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MARCH 2014

From the President’s Desk

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Register now - May 16th and 17th 2014
for ENOCH's Annual Homeschool Convention!

Dear Friends,

As I am writing this the weather has warmed up a bit, into the 50's, and the snow is melting.  I can finally see my driveway. Soon I will be able to see the rocks on the front lawn that belong in the driveway!  Even though most people at work have been saying they are glad to see the snow go, I am going to miss it.  I have always liked the winter even as I am getting older now.  It just takes a little longer to shovel the driveway early in the morning.  Soon the crocus will be blooming, the trees will be budding, and winter will be over.

Throughout this winter we have been working hard on ENOCH's 24th Annual Convention.  Check out our website for the workshop schedule and start planning whom you want to hear.  There is an article in this month’s newsletter by Andrew Pudewa. In it he mentions another article that he suggests you read. Well, he will be speaking on that topic on Friday evening - Nurturing Competent Communicators. Read the article in the newsletter and then come out to hear him speak.  Do not forget Diane Kummer will be giving five workshops on dealing with homeschooling through high school.  Over the years we have had many homeschool parents ask, "Can I really homeschool through high school?" The answer is YES, you can.  Come to the convention and hear Diane speak on this topic. Diane is HSLDA's High School Consultant.  Liz Moore, a very popular speaker from South Jersey, will be speaking on lifestyle topics that will help you at home while homeschooling. We are offering something new to close out the workshops! We have a special speaker, G.K Mangelson, a Constitutional Scholar, who will be speaking on "Independence Forever! The 4 Steps to Save America".

Registration is open, click here to get to the registration page.  Again, this year Parents of Pre-Schoolers and Newbie are $10 for Early Bird Registration. Any person you know that is interested in homeschooling who has never been to our convention or shows an interest in homeschooling should be invited for the special pricing.  Just as a reminder Early Bird Pre-Registration ends March 31st, so do not forget to register before then, prices go up April 1st! We will be sending out a reminder to everyone of the cutoff date as it approaches!  Do not forget to volunteer for the convention, we have over 100 volunteer slots to fill during the convention.  Volunteer for a three hour shift and choose either Early-Bird Shopping in Used Curriculum on Friday or ENOCH Bucks, which can be use like cash at most exhibitors and for workshop CDs at ENOCH Recordings.  ENOCH is also looking for an Assistant Exhibitor Coordinator to assist at the convention.  If you are interested in that position, please contact Michele Gross at ExhibitorCoordinator@enochnj.org.

Remember to sign-up your children for the Children’s Program when you register.  Again, this year we will be having JandY Ministry giving the presentation.  You can see the topics here in what they are offering this year.  These look like some great sessions for your children.  There are two sessions on Friday and four sessions on Saturday.  Look on your Registration for price. Be sure to register early enough. Last year, we had to turn children away because it filled up so quickly.

Do not forget to check out our Exhibitor List and see who is coming to the convention.  If you do not see your favorite exhibitor, give them a call or e-mail them. Let them know you would like to see them at the convention.

CALLING ALL HOMESCHOOL BUSINESSES, SMALL BUSINESSES, EVEN LARGE COMPANIES!!!  Want to get you name out there to the homeschooling community?  Why not donate goods or services to the Silent Auction?  Last year we had some great items up for auction. Help us to get even more this year.  The proceeds from the Silent Auction help to defray some of the cost for the convention, and donations to ENOCH of NJ are tax deductable, click here for further information.  Be sure to check out the Silent Auction at the convention and bid on an item or two, maybe you will win!

Please continue to pray for the ENOCH Board and all the convention staff as the work behind the scenes continues for the convention.

Serving Him,

Rich Millward
President, ENOCH of NJ
president@enochnj.org

ENOCH EVENTS AND NEWS!

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ENOCH'S ANNUAL HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION-MAY16-17TH!

The Largest Homeschool Convention in New Jersey!

This Year's Convention - May 16-17, 2014. See you there!

Friday Hours - 2PM - 9PM, Saturday Hours - 9AM - 6PM

Visit ENOCH of NJ to see all the lastest updates for the largest homeschool convention in NJ! You can now register, early bird registration ends March 31st! Don't forget about the kids! Take a look at the workshops, schedules and exhibitor's list! There will also be a used curriculum sale and silent auction again this year! Volunteers are needed to help make this another successful year!

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS!

Registration is open, click here to get to the registration page.  Again, this year Parents of Pre-Schoolers and Newbie are $10 for Early Bird Registration. Any person you know that is interested in homeschooling who has never been to our convention or shows an interest in homeschooling should be invited for the special pricing.  Just as a reminder Early Bird Pre-Registration ends March 31st, so do not forget to register before then, prices go up April 1st! We will be sending out a reminder to everyone of the cutoff date as it approaches! 

Remember to sign-up your children for the Children’s Program when you register.  Again, this year we will be having JandY Ministry giving the presentation.  You can see the topics here in what they are offering this year.  These look like some great sessions for your children.  There are two sessions on Friday and four sessions on Saturday.  Look on your Registration for price. Be sure to register early enough. Last year, we had to turn children away because it filled up so quickly.

PLAN YOUR VISIT TO THE CONVENTION!

Check out our website for the workshop schedule and start planning whom you want to hear.  There is an article in this month’s newsletter by Andrew Pudewa. In it he mentions another article that he suggests you read. Well, he will be speaking on that topic on Friday evening - Nurturing Competent Communicators. Read the article in the newsletter and then come out to hear him speak.  Do not forget Diane Kummer will be giving five workshops on dealing with homeschooling through high school.  Over the years we have had many homeschool parents ask, "Can I really homeschool through high school?" The answer is YES, you can.  Come to the convention and hear Diane speak on this topic. Diane is HSLDA's High School Consultant.  Liz Moore, a very popular speaker from South Jersey, will be speaking on lifestyle topics that will help you at home while homeschooling. We are offering something new to close out the workshops! We have a special speaker, G.K Mangelson, a Constitutional Scholar, who will be speaking on "Independence Forever! The 4 Steps to Save America".

Do not forget to check out our Exhibitor List and see who is coming to the convention.  If you do not see your favorite exhibitor, give them a call or e-mail them. Let them know you would like to see them at the convention.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Do not forget to volunteer for the convention, we have over 100 volunteer slots to fill during the convention.  Volunteer for a three hour shift and choose either Early-Bird Shopping in Used Curriculum on Friday or ENOCH Bucks, which can be use like cash at most exhibitors and for workshop CDs at ENOCH Recordings.  ENOCH is also looking for an Assistant Exhibitor Coordinator to assist at the convention.  If you are interested in that position, please contact Michele Gross at ExhibitorCoordinator@enochnj.org.

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.

Thank you for your support!

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Encouraging Words For Homeschoolers Across The Nation

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The Work of a Child by Andrew Pudewa

At some point, most homeschooling parents experience a sort of “anxiety spike” when their child hits twelve or thirteen years old. With the onset of “ninth grade” or “high school” just a year or so away, things seem to suddenly become more serious; heavy words like “transcript” and “ready for college” slip into conversations. Concerns grow about the student being “at grade-level,” particularly in areas he or she may have struggled with in the past, such as writing or math. And it seems especially easy to worry even more about boys, who we imagine will someday need to support a family, but who also tend to mature a bit more slowly.
Overall, I have been pleased to hold a rather relaxed attitude about grade levels and age-ability expectations; my wife and I have striven to embrace a more individualized, flexible, holistic approach to education in our home, recognizing that each child is very different, will have a different mission in life, and will need skills and a course of study different from his or her siblings. However, even I have suffered the aforementioned anxiety spike about my son, who as one of the most dyslexic people I have ever met literally could not read a book until he was almost twelve years old.
To say that “schoolwork” was hard for a boy who couldn’t read would be an understatement; some days it seemed like zero progress. But he always had plenty of energy. He wanted to draw, to build, to fight, to run and jump, to explore, to argue—in short, to play ... all the time! Once when he was around ten, I asked him: “Son, don’t you want to read?” His answer was one word: “No.” “Why not?” I queried, not containing my exasperation. His response? “Because you don’t do anything when you read.” Ugh! That was one of those bad moments when evil thoughts like, “I’m failing him ... maybe I really should send him to school,” creep into one’s mind. But then, quickly common sense returned, and the truth outshone the dark thought: “If he’s not learning to read here, at home, with one-on-one help, how in the world would a school ever do better?” And we pursued every sort of method, program, system, or training that could be had, with frustratingly little progress.
Fortunately, I was certain about a few things, and this knowledge sustained me through the most doubtful of days. One thing I knew and often reflected on is this: The salvation of his soul did not depend on his reading ability. A second thing I knew for sure is that there are many successful men who didn’t read much at all until their late teens. I personally know a man with several advanced degrees who didn’t read a book until he was twenty years old—and now he runs a publishing company! The third thing of which I was certain is that the most important component of nurturing an excellent speaking and writing ability is to build the language database in the brain through auditory input (by being read to out loud in huge quantity) and memorizing English verse and prose. (One of my most important presentations, Nurturing Competent Communicators, explains this concept fully.*)
So for many years his “school” time seemed to be mostly just basic math fact drill, copywork, and being read to out loud. And most of the rest of his day appeared to be play, though frequently accompanied by audiobooks on an iPod. He listened to hundreds of books growing up, many of them classics by authors like Dickens, Twain, Melville, Tolkien—books he never would have been able to read even if he had been reading “at grade level,” and way more books than his parents could have read to him. We persevered with faith that God had a plan for his life, that some day he would be able to read, and that even if he didn’t ever read well, it wouldn’t doom him to failure in life. Meanwhile, he would sit in on my writing classes, often dictate his compositions, at first to mom, then later to a computer. Gradually he developed a fine vocabulary and a rather sophisticated way of using words. The handwriting and spelling were hard (and still are), but we kept him doing copywork daily for almost two years. Had we done standardized tests, he probably would have scored frighteningly low, but we had the wisdom to just say “no” to the world’s demand that we compare our children with other people’s children. However, I must confess there were many days when we really doubted whether this was the right approach.
With a great amount of unstructured time, he was free to fulfill his natural calling to run and jump and build and fight and explore. As we had renounced video games and television as available forms of entertainment in our home, he was forced to be creative. He spent considerable time outdoors, often alone, observing and absorbing his world in a healthy, visceral way. Maria Montessori asserted, “Play is the work of the child,” and indeed my son worked at play. (G. K. Chesterton noted that the reason adults don’t play more is because it requires too much effort.) So it was the combination of imaginative recreation, huge quantities of great literature, and a small but steady rigor of simple academics that got us over the hump and into the homestretch. And where are we today? My son is fifteen. He reads voraciously, applies himself seriously to the study of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, still loves to argue and debate (only now over much more sophisticated ideas), and writes prose that awes me. A couple of months ago, he took a pad of paper and went out into the woods behind our home. An hour or so later, he returned and read to me what he had written, a part of which I offer you now, unedited (except for spelling):
The dark forest floor is illuminated in spots by the small amount of light let through by the dense branches above. After the first few layers of pine foliage, the branches die, leaving dark claws, grabbing at any traveler. The moss which has grown on the rocks turns to bright gold when light finds rest there. Although the feel of the forest is magical, it is in no way good, for good only lives in the places of good, and the cedar forest is not a place of good. The magic which lives in the forest is strong, but wild, treacherous, and unpredictable. It seeks to hinder the traveler, causing him to become bewildered. The wind that blows through it is spasmodic and chilling to the bone. The scattered grasses which find root there are tossed in the icy breeze. Thorns stretch from one tree to another, weaving a complex web almost as if a giant spider had made the land its own.
I don’t think I could ever write something like that. That sort of play requires too much effort. Am I worried about what he’ll do three or five or ten years from now? Not really.
This article first appeared in the March 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®.
© 2012 Institute for Excellence in Writing, L.L.C.

The above article is available for your personal use or for distribution. Permission given to duplicate complete and unaltered.

* Andrew Pudewa will be giving Nurturing Competent Communicators - The Power of Linguistic Patterns at the ENOCH Convention on Friday evening at 6:00PM.

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Tips for Transcript Planning By Denise Oliveri

Transcript Planning
The time to think about a high school transcript for homeschoolers usually begins around 7th or 8th grade. Because the job of keeping accurate records falls on the parents, it is good to know what to expect ahead of time.
Many homeschoolers find they need to shift subjects around to fit their transcript. For instance, if your child takes World Geography in 8th grade, you will want to count that as their 9th grade World Geography requirement. The same holds true with math. If your child takes Algebra I in 7th grade, that can count toward their 9th or 10th grade math requirement.
When keeping track of grades during high school years, it is also important to list the textbooks and workbooks you have used, along with a short summary of what is included in the book. This gives you documentation if a school wants to know your child's course of study in order to support the grade given on the transcript.
Make a photocopy of the textbook/workbook front cover and attach a short synopsis of the materials/subjects included. Remember that a transcript is a work in progress until your child graduates, so keep the transcript and supporting materials in a safe place. If you are keeping records on your computer, back up your files frequently.
Some higher education institutions hold extracurricular activities very high in their decision-making process. It is good to encourage your child to become involved in community projects and recreational sports. Keep a list of all the things your child has done outside of school work, such as being a camp counselor or participating in a sport. Also mention awards and citations your child has received. Pertinent information on a transcript includes:
Student's full legal name
Address
Phone number
Social Security number
Date of birth
School name (could be your last name and "homeschool," i.e., Jones Homeschool)
Courses of study by grade year (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th) and grade achieved
Whether your student plans to attend a trade school, a community college or a major university, you should keep solid records of your child's high school years. Even if he or she is not planning to attend school immediately after graduation, maintain a transcript — it gives your child a foundation for the future.
Denise Oliveri is a homeschooling mom who is active in her homeschool support group as an electives teacher, newsletter production agent and field trips event planner. You can reach her at psscentral@gmail.com.

© 2014 Rosetta Stone
http://www.rosettastone.com/homeschool/articles/transcript-planning

OTHER EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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HSLDA MEMBERSHIP

Join HSLDA and use ENOCH's Discount Code!  If you are just joining HSLDA or are renewing you membership the discount code saves you money on your membership.  If you are Parents of Preschoolers you can join for free if you your oldest child is younger than five.  Please, also use ENOCH's HSLDA Discount Code on your application for your free membership; this helps ENOCH with programs that are available to the organization.  Contact the ENOCH Office at office@enochnj.org and ask for ENOCH's HSLDA Discount Code.

Regular or renewal HSLDA Membership click here.

Parents of Preschoolers Free HSLDA Membership click here

For more details go to www.hslda.org

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Home School Foundation Ambassador Program Invitation

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity for you and your group to bless homeschooling families struggling with various needs in your state?

As the volunteer service arm of the Home School Foundation, the HSF Ambassador Program is well-established in 30 states with 56 Ambassadors providing tangible help and encouragement to families in need. We would like to reach many more struggling families, however, who may not even know that HSF is here to help them!
To help us do this, we are looking for more ambassadors who have a heart for our ministry. We invite you, our HSLDA Discount Group friends, to help us find the right people for our Program so that these families get the help they need.

We know you have active, caring members who are already modeling service and compassion in their communities. The Ambassador Program is an excellent opportunity for your members to come alongside fellow homeschooling families in times of need. Volunteers who can give a few hours per month may apply to become either a State or Community Ambassador, and children 16–18 years may enroll and serve alongside a parent/guardian Ambassador as a Youth Ambassador.

Ambassadors may offer their services in one or more ways, including:

  1. Representing HSF at homeschool events in the spring and at workplace giving events in the fall.
  2. Raising funds for homeschool families that are struggling financially.
  3. Implementing service projects for needy homeschool families.

By serving homeschoolers in need, Ambassadors not only connect these families with a variety of resources, they also strengthen the homeschooling community.
To learn more about the duties of a volunteer ambassador, follow this link. A link to a brief questionnaire at the bottom of this page begins the application process for adults and children ages 16–18, who may serve alongside a parent or guardian who enrolls.

To learn what HSF Ambassadors are currently doing, click here. If you would like to learn more about the Ambassador Program, I would be happy to answer your questions personally. Please give me a call at 540-338-8299. And feel free to pass this invitation along to other groups and individuals.

For more information please contact:

Ricci Black
Coordinator, HSF Ambassador Program
“Many Hands Making a Difference in Your Homeschool Community”
www.homeschoolfoundation.org
540-338-8299

 

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HOMESCHOOL SWING DANCE

Homeschool Swing Dance on Friday, March 21, 2014 at The Freedom Church in Oak Ridge.

For Homeschooled high schoolers, alumni, and friends.

Buy your tickets now.  Only $10/person, $25 maximum/immediate family.

Please join us!  For full details, visit our website.

https://sites.google.com/site/homeschooldancesatthebarn/home

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The Learning Connection-Shine With the Beauty of Christ

Shine With the Beauty of Christ  Prov 31:30  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
When:  March 22nd
Time:  10 AM – 3 PM (includes lunch)
Where:  Valley View Chapel, 115 E. Mill Street, Long Valley, NJ
Cost:  $12.00
Who:  Ages 13 and up

Back by popular demand, The Learning Connection will be hosting Danielle Turcola on March 22nd from 10-3 PM.  Danielle is one of the top business coaches in America.  Danielle is hired by global companies to transform executive men and women in corporate makeovers.  She teaches them how to walk, talk, meet, greet, eat, and dress.  Yet, her most rewarding transformations are the ones where there is a total transformation inside and out.

Does your wish list create discontent in your life, or your unfulfilled dreams fill you with woulda, coulda, shoulda, or has past abuse robbed your self-worth?  Danielle will share a message of hope and encouragement, contentment and worthiness through a relationship with God. 

Join us in March for a fun filled, interactive program where you can ask Danielle those burning questions about how to find the right clothes for your body type, your best hairstyle, quick and easy makeup tips, even how to fit and find the right bra!  And most importantly, come and find out how our beauty can come from within us and how Christ can change your life. 

The cost for the event is $12 person and will include a lunch.  An optional cost to you would be your color card which can be purchased at the event for an additional $10.00.  So don’t delay.  Sign up today for this wonderful event that is sure to encourage you and lift you up.  Sign up at www.mytlcnj.com.

Any questions, please contact Michele at info@mytlcnj.com.

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AGAPE FAITH WORKS: REFRESH AND RENEW YOUR SPIRIT

A Day Especially for HOMESCHOOLING MOMS!!
REFRESH AND RENEW YOUR SPIRIT

Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 9:30 to 3:30pm
Grace Tabernacle Bible Church, 4041 Squankum- Allenwood Rd, Wall Twp., NJ
**Featuring dynamic and encouraging homeschooling mom, Tracy Klicka!

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Tracy is the widow of Christopher Klicka, who was Senior Counsel of Home School Legal Defense Association. Married 21 years, they were blessed with seven children, whom they homeschooled since their birth. Through many trials over the years (including the near—death of their twins during her pregnancy, and Chris’ struggles with multiple sclerosis), Tracy has learned firsthand what walking by faith is all about. She has seen over and over again the outpouring of God’s grace in her life, and the precious importance of the Scriptures in sustaining and empowering believers. Her message for moms is one of hope and joy in God, who is able to make all grace abound to us (II Corinthians 9:8). She has written dozens of articles, has been interviewed on both national and international media, and has spoken at numerous state homeschool conventions to encourage women to see God’s faithfulness as they take him at His Word.
*Continental Breakfast included
*Full Catered Lunch by Vintage Italian Restaurant
*Limited onsite babysitting provided, as well as a variety of relaxation services offered to moms during the day by Agape FaithWorks students!

Workshop Sessions with Tracy Klicka will include:

To Stand Before Kings: God has instilled in each of our children a passion for glory. The question is, “Whose glory are they after?” In this keynote session, Tracy encourages parents’ as they explore the Scriptures together and gain a vision to inspire our children toward living exciting, fulfilling lives based on a God-glorifying pursuit of their hearts’ desires.

Keeping the H.E.A.R.T in Homeschooling: As Tracy Klicka has experienced, it is not always easy for a homeschooling mom to keep her focus, her joy, or the hearts of her children. More than academics, homeschooling is about growing in God’s grace for both parents and children! If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure.

The Homeschooling Mom: God is Her Strength: As a homeschooling mother of seven children and the widow of Chris Klicka, who had Multiple Sclerosis 15 years before his passing in 2009, Tracy experienced feeling overwhelmed often in her homeschooling journey. Yet God is a refuge and strength of every mother who humbly cries out to Him. Come and be encouraged as Tracy shares how God’s grace has been her overflowing sufficiency and can be yours, too.

COST: $10 for Agape FaithWorks Member Families
$15 for Non-Member Families
** Online Sign up, including payment is required by 3/15/14 to secure entry to the event. All payment details will be provided once registration is submitted. Go to www.faithworksnj.org and click on Calendar link for March 22, 2014 to access event sign up/ registration link. Or click HERE for direct link:
REFRESH & RENEW EVENT
Contact Elaine Mumau or Tina Atiles at info@faithworksnj.org for additional information or questions.

 

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PRIVATE TUTORING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

RETIRED HOMESCHOOL MOM OFFERS PRIVATE TUTORING FOR CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA, ADD, ASPERGER'S, AND OTHER LEARNING DISABILITIES. CERTIFIED IN THE ORTON-GILLINGHAM METHOD. CALL 609-284-4703. Located in Southampton, NJ and service Burlington and Camden counties.

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READ ACROSS AMERICA!

READ ACROSS AMERICA is March 2! Get involved! NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate these guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people.

For some great ideas, local events, activities and lesson plans visit: http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorReadAcrossAmerica.php

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FREE ADVENTURE BOOK!

Compliments of Max Elliot Anderson!

Big Cat on the Loose (Part 1) is a FREE short story especially for young readers. Get the link and more information here http://booksandboys.blogspot.com/2014/02/big-cat-on-loose-is-exciting-funny.html

 

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Have Fun Learning Italian With Signora Nadia

Mission: The classes are geared towards teaching the Italian Language
to children through interactive games, songs and rhymes.
We follow a theme based curriculum, and provide a fun and
comfortable environment to motivate children to speak the language.
Students will be introduced to the Italian culture and heritage.
We also provide hands-on reading activities such as flash card and
word games. We do only group teaching of three students or more
at a beginner's level.

Age: Children from ages 4 to 12 years old.

Contact: Nadia Garcia-bilingual certified preschool teacher and my
email is nastolfi@gmail.com and phone number is 862-200-7872.
You can also visit our website: www.garcia-astolfi.com.
We provide our services to the following towns: Bloomingdale,
Butler, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Montville, Pequannock, Pompton Plains,
Pompton Lakes, Riverdale, Ringwood, Wanaque and Wayne.


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RVCC Offers for Homeschoolers

Learn About What RVCC Offers to Homeschoolers
Date: Monday 3/24 from 5 – 6:30pm
Location: the Atrium at Raritan Valley Community College
Who: all parents and potential students are encouraged to attend

Barbara Luby from the Advising and Counseling Department and Rebecca Crane from the Admissions Department will explain to the homeschooling community what RVCC can offer homeschooled students during their high school years and beyond.

Plan to arrive early so that you have plenty of time to find parking then walk over to the atrium (it is located in the main building just past the bookstore and the student lounge). The summer and fall academic classes will be available by the date of the meeting, so you can look at the actual classes with an advisor to begin forming a plan for the student.

Please RSVP (if possible) so that we can insure that there are enough materials for everyone. I will email a campus map to everyone who RSVPs.
Mary Alice – MA@LandauConsulting.com

http://www.raritanval.edu/

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FAITH CENTER TOUR

Take a FAITH Center Tour!
It’s not too early to start thinking of your homeschool activity choices for 2014- 2015!

Do your homeschool plans for next year look anything like this?

1.  Round out my kids’ academics with some incredible fine arts offerings.

2.  Calm our schedule down by scheduling special activities for all of my kids in one place, on one day.

3.  Look for classes taught from a Christian worldview.

4.  Be a good steward of the financial blessings God has provided to my family.

The FAITH Center offers all this and so much more!!  What is the quality of the instruction provided?  Just ask some of last year’s seniors who are now majoring in Musical Theater, Art, Music Education, and Theater at their colleges of choice. 

The FAITH Center, founded 21 years ago by Bill and Lori Briggs, offers homeschooled students of all ages professional instruction in the arts with a focus on exploring and developing talents to glorify God.  Whatever your reason for seeking professional instruction in the arts from a Christian perspective, the FAITH Center may be your answer to prayer. 

There is something for every member of the family at the FAITH Center, from preschooler through high schooler.  In addition to private and small group instrument lessons and bands and orchestras for beginning through advanced students, there are dance classes where honoring God is just as important as learning the steps, both traditional and computer art, drama, several different choirs divided by age, small group voice lessons, a fully staged spring musical, and more.  (Not all classes are available at each location.) 

Information sessions and tours are currently being scheduled at all four of our FAITH Center locations (Randolph, Lafayette, Wayne, and Somerset) for the 2014-2015 year.  If you’re interested in learning more about the FAITH Center and discerning whether it might be a good fit for your family, please visit the FAITH Center’s website, www.faith-center.com to learn more about our program.  Don’t wait until the summer to look into our course offerings; it could be too late!  For more information, email info@faith-center.com.

 

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FIELD TRIP: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Concert for Young People

FIELD TRIP: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Concert for Young People
Tuesday, May 20 at 11:30 am
at NJPAC in Newark
Cost:  $7 per person (adult or child; child in lap is free)
Contact:  Mandi Mangler, tzmandi@yahoo.com

These engaging concerts are excellent field trips for your whole family! Please email me if you are interested in attending so I can reserve the right number of seats for our group. You can mail me a check by April 1.

Meet the Orchestra
Tweet, crash, oomph, plink, warble, pluck … Meet each instrument of the orchestra in turn through Britten’s delightful Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Don’t be fooled by the title—kids and grownups alike will be enthralled by it. Explore all the different sounds that an orchestra can make and cheer on your favorite instrument family! Designed for grades K-6.

More information at http://www.njsymphony.org/education-community/for-educators-students/school-time-concerts

MHHM

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum 45 Macculloch Ave. Morristown, NJ 07960

Spring 2014 Homeschool Series One Life to Another: Immigration in New Jersey
Mark the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey with a focus on immigration—stories about the people and ethnic groups who chose to make New Jersey their home. Activities and discussions help students compare stories of immigration from the past with families’ immigration stories that continue to present day. Students learn to use primary sources (letters, documents, and photographs) as sources of information. Families are invited to share the special objects that relate to the journeys their families took in route to New Jersey.
Ages: 7 to 12 years old
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Dates: Four sessions held on second Tuesday each month (March thru June):
March 11 Remembering Generations Past
April 8 Understanding Languages
May 13 Viewing Identity
June 10 Celebrating Diversity
Cost: $8 per session. $30 for four sessions if paid in advance. No fee for accompanying adult
Pre-registration is required. Contact Cynthia Winslow at (973) 538-2404 ext. 16 or cwinslow@maccullochhall.org. Space is limited.

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Morris County Park Pyramid Mountain Winter Programs

Tuesday, March 4
Nature’s Classroom: Winter Hike/ Snowshoe Trek

Ages 6 - 8.
Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this four week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: January 28, February 11, & 25.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $12 per class/ $45 for the series.

Wednesday, March 5
Family Walk: Here Comes the Sun!

Ages 4 & Up!
Celebrate the life giving star with a walk and activities.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $4 per child.

Wednesday, March 12
Awesome Animal Artists

Ages 5 - 9.
Budding young artists mix nature and art in this indoor/outdoor program. Each class features a different NJ animal to learn about and draw. Parents are welcome to stay and take part.
Time:  4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $5.

Sunday, March 30
Chorus of Frogs Walk: Easy

Ages 5 & Up.
Let’s find out which frogs are out there singing love songs. Bring binoculars or borrow ours.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $1.

For more information contact: 
Douglas Vorolieff
Senior Teacher Naturalist - Pyramid Mountain
Division of Cultural and Environmental Resources
Morris County Park Commission
P.O. Box 1295, Morristown, NJ 07962-1295
473 Boonton Ave, Boonton, New Jersey, 07005
973.334.3130
dvorolieff@morrisparks.net

www.morrisparks.net


AJM

Schooner AJ Meerwald Summer Camps

A Unique Camp Experience

Hauling on the natural manila lines to the beat of a sea shanty and watching the heavy canvas sails go up is how it all begins. As the sails catch the wind, we are underway without the aid of an engine. The fresh sea air stimulates all of the senses. The wind in the rigging and the waves against the wooden hull of the ship are the only sounds you hear. This is the sound of tranquility. The hustle and bustle of everyday life is soon forgotten.

Our journey has a purpose... to learn as much as possible about sailing, the surrounding environment, ourselves and our shipmates in the time that we have together.  The length of the journey can be just one day or a full week.

Whether for a day or a week, a camp experience on the Schooner AJ Meerwald is like no other. It is a unique blend of sail training, environmental science / stewardship, history and community-building.

Sailor For A Day Camp

Sailor For A Day Camp is a one-day experience where up to 25 campers (between the ages of 10 and 16) learn how to sail and about the surrounding environment. Young sailors take a turn at the helm and bow watch, plot the course on the navigation chart, experience the mechanical advantage of the simple machines onboard, tie some salty knots and learn a bit about the theory behind the sailing.

An equal amount of time is spent learning about the environment around us. A 16' otter trawl is used to see first-hand what kind of marine life lives in the water. A plankton net and microscope allows us to observe the bottom of the marine food web. Live oysters provide an anatomy lesson about this keystone species. Water sampling is done to assess the health of the waterways. The signature watershed station heightens awareness about our individual impacts on the environment which supports the local marine life.

The day is balanced out with quiet observation time, sea shanties and games.

Maritime Camp

Maritime Camp is a 5-day, 4-night experience for up to 12 campers (between the ages of 13 and 17). The content is much the same as Sailor For A Day Camp with time to get much deeper into all aspects of the experience. Additionally, campers become an integral part of the crew... standing watches, cooking in the galley, cleaning the ship, sleeping in the bunks and living the life of a sailor. Conserving resources and monitoring waste is imperative for a vessel at sea. Living a low-impact lifestyle for a week is part of the experience.

A week aboard also means travelling more nautical miles, observing more natural beauty (sunrises, sunsets, the night sky, dolphins and other marine life, etc.), having more time to reflect on the experience and forming a shipboard community that will last long after the camp is over.

Maritime Camp ends with a public sail providing the young sailors with an opportunity to demonstrate their self-confidence from newly acquired skills and knowledge to family, friends and the public at large.

2014 Schedule & Pricing

Sailor For A Day Camp (9a - 4p):
Liberty State Park, Jersey City
June 25
July 2
July 16
Barnegat Bay (exact port TBD)
July 30
Gardner's Basin, Atlantic City
August 6
Utsch's Marina, Cape May
August 13
August 20
August 27

Maritime Camp (9a Day 1 - 4p Day 5):
July 7 - 11 (from and to Liberty State
Park, Jersey City, NJ)
July 21 - 25 (from Liberty State Park to Barnegat Bay, exact port TBD)

Pricing:
Sailor For A Day Camp - $70 per camper
Maritime Camp - $750 per camper ($150 deposit required at time of booking)

Sponsor A Youth

Want to help sponsor a youth that needs financial support to have this expereince?  Click on the link to donate any amount you wish to our Scholarship Fund.

The Schooner AJ Meerwald is owned and operated by the non-profit Bayshore Center at Bivalve. The ship is a U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessel.

More information about the ship, the organization behind it and the educational programs that it offers can be found on our website. Questions can be directed to the Shipboard Program Coordinator.

Monica Halverson
Shipboard Program Coordinator
mhalverson@bayshorecenter.org
856-785-2060 ext. 107
www.BayshoreCenter.org

TFI

Homeschool Workshops at TFI (The Franklin Institute)

2013-2014 SCHEDULE for Homeschool Workshops

ONE DAY IN POMPEII
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Explore the ancient Roman city of Pompeii through TFI's special traveling exhibit. Become a volcano detective, using evidence from Mt. Vesuvius' epic explosion to learn more about life in ancient times. Apply what you found to modern-day seismic events including earthquakes and tsunamis.

HIGH-TECH TEXTILES
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Students will light up this workshop as they investigate the basics of electronics and circuitry, and then create their own fashion design using LEDs and conductive thread. Students are encouraged to bring their own textiles to sew onto, like t-shirts, bags, or patches.

BRAIN GAMES
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Put your thinking caps on for this day of brainy experiments and activities! Begin with an exclusive preview of TFI's new Your Brain exhibit. Learn about new advancements in neuroscience through a hands-on workshop.

Homeschool Workshops
General Information

Ages
Homeschool Workshops are for students ages 7-14. All ages will be in the same classroom, but separated by age at different tables.

Times
Each workshop runs from 10:30AM-2:30PM followed by free time to explore the museum as a family.

What to Bring
- Please pack a lunch. The class will take about a 30 minute break in the classroom for lunch.
- Portfolios and pencils will be provided, so you don't have to bring anything else, unless you want to.
- The temperature can vary greatly around the museum, so dress in layers and be prepared for small messes!
- A Health and Consent Form if you haven't already returned it. (Only one per year needed.)

Arrival and Departure
Sign in will begin in the Bartol Atrium on the 2nd floor around 10:15AM and we will leave for the classroom by 10:30AM. We will return your student(s) to the Atrium around 2:30PM for you to sign them back out and begin exploring the museum on your own.

Parking
You may park in The Franklin Institute's garage, entrance on 21st St, at a discounted rate of $6 per Workshop. Please bring your ticket inside to receive the Workshop pass.

Workshop Fees
$60 per student (Non-Member)
$55 per student (Member)

The Registration Form provides more details about program discounts.

With your registration, you will need to provide a signed Consent Form.

For questions about the workshops, please contact Jessica McDermott via email.

For questions about making a reservation, please contact the Reservations team.

Register Today! 
215.448.1200 (Option 5)  

Groups of 15+ save 25% on General Admission visits. 

Rainforest

Rainforest Cafe in Atlantic City

An Educational Adventure

If you think your classroom is Wild, try spending a day in OUR Jungle!

TAKE A 30-MINUTE EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY WITH US AND LEARN ABOUT tropical rainforests, threatened & endangered species, conservation and ways to support and protect our planet’s fragile ecosystems. Have fun with our resident animal friends and learn more about the mountain gorilla, our elephant family, a great variety of beautiful tropical fish and much more!

Rates:
Kids (12 and under)
$13.00 per Child

Adults: (13and up)
$20.00 per adult

Educational Tours start at 10:30 AM, Lunch follows at 11:00Am.

TO BOOK YOUR EDUCATIONAL ADVENTURE OR FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL (609)345-5757 OR EMAIL atcgs@ldry.COM

www.rainforestcafe.com


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