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December 2010

From the President’s Desk


JUNE 17th – 18th, 2011

Please note the date change


First, we at ENOCH would like to say that we had a rich and blessed Support Group Leadership Conference in the beginning of November.  We had close to 40 who attended.  Tim and Valerie Moore, members of the CHAP Board, were our speakers and they were a great encouragement to all who attended. Their talks on prayer were outstanding. In the end, Tim had the ENOCH Board come forward and the Support Group Leaders surround us. They prayed for us and we were blessed. In all the years of being part of the SGL Conference, this has never happened. We cannot tell you what it did for us. Thank you everyone who made that a special day for us.

Second, online registration is now open for Exhibitors to register for the 21st Annual ENOCH Homeschool Convention, June 17th - 18th 2011.  Encourage your favorite Homeschool Curriculum provider to attend our upcoming convention as an Exhibitor.  Kevin Swanson from Generations of Vision and Andrew Pudewa for Institute for Excellence in Writing will be our Keynote Speakers.  This year ENOCH is announcing a theme. We never did this before that I know of but in keeping with my message a few months ago, the theme for 2011’s convention is “Renewing the Vision.” I believe this will be a great blessing to all who attend and all who need to have their hearts refocused. We are slowly working on getting the website up and running with new information about the convention as we make final preparations. So keep watch on the website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. 

Last December in the ENOCH Newsletter I made reference to making a donation to a worthy organization instead of giving Christmas presents to your adult family members.  Our family has been doing this for several years now in our church with the monies going to buy farm animals or school books and supplies or to dig a well in one of the poorer areas of the world. This year I am asking again, if you can consider giving a donation to the Home School Foundation. Your donations can help various funds/grants they offer: families in need; the widow’s fund; children of single parents; special needs children fund, etc. The list goes on. The Home School Foundation is there to help families homeschool through hard times. Visit them at www.homeschoolfoundation.org. Why not bless someone today? 

From my family to yours - may you have blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! 

God bless,

Rich Millward


Encouraging Words From Homeschoolers Across the Nation

Parenting for the Moment or Parenting for Eternity

Fred Worth, Professor
Department of Mathematics
Henderson State University

The primary goal of homeschooling, indeed the primary goal of parenting, should be preparing your child to be a godly adult.

Part of achieving that goal is to focus on the academic side of homeschooling. Learning to read, write, compute and think are all essential to being a productive adult who can provide for his or her family.

But parents must not lose sight of the need to disciple their children, raising them to love and fear the LORD.  Teach them, by word and example, pray, read the scriptures and live a godly life.  And this MUST be taught by example, not just words.  To a great degree, for good or for ill, children are mirrors of their parents.  If you are not a disciple and a godly person, it is unreasonable to expect your children to be.

But another thing that is crucial to all of this, and a pre-requisite to all of this, is that your children must become Christians themselves.  Just to church and living with Christian parents does not mean your children are Christians.  It is a matter of a decision to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  What are you doing to ensure your children will make at decision?  What intentional actions are you taking to guide them to that choice?  Don't just assume they are Christians or assume they will become Christians.  This is the most important thing in their life for eternity. Don't leave it to chance.  Have a plan.  Make a concerted effort, a us decision, to lead your children to the LORD.

Encouraging Words from Our Key Note Speaker


4 Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing

Common Mistakes and Some Options for Parents
by Andrew Pudewa

We’ve all suffered it at one time or another:  Frustration about writing assignments.  Either on the receiving end, or perhaps now on the giving end, there can be a few distinctly discouraging aspects to teaching and being taught writing. The tough questions include:
Because we are so much a product of our environment, our style of instruction often becomes a reflection of how we were taught, and consequently the “sins” of our teachers can easily be passed on to our own students if we are not diligent in evaluating and honing our teaching skills.

Unlike math, history, and science, writing does not consist simply of a set of facts to be learned and manipulated; it is an art, and should be taught more like art.  Think about piano or violin.  Do we expect perfection immediately?  Not at all.  We expect wrong notes.  We expect awkward expression.  But through a process of modeling, listening, practicing and reviewing specific, graded techniques, anyone can learn to play violin or piano.  Writing is similar.  Modeling when teaching art is not only effective, but absolutely necessary.

In music lessons, do successful teachers correct every position problem, every rhythmic error, every wrong note all at once?   Certainly not.  They point out one or two specific areas for improvement and assign practice goals to address those problems.  As one technique improves, another gains the spotlight.  Put simply, good teachers know the secret of the “one point lesson.”  With this in mind, let us consider some mistakes which are so easy to make when teaching writing.

#1 Overcorrecting

This is perhaps the most common and dangerous mistake, especially for elementary and intermediate level children. Many of us might recall the experience of getting back a red-mark plastered paper.  Did we look at it and think, “Wow, look at all these great corrections. If I carefully study the teacher’s marks and really try to remember these things when I write my next paper, I’ll probably get a better grade. I can hardly wait!”? Unlikely. 

More commonly a child looks at the paper and each red mark makes him feel:  “I’m wrong ... I’m bad ... I’m stupid ... I don’t know anything ... I’ll never be able to do this ...” etc.  Or perhaps we received a paper with no corrections or comments, but simply a “C+/B-” at the top and no explanation as to why the poor grade. That’s another cause for hopelessly thinking: “I’m lousy at this and have no idea how to do better.”  

How then to correct?  Think of “editing” rather than correcting.  Every good writer has an editor (and few good editors are accomplished writers). The purpose of editing is to prepare a piece for publication. Compositions should be marked on specifically and only for the purpose of helping the child create a finished product which will be as correct and fluent as possible.  Fortunately, the child will, in the process of rewriting or typing your suggested changes, semi-consciously internalize those corrections, thus learning by example and imitation, rather than by direct instruction.  Every child needs an editor, and parents often need to know what that means. They must adjust their role accordingly. 

The difference between a mom and an editor is that an editor gives corrections without a lecture attached.  An editor does not give grades; he helps prepare a piece for publication.  He is an assistant rather than a teacher.  With children, your goal is to help them produce a finished product they can be proud of and teach by “editing” not “correcting.”

#2 Holding Back Help  

In our syllabus, we overcome the problem of “I don’t know what to write about” by providing content through “source text.”  This is the equivalent of teaching music by assigning specific pieces to learn and practice.  First we provide content to use, teaching the “how to write,” before charging into the “what” to write.  But even so, children hit blocks.  As we work through the syllabus of stylistic techniques, we might easily hear children complain:  “I can’t think of a ‘which’ clause.”  “I forgot what a ‘prepositional opener’ is.”  “An ‘-ing opener’ just won’t work in this paragraph.” Does this mean we have failed? Of course not! It simply means that that technique is not yet easy and fluent.
Some teachers, meaning well, might think:  “It won’t be ‘fair’ if I help too much.  I shouldn’t just tell them what to write, it wouldn't be their own work.”  There’s truth to that statement, but let us not forget our purpose and goals: To model structure and style, teach through application, and develop confidence and fluency.  It is OK to help a child past a block, even so far as dictating to them two or three possible “which” clauses, and allowing them to choose one and use it.  Did they think of it themselves? No--but so what?  They chose one, they used it, and in the process of using it they have learned.  You may have to “spoon feed” some examples many times, but ultimately, they will start to think of possibilities on their own. Children who read a lot will be more likely to come up with the words and constructions needed for success with the stylistic techniques, but there’s nothing “illegal” about teaching by providing examples and options. It is especially important for reluctant writers. How else will they learn?

#3 Unclear Assignments

This is perhaps the most frustrating problem for children, whose basic nature it is to want to know exactly what is expected of them.   “Write a 3 page story set in the 1800’s; be sure to add plenty of descriptive words.”  Ugh! How about this: “Write a paragraph about a friend; include three specific details.”  Or perhaps:  “Write a two-page book report on “Little House on the Prairie.”  These types of assignments are tough for children, especially those who don’t really like writing, because they are vague and open-ended. Most of us would prefer an assignment which is as specific as possible, perhaps like this:  

Write a six paragraph story set in the 1800’s.  It could be the Old West, the South, during the Civil War, or in a foreign country. The first should describe the setting; the second should introduce one or more of the characters. In the third, create a problem for one of the characters, using four and five to have them solve the problem. The last should give a little bit of epilogue and hint at a message or moral. Each paragraph should have the following stylistic techniques: ‘-ly’ word, who/which clause, dual verbs, dual adjectives, an adverbial clause, and a prepositional opener. The title should repeat key words from the last sentence. Write a first draft in pen and do not erase. Take it to your editor before typing your final copy.

Given structural and stylistic guidelines like this, students can know more precisely what the finished product should look like, which promotes enthusiasm, gives confidence, and encourages sincere effort.

#4 Over-Expectation

How many of us might be guilty of saying (or thinking): “You had that word on your spelling test just a few weeks ago.  How could you spell it wrong in this story?” “And can’t you be a little neater?” It is, without question, difficult for anyone to catch their own mistakes, but while striving to keep a student motivated, it is important that we, as teachers, not forget this fact: spelling, handwriting and English composition are very different neurological functions.  These activities don’t even happen in the same areas of the brain. Not that spelling and handwriting are not important-- they are.  But they are very different activities than English composition, which is the logical combination of words into acceptable patterns.  For many young children, writing neatly requires full concentration. For many, stopping to determine the correct spelling of a tricky word can derail a whole train of thought. Adults often find it difficult to “do everything at once” when it comes to spelling, neatness, and composition.

Separate complexity.  Allow children to focus on one aspect of writing without expecting them to do everything right the first (or even second) time.  Finished products should reflect excellence, but not instantly.  Always look for something to compliment--a good point to reinforce--first, before pointing out a careless error or awkward expression.  Success breeds success, and you, the teacher must be the coach, not the judge.  With practice, repetition, age, maturity, and motive, most children will grow to produce work that is well-written, correct, and neat.  But don’t expect it to happen all at once, yesterday.

Teaching, like writing, is an art. We practice; we improve. Just as we guide our students to be effective--while avoiding mistakes--in writing, we must likewise endeavor to recognize and avoid the most dangerous of errors when teaching. Certainly no one will achieve the status of perfect teacher, but by continuing to strive toward that goal, all will benefit: parents and children alike. 

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a homeschooling father of seven. He and his beautiful, heroic wife Robin currently teach their three youngest children at home in Locust Grove, Oklahoma.  


convention 2010

JUNE 17th – 18th, 2011

Please note the date change

Visit ENOCH website for more information about our upcoming Homeschool Convention.   The website has many links including registration for exhibitors and workshop speakers.  Take a look at the upcoming conference speakers....Kevin Swanson and Andrew Pudewa.  Check back frequently for more information as the convention dates will come up quickly!  Mark your calendar so you don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to help you succeed in your homeschooling adventure.  We look forward to see you there!

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For more information about HSLDA visit their website at:  www.hslda.org


Parental Rights and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

by John Mieding, Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) Board Member

By now you have probably heard about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  The UNCRC is an inclusive, legally binding human rights treaty for all the world’s children. In 1990, the treaty was adopted by the United Nations.  It is a treaty that would override our constitutional rights as parents to raise our children according to our own beliefs.  Madeline Albright on behalf of President Bill Clinton signed the treaty in 1995, but the treaty has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Senate. To date, The United States and Somalia are the only two U.N. countries who have not adopted the treaty.
As expressed in the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution: a treaty ratified by a two-thirds majority vote of the Senate can override federal and state law, but not the text of the Constitution. Existing Supreme Court case law upholds that a treaty does override state constitution or state statute.
Since the Constitution does not mention parents and children, a treaty such as the UNCRC could and would impose standards on all states. There would be no recourse as parent/child relationships are not specifically addressed in the Constitution. 
Since state statutes and state constitutions can be overridden by treaties, the only lasting solution is to establish an expressed constitutional ban on such treaties. In a Constitutional amendment parental rights can be expressed as a fundamental right, and therefore protected.  The Parental Rights amendment has been proposed to do just that. It is simple and to the point:
The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right.
Neither the United States nor any State shall infringe upon this right without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.
No treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.
The amendment was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on March 31 2009 as H.J. Resolution 42 by Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan. As of this writing, the bill has more than 141 sponsors in the House and 7 sponsors in the Senate.  The Arizona Congressional delegation sponsors as of this writing are: 
Rep. Trent Franks, District 2    Rep. John Shadegg, District 3

The amendment was introduced into the U.S. Senate on May 14 2009 as S.J. Resolution 16 by Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. As of this writing, the bill has 2 sponsors and has been read and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  As of this writing, neither Senator Jon Kyl nor Senator John McCain have sponsored the bill, but Senator Kyl is a member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

Zogby International conducted a poll during August among 2068 likely voters across the United States. The poll indicates results of the first in-depth analysis of the efforts to protect the right of American parents to raise their children free from improper governmental interference.  The results are overwhelmingly in favor of the PRA. Support for parental rights comes from all regions of the country, all racial and religious groups, and at every level of income. Support is also present by political affiliation, in varying degrees, of course—for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.  The entire poll is available on line at www.parentalrights.org
Here are some highlights:
The American public stands strongly behind parental rights. America does not want governmental or UN interference in the American family. The public supports a constitutional amendment to protect the rights of all parents.
Question 2:
In general, parents have the constitutional right to make decisions for their children without governmental interference unless there is proof of abuse or neglect. Do you agree or disagree with this view of parental rights?
All American voters:
73.6% strongly agree
20.0% somewhat agree
2.6% somewhat disagree
1.6% strongly disagree
2.2% not sure

The goal of the Parental Rights Amendment is to protect this historic understanding of parental rights. This question reveals that America is nearly unanimous in agreeing with this goal – 93.6% in overall agreement, and 4.2% in disagreement.

The sub-groups are available online, but I include this one sample:

Conservative        98.4% agree    0.9% disagree
Moderate             91.4% agree    4.8% disagree
Liberal               91.6% agree    7.1% disagree

When 98.4% of conservatives and 91.6% of liberals agree on an issue, you know that America is truly united!
Question 3:
Would you support or oppose a constitutional amendment to permanently protect parental rights, allowing them to make decisions for their children without government interference, so long as there is no proof of abuse or neglect?
All American voters:
45.9% strongly support
17.1% somewhat support
       8.5% somewhat oppose
           18.3% strongly oppose
            10.2% not sure
It is important to note that this question does not make any argument as to why the Amendment is needed. If people were told that the Supreme Court had begun to move away from the traditional standard, the support would almost certainly be much higher. As it is, 63.0% of Americans support the Parental Rights Amendment with 26.8% opposed. Keeping in mind that well over 90% support the goal of the PRA, the opportunity to increase this number above 63% is very strong.  Again, the sub-group views on this question are online.

A political election that is decided 63% to 26.8% is called a landslide. America supports the PRA by numbers that represent a landslide even without an explanation of why it is needed.

The vast majority of the American electorate is on our side in this issue of parental rights. The level of support varies a bit from the “landslide” level on the low end up to “nearly unanimous” on the high end.
We have all known that our issue is right—legally and morally. These polls tell us that our issue is winnable.
 The challenge is to get our message to the American public. If the American public is aware of the issue, the support will come.
We believe that there is a strong probability in stopping the Convention on the Rights of the Child in this session of Congress. Senate Resolution 519, written to stop the ratification of the UNCRC, has 20 cosponsors.  Both Senators McCain & Kyl have cosponsored this resolution.
There is also a realistic chance of passing the Parental Rights Amendment in the House early in the next term of Congress.  The polls show that the public stands in strong support. If the voters can reach them with the message, the vast majority in Congress will listen to the voices of the voters.
It is extremely important to support the amendment. 
Here are some things you can do to protect your rights:
  1. If your congressman is not a cosponsor yet, call them today and ask why they are not one of more than 100 congressmen who are. (If you are unsure who your congressman is, go to congress.org and type in your zip code)  Tell them the Parental Rights Amendment will protect the current American system of family law from judicial erosion and international law, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  It will protect the rights of the states to continue to make family law as they do now, instead of transferring that power to the federal bureaucracy.
  2. Contact Senator Kyl and Senator McCain and tell them you are opposed to ratification of the UNCRC treaty.  Ask them instead to co-sponsor and support the SJRes 16 bill.
  3. Learn more about protecting parental rights through a constitutional amendment, and join the campaign now. We must not wait until it’s too late. Take this opportunity to sign the petition to protect parental rights today. Visit the Parental Rights Amendment website: www.parentalrights.org.


Patrick Henry College is hosting its third annual  A Call to Pens Competition

Are there students in your homeschool network with a love for writing and literature? Here’s a chance for you to help those young writers make their dream a reality. This year, Patrick Henry College is hosting its third annual A Call to Pens short story contest. Students nationwide, ages 12-18, are invited to participate by submitting original short stories that explore the Christian worldview in a mature and thoughtful way.

We believe that creativity is a gift from God, one of those essential characteristics that make us human. As such, it can have an immense impact on the way people think and feel. Whether we choose to write as a hobby or for a career, we ought to practice our craft responsibly and think wisely about our creative choices. We hope this contest encourages your young writers to cultivate their artistic skills and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Christian writer.

The deadline for the contest is December 31st, 2010. Cash prizes will be awarded the winners in each division. For more information about rules, guidelines, and other pertinent information, visit http://www.phc.edu/acalltopens.php. For tips, practical advice, and reflections on writing, feel free to browse our blog as well: http://acalltopens.blogspot.com/. We can’t wait to read your students’ best creative works!



Homeschool Discount Days at Insectropolis

December 14-December 17, 2010
Special discount days for homeschoolers
Say "Class Insecta"
and receive a discount admission rate of $5 each

Insectropolis is filled with thousands of pinned exotic specimens, hundreds of live arthropods, interactive exhibits, and even a few live bugs you are able to touch!
Whether you come with just your family or with a larger group from your homeschooling network, you will be able to take advantage of the discounted rate.  Touch presentations, short movies, and scavenger hunts will be available throughout the day to enhance your learning experience.  No reservations are required, but groups of 25 or more are encouraged to call ahead.
For more information about our facility or to help plan your visit,  please visit www.insectropolis.com
Food, drinks, and snacks are not permitted in our museum, so please plan accordingly.  Upon request, we can provide names and directions to nearby parks and restaurants for lunch options.
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Homeschoool Museum Classes 2010-2011 at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Homeschool Museum Classes are designed to serve small homeschool co-op groups or individual homeschool families.  Each class takes place in the Museum’s permanent galleries and is designed as an interactive lesson that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities including discussions, drawing and writing in the galleries.   

Preschool age group class will have a book read to them in the galleries, look at original works of art that relate to the book, and make an art project to take home. 

Classes are being offered for students in K-12(classes are divided according to grade level/age).  Classes  will be held the first Wednesday of the month through June from 10am to 12noon. 
Below are a few more of the class titles being offered for homeschoolers:
Stories in Art, Art and Language Arts, Walk Through Time with Museum’s Architecture Collection and many more.

Student Fees:  $8 per class (Museum Members) $10 per class (Non-Members)

Reduced Rate if you sign up for 4 classes or more, $ 7 per class (Museum Members) $9 per class (Non-Members)

Chaperones Fee:  $4 per class (Museum Members) $5 per class (Non-Members) $1 off each class when signing up for 4 or  more classes

As there can be no more than 30 participants (including chaperones) in each class, parents who wish to accompany their child must sign up in advance.

This program has limited space, so reservations are required.  If you have any questions, or to receive a listing of available classes and registration form, please contact Janette Wheeler at 215 684 7582 or email to hsp@philamuseum.org  *Registration period ends at 4 pm on the Wednesday of the week preceding the lesson.    

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Liberty Science Center Homeschool Programs

February 8, 2011 -  HomeSchool Day Laboratory Workshops

The Scientist In Me
A scientist has skills that you must know, you observe, you measure, and conclude you know!  As you study the life of a pumpkin seed, you will learn the skills that you certainly need.   Bring the scientist in you to our workshop and you will see your inquisitiveness peak!
Program Times:          10:00am - 10:45am;  11:00am - 11:45am
Age Requirement:        3 - 8 yrs old and caregiver
Program Price:             $8.00 per pair

Head in the Clouds
Are those cirrus, stratus or cumulus clouds!  Become a junior meteorologist in this visually stimulating workshop.  Experience cloud formation, construct a cloud spotter wheel and predict your own weather forecast.
Program Times:           10:00am - 10:45am, 11:00am - 11:45am; 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Age Requirement:          8 - 10 yrs old
Program Price:             $8.00 per child

Weather or Not?
Weather stations all over the country are collecting data around the clock.  This program investigates how weather observations with the naked eye and with instruments can come together to make a forecast.   Participants investigate Liberty Science Center's own data, create a temperature map, and feel air pressure first hand.
Program Times:           10:00am - 10:45am, 11:00am - 11:45am; 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Age Requirement:          11 - 13 yrs old
Program Price:             $8.00 per child

March 1, 2011 and March 2, 2011 -  Homeschool Residency Programs

The Building Blocks of Structures (only on March 1, 2011)
Have you ever looked up at a building and wondered how it was built or how construction workers create structures that stand so tall?  In this beginning workshop on building, children will be introduced to the physical science that architects and engineers use to design and build those wonderful structures we call skyscrapers!
Program Times:           10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        3 - 8rs old and caregivers
Program Price:             $24.00 per pair

Everyday Chemistry
Matter and Reactions! Learn basic concepts in chemistry that deals with everyday "stuff".  Students will take part in activities that explain why chemistry is all about changes and participate in "messy" hands-on activities that explain concepts such as polymers, acids and bases, mixture and compounds, and many other themes.
Program Times:          10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        8 - 10 yrs old
Program Price:             $24.00 child

Materials Science:  "The Right Stuff"
How are different types of materials used and why?  Student learns about the properties of ceramics, metals, sports materials and polymers.  Student will mix and make their own concrete, conduct basic tests such as tensile strength for metals, create their own polymer and learn about the materials used in sporting equipments.
Program Times:           10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        11 - 13 yrs old
Program Price:             $48.00 per child

Green Buildings
How "Green" are you?  In this program, participants are introduced to environmental issues such as Global Warming, recycling, energy conservation and green buildings.
Program Times:           10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        14 - 16 yrs old
Program Price:             $48.00 per child

To register, please contact our Reservations Department at 201.253.1310.  Please sign up quickly.  Space is limited!

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Programs at Fernbrook Farms

Don't forget to register for the remaining winter events!

December 5th 1-4pm:
Wreath Making
$35 per wreath and $5 per additional person helping

December 12th 1-3pm:
Family Gingerbread Houses
$20 per child/ $5 per adult (18+ years)

Winter Toddler Classes

Thursdays 9:30-10:30am at the Farm
Ages 3-5 years accompanied by adult
$28 per child for 4 week session

January 13th - Animal Tracks
Winter is a tough time for most animals in the north country. Come along on this investigative hike looking for animal tracks and nibbled food.

January 20th - Food for All
In this set of activities, children will identify the plant or animal origin of familiar foods. The class will also connect animals to their food sources and learn about the important role the animals' teeth play in their survival.

 January 27th - The Snow Is My Home
Snow is fun and fascinating. Children will investigate the qualities of snow and the reason why snow is helpful to many animals in New Jersey.

February 3rd - Bees in Their Hives
Bees cooperate to live together as a group. Discover the intriguing lives of Honey Bees and how their activities and products help people. 

**Classes will match first four weeks of winter homeschool classes

Register for Toddler Classes Soon
Space is limited and spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis so register early. To register for the four-week session, email Claire@fernbrookfarms.com and give the name(s) and age(s) of your students and your phone number.   Fernbrook Farms Education Center - (609) 298-4028 or  visit our website Fernbrook Farms website.  



We're looking for the next homeschool scholarship winner! The sign up deadline for the next $1,000 “Best Student Profile” college scholarship is March 1, 2011.  16 finalists will have a chance to win the award in a ‘bracket style’ contest.  To be eligible, just post your student profile at the HSNATION online community website (www.hsncommunity.com)  Joining the site also makes you eligible for many other scholarships.  While you are there, take advantage of all the info and college search tools we have available!


The HSNATION online community is a free service for homeschoolers and their parents. From the site you can post and update your student profile; enter scholarship contests; get transcript, essay, application and financial aid advice; and research colleges interested in students just like you! Everything you need to plan for college, all in one place.


Junior State of America-Exciting Opportunity for Homeschool students in grades K – 7th!

The South Jersey Homeschool chapter of Junior State of America chapter has teamed up with Junior Achievement to provide interesting and interactive classes on economics and civics for students in grades K – 7. 
Our JSA high school students have had very successful teaching experiences in the Willingboro and Moorestown school districts.  We mentioned to Junior Achievement that we would love to see these fabulous materials brought to our own homeschool elementary students – and they agreed!!  They are providing the teaching kits (valued and several hundred dollars each) free of charge to us.  So here are the exciting details:

WHAT:   A one day, individual grade level, interactive class on economics and civics offered to students in grades K – 7. 
WHEN:  Thursday afternoon, December 16th: 1 - 4pm    Registration begins at 12:45pm.                               
WHERE: Easton Bible Church, 2407 Fostertown Road, Hainesport, NJ 08036
COST:  We are able to bring this course to your family for only $3.00 per student – which will cover the cost of the church facility.  Monies will be collected at the door.
REGISTRATION:  Registration is due no later than Thursday, Dec. 9th.   See contact information below.

The curriculum starts with a basic understanding of family and community at the younger ages and progress to more global regions and broader economic topics in the upper grades.  This is a terrific way to reinforce or introduce entrepreneurial and economic material to your students in a very appealing and interactive way.  The classes will be run by the high school students who have been trained and who have also taught this already in a school setting.  We hope to provide this instruction annually so that your children will be able to access the whole scope and sequence of this curriculum.  Parents do not need to remain on the premises for this event.  
(Perhaps this would be a good time to fit in some Christmas shopping!)
Further questions??  Contact Deb Boyajian  boyajiancrew@comcast.net  or  Robin Young  Cochisecr@aol.com


"Baby, Think It Over" Program for Homeschooler

We are a new homeschool family to Long Branch that has recently participated in a very unique program called "Baby, Think It Over".   The program uses baby simulators to educate teens about the life of teen parenting.  We have always been concerned about teen pregnancy and were thrilled to have been told about this program being offered to homeschool families by www.HomeSchoolBabies.com, (540) 414-2545.  Our son is 14 and our daughter is 15.  Our son totally thought this was going to be simple and our daughter looked forward to the challenge.  Our mail carrier delivered the "babies" on Saturday and we immediately started the project and by Monday evening our children had become zombies of sorts.  You could definitely tell the lack of sleep and constant care of their baby had worn on them.  We watched in amazement as our children carried their babies everywhere.  My son had to stop and change his baby at the grocery store and my daughter had to sit and bottle feed hers on the bench at the front of the store.  People looked horrified when seeing our kids with babies at such a young age, and our kids picked up on it right away.  They never corrected the passer bys that they were only simulators, they simply took it as part of the project.  We hope that everyone will have the opportunity to have their teens participate in this program.  It is by far the most profound educational lesson that our children have learned in all of the years that we've taught them at home.  -Kiki Levine-


Fall Piano & Clarinet Recital

Students of Valerie ("Ana") Handleton  present a Fall Piano & Clarinet Recital on Saturday, Nov. 20, 1:30 pm at Hope Community Church, 235 W. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ, 08057.

Reception Following Recital -Light Refreshments to be Served

For more information, email Valerie Handleton at thepianoladie@hotmail.com.

ChildrenSong of New Jersey

According to scientists, singing reduces stress, improves the immune system, improves self-esteem, and makes for an overall happier child. 
In the homeschool environment the opportunity to take advantage of these benefits can be somewhat limited. The good news is there is an alternative; community based choirs and musical groups can help.  ChildrenSong of New Jersey is one such group. ChildrenSong is a choral music education and performance program based in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The program serves children between the ages of 8 and 18 in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties. The organization provides quality music instruction with the goal of attaining the highest level of artistic excellence in choral music performance.

The choir has been able to recruit some homeschool children in the past, in fact they have become some of our most dedicated students. In fact ChildrenSong of New Jersey is having their winter concert this December.

WHEN:  Saturday, December 4, 2010 7pm
WHERE:  First United Methodist Church of Haddon Heights, 704 Garden St., Haddon Heights, NJ 08035-1840
WHAT:  ChildrenSong of New Jersey, under the direction of Polly Murray, is scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Holiday Treasures at the First United Methodist Church of Haddon Heights.
Tickets are $15 per adult ($12 in advance on-line)/$10 seniors and students.  Children 11 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door.
Holiday Treasures is filled with the best of Christmas, holiday, and celebratory music for the season. Highlights include selections from Come Ye
Sons of Art written for the birthday of Queen Mary in 1694 accompanied by string ensemble and a newly composed selection Share the Joy. This new song
was written for ³The Gift of Sharing² at Lord & Taylor, a collaboration of 45 choruses in nine states who sang simultaneously on November 15, 2010.
Other holiday selections include S¹vivon, The Holly and the Ivy, The First Noel, Auld Lang Syne, and a joyful Caribbean arrangement of De Virgin Mary
Had a Baby Boy. A breathtaking arrangement of Bob Chilcott¹s Mid-Winter will leave you in awe of the choir¹s ability to capture the true spirit of the
season. The concert ends with a traditional ChildrenSong holiday sing-along.
The choir recently performed in Canada at the Niagara International Music Festival and for Lord & Taylor's "Gift of Sharing" concert, and will perform
at Longwood Gardens on December 10th.

Currently ChildrenSong of New Jersey is conducting auditions. If you have children you know are looking for an outlet for their choral talents, they can contact ChildrenSong of New Jersey at 856-216-1140 or visit their website at www.childrensong.org.

two river theater


Charlotte's Web

Adapted from E.B. White * By Joseph Robinette
December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, 2010 - 10am * Grades 3-12

You grew up with it. Your kids love it. Now see it brought to life onstage! Celebrate the true meaning of friendship and family with Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, and all the humans and animals on the Zuckerman farm.


• Convenient 10am performance times
• Discounted tickets - $15, or add a pre-show workshop for only $3 more per student
• Study guides with background information & class discussion ideas
• Post-show Q & A with cast members
• FREE tickets for teachers to Educator Previews
• All productions meet Core Curriculum Standards for Visual and Performing Arts

• All tickets are $15 per student - Add $3 per student for a pre-show workshop!
• For every 20 students, get one complimentary chaperone ticket
• Additional tickets for adults accompanying students may be purchased in advance at the discounted student price.

At only $15 per ticket, our student matinees are a fun way for your students to learn! All productions meet Core Curriculum Standards for Visual and Performing Arts and have a convenient 10am start time. How can you beat that?

Click here to download an order form!

Click here to visit our website!

To purchase tickets, call our Box Office at 732.345.1400 or click here!



Starting in January 2011

Grades 5-8, Thursdays, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Grades 9-12, Thursdays, 3:00 PM -4:30 PM


Classes given by NJ Certified Art Teacher, Valerie Woods, in Sayreville, NJ location.

For questions and more detailed information, please call 732-387-0296 or e-mail vwoods27@gmail.com



Dates for roller skating for the upcoming year!
Where: Cherry Hill Skate Center, Deer Road, Cherry Hill NJ

Friday, January 21
Friday,  February 18
Friday, March 18
Friday, April 15

All dates are 3rd Fridays and it is always 1-3PM.
For more information contact Linda at: homeschoolbus@gmail.com

freedom farms


Something new for your Phys Ed classes?  We are a Christian family who owns a horse farm in Central NJ, (at 850 Monmouth Road - on Route 537 - just down the road from Six Flags Great Adventure, right off Rt 195) and we would love to welcome homeschooling families.  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 instructor is also experienced in teaching special needs riders (Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADD, ADHD).  Horseback riding lessons available to all homeschooling families at discounted rates-flexible schedules to accommodate your needs.  Groups (such as Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Boys Scouts) welcome!
Both Western and English disciplines taught with an emphasis on safety and balanced seat riding.  Beginners to advanced riders welcome!
***SPECIAL PACKAGE:  10 1-Hour Lessons for $200.  Must be prepaid and used within 3 months.  You may take multiple lessons per week.***
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. 
Visit our website at www.Freedomfarmusa.com

***Special Program:  When you are a part of our WEEKLY lesson program, you may come out and help on Saturdays at our farm, plus get some extra riding in at no extra cost-call for details. Affordable Horseshowing opportunities as well for those interested! Our riders regularly participate in local shows, both rated and unrated.

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



 Fitness & More Since 1984!  Calling All Active Homeschoolers- And those Who Should Be!

The Winter session begins Dec 6

Weekly Fitness and Fun At CS Gymnastics, Flanders

More Choices, More Fun!

Gymnastics:  Skills and drills on all gymnastics events. Boys & Girls try something new, improve on what you know.  
                 Mon  2:30-3:30pm

*Other gymnastics classes may be available at the same time as the additional programs listed below. 

Shadow Ninja:  Martial Arts with a new twist.  Several disciplines are used to learn blocks/strikes, agility & strength, kata routines, and tumbling/trampoline
                Mon 2:30-3:30 Ages 5-7
                        5:00-6:00 Ages 8+
                Thur  4:00-5:00 Ages 5-8 

Motion Evolution:  Cardio Activities, Core Strength Circuits, Teamwork Games, Nutritional focus/homework
                Mon 2:30-3:30
                Thur 3:30-4:30
                Sat 1:00-2:00

All programs run in 12 week sessions.

Special Co-op Class Tution:  $120.00/ student

Annual Registration: $28.00

Family discounts also available. 

**All those joining after the session begins will be able to pro-rate the tuition.

Come join us for a great time! Call for more details and to register. 973-347-2771

ymca pool


We have something for you! Come fulfill your P.E. requirement at the South Amboy YMCA
Is your child being Homeschooled? If you answered yes than why not bring them down to the Y to fulfill your gym requirement? Children will go through eight weeks of sports. Program is meant for children ages 6-8.

8 Weeks -Winter I Session  
Starting 1/3/11 -Ending 2/27/11  
Time:  10-10:45am

Week 1– Basketball
Week 2– Swimming
Week 3– Volleyball
Week 4– Running
Week 5– Swimming
Week 6– Soccer
Week 7– Gym Sports
Week 8– Swimming

FEES: Member- $40
Non Member- $60

For more information contact:  Michael Uchrin, Aquatics Director, South Amboy Branch YMCA at 732-316-8209 or  Mike.Uchrin@ymcaofmewsa.org


Homeschool Winter‘11 Swimming Lesson Program at Berkley Swim School

January 5 – February 9 (6 weeks)
Registration begins Sunday, November 21
For more information visit Berkley Swim School website at:  www.berkeleyaquatic.org (click on swim school)  or call 908 464 1995.

Get Wet: Age 4,5,6 (K)  Students are new to the water and or are timid about putting their faces in water.  This class is taught in shallow water in preparation for Beginner 1.
Beginner 1: Age 4,5,6 (K)  Students are comfortable in 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 2: 1st grade to age 9   Students have not yet learned the rotary breathing in coordination with arm strokes.  See Beginner 1.
Advanced Beginner 1:  Age 4,5,6 (K)  While not yet performing perfect side breathing, these students have a propulsive kick, can listen and follow directions and can perform at a higher level than Beginner 1.
Advanced Beginner 2: 1st grade-age 10   Students have passed all Beginner level skills and can swim unaided with rotary breathing.  Instructors will emphasize bilateral breathing, breaststroke and butterfly kicks, and somersaults.
Intermediate: Age 7-15   Students have passed all Advanced Beginner skills.  Instructors will emphasize coordination of breaststroke and butterfly, flip turns, and endurance.  Endurance will be an important part of this course.  Lifeguarding skills will be introduced.

Recreation/Lap Swimming Wednesday 9:30a-12:15p; No charge for Homeschool parents                                                                                                                         
Makeup Classes Call for availability on Sat. at noon. No make ups on the first or last day of any session or when classes are full
Observation Day The final day (ONLY) of each session is an observation opportunity.
Refunds A 25% fee will be charged for any cancellation. There are no refunds after the first scheduled swimming session.

Level                                                         Days  &  Times                                                     Fee*
Get Wet                            Tuesday 10:00; 1:30; Wednesday 10:00; Saturday 1:00                    $60                 
Beginner 1                        Tuesday 11:00; 1:00; Wednesday 10:00; 11:30; Saturday 12:30        $60          
Advanced Beg 1                  Tuesday 10:30; Wednesday 10:30; Saturday 1:30                          $60
Beginner 2                                            Wednesday 11; Saturday 1:30                                      $60
Advanced Beg 2                                    Wednesday 11:30; Saturday 1:00                                $60
Intermediate                                                        Wednesday 11                                               $90   
*Fees have been reduced for Homeschool students. Other classes are available at regular Berkeley Swim School rates.

great wolf lodge

Greetings from Great Wolf Lodge – Pocono Mountains!

December Homeschool Discount Days: December 6-9, 2010
$159.00 for a family suite*
I’m excited to announce our Special Holiday Homeschool Days at Great Wolf Lodge – Pocono Mountains. Come share with us this most magical time of the year.
Imagine this: an enchanted place where it snows indoors and happiness reigns.  Where you and your family can soak in the holiday spirit, splash in the 84-degree waterpark - and cherish the gift of time spent together.  At Snowland, you'll find all of this and a myriad of other gifts of the season.

Offer Valid:  December 6-10, 2010 Only!
Group Name:  December Homeschool Discount Days
To make reservations visit Great Wolf Lodge website or call
1-800-768-9653 for complete details.
When prompted use group code:  DHDD1210

Offer valid at Great Wolf Lodge-Pocono Mountains, PA location only on a Family Suite room. Discount valid per night for single or multiple night stays. Group code listed above must be mentioned at time of reservation. Limited number of rooms is available. Offer may not be combined with any other discount or promotional offers. Multiple night minimum stay may apply. Offer may be terminated at any time without notice. Must have one individual 21 years of age or older staying in each room. Offer is not transferable and is not redeemable for cash.
 *Please visit Great Wolf Lodge website for more detailed information.  Please share this special rate with all your Homeschool families and friends.   



Here are the deadlines for the upcoming ENOCH of NJ e-Newsletters.  The deadlines are firm and coordinated so that we can get you a fresh newsletter by the first of each month. Thanks.

January 2011 issue:  Tuesday, December 21st (note change due to Christmas holiday)
February 2011 issue: Tuesday, January 25th
March 2011 issue:  Friday, February 25th

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