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ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter


From the President’s Desk


SAVE THE DATES- May 16th and 17th 2014
for ENOCH's Annual Homeschool Convention!

Dear Homeschool Friends,

It’s that time of year again! It is time to register for our 24th Annual Homeschool Convention, which will be held on May 16th & 17th in Edison, New Jersey! Here is the link to register with all the information you will need.

We have some remarkable main speakers lined-up - Andrew Pudewa from the Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW), Dianne Kummer, a High School Consultant from HSLDA, and Liz Moore from Living by Nutrition.  We are also thrilled to have with us again this year JandY Ministry who will be doing our Children's Program. We have two sessions on Friday and four sessions on Saturday, with special pricing! Last year multiple sessions sold out, so register as early as you can!

Another returning feature of our convention is our Silent Auction!  There were many excellent items on auction last year and this year is shaping up to be even more terrific!  If you know of a business, large or small, that would like to get their "name" out there to the homeschooling community, please have them contact Sherry Lynne Pierro, our Silent Auction Coordinator, at silentautioncoord@enochnj.org.  The silent auction is a great way for them to get their product or service out there, but we also have two other options. If they are interested in advertizing in our programs or our bagging, they can go to ENOCH's Exhibitor Website, (click here), and see all the details!

Don't forget about the fantastic Used Curriculum Sale at the convention! If you are now getting into those high school years and you don't need that 5th grade math book anymore, sell it and bless another homeschooler! Check out our website for all the details on what you need to do to sell those gently used curriculum.

We like to put in articles that our main speakers have written, but we have included here a link to HSLDA's Homeschool Heartbeat where you can listen to five recent broadcasts with Michael Smith and Diane Kummer discussing how to prepare for the SAT and the ACT.  Diane is a great resource for homeschooling through those challenging, yet rewarding high school years. Come out to the convention and hear her wonderful words of encouragement and support in her sessions. You will also have a chance to speak with her at the HSLDA booth.

There it is! ENOCH is quite busy with the convention getting closer. Please be in prayer for everyone, including the Board, their families, and our staff coordinators who work behind the scenes before the convention.

Serving Him,

Rich Millward
President - ENOCH of NJ




Help ENOCH of NJ Homeschoolers with Boxtops for Education

ENOCH of NJ Homeschoolers is now an official Box Tops for Education participant! You can help your volunteer driven state homeschool association by collecting the Box Tops for Education coupons from products you buy. You can ask your friends, family, and neighbors to give you their coupons, too.

To donate your box tops to ENOCH of NJ Homeschoolers:

  1. Save your Box Tops for Education coupons from products you buy (General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Old El Paso, Green Giant, Progresso, Yoplait, and more–see the list). Ask your neighbors, friends, and relatives if they would save them for you, too.
  2. Verify that expiration dates have not passed. Outdated coupons cannot be honored.
  3. Mail your Boxtops to our Coordinator to ENOCH of NJ, c/o 15 Manchester Ave., Keyport, NJ 07735.

Thank you for your support!

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Encouraging Words For Homeschoolers Across The Nation

Encouragement for 2014 by Diane Kummer


Dear Friends,
As a new year begins to unfold, you may be taking one last look at the past year. For some of you, your reflections may bring smiles to your faces and the satisfaction of much accomplished. For others, a look at the past year brings regret or sadness. I remember different times during my homeschooling days when I fell into each group. I thought some personal insights would bring you encouragement and motivation as you head into 2014.

Times of Smooth Sailing

During periods when my homeschooling was sailing along, I needed to remind myself time and time again that it was not of my doing. God’s grace was needed on a daily basis and His kind direction was necessary for every concern. The privilege of spending tons of time with my teens (who are now 29 and 26) could not be taken for granted. We enjoyed each other’s company (on most days!); we valued the flexibility in our school schedule, and we appreciated the increased ministry opportunities homeschooling allowed us to participate in such as visiting nursing home residents and later giving a homeschool mom with five young children much needed breaks every week.

Those are times I cherish as I recall the hectic but always exciting pace of the high school years. Having a front row seat to watch my children grow up and to learn right along with them was a blessing. Especially during the high school years, I was grateful for the time my husband and I had to impart our values to our children and have many academic and spiritual discussions. We did what we had the energy and resources to do. Only the Lord knows how these times will be translated into fruit for His glory.

If the past year found you enjoying much success in your homeschooling, take a few moments to thank the Lord and rejoice in the One who made it all possible. At the same time, look around your circle of friends for families who may not be doing well and ask the Lord for ideas as to how you can encourage them. You may want to send a note letting them know you are standing with them and will commit to pray for them and their children. Or, you may want to cook a meal to share with a mom who is tottering on the edge of weariness. A kind word of encouragement may be the support the Lord uses to whisper His care to another family.

Navigating Rough Waters

On the other hand, the past year may provoke feelings of discouragement for you. I vividly recall difficult days that were part of my homeschooling experience. Most of my regrets found their origin in my lack of trust in God. What if my children would benefit from a better role model—someone else—for a teacher? What if my children are not prepared for life? What if I teach something wrong or miss teaching something? “What ifs” ran around in my mind and caused havoc. The passing of time, though, has allowed me to realize my regrets were based on me—my abilities, knowledge, and wisdom—rather than on God’s abilities. He is all-knowing, all wise, and all powerful. My regrets appeared when the “shadow of me” hid the All-Sufficient One Who is able and willing to take my mistakes and bring beauty from ashes.

The Lord taught me many things when I homeschooled. This example stands out to me, and I share it in the hopes that you’ll reflect on ways the Lord may be teaching you. During my son’s first two years of high school, he started nearly every homeschool day by reminding me he did not want to be homeschooled. On some days I ignored the statement while on other days I became angry.

On my angry days, I burned inside with thoughts that were unkind (“He’s ungrateful and disrespectful!”) to thoughts that were anxious (“What will become of this rebel?”). My heart began to harden towards him. I failed the faithfulness test. I believed my obstacle (a son who hated homeschooling) was bigger than the Lord’s strength and power to change the situation.

It took some time for me to realize my angry and worried responses were as grievous to the Lord as my son’s lack of respect for our decision to homeschool him. But, the Lord was patient with me and worked graciously in my heart as only He can by chipping away at my self-righteousness and by opening my blind eyes. Once I became convicted of my sinful attitude, I confessed it to the Lord and also to my son. Grace poured into the situation.

The Lord used this occasion to humble and remind me that both my son and I needed the Lord’s mercies each day. It was a turning point in our relationship. My heart grew tender towards my son, and he in turn became more respectful to me.

The next two years—which were my last years of homeschooling—were blessed by the Lord. My grown son and I continue to grow in our relationship with each other. He still says he would have preferred not to have been homeschooled (sorry to say, but it’s true!). Nonetheless, homeschooling was an opportunity the Lord used to train him. He learned there will be times when an authority in his life will decide something other than what he prefers. And, the Lord used homeschooling most of all to train me. It was a crucible He fired up to test me and show me my limits apart from His sustaining grace. Through it all, I discovered the Lord opposes the proud (that would be me!) but gives grace to the humble (that is me with His help).

If you find yourself in rough waters as I once did, groaning under the weight of homeschooling and feeling desperate, I recommend a great book entitled Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.

Final Thoughts for the Cruise Ahead

As you all embark on a new year, it may be beneficial to spend some time pondering the bigger reality of these special homeschool years. Rejoice with the Lord and thank Him for blessings when everything is going well. Ask for His guidance when facing future decisions. Respond in humility when He convicts you. And most of all trust in His goodness, kindness, and faithfulness with all of your heart in 2014!
For our HSLDA members who need a bit of encouragement, feel free to call Becky Cooke or me (540-338-5600.) We consider it a privilege to pray for you.

Join us next month as we share tips on finding college scholarships.

With much joy to you in the New Year,
Diane Kummer
On behalf of the HSLDA High School Consultants

Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer
Both of HSLDA’s high school consultants homeschooled their children from kindergarten through the 12th grade.



Patrick Henry College Teen Camps!

Greetings from Patrick Henry College Teen Camps!
We are excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2014 summer camp season! For your convenience, we have listed the camp schedule below, but you’ll find this information and more by following this link.

While you’re on the website, check out our extensive descriptions for each camp, along with bios for our senior leadership team. If you have access to Facebook, head on over to our new Facebook page for continued updates and frequent camp-related announcements.

June 15–28: Constitutional Law Camp with Dr. Michael Farris
June 15–21:  Journalism Camp with PHC Professor Dr. Les Sillars
June 22–28:  Drama Camp with PHC alumna Charlotte Blacklock
June 29–July 5:  Strategic Intelligence Camp with SI graduate Evan Johnson
July 13–19:  Public Speaking Camp, led by Ethos Publications
July 20–August 2:  Debate Camp, led by Ethos Publications
July 20–26: Literature Camp: “Journey to Middle-Earth” with PHC Professor Dr. Steven Hake
July 27–August 2:  Leadership and Vocation Camp with PHC Provost Dr. Gene Edward Veith and coordinated by Teen Camps Director, Stephen Williams.

As always, we welcome any questions you have about the process, and we sincerely look forward to meeting you and your children this summer. Our leadership team is currently devoting much prayer to this project, and we will continue to do so in great anticipation of all that God has in store for this year.

Stephen Williams
Teen Leadership Camps Director
10 Patrick Henry Circle
Purcellville, VA 20132


The Convention of States Project Scholarship Contest!

The Convention of States Project is pleased to announce its first ever scholarship contest!

Enter your video or graphic for a chance to win $250 in our monthly contest and be eligible to enter your creation in our final $7,500 scholarship round in April.  (Or, as we like to call it, the League of Champions round!) 

Plus, if you choose to attend Patrick Henry College, we’ll sweeten the deal—if the winning student attends PHC, he or she will receive a $10,000 scholarship!

Don’t think you can win?  Think again.  You have four chances to win every month!

Here’s what you do.

How you enter:

  1. Create a video and/or graphic design.  By “video” we mean anything captured on camera.  This can include documentaries, animated films, dramas, musicals, commercials, etc.  You can also record yourself giving a speech or reading something you wrote.  Videos can be no longer than three minutes.  By “graphic” we mean any design you might put on a shirt, a mug, a bumper sticker, a meme, etc.  As long as it’s creative, we want to see it.
  2. But there are a few parameters.  Your video or graphic must follow two guidelines.
  3. Click here to submit your entry! Simply fill out the form and upload your video or graphic.  

How you win:

  1. Promote your work!  Share it using Facebook or email and get as many people as you can to vote for your creation. 
  2. If your video gets the most votes by the end January, you’ll be that month’s Viral Award winner.  We’ll send you a cool $250, and you’ll be eligible to participate in the League of Champions scholarship round in April!  (Free Hint: This means you should probably submit your stuff early in January!)
  3. If you don’t win the Viral Award, your creation will be eligible for the Staff Choice Award!  The winner of this award will also win $250, but will not be eligible to compete in the League of Champions round.

Those are the basics!

For more information visit:  Convention of States website at www.conventionofstates.com or Facebook






LET'S LEARN LATIN: WORKSHOP for ES/MS Teachers & Homeschool Parents!

The Latin language - Latin vocabulary - word roots - ancient Roman culture - Greek & Roman mythology - techniques for incorporating these topics into your classroom

February 21, 2014 / 9:30 am – 4:30 pm / New York City

Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute
Hunter College Department of Classical & Oriental Studies
Hunter College Master of Arts in Teaching Latin Program

This program is made possible by:
Classical Association of the Atlantic States

Let's Learn Latin will introduce elementary and middle school teachers and homeschooling parents to the world of Latin and the ancient Romans through a series of engaging, standards-connected lessons. Participants get to play the role of students, learning the material through the same activities and lessons that they will be able to use in their own classrooms. Participants will enjoy learning the basics of Latin, by working through 50% or more of a colorful, interesting, kid-friendly text called Minimus, richly supplemented by effective and innovative activities to practice the material. Other topics include Latin vocabulary, word roots, and Roman culture and mythology – all of which integrate seamlessly with Minimus. No previous experience with Latin is needed!

Participants will receive myriad classroom-ready materials on all topics studied. All participants will receive documentation of their 6.5 contact hours.

Register: by mail or online. Deadline: 2/12/14. Limited to 15 participants. Cost: $35! Registration, workshop materials and resources, and light breakfast with coffee are provided. Participants should bring their own lunch (there is not enough time to leave campus).

Visit our website to get additional workshop details, to purchase publications, or to find out about and schedule other professional development opportunities or student programs: www.ascaniusyci.org

Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


The Learning Connection-Shine With the Beauty of Christ

Shine With the Beauty of Christ  Prov 31:30  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
When:  March 22nd
Time:  10 AM – 3 PM (includes lunch)
Where:  Valley View Chapel, 115 E. Mill Street, Long Valley, NJ
Cost:  $12.00
Who:  Ages 13 and up

Back by popular demand, The Learning Connection will be hosting Danielle Turcola on March 22nd from 10-3 PM.  Danielle is one of the top business coaches in America.  Danielle is hired by global companies to transform executive men and women in corporate makeovers.  She teaches them how to walk, talk, meet, greet, eat, and dress.  Yet, her most rewarding transformations are the ones where there is a total transformation inside and out.

Does your wish list create discontent in your life, or your unfulfilled dreams fill you with woulda, coulda, shoulda, or has past abuse robbed your self-worth?  Danielle will share a message of hope and encouragement, contentment and worthiness through a relationship with God. 

Join us in March for a fun filled, interactive program where you can ask Danielle those burning questions about how to find the right clothes for your body type, your best hairstyle, quick and easy makeup tips, even how to fit and find the right bra!  And most importantly, come and find out how our beauty can come from within us and how Christ can change your life. 

The cost for the event is $12 person and will include a lunch.  An optional cost to you would be your color card which can be purchased at the event for an additional $10.00.  So don’t delay.  Sign up today for this wonderful event that is sure to encourage you and lift you up.  Sign up at www.mytlcnj.com.

Any questions, please contact Michele at info@mytlcnj.com.



The Berkeley Swim School
Spring 1 2014  Homeschool  Swimming Lesson Program
February 10 - May 10  (13 weeks)
Registration begins Sunday, January 19 

(Click and submit the homeschool registration form)

Ducks  :20-:30 min.  Age 2  This is an active class for both student and adult and a great orientation for new student.
Wednesday 10:30; Thursday 10:30
/ Wed $65/ Th $65
Mommy & Me :30  Age 3,4  This is a very active class for both student and adult.  Led by a certified adult students will begin the process of learning body position, balance, arm strokes and breathing patterns.  Shallow water only. Wednesday 10:00; Thursday 10:00/  Wed $104/ Th $104 
Get Wet :30  Age 4,5,6 (K)  Students have not fully submerged while blowing bubbles and are not yet crossing the pool on their backs while using a propulsive kick.  This class is taught in shallow water. Wed 11:00; 11:30; Thurs 9:30; 11:45/Wed $130/ Th $130
Beginner 1  :30  Age 4,5,6 (K)  Students are comfortable in the water, will fully submerge and can cross the pool on their backs while kicking and sculling.  Instructors will emphasize a strong kick, rotary breathing, sculling and a balanced body position.  This level is taught in shallow water.
Wed 9:30; 10:30; 11:30; Thurs 9:30; 10:30; 11:30/Wed $130/ Th $130
Advanced Beginner 1  :30  Age 4,5,6 (K)  While not performing perfect rotary breathing, these students have a propulsive kick, can listen and follow simple directions and can perform at a higher level than those in Beginner 1. Wed 9:30; 11:00; Thurs 10:00/Wed $130/ Th $130
Beginner 2  :30  1st grade to age 9   Students have not yet learned rotary breathing in coordination with their arm strokes.  Instructors will emphasize propulsive kicks, body position and arm strokes in freestyle and back. Wed 10:00; Thurs 11:00/Wed $130/ Th $130
Advanced Beginner 2  :30  1st grade to age 10  Students have passed all Beginner level skills and can swim unaided with rotary breathing.  Instructors will teach breaststroke and butterfly kick, somersaults and bilateral breathing.  Wed 9:30; 11:00; Thurs 10:00/Wed $130/ Th $130
Young Adult B  :30  Ages 10-14  Students have not as yet perfected strong freestyle, backstroke and the breathing patterns appropriate for those strokes.  We will establish a good body position, front and back and learn the sculling motion of the hands.   Thursday 11:45/Thursday $130
Intermediates and Young Adult A  :45  Ages 8-15  Students have passed all Advanced Beginner level skills and are strong swimmers.  Coordination of breaststroke and butterfly strokes, flip turns, Lifeguarding and competitive skills will be emphasized.  This level is taught in deep water.
Thursday 11:00/Thursday $195  

For many years the Berkeley Swim School has been offering homeschool students and their families an opportunity to swim in their facility in Berkeley Heights.  These programs have ranged from a child's first experience to water polo and Lifeguarding.  These programs run from September to June on Wednesday and Thursday and all are offered at reduced rates.  Recreational and lap swimming is also available at no charge.

Make up classes will be offered if a class has available space but never on the first or last week of any session.  Please call the aquatic office on Saturday after 1:00PM for the following week's opportunity.
Report cards will be distributed during regularly scheduled classes April 30 and May 1st.  Students are however evaluated on a weekly basis and moved when they are ready to be successful in the next level.
Recreational/lap swimming: Wednesday and Thursday 9:30-12.  No cost for enrolled families.
Observation Days  are offered only on the final day of class in each session - May 7 & 8.
Refunds   25% is charge for any cancellation.  There are no refunds after the first class.

Registration begins Sunday, January 19. Click for Registration Forms, or please contact Berkeley Swim School.

Berkeley Swim School *PO Box 215 *649 Springfield Avenue * Berkeley Heights NJ 07922 *
908 464 1995



3D Fine Arts Studio
Ages: 13+
Kinetic Sculpture with Bob Jenkins (this will be the focus for the first part of the term)
This sculpture class will introduce students to sculpture and movement. Sculpture created during the session will contain moving parts or depend on motion for its effect. Participants will look at kinetic artists such as Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp and others who pioneered the art form.

Collage & Assemblage with Ruthann Perry (students will begin this later in the term)
Discover the art of creating something entirely new from many other things surrounding us. We will explore how other artists have created recycled artwork and learn various techniques for combining and assembling materials. Free form abstracts, color block mosaic and patterns are just some of the areas explored. Bring your imagination and enthusiasm.
Location: Burke Studio (Administrative Level)
Wednesday, 1:30-3pm; Jan 8 - Mar 5

(*Note from editor: they have a variety of classes available, please see their website for a complete list of available classes)

There is still some space available in this class so please reach out to like-minded friends to see if they can join you.  The more, the merrier … but we will need to hear from them to know of their intent.  The easiest way is to register and this is easily available online (as is information about this program and other tempting treats here this winter).

Thanks for your support of our programs!

ACP has been nominated in several important categories in Arts Education this year!

Winter classes are now available on our website.
Don’t miss out on these fabulous options!
What are you waiting for? Secure your spot now by registering online, over the phone, or in person!



CALLING ALL TEEN ARTISTS! The Emerging Artists Creativity Hub (EACH)



Do you love all kinds of arts? Are you interested in meeting other young people who share the same passion for the arts?  Do you want the opportunity to work with professional artists and discover new art forms?  If so, then Young Audiences has the perfect program for YOU!

The Emerging Artists Creativity Hub (EACH) is a teen arts program designed specifically for young artists, ages 13-17, who are interested and gifted in the arts.  It is intended for students to study and work in the arts far beyond the typical high school curriculum.  Our bright and dedicated young artists come from diverse backgrounds and experiences.  Each week they gather to explore multiple art forms and take creative risks in personal and collaborative art-making.  Students participating in EACH emerge better prepared to pursue the arts in college and later on in the professional world.

The goal of EACH is to help young people acquire knowledge, understanding of, and skills in the arts.  The curriculum gives students the opportunity to:

The ten-week program is held on Saturdays from 11am-3pm at the Arts and Interactive Multimedia Building on The College of New Jersey’s Ewing campus.

How to Apply
We offer several simple ways to apply to EACH.

PDF Application – Fill out and email, fax, or mail it to the email/mail address listed on the form
Online Application – Fill out and submit right on our website
Questions?  Contact Adam Nicolai at anicolai@yanj.org or call toll-free to 866-500-9265



Studio Art Classes Wednesday Afternoons
Come Create, Craft and Play in our pristine Country Setting
with Artist and Teacher Anita McKenna-Murphy
45o King George Road, Basking Ridge

Homeschoolers (K – 8)  2 pm to 3 pm
After-schoolers (K – 8) 4 pm to 5 pm
Grown-Up Like-Minded Creative Types  6 pm to 7 pm

The first Session Dates are February 5, 12, 19, and 26.
How It Works:  Classes are offered in packages of 4 week sessions.  Tuition is $125.oo per session.  All Supplies are included and payment is due prior to the first class of each session. No Annual sign-ups are required. Class sizes are limited. Tuition can be paid by credit card using Square, too.
Previous classes have created mixed media collages, oil pastel interiors based on Van Gogh’s work, art journal pages, landscapes done in acrylic and more!

Please Contact The Artist to Register:
Anita McKenna-Murphy
P.O. Box 91 New Vernon, NJ  07976
Cell 973 590-8971



The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts offers a variety of school programs designed to employ history, language arts, math and science for all age groups and different learning styles. Each of our programs includes a lesson and a hands-on craft relevant to the content of the lesson. Visitors to our educational programs have praised our "enthusiastic and engaged educators," and the "wealth of knowledge" shared by our Museum staff. Parents tell us that their children who have visited the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts-either with a school group or with their families-have retained the information learned in more far-reaching ways than they have in some of their more traditional learning situations.

The combination of personalized education in home-schooling and variety of content of museum programs is a win-win situation for all involved. Please consider booking programs at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts to enhance your home-schooling educational offerings. A complete listing of our education programs can be found on our website, www.metc.org.

To book an Education Program call 973-377-2982 x12 or email schools@metc.org


Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown

Abraham Lincoln Remembered
Monday, February 17 2014
In honor of Presidents’ Day weekend, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown will hold a family program on Monday, February 17 called Abraham Lincoln Remembered.  Most students are familiar with stories of Abraham Lincoln as a young boy or as the President of the United States during the Civil War but few may know of Lincoln’s whistle-stop train trip that began on February 11, 1861 from his home in Springfield, Illinois to Washington, DC.  Lincoln took the extended trip to take the presidential oath of office and begin his presidency.
Families use a large floor map tracing Lincoln’s journey through seven states, including stops in New Jersey.  Families will also use “travel cards” that describe significant events that took place throughout the trip including the role famous 19th century detective Allan Pinkerton and the first American female private eye, Kate Warne, had in protecting the president-elect.  During the program, children will make and decorate a small book about Lincoln with favorite images and famous quotes of the president.
-Preregistration is required:  (973) 538-2404 ext.16 or email cwinslow@maccullochhall.org
-Three Session Times Available:  10:00-11:30 am, 1:00-2:30 pm, and 3:30-5 pm
-Suggested age: 7 to 12 years old
-Cost:  $8 per child (Museum Members: $6 per child) No fee for accompanying adult.


Homeschool Workshops at TFI (The Franklin Institute)

2013-2014 SCHEDULE for Homeschool Workshops

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Take a scientific look at the anatomy and function of animals through this hands-on workshop. Dissect an owl pellet to learn about an owl's diet and hunting habits. Explore a cow eye to find similarities between it and a human eye.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Explore the ancient Roman city of Pompeii through TFI's special traveling exhibit. Become a volcano detective, using evidence from Mt. Vesuvius' epic explosion to learn more about life in ancient times. Apply what you found to modern-day seismic events including earthquakes and tsunamis.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Students will light up this workshop as they investigate the basics of electronics and circuitry, and then create their own fashion design using LEDs and conductive thread. Students are encouraged to bring their own textiles to sew onto, like t-shirts, bags, or patches.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Put your thinking caps on for this day of brainy experiments and activities! Begin with an exclusive preview of TFI's new Your Brain exhibit. Learn about new advancements in neuroscience through a hands-on workshop.

Homeschool Workshops
General Information

Homeschool Workshops are for students ages 7-14. All ages will be in the same classroom, but separated by age at different tables.

Each workshop runs from 10:30AM-2:30PM followed by free time to explore the museum as a family.

What to Bring
- Please pack a lunch. The class will take about a 30 minute break in the classroom for lunch.
- Portfolios and pencils will be provided, so you don't have to bring anything else, unless you want to.
- The temperature can vary greatly around the museum, so dress in layers and be prepared for small messes!
- A Health and Consent Form if you haven't already returned it. (Only one per year needed.)

Arrival and Departure
Sign in will begin in the Bartol Atrium on the 2nd floor around 10:15AM and we will leave for the classroom by 10:30AM. We will return your student(s) to the Atrium around 2:30PM for you to sign them back out and begin exploring the museum on your own.

You may park in The Franklin Institute's garage, entrance on 21st St, at a discounted rate of $6 per Workshop. Please bring your ticket inside to receive the Workshop pass.

Workshop Fees
$60 per student (Non-Member)
$55 per student (Member)

The Registration Form provides more details about program discounts.

With your registration, you will need to provide a signed Consent Form.

For questions about the workshops, please contact Jessica McDermott via email.

For questions about making a reservation, please contact the Reservations team.

Register Today! 
215.448.1200 (Option 5)  

Groups of 15+ save 25% on General Admission visits. 


Morris County Park Pyramid Mountain Winter Programs

Thursday, February 6
Nature’s Classroom: Skulls & Bones

Ages 9 - 12.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: January 30, February 20, & 27
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $45 for series / $12 per class.

Tuesday, February 11
Nature’s Classroom: Mammals

Ages 6 - 8.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: January 28, February 25, & March 4.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $12 per class/ $45 for the series.

Wednesday, February 12                             
Awesome Animal Artists

Ages 5 - 9.
Budding young artists mix nature and art in this indoor/outdoor program. Each class features a different NJ animal to learn about and draw. Parents are welcome to stay and take part.
Time:  4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $5.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 14, 15 & 16
Great Backyard Bird Count: Easy

Ages 5 & Up.
Take part in this annual event as birdwatchers of all ages count birds to create a snapshot of where birds are across the continent. Pick up an observation packet at the Visitor Center and go to your favorite vantage point to count the birds you see in a 15 minute period. Report your data back to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Bring binoculars and your curiosity. 
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: FREE.

Thursday, February 20
Nature’s Classroom: Orienteering

Ages 9 - 12.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: January 30, February 6, & 27
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $45 for series / $12 per class.

Tuesday, February 25
Nature’s Classroom: Owls & Pellets

Ages  6 - 8.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: January 28, February 11, & March 4.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $12 per class/ $45 for the series.

Thursday, February 27
Nature’s Classroom: Winter Hike/ Snowshoe Trek

Ages 9 - 12.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: January 30, February 6, & 20
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $45 for series / $12 per class.

Tuesday, March 4
Nature’s Classroom: Winter Hike/ Snowshoe Trek

Ages 6 - 8.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: January 28, February 11, & 25.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $12 per class/ $45 for the series.

Wednesday, March 5
Family Walk: Here Comes the Sun!

Ages 4 & Up!
Celebrate the life giving star with a walk and activities.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $4 per child.

Wednesday, March 12
Awesome Animal Artists

Ages 5 - 9.
Budding young artists mix nature and art in this indoor/outdoor program. Each class features a different NJ animal to learn about and draw. Parents are welcome to stay and take part.
Time:  4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $5.

Sunday, March 30
Chorus of Frogs Walk: Easy

Ages 5 & Up.
Let’s find out which frogs are out there singing love songs. Bring binoculars or borrow ours.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $1.

For more information contact: 
Douglas Vorolieff
Senior Teacher Naturalist - Pyramid Mountain
Division of Cultural and Environmental Resources
Morris County Park Commission
P.O. Box 1295, Morristown, NJ 07962-1295
473 Boonton Ave, Boonton, New Jersey, 07005




Take a FAITH Center Tour!
It’s not too early to start thinking of your homeschool activity choices for 2014- 2015!

Do your homeschool plans for next year look anything like this?

1.  Round out my kids’ academics with some incredible fine arts offerings.

2.  Calm our schedule down by scheduling special activities for all of my kids in one place, on one day.

3.  Look for classes taught from a Christian worldview.

4.  Be a good steward of the financial blessings God has provided to my family.

The FAITH Center offers all this and so much more!!  What is the quality of the instruction provided?  Just ask some of last year’s seniors who are now majoring in Musical Theater, Art, Music Education, and Theater at their colleges of choice. 

The FAITH Center, founded 21 years ago by Bill and Lori Briggs, offers homeschooled students of all ages professional instruction in the arts with a focus on exploring and developing talents to glorify God.  Whatever your reason for seeking professional instruction in the arts from a Christian perspective, the FAITH Center may be your answer to prayer. 

There is something for every member of the family at the FAITH Center, from preschooler through high schooler.  In addition to private and small group instrument lessons and bands and orchestras for beginning through advanced students, there are dance classes where honoring God is just as important as learning the steps, both traditional and computer art, drama, several different choirs divided by age, small group voice lessons, a fully staged spring musical, and more.  (Not all classes are available at each location.) 

Information sessions and tours are currently being scheduled at all four of our FAITH Center locations (Randolph, Lafayette, Wayne, and Somerset) for the 2014-2015 year.  If you’re interested in learning more about the FAITH Center and discerning whether it might be a good fit for your family, please visit the FAITH Center’s website, www.faith-center.com to learn more about our program.  Don’t wait until the summer to look into our course offerings; it could be too late!  For more information, email info@faith-center.com.



Homeschool Swing Dance on Friday, March 21, 2014 at The Freedom Church in Oak Ridge.

For Homeschooled high schoolers, alumni, and friends.

Buy your tickets now.  Only $10/person, $25 maximum/immediate family.

Please join us!  For full details, visit our website.


Gen2 Survey

Just a reminder
Don’t forget about the Gen 2 Survey. The survey is taking a close look at those who are 18-38 years of age who were raised in Christian homes, whether they are Christian, Non-Christian, Public Schooled, Private Schooled, or Homeschooled. 

1.  Please pass this survey on to every young person you know who is 18-38 years of age (especially those who were raised in Christian homes in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s).
2. Pass it along to homeschool organizations, churches, homeschool support groups, or any family you know with older children. Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, whom many of you know, is the principal investigator. Feel free to use any text from this e-mail or contact us for promotional materials.

The survey is anonymous (there is no tracing of answers to sources).  It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and each participant enters a contest to win one of THREE I-PAD MINIs!

Click here to visit the Survey Webpage: www.gen2survey.com


Keystone Home School Spring Break February 22 – March 2, 2014

Keystone Homeschool Spring Break

With three unbelievable mountains, tons of outdoor adventures, lodging and dining all in two unique villages, it’s clear that Keystone is the best place to experience the best of the Rocky Mountains. The fun and excitement is all in one convenient location. Bring your family on a winter getaway and try adventures like a horse-drawn sleigh ride, tubing atop our mountain, ice skating on two lakes, exploring the world’s largest snow fort and much more.

A Mountain of Possibilities.  For a  full list of Spring Break activities and events as well as discounted rates, please visit:  Keystone Homeschool Spring Break

Even in a Winter Wonderland like Keystone, sometimes Winter needs a little help getting started. That’s where Keystone’s Snowmaking team lends a helping hand! Our team of expert snowmakers play a vital role in allowing us all to enjoy our favorite Winter sports. As part of Keystone’s Homeschool Spring Break, join our Keystone Snowmaking Team for an interactive lesson exploring the technology, weather patterns, and science behind the Keystone snowmaking process. Come meet the team that makes Winter happen, Monday, February 24th.

As part of Keystone’s Homeschool Spring Break, we are proud to partner with the Ski with a Ranger program to provide a guided interpretive tour of Keystone for our Homeschoolers, highlighting the resources of the National Forest and the resort’s environmental commitments – the Ski with a Ranger program is a partnered effort with the United States Forest Service, Friends of Dillon Ranger District, and Keystone Ski Resort.

Volunteer Rangers will guide a one hour ski or snowboard tour down an intermediate trail on Dercum Mountain at Keystone Ski Resort. Participants meet at the top of Dercum at the lookout deck at 11:00am on Friday, February 28th, 2014 . The Ski With a Ranger tour is free to participants, but a lift ticket and at least intermediate skiing ability are required. Each tour follows the naturalist guide through several planned stops on the mountain to learn about topics of interest.

Come join Keystone Science School for a fun-filled day of Science. Adventure. Fun! For this program, students will engage in a focused curriculum on forest health and wildlife ecology. Students will have the opportunity to meet a tree and learn about some of the adaptations plants and animals need to survive in our high alpine environment. Don’t miss out on this wonderful program.



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March 2014: Friday, February 21st
April 2014: Tuesday, March 25th
May 2014: Friday, April 25th

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