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March 2016 eNewsletter


Dear Friends,

ENOCH is excited to have Susan Kemmerer as our Main Speaker at this year homeschool conference, Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM at Calvary Assembly of God in Springfield. Susan has spoken at ENOCH’s conventions for many years and is always well received. She has much insight since Susan and her husband Dale have been homeschooling for over 25 years, seven of their nine children have graduated. Susan has authored a number of textbooks, including "Apples Daily Spelling Drills for Secondary Students" and "Research in Increments." She has had articles published in several homeschool periodicals, and has spoken at support groups leaders’ conferences and at homeschool conferences across the country. We have several other speakers who will also be giving workshops throughout the day. Keep an eye on our website for more details.

Registration for this year's conference opens March 1st, you can get to the registration website by clicking here. There will be no Early-Bird pricing and be sure to pre-register because there is limited space at the new facility. This year the pricing in $20 per married couple and $15 for individuals, ages 13 and above. As always, children are free! There is a separate fee for the Children’s Program. Because this is a smaller facility and there are stairs to get to the Exhibit Hall, the Children’s Program and some of the workshops we ask that you do not bring large strollers or wagons to the conference.

The Children’s Program this year is called F.R.O.G. – Fully Rely On God! There will have a morning session and afternoon session. The pricing will be $10 per child for the first two and then a reduced price for more than two per session. You can find out more information by going to the ENOCH’s Children’s Program webpage.

We need your help by volunteering. This year we have a few new positions, an Exhibitor Hall Monitor, Door Monitors and Parking Lot Monitors. You can check out all the positions at by going to our Volunteer Page on our website.

Here are some of the exhibitors Abeka, Christian Light Education, IEW, Teaching Textbooks, BJU and Schoolhouse Publishing.

Just as a reminder this year’s conference is not at the NJ Expo Center in Edison, but at the following location:

Calvary Assembly of God in Springfield, NJ

This will be a great opportunity for the parents of homeschoolers of New Jersey.

Make plans to join us and help support ENOCH!

Rich Millward


A special note to everyone - there will be open vacancies on the Board coming up this year. Some of our Board members will be retiring this year. If you are interested in serving homeschoolers, let us know!



You all know that ENOCH earns money by you sending us box tops, but did you know that you could also help ENOCH earn money by entering contests and shopping on-line? And you’re not going to believe how easy it is! Join Boxtops for Education and pick ENOCH as the school that you are going to support. Click BOXTOPS for EDUCATION and then "Sign Up to Support your School." In the lower right hand corner, put in the zip code 07735 and then click "FIND YOUR SCHOOL." Click on ENOCH's name and fill out the simple form! Explore the awesome site, enter some fun contests, let the kids play a game or two, do some online shopping, even print coupons for your next shopping trip with items that have BOXTOPS! Clip the BOXTOPS and send them on in! So far ENOCH has earned over $500. This has helped us greatly and we appreciate anything you could do for us.

Send them to:
Deborah O'Brien
c/o ENOCH of NJ
90 Nottingham Drive
Brick, NJ 08724

Remember that every little bit helps support ENOCH!

Thank you again!


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Teach Your Children to Think ....

family-reading-bibleBy: Mary Schofield

Teach Your Children to Think Biblically Using Research, Reason, Relate, and Record

All Christian parents hope their children will grow up to be strong in the Lord, not only trusting Christ for their salvation, but also becoming mature Christian leaders. This requires that they learn how to think biblically, reasoning accurately from Scripture, and that they learn how to inspire others to follow the instruction in the Word. A great exercise in developing this ability to reason from the Word is learning how to "4-R."

The four R’s are a tool commonly associated with the Principle Approach to Christian education. However, any student can benefit from learning this basic technique. The 4-R method of researching and writing teaches the student how to fully understand a subject, both from a historical and a biblical view. It also teaches the student how to apply what he has learned to any current situation or issue. Students who learn the basic 4-R technique have a useful study method which will carry them through a lifetime of discerning, decision-making, and steadfast faith.

The first "R" stands for "Research." The student begins with dictionary research (see the sample 4-R project in the side bar), then uses the concordance to find Scripture references. For historical topics, current issues, and similar subjects, the student also researches in the encyclopedia and other reference books. The student makes notes of the who, what, where, when, and why of his topic. He looks at historical documents to see what others have written, and he may arrange interviews to survey others’ views. For most students, the research step takes the longest to complete, but is also the easiest.

The second "R" is for "Reason." Having completed his primary research, the student must begin to reason out the meaning of what he has found. He begins by considering his Bible research to discern God’s instructions, whether openly stated or implied. He looks at related incidents or instructions in the Scripture, and he considers the verses he studied during the research phase to understand the biblical view.

The third "R" means "Relate." Information which does not relate in some way to the student and today’s world is meaningless. The student must seek the relevance of his topic and its useful application in his life. He must relate the new information he has uncovered to his current body of knowledge, using his new facts and understanding to "build precept upon precept."

The fourth "R" stands for "Record." The student records his findings in writing. This helps him to internalize what he has learned because in order draft a well-written paper, he must organize his thoughts. This leads to further meditation as he ponders the best way to communicate his thesis. Writing also prepares him for verbal presentation of his views so that his new information may be shared with others. Discussing his findings gives him practice in explaining and defending his view from Scripture.

Students who have never used the 4-R process will find it easiest to choose a simple topic, like a character trait. Below is sample assignment sheet showing how a 4-R project on "Diligence" was broken into steps for the beginner.

Another idea that the beginning 4-R student might try is choosing a short section of Scripture to research. Begin the dictionary work by looking up each key word within the passage. Use cross-references and the concordance to locate related passages for the research process. Beginning projects should focus on the dictionary and the Bible for most, if not all, of the research.

Once a student has tried one of the beginning level projects, he may choose to 4-R any topic of interest, for example, "flight," or "art," or even "bread-making." With each of these topics, and added portion of the research will use reference materials. The student should still begin with the dictionary work to define his terms, then the Bible to understand the Lord’s counsel, then outside reference materials, like encyclopedia, magazine articles, etc.

The more advanced student will enjoy tackling current issues. Learning how to present his thoughts on issues considered more controversial will help prepare him for an active, influential role in his community. Ideas for in-depth 4-R projects are infinite. How about an issue like abortion, "assisted" suicide, freedom of speech, democracy vs. communism, dating vs. courtship, youth groups, the value of missions work, or home schooling vs. government schools?

A great resource to help your student learn to reason from Scripture through the 4-R process is A Guide to American Christian Education for the Home and School by James Rose (published by the American Christian History Institute, 1987.) It includes a chapter on how to 4-R, which has a sample project showing how it is done. Encyclopedia of Bible Truths for School Subjects, by Ruth Haycock (published by the Association of Christian Schools International, 1993) explains the biblical principles of each school subject, providing the student with a useful beginning in his search for Scriptural instruction.

Finally, a word about dictionaries. For this type of research project, an invaluable tool will be The American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828 Edition by Noah Webster (1985 reprinted edition by the Foundation for American Christian Education.) The difference between Webster’s 1828 dictionary and the 20th century "Webster’s" dictionary or similar one which most of us own is that Webster wrote as a Christian, appreciating language as a gift of God. Consider the following definitions of the word "god:"

Webster’s 1828 American Christian Dictionary: "GOD, n.

1) The Supreme Being; Jehovah; the eternal and infinite spirit, the creator, and the sovereign of the universe.

God is a spirit; and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4.

2) A false god; a heathen deity; an idol.

Fear not the gods of the Amorites. Judges 6."

Webster’s 20th Century Dictionary: "GOD, n.

1) Any of various beings conceived of as supernatural, immortal, and having special powers over the lives and affairs of people and the course of nature; deity, especially a male deity.

2) In monotheistic religions, the creator & ruler of the universe, regarded as eternal, infinite, all-powerful, & all-knowing; Supreme Being; Almighty: often used in exclamations, as, ‘Good God!’ & ‘God Almighty!’"

You can easily see that the decision of which dictionary to use in training children will certainly have an impact on their understanding of a subject.

Learning to 4-R is a project worthy of patience and diligence. It is not difficult to learn, however it is time-consuming. A worthy goal, yet one that will bear much fruit, is one or two 4-R projects per year, progressing in depth and complexity each year.

Sample 4-R Project

Note: Each assignment must be handed in for approval before going on to the next step.

Assigned Topic: Diligence

Research, Reason, Relate, Record

  1. Research your topic: Look up diligencein Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Copy the entire definition neatly on your research page. Underline each main word in the definition. (steady, application, constant, effort, accomplish, exertion, unnecessary, sloth, attention, industry, assiduity, heedfulness)
  2. Research: Look up each of the 12 main words in the definition of "diligence." Write the definition for each.
     steady, application, constant, effort, accomplish, exertion, unnecessary, sloth, attention, industry, assiduity, heedfulness
  3. Reason: In your own words, write what it means to be diligent, using the information you have found.
  4. Research: In the concordance, look up "diligence" and similar words. Write out five verses which address diligence. Next to each verse, jot down what you think the Lord is saying about diligence.
  5. In the concordance, look up words which mean the opposite of diligence. Write out five verses which address this. Next to each verse, jot down what you think the Lord is saying about the lack of diligence.
  6. Reason from Scripture: In a paragraph or two, write what you have discovered about diligence from God’s perspective. Be sure to use good composition skills. Ask for help!!
  7. Relate to your own life and experience: Think of examples from your own life or observations which illustrate diligence. Brainstorm. Then write a paragraph or two which explain your thoughts, using examples to illustrate.
  8. Relate: Think of examples from your own life or observations which illustrate the lack of diligence. Brainstorm and then write a paragraph or two which use your examples.
  9. Using all your paragraphs, develop a first draft of an essay on diligence. Write a concluding paragraph.
  10. Revise and write a final draft of your paper.



A Day Especially for HOMESCHOOLING MOMS!!


When: Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:30am to 3:30pm

Where: Grace Bible Church, 4041 Squankum- Allenwood Rd, Wall Twp., NJ

Cost: $15 for Agape FaithWorks Member Families
$20 for Non-Member Families

*Continental Breakfast included

*Boxed Lunch by Panera Bread included (order your selection during sign up).

Featuring dynamic and encouraging homeschooling mom, Vicki Bentley!

Vicki Bentley is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over 50, and grandma to 20 wonderful grandbabies (so far). Vicki has homeschooled 17 children since 1988, alongside her husband Jim, and led a local support group of over 250 families for 14 years. She has served on the executive board and convention committee of the Home Educators Association of Virginia and has addressed state and national conventions, university teacher organizations, and many mothers’ groups. She is the author of My Homeschool Planner, Everyday Cooking, The Everyday Family Chore System, Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New Homeschoolers, High School 101: Blueprint for Success, and other homeschool and homemaking helps, and coordinates HSLDA’s Toddlers to Tweens and Group Services programs. Vicki has a heart for moms, with practical wisdom and encouraging words.

Workshop Sessions with Vicki Bentley will include:

A Mom's Sentimental Journey

Twenty-plus years and 17 kids later, what a veteran homeschool mom would repeat and what she would do differently on this homeschooling journey!

When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool

You had a wonderful plan at the beginning of the school year for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then . . . life happened. How do you find “normal” again? In this workshop, Vicki helps you focus on the essentials when you're on the frontlines.

Hope For the Organizationally Challenged

A recurring theme among homeschoolers is:

Help! I’m committed to homeschooling, but I’m feeling overwhelmed just by everyday life! For many of us, standard organizing suggestions don’t “stick,” and we wonder what’s wrong with us. In this workshop, Vicki shares some tools that have helped her (and other busy moms) to homeschool and get dinner on the table… on the same day. (If you were “born organized,” you may find yourself in this workshop anyway, to possibly pick up one more idea!)


Vicki Bentley, HSLDA group services director and veteran state and local group leader, shares four steps to joyful leadership.

**Online Sign up is required by 3/8/16 to secure entry to the event, click the link below**


Contact Tina Atiles at info@faithworksnj.org for additional information or questions.

Looking forward to seeing you there and please feel free to share with others!


Homeschool Pilates/Ballet class with Professional Ballerina

Svetlana Shapiro of Allegro Movement is a classically trained ballerina from a prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy. Her studio offers a variety of classes from beginner and up along with specialized instruction for athletes.

Svetlana Shapiro: Owner and Principal Instructor

Contact info:


PHC Teen Leadership Camp

We are excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2016 summer camp season! We are grateful for your continued interest, and we're tremendously excited about the opportunity to serve you and your kids again this year.

You'll see below that we're bringing back several of the old favorites, including Moot Court, Strategic Intelligence Levels 1 & 2, and Constitutional Law; we're also happy to offer three brand new camps: Sonnets, Singing & Stage, COLLEGE BOOTCAMP: Explore Writing, and Whose Truth? When Worldviews Collide. For your convenience, we have listed the camp schedule below, but you’ll find this information and more by following this link.

While you’re on the website, check out our extensive descriptions for each camp, along with bios for our senior leadership team, our camp survival guide, and a sample schedule of a day in the life of a Teen Camps camper. If you have access to Facebook, head on over to our Facebook page for continued updates and frequent camp-related announcements.

June 26-July 2: Strategic Intelligence: Level 1

July 3-9: Strategic Intelligence: Level 2

July 3-9: COLLEGE BOOTCAMP: Explore Writing

July 10-16: Sonnets, Singing & Stage

July 10-16: Constitutional Law

July 17-23: Moot Court

July 17-23: Whose Truth? When Worldviews Collide

July 24-30: Speech

July 24-30: Leadership & Vocation

Any questions you have about the process you can contact m. We look forward to meeting you and your children this summer. Our leadership team is currently devoting countless hours of prayer to this project, and we will continue to do so in great anticipation of all that God has in store for this year.

M.J. Elliott
Teen Leadership Camps Director


Spring Homeschool Classes Registration OPEN!

Space is limited and some classes are already full, so don't miss out and register now!

To register, click one of the links below.

Upper Level (ages 12-14)

Lower Level (ages 6-11)

Pre-K/Kindergarten (ages 3-5)

Questions? Give us a call: 609-298-4028 or send us an email: education@fernbrookfarms.com

Visit our website: fernbrookeducation.org

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July 22-24, 2016

Recharge. Restore. Renew. Simplify.

Spend the weekend as we seek the Lord in a most beautiful place. Join with other ladies as we gather to learn more about living simply, putting God first, and not losing sight of Him in this very loud and distracting world. We will unplug for a bit and connect with each other and the Lord.

I will be speaking about simplifying and not getting overwhelmed by daily life. There will be a wide variety of topics covered regarding living a simple and purposeful life, how to handle burn-out, and clearing physical and mental clutter, all while getting closer to God.

Come and discover the beauty of walking this journey together. We need each other!

There will be times of learning, prayer, worship, fellowship, even some rest. We are also sure to have lots of hugs, laughter, and surprises! Oh, and there is guaranteed to be chocolate wink

More info--->http://www.simplylivingforhim.com/p/blog-page_4.html



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