ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter
From the President’s Desk
is a BIG month for ENOCH! We have been extremely busy here with
planning the convention and legislative updates. So I thought I would
give you an update.
I would like to thank everyone who called the members of both the
Assembly and Senate Education Committees in regards to raising the
compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18, (A1441 and
Both of the bills have been sent to their corresponding Appropriations
Committees. The assembly bill has been amended to clarify
its provisions are not to be construed as to require a student who is
home-schooled to continue receiving instruction beyond the age of
16.” The New Jersey Homeschool Task Force will continue to
Senate Bill S791 - Requiring medical
exams, submission of student portfolio and letter of decision to
homeschool sent to the school district in which a homeschool student
resides, has been referred to the Senate Education Committee.
This year there is no companion bill in the Assembly.
Bill A1375 - Mandatory homeschool notice, this bill has been referred
to the Assembly Education Committee. There is no Senate
bill. Again the Task Force is continuing to monitor both of
There is no action required on any of these bills at this time.
Our Board and Department Coordinators have been working diligently to
make this convention the best ever.
March 1st our convention page went live and you can now register
online. You can visit us at http://www.enochnjorg/index.php/2012convention/2012registration_details
to find all the information about the convention and register.
Last year, you spoke and we listened. First
this year we are offering special pricing for the Children’s Program.
If you register for more than two sessions, you receive a discount. If
you register for all seven session, you receive the biggest discount. Second
our Children’s Program will be run this year by the Knight Lights. This
group has headed the Harvey Cedars Homeschool Week for the last few
years and many are already looking forward to them. Third
, we added an
additional session. So now, there are seven sessions instead of six. And finally
the Children’s Program is online for registration. After you receive
your registration confirmation, you will see a link for the Children’s
Program online registration. Click it and it will take you to the
registration process for the children’s program.
700 who attend the convention, will receive a free CD gift with over
$250 worth of free curriculum, stories and coupons.
Track this year will be headed by Mission Imperative, Mike Snavely. You
can register your teen in the online registration in addition to their
registration for the convention.
Henry College Prep Academy
Prep Academy has nine online Advanced Placement courses from which to
choose, and many students find the dynamics of a group class
encouraging. PHC Prep Academy is not only for teens who will be
attending Patrick Henry College, but for any high school student
interested in online AP classes with a Christian worldview. And for
every student taking a PHC Prep Academy course who uses our group
number during registration, ENOCH earns $25
! (If the family
has an HSLDA membership, they save
$50–100 per course and
your group earns $25.
) If you want more information, visit
the website here: http://www.phcprep.org/
. If you
need our Group Number, just contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org
the information needed.
you can see it is all coming together. Our speakers are excited about
coming. If you have attended our convention in the past you should have
received a postcard with the website information for the convention. If
you have did not receive a postcard, just visit our website at www.enochnj.org
and click Annual Convention. You will find everything there.
can follow us on Facebook. Just search for “ENOCH” and join our group.
We endeavor to pass along homeschooling issues and news on
homeschooling here to keep you informed.
Thank you again for your support and prayers.
In His Service,
Encouraging Words For
Homeschoolers Across The Nation
Part Three of a Three-Part Series by Nancy Manos
great thing about incorporating hands-on learning activities on a
regular basis is that it stimulates creativity in your children ... and
in you, too!
I won’t lie. It does take extra time
and energy to prepare hands-on activities for your children. You might
be asking yourself, “Is it worth it?” I believe the answer is a
resounding, “Yes!” Your efforts will undoubtedly yield a child who
grasps information and concepts better, and who discovers that learning
can indeed be fun!
Proverbs 15:2 (The Living Bible) says,
“A wise teacher makes learning a
a little card with this verse and hang it on your refrigerator or your
bathroom mirror – somewhere you’ll see it everyday. It’s a great
reminder of what’s possible!
succeed in giving the love of learning,
the learning itself is sure to follow.”
Here are some additional ideas to help you inspire your students to
experience the joy of discovery.
- Have your child draw a picture that represents something you’re
studying. Go outside and explore. Give him or her a sketchbook or
nature journal to sketch things they see. Have your
do some additional research and write facts along with their sketches.
- Use watercolors and acrylics; do bubble painting and straw painting.
Give your children different items to paint with – leaves, branches,
feathers, cotton balls, and so on.
Make a model out of clay such as Sculpey® (i.e. parts of a flower,
stages of a butterfly’s life cycle).
- Build a ziggurat out of Styrofoam; assemble paper models of an
Egyptian temple, the New York skyline, etc. (Dover Publications has a
wide variety of Cut & Assemble books.)
MAKE A DIORAMA
- Use a shoebox to create a 3-dimentional representation (i.e. the
savannah, dinosaurs, ocean life).
MAKE A COLLAGE
- Cut out pictures, shapes, and words, then assemble them in a collage
on posterboard, canvas board, or wood. Adhere with a decoupage medium
or white glue.
LAPBOOKS, MINI BOOKS,
NOTEBOOKS, AND SCRAPBOOKS
- Do a Google search to learn how to create lapbooks or do notebooking
in conjunction with something you’re studying. Have
children make a scrapbook with photos and journaling for a family
vacation or something you’re learning about. For example, if
grow butterflies or frogs as a science experiment, students can
document the process with photos and notes about what they observe.
and label maps. Make a salt-dough map. These are excellent enrichment
activities when studying geography and history.
MAKE A POSTER OR DISPLAY
- Allow your child to design a poster or 3-panel display to illustrate
something they’ve learned. One year we did a U.S. geography co-op with
two other families. Each of the students created a
that showcased information about the region they were assigned. The
parents and grandparents viewed the displays and asked the children
questions. The kids had fun sharing what they had learned.
MAKE A GRAPH
- This is a great way to consolidate and share information. Students
can conduct a survey and then make a graph with the results (i.e. ask
friends and family their favorite flavor of ice cream, favorite place
to buy groceries, least favorite vegetable, etc.) Or they can
research such as how many people put their grocery cart in the cart
corral or how many people shake hands vs. hug when greeting someone at
ACT OUT A STORY
- After reading a story, have your kids retell the story or act it out
PUT ON A PUPPET SHOW
- This is a fun way to retell a story or to create a new story. Puppets
can be as simple as a drawing cut out and attached to a popsicle stick,
or as involved as making sock puppets or even more elaborate puppets.
CREATE A WEATHER REPORT
OR NEWS REPORT
- Children can pretend to be news anchors and deliver a live report or
videotape their report. When studying a particular region, state, or
country, students can present a weather report describing the weather
in that area. For a study of a period of history, a news report could
be given as if the student were living in that time period sharing news
that illustrates their understanding of that time in history.
- A Readers Theatre is a choreographed reading. Students read from a
script, and reading parts are divided among the readers. No
memorization, costumes, blocking, or special lighting is needed.
Students read the text with expressive voices and gestures making
comprehension of the text meaningful and fun for the student and the
- Use the senses of taste and smell to experience food from a
particular region, state, country, or period in history.
Incorporates following directions, units of measure/math, and chemistry
if students cook the food themselves.
Listening to music from a particular area or period of history enhances
the learning experience.
- Improve penmanship and communication skills through correspondence
with friends and family. The act of writing letters and thank you notes
also increases a child’s awareness of and care for others.
- Instead of writing a report, have your kids do a creative writing
activity such as writing a newspaper article or journal entry from the
perspective of a person from a period in history, of an animal or
object, or of a character in a book. Add illustrations by hand or with
computer clip art.
MORE CREATIVE WRITING
- Write a family newsletter. Create a dinner menu. Write
step-by-step instructions for how to perform a common activity such as
tying one’s shoes or making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
- This is something we’ve done with friends who travel internationally,
and our girls have found it to be a lot of fun. Ask a friend or family
member who lives in another part of the country or is traveling to
somewhere interesting to send your child a postcard from that state or
country. Have them include on the postcard several geography or history
questions about that place. Children love to receive mail, and they
won’t mind doing research to answer these
questions! We had
our girls write a letter back to our friends and answer the questions
they sent about France and the Netherlands.
VIDEOS AND AUDIO BOOKS
- Using a variety of media can make a study multi-sensory and more
interesting. Rent or borrow videos and audio books for a low-cost
alternative to purchasing them. It’s okay to just use segments of a
video, too. Audio books are especially nice for road trips or lots of
time in the car.
are countless resources available to help inspire you with hands-on
learning ideas. Here are a few to get you
addition, you can do an Internet search for “lesson plans” plus
whatever topic you’re searching for.
by Terri Camp
by Hadidian and Wilson (preschool activities)
at Home: What Do I Do with My Child Before Kindergarten
by Debbie Feely
Power Activity Cards
by Beverly Adams-Gordon
for Fun Projects
by Andrew King
for Fun Experiments
by Gary Gibson
Projects and Activities
by Carolyn Ford Brunetto
by Gordon and Snow
(i.e. Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in
Ancient Greece and Rome; Westward Ho! An Activity Guide to the Wild
has been serving on the board of directors of Arizona Families for Home
Education (AFHE) with her husband, James, since 2004. Nancy and James
have two daughters whom they homeschooled through high school. The
Manos’ home education journey was a rich, rewarding, sometimes
challenging experience, and Nancy is passionate about encouraging
others in the homeschool adventure.
*If you missed part one
and/or two, check out the January and February Newsletters on ENOCH's
A WORD FROM OUR GUEST
DON'T MISS THEM AT OUR ANNUAL ENOCH HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION
COMING MAY 2012!
THE CYCLE OF
FREEDOM By J. Michael Smith
Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh at
the time of America’s birth, wrote a warning to America in 1787. He
observed that the average age of the world’s greatest civilizations was
about 200 years, during which they inevitably progressed through the
following sequence: from bondage to faith, from faith to
from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to
complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, and
from dependence back to bondage.
Tyler’s sequence can also
apply to cultural movements—specifically revival-type movements. I
believe the homeschooling movement is a revival that started in the
late ’70s when the courts began to expel God from public schools by
outlawing Bible reading and prayer. There is no dispute that
homeschoolers have a wide variety of motivations for their educational
choice. But for a large segment of the homeschool movement, the primary
reason for teaching children at home is to impart a biblically based
education to them. These early homeschoolers recognized that
public education was not neutral toward their faith, but was actually
anti-Christian. Placing their children in government schools would be
the equivalent of exposing them to spiritual bondage. These pioneers
chose home education instead. It took great courage for
to step out from government schools and take over the responsibility
for their children’s education—especially in light of the fact that
homeschooling without a teacher’s certificate was illegal in most
states. When Home School Legal Defense Association was founded in 1983,
our goal was to make homeschooling legal in all 50 states. With God’s
blessing and assistance, that is exactly what has happened.
However, the legalization of homeschooling only came about because
courageous families risked jail and the loss of their children to stand
on their rights. Obviously, the battle to teach our children at home is
not over: HSLDA continues to deal with threats to families’ homeschool
freedoms on a daily basis. But from today’s historical vantage point,
we can see a definite progression from courage to liberty in the
Based on Tyler’s model, the next
step along the way is abundance. Several signs portend a large increase
in the number of children being homeschooled in the U.S.
due to the moral decay of our citizens, violence and moral failure
continue to grow in government schools. Second, despite the
government’s expenditure of larger and larger amounts of money on
public education, the academic performance of public school students
continues to decline. On the other hand, thousands of homeschool
graduates now entering higher education and the job market have made
more people aware of homeschooling’s effectiveness. The public’s
general attitude toward homeschooling has changed dramatically over the
past 10 years.
Recently, the national media reported
another factor which could explode the number of children being
homeschooled. A proposed resolution for the Southern Baptist
Convention’s 2004 meeting encourages all officers and members of the
convention and its associated churches (a combined total of 18 million
members) to remove their children from government schools, seeing to it
that they receive a thoroughly Christian education through
homeschooling or Christian private schools. The Southern Baptist
Convention is the largest religious group of its kind to consider
advocating that its members remove their children from public school.
could be on the verge of a tremendous influx of children into the
Christian homeschool movement. This influx will bring challenges.
That’s because the next phase after abundance is complacency, according
to Tyler. Complacency is just part of human nature. We
see it cropping up in the homeschool movement, especially among
individuals who didn’t go through the “courage” and “liberty” phases of
the battle to homeschool. Unfortunately, it is difficult to appreciate
things for which we have not worked hard. Those who went
the battles of the early- to mid-’80 sometimes express concern about
the lack of commitment they think they see among newer
homeschoolers. I agree that this is a valid concern, but
of complaining, those of us who have been around awhile need to educate
these new homeschoolers so they will understand the sacrifices made and
the battles won for their freedom. This is where state and
support groups have a great responsibility. In their newsletters and
conferences, they need to tell the stories of homeschooling’s history,
reminding their members of courageous families who fought to home
educate When we are reminded of what it takes to remain free, we
become more vigilant in protecting our liberties.
there is already some apathy in this modern revival of home
education—apathy that leads to dependence. Dependence upon what? The
public schools. Vouchers and charter schools are a move toward
dependence. When parents who previously privately educated their
children through homeschooling accept financial incentives to move
under the jurisdiction of public education, they become dependent on
What is the problem with this? According
to Professor Tyler, the next step from dependence is back into bondage.
It’s like the proverbial frog in the pan of water. Initially, he could
easily leap to freedom, but if the water temperature is incrementally
increased, the frog will eventually be boiled alive without even
Professor Tyler has it right—his sequence
follows human nature. We want to take the easy way out. We don’t want
problems. But God has predestined us as Christians to be conformed to
the image of his dear Son. And it is generally only through difficult
situations that we grow, because then we recognize our total dependence
What is our responsibility as homeschoolers who
know the truth? It is to remind others and ourselves that the blessing
of growth in the homeschool community can lead to complacency, apathy,
dependence, and ultimately, bondage. Is it your desire to see a
multi-generational homeschool movement? That will only happen if we
warn homeschoolers against the natural tendencies that lead back to
A Science Issue…or
a Spiritual One? - By Mike Snavely
evidence, in and of itself, doesn't often convince people to change
their beliefs. It is a spiritual issue.
am often asked why it is that people continue to believe in evolution,
in spite of so much evidence against the theory I believe such people
fall into one of the following categories:
- They either don't know the evidence, or know very little of
it, because nobody ever told them, or...
might or might not know the evidence, but either way, they don't care
because it's not an issue they're interested in, or...
might know the evidence, but they choose specifically to ignore it.
Why? Because evolution gives them a license to live exactly the way
they want. Besides, they wouldn't want to be associated with
"right-wing" Bible-believers anyway, or...
- They know the evidence, but they actively work to refute
it, oppose it, and suppress it.
of the above constitute spiritual blindness. The person who "doesn't
know" is blind, the person who "doesn't care" is blind, the person who
"doesn't want to know" is blind, and the person who "attacks" is blind,
Ignorance. Apathy. Agnosticism. Opposition.
believe most people fall into one, or both, of the first two
categories. When we are with non-believers, we concentrate on those in
category #1 as a ministry. All we can do with the people in the other
categories is to pray for them, to attempt to teach them when we have
the opportunity, and to reason with them when they disagree.
what if people are faced with undeniable evidence of the validity of
the Bible?" some people ask. "What if the ark were discovered for all
to see, or what if a live dinosaur were found? What if definite human
footprints were found with definite dinosaur footprints in the same
rock? Surely they would believe then."
If evidence like
that were all we needed to be convinced of the truth of the Bible, then
perhaps belief would indeed follow more often. However, it seems rare
reminded of the account from the scriptures of the rich man and
Lazarus. The rich man, who had so much, died but went to the place of
torment. From there, he pleaded with Abraham for two things. First, he
asked for water. When this was denied and an explanation given, the
rich man asked that Lazarus be sent back to his family so that they
could be warned not to make the same mistakes that he had made. Abraham
replied that his family had Moses and the prophets, and that they
should heed what they said. The rich man insisted that it would work on
family--for sure! If a
dead man came back from the grave with the warning, SURELY they would
listen. That would be "undeniable evidence." Abraham's response was
that if they did not listen to Moses and the prophets, they wouldn't be
convinced even if someone came back from the dead.
right. And the same holds true today with the evidence for the biblical
creation model and the concept of evolution. The evidence is there
already. Nature itself is evidence of creation (Romans 1:20). That
mankind is sinful is evidenced over and over every day through the
stuff that makes our news reports. There is a huge amount of evidence
for a global flood (strata, fossils, etc.). The absence of "link"
fossils is evidence itself that we didn't evolve from some lower form.
when faced with blatant evidence that they have made a mistake,
evolutionists often don't change. Take the case of the coelacanth.
Evolutionists interpreted fossils of this fish to be a link from fish
to land animals, and the fossils were supposedly over 100 million years
old. So, when they caught a live coelacanth, imagine their surprise!
But, did it change them? Did they admit that they were wrong? No! They
just adjusted their theory, and called the coelacanth "living fossils."
recently, apparent dinosaur tissue has been discovered with at least
partially readable DNA. This in itself should turn their
millions-of-years scenarios upside down. But instead of admitting that
dinosaurs lived recently enough that still-soft tissue remains, they
simply express astonishment that DNA could last for 65 million years!
interpreted evidence, in and of itself, doesn't often convince people
to change their beliefs. It is a spiritual issue. Teaching people
what's wrong with evolution and giving them evidence is a good start,
and it can help to lay a foundation from which a person's faith may
launch. But, as fascinating as it would be, we don't need to find a
live dinosaur or find the ark to prove our point. Like Abraham
said--They have Moses and the prophets, and if they won't listen to
them, then they won't be convinced even if someone were to come back
from the dead. Likewise, we already have the scriptures, and if they
won't listen to that, then they won't believe even if we do find the
Mike Snavely, former
homeschool father of three grown children, is the founder of Mission:
Imperative! He speaks nationally and internationally on issues of
creation science. His home-based curriculum and DVD set are available
on his website, www.natureofcreation.org.
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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
ENOCH via the Office Email, email@example.com.
more information visit the HSLDA website: www.hslda.org
OTHER EVENTS AND
New Home School
Co-op in Northwest Jersey
A new home school co-op is coming to the Northwest Jersey area!
Learning Connection Home School support group would like to announce
their academic/enrichment co-op that will be starting in Hackettstown
for the fall of 2012. This one day a week co-op will be held
Thursdays starting at 10:30 AM
The support group was started in
2010 and has been in prayer over starting a co-op for the home school
community. The Learning Connection is a Christ-centered home
school support group ministering to families in Northwest
We are here to encourage you on this journey of homeschooling through
many facets. Some of the variety of family activities that
can take part in are as follows but not limited to.
- Mom's Night Out
- Family Nights Field Trips
- Field Trips
- Holiday Parties
- Geography/Science fairs
- standardized testing
- graduation events for all ages
- and much, much more
mission of the TLC co-op is to support and assist parents in the
training of their children by providing classes to supplement and
enrich their education in a class environment.
Because this is a
cooperative effort, there will be a pooling of our resources and
skills. Everyone must contribute so that this co-op can be a success,
whether it is to teach, assist, hall monitor, nursery, etc. One parent
must be present every hour that their children are attending classes.
This is a non-profit ministry cooperative by families to families.
Prices of classes are determined by the costs of supplies alone.
Teachers will be giving of their time. Please
Although we offer pre-school classes, all TLC co-op families
must have at least one school age child participating in the classes
who must be at least five years old by October 30th.
You can visit our website at www.mytlcnj.com
information and see if this group is for your family. Please stay tuned
for more information to come.
For questions, please contact the group at www.mytlcnj.com
Sale: Tailgate Style!
Join us for the Sovereign Grace
Used Curriculum Sale: Tailgate Style!
Used homeschool materials, including books, DVDs, VCR tapes, academic
games, anything related to education. Sell what you don’t
anymore, shop for next year, or both!
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 9am-1pm
*Rain date: Saturday,
May 5, 2012
Where: Sovereign Grace Church parking lot, 111 Greentree Rd. Marlton, NJ
set-up from 8am-8:45am in the church parking lot. You are welcome to
use the trunk/back of your vehicle and/or your own table.
Sellers: Contact Ellen MacMichael (firstname.lastname@example.org
to sign up
* Please, no yard sale
items, but those used for educational purposes!
and Writing Course
A high school-level course (for roughly ages 15 to adult) Winter/Spring
Dr. Brian Ray of the
National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) is the instructor.
Dr. Ray is offering this Research Methods and Writing course to help
- Learn how to design a research project.
- Understand different types of research
- Explore, in-depth, a subject of your personal interest.
- Critique research done by academics, think tanks,
professors, and others.
- Broaden your understanding of and evaluate claims in
newspapers and other news media.
- Enhance your knowledge and use of logic.
- Conduct a literature review founded on research-based
- Write a social science research paper.
- Know when to use certain basic statistics.
participate and learn from Dr. Ray via his live weekly lectures (about
10 weeks, one hour each), review of student questions or comments via
text chat during the lectures, and answers to questions posted by
students on an Internet forum so all students can see and learn from
Dr. Ray’s answers. Lecture recordings will also be available to
students 24/7 online.
Dr. Ray has taught students at all levels
– elementary school, junior high school, high school, and undergraduate
and graduate university – over the course of many years. He has taught
private school, public school, and homeschool students. Dr. Ray is an
energetic and engaging teacher and has received much praise for his
teaching and speaking abilities. He serves as the president of the
National Home Education Research Institute and is internationally known
for his homeschool research, service as an expert witness in court
cases and before legislatures, and speaking at educational conferences,
including those for home educators Dr. Ray and his wife have eight
children and live on a small farm in western Oregon.
will receive careful and detailed review, critique, feedback, and
grading from Dr. Ray on three written assignments. Students will also
take one exam to show their understanding of basic research methods
terms and concepts. Students who successfully complete the course
receive a certificate of completion for this one-semester, research
methods and writing, high school course.
Students who complete
this course and are interested in completing the research project they
design might be able to continue in a mentored project with Dr. Ray to
execute their study.
Tuition is $795 and is due in full upon
registration. Class size is limited – so students receive plenty of
personal attention and feedback from Dr. Ray – so first come, first
served. Late enrollments may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
registration form explains details such as the beginning lecture date,
possible payment arrangements, the tuition refund policy, forms of
payment, the textbook to be used and its cost, and more.
Please call Dr. Ray’s office at 503-364-1490 or email Abbie at email@example.com
registration form or if you have any questions. Remember, space is
Event arrives in NJ this March!
the Five" comes from the statistic that only 5% of Americans are ready
and willing to command the public platform. The Institute for Cultural
Communicators is committed to coaching Christian speakers to flood that
5%. This conference will provide Christian students of all ages with
opportunities to develop skills through activities and training in
three distinct areas: thinking, speaking and connecting with audiences.
by the local ICC Chapter, SayWhat?, this conference is for students
ages 6 - 18 from home, private, and public school settings.
Training for parents and coaches is complementary with a student
Date and Time: March 16th and 17th
Baptist Church, Basking Ridge, NJ
Bird Price/Student (Ends 2/28)
– Day Beginning Public Speaking
Free with a paying student.
*After the first 40 students, registrants will be wait-listed pending
space and available Student Leaders.
For more information
contact: Eunice Au, firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-937-8960
Apologetics Class Spring
This semester is just 6 BI-WEEKLY classes on Sunday night.
this semester: Parents/adults will have a class too. Will watch the DVD
together in sanctuary then students & parents will have
in 2 separate rooms. See details below or contact us for more
information. Please feel free to pass this information on to those who
There will be an open class for all
Adults, College and High School Students on Sunday evenings
bi-weekly basis, comparing many religions against Christianity at
Washington Valley Chapel, 57 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ
This class is absolutely free!
The commitment is just six weeks on Sunday evenings from 7-9 PM, and
the evenings will look something like this:
- View 30 Minute DVD segment
- Start to unpack it through brief discussion
- Clarify the main points and gain a grasp of key points for
- conversation/evangelism in Break-Out
- Groups (Adults and College/HS)
- Regroup for summation
class will begin on Sunday evening, February 19th…and continue
bi-weekly until April 29th. So the actual dates of the class
be 2/19; 3/4; 3/18;
4/1 (Palm Sunday); 4/15; and 4/29.
This material will arm us to have meaningful conversations with people
of allfaiths…asking poignant questions…giving pause to those who are
accustomed to being on the offensive through proselytizing.
Christianity, Cults & Religions DVD-based study helps
know what they believe and why. By comparing Christianity with groups
such as Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, people have a better grasp
about what the Bible says about who Jesus is and the message of the
Gospel. This six-session study simply explains the history, background,
and beliefs of the most common world religions and cultic groups:
Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses and other
Paul Carden, one of the most respected specialists in
this field, has spent 30 years researching, writing and broadcasting on
the topics of cults and new religions. He is the general editor of the
best-selling cults comparison chart, Christianity, Cults &
Religions. Carden presents an easy-to-understand
comparison of the
founder, date, location, history, beliefs, of each group. Carden also
explains how to talk with people of other faiths in a way that will
open them to the Gospel not turn them off.
gain a solid Scriptural foundation for their own faith so that they can
answer the questions of other groups - who is Jesus? What do we believe
about God? What happens after death? How do the other religions view
This is a class you don't want to miss! Best of all, the
commitment is a short-term one…just six Sunday evenings.
Email John Kalis your questions at email@example.com
Hall Historical Museum
Offers Homeschool Families a Passport
to the Civil War
February, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum began its five-part program
for homeschool families for children ages 7 and older on the Civil
War. Once a month, February to June, the museum has hands-on
programs planned that support the museum’s current exhibit “Gone for a Soldier”:
Jerseymen in the Civil War
Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 1-3 pm
Homeschool Workshop: The
Civil War Begins: Rural South and Industrial North
What role did industry have in the North’s victory and the South’s
defeat? Activities help students to see what characteristics became
strengths for the North and the South and what characteristics became
their weaknesses. Recommended for children 7 years old and older. $6
per student, preregistration required.
welcome to sign up for one or all five programs which will be held from
1 to 3 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month until June.
Pre-registration is required and the cost is $6 per student.
Families can pre-register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by leaving a message at (973) 538-2404, extension 10.
program themes include comparing life in the North and the South,
experiences of the Union soldier, the 1860’s Northern
and forts and sieges in the Civil War. Homeschool
receive a stamp in their Civil War passport for each program they
Hall Historical Museum preserves
the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area
community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its
historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural
programs. It is located at 45 Macculloch Ave. in the heart of
Morristown’s National Historic District. The Museum is open for house
and exhibit tours Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 1 to 4
Visit our website www.maccullochhall.org
or find us on Facebook for more information. Macculloch Hall Historical
Museum is a nonprofit educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd
Farms Education Center Homeschool Semester Programs are an opportunity
for students to spend two hours a week on our 230 acre working farm
with plenty of natural forests, meadows and streams, learning about
food, agriculture, the environment, and even history. Our
dedicated staff works with small groups of students to provide hands-on
learning experiences. Our Bridge Semester is a short
of classes between our Eight Week Semesters and is a great way to try
out the classes to see if you’re interested in pursuing participation
in the future semesters. We are located in Chesterfield Township, NJ,
Burlington County just three miles from Bordentown and Route 206
Route 130. The three classes will be held on March 8th, 15th,
22nd, and if you would like to register you can visit our website www.FernbrookEducation.org
or email Education@FernbrookFarms.com
If you have any questions please call (609)298-4028 or email us.
Mountain Natural Historic Area Morris County Park Commission
hope to see you over the winter at one of the programs listed below,
pre-registration is necessary. Be sure to check our website
calendar too at – www.morrisparks.net
Wednesday, March 21
Family Walk: As the Earth
spring through exploration of the seasons and weather. A
classroom discussion is followed by a woodland walk. Perfect
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30
Location: Pyramid Mtn.
Cost: $2 per person age 3 and older
for volunteer and citizen science projects with the Conserve Wildlife
Foundation of NJ.
For more information you may contact:
Senior Teacher Naturalist
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area
Morris County Park Commission
Christian Forensics & Communications Association
Something exciting is happening in Oakland, New Jersey!
We need judges!
The National Christian Forensics & Communications Association
is hosting the
2012 New Jersey Regional Qualifying Tournament
on March 14-16
at the The Presbyterian Church of New Jersey
222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ
schooled high school competitors from the Northeast (six states) will
gather in Oakland for three days of competitive debate and speech –
debating, performing humorous and dramatic interpretations, delivering
compelling persuasive speeches, and much more!
We know it can be
intimidating to be asked to judge, but it really is a rewarding and
exhilarating experience for all those who have tried. The students are
amazing and have been preparing for this competition since
September. We cannot provide such an important, enriching
experience for our competitors without you.
In exchange for
your three hour commitment, you will be instructed by our judging
orientation staff, exceptionally well-fed (FREE meals are offered to
all our judges), and thoroughly entertained by our outstanding
Anyone who has ever watched a movie,
television show, play, or listened to a presidential debate, knows
intrinsically how to evaluate a speaker.
To sign up and learn more please visit:
Region 10 on the map, choose New Jersey Qualifier tournament and choose
the time(s) you are available to judge.
Any questions, please contact our Judge Coordinator, Lisa Illuzzi at email@example.com
Who: The MasterWorks Festival
What: A 4 week Christian performing arts festival for students 14-26
When: June 17-July 15
Contact Information: email- firstname.lastname@example.org
MasterWorks is an intensive four-week festival for advanced
passionate students of music, dance, and theater. Each year 250
students from around the globe participate in this unique festival that
combines artistic excellence and biblically sound teaching. Students
and a faculty of 90 live and work on the campus of Grace
, in the quaint and picturesque community of Winona
MasterWorks, a wide variety of Christian backgrounds unite to glorify
God in their art and grow deeply in their faith. Spiritual highlights
include topical Bible studies for performers, faculty devotionals, and
Sunday worship services. Prayer is an integral part of rehearsals,
classes, and performances.
The Walnut Street
we PLAY, learning happens! The Walnut Street Theatre would
you and your kids to join us in our delightful new production of Miss
Nelson is Missing.
As a child, my imagination took me to
exciting new places outside this world! I encountered both
people and strange creatures - some nice, some wild, some helpful and
some extraordinary. We all share these unforgettable
journeys that were inspired by the books we read at home and in
school. Miss Nelson is Missing will send your students on an
adventure they'll never forget as they go on a journey to find Miss
Nelson and the pages of this book come to life LIVE on stage!
Miss Nelson is Missing
School Matinees at 10:30am on
Wednesday, March 28 · Friday, March 30 · Thursday, April 12 · Friday,
the book, and then see the show! Based on the children's book
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard, Full of
laughter and excitement, this show takes reading to the next level with
a live performance just under an hour making it suitable for grades
There are countless ways to integrate Miss Nelson is Missing into your
- PA Reading Assessment Anchors
- Extensive look at character development based on children's
- Building on simple stories and creating a complex plot;
reading and interpreting literature
- Exploring the importance of appreciation and respect
Walnut is proud to offer magical AND affordable theatre for kids and
their grown-up friends! Treat your students to some great
in fun by visiting the Walnut! Special group rates, for as
as $10.50 per ticket, make this the perfect spring event! It's a great
way to gather your group for a fun and educational adventure!
Call Jan to can get the best seats for your students (215) 574-3550
For more information about the Walnut
visit their website!
PLAY, “HE IS ALIVE!” AT FOUNTAIN OF LIFE CENTER
Fountain of Life Center, 2035 Columbus Rd., Florence Twp., will present
live performances on stage of its annual Easter Passion Play, “He Is
Alive!” starting Saturday, March 24th. “He Is
the story of the most compelling drama in the Bible. Come
in the joy of celebration as Christ enters Jerusalem! See the
betrayal by Judas! Witness the crucifixion at
Golgotha! Experience the glory and wonder of His
resurrection in a visually stunning finale! Over 200 volunteers
participate to make this a spectacular event not to be missed!
Fourteen live performances of “He Is Alive!” will be held on the
& 7:00 PM
& 7:00 PM
& 7:00 PM
& 7:30 PM
& 7:00 PM
more information about tickets and captivating photos of this
magnificent play depicting the final week of Jesus’ life on earth visit
the Fountain of Life Center website: www.flcnj.org
your students on the adventure of a lifetime - an outdoor expedition
into the age of dinosaurs featuring over 30 life-sized,
state-of-the-art animatronic dinosaurs. Set in the Meadowlands against
the backdrop of a prehistoric rock formation, Field
is the Northeast's most unique destination
Coming May 14th
Field Station: Dinosaurs
is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science
with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a
one-of-kind experience that's thrilling, educational and fun. Thanks to
the brilliant engineering of the world's leading roboticists and the
imagination of our artists, we will have over thirty life-sized,
realistic dinosaurs come to life. It will be an extraordinary and fun
learning opportunity for your students
- Class Trips
programs, games, and workshops designed in collaboration with The New
Jersey State Museum. Field Station: Dinosaurs is aligned with New
Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards in Science Practices, Life
Science, and Earth Systems Science.
- Ticket Prices: 20 – 49
tickets: $15.75 each. 50+ Tickets: $15 each. Hudson County Schools $14
each with a $5 handling fee. With every 20 student tickets purchased,
groups may have one complimentary teacher / chaperone ticket.
Lunches are available for student groups when ordered at least 48 hours
in advance. Lunches are $8 per guest. A variety of drinks are also
available for purchase on site.
- School Bus
Buses will unload students in a designated area near the entrance gates
of the Field Station. Buses may not unload passengers until greeted by
Field Station staff. Buses will then be directed to park in the FSD Lot
located east of the Field Station off of New County Road.
- This is an outdoor exhibition; please be prepared for all
types of weather.
a minimum of 2 hours at the Field Station – this includes walking
through the park and participation in the game or workshop. If you
choose to eat lunch at the Field Station this will add time to your
- To make
Students must be accompanied by a minimum of one adult for every ten
every 20 student tickets purchased, groups may have one complimentary
teacher / chaperone ticket. Additional chaperone tickets may be
purchased at the same group rate extended to students.
Field Station accepts school district purchase orders (for
reservations), Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and
business checks. Cash is accepted in person only. Reservations require
a 50% deposit paid within two weeks of your order date to secure your
reservation. Payment in full must be received four weeks prior to your
Field Station visit. Save time by paying in advance. Additional tickets
may be purchased for your group on the day of your visit and may be
paid for at the Box Office.
Cancellations and Refunds
for field trips canceled before your scheduled trip will be forfeited
or may be credited toward a trip scheduled within one calendar year of
the original order.
Tickets are non-refundable. Please call the
Group Sales hotline at 973.748.4317 at least 72 hours before your trip
to notify us of a change in plans. Date changes are based on
Field Station: Dinosaurs does not guarantee
admission to school groups without a reservation. Schools may be turned
away if field trip dates are changed without prior approval.
Schedule your workshop
when you reserve your tickets:
- RAPTOR FEUD:
Top 8 answers on the board – name a game that’s fast-paced, educational
and fun. Show me “Raptor Feud”! Played just like the famous game show,
the Feud gives every child a chance to show off his or her knowledge of
dinosaurs, geology and archeology. The answers can all be found at The
Field Station and because we play in teams, everyone has a chance to
Students learn what it means to be a dinosaur hunter in this exciting
team activity. It takes more than shovels to create a dig site. The
discovery process is complex, equal parts hard work, hard science and
out-of-the-box creativity. Students learn about the paleontologist's
tools – from giant earthmovers to electron microscopes – as they
uncover the skeleton of a giant dinosaur. (Extra points to the team
that accurately identifies our find.)
a T-Rex gets hungry you better stand back! Designed for students in the
fourth grade and above, Feeding Time is a raucous, frenetic, slightly
bloody (don’t worry, it’s fake) and very funny 20-minute event. Not for
the faint of heart, but guaranteed to thrill the brave and curious
- FOUND IN NEW
Our state is the birthplace of “Bone Hunting” and the great dinosaur
craze that continues to this day. Some of history’s most famous
paleontological discoveries were made right here in New Jersey.
Students learn the story of the Garden State’s official state dinosaur,
Haddy the Hadrosaurus, the incredible dig site at Walter Kidde Dinosaur
Park and fossil finds from Cape May to Ramapo. Actual fossils from
around the State are used to illustrate the presentation.
Grab your binoculars and let’s go bird watching. The New Jersey
Meadowlands is home to over 270 species of birds each one with a unique
story to tell about the link between birds and dinosaurs. Students
learn about the biological and behavioral similarities between the
chirping songsters of today and the roaring giants of yesteryear.
Topics include nesting, migration, warm versus cold bloodedness and
even a “missing link” dinosaur with feathers!
Visit us online and sign up for our newsletter www.fieldstationdinosaurs.com
Be sure to like us on Facebook for regular paleontological updates http://www.facebook.com/FieldStationDinosaurs
If there is any further information you need from us, please email me
or give me a call at 973.748.4561.
Thank you again!
Here’s a video of one of our dinosaurs.
Be the first to explore this amazing new exhibition. Call our Group
Sales Hotline at 973.748.4317 or email email@example.com
for more information or to make your reservation today.
TENNIS LESSONS FOR
you having a difficult time providing gym for your children? Seeing my
sister home-school her nine kids and my good friend (a Pastor at my
church) home-schools as well, I'm aware of the needs you have!
the past eighteen years I've been a USPTR Tennis Teaching Professional.
Currently I direct tennis at the Hopewell Valley Golf Club and also
coach the varsity teams at the Pennington School. With my access to
these facilities and experience in this great game, I would like to
offer both group and private lessons to you and your home-school
My style is simple - lessons
are fast paced, constant movement, modern techniques and most of all
FUN!!! The kids will have a chance to learn a great sport while
achieving a strong level of fitness and discipline
ALWAYS from a positive perspective.
I will provide the equipment: racquets and tennis balls as well as a
place to conduct our lesson.
Please, contact Jason Dratman at firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can customize an effective and affordable training program for
your children that would introduce them to a lifetime sport! Tennis can
also be something your whole family can enjoy together! I look forward
to hearing from you. If you are not interested in tennis lessons but
know of someone who is, please forward my information to them
Fencing program goes all over the United States. We teach through the
internet and we can one student in a particular state up to 50 in
groups. We specialize in beginning fencers. Most of our classes involve
kids and we have the opportunity to reach out to a larger audience with
the web. Your program just needs a computer with an optional camera set
up (we can work with voice only also just as long as your students can
see your coach). When we set up your class our coach will contact your
students to size up your participants with jackets masks gloves and
weapons. Our coach is in charge of mailing the fitted equipment to your
facility for class use. You also have the choice of purchasing your own
We are a staff of coaches and members of the United
States Fencing Association (the people that run Olympic Fencing). Our
main coach was trained for the Olympics by Cuban and Russian coaches;
we are trained in the Russian style of Fencing. We just ask that if we
are teaching kids under the age of 18 that there be adults present
while the coach is instructing.
Our class participants are
in contact with our online coaches for support for proper use of the
equipment and with a computer and camera we interact with our students
(voice only is also acceptable). We teach online using the VZO, Skype,
and the Moodle teaching software. We usually teach 6 lessons a hour
long, once a week for six weeks. At $10 a lesson for each participant
that equals out to $60 per participant. If you are using the option of
free equipment for at least six participants we ask you to send out a
deposit which we will return to you at the end of the session.
you set up dates and times for your class the students / or Coach will
contact the Instructor to arrange the weapons, assist with the sizing
of equipment, and assist with mailing.
The class is done live for
your program area. Students do need a computer. The coach can correct,
and teach live within the space of an hour class time. We usually have
a time period for questions and answers at the end of the teaching
program. After six classes our program is over and they can just return
the equipment for the class. We mail out certificates of completion
when done. If you do a competition in your class, we can mail out the
winner a real sword/trophy at no additional cost (depending on your
Our coaches are flexible and we can design our
online program according to the times you request for your program.
Contact Gerald *(information listed below) for availability of times.
is a vigorous sport that requires and develops stamina, quick
reactions, speed, accuracy of movement and excellent coordination. More
than a game, fencing requires a mental attitude of self discipline
total manipulation of mind and body in perfect harmony. It utilizes
natural body movement to create simple and effective self-protection
techniques with the sword. Attacking, defense, timing
tactics are all integrated into this beginning class. Whether you're
fencing for a good work out, or gaining points for the Olympics fencing
is fun for anyone. We provide everything needed to
jacket, glove, and weapon). The fencer need only to come dressed
comfortably (for freedom of movement) including long sweat pants and
Classes available to ages 6-9
Children will learn real fencing skills while having fun in our special
Musketeers Fencing Class!
new program introduces children to the fundamentals of fencing with the
foil weapon. Our children's classes are performed in a non threatening
environment. With an emphasis on skill building,
self discipline and fun. Classes are designed to enhance motor skill,
social and perceptual growth by teaching safe, age appropriate foil
fencing skills to each child.
Fencing can help children improve
concentration and develop self-control through fun and organized
activities that are developmentally correct.
For more information on
these programs contact:
Gerald E. Benford Sr.
Coach and all around groovy guy..
Online Sword Play!
Teaching the fine art of Sword Play for more than 12 years!
Office Phone: (952) 435-6740 or email: Gbenford@prodigy.net
You can also visit the websites: http://www.livefencingcoach.com
Baseball for Boys Ages 13+
you are interested in playing boys’ travel baseball with a homeschool
team please consider joining the TCHSA Falcons. We will have
practice and home games in Lawrence, NJ and Langhorne, PA. If
interested please email Ed Miller at Ed@ivcfnynj.org
CHERRY HILL ROLLER
join us for 2 hours of fun, physical activity. Every third
there is roller skating for the home school community. The
is open only for us. The games are turned off, the
family friendly. Mom's get to socialize while kids skate with
their friends. Come meet home schoolers from every
area........open to all.
Where: Cherry Hill Skate Center 664 Deer Road Cherry Hill
What: Private party 2 hours of skating with family friendly music
Who: Any home schooler please invite all put down your home school lists
When: 3rd Fridays (NOT December) from September-April 1-3PM
Cost: $3 per skater (non skaters do not pay) Max $12 per
family (cash please!)
skate rental available for $3 from rink (last year's price) either
quads or inline
You may bring your own skates
Please no outside refreshments as the snack bar is open.
Consume your food before coming in
Dates for 2011-2012
PIANO LESSONS AT
Focusing on the beginning and intermediate piano student.
Private lessons in your home.
Over 25 Years Experience
For further information, please call Toni R. at 973-960-9797
Morris County Area.
GREAT WOLF LODGE
Pocono Mountains Resorts
March Homeschool Days - March 26, 27, 28, 2012
$179.00 for a family suite up to 6 per room.
Get away with the entire family at our colossal indoor waterpark resort
featuring 401 spacious accommodations. Located right in the
heart of the beautiful Pocono Mountains, you will refresh your mind and
body. Best of all, you’ll put a smile on everyone’s face!
So clear your calendar, pack the swimsuits, and head to Great Wolf
Lodge, where weatherproof vacations and endless fun are our
specialty. Experience a 90,000-sq. ft. indoor entertainment
area featuring a spectacular indoor waterpark, exciting arcade,
luxurious spa, and fantastic restaurants-all under one roof.
for complete details.
March Homeschool Days - March 26, 27, 28, 2012
March Homschool Days *
To make reservations visit GreatWolf.com
or call 800-768-9653
for complete details. When prompted use group code:
*(Note from the editor:
If the code does not work, try "March Homeschool Days" it may
be a typo on their flyer)
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