ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter
From the President’s Desk
I would like to thank all of you (attendees, exhibitors, speakers and
volunteers) for making this year’s convention a blessing to so many.
This year I was not able to visit with exhibitors or attendees, but I
did sit in on a few workshops. One workshop that I was able
hear was Mike Smith's workshop call Remembering
the Reason, Renewing the Vision
Personally, I thought it was a great workshop. If you missed
session and did not pick up CDs of the workshops; you can order them by
I would like to address a question I have been asked for a number of
is it so expensive to attend the convention?"
Here are a few reasons:
- the cost for the Expo Center, decorator and all the
- Printing brochures, postcards and programs ran about $4500.
- There are supplies, postage, etc.
We at ENOCH have endeavored this year to keep our cost down
much as possible, but just like everyone else our costs keep going
up. We have not raised the registration price in a number of
years. The Expo Center increased our costs this year and will have
another increase next year. These costs we cannot control. This year we
had to pay the decorator overtime because the hall had to be empty as
quickly as possible for another function that was going to be there on
Sunday. Usually the convention is not broken down until the next
day. When I left the convention hall Saturday night at 9:00
the booths, tables, chair and everything else from our convention were
gone and the next function was being setup. Pretty amazing!
Due to the financial climate of New Jersey, we saw record requests for
scholarships for attendees who have struggled with unemployment, health
issues, and the list goes on.
Whatever monies we make from the convention, are used to help with
legislative issues facing homeschoolers while working with the Task
Force. Also, we endeavor to reach our Support Group Leaders with a one
day conference in the fall. Plus running the organization.
I hope this answers the question.
Plans for next year’s convention are well underway. The dates are May
We are working
on our speaker lineup, so keep watch on ENOCH
webpage for details.
Career & College
For those who did not attend the convention, ENOCH announced a "Career
and College Fair" to be held Saturday, Oct 6th, from 10am - 4pm at the
Lincroft Bible Church, in Lincroft, NJ. The church is just
Exit 109 of the Garden State Parkway directly across from the main
entrance of Brookdale Community College. Colleges from around
tri-state area will be represented and also people from the community
who will be there sharing about their careers. There will be
brief presentations giving by individuals regarding their careers, but
they will also be available for you and your teenager to talk to them
one on one. This will be a great opportunity for your
be able ask them questions about their careers, what kind of schooling
do you need, etc. If your son or daughter has a career in
maybe they are thinking about several, this will be the opportunity for
them to talk with someone in those fields. Keep an eye out on
website and in the summer edition of the ENOCH E-Newsletter for further
In His service,
Encouraging Words For
Homeschoolers Across The Nation
How To End Your
For many of us, the countdown has begun to the end of our
We’re wrapping up subjects, polishing off projects, maybe testing, definitely
thinking…and moving into planning for next
Even if we
continue on with summer activities and ongoing academic work, the
months offer time for reflection before moving on.
You know, homeschool Mamas can really beat themselves up.
Like the grading system we all
marked with red ink; we calculate deductions, then stare regretfully at
final score. We think of the should-haves, the could-haves, the why-didn’t-I
put-more-efforts? Oh, what a self-defeating approach!
While I’m not suggesting we simply pat ourselves on the back,
need for honest evaluation…I am strongly suggesting we remember this
are doing a beautiful thing.
Yes, you. This sacrificial road you’ve chosen in laboring with
nurturing, training and teaching your children is glorious
God absolutely delights in receiving our precious sacrifice,
believer that He also thinks we should celebrate it! So, how to end
homeschooling year? Ask questions that lead you to
and not just evaluate the year:
Did we step out and try anything new?
out quite like you thought, that’s okay. You took the risk for the
your family. Congratulations!
What area am I more confident in than when
a minute to think back on how this year has grown you. Name a way in
footing is more sure, your steps more solid.
How has Child A (then B, C, D…) grown
in character and
this year? Ditto for each child in your
family – just
think of one
word, one subject, one way marking growth.
How did we offer God our best?
red-inking the entire content of your year, pause to think of 2-3 ways
God was honored and praised in your year.
Then comes the fun part — CELEBRATE!
Whether big or
intentional about recording answers to these questions (or others you
think of) and finding a way to give a shout out.
Include your children in the
thinking and planning
special lunch or evening party as a family? perhaps a field trip or
Scripture is filled with God-ordained feasts and celebrations of
of giving praise for things gone well.
Celebrate the beauty of your homeschool year…
article by Daniele Evans was originally
published at Bright Ideas Press and is used with
Daniele is a homeschooling Mom of five blessings and enjoys
for the heart of mothers at her blog, Domestic Serenity (www.domesticserenity.org)
As the school year draws to a close, I am reminiscent of when my
homeschool journey began 9 years ago. "I can’t homeschool" was my
thought for over a year, as my teen aged daughter continually asked to
be homeschooled. I had no concept of what homeschooling was;
alone where to even begin. So as with many important
took it to the Lord in prayer. The answer I wanted to hear
the Lord had planned for
me and my family. I thought for sure
the Lord understood that I was working part-time from home with a
toddler under foot all day. I thought for sure
the Lord knew
I had no clue
where to even begin; let alone actually homeschool my
Well, my plan was not
the plan the Lord had in mind for us. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah
29: 11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the
Well, he definitely had a different plan for us than I did!
The Lord began to soften my heart. He planted seeds of
curiosity. I began to research what homeschooling was all
about. To my surprise, the amount of information was actually
bit overwhelming. The Lord knew that in advance
too. He had
already placed some homeschooling families in my life through our
church. So, I began to ask questions and learn about
homeschooling. I soon realized all the wonderful opportunities it would
give to us as a family. The Lord was definitely leading me to
homeschool my daughter.
We found a curriculum that would work for both my daughter
me. I joined a homeschool co-op and a homeschool fellowship
group. I picked the brains of the veteran moms and dads to
how they homeschooled. I made lasting friendships with
of those moms and dads are my closest friends now. I don’t
how I would have made it through those early years without the help and
advice of those in my homeschool groups.
I am on the other end of the journey at this point in my
am now able to share all the Lord has done through homeschooling for my
family with others. As my son graduates from the eighth grade
this year, my homeschooling journey is coming to an end. I
have a few more years left. Where does the time go?
I am so thankful the Lord had other plans for us. I am so
grateful he chose to change my heart and mind. I would have
missed so many wonderful blessings he had already planned for
I only hope that I
can share with the homeschooling community some of those wonderful
So, I encourage you to join a homeschool support
They are a great source of encouragement, advice, knowledge, and
wisdom. There are a great number of groups throughout NJ. Many of which
you can find right on the ENOCH
great place to start!)
Will you let the Lord guide you? “‘For I know the plans I have for
you,’ declares the Lord, ‘…plans to give you hope and a
(Jeremiah 29:11)Your child’s future is in your hands. Let the Lord lead
you on your homeschooling journey. He has a much better plan for you
and your family!
Encouragement: Reflections from a Homeschool
by Rachel Cross
To all the homeschool moms out there who fret over whether you are
educating your children the “right” way – this post is for you!
As a product of homeschooling myself, I remember my mom often feeling
uncertain of her ability to offer us a solid education. In those days,
homeschooling was not very common and many people were rather vocal in
their disapproval and doubt as to its validity. But my mom ignored the
naysayers, stuck to her guns, and chose to offer us the education she
felt was best.
Looking back now, I am deeply grateful to my mother for choosing to
homeschool my brother and me. I often reflect upon the wonderful gifts
I found in our homeschool. In this post, I’d like to share the rewards
I have reaped and remind you that you are giving your child something
unique and beautiful through the choice to homeschool.
Here are seven of the wonderful advantages homeschooling gave me.
1. A Love of Learning
Perhaps the greatest gift homeschooling gave me was a deep love of
In our family, the day our books arrived in the mail was always a day
of celebration. Why? Because learning was fun.
Inside those books were new things to be discovered, learned, and
treasured. Of course, I might have developed a love of learning had I
experienced a more “conventional” form of schooling, but homeschooling
gave my parents the exclusive ability to create an environment in which
the prevailing attitude in which I was immersed was that learning was a
fun, interesting, exciting journey.
2. The Ability to
If you are currently homeschooling, you are aware of the need for your
child to take the initiative in his or her learning.
Though this might feel like a curse at times, in the end, it is truly a
gift. When your child arrives at college, he or she will be hard-wired
with a set of self-starting skills that are essential in higher
education. Even if you use an online program that basically sets up a
virtual classroom, the learning your child achieves at home is still
accomplished in a large part by his or her own efforts and mental
3. A Nurturing Learning
One of my fondest memories from my homeschool is learning to read on my
mother’s lap. I was a good reader, but I lacked confidence. Nestled in
my mom’s lap, I had a safe place in which I could build confidence and
also make a lot of sweet memories.
Homeschooling can provide one of the most nurturing environments for a
child. In the loving arms of a parent, the child is free to develop at
a pace that is natural to him or her.
4. Opportunities in
One of the beauties of homeschooling is that it allows time to pursue
education outside of the traditional classroom environment. My family
capitalized on this opportunity by helping both me and my brother start
our own small businesses.
At the age of nine, I started my own bread business. Every Friday was
my business day. I would look at my orders and bake accordingly. I
actually made quite a bit of money and opened my first checking
account. The sense of accomplishment for a nine-year-old was great.
Plus, I learned how to make homemade bread! All of this was considered
part of my “schooling.”
5. Close Family
While any family can be close regardless of educational choice,
homeschooling lends itself towards close family ties. Spending hours in
the same classroom with siblings may bring conflict, but it also brings
The memories and bond my brother and I share from our years of being
homeschooled together are priceless to us.
6. Diverse Learning
Do you know any children who learned their twelve times tables by
boxing chicken eggs? Well, I did! Granted, we lived on a farm, but it
was the freedom that came with homeschooling that allowed me to learn
things like math in the context of daily life.
The opportunities and options for this are endless in a homeschool
setting. Is your child drawn to cooking? A lot of chemistry can be
learned in the kitchen! Learning about photosynthesis? Let your
children help in the garden.
Homeschool gives parents the freedom and time to pursue these unique
7. The Capacity to Dream
Finally, our homeschool gave me a capacity to dream. Education was
something that was within my grasp. If I wanted to learn something new,
Now, even as an adult, I still have the same feeling that the next
educational or career step is only an effort away.
Anything can be learned if one simply seeks to learn it.
What do you hope your children will take away when they graduate from
This post was written by Rachel Cross of From the Pantry on
August 27, 2010 . The original post can be found at:
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Home School Legal Defense
a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the
constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their
children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships,
HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together,
providing a strong voice when and where needed.
HSLDA advocates on the legal front on behalf of our members in matters
which include conflicts with state or local officials over
homeschooling. Each year, thousands of member families receive legal
consultation by letter and phone, hundreds more are represented through
negotiations with local officials, and dozens are represented in court
proceedings. HSLDA also takes the offensive, filing actions to protect
members against government intrusion and to establish legal precedent.
On occasion, HSLDA will handle precedent-setting cases for nonmembers,
HSLDA advocates on Capitol Hill by tracking federal legislation that
affects homeschooling and parental rights. HSLDA works to defeat or
amend harmful bills, but also works proactively, introducing
legislation to protect and preserve family freedoms.
HSLDA advocates in state legislatures, at the invitation of state
homeschool organizations, by assisting individual states in drafting
language to improve their homeschool legal environment and to fight
HSLDA advocates in the media by presenting articulate and knowledgeable
spokesmen to the press on the subject of homeschooling. HSLDA staff
members are regularly called upon for radio, television, and print
interviews, and their writings are frequently published in newspapers
and magazines across the country. HSLDA’s own bimonthly magazine, The
Home School Court Report, provides news and commentary on a host of
current issues affecting homeschoolers. And its two-minute daily radio
broadcast, Home School Heartbeat, can be heard on nearly 500 radio
HSLDA advocates for the movement by commissioning and presenting
quality research on the progress of homeschooling. Whether it’s in
print, from the podium, or on the air, HSLDA provides insightful vision
and leadership for the cause of homeschooling.
Home School Legal Defense Association . . . tens of thousands of
American families working together with HSLDA to preserve each other’s
right to homeschool . . . together, “Advocates for Family &
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
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more information visit the HSLDA website: www.hslda.org
OTHER EVENTS AND
Camps for Summer
Life Center Sports Camps
Life Center Sports Camps – www.lifecenternj.org
Fountain of Life Center , Burlington , NJ
With over a century of combined coaching experience, Life Center Sports
Camps will provide sport specific training within an environment that
promotes skill development, good sportsmanship, appreciation of
athletics and its life lessons, service, safety and fun.
Life Center Sports Camps focus will be on building character, playing
hard and honoring God.
Location: Life Center
2035 Columbus Road
Burlington, NJ 08016
Life Center Sports Camps – www.lifecenternj.org
Ages: Entering 3rd through Eighth Grades in September 2012
Cheerleading – Entering Kindergarten through Eighth Grades
Dates/Times Half Day Camps 9 am to 12:30 pm
(extended care available)
Baseball – July 9th to July 13th
Girls Basketball – July 16th to July 20th
Boys Basketball – July 23rd to July 27th
Girls Soccer – July 30th to August 3rd
Softball – August 6th to August 10th
Boys Soccer – August 13th to August 17th
Full Day Camps 9 am to 3 pm\ (extended care available)
Cheerleading (K through 4th Grade) – July 9th to July 13th
Cheerleading - (5th to 8th Grade) - August 6th to August 10th
Camp Rock – www.camprocknj.org
Fountain of Life Center , Burlington , NJ
Team building games
Adventures with Food
Amazing Theme Days
For more information or to register visit: www.camprocknj.org
Yes! Shakespeare can be fun! His plays were meant to be
performed, not just studied in the classroom. Come join Mrs.
Fung’s class and you will be able to fulfill a high school requirement
while making friends with a group of passionately creative
For the past eight years, students have perfected their comedic chops
in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, brought tears to audience members’ eyes
in Richard III, and won awards for stage combat scenes in As You Like
It. Throughout the year, Mrs. Fung will cover a gamut of
skills, including acting technique, choral recitation, and play
analysis with an emphasis on Shakespeare’s texts. The class
culminate in an intense rehearsal process and performance of one
Shakespeare play. All class members will have the chance to
participate in Shakesperience:NJ, a Shakespeare festival sponsored by
the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (www.shakespearenj.org
and the Folger Shakespeare
This class is for students in grades 9-12 and mature students in
grades7 and 8. It will run from September 2012 to May 2013 on
Mondays for 2.25 hours between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm (exact class time
TBD.) Tuition of $150.00 is due at the beginning of the first
class, and student commitment is expected for the whole year.
Classes will be held at Rutgers Community Christian Church (www.rccc.org
New students must audition in late August for acceptance into the
class! To make an audition appointment, and for additional
information, email May Fung at email@example.com
The class will be closed once the maximum of 20 students is reached, so
May Fung is a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (www.hkapa.edu
Drama Director at Rutgers Community Christian Church.
Classical Voice Training
For Homeschooled Students
Everyone has a built-in musical instrument: their own
Janet Santmann, an internationally acclaimed soprano and 20-year
veteran of the operatic and concert stage, has been teaching singing
for years, and loves to nurture the vocal and artistic gifts in young
people. She is also a former homeschooling mom.
offers private voice lessons in her Belle Mead studio.
For more information, please visit:
ENOCH of NJ e-Newsletter NEXT DEADLINE
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