On October 28th, Hurricane Sandy hit us with a vengeance and devastated our shores and local communities. We watched as many of you did, the destruction on TV, newspapers and Facebook. After people got power, we all started to put the pieces back together. Many could not. They lost everything. Throughout the state, people developed a motto, "NJ is strong". And it is true. Many came to help clean up our state, especially our shore areas. When you go through a situation of this magnitude, you see people come together. They are resilient. They are strong. I was reminded of those words in the Bible, "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." As Christians, we can live by that. We can do nothing without Christ. He is our strength in troubled times. He never leaves us alone He gives us the determination to rebuild and move forward.
ENOCH was contacted by Tracy Klicka, who is the Chairperson for Homeschool Foundation. She not only offered her prayers for NJ but also said that the Homeschool Foundation is ready to assist families who lost their curriculum and who may have other homeschool needs. The Homeschool Foundation can be contacted by phone at 540-338-8688 or by going to their website at www.homeschoolfoundation.org.
We also received a call from a speaker who offered to get the word out to publishers to help get new curriculum to families in need from the hurricane. ENOCH is also asking for your help. If you have curriculum that you would like to donate to help families, you can ship it to ENOCH of NJ, c/o 15 Manchester Ave., Keyport, NJ 07735 or you can drop it off at that same address, but let us know so we can make sure someone is home. If you do send curriculum, please label it with the grade level and subject. This would help us out greatly. If you know of a family that has homeschool needs, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will endeavor to get their needs met. We would love to help where we can.
With the convention plans going on, we want to help in another way. Last year we gave out a record amount of scholarships for the convention. We want to offer that again. Registration will be opening in January and there is a spot for folks who register to donate for the scholarship fund. This will be used to help any and all who have been effected by the hurricane and the economic downturn. If you want to help with this, make sure to mark the scholarship fund and donate whatever you can. It goes a long way.
Now to those of you who have suffered great loss, I wish I could be there to encourage you and give you a hug and tell you this too shall pass. But please know we are praying and doing all we can to help. Please don't feel you cannot come to the convention because of your loss. We want you there. You need to have some normalcy back in your life. I have asked the vendors this year more than ever that we need them there for you. So please, be sure to apply for the scholarship if needed.
If you have specific questions regarding registration, you can contact our Registration Coordinator, David & Jackie, at email@example.com.
Remember, "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might."
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We are so committed to the success of this program, that if we are unable to provide you with a comprehensive offer which reduces your processing costs, then Cornerstone Payment Systems will make a donation on your behalf to ENOCH of NJ for $500.00!
Thanks for supporting ENOCH of NJ through this opportunity!
ENOCH of New Jersey presents the 23nd Annual Homeschool
Friday & Saturday, May 17-18, 2013 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, Edison, NJ
Vendor registration has already begun for the 2013 Convention!
To register as an exhibitor or a speaker go to ENOCH's website and click on the links.
Please make sure to check the ENOCH website and facebook for updates!
ENOCH is offering entrepreneur tables at the 2013 convention. Please see the information below regarding these tables. If you have a child that would like to sign up for a table, please go to the following website to register. https://enochnj.webconnex.com/2013exhibitors This is our exhibitors registration, but also serves for our entrepreneurs. If you have any questions, please contact Michele Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Booth Cost – [$50.00]
Eligibility: Entrepreneurs must be between the ages of 12 and 25 at the time of the convention. The entrepreneur must be the sole proprietor of the business (i.e. started by the teen and not a family business). All businesses must be reviewed and approved by the Exhibitor Coordinator. ENOCH reserves the right to refuse any vendor in part or in whole without comment. All decisions made by ENOCH are final.
Exhibit Space: Each entrepreneur space will include one 4' skirted table and 2 chairs. Only 1 table may be reserved per business. There will not be side drape divider panels between tables. Entrepreneurs will be expected to be respectful of each space. There will be room for 20 entrepreneurs.
Representatives: Each entrepreneur space is allotted 2 representative passes; one for the entrepreneur and one for a helper. Parents are not included in the representative count. Each entrepreneur is responsible to notify the vendor coordinator of the representatives' names. Any extra reps must also be identified and must receive their name badge at the Exhibitor booth after they have registered for the Convention. No extra reps will be allowed in without a registration wristband.
Set Up and Tear Down: Entrepreneurs may setup on Friday, May 17th from 8:00 – 1:00 PM. Break down may occur any time after your products are sold out or any time after 1 PM on Saturday, May 18th. See below for more information regarding setup and tear down procedures.
Hours: The Entrepreneur section will be open during the entire time of the convention (Friday 2:00 PM -9:00 and Saturday 10:00-6:00 PM). Again, you may start breaking down anytime after your products are sold out or after 1 PM on Saturday, but must be completely packed up by 9:00 PM on Saturday.
Payment must be made in full via credit card, money order or check.
You had a wonderful plan this fall for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then…It happened (pick one):
Even the “good” stress of joyful events, such as that one tiny bleep on the ultrasound that turned out to be three, or the upcoming wedding or family reunion, can blindside us. Ah, the best-laid plans….
A homeschool mom who found herself in the midst of great upheaval, with one trauma after another in a short period, recently wrote me:
"We got a good start with school, ever so many months ago, but it has been almost three months since we have been able to study regularly. I feel so far behind that I am completely overwhelmed as to how to go from here. Do I just start at the beginning of all the texts again? Do I review and try to ‘catch up’ to where we are supposed to be? I don't know. I am completely overwhelmed by the seeming enormity of the task facing me.”
My friend Vanessa, who has struggled valiantly to homeschool
the past two years while her husband has been going through cancer
surgery and treatments, shares this insightful bit of wisdom: "When
life broadsides you, the most important - and difficult - thing to do
is re-establish 'normal.’ 'Normal'
provides a framework for healing."
Start with a routine. When you feel so incredibly overwhelmed, just start with the basics of normal. What is getting dropped that just can't? Meals? Bedtimes? Basic housekeeping? Re-visit your routine – I don’t mean the sort of schedule that has you checking the to-do list every eight minutes, or dinging a bell to move from lunch to naptime. I mean covering at least the basics and having some regularity to your day.
Knowing what comes next, without having to make one more decision, can be a relief. Children find security in routine, and we moms can find emotional freedom in having a basic structure for the day or week. For example: “I'll make a great effort to have breakfast by 7:30 and then lunch ready at 1:00 and supper at 6:30, and everyone has to be in their rooms by 9:00 p.m., whether they are in bed or quietly reading or something else safe (depending on ages).”
It helped us to have a morning start-up time of, say, 8:45 to meet in the living room for 15 minutes of family devotions. I would drop all else at 8:45 and call the kids in and put on a praise/worship song (CD) and we'd just close our eyes and sing for one or two songs. Then we'd have a quickie devotional or Bible/character lesson for about 8-10 minutes (from a book and the Bible – no major planning or thinking required), then pray together, either one of us or anyone who cared to (or some days, I'd have everyone pray aloud).
This gave me a consistent, prayerful, focused start to my school day, got everyone in one room, and gave us a launching point. That doesn’t mean we didn't occasionally crash and burn later, but at least we started right!
Make a short list of what has to be done. During times of major stress, such as miscarriages, family deaths, job losses and relocations, unexpected diagnoses, and more, the house stayed up pretty well because we use a practical but simple chore system , which has worked well through fifty kids, the changes of foster kids, moves, job losses, and more. At a minimum, make a list of the basic housekeeping or cleanliness standards that you consider non-negotiable. For example, my crisis list might look like this:
Consistent meals were a major challenge for me when I was overwhelmed by life. I was much better about consistent, nutritious, on-time-ish meals when I'd made menus. If you are having trouble coming up with menus, remember that your family is probably more impressed with eating nourishing food at a regular time each day than with trying a vast array of new foods each week.
To get into the habit of regular, healthy dinner times, consider something as basic as a weekly rotation of the same basic meals. You can work up to scheduling certain categories of meals on the weekdays (for example: meatless meal on Monday, poultry meal on Tuesday, ground beef meal on Wednesday, poultry on Thursday, new recipe on Friday, etc.). Then, as you are more comfortable with menu planning, you could even plan a month at a time, if you have room to store the groceries for that many meals. (I found that when I planned/shopped for a month at a time, my cost per meal was significantly reduced.) Some moms find it helpful to make a family project of once-a-month cooking, to stock up on meals or pre-cooked components of meals.
I specified those homemaking items first – meals, routines and bedtimes (including yours!), and basic housekeeping – because if your house isn't functioning, then "school" won't either. If we feel that something has to give, it will be the homeschooling that gets the boot.
Make a plan, starting from where you are now. Sit down (with your spouse, preferably) and re-group. Where are you right now? Where do you want to be at the end of the year? Don't look at grade level - look at what is reasonable to expect to accomplish between now and June. The tests will most likely be fine, regardless of where the children are in “The Books.”
And speaking of “The Books”: This may be a great time to prayerfully evaluate what you are utilizing to meet your academic goals. Are you attempting to re-create school at home, or are you creating an environment for a learning lifestyle? Maybe you are overwhelmed because you are expecting too much of yourself or your children; there are many ways to multi-level teach, saving wear and tear on your lesson planning, your schedule, your emotions, and your budget.
If you need help feeling accountable and staying on target, a planner or a notebook with calendar pages on which you can jot your plan can be helpful. The lesson plan book we used not only had lesson planning sheets, field trip logs, reading logs, and more, but it included a chart and guidelines to set a few goals for each child, so I could then focus my attention on materials or activities that would help us to achieve those goals.
Anything that isn't helping you achieve your goals is extra and should be included only if it doesn’t impede your forward progress. In most cases, your children have been learning just through the natural processes of life. You may be very surprised at the cognitive progress they have made, even if you’re not where you want to be, academically. Children whose parents have had to slow down on the textbook studies because of family crises often do remarkably well on standardized achievement tests. Not only do they usually do acceptably on the tests, they have learned valuable lessons in how to live through crisis, how to serve one another under stress, and how to trust in God for each moment. I am not recommending that you never expect excellence and diligence in formal studies; I am saying don’t let a temporary setback make you quit or panic – you can all learn and grow through it.
The following is a very big “if,” so please do not allow the enemy to condemn you. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, but there can be conviction to make new choices. If you happen to be in your academic situation because of a shortcoming on your own part, remember that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. I was not always as diligent as I wished I were, or as patient, or as discerning, or ….
But if they learned nothing else, I wanted my children to see a mother who was humble and repentant and teachable before the Lord and in front of her family. I needed to model a Christ-like attitude (I often failed miserably!). They needed to see a woman who could admit those failings, humble herself to ask forgiveness, and try her best to rely on God to honor her Lord and her family in the future. I needed to stay on my knees and in the Word. I prayed for my children, just as Jesus did for his disciples (John 17).
You can't change what you have or haven't already done the last year. Just start where you are, ask the Lord to make you a “joyful mother of children,” pray for grace and wisdom (and strength and patience), and move forward.
From the author:
More homemaking, homeschooling, and time management helps and articles can be found at our site, www.everydayhomemaking.com.
© 2008 Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com
BIO: 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 fifteen 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, and offers strong practical wisdom and encouraging words.
Thinking about the holidays coming up, it seems a perfect time to make sure we’re connecting with the family. Sometimes during November and December life gets to be stressful and hurried. As part of your homeschooling during this season, I urge you to consider adding some “family” time studies.
We typically plan to end our “regular” school the first week of December so we have time for some extra family things. If that’s not possible, at least considering scaling back or taking perhaps one day a week to focus on some seasonal together things.
Here are some ideas:
Hopefully one of those ideas will work for you or maybe will be the catalyst for your own original thought. But the main point is to spend some time together doing things as a family this Christmas season.
*Please note that links included do not necessarily contain
entirely endorsed material or information by the author or Homeschool
Mosaics. Please use your own discretion.
For more articles and great ideas visit: http://homeschoolmosaics.com/reconnect-with-family/
Come join us for 2 hours of fun, physical activity.
Every third Friday there is roller skating for the homeschool
community. The rink is open only for us.
The games are turned off and the music is family-friendly.
Moms get to socialize while kids skate with their friends.
Come meet homeschoolers from every area...open to all.
Where: Cherry Hill Skate Center, 664 Deer Road, Cherry Hill, NJ
What: Private party with 2 hours of skating and family-friendly music
Who: Any homeschooler!
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).
Dates for 2012-2013 School Year: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19
Please no outside refreshments as the snack bar is open. Consume your food before coming in.
For additional information contact Linda Nowak at email@example.com .
Gym Class Ages 6-12
Monday and/or Wednesday 12:45-1:30
This 45 minute class will incorporate cathisthenics, circuit training and active games sure to get your heart pumping. Classes are run in 4 week sessions. Next Session begins December 3rd. Once a week (4 classes)$24, Twice a week(8 classes) $40. Call or email to register.
Mommy & Me
Wednesday and/or Friday 10:30-11:00
This is for children ages 18 months to 3 years of age and their caregivers. Class will incorporate movement to music, tumbling and fun and games. Each class is 1/2 hour. Come once or twice a week. Each session is 4 weeks. Next session starts on December 3rd. Once a week(4 classes) $24 Twice a week (8 classes)$40
Call or email to register.
Pre K Fitness ages 3-5
Monday and/or Wednesday 1:45-2:15
Wednesday and/ or Friday 11:15-11:45
This 1/2 hour class teaches age appropriate movement with your child in mind. It is designed to develop gross motor skills, muscle memory, coordination and balance in a super fun environment. Class will incorporate movement to music, tumbling, active games, and exercises. Each session is 4 weeks. Once a week(4classes)$24, Twice a week(8 classes)$40. Call or email to register.
All classes are held at Tradition Okinawan Karate 1375 Route 23 South, Butler NJ
About Me: My name is Jennifer Bross. I am a Christian women
who teaches fitness classes in various towns. I am a Certified Group
Fitness Instructor with AFAA with over 20 years experience teaching
fitness to children. I also currently work as the Pre K gym teacher at
a local YMCA.
To register for classes you can contact me at 973-800-6589 or email busybodiesRfit@gmail.com
Mom's Night Out with The Learning Connection, Monday Night,
January 14, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Come on out for a time of fellowship, food and refreshing of the soul on Monday, January 14th. The event will be held at Mt. Olive Community Bible Church in Flanders at 7:00 PM. (202 Flanders Drakestown Road, Flanders, NJ)
TLC welcomes Karen DeBeus, author of "Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool" and "Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool," Read below on our topic and a bio on Karen DeBeus. You don't want to miss this fabulous event. Invite your friends. This event is open to all homeschool moms. Sign up on the calendar and bring a snack to share if you'd like. Drinks will be provided. Go to www.mytlcnj.com and click on public calendar to sign up. Go to January and find event on the 12th. Click on event and here you can sign up. Please contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Letting God Lead Your Homeschool:
In the spring of 2006 I was called to homeschool. It was never my intention or my plan, but God clearly showed me this was a calling. It was a hard step to take, but the Lord directed my steps and I have not looked back since.
Although the homeschooling journey is difficult at times, if God has put you on this path and called you here, He will lead you through each day. Perhaps you are tired, burnt out, or running on empty. Maybe you are up to your eyeballs in catalogs, highlighters, label makers, and papers. Meanwhile the laundry calls, the dishes pile up, and the kids are tired. You are tired. You are trying to decide how on earth you are going to do it all. Or maybe you just are ready to throw in the towel altogether.
This session will encourage you to keep your focus on the One who has called you here. Through my personal story and experience, you will see what happens when we take our eyes off of Him, and how each day can look when we regain our focus, fix our eyes on Him and on the true goals of homeschooling...discover the joy and freedom in letting God lead your homeschool!
Karen DeBeus is so excited to share her ideas about simplifying our lives and focusing on God. She loves all things simple and yearns for simpler times.
Karen has been married for 12 years to the love of her life
and has 4 children.
God called her to homeschool when her youngest was about to enter kindergarten. After thinking “I could NEVER do THAT,” God had other plans…She obeyed the call and is now, not only loving homeschooling, she is passionate about educating others about homeschooling and encouraging families along the way.
Karen is the author of "Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool" and "Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool," both best sellers at Amazon.com. She also writes for her blog Simply Living…for Him where her goal is to encourage families, moms, and individuals, to put God first in all they do. Simplifying is about getting back to the basics and reducing the physical clutter in our lives, as well as lessening “mental clutter.”
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10 am and 11:30 am
Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults
Scottish Rite Auditorium
315 White Horse Pike
Collingswood, NJ 08107
Symphony in C’s Concerts for Young People are educational and
entertaining concerts featuring great orchestra works and stories
brought to life through renowned storytellers for students of all ages.
From the peaking of a hen, the roar of a lion, the hip-hop of the kangaroos, and the stampede of Elephants, Saint-Saëns popular Carnival of the Animals is a favorite of young audiences (and the young at heart). Come see conductor Petko Dimitrov and Symphony in C as well as actor Michael Boudewyns spark the imaginations of young and old alike in this performance of the timeless classic.
For information and tickets call 856-963-6683 or www.SymphonyinC.org
The Hills Are Alive
Nov 23–Dec 30
One of the most beloved and inspirational stories of all time, this tale of love and courage is Rodgers and Hammerstein's final triumphant collaboration. Based on the true story of the von Trapp family, this musical masterpiece has become a beacon of hope and joy for generations. You'll revel inthe glorious sounds of iconic melodies like "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," and "Climb Every Mountain." Don't miss this holiday treat for the entire family.
"Paper Mill is in top form doing what it does best and it is now the place to be for those who love American musicals. When it comes to revivals of major Broadway musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse has a few equals. So when that major revival is Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, there is cause for joy." —Talkin' Broadway
"It has almost everything: music, romance, kids, spectacular
scenery, sentiment, comedy high and low, and, at the end, intrigue and
adventure." —Chicago Tribune
Call our Group Sales department at 973.315.1680 to reserve your seats today!Groups of 10 or more save up to 40%.
Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website at: www.papermill.org for more information, upcoming shows, educational material and much more!
Generously supported by a grant from
THE BLANCHE AND IRVING LAURIE FOUNDATION
Your Great Wolf Lodge adventure begins in our massive,
84-degree indoor water park. Splash the day away in over 79,000 square
feet of water-packed excitement, including jaw-dropping slides for
thrill seekers or zero-depth entry areas for little ones. Outside the
water park, the fun continues. Grab a wand and battle a dragon in
MagiQuest or get an ice cream-themed manicure in Scooops Kid Spa before
gathering your family in our Grand Lobby for nightly fireside Story
Time, the perfect ending to a Great Wolf day.
This special discount is reserved for:
Holiday Homeschool Group 2012- 12/3-12/6 & 12/10-12/13
Offer Valid: 12/3-12/6 & 12/10-12/13, 2012
Group Name: Holiday Homeschool Group
When prompted use group code: 1212HOLI
$159.00 for up to 6 per room
To make reservations visit www.greatwolf.com or call 800-768-9653.
Offer valid at Great Wolf Lodge-Pocono Mountains, PA location
only on a Family Suite room. Discount valid per night for single or
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.
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e-Newsletters. The deadlines are firm and coordinated so that
we can get you a fresh newsletter by the first of each
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February 2013: Friday, January 25th
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