ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter
From the President’s Desk
of this publication, we are in the midst of a battle again with the
State Legislature. Senate Bill S3105 would impose many new
requirements on homeschoolers of New Jersey:
- mandatory annual medical exams for every child
- submission of documentation of these medical exams to the
local school district
- an annual notice of homeschooling
- a year-end portfolio (there are no limits on what the state
can demand in the portfolio)
- and it gives the State Board of Education sweeping power to
create regulations for these.
bill would turn New Jersey from one of the best states to homeschool to
one of the worst. Statistics show that children in
with the least homeschool regulation do just as well academically as
those in states that require notices, portfolios, tests, etc.
Jersey homeschoolers do not need regulations, but just the freedom to
I would like to thank everyone for all the calls
that were made and will be made as we continue to fight this
battle. Continue to look for e-mails from the Task Force as
homeschoolers of New Jersey fight this battle together. The Task Force
is made of representative from HSLDA, ENOCH of NJ, Catholic
Homeschoolers of NJ, NJHA, (New Jersey Homeschool Association) and
others. BUT WE CANNOT WIN THIS BATTLE WITHOUT YOU!!!
are not a member of HSLDA, we encourage you to join. Not only
will you have access to their services, but you will be supporting them
in their endeavors as they fight for our homeschool freedoms.
can receive ENOCH’s Discount Number to save on your HSLDA
Membership. Please contact ENOCH via the Office E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
I recommend that every parent watch the docudrama “Overruled
Governmental Invasion of your Parental Rights” put out by ParentalRights.org
You can watch the 35 minute docudrama by clicking on this link – OverruledMovied.com
You will be interested to know that Michael Farris is defending
parental rights in a case in Michigan at this time.
I want to ask everyone to pray. Intercede for the behalf of
homeschoolers throughout the state, that this bill will not go forward
and for the Task Force as they weigh their next step.
ENOCH of NJ
month ENOCH hosted their Annual Leadership Conference. It was a great
success. The speaker, Mike Donnelly of HSLDA was fabulous! The
fellowship and food we enjoyed around the table was great.
Millward, President of ENOCH gave two announcements at that time. The
first was ENOCH has launched a Yahoo Group for the Support Group
Leaders. This is to connect better with the Group Leaders,
faster with them when issues arise and for Group Leaders to connect
with each other. This was created because the Support Group Leaders
wanted to reach out to other leaders and talk with them about issues
they have. As a Support Group Leader, you should have received your
invitation. If so, please register for the loop. If you did not receive
your invitation, please contact the office at email@example.com
and we will pass along the information.
second announcement was that ENOCH has a Special Needs Coordinator.
Annette Hooper of CHILD, in South Jersey, has homeschooled her
has autism, for a number of years. Through her experience she has
learned so much and is a wealth of information on special needs. It was
on her heart to reach out to homeschoolers in NJ. At the same time, it
was on our hearts to have someone who could connect with homeschoolers
for information that we were not well versed in. This was of God since
we had the same leading during the same time period. We were thrilled
to talk with her and find out how the Lord was guiding her.
have set up an email for her on our website and will be adding a
Special Needs area with more information. Annette will also
be giving out tips, information or articles in the monthly newsletter.
We are very excited to have her on the team and to see how the Lord
will work this all out.
You can contact Annette Hooper at SpecialNeedsCoor@enochnj.org
Your Support Group Connected with ENOCH?
of our ongoing goals here at Education Network of Christian
Homeschoolers is to maintain a list of local support groups. Our
mission is two-fold: to help individual families connect to groups in
their area and to assist support groups and support group leaders,
working together to encourage and support the home school community
here in New Jersey. We hope to have this list available on our website
soon and we want to make sure your group is represented!
Why Is It Important to
Get Your Group Connected?
offer help to home school support organizations such as suggestions or
ideas for support group activities, the need for advice on handling
those problem situations, or perhaps you would simply like new home
school families to know you are in the area. Connect with ENOCH, and
we'll help you find the answers!
If your support group is
currently listed with ENOCH and you have not updated your contact
information for the new school year, including current board members,
and group dynamics, you may easily do so by contacting our office at firstname.lastname@example.org
If your support group is not listed with ENOCH
simply let our office know and weill help you get registered for the
It is easy to get your group connected and/or updated. Simply contact
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Encouraging Words For
Homeschoolers Across The Nation
The Blessing of
the Homeschool Support Group by Linda Crosby
homeschooling journey began in 2001 when my children were seven, five,
and two years old. I met a friend at church who also had three children
and was schooling them all by herself in her home.
friend belonged to a local support group that met once a month at a
park with more than a hundred moms and kids. I had never seen anything
If Martha Stewart ever planned a park day, this is
exactly how I imagine it would be ... a playground full of happy kids
in matching red t-shirts being watched by a troop of moms and teens in
apple aprons surrounding the perimeter of the play area, approximately
40 kids ranging in age from five to seventeen in matching blue shirts
playing games together in the nearby sports field, a sign-in table with
name tags, a box for canned food donations, a teen-run lunch station
with hot dogs, chips, and pop for sale, and two enormous groups of moms
sitting under shade trees on blankets and in lawn chairs listening to
Martha probably would have created
color-coordinated balloon bouquets and homemade marshmallows, but this
was close! Unbelievable what a group of moms could pull off!
was sucked in from the first moment.
Over our four years with
that support group, my kids and I made many lifelong friendships. We
participated in science fairs, field trips, art fairs, kick-off
barbecues, moms’ night out events, and even a yearbook.
a homeschooling rookie, the teaching I received at those park days was
invaluable. Most speakers were homeschool moms sharing what worked for
them. I sat in awe of women who had been teaching their kids for more
than ten years ... and still looked well rested, didn’t have visible
bald spots from pulling out their hair, and were contented with life. I
learned about the importance of music, art, and literature for
different learning styles.
My hungry heart relished jotting
down lists of curricula to peruse, discipline ideas, home management
hints, and favorite read-alouds. The support group was a Godsend for me
in my early years. Then we moved.
As soon as we unpacked our
boxes, I was online finding a homeschool support group in our new area.
There happened to be a group at a local church that had an active high
school group involved in community service projects and fun
get-togethers. High school was one year in the distance for
family, and knowing the importance of getting the kids hooked up with
friends, we joined the group and attended as many activities as
One of the families we met had boys the same
age ages as our kids, and they lived only a mile away. Numerous bike
rides, swim days, and game nights have been ongoing since we
Several families in the group had teens starting high school,
so the discussion began of teaching the tough subjects to the kids in a
co-op. One mom is a doctor and she agreed to teach the lab sciences.
(Whew!) A dad worked in the accounting/business arena and agreed to
handle economics. I’m a closet history nerd, so I agreed to
lecture endlessly on history and English. Two different moms teach
piano and horseback riding lessons. So the teaching and
Out of this co-op there have been camping trips,
family barbecues, swim parties, field trips all over Arizona, huge
garage sales, hunting trips, Christmas gatherings, and even an
Underground Railroad adventure in Prescott.
effective for individual families, but the experience is so much richer
with the involvement of other people’s gifts and talents.
homeschool mom needs support from others who are in the heat of the
battle and from those who have been there, done that.
Don’t wait! Go search today for a support group near you!
and her husband, Rick, have four children and have been homeschooling
since 2001. Linda is an author and speaker who is gifted at
transforming the daily God moments from her life into unforgettable,
hilarious, practical lessons people can relate to. She has a heart for
God and a desire to encourage other mothers to laugh in the center of
the chaos and noise that children create. She considers motherhood the
most important calling on earth. Linda and Rick serve on the
Arizona Families for Home Education board of directors.
What to Do with a
Preschooler by Vicki Bentley
A young mom writes:
new at homeschooling – I have 2-year-old twins. I want to teach them
and get them ready for preschool. Please send me info to help me start
off on the right foot. “
Another mom writes:
have a 3½- year-old boy, a 2½- year-old girl, and a 7-month old baby
boy. I've read the preschool article on the website, listened
the sessions on beginning homeschooling from the convention, read a few
books and magazines, talked to homeschooling moms...but now that I'm
really looking at schooling my children, I just get overwhelmed and
don't know where to start. I can see the goal or vision that
children will love to learn, to learn about God, to learn reading,
math, problem solving history, art, music, and everything in between
but how do you start? They don't seem to even want to sit
and read a book. They just want to play with toys and pretend.”
are little; let them play with toys and pretend! But you pick
toys, so you shape the play. Their play is their work - it
look easy to you, but it's not all easy to them, and it is developing
their thinking and providing life experiences – sort of like hooks on
which they can hang their future learning.
Provide them with
stimulating, age-appropriate, developmental toys (not videos or video
games, etc.). You might want to peek through the Timberdoodle or
Discovery Toys catalogs online for a few ideas. Consider Legos or
building blocks, thinking skills puzzles, art supplies, musical
instruments, life-skills imaginary play (role playing or dress-ups),
etc. Your music can be educational and inspirational. And your everyday
activities can be helpful for their brain and skills development.
example, putting puzzles together is a pre-reading skill, while helping
Mom set the table is a math skill (one-to-one correspondence). Having
them help put away their things in an orderly fashion (which they won't
be able to do yet, but can watch you joyfully walk through it with
them) is classification and organization - science, math, and English
It is not uncommon for little children to seem
uninterested in a read-aloud session, but don't let that stop you from
reading to them! If your child will sit quietly for five or ten minutes
as you snuggle and read together, that's super, but if not, read to her
anyway while she plays quietly with blocks (or colors or dresses baby
dolls or cooks). She is absorbing more than you think she is! Also, try
reading at a time that she tends to be quieter naturally, such as a
morning wake-up cuddle time in your bed or a bedtime snuggle in hers.
Or maybe your afternoon quiet time could always begin or end with a
short picture book read-aloud.
Character training is a biggie at this age - Marilyn Boyer's Fun Projects for Hands-On
has great, practical ideas for everyday
moms like us. And her mommy book, Parenting from the Heart,
has plenty of gentle encouragement from a mom of many.
nobody told you that they had to go to school at age five, what would
you be doing with them? What are you doing with them now? Interact with
them naturally. You don't have to invent lots of artificial learning
experiences—you have plenty of "real" ones already!
children cook with you—they are measuring and pouring (math and
science). Let them divide the cookies or the pizza (fractions and
mathematical thinking). Be sure to read to and talk with them a lot;
when they will occasionally let you get in a few pages of a picture
book, ask them what they think will happen next. When they
you a question, ask them, "What do YOU think?" and let them explain to
you (even if their answer makes absolutely no sense; you can then tell
them your explanation, too).
When Grandma sends a present, write
a thank-you note and let each child scribble at the bottom of it (then
translate for Grandma!); tell him he's signing it for her. Write his
name and let him try to copy it (but don't push—make the tools
available). If he doesn't do well with a pencil, let him trace alphabet
letters in sand or rice or un-popped popcorn kernels. Then try the
pencil again in a few weeks.
Later, you'll write the note and
he'll REALLY sign his name. Then a few months later, maybe he can write
the THANK YOU part and you can add..."for the red truck you gave me.
Love, ..." and he can sign his name. Then by maybe age six or seven, he
will likely be able to write the Dear Grandma part, the thank you, and
sign his name,
and you just fill in the rest.
Your goal is to get him to learn to express himself, to communicate—not
to make it difficult or a test. And if your niece and nephew are
reading at age five and he isn't, don't panic or feel peer pressure! Of
course, you want to keep an eye out for signs that he may need further
help, but age two isn't it, if your little one seems to be able to
express himself to you in an age-appropriate way and behave like an
average, active, preschool boy.
By the way, Dr. James Dobson
once said that, to a school teacher, the ideal little boy is ... a
little girl! Boys are different than girls—God wired them that way.
Expect the little boys to be pretty active and less interested in some
language stuff, at least to begin with.
If you think you may
have a right-brained child or one who seems to learn a bit differently
than you are comfortable with, Dianne Craft has some simple activities
to stimulate healthy brain function.
If you aren’t confident
that you know what’s age-appropriate, there are a number of excellent
resources available that will help regardless of what teaching approach
you utilize. Check out the list of resources at the
Your local homeschool support group or MOPS group
may have some field trips and activities geared specifically to the
attention span and interest level of two-to-four-year-olds.
… Don't let what you see around you put pressure on you. Ask the Lord
to guide you in being a joyful mother of children. My goodness - you
have little ones! You have enough on your plate to just make dinner and
get the laundry caught up! (That’s why my Home Education 101
has an entire chapter devoted to “Getting Dinner on the Table the Same
Day You Homeschool”!). Let your babies be babies.
The bottom line: This season will be shorter than you think, so enjoy
being a mommy!
Bentley is happily married to her high school sweetheart Jim and is the
blessed mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over fifty since 1985,
and grandma to fourteen wonderful grandbabies (so far). She is the
author of Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New
Homeschoolers, My Homeschool Planner, The Everyday Family Chore System,
Everyday Cooking, and various articles. Vicki has a heart for moms,
with strong practical wisdom and encouraging words. Vicki is
coordinator for HSLDA’s Early Years program. This
helpful articles can be found at www.hslda.org/earlyyears.
BIOLOGY OF BEHAVIOR and
LEARNING by Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP
was an unhappy baby. He didn't sleep for very long periods
seemed to cry all the time. He did best when he was held and
rocked or walked. He spit up after feeding much more than the other
babies in the family had. His parents called him their "high
maintenance child." He developed some ear infections which
treated with antibiotics. With the second antibiotic he
he developed a rash. The doctor said he was allergic to
amoxicillin and placed him on another antibiotic. He got over
ear infection, but continued to be whiny and had diarrhea.
one more antibiotic he developed a white coating on his tongue, which
the doctor called thrush.
As he grew, it became
increasingly evident that he was intolerant to some foods.
gave him a stomachache and oranges gave him a rash around his
mouth. In his pre-school years he was loving and sweet one
but easily flew off the handle if he didn't get his own way.
fact, sometimes his temper tantrums were a sight to behold.
grew, he continued to be plagued with difficulty falling asleep,
stomachaches, frequent canker sores, and bed-wetting. He also
more unusual fears than his brothers and sisters. As school
for him, his mother noticed that his memory wasn't as good as his
siblings. He would learn something one day and have forgotten
It was hard for him to sit still for a whole
lesson, often preferring to stand while learning.
he looked like a "motion machine." Many times he appeared
"spacey" while a lesson was being presented, or when asked a question
throughout the day. It was like his mind was always
wandering. When a lesson or project became hard for him, he
became frustrated very easily and would flare up or even cry.
Joseph's mom was at her wit's end as to how to help him. She
tried rewarding, cajoling, punishing, and avoiding doing homework
altogether. Nothing seemed to change his attitude towards
learning or ability to do it easily. He did enjoy the
of school work however.
Joseph was likely suffering from a lack
of the brain neurotransmitter, serotonin. Serotonin is the
chemical that keeps us focused, instills a sense of well being, and
helps us fall asleep easily. How had he gotten this
serotonin? That is a very interesting story. Dr.
Gershon, a neurobiologist and medical researcher from Columbia
University in New York, discovered that ninety-five percent of this
brain neurotransmitter, serotonin, is produced in our "gut."
fact he has a book called The
in which he describes this intricate
relationship between gut and brain functioning.
was Joseph's gut health compromised so that he could no longer make
enough serotonin to keep him feeling well? In our intestines
have both yeast and healthy bacteria. When the mother takes
antibiotic while she is pregnant, or the child takes an antibiotic, the
yeast in the intestines begins to overgrow because the good bacteria in
the gut is eliminated right along with the bad bacteria that was
causing the ear or other infection.
When a child has too
much yeast or mold in his body it often will often "come out" of the
body in the form of diaper rash, hives, thrush in the mouth, canker
sores, or athlete's foot. When the yeast in the gut overgrows
causes tiny perforations in the mucosa lining of the gut, creating some
damage to the lining. It is in this area that the body makes
calming, focusing, feel-good neurotransmitter,
This slightly damaged gut lining, sometimes referred to as the "leaky
gut syndrome," also allows some undigested food to pass through into
the blood stream, and food allergies are created. The longer
unbalanced environment is allowed to continue, the more allergies will
be created. With this knowledge, what could this mother do to
help her child feel better, act better, and learn better? She
knew he was a smart, good-hearted boy who wasn't happy with the way he
was acting and learning.
One of the first things that
Joseph's mother did was to begin to replace the good bacteria that had
been destroyed by the antibiotics. She got a good acidophilus
capsule form called Primadophilus that was in the refrigerated section
of the health food store. Since Joseph didn't like to swallow
pills very much, she opened this capsule and put it into his yogurt
three times a day. She didn’t use the chewable or liquid form
because she knew they would be too weak to help Joseph. Even
though Joseph was allergic to milk (remember the stomachaches and
crying) he could handle some good yogurt without any
Sometimes she put Primadophilus into juice. It had no taste
didn't mind it.
She started noticing some small changes
in him, even in that first week. His voice wasn't as loud and
wasn't constantly needing to make those annoying noises with his mouth
all the time. He began to fall asleep more easily.
seemed to be much "mellower," being able to handle frustration without
getting as upset. Even his brothers and sisters
that he wasn't as mad and touchy as he had been. He began to
able to pay closer attention to the lessons that were
Joseph's mother was beginning to become encouraged.
yeast overgrowth really was the cause of Joseph's compromised gut and
ability to produce enough serotonin, how else could she help his body
overcome this unbalanced gut ecology? She decided
to add a
natural anti-fungal to his acidophilus regime. She went back
the health food store and picked up some Grapefruit Seed Extract by
Nutri-Biotics. She bought this in both the tablet and capsule
form since she didn't know if he would swallow any tablets
yet. At first she opened the capsule and put the
into some peanut butter with honey, three times a day. After
while, he decided that the tablets were small and easy to
swallow. That made it easier for Mom.
looked for ways to reduce sugar and carbohydrates in his diet, knowing
that these foods directly feed the yeast in his body. She
from cereal for breakfast to eggs, peanut butter, protein shakes, even
left over dinner, since she knew that protein-containing foods not only
starve the yeast, but keep the child's blood sugar level more stable
during the day. She stopped serving so much juice, using
milk (in Joseph's case, rice or soy milk) to drink. She kept
up vegetables and dip around for snacks, along with more nuts and
sunflower seeds. Soon she began to see a new
disposition became much sunnier.
The biggest relief to
Mom was that his learning became so much easier because he could attend
to the lessons and remember what he had learned from one day to the
next. He still liked to fidget but was no longer considered a
"motion machine." As his school day became easier, he began
become more confident in his ability to learn. He began
books out of the library like everyone else and reading them to himself
at night. Joseph's gut was being healed and could now be the
manufacturing place for serotonin that it was meant to be.
Craft has a Master's Degree in special education and is a Certified
Natural Health Professional. She has a private consultation
practice, Child Diagnostics, Inc., in Littleton, Colorado.
has information about her tape series, "The Biology of Behavior," that
gives more insight into natural remedies for children.
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against by school officials, social workers, employers, colleges, armed
services recruitment officers, and government bureaucrats. The
nature of homeschooling defies the educational elite’s ideal of
uniform indoctrination—making parental choice in education a target for
elimination. By joining HSLDA, you are supporting families
their right to homeschool today and standing together to preserve
freedom for tomorrow.
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more information visit the HSLDA website: www.hslda.org
OTHER EVENTS AND
Piano Lessons at
my Home in Ringoes
offer private or small group piano classes at my farm in Ringoes. I use
midi keyboards and the latest piano software in addition to my
traditional approach. Special classes available for 3-5 year old
children using keyboard puzzles and rhythm flags. Group activities and
recitals happen on a regular basis. I have remote practice sessions
weekly. Please call Denise for more information:
973-650-1975. I also come to the home in you live nearby.
a Piano tuner?
lessons starting back up and the holidays around the corner, keep your
piano sounding its best. Contact Dave by phone at 856-261-9594 or email
for a piano tuning. Mention ENOCH
and receive 10 percent off a basic tuning.
a Child with Autism
you homeschooling your child with Autism or would you like too?
Homeschooling is the perfect environment to allow your child that
second chance through Relationship Development Intervention. RDI is an
intervention that focuses on dynamic intelligience and restoring your
child's missed social and emotional milestones. This will help your
child understand the social world and share your perspective. There is
no limit to your child’s potential when they are competent in their
social understanding . Please visit me at
http://whatisrdi.blogspot.com/p/why-this-blog.html for more information
contact: Kathy Darrow at 609-315-4416 or by email: email@example.com
you have questions about college? Please join us to get your questions
answered on Tuesday, December 13th, at 7 pm. We will have the pleasure
of meeting with Matthew Bryant, director of Admissions and Church
Relations from Covenant College. Mr. Bryant will share the benefits of
Covenant College and will also answer questions regarding the process
of applying to colleges, what it means to be a Christian college, what
colleges expect from homeschoolers, and more. He will also answer any
questions that are on your mind. Parents and students are encouraged to
attend. Siblings are welcome. (We do have a nursery room should a
younger child become disruptive.)
Hope Presbyterian Church, 140 Denow Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
I295 North to I95 South to exit 5B for Federal City Road North. At
light turn right to Denow Road. The church is 1/8th of a mile on left.
Or find directions at http://www.hopechurch-nj.org/239454.ihtml
Covenant College Links: www.covenant.edu
possible, to Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org
so that we can have an estimate on the number of people attending and
also be able to contact you in the event of a snow storm.
Please email and I’d be happy to answer your questions.
Please feel free to spread the word to those you
might be interested.
SAT Prep or High
School Science Courses
case any homeschoolers in your group need SAT Prep or High School
Science courses (Physics or Chem; lab currently not available), I am
requesting that you allow me to provide them to you as a form of my
Donations to the church or charity of your choice.
Currently Professional Tutor (SAT Prep, Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
Currently Substitute Teacher (East Brunswick Public Education)
2 Master's Degrees (Public Health, High School Science Education)
Develop/Teach SAT Prep course for college prep firm in China
Develop/Teach SAT Prep course for educational foundation in Pennington,
Tutored SAT Prep for private learning center in East Brunswick, NJ
Trained as mechanical engineer
Trained as Physics teacher for MCAT Prep firm
Developed Physics AP exam prep "app" for educational software firm
Managed a Biochemistry/Microbiology lab,
running an on-going experiment
in the early development of an antibiotic
For more information contact Dan Jetter at email@example.com
OPERA NEW JERSEY TEEN ART
COMPETITION and SPECIAL OFFER TO VISIT!
its 10th anniversary season, Opera New Jersey is launching an inaugural
Teen Art Competition and will be accepting submissions from students
ages 14 – 18 throughout the state. The program kicks off with the task
of designing the Opera New Jersey 10th anniversary logo, and the
winning artwork will be used in all 2012 Opera New Jersey Summer Season
materials. The winner will also receive special recognition at the
Annual Opera New Jersey Gala, as well as free mentorship and workshop
opportunities for continued artistic development with acclaimed local
artists and organizations.
Opera New Jersey’s Teen
Art Competition Guidelines:
Format: PDF, Tiff, or EPS Formats preferred but not required; Original
vector file if possible.
is your Opera New Jersey”
A decade in NJ history, Opera as visual art, New Jersey pride
digital artwork will be considered. Keep the logo clean and simple. All
styles will be taken into careful consideration.
March 1, 2012, 3:00p.m.
Work must be submitted digitally to: Education@OperaNJ.org
winner will be announced March 15, 2012.
will be reproduced for Panelists only. Semi-finalists will be announced
prior to the final decision. No reproduction of the final Logo will be
used without written consent submitted prior to the final announcement.
Also, if you’re interested in bringing students to the opera, or any
other collaboration, please let me know- We have a dress rehearsal open
to students in February, and several other programs offered at no
charge for student groups. For more information about this special
opportunity contact Laura Baldasano at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Opera New Jersey visit their website at:
2012 NJ Homeschool
Educators Science Fair
that time of year again. For those of you with students in grade school
or high school, I hope you'll again plan on participating in the 2012
NJ Homeschool Educators Science Fair. Based on feedback from last year,
we are proposing to hold the fair on one day which will be Saturday,
Feb. 11, 2012 (location to be confirmed). We're also working on
potentially simplifying the judging process with the intent of
providing more feedback to the students, especially at the 6th grade
level and up as they prepare for Coriell.
Please also feel free
to share this information with other families you know in the
"homeschool community". I'm happy to talk to any parent or group of
parents who may have an interest in the science fair and who want to
know more about what is involved. Here is our website with details on
the fair (see the link just below). All 2012 registration forms, you
can get from here.
Please note the following important items with regard to the
For Kindergarten through 5th grade, you need to complete the 1-page
Homeschool Educators form AND Form 1B
6th through 12th grade, Coriell requests that you also complete the
student contact information form in addition to the other forms. Please
email me if you have any questions regarding these forms to minimize
back and forth for any incomplete items on the forms. It does take some
time to review the forms for submission to Coriell, so I ask that you
provide them as soon as possible but certainly no later than the
deadlines posted on the website. Keep in mind that generally the data
gathering for the projects can only begin once the registration forms
are approved, so earlier is better. The need for time to review the
forms is especially true of experiments that require sign-off from a
review board for the more "dangerous" experiments.
Please mail the forms to my attention:
6 Turnberry Court
Voorhees, NJ 08043
The registration cost will remain at $15 per student (still no
additional cost beyond 3 students). Checks should be made out to "NJ Home Educators, Inc".
families prefer to send their forms in to Coriell directly -- that's
fine of course but I ask that you still send in your registration
information to me for the Homeschool Science Fair so that we are aware
of your registration.
I hope this information is helpful to you
and I hope to hear from you soon regarding your students' projects.
Please contact Roy Costa at email@example.com
if you have any questions.
Hall Historical Museum Homeschool Workshop
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum we are excited about the educational
programs we have to offer to homeschool families and homeschool
Homeschool Workshop dates for 2012 that have been designed for families
to coincide with the museum’s new exhibit “Gone for a Soldier”: Jerseymen
in the Civil War
, which opens November 6th and runs to
July 1, 2012.
exhibit features rare Civil War uniforms, equipment, posters,
photographs, drums, weapons, and personal items documenting the role
that New Jersey played in the Civil War. Macculloch Hall Historical
Museum collaborated with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial
Committee to make this exhibit possible. Several evening lectures on
the Civil War have been scheduled for 2012 as well as weekend public
programs, including living history groups, for spring 2012 so please
find us on Facebook and/or check the museum’s website
for information as it becomes available.
are held the fourth Tuesday of the month and include time in the Civil
War exhibit, work with primary sources, and hands-on activities.
Pre-registration is required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or leave a message at (973) 538-2404 ext.10 with your name, the number
and age of children and a contact phone number. Activities are designed
for children ages 7 and up. Cost is $6 per student. Find us on Facebook
or visit our website at www.maccullochhall.org
directions and other public programs.
Tuesday, February 28 1-3 p.m.
Remembering Abraham Lincoln
Tuesday, March 27 1-3 p.m.
Rural South and Industrial North
Tuesday, April 24 1-3 p.m.
Soldiers and Camp Life
Tuesday, May 22 1-3 p.m.
1860’s Life in the Northern Home
Tuesday, June 26 1-3 p.m.
Forts and Sieges
Hall, a Federal-style mansion built by George Macculloch in 1810 and
transformed into a museum in 1949 by W. Parsons Todd, features Todd’s
impressive antiques collection, changing exhibits, and a collection of
works by Thomas Nast. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit
educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation.
CLUB at BLUE MOUNTAIN
chilly days make me start thinking about ski season. What a
way to get outside and enjoy those cold days of winter!
past we've had a homeschool ski club on Mondays at Blue Mountain
(located between Allentown, PA and the Poconos). This year I
to ski on Mondays; however, we now have the flexibility of skiing on
ANY non-holiday Monday-Thursday, from 8:30am-10pm. So if you
to ski at a great mountain--but not on a Monday--you can still join our
group and enjoy skiing on the Monday-Thursday of your choice at very
Here are the QUICK FACTS:
WHERE: Blue Mountain (www.skibluemt.com
WHEN: 6 Mondays in
Jan./Feb. or any other non-holiday
$98 (lift only); $139 (lift +
rental); $169 (lift + rental + lesson)
Children 5 and under do not need a lift ticket (just order the number
of rentals needed @ $21 each)
Ages 6 and up may participate in Group Lessons. Price for
only one group lesson: $26
Renee to receive your payment and required forms: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4,
Renee Winship (732-379-0757) if you plan to
to receive downloadable release/equipment rental form.
CHERRY HILL ROLLER
join us for 2 hours of fun, physical activity. Every third
there is roller skating for the home school community. The
is open only for us. The games are turned off, the
family friendly. Mom's get to socialize while kids skate with
their friends. Come meet home schoolers from every
area........open to all.
Where: Cherry Hill Skate Center 664 Deer Road Cherry Hill
What: Private party 2 hours of skating with family friendly music
Who: Any home schooler please invite all put down your home school lists
When: 3rd Fridays (NOT December) from September-April 1-3PM
Cost: $3 per skater (non skaters do not pay) Max $12 per
family (cash please!)
skate rental available for $3 from rink (last year's price) either
quads or inline
You may bring your own skates
Please no outside refreshments as the snack bar is open.
Consume your food before coming in.
Dates for 2011-2012
HOMESCHOOL DAY-DECEMBER 15TH
are hosting homeschool days on Thursday, December 15. We will
opening at 1:30pm and the price is $17.95 for swimmers.
Spectators are free with a paid swimmer; Anyone 2 and under are
free. Parking is free; Full service café on site.
for distributing this information. Enjoy!
To access tickets for either homeschool date, please go to: https://tickets.saharasams.com/default.asp
DISCOUNT PROGRAM eSTORE LOGIN: homeschoolfun@1
it a SPLASHTASTIC day!
more information visit saharasams.com or contact Beth Twisler, Director
of Sales & Special Events at 856-767-7580 Ext. 108
Sahara Sam's Oasis
Indoor Water Park, 535 North Route 73, West Berlin, NJ 08091
Homeschool Discount Days
Homeschool Discount Days
Tuesday through Friday in December
Special discount days for homeschoolers
Say "Class Insecta"
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
For more information about our facility or to help plan your visit,
please visit www.insectropolis.com
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 2012: Wednesday, December 21st (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE DUE TO
February 2012: Wednesday, January 25th
March 2012: Friday, February 24th
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