ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter
From the President’s Desk
ENOCH’S 21ST ANNUAL HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION
JUNE 17th – 18th, 2011
Please note the date
From Homeschool to Home Education to Home Discipleship
us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever. --
"Destroy the family, you destroy the country." -- Vladimir Lenin
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will
never be uprooted. --Vladimir Lenin
Recently, we had dessert with some friends. As the night wore on the
normal things were discussed: the job, churches, ENOCH, the convention,
etc. The conversation turned to homeschooling. As we talked, we named
it “home education.” Then I communicated a thought I heard at the
National Leadership Conference. Someone defined homeschooling as “Home
We all agreed that it was a perfect fit. Then a few days later, we
received our magazine, Homeschooling
. Did you notice that the magazine now has a
subtitle: “A Practical Journal to Home Discipleship?” I could not
believe my eyes! I never noticed it before. I do not know how long it
has been there. But I do know that God wanted me to see it. Then a
thought hit me. For the Christian homeschooler, are we just teaching or
are we teaching and training in discipleship?
up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not
depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6).
“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring
them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4).
“And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are
able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ
Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15).
Of course, you must define discipleship. According to the dictionary,
it means “a position of disciples. Some one who believes and helps
spread the good news of Jesus Christ.” One definition I found on
Christian discipleship is “Disciples that grow in the Lord Jesus Christ
and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to
overcome the pressures and trials of the present life and become more
and more Christ-like.” This requires Bible study, prayer and obedience.
Finally it should include “discipling others to walk in His way.”
It sounds like a tall order but isn’t that what God commanded us to do?
In home educating our children, the progress should embody discipling
them. We cannot reach a lost world if we neglect this.
Why the change in ideas and words? I saw in the news that CNN ran a
piece about homeschooling in the US. According to them, homeschool has
gone up 74%. I do not know how genuine the statistics are or where they
did their research, but the fact remains that homeschooling is on the
rise. Why? Maybe because of crime in the schools; lack of resources;
testing scores not measuring up; peer pressure; bullying; shootings,
etc. Or is it because the parent has a conviction to raise their kids
for God, discipling them in the Kingdom of God.
The face of homeschooling is changing from what it was 10-20 years ago.
We need to step back and re-evaluate our reasons for homeschooling.
This was one of the reasons that ENOCH came up with a theme for the
2011 Convention. We want folks to go back to the basics, get refocused,
renewed, refreshed, catch the vision. “Renew the Vision” is a call back
to the place where we began.
Look at your children today and ask yourself, “Am I just teaching? Or
do I have disciples for Christ? Why do I homeschool?” Let us hear God
today summon us back to Himself. Make plans to join us on June 17-18,
2011. You won’t be sorry.
God bless you this new year of 2011.
In His service,
Happy New Year from all of us at ENOCH...may 2011 be a
you and your family as you continue to seek the Lord on your
Encouraging Words From
Homeschoolers Across the Nation
Your Vision for Homeschooling (and The Life You
By Diane Flynn Keith Written on January 2, 2010
Did you set some New
Year’s resolutions for homeschooling?
Most of us set educational goals at the beginning of the traditional
school year in September. Unfortunately, those goals often
aren’t achieved. Life interrupts our plans and as the kids
grow, their needs, skills, and interests change – even in the course of
just a few months!
Some parents keep trying to do what doesn’t work, resulting in tears
and tantrums. Or, they may throw up their hands and just hope for the
best. By the time the New Year comes, they’re ready for a fresh start.
Making a resolution to
get back on track with curriculum can be a
As Einstein is credited with saying, “The definition
of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again – and expecting
A failure to plan
a strategy for creating the homeschool life you
really want – one that truly develops your children’s potential, helps
your family thrive, and makes everyone really happy – is a plan to fail.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve often made resolutions that don’t
really motivate me. In fact, by mid-January they started to
feel more like “chores” or “shoulds” rather than heartfelt wants or
desires. When you don’t keep your resolutions, it can make you feel
guilty. You may engage in negative self-talk – as if that could ever
In my experience, the
“shoulds” really pile up fast in homeschooling
usually based on the school model for education and not on the true
needs and desires of the individuals in the family. If your
New Year’s resolutions don’t invigorate you and your children
to want to take action to accomplish something purposeful and
meaningful, then why not do something different?
Instead of making a list
of academic goals, why not create a vision of
what you want in your life?
as a task to finish apart from living your lives, imagine an
all-encompassing view of what you truly want in your life that includes
education, play and relaxation, relationships, work, spirituality, and
mental, emotional, and physical health.
All of these things flow together in a homeschool household. If we only
address a small part of the whole, for example academics, we’re missing
the bigger picture. Every aspect of life is inextricably entwined in
homeschooling and/or unschooling. All of the parts of the
puzzle fit together to create our lifestyle.
So, instead of limiting yourself to a resolution to complete the
curriculum, think about
where you would like to be in all of these
areas a year from now and create a BIG, BROAD VISION
characteristics, and skills would each family member like to possess or
achieve? What would you truly like to do with your time and ability?
Think in terms of
creating the homeschool life you want, and you can
begin to create the environment that supports its development.
don’t have to confine your homeschool life to school grade levels each
year. You can liberate your family from conventional
schooling to create the life you want. Doesn’t the idea of that make
your heart beat a little faster?
It may be a bit scary, but use the excitement the fear produces to get
going and achieve your heart’s desire. Let THAT propel you into motion
in a way an annual resolution to complete a spelling workbook cannot.
Ready to get started?
Here’s a little exercise
that will help: (
Note from the editor: Remember this was written last year)
Imagine it’s a year from now – January, 2011. In the past
, write a letter about all of the things that you and
did and what happened in 2010.
Be very specific and include lots of detail. Describe
realistic activities but make sure they cause you to stretch
beyond your comfort zone and get your heart and mind racing at the
thought of the possibilities. If it doesn’t feel a little
risky, then dream bigger.
In your past tense letter, be
sure to explain the things each of you
learned, new skills you developed, and the activities you
. Talk about the improvement in your
family finances. Tell the highlights of a family vacation and the fun
and really enjoyable things you did together. Mention what you did to
ensure your physical health and sense of well-being. Writing
about it in detail, as if it has already happened, is
empowering. Every time you read it back to yourself, now and
throughout 2010, it will enable you to see yourself really living the
life you want. The more
clearly you see yourself in that place, the
more it will motivate you to take the action needed to get there.
Focus on what you genuinely want for your homeschooling life, not the
agenda or “shoulds” of social engineers or some supposed authority that
doesn’t have your best interests at heart. When you know in
the core of your being what you want for your life, when you can sense
what it feels like to have it, it’s more likely to become a
Here’s to living the most
homeschooling life you can imagine in 2010!
Encouraging Words from
Our Key Note Speaker
By Kevin Swanson
All of what you are about to read are real events. Some of the names,
places, and details have been changed to protect the guilty.
As the keynote speaker at the conference wrapped up his speech on
homeschooling for excellence, I was taking notes furiously. He said,
"They will know the classics! They will be rooted in a biblical
worldview and know how to defend their faith! They will have the
character to do all this and more!"
I felt invincible as I walked into the house with the pile of books
recommended by the inspirational speaker. The matter was settled. I had
the best resources anybody could buy for the education of a child.
There was nothing that could possibly go wrong.
For the first two weeks of the school year, things went pretty well.
Then it became apparent that things were slipping through the cracks.
No. Here's a better analogy for what was happening. A 60 foot fissure
had opened up in the earth and was swallowing the whole thing alive.
The coursework for our 15-year-old called for a reading of Plato's
Republic. So I'm trying to explain to him what it means for man to know
something by participating in the eternal, changeless being. The
textbook I bought isn't helping much, because I'm not sure the author
of this course has a clue how Plato's theory of knowing is any
different from that of the Bible's. Besides what kind of nutcase
endorses infanticide, abortion, holding of property and women in
common, and women exercising in the gym nude? I don't think a
15-year-old boy needs to be reading this.
But we have deeper problems going on. After reviewing the last 3 weeks
of my son's math lessons, I come to find out he's been skipping 6-7
problems each lesson - only the problems he can't figure out . . . and
he hasn't asked for help. Now I probably should have been grading his
work, but I have a few things going on in my life, you understand. Now
isn't it really an honesty issue? You see, what I find so bothersome
about this is not that he doesn't know the lesson. It is that he has
led me to think that he finished his lesson each day, when in truth he
never did. So we really do have deeper problems here, and I'm wondering
to myself whether my fathering is really intact.
So we have a heart-to-heart talk on things like slothfulness, lying,
and honor of parents. He tells me that the real issue is that I have
overburdened him. Ever since I came back from that homeschool seminar
armed with the 15 textbooks, he has been unable to finish all of the
So now I wonder: is it my pride that is forcing him through a set a
hoops that God would not require of the lad, or are we really dealing
with character issues on his part?
Nevertheless, a review of his day would find an inordinate amount of
time spent in such less-than-productive activities as daydreaming,
video games, checking e-mail, and reading the fluffy, fun stuff.
Therefore, the ultimatum descends from above: no computer games, no
e-mail, and no web-access for the next four weeks. I told him that I
was disappointed with his lack of responsibility. I told him my real
desire for him is that he would be able to make his own decisions
concerning these things, but since he was not prepared to do this, I
would do it for him.
As we return to the math, he does mention to me that I have been busy
with other things and unable to tutor him through his math lessons. We
sit down to work through it, and I get a phone call, after which I am
not able to get back to him until later that evening. And it was at
that point that I realized that he has not captured some fundamentals
in his math, and he needs to move back a year and begin anew.
Throughout our exchanges, I think I sinned once or twice. Later my wife
told me she heard me yelling, "AND ONE MORE THING! I'M SICK AND TIRED
OF PUTTING UP WITH YOUR ANGRY, SULLEN, AND IMPATIENT ATTITUDE AROUND
THE HOUSE!" She said that she detected just a hint of hypocrisy there.
So before he hit the hay, I was standing by his bedside asking
forgiveness of him for my impatience and pride when I raised my voice
in the study.
As we prepared for bed, my wife and I have a discussion about the young
man, a conversation which seemed to be focused on the negative,
everything that is not being accomplished, every godly virtue that is
not be exemplified in the young man's life, and every sin he has
committed in the last two years. By this time it is plain to me that we
are losing the character battle. We are losing the academics. And what
am I doing serving as Executive Director of an organization that is
supposed to have something to do with educating children? As I am about
to drift off to sleep, I think, "Maybe I should find one of those boy's
boarding schools that takes in incorrigible, rebellious teens. I wonder
if I just googled incorrigible youth'"
But the next morning brings a new day. My son smiles at me, says good
morning, we hug, and the relationship starts over again.
Homeschooling in our home is a mess. We never get everything done in a
given day. We don't meet our own expectations or anybody else's for
that matter. We have no professionals involved. We don't have $400
billion dollars of tax monies to fund it. For curriculum, some families
can only afford a Bible and a well-worn copy of Pilgrim's Progress. But
ironically, this is the only form of education where a family can skip
an entire year (because they had to care for an aging grandparent), and
the standardized scores for their children following that year were
even higher than they were the previous year (HLSDA President, Mike
Smith tells this story).
Homeschooling is the only form of education where a father can home
school his daughter in the deep woods of Northwest Oregon with nothing
but a set of World Book Encyclopedias and a Bible for curriculum, and
four years later, the 12 year old girl tests out as a high school
Homeschooling rides on a wing and a prayer. Every day, you fail. Every
day, you can reach down and feel the end of your rope. And every day,
you hang on by shear faith. But somehow you make all the way to the
end, and your children rise up and call you blessed, and God turns to
you and says, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
ENOCH Lending Library
Recently, Andrew Pudewa, homeschooling dad and founder of Institute for
Excellence in Writing, addressed a group of homeschool
leaders. His topic? Brain science research shows
how boys and girls learn differently. Did you know that for
girls to learn, the optimal room temperature is significantly higher
than for boys?
To hear more about this topic request: How
Boys and Girls Learn Differently #401 by Andrew Pudewa,
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Renee Ellison speaks about the psychology in dealing with a resistant
To listen to Renee
The Resistant Child #124
To request a copy from our lending library email us at: email@example.com
. Please include the title and number of the audio
you would like to receive in your email.
ANNUAL HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION
JUNE 17th – 18th, 2011
Please note the date
website for more information about our upcoming Homeschool Convention.
The website has many links including registration for
exhibitors and workshop speakers. Take a look at the upcoming
conference speakers....Kevin Swanson and Andrew Pudewa. Check
back frequently for more information as the convention dates will come
up quickly! Mark your calendar so you don't miss out on this
wonderful opportunity to help you succeed in your homeschooling
adventure. We look forward to see you there!
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HOME SCHOOL LEGAL
Why Join HSLDA?
to homeschool and
defends your family. A lawyer is on call 24/7.
by phone or email: Get direct
answers to your specific questions about home education.
Veteran homeschooling parents are available to answer your questions
you find resources for teaching your children:
(including preparing for college or career paths)
(special needs/gifted and talented)
homeschool freedom for all families by
homeschooling nationwide, as well as by
working with state homeschooling groups to pass homeschool-friendly
and stop unfavorable bills at the state and federal levels.
the cause: Although
homeschooling is recognized in every state, HSLDA receives phone calls
from families whose right to homeschool is being challenged or
against by school officials, social workers, employers, colleges, armed
services recruitment officers, and government bureaucrats. The
nature of homeschooling defies the educational elite’s ideal of
uniform indoctrination—making parental choice in education a target for
elimination. By joining HSLDA, you are supporting families who are
their right to homeschool today and standing together to preserve
freedom for tomorrow.
For more information about HSLDA visit their website at:
OTHER EVENTS AND
NJ-state/AMS certified teacher conducting supplemental
homeschooling sessions in Bergen County.
name is Suzanne Marie Amato. After years of teaching in both public and
private schools, I decided there had to be better alternatives to
institutional education. After spending three
intensive Montessori elementary training, and sitting through many
educational psychology classes, I realized something was missing in the
translation from teacher-training to actual implementation in the
A passionate educator, I soon realized I could
not promote change from within, so I decided to strike out on my
own. Having spent many years with children of all ages, I
realized what homeschoolers already know. You must, first and foremost,
know the child. Their strengths, interests, and individual
potential are the foundation for the intellectual, emotional and
physical health of our children. The bond that parents have with their
children is their greatest asset.
After establishing a
solid relationship based on mutual respect with the student, the
foundation for learning is set. I can then share my love of
learning and critical thinking. I use a combination of
and Montessori-based approaches. I specialize in:
- teaching critical thinking skills using Socratic reasoning
- moving from the concrete to abstract in mathematical
- emphasizing cross-curricular connections
- Discovery-based learning
you are seeking a curriculum and don’t know where to begin, I have a
full curriculum including lessons and Montessori elementary materials
for: K-6 Math, Geometry, History, Geography, Science, and K-8 Language
Arts: including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, literature and
writing. Or you can choose to join our existing group of
homeschoolers who meet every Tuesday and Thursday for three-hour
sessions of Math/Geometry and Language Arts. Rates are
$10.00/hour/student for group sessions. Literature circles
also available for the same group rate.
What makes our groups unique:
- A combination of Montessori and classical-based approach to
- Lessons are customized to your child’s ability level and
- An environment rich with engaging manipulatives and a wide
variety of resource materials is provided.
- Multiple Intelligences are assessed to determine your
child's strongest learning style.
many years of research and training, I have also created my own
Literature and Writing program based on higher-level meta-cognitive
comprehension strategies and the 6 Traits of Writing. Also
available are Languare SAT prep, preparation for state
and high school entrance exams. One-on-one tutoring is very affordable
and can be conducted weekday mornings, evenings and Saturday mornings.
Please call 201-439-0601 or email Lv2reed@aol.com
for more information.
join our group and watch your child's passion for learning blossom!
School Learn to Skate Program at Aspen Ice at Flemington
Join us in Using Ice Skating As Your Physical Education Class!!
It’s a great way to stay in shape, have a fun time doing it, and
meeting new friends!
We are excited to announce our Winter II 2011 Homeschool XIII Learn To
Skate Program here at Aspen Ice at Flemington!
To Skate is a comprehensive program designed to teach students of all
ages the basic skills of ice skating, or basic/advanced hockey skills.
professional staff makes the primary factor fun in learning the art of
skating and makes it a memorable experience. Our classes/ice-times for
you are held for eight weeks and are offered on Tuesdays from 1-2:30
p.m. Students will have 1-1:30 to warm-up before the class
1:30-2. Then, they will have from 2-2:30 to practice the skills that
they were just taught.
Tuesdays: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15
TUITION (8) 30 min Lessons + (8) 60 min. Ice Times
$100 per child + $10.00 USFSA Fee (annual fee every Sept.)
$90 per child + $10.00 USFSA Fee (for children in a family with 2 or
more children participating in the program)
*Skate Rental is included* (An Additional Hour and a Half Free Skate!)
Aspen Ice at Flemington is located at 426 Case Blvd., Flemington, NJ.
For more information Phone: 908.237.1423 or visit www.aspenice.net
Museum Classes at Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museum Classes are designed to serve small homeschool co-op groups or
individual homeschool families. Each class takes place in the
Museum’s permanent galleries and is designed as an interactive lesson
that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through a variety
of activities including discussions, drawing and writing in the
Preschool age group class will
have a book read to them in the galleries, look at original works of
art that relate to the book, and make an art project to take
Classes are being offered for
students in K-12(classes are divided according to grade
will be held the first Wednesday of the month through June from 10am to
Below are a few more of the class titles being offered for
Stories in Art, Art and
Language Arts, Walk Through Time with Museum’s Architecture Collection
and many more.
Student Fees: $8 per class (Museum Members) $10 per class
Reduced Rate if you sign up for 4 classes or more, $ 7 per class
(Museum Members) $9 per class (Non-Members)
Fee: $4 per class (Museum Members) $5 per class (Non-Members)
off each class when signing up for 4 or more classes
there can be no more than 30 participants (including chaperones) in
each class, parents who wish to accompany their child must sign up in
This program has limited space, so reservations are
required. If you have any questions, or to receive a listing
available classes and registration form, please contact
Wheeler at 215 684 7582 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Registration period ends at 4 pm on the Wednesday of the week
preceding the lesson.
Center Homeschool Programs
8, 2011 - HomeSchool Day Laboratory Workshops
The Scientist In Me
scientist has skills that you must know, you observe, you measure, and
conclude you know! As you study the life of a pumpkin seed,
will learn the skills that you certainly need.
scientist in you to our workshop and you will see your inquisitiveness
10:00am - 10:45am; 11:00am -
3 - 8 yrs old and caregiver
$8.00 per pair
Head in the Clouds
those cirrus, stratus or cumulus clouds! Become a junior
meteorologist in this visually stimulating workshop.
cloud formation, construct a cloud spotter wheel and predict your own
10:00am - 10:45am, 11:00am - 11:45am;
1:00pm - 1:45pm
8 - 10 yrs old
$8.00 per child
Weather or Not?
stations all over the country are collecting data around the
clock. This program investigates how weather observations
the naked eye and with instruments can come together to make a
forecast. Participants investigate Liberty Science
own data, create a temperature map, and feel air pressure first hand.
10:00am - 10:45am, 11:00am - 11:45am;
1:00pm - 1:45pm
11 - 13 yrs old
$8.00 per child
1, 2011 and March 2, 2011 - Homeschool Residency Programs
The Building Blocks of
Structures (only on March 1, 2011)
you ever looked up at a building and wondered how it was built or how
construction workers create structures that stand so tall? In
this beginning workshop on building, children will be introduced to the
physical science that architects and engineers use to design and build
those wonderful structures we call skyscrapers!
10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
3 - 8rs old and caregivers
$24.00 per pair
and Reactions! Learn basic concepts in chemistry that deals with
everyday "stuff". Students will take part in activities that
explain why chemistry is all about changes and participate in "messy"
hands-on activities that explain concepts such as polymers, acids and
bases, mixture and compounds, and many other themes.
10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
8 - 10 yrs old
Science: "The Right Stuff"
are different types of materials used and why? Student learns
about the properties of ceramics, metals, sports materials and
polymers. Student will mix and make their own concrete,
basic tests such as tensile strength for metals, create their own
polymer and learn about the materials used in sporting equipments.
10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
11 - 13 yrs old
$48.00 per child
"Green" are you? In this program, participants are introduced
environmental issues such as Global Warming, recycling, energy
conservation and green buildings.
10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
14 - 16 yrs old
$48.00 per child
To register, please contact our Reservations Department at
sign up quickly. Space is limited!
SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST ALERT
We're looking for the next homeschool scholarship winner! The sign up
deadline for the next $1,000 “Best Student Profile” college scholarship
is March 1, 2011. 16 finalists will have a chance to win the
award in a ‘bracket style’ contest. To be eligible, just post
your student profile at the HSNATION online community website (www.hsncommunity.com
Joining the site also makes you eligible for many other
scholarships. While you are there, take advantage of all the
info and college search tools we have available!
What is HSNATION?
The HSNATION online community is a free service for homeschoolers and
their parents. From the site you can post and update your student
profile; enter scholarship contests; get transcript, essay, application
and financial aid advice; and research colleges interested in students
just like you! Everything you need to plan for college, all in one
SKATING-CHERRY HILL SKATE CENTER
Dates for roller skating for the upcoming year!
Where: Cherry Hill Skate Center
Road, Cherry Hill NJ
Friday, January 21
Friday, February 18
Friday, March 18
Friday, April 15
All dates are 3rd Fridays and it is always 1-3PM.
For more information contact Linda at: email@example.com
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February 2011 issue: Tuesday, January 25th
March 2011 issue: Friday, February 25th
April 2011 issue: Friday, March 25th
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