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APRIL 2014

From the President’s Desk

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Register now - May 16th and 17th 2014
for ENOCH's Annual Homeschool Convention!

Dear Friends,

ENOCH's 24th Annual Convention is only a month and a half away!  Check out our website for the workshop schedule and start planning whom you want to hear.  Come hear our Main Speakers Andrew Pudewa, Diane Kummer and Liz Moore.  Do not forget Diane Kummer will be giving five workshops on dealing with homeschooling through high school.  If you think you cannot homeschool through those high school years, come and find out that YOU CAN!

Early-Bird Pre-Registration has now ended, but you can still register, the prices are higher now, click here  to get to the registration page.  Parents of Pre-Schoolers and Newbies are $20 for Regular Registration.  Any person you know that is interested in homeschooling who has never been to our convention or shows an interest in homeschooling should be invited for the special pricing.  Why pre-register when the price is the same at the door?  Pre-Registering helps ENOCH to plan for a number of things, one of which is how many programs to print.  Do not forget to volunteer. We have over 100 volunteer slots to fill during the convention.  Volunteer for a three hour shift and choose either Early-Bird Shopping in Used Curriculum on Friday or ENOCH Bucks, which can be use like cash at most exhibitors and for workshop CDs at ENOCH Recordings.  Teens can volunteer for a whole day, come to the convention and have their registration refunded.  We especially need teens on Friday to help in Used Curriculum.  Get involved! Help make YOUR convention a success!  Yes, YOUR convention. ENOCH puts on the convention for you!

Remember to sign-up your children for the Children’s Program when you register.  Again, this year we will be having JandY Ministry giving the presentation. Their program for this year is “Digging for God’s Truth”. The ages for the Children’s Program are 5-12 years old! Your children will be discovering God’s truths by examining Biblical, Archaeological and Historical evidence.  Have them dig for Eden, Ninevah, Bethlehem and other places in the Bible.  You can see the complete list of places and people that your child will be searching for by clicking here.  These look like some great sessions for your children.  There are two sessions on Friday and four sessions on Saturday.  Look for pricing when you register. We have tried to keep pricing affordable, but prices do go up if you register at the door.  Be sure to register early enough, last year we had to turn children away because it filled up so quickly.

Do not forget to check out our Exhibitor List and see who is coming to the convention.  We want to urge our attendees to support the vendors that attend. If you do not see your favorite exhibitor, give them a call or e-mail them. 

We are offering a free iPad Mini Give-away at the convention!  When you attend the convention, each family will receive a card with vendors who have sponsored the give-away.  Visit each of the vendors and listen to their presentation and they will punch your card. When you have visited all the participating vendors you card will be entered into the drawing for an iPad Mini.

CALLING ALL HOMESCHOOL BUSINESSES, SMALL BUSINESSES, EVEN LARGE COMPANIES!!! Do you want to get you name out there to the homeschooling community?  Why not donate goods or services to the Silent Auction?  The proceeds from the Silent Auction help to defray some of the cost for the convention, and donations to ENOCH of NJ are tax deductible, click here for further information.  Be sure to check out the Silent Auction at the convention and bid on an item or two, maybe you will win!  The donation deadline is April 30th!

Please continue to pray for the ENOCH Board and all the convention staff as the work behind the scenes continues for the convention.

Serving Him,
Rich Millward
President, ENOCH of NJ
president@enochnj.org

ENOCH EVENTS AND NEWS!

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ENOCH'S ANNUAL HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION-MAY16-17TH!

The Largest Homeschool Convention in New Jersey!

This Year's Convention - May 16-17, 2014. See you there!

Friday Hours - 2PM - 9PM, Saturday Hours - 9AM - 6PM

Visit ENOCH of NJ to see all the lastest updates for the largest homeschool convention in NJ! Please, register now! This will help ENOCH be better prepared for the convention, as so many details go into making the convention a success. Don't forget about the kids! Take a look at the workshops, schedules and exhibitor's list! There will also be a used curriculum sale and silent auction again this year! Volunteers are needed to help make this another successful year!

PLAN YOUR VISIT TO THE CONVENTION!

Check out our website for the workshop schedule and start planning whom you want to hear.  There is an article in this month’s newsletter by Andrew Pudewa. In it he mentions another article that he suggests you read. Well, he will be speaking on that topic on Friday evening - Nurturing Competent Communicators. Read the article in the newsletter and then come out to hear him speak.  Do not forget Diane Kummer will be giving five workshops on dealing with homeschooling through high school.  Over the years we have had many homeschool parents ask, "Can I really homeschool through high school?" The answer is YES, you can.  Come to the convention and hear Diane speak on this topic. Diane is HSLDA's High School Consultant.  Liz Moore, a very popular speaker from South Jersey, will be speaking on lifestyle topics that will help you at home while homeschooling. We are offering something new to close out the workshops! We have a special speaker, G.K Mangelson, a Constitutional Scholar, who will be speaking on "Independence Forever! The 4 Steps to Save America".

Do not forget to check out our Exhibitor List and see who is coming to the convention.  If you do not see your favorite exhibitor, give them a call or e-mail them. Let them know you would like to see them at the convention.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Do not forget to volunteer for the convention, we have over 100 volunteer slots to fill during the convention.  Volunteer for a three hour shift and choose either Early-Bird Shopping in Used Curriculum on Friday or ENOCH Bucks, which can be use like cash at most exhibitors and for workshop CDs at ENOCH Recordings. 

BOXTOPS for Education

You all know that ENOCH earns money by you sending us box tops, but did you know that you could also help ENOCH earn money by entering contests and shopping on-line? And you’re not going to believe how easy it is! Join Boxtops for Education and pick ENOCH as the school that you are going to support. Click BOXTOPS for EDUCATION and then "Sign Up to Support your School." In the lower right hand corner, put in the zip code 07735 and then click "FIND YOUR SCHOOL."  Click on ENOCH's name and fill out the simple form!  Explore the awesome site, enter some fun contests, let the kids play a game or two, do some online shopping, even print coupons for your next shopping trip with items that have BOXTOPS!  Clip the BOXTOPS and send them on in!  Send them to ENOCH, 15 Manchester Ave., Keyport, NJ 07735.  Remember that every little bit helps support ENOCH!

Thank you for your support!

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Encouraging Words For Homeschoolers Across The Nation

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Homeschool Conferences

written March 6, 2014 by Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer HSLDA High School Consultants

Homeschool Conferences:
Here We Go!

Dear Friends,
We’ve had our fill of winter, and we are looking forward to spring! Warmer weather, blooming flowers, and teens itching to be done with school will soon be making their appearances.

Beginning in the spring (and sometimes even earlier), a number of homeschool organizations promote and hold their annual conventions. With many homeschoolers now ordering curriculum on the internet, some may think that conventions are relics from the past. We don’t agree—we believe that conferences offer many benefits. We encourage you to attend a homeschool convention near you, and we’d like to address some common misconceptions about conferences that may persuade you to think again.

It’s too much of a hassle to attend—I’m already burned out with all things related to homeschooling!

We truly understand. We are former homeschool moms who vividly remember the days of juggling many responsibilities. However, the earlier you make plans to attend a conference, the easier it will be to actually get there. Many conferences offer early bird registration with great discounts. The best and nearest hotel accommodations to the convention generally go quickly, so jump on the discounted block room rates. Staying near the conference saves time and is convenient to all of the action.

A homeschool parent may enjoy going to the convention alone and using the off hours as a respite to quietly plan, pray, and relax away from home responsibilities. On the other hand, sometimes it’s fun to attend the conference with another mom or several friends in order to share travel expenses, and also have a sounding board as you contemplate curriculum choices.

If you are part of a support group, why don’t you consider all going together? At the support group meeting following the conference, you may want to share your experiences (what you learned, how you benefitted from attending, and the camaraderie you enjoyed). It may encourage others to attend the following year!

Although it’s not nearly as much fun as a weekend away at the beach, you and your spouse may want to attend a conference together. Conventions are eye openers, especially for some homeschool dads(!), as they have the opportunity to witness the myriad of options and be exposed to the information overload that can be part of a homeschool conference. Spouses then have the opportunity to discuss things they’ve seen and heard, and it facilitates the decision-making process as homeschool plans are fleshed out for the next school year.

I think I’m set. I’ll just order my curriculum online and be done with it.

Don’t get us wrong—we love the convenience of internet shopping. But, there’s just something to be said about actually seeing the materials. Visiting exhibitor booths allow you to do comparison shopping, and vendors are equipped to point out practical ways to use their resources. At many conferences, vendors present workshops providing helpful advice that will save you hours in trying to figure out on your own how best to utilize the materials. You’ll be relieved from the headache of learning how parts of the curriculum fit together, so that you can expend the majority of your time actually teaching the material.

To tell you the truth, I typically come home from a conference discouraged that my teen and I don’t measure up.

Yikes! That’s not how it’s supposed to work. But, unfortunately, in some cases it’s true. Homeschool conference planners and speakers walk a tightrope. They want to encourage parents by showcasing the achievements of homeschool students who are doing well. That’s commendable. However, hearing about the over-achievers (all day, every day) can cause parents whose teens are not doing so well, to feel guilty, burdened, and … hopeless.

Years ago, we wrote a newsletter entitled “Eureka! Average to the World, but Special and Unique to God.” The newsletter struck a chord with many parents and helped them to see their teens as God created them. Each of your teens has talents and skills to be used for the glory of God. Your teen fills a spot in God’s universe that no one else can—he’s special, he’s distinctive, and he’s matchless to the Lord!

Succumbing to comparison is an easy thing to do when attending a conference, but there are steps you can take to guard against it. First, pray. Ask the Lord to help you absorb information that will encourage you, and to block out knowledge that’s not helpful. Second, have a willing heart that desires to learn from others, so that you can incorporate a speaker’s good ideas into your homeschool. No one is meant to incorporate all (or even most) of the suggestions that a speaker recommends. You should feel very comfortable incorporating only those options or advice that makes sense for your family. Third, rejoice with those who rejoice, and realize that you are only seeing the tip of the iceberg when a speaker shares about his or her homeschool or children.

Don’t believe for a second that everyone else at the conference is a perfect homeschool parent, has ideal children, and homeschools flawlessly. It’s a lie from the enemy to defeat you, and to make you believe you are the only one who may be struggling. We hear from many homeschool families each day, and we know at times they are discouraged, they feel they’ve failed, they have children who have walked away from the faith, their teens refuse to do their school work … and on it goes.
We’ve prayed with many homeschool parents at conferences, who have approached us after a seminar and poured out their hearts. It’s holy and precious ground when we are given the opportunity to intercede for someone. If you are doing well, the Lord may have someone at the conference that needs your support and help. We are in this together, and a conference setting reminds us of this.

I’m a bit nervous—I don’t want to find out what I’m not doing, what I should be doing, or how I’m doing everything wrong.

We totally relate! It can be mind-boggling to try to take in everything that’s mentioned in a seminar or workshop. Sometimes even keynote speakers—who are there to motivate and hearten you—can be intimidating when you hear their inspiring words. Here’s a suggestion for lowering your expectations a bit. Determine ahead of time that you will take away just one nugget from each speaker. One piece of advice, one item, or one resource, that resonates with your heart … just one thing. Let everything else go. See the workshops and seminars as opportunities to train you as a teacher. Benefit from the ideas, the experience, and the good intentions of the speakers, but please don’t be demoralized or unsettled by them. The speakers are mere humans. We know that for a fact. 

I’ve never been to a homeschool conference. I’m the new generation of homeschooler—conferences are for the old-timers.

We admit that we are “old-school homeschoolers.” We were homeschooling in the dark ages. (We know things have changed and we promise to get smartphones before the end of the year.) Homeschooling has made great strides, but one thing we are saddened by is the slow erosion of the community of homeschooling.

Yes, we understand that internet chat rooms, webinars, even online homeschool conventions are now available, but nothing takes the place of live, in-person conferences where you feel the vibrancy and vitality of homeschoolers just like you. Attending a conference provides opportunities to laugh—and cry—with other homeschoolers and bridges the gap between our individual homeschool settings. Some conferences include teen programs where your teens can interact with others. Another benefit may be the opportunity for your teen to take part in graduation ceremonies that are a part of some conventions.

Being around veteran homeschoolers (who have been around the block not once but several times) is beneficial. These homeschool veterans have looked past the starry-eyed view of homeschooling, and can share the deeper reasons why they still believe the cost is worth it all. Pioneers who helped to blaze the homeschool trail have stories to tell that will remind you homeschooling is a prized blessing. It’s a blessing for which many have expended tears, time, and hard effort to preserve homeschool freedoms for generations coming after them.

Yes, old and young homeschoolers have much to gain from getting to know each other, learning from one another, and enjoying each other’s company. All of this happens at a local homeschool conference, coming soon to a location near you!

Check out the conferences and symposiums where we’ll be speaking in 2014 and know that we would love the opportunity to shake your hand, exchange smiles, and encourage you in person.

Join us next month when we offer some tips for choosing high school curricula.

Hoping to see you at one of our speaking events,
Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Consultants

NOTE from the Editor: Diane Kummer will be a guest speaker at the ENOCH convention!

"Homeschooling Thru Highschool" is a newsletter of the Home School Legal Defense Association. All rights reserved. For more information on Homeschooling Thru Highschool or the Home School Legal Defense Association please contact us at:
HSLDA • P.O. Box 3000 • Purcellville, Virginia 20134-9000
Phone: (540) 338-5600• Fax: (540) 338-2733 • Email: info@hslda.org
Web: http://www.hslda.org/highschool

WEstrada

 

Armed Forces Finally Accept Homeschool Enlistees on Equal Terms

written March 18, 2014 by William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations

Long Struggle on Behalf of Homeschool High School Graduates Pays off.

Is your son or daughter interested in a career in the U.S. Armed Forces? HSLDA is pleased to announce that finally, homeschool graduates are free to enlist in the military on the same terms as any other high school graduate.

Since 1998, HSLDA has been working with the Pentagon and Congress to ensure that patriotic young men and women who wish to serve their nation in the armed forces are free to do so and are not discriminated against because they were homeschooled. After numerous battles, and most recently, congressional amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act in 2012 and 2014, we are finally ready to declare victory.

New Policies

We have confirmed that the Pentagon has finalized and implemented new policies for homeschool graduates who seek to enlist. These policies are simply to determine if your child was actually homeschooled and not for any other reason. We are very pleased that Congress’ attention to homeschool freedom and equal treatment is leading to good policies for homeschool enlistment across the armed forces.

HSLDA has drafted the following guidance for homeschool graduates who are interested in enlisting in the armed forces. Please note that each situation is unique, and that HSLDA is happy to answer any member’s questions.

Guidance for Enlistees

  1. If your state law requires you to file some type of notice with the state or local school district, you will need to show that documentation (and any response you received from the school district) to the recruiter. If you live in a state that doesn’t require you to file a notice of intent to homeschool with the school district, the recruiter will ask you to supply some additional documentation to verify that you are indeed a homeschool graduate. This additional documentation may vary depending on the branch of the military and the state you live in.

  2. Each homeschooler must submit a transcript attesting that he or she has completed high school in a homeschool setting. We encourage you to show as detailed a transcript as you can. If you need assistance drafting a transcript, HSLDA’s high school consultants are happy to help HSLDA member families, or you can use HSLDA’s Fast Transcript Service. You can find more information on transcripts on our website.

  3. Each homeschooler needs to have a high school diploma issued by his or her parent, guardian, or national, state, or county homeschool association or organization. We strongly encourage you to use a professional diploma, such as HSLDA’s high school diploma.

    Please note that the military is looking for high school diploma graduates. If you present a GED certificate it will cause unnecessary complications in the enlistment process. The military has almost completely eliminated accepting GED certificate holders in all but the rarest of circumstances.

    For Delayed Entry Program enlistees, if the homeschool student has not yet earned a high school diploma because he or she has not yet graduated, the recruiter will ask for other academic verification. But the homeschool student will not be considered officially enlisted and able to attend basic training until he or she has graduated and has received a high school diploma.

  4. It must be clear to the recruiter that you, the parent, directed the education of your child. The military understands and accepts co-op programs if they were a supplement to your homeschool program.
  5. If you used online courses for certain subjects, make sure that it is very clear that you the parent were the overseer of your student’s work and were using the online courses as part of your homeschool program. Graduates of online programs are able to enlist in the military, but it could cause unnecessary complications in the enlistment process if your student tried to enlist as a homeschool graduate but the military believes that he was really a graduate of an online program.

    If you live in a state where homeschooling is legally considered to be a form of private education, for the purposes of military enlistment, you will want to tell the recruiter that you are homeschooling.

  6. All students will be required to take the military’s enlistment test, the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). In the past, homeschool students needed to score at or above the 50th percentile on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) portion of the ASVAB, while public and private school graduates were required to score in the 30s. This discrepancy has been changed, so that all students, including homeschoolers, simply need to receive a passing score. The passing score is determined by each service branch and the needs of the military, but falls generally around the 35th percentile.

  7. The education questions are only the beginning. The military has high moral, medical, and overall standards. It receives numerous applicants; therefore, the enlistment process is designed to weed out applicants in favor of those who the military believes will be the best fit.

The military is significantly downsizing, and it is becoming much more difficult to enlist in all branches. There are many people seeking enlistment and few positions open. The bottom line is the military understands that homeschoolers are legally guaranteed an equal opportunity to enlist, just like graduates of other schools.

Will Estrada has been leading our efforts to defend homeschooling on Capitol Hill since 2006. As the oldest of eight kids, and a homeschool graduate who married a homeschool graduate, he has a passion for protecting homeschool freedom. If you have questions or run into any problems, please contact :
HSLDA at (540) 338-5600.

OTHER EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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HSLDA MEMBERSHIP

Join HSLDA and use ENOCH's Discount Code!  If you are just joining HSLDA or are renewing you membership the discount code saves you money on your membership.  If you are Parents of Preschoolers you can join for free if you your oldest child is younger than five.  Please, also use ENOCH's HSLDA Discount Code on your application for your free membership; this helps ENOCH with programs that are available to the organization.  Contact the ENOCH Office at office@enochnj.org and ask for ENOCH's HSLDA Discount Code.

Regular or renewal HSLDA Membership click here.

Parents of Preschoolers Free HSLDA Membership click here

For more details go to www.hslda.org

Special Offer from HSLDA
Join or Renew for 2 years and receive a FREE gift!

Choose between:

  1. Adventures in Odyssey: Adventures in American History: 23 Stories of a Great Nation (8 Audio CDs)
  2. Drive Thru History DVD set; Columbus and the Pilgrims to the Freedom Trail
  3. Drive Thru History DVD set; Cities, Soldiers, and Battlegrounds of Revolutionary America
  4. Doing the Right Thing, an ethics course by Chuck Colson.
  5. Family Favorites from the Homeschool Kitchen

Click here for more information!

Poetry

HSLDA Poetry Contest 2014

Poetry Contest

Themes:
This year, we are exploring the special relationship between poetry and music. We are looking at Saint-Saen’s famous Carnival of the Animals as well as other favorite classics and want to know where these creative musical pieces take you!

What:
For homeschooled* students ages 7–19, write a poem based on the theme prompts below, corresponding to your age category. Each student may submit 3 different poems.

Category 1: Ages 7 to 10 as of May 1, 2014
Write a poem based on one of the following:
“Elephant” movement from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens
“Hens and Coqs” movement from Carnival of the Animals
William Tell Overture (finale) by Rossini

Category 2: Ages 11 to 14 as of May 1, 2014
Write a poem based on one of the following:
“Fossils” movement from Carnival of the Animals
“Aviary” movement from Carnival of the Animals
Rodeo by Aaron Copland

Category 3: Homeschoolers ages 15 to 19 as of May 1, 2014
Write a poem based on one of the following:
“Aquarium” movement from Carnival of the Animals
"Finale" movement from Carnival of the Animals
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

Submission Dates: April 1st through June 1st 2014.

For more information visit: HSLDA Poetry Contest 

Please contact the Contest Coordinator at contests@hslda.org with any questions.

 

LenDeotim_eshelman

Announcing a Public Forum on the Common Core State Standards Initiative

Announcing a Public Forum on the Common Core State Standards Initiative
Sunday Afternoon, April 6, 2014 starting at 2:00 pm

Grace Classical Christian Academy will be hosting a Public Forum on the topic, “Our Answer to the Common Core.”  Len Deo from the New Jersey Family Policy Council will present the dangers of the Common Core and its impact in New Jersey.  A brief Q&A will follow the presentations.    The event will be held in the sanctuary of the Grace Tabernacle Bible Church on Sunday afternoon, April 6, 2014 starting promptly at 2:00 pm.
 
The controversial “standards”, known informally as “Common Core,” and formally as "Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS)" is being foisted on state governments all across the country.  Even the states that refuse to join — not to mention homeschoolers and private schools — may find themselves ensnared in the program due to national testing, college admission requirements, and more. These standards will essentially nationalize education.     For now, the Common Core applies only to public schools in the 45 states that have adopted it. Federal law prohibits any federal education mandates from applying to homeschools or private schools that do not receive federal funds.   However, there is no such protection for families who have enrolled their children in programs that receive federal funds such as public schools, charter schools and virtual charter schools.

Len Deo comments, "The program was designed by federal bureaucrats and state governors without input from teachers and parents, and is being imposed across the nation in spite of massive backlash and complaints. It institutionalizes the hated notion of ‘teaching to the test’ in an unprecedented fashion, disregarding grades, learning, and content in favor of a single standardized assessment that changes every year. It places more emphasis, even in subjects such as math, on rewarding a child for ‘correct’ reasoning, even if their reasoning led them to the wrong answer. And it opens the door wide for sex education programs that most parents would find abhorrent-especially since sex education belongs at home."

This topic is relevant to all students and parents whether homeschooling or in public, private, Christian, and Classical Christian schools.  Tim Eshelman, GCCA headmaster, points out, “As citizens, we need to be well informed and vigilant.  People need to get educated on details, ramifications, and potential dangers of the Common Core because it will affect everyone in all U.S. schools.  I would encourage parents to make it a priority to join us on Sunday afternoon, April 6
at 2:00 pm.”

For more information please go to www.gccanj.org or contact Tim Eshelman
(732) 835-2726 or headmaster@gccanj.org
PO Box 320  4041 Squankum-Allenwood Rd, Allenwood, NJ 08720

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HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS AT CHRISTIAN-OWNED/OPERATED FARM

HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS AT CHRISTIAN-OWNED/OPERATED FARM
CREAM RIDGE EQUESTRIAN CENTER AT FREEDOM FARM NOW ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS FOR OUR WINTER/SPRING SESSIONS!
LARGE INDOOR ARENA-BEAUTIFUL, RESPONSIVE HORSES/PONIES
SUMMER RIDING CAMPS OFFERED TOO!  $250/Wk/camper Earlybird Discount!

Please contact Regina Ennis (Instructor/Trainer) at 856-252-7075 for more information
Cream Ridge Equestrian Center
850 Monmouth Road (Located near crossroads of Route 537 & 539-Down from Six Flags Great Adventure right off Route 195)
Cream Ridge, NJ  08514
Contact:  Regina Ennis 856-252-7075

Something new for your Phys Ed classes? Why not include horsemanship in your program? We are a Christian-owned farm in Central New Jersey with Christian values taught through horsemanship and riding! Balanced, centered riding and dressage taught with an emphasis on Christian Biblical values.

Farm background:
In past years, we homeschooled our own children who are now in college, and are aware of the challenges facing homeschooling parents to find good choices for activities. Our facility has a large indoor arena (80X200), with full jump course, to facilitate all-weather riding with minimal cancellations due to weather. We have a nice variety of horses and ponies for lessons and pony rides. In addition to riding lessons, our program offers a full equestrian science education program offered through 4H, that includes classroom lessons on the ground (unmounted) as well as full instruction in the saddle (mounted). Our Christian instructor is experienced in teaching all levels of riders, to the special needs rider with Down Syndrome, ADD, or ADHD. Horseback riding lessons available to all homeschooling families at discounted rates-flexible schedules to accommodate your needs. All Groups (such as Birthday parties, Homeschool co-ops, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Boys Scouts) welcome!  Bring your group for a special event or you can schedule an event with your co-op to have a day set aside for riding!

LESSON PROGRAM-Affordable packages tailored to meet the needs of homeschooling families! 
Flexible rates and schedules!  Farm hours are 9-6 every day and Fridays 9-7.
English and Western Disciplines taught with an emphasis on safety, balance, and fun!  Boys and girls welcome!
Beginners to Advanced riders welcome!  Ages 4 through Adult.

1 Hour Private Lesson:  $30.00 per hour
Discounted Private Lesson Package:  5 lessons for $150 or 10 lessons for $300
1 Hour Semi-private/Group/Sibling Lesson: $30 per student (limit 4 per lesson)

Other activities/events offered at our facility are:  4H Club (membership is free) meeting twice per month (Tentatively 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 4:30pm) 
Girls' and Boys' Scout Badges for Horsemanship Awarded.
Extremely Affordable Horseshow opportunities as well.

Free 4H Club Membership-Freedom Riders 4H Club-meets twice per month-2nd and 4th Saturdays!
Affordable Horseshow Opportunities-
Fun and Games Shows held on our farm!  Ribbons and trophies given to division champions, but it's all about having fun on horseback! See our Facebook Page for details and Pics of our equine friends and families!  Next show is in May! Hope to see you there! $60 for day or $10 per class!  Call for details.
 
Special Group Rates
Clubs such as Boys' Scouts (Earn Horsemanship Badges), Girls' Scouts (Earn Horsemanship Badges), other 4H groups, etc. ($25 per scout/club member)  Minimum of 6 members for group lesson discount. Actual lesson not just a pony ride!
Please mention your membership in ENOCH and this ad when calling to receive the discounted rates.
Call Regina for available times and appointments, (856) 252-7075.   See our Facebook page for Freedom Farm USA and my page, Regina Ennis.
Visit our website at www.Freedomfarmusa.com.

***Special Extended Horsemanship Program***
When you are a part of our WEEKLY lesson program, you may come out and help exercise our horses/ponies on Saturdays at our farm.  That allows you to get extra riding and some instruction-call for details. AFFORDABLE Horseshowing opportunities as well for those interested! Our riders regularly participate in local shows (both rated and unrated) at the Horse Park of New Jersey as well as other venues.

~~~Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.~~~

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Integrity Fencing Studio

Integrity Fencing Studio - "where everything is tailored for your individual needs"
Website: http://www.integrityfencing.com/
Address: 200 Main St. Chatham, New Jersey 07928
Phone: (713) 732-0766
Email: alisherfencing@gmail.com

Located in Chatham, New Jersey, Integrity Fencing Studio is your place for fencing lessons and fencing instruction. We teach epee, foil and saber. Join us!
At Integrity Fencing Studio, our goal is to achieve success while maintaining our integrity. The spirit of our studio is driven not only by the medals our fencers win in competitions, but through continuing the traditional values of fencing: courtesy,dignity, honor and courage. It is through these values that our members will deepen their inner character and achieve winning results.

We offer:
Fencing Classes:

Weapons:

Serving Morris, Union and Essex Counties

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Spring 2 Homeschool 2014- The Berkeley Swim School

We will be offering over 170 classes everyday of the week and over 20 are at reduced rates for homeschool associations and students.

These classes/instruction will address the issues of a child's first experience to advanced swimmers, lifeguarding and competition.

Don't forget to ask us about our new facility in New Providence due to open in 2015.

Please call with your questions.

Spring 2 Homeschool 2014- The Berkeley Swim School
Monday, May 12- Sunday, June 29
Registration begins, Sunday, April 27.
( form must be submitted with cash/check)

Program information:  Class, description, times/days and cost
Mommy & Me: Age 3, 4 this is an active class for both student and adult. Led by a certified adult students will begin the process of learning body position, balance, arm strokes and breathing patterns. Shallow water only. Mommy & Me :30 min Wed 9:30 $56
Get Wet: Age 4, 5, 6 (K) Students have not fully submerged while blowing bubbles and are not yet crossing the pool on their backs while using a propulsive kick. This class is taught in shallow water. Get Wet :30 min Wed 10:00, 11:00, 11:30 Thurs 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:00 $70
Beginner 1: Age 4, 5, 6 (K) Students are comfortable in the water, will fully submerge and can cross the pool on their backs while kicking and sculling. Instructors will emphasize a strong kick, rotary breathing, sculling and a balanced body position. This level is taught in shallow water. Beginner 1 :30 min Wed 10:30, 11:30 Thurs 9:30, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 $70
Advanced Beginner 1: Age 4, 5, 6 (K) While not performing perfect rotary breathing, these students have a propulsive kick, can listen and follow simple directions and can perform at a higher level than those in Beginner 1. Advanced Beginner 1 :30 min Wed 9:30, 11:00 Thurs 10:00 $70
Beginner 2: 1st grade to age 9 Students have not yet learned rotary breathing in coordination with their arm strokes. Instructors will emphasize propulsive kicks, body position and arm strokes in freestyle and back. Beginner 2 :30 min Wed 10:00 Thurs 11:00 $70
Advanced Beginner 2: 1st grade to age 10 Students have passed all Beginner level skills and can swim unaided with rotary breathing. Instructors will teach breaststroke and butterfly kick, somersaults and bilateral breathing. Advanced Beginner 2 :30 min Wed 9:30 , 11:00 Thurs 10:00 $70
Intermediates and Young Adult A: Ages 7-15 Students have passed all Advanced Beginner level skills and are strong swimmers. Coordination of breaststroke and butterfly strokes, flip turns, Lifeguarding and competitive skills will be emphasized. This level is taught in deep water. Intermediate/Young :45 min Thurs 10:30 $105.

Observation Days are offered only on the final day of class in each session.
Refunds 25% is charge for any cancellation. There are no refunds after the first class

Berkeley Swim School *PO Box 215 *649 Springfield Avenue * Berkeley Heights NJ 07922 *
www.berkeleyaquaticclub.com
908 464 1995

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Homeschool Bands of Southern New Jersey 

Spring Concert!!  Come hear this talented group of homeschool musicians perform on Tuesday May 6th at 7pm.  From our youngest recorder ensemble students up to our seasoned high school veterans, it’s a musical treat!

Homeschool Bands of Southern New Jersey 
St Mary’s Episcopal Church
18 White Horse Pike
Haddon Heights, NJ (Camden County)

Visit our website to learn how your child can become involved:  www.homeschoolband.org

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Do It Big Productions presents Les Miserables School Edition

Do It Big Productions, a homeschool theater group consisting of over 30 families, proudly presents Les Miserables School Edition Friday April 11th at 7PM; Saturday, April 12th at 7PM; and Sunday April 13th at 4PM.  All performances will be held at Penns Grove High School, 334 Harding Highway, Carney’s Point NJ.  Tickets are $10 per person and can be obtained thru our facebook site www.facebook.com/doitbigproductionsmusicals or via email at DoItBigProductions@gmail.com

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Online AP Classes

Asitha Kodippili is a college professor with many years of teaching experiences, both traditional and online classes.

Classes are mainly for home school students in need of challenging curriculum. Full year classes in AP calculus and AP statistics are offered. Both of these classes are approved by College Board AP Audit process.

MathXL and Blackboard Learning Management Systems are used in the classes. As a result, students have access to learning tools available in Colleges today.
Please visit: www.APacademy.net for more information.

This as a professional service to the community and scholarships are offered to students in need of financial support.

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HTML 101 for Homeschoolers

Online class "HTML 101 for Homeschoolers" starting April 7th! Register quickly to take advantage of this class. The next class will be in May!

There's no charge for the class, it's self-paced (but moderated), and completely online.

Prerequisites:

Students will learn:

For more information, visit: http://www.FortHuntParent.com/HTMLClass?from=ENCHS

Frazier O'Leary, a former Northern Virginia H.S. teacher, computer consultant, and father to two children in Alexandria, VA

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The Summer Scholars Program at Eastern University

Application Deadline: April 15, 2014

Program Description: The Summer Scholars Program is designed for intelligent, gifted young men and women who aim to become not just successful employees, but fully human persons, as God intended. More specifically, this is an opportunity to sample a special kind of education—a kind that aspires not only to prepare its students for prosperous careers, but to investigate the meaning of a truly good life: a life of honest self-examination, delighting in what is True, Good, Beautiful, and formation into the image of Jesus Christ.

What:  A college-acredited, residential honors program (Limited to 40 students per class)

When:  MATH240: July 7-15, 2014 & INST161: July 17-25, 2014

Where:  Eastern University, St. Davids Campus, 1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA 19087

For:  High school students (entering junior or senior year)

Why:

Cost: $1,800 per course. This cost accounts for room, board, program fee, all off-campus costs during the program, and all instructional hours which will be awarded with 3 college-credits upon completion of the program.

Scholarships: There are eight essay prizes available, awarding partial to full scholarship. There is also a limited number of need-based scholarships (open to discussion for students who have applied and been accepted).

Course I: “The Mystery of the Infinite” (MATH240)
July 7-15, 2014
The Mystery of the Infinite (MATH 240) will draw the mind of the student into the eternal mathematical realities which exist in the mind of God. Discrete Mathematics will be the disciplinary field in which students will wrestle with some of the most foundational questions about mathematics. What are numbers? How does their being relate to God and can they be known? What does it mean for a collection to be infinite? Are some infinities larger than others? Does mathematical proof provide real certainty?
Students will complete a rigorous college-level Discrete Mathematics course which will include logic, proof, set theory, cardinality and graph theory. In this context, connections will be made with the nature of the Christian God, his Word and his creation.

Over a nine day period students will be challenged from an interdisciplinary group of Eastern University’s faculty in disciplines such as mathematics, astronomy, theology and philosophy. In addition to daily times of prayer and devotion, as well as sabbath keeping, the experience includes visits to Eastern’s planetarium and the Museum of Mathematics in New York.

Course II: “Citizenship: on Earth as it is in Heaven?” (INST161)
July 17-25, 2014
Citizenship: On Earth as it is In Heaven? (INST161) will build upon the early Christian observation that the Christian is a citizen of two cities, the city of God and the city of man. Plato and Aristotle taught that individual citizens joined together to labor for the public good. Together citizens form the city (or polis) as their field of public action toward that good. But in the New Testament, Christians found themselves with the difficult challenge of not only inhabiting a city here on earth, but having been made citizens of the Kingdom of God inaugurated in Christ.

With the dawn of the modern era this two-cities framework drove much of the political debate in the West. Are we to build a noble republic upon the basis of divine ideals or upon human realities? Can these two cities be joined together into one political entity? Or must they be divided by a wall of separation? Is it the city of man which must be protected from invasions by the city of God, or vice versa? And more recently, as belief in God declines in the West, can we build “heaven” on earth thought public policies, social movements, military might, and scientific progress? These questions and others are repeated by Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Jefferson, Marx, de Tocqueville, and many others; and these are the question we will consider in this nine-day course.

Students will be challenged from an interdisciplinary group of Eastern University’s faculty in disciplines such as history, philosophy, theology, and literature. In addition to daily times of prayer and devotion, as well as Sabbath keeping, the experience includes visits to Eastern’s planetarium and Independence National Park in Philadelphia.

For more information or to register for this program, please visit: http://www.templetonhonorscollege.com/summer-scholars-program
or contact:
Evan Hewitt
Assistant for Advancement
Templeton Honors College
Eastern University, 1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA 19087
Phone: 610.225.5473   -   Fax: 610.341.1790
ehewitt@eastern.edu   -   templetonhonorscollege.com

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FAITH Center For The Arts

FAITH Center for the Arts presents ....

"Meet Me In St. Louis"
Music and Lyrics by HUGH MARTIN and RALPH BLANE; Book by HUGH WHEELER

Show Times:  Friday, April 4th at 7 PM
Saturday, April 5th at 2 PM and 7 PM

Location:  Grace Church on the Mount, Route 46 East, Netcong NJ

TICKET SALES BEGIN TUESDAY - MARCH 1, 2014

Tickets (Reserved Seating): 

Adults $10 / Children-Student (3 and older) $5  
(Immediate family max per performance $40)

Limited General Admission Tickets will be available at the door for $5/each.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: Faith Center for the Arts

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FAITH Center

Wonder Why Hundreds of Homeschooling Families Trust the
FAITH Center for Their Fine Arts Instruction?
Register for an Information Session and Tour to Find Out.

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 21 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, and more.  (Not all classes are available at each location.) 

Information sessions and tours are currently being scheduled at all four of our FAITH Center locations (Randolph, Lafayette, Wayne, and Somerset) for the 2014-2015 year.  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!  For more information, email info@faith-center.com.

FAITH Center Summer Theater Arts Camp

Theater Arts Camp of Sussex is accepting registrations for its fifth annual two week intensive for teens serious about developing their theatrical performing skills.  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 have included Adam Jacobs, Anne Nathan, Stephanie Martignetti, Michael Zygo, Amanda Rose, Laura Osnes, and J. Mark McVey.

The 2014 camp, hosted at Lafayette Federated Church, will run from July 21 through August 3, with performances scheduled for August 1 – 3.  Auditions, by appointment only, will take place in April and May. 

To register, make an audition appointment, or for more information about Theater Arts Camp of Sussex, visit http://www.faith-center.com/ or  http://www.facebook.com/theaterartsofsussex.

 


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