ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter
From the President’s Desk
Looking back at 2011 for ENOCH and the homeschoolers of New Jersey it
was an eventful year.
- ENOCH had a successful convention, having key positions
- Our Keynote Speakers, Andrew Pudewa and Kevin Swanson were
well received and blessed many at the convention;
Support Group Leaders Conference in November with Mike Donnelly from
HSLDA was a wonderful success and a rich blessing to all who attended;
added Michele Gross as our new Secretary this year and also voted in
David and Jackie West as Advisory Board members as Central Jersey
Representatives. We are still looking for people to help us
North Jersey Reps.;
- Also in November two bills were
introduced, one in the State Senate, S3105, and one in the Assembly,
A4372 that would severely impact the homeschoolers of New
Scott Woodruff, New Jersey's attorney form HSLDA, was instrumental in
getting the old Homeschool Task Force back together again.
task force consists of leaders from various New Jersey homeschool
organizations. Because of the efforts of the task
others the two bills have not left their respective education
committees and since the legislative session ends shortly will stay
there. We will keep an eye out in the next legislative
see if they get brought back and other legislation introduced;
are grateful for the interaction we receive with homeschoolers on our
Facebook page. If you haven’t “liked” us, find us on Facebook;
- The addition of our Special Needs Coordinator, Annette
Hooper, was given by the Lord at the right time.
has been gracious to us. Thank you for all your prayers and encouraging
words. As we start off 2012, please continue to pray for the ENOCH
Board, the convention, which is only 5 months away, and the
homeschoolers of New Jersey.
Happy New Year!
ENOCH of NJ
Encouraging Words For
Homeschoolers Across The Nation
Part One of a Three-Part Series
by Nancy Manos
In chatting with some homeschool moms several years ago, the question
came up, “How do you
motivate your kids to do their schoolwork?”
woman shared frustration over constantly battling with her son. She
would send him to his room everyday to do his schoolwork, and when she
checked on him later she would find that he had hardly accomplished
anything at all. Some of the other ladies expressed having
similar experiences in their homes.
I quickly realized that
these really sweet, well-intentioned moms were missing the heart of
home education. They were mistakenly equating education with completed
workbooks. What was missing was the opportunity for rich
experiences and the relationship-building interaction homeschooling can
Thinking about my own family’s homeschool journey and
what has helped us to thrive, I recognized the stark contrast between a
home where completing curriculum is the goal versus a home where
learning is a hands-on, multi-sensory, interactive adventure.
our children still need to complete their math problems and reading
assignments, but there is a way to create an atmosphere where the joy
of discovery and the thrill of deeper understanding are common in our
You’ve undoubtedly heard the William Butler Yeats quote, “Education is not the filling of
a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.”
The goal of our home education experience should not be to cram a
particular set of information into our children’s brains.
when we waken interest and kindle enthusiasm, our children can develop
a great love of learning that will last a lifetime.
An amusingly descriptive quote by Arthur Prince goes like this,
which is simply intellectual taxidermy – the scooping out of the mind
and the stuffing in of facts – that kind of education is
worthless. The human mind is not
a deep-freeze for storage; the human mind is a forge for production.”
love of learning coupled with an understanding that a child is created
by God, and that He has a plan for his or her life, will provide a
solid foundation of inspiration and purpose in each child.
are no limits to what one can become or achieve in this kind of
We can avoid the trap of being consumed with “doing
school” and instead focus on developing the love of learning in our
children by incorporating hands-on learning in our daily home education
HANDS-ON LEARNING IS
were created to experience the world around us through our
senses. Look for ways to incorporate the five senses ...
taste, smell, hearing, and sight ... whenever possible.
helpful to know your child’s learning style so that you can find
curriculum and present information to them in the way that will be most
easily received for them. It’s also important to expose your
child to all three styles of learning. The more ways they
encounter information, the more apt they are to learn it, and the more
adept they will be at receiving instruction in various forms.
TEACH CHILDREN TOGETHER
Do things that involve the student listening and also speaking.
Do things that involve the student seeing
as well as representing in visual form.
(drawing, painting, writing)
Do things that involve physical movement and touch.
you have more than one child, look for opportunities to teach them
together. History, science, and literature are excellent
for teaching children of varying ages.
If you’re all learning
about Ancient Egypt, for example, you can simply create more
challenging, in-depth assignments for older children, while having
younger children do activities that are appropriate for their age and
Teaching children together saves preparation
time and makes learning even more fun because it is something you are
sharing as a family!
READ ALOUD TO YOUR
all my years of homeschooling, this was one of the most revolutionary
ideas for me! I had wrongly assumed that once my children
to read, my reading aloud days were over. Thankfully, this notion was
challenged early on by a friend of mine!
Even up into
their teen years, I have read aloud to my girls. We
shared quite an adventure together reading biographies and other great
books this way.
Select some quiet activities to have available
for your children to do while you read to them. My girls often enjoyed
working on a project while I read (painting, drawing, knitting, making
Reading aloud works well with children
of varying ages. It helps expose younger children to new vocabulary and
they have opportunity to enjoy literature that may be beyond their
current reading levels. I regularly read books aloud that went with
whatever we were studying for history.
ACTIVITIES INFUSES A LOVE OF LEARNING
with lots of hands-on activities is a bit like making
you take a cucumber and dip it quickly into a bowl of vinegar, the
cucumber might have a little vinegar on its skin, but it will remain
unchanged. But when you soak a cucumber in a salty brine and spices,
heating it and cooling it, and letting it sit for a period of time in
that mixture, the cucumber becomes infused with those flavors, changing
it into a new creation—the pickle.
learning activities helps us infuse our children with the love of
learning and a broader understanding of a topic as they are exposed to
information in more and varied ways.
The act of reading
a chapter and answering questions, for most children, is like being
dipped in the information quickly and then removed. Minimal saturation
occurs. If they read it, talk about it, re-tell it,
about it, play a game about it, taste it, hear music associated with
it, and get to show someone else how it works, that knowledge becomes
part of their being—useable and alive.
For the majority of human beings, the following statement holds true:
and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
I watch someone build a birdhouse, I’ve witnessed a
demonstration. If I get the chance to build one myself, I’ve
gained understanding and skill.
We make our job as homeschooling
parents easier when we teach in a way that sparks interest and
enthusiasm in our children.
You don’t need to invest a
lot of time or money to make your homeschool experience a rich
adventure. Look for little ways along the way to make learning a joy
for your child. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!
has been serving on the board of directors of Arizona Families for Home
Education (AFHE) with her husband, James, since 2004. Nancy and James
have two daughters whom they homeschooled through high school. The
Manos’ home education journey was a rich, rewarding, sometimes
challenging experience, and Nancy is passionate about encouraging
others in the homeschool adventure.
It Hangs on My
Office Wall by Rick Boyer
hangs on my office wall, a simple wooden plaque not as long or as wide
as the lid of a shoe box. My desk is parked against that wall
the plaque is roughly centered, right at eye level. I see it
every time I look up. It says, “Dad, I think the sun rises
sets with you.”
On the back of the plaque I wrote
sometime or other in ballpoint, “From Rickey, Tim, Nathan and Joshua,
9-13-79.” I didn’t want to forget the occasion. The
was a gift for my twenty-seventh birthday. The boys’ mom
it, of course. At that time firstborn Rickey was not yet five
years old, baby Josh only a month. It was a simple,
gift, the kind we were used to in those early days when, like most
young families we were always tight for money. But though
since received many more elaborate and more costly presents, most of
them are long forgotten. It’s a humble rectangle of wood that
hangs above my desk where I’ll be able to see it often. And
Oh, I remember well the hardness of that season in our
family’s life. Marilyn and I had married young and started
family off in a rush. I’m glad those little boys, the first
of our fourteen children, were too young to feel the stress we did, as
the family needs grew faster than the family income. But now
easy to put the pressures of those days out of my mind and look back on
For a young parent, those were glory days when all
of our children were too young to have yet discovered that their
parents were neither omniscient nor omnipotent. They seldom
questioned our judgment then; our word was law and they never seemed to
wonder whether we really had their best interests at heart.
trusted us, secure in our love for them and each other. It
occurred to them that anything might ever happen that Mom and Dad
couldn’t handle. Their world was a small one but a nice one.
boys were my buddies. They were excited to see me turn into
gravel driveway after work. Daddy’s home! Time to
run, shout, then supper and reading together. Nothing very
shaking, but I’d give about anything to relive just one of those
days. Sometimes in the winter it would snow and I’d pile the
on a sled pulled by Bonnie and Chris, the family dogs. Up and
down the street we’d go, red-cheeked and laughing, turning back now and
then to pick up a passenger who’d spilled off in the snow.
would run alongside, encouraging the dogs and drinking in the joy on my
little boys’ faces. That’s back when I could keep up, of course.
the spring we’d plant the garden with plenty of little helpers
underfoot. In the summer we’d climb among the branches and
two different kinds of cherries from the huge old trees whose shade was
our only air conditioning. Autumn was a time for collecting
leaves together and sampling the home-grown vegetables Mommy had taught
herself to can—with assistance from her little helpers, of
course. Time seemed to go by slowly, yet somehow days turned
months and then years. And now my little boys are men.
is, except for Joshua. Josh, you recall, was our baby on that
twenty-seventh birthday of mine. He grew into the cutest,
round-cheeked giggling toddler you ever saw. Then into a
clown of a young boy, then a tall, lanky teenager. Then at
seventeen he got leukemia and died. I don’t need to tell you
a piece of his mom and dad died with him.
But even that
tragedy is nearly a decade in the past now. Our hearts have
healed, as much as healing is possible, and we’re happy for Josh in his
new and better home. We’re still filthy rich, with his
siblings to love and be loved by us, and the addition of three
wonderful daughters-in-law, one fine son-in-law and four beautiful
grandchildren. Eat your heart out, Bill Gates.
now thirty-one. He is an up-and-coming Christian political
activist serving in his first elective office on our county’s board of
supervisors. He and his wife, Christina, are the parents of
adorable baby boy named Luke. Tim, age twenty-nine, works
in the family business. He’s good at just about anything
can do, including being an accomplished pianist. He and Kari
presented us with our first grandchild, lively Cassidy and will soon be
welcoming their second heavenly gift, Adam Timothy. Nathan
married Tina, daughter of missionary friends of ours. He has
his own business since age twenty and has just in recent weeks become a
father, as little Ann Pearl made her grand entrance.
boys, the sun no longer rises and sets with Dad. They are all
now to some very special people and their priorities have changed, as
they must and should. I’m happy for them. Comparing
lives with my own at their age, I’m thankful to see that they are
better men. They are wiser men, which means that they are
without much of the stress I knew when they were little and I was still
struggling to learn how to live. They have all the joys that
had at twenty-seven, and much less stumbling, fumbling and
None of my grandchildren are yet two years old,
none are talking, at least in language that grownups
Most of the time, they display a distinct preference for Mommy over
Daddy. But to everything there is a season, and before long
will loom large in their little eyes. With my own
year in mind, I’m already vicariously enjoying what lies ahead for my
sons. Whether the little people ever put it in so many words
not, they’ll feel it and they’ll let their daddies know in a thousand
ways. “Dad, I think the sun rises and sets with you.”
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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 promoting
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
their right to homeschool today and standing together to preserve
freedom for tomorrow.
ENOCH's Discount Number to save on your HSLDA Membership by contacting
ENOCH via the Office Email, email@example.com.
more information visit the HSLDA website: www.hslda.org
OTHER EVENTS AND
and Writing Course
A high school-level course (for roughly ages 15 to adult) Winter/Spring
Dr. Brian Ray of the
National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) is the instructor.
Dr. Ray is offering this Research Methods and Writing course to help
- Learn how to design a research project.
- Understand different types of research.
- Explore, in-depth, a subject of your personal interest.
- Critique research done by academics, think tanks,
professors, and others.
- Broaden your understanding of and evaluate claims in
newspapers and other news media.
- Enhance your knowledge and use of logic.
- Conduct a literature review founded on research-based
- Write a social science research paper.
- Know when to use certain basic statistics.
participate and learn from Dr. Ray via his live weekly lectures (about
10 weeks, one hour each), review of student questions or comments via
text chat during the lectures, and answers to questions posted by
students on an Internet forum so all students can see and learn from
Dr. Ray’s answers. Lecture recordings will also be available to
students 24/7 online.
Dr. Ray has taught students at all levels
– elementary school, junior high school, high school, and undergraduate
and graduate university – over the course of many years. He has taught
private school, public school, and homeschool students. Dr. Ray is an
energetic and engaging teacher and has received much praise for his
teaching and speaking abilities. He serves as the president of the
National Home Education Research Institute and is internationally known
for his homeschool research, service as an expert witness in court
cases and before legislatures, and speaking at educational conferences,
including those for home educators. Dr. Ray and his wife have eight
children and live on a small farm in western Oregon.
will receive careful and detailed review, critique, feedback, and
grading from Dr. Ray on three written assignments. Students will also
take one exam to show their understanding of basic research methods
terms and concepts. Students who successfully complete the course
receive a certificate of completion for this one-semester, research
methods and writing, high school course.
Students who complete
this course and are interested in completing the research project they
design might be able to continue in a mentored project with Dr. Ray to
execute their study.
Tuition is $795 and is due in full upon
registration. Class size is limited – so students receive plenty of
personal attention and feedback from Dr. Ray – so first come, first
served. Late enrollments may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
registration form explains details such as the beginning lecture date,
possible payment arrangements, the tuition refund policy, forms of
payment, the textbook to be used and its cost, and more.
Please call Dr. Ray’s office at 503-364-1490 or email Abbie at firstname.lastname@example.org
registration form or if you have any questions. Remember, space is
Educational Services: Montessori Elementary Homeschooling and Tutoring
name is Suzanne Marie Amato. Thoughout my years of teaching
both public and private schools, I realized the need for better
alternatives to institutional education. After
three summers in 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 classroom.
A passionate educator, I
soon realized I could not promote change from within, so I decided to
create my own program. Having spent many years with children
all ages, I realized what homeschoolers already know. You
first and foremost, know
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.
establishing a solid relationship based on mutual respect with the
student, the foundation for learning is set. I can then share
love of learning and critical thinking.
I specialize in:
- teaching critical
thinking skills using
- moving from the concrete to
abstract in mathematical concepts
- emphasizing cross-curricular
you are seeking a curriculum and don’t know where to begin, I have a
full Montessori elementary curriculum including lessons and materials
for: K-8 Math, Geometry, History, Geography, Science, and K-12 Language
Arts: including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, literary analysis and
Through 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 Language SAT prep, preparation for state
testing and high school entrance exams. Affordable private and group
lessons are available in Bergen County thoughout the year. Email Lv2reed@aol.com
call 201-439-0601 for more information.
University High School Homeschool Day
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
On Monmouth’s campus in West Long Branch, NJ
- How do you decide which college to attend?
- What is involved in the college application process?
- Is the process different for a homeschooled student?
- What’s the difference between early decision, early action,
and regular decision?
- How does financial aid work?
- What if I don’t know what I want to study?
- How will a college help me transition to college life?
out the answers to these questions and many more as Monmouth University
hosts this complimentary event for high school homeschoolers! Hear from
Admission and Financial Aid representatives, Tour the campus, enjoy
lunch in the dining hall, and get your questions answered.
RSVP by January 17th to Danielle Colbert at email@example.com
CHERRY HILL ROLLER
join us for 2 hours of fun, physical activity. Every third
there is roller skating for the home school community. The
is open only for us. The games are turned off, the
family friendly. Mom's get to socialize while kids skate with
their friends. Come meet home schoolers from every
area........open to all.
Where: Cherry Hill Skate Center 664 Deer Road Cherry Hill
What: Private party 2 hours of skating with family friendly music
Who: Any home schooler please invite all put down your home school lists
When: 3rd Fridays (NOT December) from September-April 1-3PM
Cost: $3 per skater (non skaters do not pay) Max $12 per
family (cash please!)
skate rental available for $3 from rink (last year's price) either
quads or inline
You may bring your own skates
Please no outside refreshments as the snack bar is open.
Consume your food before coming in.
Dates for 2011-2012
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