many Subjects!
Free SAT Math Prep Videos!

See http://phil4.com for more info.

Here is the fall schedule:

American History TTh 10:00 - 11:15pm CST
American History MW 10:00 - 11:15pm CST
Spanish 1 TF 10:00 - 10:50am CST
Spanish 2 TF 11:00 - 11:50am CST
Italian 1 TF 1:00 - 1:50pm CST
French 1 TF 2:00 - 2:50pm CST
Spanish 1 TF 3:00 - 3:50pm CST
U.S. Government (1st Sem) W 10:00 - 11:30am CST
Economics (2nd Sem) W 10:00 - 11:30am CST
Prealgebra MF 10:30 - 11:20am CST
Algebra 1 MF 12:30 - 1:20pm CST
Geometry MF 2:00 - 2:50pm CST
Algebra 2 MF 3:00 - 3:50pm CST
Precalculus TTh 12:30 - 1:20pm CST
AP Calculus AB TTh 10:30 - 11:20am CST
Physics MF 11:30 - 12:20pm CST
AP Physics B TTh 11:30 - 12:20pm CST
AP Computer Science A TTh 2:00 - 2:50pm CST
Art Classes   TBD


To access the videos that are part of the SAT Math Prep class
for free, see middle of page here: http://phil4.com

Please email Dr. Chris Seberino at info@phil4.com for more
information or visit http://phil4.com .


LAST Homeschool Skate for 2012-2013

Come join us for 2 hours of fun, physical activity.  Every third Friday there is roller skating for the homeschool community.  The rink is open only for us.   The games are turned off and the music is family-friendly.  Moms get to socialize while kids skate with their friends.  Come meet homeschoolers from every area...open to all.

Where: Cherry Hill Skate Center, 664 Deer Road, Cherry Hill, NJ
What: Private party with 2 hours of skating and family-friendly music
Who: Any homeschooler!
When: 3rd Fridays (NOT December) from September-April 1-3PM
Cost: $3 per skater (non skaters do not pay); Max $12 per family (cash please!); Skate rental available for $3 from rink (last year's price) either quads or inline (you may bring your own skates).

Dates for 2012-2013 School Year: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19
Please no outside refreshments as the snack bar is open.  Consume your food before coming in. 
For additional information contact Linda Nowak at homeschoolbus@gmail.com .

MCCHE (Morris County Christian Home Educators) Baseball Team

The MCCHE (Morris County Christian Home Educators) Baseball Team has just been formed for its first year.  We are currently putting together our game schedule, and would like very much to hear from other homeschool teams who would like to play varsity-level baseball.  Please e-mail Coach Bill Breckenridge at wmbreck@juno.com if you are interested.



New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Concert

"Dancing around the world"

11:30AM Tuesday, May 21, 2013 — NJPAC in Newark

Invite your family, friends & new homeschooling friends of all ages!
Carpooling is encouraged. Bring $8-15 for parking fees.

Each seat reservation is $7 per person. There are no tickets.
We meet outside the NJPAC and enter as a group.

Write your check to "Kathy Hanse" by Wednesday, April 11, 2012
and send to me at 16 Francisco Drive, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444.

Any questions? Email: kathyhanse@aol.com


Take a trip around the world—no luggage required! Express yourself with Scottish, Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Czech and American dances, including selections from The Nutcracker, West Side Story and Morton Gould's Tap Dance Concerto. This concert also features the winning pieces from the first NJSO Young Composers Project. Learn more at www.njsymphony.org/composers. Jeffrey Grogan, conductor of the NJSO with DanceVision also performing selections from:

GOUNOD Faust Ballet Music
ARNOLD Four Scottish Dances
FALLA Spanish Dance No. 1
BORODIN Polovtsian Dances
SMETANA Three Dances from The Bartered Bride
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker
GOULD Tap Dance Concerto
BERNSTEIN West Side Story
Young Composers Project Winners


Homeschool High School Swing Dance 2013

Please join us for a Swing Dance for homeschooled high schoolers, alumni, and friends (ages 15-23) at the Barn in Andover Township (Sussex County) on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Ruth Landau will provide group swing dance instruction at the start of the evening for all guests. She will also be available throughout the night to offer personal swing dance instruction.

Email LoriLeeHarden@gmail.com for a link to the dance website which includes FAQs and instructions for purchasing tickets.



Special April Events at Life Center, Florence Twp, NJ

The Life Center, 2035 Columbus Rd, Florence Township, NJ will be offering the following variety of events for the community during the month of April:

Friday, April 12 – Special Craft Night for ages 4 and up. Only $7 .Register for the 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. time slot to create a seasonal craft. Seating limited so reserve your spot! 609/499-8967

Friday, April 19 - Zumbatomic Party Night 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Two hours of great Zumba exercises, music, games and pizza too! For ages 5 – 12. All for only $20! (Sibling discount available) To reserve your spot 609/499-8967

Friday, April 26
– Free Movie Night “Despicable Me” A compelling comedy about an aging super villain and 3 young orphan girls. Great family entertainment! Pizza and concessions available for purchase.

Saturday, April 27, 10 – 3 Car Show to benefit Vietnam Veterans of America #899. Trophies, Door Prizes, Music, Food. Info and to register. 856/630-0940

Saturday, April 27, 10 – 3 Community Health Fair. A Free event with health care representatives including : Hospice Care, Geriatric Care, Skin Care, Dental Care, Dietary Issues, Osteoporosis Prevention, Speech Pathology, Mental Health, Social Services, the Burlington County Sheriffs Dept, the Burlington County Health Department and much more. Health Screenings, Fitness Activities, Zumba for adults and kids! For more information: 609/499-2131

For more information: www.lifecenternj.org


Faith Center for the Arts Presents the Musical: “The Secret Garden”

Faith Center for the Arts Presents the Musical: “The Secret Garden”
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Featuring a cast of almost 50 homeschooled students ages 12 – 18
Show Dates & Times:
Friday, April 19th at 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 20th at 3:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 20th at 7:00 P.M.
Ticket Prices:
Adults $10.00 ~~ Students $5.00 ~~ 2 yrs old and under are Free
(Maximum charge of $40.00 per immediate family)
To order tickets please send an email, with ‘Tickets’ in the subject line to donnap@faith-center.com.

“The Secret Garden” will be presented at:
Grace the Church on the Mount, Route 46 East
Netcong, New Jersey, 07857

Attend a FAITH Center Information Session and Tour

Do your homeschool plans for next year look anything like this?

  1. Round out my kids’ academics with some incredible fine arts offerings.
  2. Calm our schedule down by scheduling special activities for all of my kids in one place, on one day.
  3. Look for classes taught from a Christian worldview.
  4. Be a good steward of the financial blessings God has provided to my family.

The FAITH Center offers all this and so much more!! What is the quality of the instruction provided? Just ask some of last year’s seniors who are now majoring in Musical Theater, Art, Music Education, and Theater at their colleges of choice.

The FAITH Center, founded 20 years ago by Bill and Lori Briggs, offers homeschooled students of all ages professional instruction in the arts with a focus on exploring and developing talents to glorify God. Whatever your reason for seeking professional instruction in the arts from a Christian perspective, the FAITH Center may be your answer to prayer.

There is something for every member of the family at the FAITH Center, from preschooler through high schooler. In addition to private and small group instrument lessons and bands and orchestras for beginning through advanced students, there are dance classes where honoring God is just as important as learning the steps, both traditional and computer art, drama, several different choirs divided by age, small group voice lessons, a fully staged spring musical, a new video production seminar class, and more. (Not all classes are available at each location.)

Tours are currently being scheduled at both our Morris County and Sussex County locations for families interested in attending the FAITH Center for the 2013-2014 year. This year, there were far more families interested in attending the FAITH Center than spaces available. We were forced to close registration to the program as a whole, something we had never had to do before. If you’re interested in learning more about the FAITH Center and discerning whether it might be a good fit for your family, please visit the FAITH Center’s website, www.faith-center.com to learn more about our program. Don’t wait until the summer to look into our course offerings; it could be too late! Would you like to attend an information session and tour? Email info@faith-center.com.

FAITH Center Theater Arts Camp

Theater Arts Camp of Sussex, a two week intensive for teens serious about developing their theatrical performing skills, is accepting registrations. Each student receives advanced instruction in character development, audition preparation, vocal technique, dance, stage movement, and production elements. Master classes and Q&A sessions with veteran Broadway stage performers are a popular highlight. Past guests include Anne Nathan, Stephanie Martignetti, Michael Zygo, Amanda Rose, Laura Osnes, and J. Mark McVey.

The 2013 camp, hosted at the Sparta Evangelical Free Church, will run from July 22 through August 4, with performances scheduled for August 2 – 4. Auditions, by appointment only, will take place the evenings of April 2 and May 7 and the mornings of April 6 and May 11.
Derek Roland, the camp’s choreographer for the past three years and well-known director, choreographer, teacher, and performer, will be directing the senior high show, Anything Goes.

Jen O’Leary and Reena Kirspel will be directing the junior high show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

To register, make an appointment to audition or for more information about camp, visit our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/theaterartsofsussex or explore our Theater Arts Camp website.

FAITH Center’s Continuing Success Causes Growing Pains -Can you help?

FAITH Center’s Continuing Success Causes Growing Pains –
Can You Help Us Find a Location to Further Expand Our Ministry?

For the first time ever, the FAITH Center had to close registration to additional families this summer. According to Bill Biggs, Founding Director, “The Lord sent so many wonderful homeschooling families our way, all looking for an opportunity for their children to develop talents to glorify God. I wish we had room for them all, but we didn’t. It seems like we might need to consider expanding our program again. God has truly blessed this ministry.” Are you aware of a large space with multiple classrooms in the northern or central NJ area that might be open to hosting another FAITH Center program? Please contact us at 973-252-5043 or info@faith-center.com . Thank you!


Spring Homeschool Programs at Pyramid Mountain

Thursday, April 4
Nature’s Classroom: Worms & Composting
Ages 9 - 12.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities and a hike during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: April 18, 25, & May 2.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $45 for series / $12 per class.*

Tuesday, April 9
Nature’s Classroom: Amphibians
Ages 6 - 8.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities and a hike during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: April 16, 23, & 30.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $12 per class/ $45 for the series.*

Tuesday, April 16
Nature’s Classroom: Pollinators
Ages 6 - 8.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities and a hike during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: April 9, 23, & 30.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $12 per class/ $45 for the series.*

Thursday, April 18
Nature’s Classroom: Leaf Litter Life
Ages 9 - 12.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities and a hike during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: April 4, 25, & May 2.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $45 for series / $12 per class.*

Tuesday, April 23
Nature’s Classroom: Soil Study
Ages 6 - 8.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities and a hike during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: April 9, 16, & 30.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $12 per class/ $45 for the series.*

Thursday, April 25
Nature’s Classroom: Spring Ephemerals
Ages 9 - 12.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities and a hike during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: April 4, 18, & May 2.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $45 for series / $12 per class.*

Tuesday, April 30
Nature’s Classroom: Painting with Soil
Ages 6 - 8.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities and a hike during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: April 9, 16, & 23.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $12 per class/ $45 for the series.*

Thursday, May 2
Nature’s Classroom: Pollination
Ages 9 - 12.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities and a hike during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: April 4, 18, & 25.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $45 for series / $12 per class.*

Wednesday, May 1
Family Walk: May Day!
Ages 4 & Up!
Celebrate the spring with a hike to discover the plants and animals returning for the summer. This hike is ideal for home-school families.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $4 per child.*

Pre-registration is necessary for the above programs. We are working on teen ecology program dates for the spring and will be in touch.
As always, thanks for your interest. For more information, contact Douglas at dvorolieff@morrisparks.net or visit www.morrisparks.net


Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown, NJ

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown, NJ.  Cynthia Winslow, Museum Educator,  cwinslow@maccullochhall.org, (973) 538-2404 ext 16, www.maccullochhall.org

Growing in the Garden:  Preschool Program at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Winter, spring, summer, and fall—come visit the garden at Macculloch Hall.  Growing in the Garden is a year-round hands-on art program for 3 to 5 year olds and their caregivers which uses the nature found in Macculloch Hall’s garden for inspiration.  This 45-minute program includes a story, walk in the garden, and an art project.  Preregistration is required.  The cost for the program is $8 per pair (child and caregiver) for Museum members and $12 per pair for non-members.  Call (973) 538-2404 ext. 16 or email cwinslow@maccullochhall.org to pre-register.

Programs run from 1:15 to 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday each month.    

Upcoming programs dates and topics:
Tuesday, April 2          Signs of Spring                       
Tuesday, April 16        Countdown to Earth Day        
Tuesday, May 7           Lots and Lots of Lady Bugs
Tuesday, May 20         Fair as the Rose in May
Tuesday, June 4           Celebrate World Environment Day
Tuesday, June 18         How Grow Your Tomatoes?   



Secrets of the Civil War:  Summer Session for Kids

Are you looking for summer activities for your child who loves history?  Macculloch Hall Historical Museum presents “Secrets of the Civil War:  Summer Session for Kids” with fun, hands-on activities during the week of August 12 to August 16.  Each morning from 9 am to noon, participants will explore a variety of topics with the Museum’s Educator from the frontline of battle to the home front.  Hands-on projects include building a model of a Civil War battlefield and making replicas of the Merrimack and Monitor, and testing them in a water battle.  Children will also learn  about nineteenth century illustrator Thomas Nast, create an original work of art, and try printing for themselves using brayers and ink.  What about those Civil War secrets?  Each day participants will delve into a different secret surrounding the Civil War and determine how important this secret was to the Union’s eventual victory.  Activities are recommended for children ages 8 to 12 years old. Preregistration is required.  Call (973) 538-2404 ext. 16 or email cwinslow@maccullochhall.org to receive a registration form.  The cost for the week-long program is $175/child for Museum members and $200/child for non-members. Not yet a member? Visit maccullochhall.org and become a member today.

For details on the education programs or any of the programs offered by Macculloch Hall Historical Museum please visit maccullochhall.org
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs.  The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The last tour leaves at 3 p.m.  Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4.  Members and children under 5 are free.  The gardens are open (free of charge) during Museum hours. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation.


State House Tour

Teacher Professional Development Program:
Engaging Students in the Legislative Process

On Tuesday, April 16, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm, the State House Tour Office is offering a free professional development workshop for teachers in grades 3 through 6. Participants will learn how to transform the complexities of the legislative process into an exciting and meaningful role-playing opportunity with students acting as legislators. A discussion of inquiry-based learning will be included, as well as a systematic exploration of legislative website resources available to aid in this experience. Attendees will also participate in a debate themselves to learn strategies and tools to enhance the simulation.

This free workshop will take place at the New Jersey State House in Trenton. Participants will receive 2.5 hours of professional development credit. Space is limited. To register or ask questions, call 609-847-3150.

Students Speak Out: Vote 2013

Starting in September 2013, the Tour Office will be sponsoring “Vote 2013,” a statewide mock gubernatorial election program for New Jersey teachers and their students in grades 4 through 6. Teachers will receive lesson plans and information explaining the election process in New Jersey. Participating students can cast their votes for the next governor and see the results on the legislative web page on November 6th.

This program is free. Please visit the Legislature’s website or call the Tour Office at 609-847-3150 any time after September 30, 2013, for more information.

State House Express Grant Program

The Rutgers University Eagleton Institute of Politics State House Express Grant program provides travel stipends to eligible middle-school and high-school teachers of government, civics, history and other social studies classes to help defray bus rental costs for field trips to the State House. Please click here to learn more. Even if you already booked your tour, you can still apply for the grant!

General Information

For information about State House tours and programs, please visit our website or download our education brochure. To make reservations, please call the Tour Office at 609-847-3150. All tours and programs are FREE.


The Franklin Instute-Homeschool Workshops 2013!

Learn, discover and create in a workshop for homeschool students!
For students ages 7 - 14

Have a fun-filled day at The Franklin Institute! Spend the morning in a hands-on workshop, then explore the Museum in the afternoon with your family.

Going Green
April 11
Discover how electricity is produced with a variety of renewable energy sources and unearth some discoveries about waste - from light pollution to recycling centers.

High-Tech Textiles
May 9
Investigate the basics of electronics and circuitry and create a fashion design using LED's and conductive thread.

For more information visit: The Franklin Institute
215.448.1200 (Option 5)


Homeschool Museum Classes 2012-2013 Philadelphia Museum of Art

Homeschool Museum Classes 2012-2013 at Philadelphia Museum of Art! This homeschool program consists of 2 hour classes held monthly on every first Wednesday from October to June. The theme of each class changes from month to month. Participants are divided into small groups by age, and each group works with the same Museum Educator throughout the year. Each class takes place in the Museum’s permanent galleries and special exhibitions. The program is designed to be an interactive lesson that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities including discussion, drawing, writing, role playing, and games. Preschool age students will explore original works of art, enjoy a picture book read in the galleries and make an art project to take home. The Preschool classes are from 10-11:45 am.

April 3, 2013
10 am – 12 pm
Pre-school (age 3-4) No class
K-2 (age5-7) How was It Made?
3rd-5th (age 8-10) How was It Made?
6th-8th (age 11-13) “Great and Mighty Things”
9th-12th (age 14-17) “Great and Mighty Things”

May 1, 2013
10 am – 12 pm
Pre-school (age 3-4) Around the World
K-2 (age5-7) “Great and Mighty Things”
3rd-5th (age 8-10) “Great and Mighty Things”
6th-8th (age 11-13) Mysteries: Solved and Unsolved
9th-12th (age 14-17) Mysteries: Solved and Unsolved

June 5, 2013
10 am – 12 pm
Pre-school (age 3-4) No class
K-2 (age5-7)Introduction to Sculpture
3rd-5th (age 8-10) Introduction to Sculpture
6th-8th (age 11-13) Introduction to Sculpture
9th-12th (age 14-17) Rodin Museum

Fees: Student Fees: $9 per class (Museum Members) /$11 per class (Non-Member)
Chaperones Fees: $5per class (Museum Members) /$6 per class (Non-Members)
$1 off each class when singing up for 4 or more classes.
Parents who wish to accompany their child must sign up in advance.

Some classes will have a brief studio time during their lessons.
We hope you have a wonderful time on Wednesday, and welcome both your participation in and your input to our Homeschool Program.
If you have questions about the classes, contact Ah Young Kim at akim@philamuseum.org .
If you have questions about registration, please contact Janette Wheeler at 215- 684-7582.

Harvey Cedars Home School Week

Date/Time: Jun 10 at 03:00 PM - Jun 16 at 12:00 PM
Location: 12 Cedars Avenue Harvey Cedars NJ 08008

Event Summary
Join us on Long Beach Island at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference June 10-16 for fun and fellowship that the whole family can enjoy.
Event Admins: Colleen Bozarth

Our annual home school week is June 10-16, 2013. Bring your whole family for challenging chapel meetings, great programs for the kids, and a relaxing week by the beach. We are located on beautiful Long Beach Island in New Jersey between the ocean and the bay. You'll find the island to be a great place to explore, with a lighthouse, antique shops, and ice cream places. Take the chance to meet other homeschooling families who share your values. Join us this summer, call to register today! 609-494-5689



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