This month I want to take some time out to honor a homeschool pioneer, Barbara Massa. Mrs. Massa went home to her reward on April 23. Her obituary read “Barbara Massa, 90, NJ home-schooling pioneer” and she truly was a pioneer. Mrs. Massa’s legal fight began the homeschool movement and paved the way for home schooling in New Jersey in 1962. When Mrs. Massa took her three older children out of school and decided to teach them at home, she had a high school education and relied completely on books from the library to teach them the “basic fundamentals.”
Of course, Pequannock officials, where she lived at the time, charged her and her husband “with violating New Jersey's compulsory education law”. Her case was in the courts for five years! “In State v. Massa, the court held that in educating a child at home, parents were required only to show that ‘the instruction was academically equivalent to that provided in the local public school.’ The case helped shape New Jersey policy on home schooling and is referenced on the Department of Education website.”
To add a feather in her cap, two of her children became attorneys and another became an actuary. What we enjoy in New Jersey is all thanks to Barbara Massa. Today, I want to personally commemorate her life by recognizing this hero.
I want to also thank all of you who attended the convention this year! You will be receiving a letter and survey within the week. Once you receive the survey, please fill it out and give us your opinion and honest answers. I want to encourage you to give us any ideas that can help ENOCH in the upcoming years. We will have a drawing once all the surveys are returned and the winner will receive free family admission to the 2015 convention!
Thank you all again!
President, ENOCH of NJ
Quotes are taken from NorthJersey.com, May 15, 2014
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November 3, 2013 by Mary Prather
We all know homeschooling is DIFFICULT. It is a unique type of stress we shoulder as homeschooling mothers.
For the majority of last year I seriously considered GIVING UP. Throwing in the towel. Quitting. It was just TOO HARD.
I know what the tuition is at our local private schools. I know what it would take to put my children in our local public schools because I called the registrar at each school and asked. Believe me when I tell you I was seriously considered GIVING UP.
I am so thankful God worked in me to give me the courage and strength to keep going. Looking back I can see there were some helpful steps I took to overcome my feelings.
Yes, it’s that simple. Just STOP homeschool for a while. Take a break. Believe me, your children won’t suffer if you take a week or two (or even a month) off. I read this advice all the time, but it’s TRUE!
Take time to take care of yourself and just be your children’s MOTHER and not their TEACHER.
We finished our school year at the end of April last year – not by design. I just was worn out and we needed to STOP. Out of this break came rejuvenation. I achieved physical and mental rest. My children got a break from a somewhat grumpy, task-master mother.
It was not time wasted. In fact, I would say it was an investment.
Much of the stress in our house came from having a preteen that was changing as a learner. Motivation was a constant struggle, as I know it can be with all children this age. When it’s your own child though, it just doesn’t make sense.
I knew that we needed accountability and structure coming from someone other than myself. We looked at several local homeschool hybrid schools. I cannot express to you the relief that came when we found Classical Conversations and we are happily involved in that this year!
Do not suffer in silence!
I bore this weight of wanting to quit all by myself for several months. I even hid my thoughts from my husband, when he was more than willing to help me.
The day I shared my struggles with my husband, he immediately asked how he could help me. He then suggested I confide in a good friend. This friend would text me encouragement through the day, she would pray for me, give me books to read, and just LISTEN. She reminded me to give my children up to God and TRUST in His promises.
If you are having a hard time, please talk to someone. Chances are, many people have felt (or are feeling) the exact same way. There is great power in community and sharing!
Sometimes a change in course can make all the difference.
Our homeschool had always been very eclectic. We did a lot of interest led learning and even bordered on unschooling during certain times. This wasn’t working last year, yet I felt I would be “failing” (what a terrible word that is) if we abandoned that style and tried something more structured. People knew me as that creative mom that would plan and execute fun and engaging unit studies. I spent hours planning schoolwork.
I was getting tired.
It was also clear that my oldest NEEDED more structure and direction. My youngest loves checklists and memory work. I knew the Classical method was calling our name, but I just couldn’t let my “ideal homeschool” die.
You see, I have a type A personality and when I get on a path I like to STAY on that path until the bitter end. (I’m learning this isn’t one of my best qualities.)
I had to stop comparing my children to other children we knew in school situations. I gave up reading blogs for a season. My children are just that… MY children. They are unique and comparing them to anyone else’s children does us all a disservice.
Everyone goes through that feeling of wanting to give up on homeschooling. Maybe reading about my experience will help you know you’re not alone. Take some time, find a friend, and remember why you started homeschooling in the first place. Give your decision over to God and trust He will coordinate everything for good.
This year is MUCH BETTER in our homeschool. It’s not perfect, but I have learned that (just as in life) homeschooling goes in seasons. I think we’ll stick with it for the long haul.
Mary is the author of a music appreciation curriculum for children, SQUILT, which aims to make teaching great music EASY for the non musical parent. She also blogs about her homeschool journey at Homegrown Learners. Her two children (ages 12 and 8) keep her learning and growing!
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BE SURE NOT TO MISS THE HOMESCHOOL EVENT OF THE SEASON!
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WHEN: THURSDAY, JUNE 26TH, 2014
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Yes! Shakespeare can be fun! His plays were meant to be performed, not just studied in the classroom. Come join master teacher May Fung’s class and you will be able to fulfill a high school requirement while making friends with a group of passionately creative homeschoolers.
For the past nine 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 theatre skills, including acting technique, choral recitation, and play analysis with an emphasis on Shakespeare’s texts. The class will culminate in an intense rehearsal process and performance of one Shakespeare play. All class members will have the chance to participate in one of the Shakespeare festivals held in the state of New Jersey based on the Folger Shakespeare Library model.
Several classes will be forming in Somerset, Princeton and Lawrenceville. They are suitable for students in grades 9-12 and mature students in grades7 and 8. Around 30-32 two-hour classes will be held once per week from September 2014 to mid-May 2015. Student commitment is expected for the whole year. Interested students should email Mrs. Fung at email@example.com for class dates/times and tuition details.
May Fung is a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (www.hkapa.edu), Drama Director at Rutgers Community Christian Church and a veteran homeschooling mom. Check out her Facebook page for photos and news: https://www.facebook.com/mayfungdrama
Fast Break is looking forward to its 14th summer hosting basketball camps in North Jersey. There will be different sessions for boys and girls, with age groups ranging from entering 2nd grade to seniors in high school. The focus is on building basketball skills through proper instruction and skill repetition. This camp is great for students who would like to improve their skills before joining a school basketball team. The day camp offers good training ground for Grades 2-8. Sessions begin on Monday, June 23 and run until August 1, at the following locations: Hawthorne Christian Academy (Hawthorne), St. Nicholas Church (Wyckoff), and Green Pond Bible Chapel (Rockaway Township). The day camps are held from 9AM to 3:30 PM. The evening camps are from 6-9pm and are geared for high school level students.
Christian Summer Music Camp
Looking for an outstanding Christian summer music camp for your junior high or senior high son or daughter?
Founded in 1962 by Hungarian virtuoso Wilmos Csehy, Csehy
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Campers sleep in counselor-supervised dormitory space, eat in Houghton's cafeteria, and perform in Houghton's recital halls and chapel.
Campers range in age from 12 to 18 and may attend for 1, 2,3
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Rates for 2014 are one-week total cost being just $650.
Faculty members are gifted, professional, Christian musicians
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Campers study classical pieces as well as hymns and then perform each Saturday afternoon at 4 pm in concert at Houghton. This concert (free) is open to families and friends of Csehy. Additional activities like frisbee round out the schedule to develop the musicians through fellowship, fun and teamwork.
Participants are junior high and senior high students who play the piano, band or string instruments, including percussion, piano and classical guitar at the intermediate and advanced levels. Students perform in orchestra, choir, band and/or ensembles. Music ministry opportunities are available in churches for those staying multiple weeks.
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