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ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter

DECEMBER 2011

From the President’s Desk

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Dear Friends,

As 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:
This bill would turn New Jersey from one of the best states to homeschool to one of the worst.   Statistics show that children in states with the least homeschool regulation do just as well academically as those in states that require notices, portfolios, tests, etc.  New Jersey homeschoolers do not need regulations, but just the freedom to homeschool.

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!!!

If 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.  You can receive ENOCH’s Discount Number to save on your HSLDA Membership.  Please contact ENOCH via the Office E-mail, office@enochnj.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.

Finally, 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.

Thank you.

Rich Millward
President
ENOCH of NJ
president@enochnj.org

ENOCH’S SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS!

ENOCH Annual Leadership Conference

Last 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.

Rich 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, communicate 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 office@enochnj.org and we will pass along the information.

The second announcement was that ENOCH has a Special Needs Coordinator. Annette Hooper of CHILD, in South Jersey, has homeschooled her son, who 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.  We 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

Is Your Support Group Connected with ENOCH?

One 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?

We 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 office@enochnj.org.

If your support group is not listed with ENOCH, simply let our office know and weill help you get registered for the website.

It is easy to get your group connected and/or updated. Simply contact the office at office@enochnj.org.

Encouraging Words For Homeschoolers Across The Nation

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The Blessing of the Homeschool Support Group by Linda Crosby

Our 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. Intriguing! 

My 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 like it.

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 someone speak.

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!  I 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. 

As 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 our family, and knowing the importance of getting the kids hooked up with friends, we joined the group and attended as many activities as possible. 

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 met. 

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 trading began. 

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.

Homeschooling is effective for individual families, but the experience is so much richer with the involvement of other people’s gifts and talents.  Every 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!     

Linda Crosby 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.
www.lindacrosby.com


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What to Do with a Preschooler by Vicki Bentley

A young mom writes:
“I’m 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:
“I 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 to 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 my 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 still and read a book. They just want to play with toys and pretend.”

Vicki answers:
They are little; let them play with toys and pretend!  But you pick the toys, so you shape the play.  Their play is their work - it may 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.

For 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 skills.

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 Character Building 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.

If 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!

Let the 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 ask 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 end of this article.

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.

HOWEVER … 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 workbook 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! 

Vicki 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 the coordinator for HSLDA’s Early Years program.   This and other helpful articles can be found at www.hslda.org/earlyyears.

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THE  BIOLOGY  OF  BEHAVIOR  and  LEARNING by Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP

Joseph was an unhappy baby.  He didn't sleep for very long periods and 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 were treated with antibiotics.  With the second antibiotic he received, he developed a rash.  The doctor said he was allergic to amoxicillin and placed him on another antibiotic.  He got over the ear infection, but continued to be whiny and had diarrhea.  After 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.  Milk gave him a stomachache and oranges gave him a rash around his mouth.  In his pre-school years he was loving and sweet one moment but easily flew off the handle if he didn't get his own way.  In fact, sometimes his temper tantrums were a sight to behold.  As he grew, he continued to be plagued with difficulty falling asleep, stomachaches, frequent canker sores, and bed-wetting.  He also had more unusual fears than his brothers and sisters.  As school began 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 the next. 

It was hard for him to sit still for a whole lesson, often preferring to stand while learning.   Sometimes 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 had 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 avoidance of school work however.

Joseph was likely suffering from a lack of the brain neurotransmitter, serotonin.  Serotonin is the brain chemical that keeps us focused, instills a sense of well being, and helps us fall asleep easily.  How had he gotten this deficiency in serotonin?  That is a very interesting story.  Dr. Michael 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."  In fact he has a book called The Second Brain, in which he describes this intricate relationship between gut and brain functioning. 

How was Joseph's gut health compromised so that he could no longer make enough serotonin to keep him feeling well?  In our intestines we have both yeast and healthy bacteria.  When the mother takes an 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 it 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 the calming, focusing, feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin.   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 this 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 in 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 reactions.  Sometimes she put Primadophilus into juice.  It had no taste so he didn't mind it. 

She started noticing some small changes in him, even in that first week.  His voice wasn't as loud and he wasn't constantly needing to make those annoying noises with his mouth all the time.  He began to fall asleep more easily.  He seemed to be much "mellower," being able to handle frustration without getting as upset.   Even his brothers and sisters noticed that he wasn't as mad and touchy as he had been.  He began to be able to pay closer attention to the lessons that were presented.  Joseph's mother was beginning to become encouraged. 

If 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 to 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 contents into some peanut butter with honey, three times a day.  After a while, he decided that the tablets were small and easy to swallow.  That made it easier for Mom.

Meanwhile, she looked for ways to reduce sugar and carbohydrates in his diet, knowing that these foods directly feed the yeast in his body.  She changed 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 water or milk (in Joseph's case, rice or soy milk) to drink.  She kept cut up vegetables and dip around for snacks, along with more nuts and sunflower seeds.  Soon she began to see a new Joseph.  His 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 to become more confident in his ability to learn.  He began checking 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. 

Dianne 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.  Her website www.diannecraft.org has information about her tape series, "The Biology of Behavior," that gives more insight into natural remedies for children. 

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HSLDA

Why Join HSLDA?

Protects your right to homeschool and defends your family. A lawyer is on call 24/7.
Provides fast help by phone or email: Get direct answers to your specific questions about home education. Veteran homeschooling parents are available to answer your questions and help you find resources for teaching your children:

Early years (PreK–8th grade)
High school (including preparing for college or career paths)
Struggling learners (special needs/gifted and talented)


Preserves homeschool freedom for all families by promoting homeschooling nationwide, as well as by working with state homeschooling groups to pass homeschool-friendly legislation and stop unfavorable bills at the state and federal levels. 

Partners you with the cause: Although homeschooling is recognized in every state, HSLDA receives phone calls each day from families whose right to homeschool is being challenged or discriminated against by school officials, social workers, employers, colleges, armed services recruitment officers, and government bureaucrats. The customizable nature of homeschooling defies the educational elite’s ideal of mandatory, uniform indoctrination—making parental choice in education a target for elimination.  By joining HSLDA, you are supporting families who are fighting for their right to homeschool today and standing together to preserve homeschooling freedom for tomorrow.  

You can receive ENOCH's Discount Number to save on your HSLDA Membership by contacting ENOCH via the Office Email, office@enochnj.org.
For more information visit the HSLDA website:  www.hslda.org 

OTHER EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES  


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Piano Lessons at my Home in Ringoes

I 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.

Need a Piano tuner?

With 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 pianofixman@gmail.com for a piano tuning. Mention ENOCH and receive 10 percent off a basic tuning.

Homeschooling a Child with Autism

Are 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: rdi4autism@gmail.com

Questions about College?

Do 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.)
 
Location: Hope Presbyterian Church, 140 Denow Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
 
Date: December 13, 2011
 
Time: 7:00 pm
 
Directions: 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 or http://www.covenant.edu/admissions/undergrad/staff/bryant
 
RSVP, if possible, to Brenda at blippx@comcast.net 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.
 
Questions? Please email and I’d be happy to answer your questions.   Please feel free to spread the word to those you think might be interested.

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SAT Prep or High School Science Courses

In 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 worship.

The Charge
Donations to the church or charity of your choice.

My Qualifications
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)

Experience in SAT Prep
Develop/Teach SAT Prep course for college prep firm in China
Develop/Teach SAT Prep course for educational foundation in Pennington, NJ
Tutored SAT Prep for private learning center in East Brunswick, NJ

Experience in Physics
Trained as mechanical engineer
Trained as Physics teacher for MCAT Prep firm
Developed Physics AP exam prep "app" for educational software firm

Experience in Chemistry
Managed a Biochemistry/Microbiology lab,
running an on-going experiment
in the early development of an antibiotic

For more information contact Dan Jetter at dan@oncalltutor.org



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OPERA NEW JERSEY TEEN ART COMPETITION and SPECIAL OFFER TO VISIT!

Entering 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:

Style: Logo Format: PDF, Tiff, or EPS Formats preferred but not required; Original vector file if possible.
Title: “This is your Opera New Jersey”
Subject ideas: A decade in NJ history, Opera as visual art, New Jersey pride
General: All digital artwork will be considered. Keep the logo clean and simple. All styles will be taken into careful consideration.

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2012, 3:00p.m.
Work must be submitted digitally to: Education@OperaNJ.org

Semi-finalists and winner will be announced March 15, 2012.

Artwork 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.

SPECIAL NOTICE: 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: lbaldasano@operanj.org
For more information about Opera New Jersey visit their website at:  http://www.operanj.org/index.html

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2012 NJ Homeschool Educators Science Fair

It's 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.

http://njhomesci-fair.webstarts.com/index.html

Please note the following important items with regard to the registration forms.

For Kindergarten through 5th grade, you need to complete the 1-page Homeschool Educators form AND Form 1B

For 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:
Roy Costa
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".

Some 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 rxcosta@gmail.com, if you have any questions.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum Homeschool Workshop

At Macculloch Hall Historical Museum we are excited about the educational programs we have to offer to homeschool families and homeschool organizations.

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.

The 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.

Workshops 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 cwinslow@maccullochhall.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 for 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

Macculloch 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.

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HOMESCHOOL SKI CLUB at BLUE MOUNTAIN

These chilly days make me start thinking about ski season.  What a great way to get outside and enjoy those cold days of winter!

In the past we've had a homeschool ski club on Mondays at Blue Mountain (located between Allentown, PA and the Poconos).  This year I plan 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 want 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 good prices.

Here are the QUICK FACTS:
WHERE:  Blue Mountain   (www.skibluemt.com)
WHEN:    6 Mondays in Jan./Feb.   or  any other non-holiday Monday-Thursday,  8:30am-10pm
PRICE/person:    $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

DEADLINE for Renee to receive your payment and required forms:   FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER 4, 2011

Contact Renee Winship  (732-379-0757)  if you plan to participate and to receive downloadable release/equipment rental form.   


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CHERRY HILL ROLLER SKATING

Come join us for 2 hours of fun, physical activity.  Every third Friday there is roller skating for the home school community.  The rink is open only for us.   The games are turned off, the music is 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 School year
September 16
October  21
November  18
January  20
February  17
March  16
April  20

sahara sams

SAHARA SAMS HOMESCHOOL DAY-DECEMBER 15TH

We are hosting homeschool days on Thursday, December 15.  We will be 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.  Thank you 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

Make it a SPLASHTASTIC day!

For 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

insectropolis

Insectropolis Homeschool Discount Days

Homeschool Discount Days
Tuesday through Friday in December 
 
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


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ENOCH of NJ e-Newsletter NEXT DEADLINE

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January 2012: Wednesday, December 21st (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE DUE TO HOLIDAYS)
February 2012: Wednesday, January 25th
March 2012:  Friday, February 24th

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