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January 2014

From the President’s Desk


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

"Another year is dawning,” is a hymn we sing during our Watch Night Service, New Year's Eve, at church. This was originally written as a poem by the author, Frances Ridley Havergal, to friends in January 1874 as a New Year's greeting.  It is a now a beautiful hymn of consecration for the New Year. It is part of the first line – "Another Year is dawning; dear Father, let it be..." – that was the thought for this month’s article.

Another year is dawning at midnight - whether you are in church or watching the ball drop in Times Square or asleep - another year will begin. What will it hold? Great joy? Encouragement? Trials? Disappointments?  What about those “aha” moments when your teen finally gets the algebra concept? Maybe your third grader finds the joys of reading. Maybe it is a few tears shed as your last child finishes homeschooling. Or it is a sickness or the death of a loved one? Who knows?  Whatever it brings, we know Him who holds tomorrow. "Dear Father, let it be...” as the song goes, another year of working, waiting, progress, praise, mercies, faithfulness, leaning on Him, service. As we go through 2014, let us look to the Father above, for His grace and mercy when we fail, His encouragement when we struggle and His love toward us all the time.  As this New Year begins, let us encourage one another, pray for one another and not just at the beginning, but the whole year through.  The Board of ENOCH greatly appreciates your prayers this coming and your words of encouragement. It helps us to get through those difficult times.

Here is a suggestion - why not have one of your children write a paper on Frances Ridley Havergal? She wrote hundreds of poems and hymns, she was an accomplished pianist and vocalist, proficient in seven languages, and possessed a keen mind (memorized the entire New Testament, Psalms, Isaiah, and the Minor Prophets). You may be surprised by what they learn.

Some announcements for 2014 - we are pleased to announce another one of our main speakers for the 2014convention - Diane Kummer, from HSLDA.  Diane is one of HSLDA's High School Consultants and will be speaking on a variety of topics dealing with homeschooling during those high school years.  ENOCH is contacted throughout the year on questions about homeschooling through high school. Many parents are not sure what to do, how to have proper recordkeeping, even a transcript can be an issue. Diane is a wealth of information and encouragement when you think - "Can I homeschool all the way through high school?" The answer is “Yes, you can!”  Come to the convention and hear Diane share her own experience as she homeschooled her two children through high school.

Andrew Pudewa, from the Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW), is one of our other main speakers.  JandY Ministry will again be doing the Children's Program at this year's convention.  Sign-up early as their sessions filled up quickly and last year we had to turn people away.  Speaking of sign-in up early - Early Bird Registration for ENOCH's 2014 Convention opens February 1st!

Happy New Year!

Looking forward to a great year,
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.

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Prayer for Homeschoolers: Dedicating Your Homeschool to God

“You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.”   Psalms 65:11

Lord, we dedicate this year to You and rejoice in Your faithfulness to us. We stand on the covenant You have made with our Father, Abraham, to bless us. As we begin a new season of educating, training, and preparing our children to serve You, we ask You to crown this year with Your goodness. May Your Shalom—and all that entails: peace, prosperity, health, spiritual well being, and favor—fill our lives.

Thank You for calling us to educate our children at home. We accept this mission humbly, with a sense of eternal purpose and divine destiny. We declare that as Your children, we are a people set apart, a chosen generation, that we may show forth Your praises. Thank You that the calling and gifts You have placed in us and in our children, are irrevocable. We declare that our children will fulfill all You have for them.

Father, use this year to work in their lives for Your glory! We declare this year to be a season of great growth, productivity, and fullness—spiritually, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. As we delight in Your Word, we shall be like a tree, planted by living waters ready to bring forth its fruit in its season, our leaves shall not wither, and all we do shall prosper and be successful! Above all, Lord, we seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. As the deer pants for the water, may our spirits long for You in a new way. May we be mindful to be a blessing to others, both in our household and in the family of God—in Jesus’ name.

SCRIPTURES Genesis 12:2-3; Psalms 1:2-3, 23:6, 30:5, 42:1 & 65:11; Matthew 6:33; Romans 11:29; Galatians 3:14 & 6:10; I Peter 2:9;


Homeschool View - 9 New Year’s Resolutions from the Bible

01.03.13| Posted in: Homeschool View

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed" (Proverbs 16:3).

Setting goals for self-improvement each year is a personal process, the results of which we don't always care to share. While telling your spouse that you plan to clean out the basement by February holds you accountable, it also makes you feel even lazier if March rolls around and it's still a mess.

Having a partner who knows your new year's resolutions can be both a blessing and a curse, unless that partner is God. Talking to Him about your goals will give you peace of mind and an opportunity to ask for wisdom (whether your plan is in your best interests and others') and guidance (how to reach your goal).

This year, consider these Bible verses and have peace in knowing that if it is God's will for your resolution to be fulfilled, He will enable you to accomplish it.

1. Teach with intelligence. "Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness" (2 Timothy 2:23-24).

2. Pray for guidance. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him" (James 1:5).

3. Forgive those who have hurt you. "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you" (Colossians 3:13).

4. Take care of yourself. "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body" (1 Corinthians 19:20).

5. Love others. "The most important one, answered Jesus, "is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."

6. Be a role model. "Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity" (Titus 2:7).

7. Don't be discouraged by failures. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).

8. Value your friendships. "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?" (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11)

9. Help those in need. "Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me'" (Matthew 25:34-40).






Nina holds a B.M. in Piano Performance/ Piano Pedagogy from Odessa Music College (Russia). She and her family moved to New York in 1990 and to Cranford, NJ in 1994. She has taught Piano privately and in formal music schools in New York and New Jersey from 1990 to present.

Her students include Children, Teenagers and Adults from age 5 ½ to 70 yrs old. She teaches students at all levels of advancement and pays special attention to beginners. Students come from Cranford, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Union, Clark, Colonia, Linden, Springfield and Rahway.

Nina teaches Classical piano, Contemporary, Popular, Folk, Musical Theater styles, sight reading and musical theory. She is a Member of MTNA and MEA-NJ.

Nina is VERY Patient and always works at the students pace. Friendly and easy going, she makes sure her students enjoy the lessons. Her teaching style is flexible and lessons are structured to meet the unique needs and desires of each student. She believes that learning to play a piano should be a fun, challenging, and rewarding experience. Nina is very dedicated and caring teacher. She motivates students to practice and learn to play piano to the best of their abilities and to any capacity that they wish. They can participate in recitals if they want to and when they are ready; (recital is optional).

Students have successfully performed in recitals and final exams held by NJ Music Educators Association (MEA) each June.
Nina's most talented students participated in MEA competitions with excellent results.

For more information about Piano lessons in Cranford Studio:
CALL (908) 419-4385 or EMAIL: neg195@yahoo.com



The Berkeley Swim School

Winter '14 Homeschool Swimming Lesson Program
January 2 - February 5 (5/ 6 weeks)
Registration begins Sunday, November 10 ( submit this registration )

Mommy & Me :30 Age 3,4 this is an 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. Class time: Thurs 10:00  Fee: $70

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. Class time:Wed 10; 10:30; 11:30; Thurs 9:30; 11:00; 1:00; 1:30 Fee: Wed $60/Th $70

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. Class time: Wed 9:30; 10:30; 11:30; Thurs 9:30; 10:30; 1:00    Fee: Wed $60/Th $70

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. Class time: Wed 9:30; 11:00; Thurs 10:00    Fee: Wed $60/Th $70

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. Class time: Wed 11:00; Thurs 11:00  Fee:  Wed$60/Th $70

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. Class time: Wed 9:30; Thurs 10:00  Fee:  Wed $60/Th $70

Intermediates and Young Adult A :45 Ages 7-15 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. Class time: Thurs 11:00 Fee: $108           

Observation Days are offered only on the final day of class in each session.
Refunds 25% is charge for any cancellation. There are no refunds after the first class.

For more information contact: Towney Brewster - Berkeley Swim School - Director  www.BerkeleyAquaticClub.com
Berkeley Aquatic Club clinics will be held for Advanced Beginners, Intermediates and Young Adult A students only


Brooklyn Botanic Garden: LIGHT IN WINTER

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Celebrates Beauty in Darkness

November 2013 - February 2014

Brooklyn, NY—As the days get shorter and colder weather approaches, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is pleased to announce its second annual Light in Winter. This series of activities and programs is designed to highlight the pleasures of the winter season and encourage people’s connection to nature in the quietest months of the year. Inspired by winter traditions from around the world, Light in Winter, offers enlivening activities including bird walks, seasonal garden tours, yoga in BBG’s glass-walled Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium, children’s workshops, and a four-day festival inspired by winter customs worldwide.

Light in Winter activities are ongoing, with special programming over nine consecutive Sundays through January, February, and early March. More information can be found at bbg.org/lightinwinter.

Starting November 1, 2013 and running through February 28, 2014, BBG follows winter hours and is free to the public on weekdays; more information on hours and admission can be found at bbg.org/visit/hours.



Free Winter Weekday Admission

Tuesday–Fridays, November 1–February 28 | 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
In winter, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a sanctuary of calm, enjoining visitors to look closely into the Garden’s subtle beauty. The striking bark and branch structure of trees come to the fore, and the Garden’s formal architecture reveals itself in a whole new way. The Native Flora Garden, Japanese-Hill-and-Pond Garden, and Rock Garden present dramatic winter perspectives outdoors, and the Aquatic House’s orchid collection and other displays of the Steinhardt Conservatory offer visitors an escape to tropical, desert, and temperate climes. Winter is also the best time to appreciate the skilled attention to pruning of the deciduous trees and conifers in the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum.

Terrace Café Warm Winter Menu
November 1–March 1 | 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
The Terrace Café has developed a seasonal menu featuring a daily savory soup and changing specials like root-vegetable potpie and sandwiches and panini featuring beets, sweet potatoes, apples, and other winter delicacies. Visit bbg.org/visit/cafe.

On View Through January 22, 2014
Knit, Purl, Sow: The works in this exhibit of textile and knitting artists Tatyana Yanishevsky, Ruth Marshall, and Santiago Venegas range from finely detailed botanical renderings to expressionistic plants and landscapes. On view in the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery; visit bbg.org/discover/gallery/knit_purl_sow.


Sunday, January 5

Winter Tai Chi | 11 a.m.–Noon
Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Guided Tour: Chase Away the Winter Blues | 1–2 p.m.
On January’s tour—Getting Your New Year’s Resolutions Under Way in the Sensuous Winter Garden: Focus on Color, Texture, Shape, and Sound—learn how and why healthy lifestyle habits like walking outdoors can propel your pledge to conquer vices like overeating, smoking, laziness, and procrastination. Free with Garden admission. Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

Discovery Workshop | 2–4 p.m.
Come explore the remarkable ways the Garden’s plants and animals survive the coldest months. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Nature Walk for Kids 8–12 years old | 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Kids age 8 to 12 can leave their grown-ups behind and explore the Garden in winter on a guided walk. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, January 12
Bird Walk with Naturalist Brad Klein | 10 a.m.
For birders who keep a checklist of the species they see each year, now’s the time to begin counting. We'll venture out in the cold and hope for a winter surprise. Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Winter Yoga | 3 p.m.
Sarah Schumann, owner of Prospect Heights’ Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center, will lead a class that emphasizes warming and opening the body through yoga postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and guided meditation. This 45-minute drop-in class encourages you to slow down, savor the moment, and find the light of community. Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, January 19
Winter Drawing | 11 a.m.–Noon

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Discovery Workshop | 2–4 p.m.
Come explore the remarkable ways the Garden’s plants and animals survive the coldest months. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Nature Walk for Kids 8–12 years old | 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Kids age 8 to 12 can leave their grown-ups behind and explore the Garden in winter on a guided walk. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.


January 25–26, 2014
February 1–2, 2014

Enjoy two weekends aglow with midwinter delights during Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Illuminated festival, inspired by seasonal traditions from around world and offering indoor and outdoor activities against the dramatic backdrop of the garden in winter.

Over four days special activities—including nature crafts, outdoor games, bird watching, and unique pop ups for toddlers, young children, older children and teens, parents and grandparents—will be offered. Cozy up in BBG’s Mitten Lounge and enjoy games, treats, and the sounds of the Garden’s own pirate station, Northern Lights Radio, spinning some of your favorite winter season tunes. Free with Garden admission.


Sunday, February 2
Bird Walk with Naturalist Brad Klein | 10 a.m.

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Guided Tour: Chase Away the Winter Blues | 1 p.m.
Lunar New Year in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is February’s tour. This is the perfect chance to explore this renowned BBG garden’s “bones”—the botanical and hardscape elements that contribute to its year-round appeal. On this tour you’ll enjoy the soothing, contemplative atmosphere of the Garden in winter as you learn about the stylistic elements that distinguish Eastern and Western gardening styles. Free with Garden admission. Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

Sunday, February 9
Winter Tai Chi | 11 a.m.–Noon

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Discovery Workshop | 2–4 p.m.
Come explore the remarkable ways the Garden’s plants and animals survive the coldest months. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Nature Walk for Kids 8–12 years old | 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Kids age 8 to 12 can leave their grown-ups behind and explore the Garden in winter on a guided walk. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.


Monday–Friday, February 17–21 | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Enjoy the February school break at BBG, where Discovery docents and staff lead kids ages 3 to 10 in exploring the world’s desert and rainforest flora in the Steinhardt Conservatory and discovering amazing things about plants through fun, hands-on activities. Kids also get to pot up their own plant to bring home! Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Steinhardt Conservatory.

Sunday, February 16
Bird Walk with Naturalist Brad Klein | 10 a.m.

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Winter Yoga | 3 p.m.
Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

MARCH 2014

Sunday, March 2
Guided Tour: Chase Away the Winter Blues | 1 p.m
Early-Spring Flowers is the theme of March’s Chase Away the Winter Blues, the last tour of the season. Over a dozen species of spring ephemerals and other flowers grace the grounds of the late-winter garden at BBG. Celebrate the transition from winter to spring by admiring these petite, colorful, and sturdy blooms undeterred by the frosts and snows of March. Free with Garden admission. Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

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



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February 2014: Friday, January 24th
March 2014: Friday, February 21st
April 2014: Tuesday, March 25th

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