ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter
From the President’s Desk
ENOCH’S 21ST ANNUAL HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION
JUNE 17th – 18th, 2011
Please note the date
we at ENOCH
would like to say that we had a rich and blessed Support Group
Conference in the beginning of November.
We had close to 40 who attended.
Tim and Valerie Moore, members of the CHAP Board, were our
they were a great encouragement to all who attended. Their talks on
outstanding. In the end, Tim had the ENOCH Board come forward and the
Group Leaders surround us. They prayed for us and we were blessed. In
years of being part of the SGL Conference, this has never happened. We
tell you what it did for us. Thank you everyone who made that a special
registration is now open for Exhibitors to register for the 21st Annual
Homeschool Convention, June 17th - 18th
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
Speakers. This year
ENOCH is announcing
a theme. We never did this before that I know of but in keeping with my
a few months ago, the theme for 2011’s convention is “Renewing the
believe this will be a great blessing to all who attend and all who
have their hearts refocused. We are slowly working on getting the
and running with new information about the convention as we make final
So keep watch on the website as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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
church with the monies going to buy farm animals or school books and
or to dig a well in one of the poorer areas of the world. This year I
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;
of single parents; special needs children fund, etc. The list goes on.
School Foundation is there to help families homeschool through hard
Visit them at www.homeschoolfoundation.org. Why not bless
family to yours - may you have blessed Christmas and a happy and
Encouraging Words From
Homeschoolers Across the Nation
Parenting for the
Moment or Parenting for Eternity
Fred Worth, Professor
Department of Mathematics
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
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
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
- What to correct and how to give a grade?
- How much help is too much?
- Isn’t the assignment clear enough?
- Why don’t students find their own errors?
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
ENOCH’S 21ST ANNUAL HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION
JUNE 17th – 18th, 2011
Please note the date
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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elimination. By joining HSLDA, you are supporting families who are
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For more information about HSLDA visit their website at:
Rights and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
by John Mieding, Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE)
now you have probably heard about the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC is an inclusive,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arizona Congressional delegation sponsors as of this writing
Rep. Trent Franks, District 2 Rep. John
Shadegg, District 3
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
Jon Kyl nor Senator John McCain have sponsored the bill, but Senator
Kyl is a member of the Committee on the Judiciary.
WHAT THE POLLS SAY
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
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
poll is available on line at www.parentalrights.org
Here are some highlights:
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
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
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:
agree 0.9% disagree
agree 4.8% disagree
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!
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
All American voters:
45.9% strongly support
17.1% somewhat support
8.5% somewhat oppose
18.3% strongly oppose
10.2% not sure
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.
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.
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT
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
We have all known that our issue is right—legally and morally. These
polls tell us that our issue is winnable.
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
Both Senators McCain & Kyl have cosponsored this resolution.
is also a realistic chance of passing the Parental Rights Amendment in
the House early in the next term of Congress. The polls show
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
It is extremely important to support the amendment.
Here are some things you can do to protect your rights:
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
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
make family law as they do now, instead of transferring that power to
the federal bureaucracy.
- 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
- 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
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
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.
deadline for the contest is December 31st, 2010
prizes will be awarded the winners in each division. For more
information about rules, guidelines, and other pertinent information,
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!
OTHER EVENTS AND
Discount Days at Insectropolis
December 14-December 17,
Special discount days for homeschoolers
Say "Class Insecta"
and receive a discount admission rate of $5 each
is filled with thousands of pinned exotic specimens, hundreds of live
arthropods, interactive exhibits, and even a few live bugs you are able
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
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
drinks, and snacks are not permitted in our museum, so please plan
accordingly. Upon request, we can provide names and
nearby parks and restaurants for lunch options.
Museum Classes 2010-2011 at Philadelphia Museum of Art
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
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
Classes are being offered for
students in K-12(classes are divided according to grade
will be held the first Wednesday of the month through June from 10am to
Below are a few more of the class titles being offered for
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
Reduced Rate if you sign up for 4 classes or more, $ 7 per class
(Museum Members) $9 per class (Non-Members)
Fee: $4 per class (Museum Members) $5 per class (Non-Members)
off each class when signing up for 4 or more classes
there can be no more than 30 participants (including chaperones) in
each class, parents who wish to accompany their child must sign up in
This program has limited space, so reservations are
required. If you have any questions, or to receive a listing
available classes and registration form, please contact
Wheeler at 215 684 7582 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Registration period ends at 4 pm on the Wednesday of the week
preceding the lesson.
Center Homeschool Programs
8, 2011 - HomeSchool Day Laboratory Workshops
The Scientist In Me
scientist has skills that you must know, you observe, you measure, and
conclude you know! As you study the life of a pumpkin seed,
will learn the skills that you certainly need.
scientist in you to our workshop and you will see your inquisitiveness
10:00am - 10:45am; 11:00am -
3 - 8 yrs old and caregiver
$8.00 per pair
Head in the Clouds
those cirrus, stratus or cumulus clouds! Become a junior
meteorologist in this visually stimulating workshop.
cloud formation, construct a cloud spotter wheel and predict your own
10:00am - 10:45am, 11:00am - 11:45am;
1:00pm - 1:45pm
8 - 10 yrs old
$8.00 per child
Weather or Not?
stations all over the country are collecting data around the
clock. This program investigates how weather observations
the naked eye and with instruments can come together to make a
forecast. Participants investigate Liberty Science
own data, create a temperature map, and feel air pressure first hand.
10:00am - 10:45am, 11:00am - 11:45am;
1:00pm - 1:45pm
11 - 13 yrs old
$8.00 per child
1, 2011 and March 2, 2011 - Homeschool Residency Programs
The Building Blocks of
Structures (only on March 1, 2011)
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!
10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
3 - 8rs old and caregivers
$24.00 per pair
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.
10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
8 - 10 yrs old
Science: "The Right Stuff"
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,
basic tests such as tensile strength for metals, create their own
polymer and learn about the materials used in sporting equipments.
10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
11 - 13 yrs old
$48.00 per child
"Green" are you? In this program, participants are introduced
environmental issues such as Global Warming, recycling, energy
conservation and green buildings.
10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
14 - 16 yrs old
$48.00 per child
To register, please contact our Reservations Department at
sign up quickly. Space is limited!
Don't forget to register for the remaining winter events!
December 5th 1-4pm:
$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
Winter is a tough time for most animals in the north country. Come
along on this investigative hike looking for animal tracks and nibbled
January 20th - Food for
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
Bees cooperate to live together as a group. Discover the intriguing
lives of Honey Bees and how their activities and products help
**Classes will match first four weeks of winter homeschool classes
Register for Toddler
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
SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST ALERT
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!
What is HSNATION?
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
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Opportunity for Homeschool students in grades K – 7th!
The South Jersey
Homeschool chapter of Junior State of America chapter
teamed up with Junior
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:
A one day, individual grade level, interactive class on
economics and civics offered to students in grades K – 7.
Thursday afternoon, December 16th: 1 -
4pm Registration begins at
Bible Church, 2407 Fostertown Road, Hainesport, NJ 08036
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.
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 email@example.com
or Robin Young Cochisecr@aol.com
"Baby, Think It
Over" Program for Homeschooler
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
about the life of teen parenting. We have always been
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
son totally thought this was going to be simple and our daughter looked
forward to the challenge. Our mail carrier delivered the
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
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
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
were only simulators, they simply took it as part of the
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-
& 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
of New Jersey
to scientists, singing reduces stress, improves the immune system,
improves self-esteem, and makes for an overall happier child.
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
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.
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
ChildrenSong of New Jersey, under the direction of Polly
is scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Holiday Treasures at the
First United Methodist Church of Haddon Heights.
are $15 per adult ($12 in advance on-line)/$10 seniors and students.
Children 11 and under are free. Tickets will be available at
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
in nine states who sang simultaneously on November 15, 2010.
holiday selections include S¹vivon, The Holly and the Ivy, The First
Noel, Auld Lang Syne, and a joyful Caribbean arrangement of De Virgin
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
choir recently performed in Canada at the Niagara International Music
Festival and for Lord & Taylor's "Gift of Sharing" concert, and
at Longwood Gardens on December 10th.
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
COMPANY STUDENT MATINEES
Adapted from E.B. White * By Joseph Robinette
December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, 2010 - 10am * Grades 3-12
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
TWO RIVER THEATER COMPANY
• Convenient 10am performance times
• Discounted tickets - $15, or add a pre-show workshop for only $3 more
• Study guides with background information & class discussion
• Post-show Q & A with cast members
• FREE tickets for teachers to Educator Previews
• All productions meet Core Curriculum Standards for Visual and
• All tickets are $15 per student - Add $3 per student for a pre-show
• 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.
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?
to download an order form!
to visit our website!
To purchase tickets, call our Box Office at 732.345.1400 or click here
HOMESCHOOL ART CLASSES
Starting in January 2011
Grades 5-8, Thursdays, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Grades 9-12, Thursdays, 3:00 PM -4:30 PM
$300.00 INCLUDES 15 CLASS SESSIONS AND ALL MATERIALS
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 email@example.com
SKATING-CHERRY HILL SKATE CENTER
Dates for roller skating for the upcoming year!
Where: Cherry Hill Skate Center
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
new for your Phys Ed classes? We are a Christian family who
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,
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),
full jump course, to facilitate all-weather riding with minimal
cancellations due to weather. We have a nice
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
needs riders (Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADD, ADHD).
Horseback riding lessons available to all homeschooling families at
discounted rates-flexible schedules to accommodate your
Groups (such as Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Boys Scouts)
Both Western and English disciplines taught with
an emphasis on safety and balanced seat riding. Beginners to
advanced riders welcome!
- 1 Hr. Private Lesson: $35.00 per hour
- 1 Hr. Semi-Private: $25.00 per student (limit 2
PACKAGE: 10 1-Hour Lessons for $200. Must be
used within 3 months. You may take multiple lessons per
RIDING CAMP-offered for week of Dec. 27-31 during Christmas break. $200
for the week. Hours 9-4. Limited to 10
advanced riders welcome. Avg. 4 Hours of riding per day!
- 4H Membership: Free-meets twice per month-2nd and
- Call for Special Group Rates for clubs such as Boys'
Scouts, Girls' Scouts, etc.
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
Program: When you are a part of our WEEKLY lesson program,
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.
the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.
FITNESS AND FUN at
CS GYMNASTICS, FLANDERS
& 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!
Skills and drills on all gymnastics events. Boys & Girls try
something new, improve on what you know.
*Other gymnastics classes may be available at the same time as the
additional programs listed below.
Martial Arts with a new twist. Several disciplines
to learn blocks/strikes, agility & strength, kata
Mon 2:30-3:30 Ages 5-7
5:00-6:00 Ages 8+
Thur 4:00-5:00 Ages 5-8
Cardio Activities, Core Strength
Circuits, Teamwork Games, Nutritional focus/homework
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
Come join us for a great time! Call for more details and to register.
SOUTH AMBOY BRANCH
YMCA HOMESCHOOL SPORTS AND SWIM
We have something for
you! Come fulfill your P.E. requirement at the South Amboy YMCA
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
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
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.
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.
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.
1st grade to
age 9 Students have not yet learned the rotary
coordination with arm strokes. See Beginner 1.
Advanced Beginner 1
Age 4,5,6 (K) While not yet performing perfect side
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
skills and can swim unaided with rotary breathing.
will emphasize bilateral breathing, breaststroke and butterfly kicks,
7-15 Students have passed all Advanced Beginner
skills. Instructors will emphasize coordination of
and butterfly, flip turns, and endurance. Endurance will be
important part of this course. Lifeguarding skills will be
Recreation/Lap Swimming Wednesday 9:30a-12:15p; No
charge for Homeschool
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
Refunds A 25% fee will be charged for any cancellation. There are no
refunds after the first scheduled swimming session.
Days & Times
Tuesday 10:00; 1:30;
Wednesday 10:00; Saturday 1:00
Tuesday 11:00; 1:00;
Wednesday 10:00; 11:30;
10:30; Wednesday 10:30;
Wednesday 11; Saturday
11:30; Saturday 1:00
*Fees have been reduced
for Homeschool students. Other classes are available at regular
Berkeley Swim School rates.
Great Wolf Lodge – Pocono Mountains!
December Homeschool Discount Days: December 6-9, 2010
$159.00 for a family
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.
December 6-10, 2010 Only!
December Homeschool Discount Days
To make reservations
visit Great Wolf Lodge website or call
When prompted use group
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.
ENOCH of NJ e-Newsletter NEXT DEADLINE
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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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