ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter
From the President’s Desk
ENOCH’S 21ST ANNUAL HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION
JUNE 17th – 18th, 2011
Please note the date
is hard to believe that ENOCH’s 21st Annual
Convention is a month
and an half away. Our
list of exhibitors
is still growing. You can check out the exhibitor list here.
Have you been visiting our Keynote Speakers
Generations with Vision you
can hear Kevin Swanson’s daily broadcast at www.generationswithvision.com.
some of Andrew Pudewa’s free Webinar held on Monday evenings at www.excellenceinwriting.com.
Do not forget
we have something for the kids and teenagers also.
For the kids, sign up for one or all the
sessions with Jim Weiss of Greathall Production or Historical
Happenings. Just click here
for all the information and
the teenagers Jeff Baldwin from Worldview
Academy is having some great sessions on Saturday challenging your teen
confront their worldview. You can register your teen within the online
registration when you register. To read more about the Teen Track, click here.
reminder - Parents of Preschoolers is free this year, but you need to
criteria of: 1) your oldest child is 5 years old or younger and 2) you
never attended the convention in the past. This is ONLY
If you have friends who want to know about this and are part of a MOPS
then pass along the flyer to
the parents about free admission. But, hurry because they only can sign
free admission until June 6th!
We will not have this offer at the door.
closes June 6th for everyone; you can register
or by going to the registration page and printing out a Registration Form.
excited to offer every family attending the convention a free CD worth
over $250 of coupons, curriculum material and more.
forget that this convention would not be possible without the hundreds
volunteers, some working all year, so why not you volunteer for a
shift and be a blessing to other homeschoolers.
us for the 2011 Homeschool Convention. We look forward to seeing you
praying that everyone who attends will be refreshed, renewed and
you at the convention!
ENOCH of NJ
Encouraging Words From
Homeschoolers Across the Nation
TEN REASONS YOU
SHOULD ATTEND A HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION THIS YEAR
by Amelia Harper
can gain new ideas and find creative resources. Many
vendors reveal new product offerings at conventions. You will at least
find ideas that you have never seen before!
can examine curricula offerings first hand.
There is no substitute for seeing a curriculum first-hand and judging
your child’s reaction to it. A curriculum is much more successful if
the child is motivated by it!
can meet with old friends and make new ones. Conventions
are a great place to find kindred spirits! We all can use that kind of
will hear and meet interesting speakers and authors of curricula.
This is your chance to rub elbows with some of the homeschooling
leaders in our country and benefit from their wisdom and experience.
will be energized and motivated by the excitement of the event.
Homeschooling can be a draining experience. Conventions can renew your
spirit and strengthen your commitment to home education. Besides, they
are often quite enjoyable!
can gain knowledge that will help explain your position to skeptical
friends and family members.
As you tell others what you have seen and heard at the convention, they
will likely begin to understand that homeschooling is more main-stream
and successful than they first thought.
can learn more about homeschooling issues that relate to your state.
State conventions often have sessions dealing with important
developments and challenges that relate to homeschooling in your own
state. It is important to stay aware of these issues in order to
protect homeschool freedoms.
can encourage the homeschooling leaders in your state.
Your state leaders work hard to help you all year long, often at little
or no pay. Someone went to a great deal of trouble to provide this
convention for your benefit. You can show your support by attending.
can save money by shopping more wisely and taking advantage of
Some vendors offer special convention discounts. Even you if you do not
take advantage of those, the ability to compare products and prices can
save you money as you money down the road, because you can evaluate how
well this product will meet the needs of your own family situation. The
most cost-effective product is the one that works for you!
can learn how to teach your own children more effectively.
Even teachers need lessons now and then! Chances are that have often
wished you knew more about a particular educational issue. Conventions
are the place to learn. You may even have the chance to get personal
advice with your own situations.
Words From Our Speakers
Mom, You're Not
Qualified. . .to Perform Brain Surgery! By Kevin Swanson
Several years ago, our
received a brochure from a local private school, authored by a
doctoral credentials in the field of education were prominently
good doctor explained,
"There is a misjudgment among some circles that a teacher does not need
be university trained or carry the appropriate credentials. . .
should not perform brain surgery."
Such statements imply that the education of a child is a highly
affair that must not, under any circumstances, be placed under the
an uneducated parent. Ergo, whatever you do, don't try this at home!"
Never mind the data collected over the last 25 years by those who study
homeschooling movement where this sort of thing is done at home!
Back in the last 1990's the Rudner study found homeschoolers scoring
shoulders above their counterparts from public and private school. It
until last year that Dr. Brian Ray from NHERI, conducted another
study on the academic performance of home educated students in this
tell you the truth, many leaders were a little nervous about what he
find, since the movement has changed dramatically over the last ten
this new study, Dr. Ray included a wider variety of testing services,
covered a sample size in excess of 12,000 students. Amazingly, Ray
the homeschooling is performing substantially better than they did 10
earlier! The results are contained in the chart below.
Average - 50 percentile)
Compare this study also to a significant study just issued by
for Research on Education Outcomes on Charter School performance. The
collective reading and math progress in 2,403 charter schools in 15
cities, including the District of Columbia was released in June, 2009,
that almost half of the charter schools produced results similar to
comparable public schools. Charter schools producing worse results than
traditional schools outnumbered those with better numbers by more than
2 to 1.
Moreover, every study conducted to date shows that there is no
significant difference between the academic performance of students
teacher-certified parents vs. those without teacher-certified parents.
In my book Upgrade, I argue that homeschooling maximizes on the
the preeminence of character, one-on-one instruction, the parent-child
relationship, and the fear of God as the foundation of all knowledge.
conventional schooling is unable to engage much one-on-one instruction,
especially when class sizes exceed 15 children, the average
parent is able to engage 10 times more one-on-one instruction! Where
conventional schooling hardly considers relationships important as
shuttled from classroom to classroom every year (and sometime every
hour), the student-teacher relationship in the homeschool sustains for
and years. A character-focus is inescapable when the parent-child
is brought close and sustained for many succeeding years (if parents
children can survive the oft-times painful relational growing pains)!
preeminence of character is ignored when a child cannot be either
lovingly disciplined by biblically-prescribed methods in the classroom,
homeschool mother and father know that they would never survive a day
Algebra and Grammar without the essential hugs, kisses, prayers,
encouragements, and firm disciplinary measures. Moreover, the life
of knowledge is almost impossible in the context of the sterile
is so separated from the real-life experiences of relationships, home,
business, church, and government. Most home educators who have caught
vision of our movement know that you have got to integrate knowledge
otherwise 95% of education becomes a waste of time.
If the best education depends on the preeminence of character,
instruction, the parent-child relationship, life-integration, and the
God, what precisely are we talking about here? Perhaps it would be
call this thing "discipleship"! From a biblical perspective,
education is discipleship. We are incorporating knowledge into life and
it "wisdom." We are teaching God's Word in the womb of relationship,
as we sit in our house and as we walk by the way, and we call it
"discipleship." This is a far cry from the Greek-humanist form of
education, reincorporated into the western world by Thomas Aquinas and
in the 13th century, when these university men separated natural
spiritual knowledge. The fateful words that ruined education in the
world began with these words, "Theology included in sacred doctrine
differs in kind from that theology which is part of philosophy" (Summa,
Part 1, Article 1).
We are not as interested in teaching chemistry or even teaching the
God, as we are in our students fearing God in the chemistry laboratory!
true discipleship. For 800 years we have separated these things, but as
Christians we must reject this dualism now and forever. For a true
education, we must see 100 times more love between teachers and
100 times more fear of God in the classrooms, and this will only happen
begin to emulate Christ in His education program. It is interesting
greatest Teacher of all never started a seminary. He never entered a
He told His students that He loved them, and then He gave His life for
In my college days, I never had a single professor ask me about the
sins of my
youth, whether I was struggling with lust or pride. Not once did I see
chemistry professor fall on his knees in the chemistry laboratory,
before the Creator of this marvelous, orderly, complex creation! For it
as if worship was incompatible with chemistry. Yet even worse, I never
professor at seminary address my tendency towards pride, easily
my theological papers! A thousand censures on such an abominable system
education that we have incorporated into this western, materialist
have separated character, the fear of God, and life from the business
knowledge, and in the process, have destroyed education. May God
At the end of the day, I agree with the well-educated doctor who wrote
words on the back of the brochure. "Unqualified persons should not
brain surgery!" But we're not performing brain surgery. When we attempt
the education of a child, we're performing heart surgery! And, nobody
qualified for that! Without the supernatural aid of the Spirit of God,
will be no love and no fear in our hearts or in our children’s, for
Generations with Vision has just released a Revised, Second
Kevin Swanson's landmark book, Upgrade, the 10 Secrets to the Best
for Your Child. A virtual "Copernican Revolution" in the area of
education, this timely book is written in a pedestrian-style for
just want the best for their children. Available at www.generationswithvision.com
Within by Jim Weiss
"I'd like to introduce you to two friends of mine. Their
names are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson."
how I feel when I begin to tell a story. I consider these
literary characters friends of mine and I take great pleasure in
introducing them to my audience. Parents can have the same
As in any shared activity, storytelling is one
wonderful way to share your true essence with your children.
can start when your child is very young by using a picture book of some
Instead of reading it, tell it in your own words as
you turn the pages. This gives you a chance to keep eye
with your child and also explore tangents with him/her, which is
sometimes the most productive way to teach as it provides for the
personal meaning that parent and child bring to the story itself.
would never imply that storytelling should take the place of reading in
general. Reading to children validates the written word and
secures the process of thought to paper in a powerful way. Storytelling
reinforces reading and provides a rich communicative channel of
affective language arts. Children whose parents storytell
read to them from an early age turn out to be better readers and
students later on. In fact, scientists have found that either
these activities helps your child physically activate segments of
his/her brain that are involved with visualization, imagination and
Long after the "read to me" stage of a child's
development, another form of storytelling to share is your own family
stories. Sharing incidents from your own life, or those of
parents or grand-parents, serves two purposes. First, it
the message to your child that s/he is important enough to merit the
sharing of the family history, and in so doing, it also imbues your
child with a sense of her/his own roots.
Of course, as with
any storytelling, you have to remember the operative rule: whether
fiction or non-fiction, original story or traditional, it has to be fun.
was the difference between the uncle who bored us silly with his
reminiscences and the grandmother who held us
The former talked for and to himself, while the latter really wanted us
to understand, and took the time to shape the story as
entertainment. Oral history, and for that matter any subject,
be dry and didactic or it can be fascinating and passionate.
has to remember his/her audience.
You don't need the skills of
a Laurence Olivier or Meryl Streep to tell your version of a storybook
or of your ancestors' arrival to America. Start simply with
you know, and tell it in your own words. Think about what you
most want a listener to remember. If you make a mistake, say
so. Kids love to hear this. They find it
Just say, "I forgot to tell you that.." and go on. Another
to say, "Now what Aunt Joan didn't know was that Uncle Bill had already
bought the tickets." This presents the information you forgot
a dramatic element of the tale.
In addition to telling stories
to your child, a wonderful activity is to tell with her or him and to
create the story together. Don't be surprised if it goes off
wild directions you didn't anticipate. Enjoy the
you reach a dead-end, you can always say, "I don't know what happens
next, do you?" If your child doesn't, suggest going back in
story and making a different choice: "What if Cinderella hadn't lost
the glass slipper?" Then go on from there.
My father used
to tell stories to my brother and me in front of a roaring winter fire,
or on the porch in summer with the fireflies weaving circles of gold in
the gathering darkness. Because he loved literature, many of
father's stories were based on literary classics, mythology and
poetry. His stories made us want to learn to read so that we
could personally acquaint ourselves with the characters of his tales,
which he had simplified for our levels of understanding.
he altered his tellings as we matured, always keeping his audience in
When I became a professional storyteller, I followed this
pattern. I couldn't remember my father's style, or the exact
content of his stories, but I wanted to bring this same kind of
excitement and interest in the classics.
In addition, I felt
that the classic stories and myths provided a central core or
commonality in a society which too often lacks a common set of
references. Stories which last do so for a reason.
reflect certain needs in our psychological and emotional
Stories from many different cultures and times provide insight into the
multitude of ways we humans live. What is most fascinating,
however, is that behind the different customs and lifestyles are
wonderfully similar drives and desires. These desires for
real home, companionship, love and so on, are the common heritage of
all humans. By drawing out these common human traits as we
stories of different countries or times, through the eyes of our own
ancestors or fictional characters, we lay the groundwork for
understanding and friendship.
Even my most serious stories
have an element of fun, and it is the characters more than the action
that fascinate me as a teller.
Each teller will give a new
"spin" to telling, drawing out different facets of the
characters. Here a parent can employ the professional
to expand the boundaries of storytelling, whether in person at stores
or libraries, or on a recording. Even indirectly, your own
essence prevails both in the selection of material and in the shared
listening and discussion between you and your child.
We all live
at such a hectic pace. "It takes all the running you can do,"
said Alice in Wonderland, "just to stay in one place."
Storytelling allows you to slow down for a little while, to focus and
present what matters most to you in a way that neither threatens nor
preaches. In the end, it allows you to share the
gift one can give to one's child: one's self.
Weiss has been a storyteller for over 30 years and is the recipient of
80+ national awards. 2009 marked the 20th anniversary of his
“storytelling business,” Greathall Productions,
Greathall Productions has thus far produced 43+ storytelling recordings
with enticing titles from classical literature and history: G.A. Henty
titles; unabridged readings; Story of the World, I, II, III, and IV;
and more. Jim travels extensively internationally and throughout the
U.S. presenting at homeschool conferences, schools, stores, libraries,
community events, and national organizations.
ANNUAL HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION
JUNE 17th –
Homeschool Convention in New Jersey!
ENOCH of New Jersey presents the 21st Annual Homeschool Convention…Renewing the Vision 2011
and Saturday, June 17-18, 2011 at the New Jersey Convention &
Center, Raritan Center, Edison, NJ. Friday
2pm-9pm, Saturday hours: 9am-6pm.
Free admission for
parents of preschools
(online registration is required).
registration is open until June 6th.
to get your tickets for an event you won’t want to miss. Come
join us as we Renew our Vision for homeschooling in New Jersey!
Keynote speakers for 2011
include: Kevin Swanson & Family, Andrew Pudewa, and
Baldwin. These are just a few of the speakers that will be
there….go to ENOCH website
to see a full list
of topics and speakers that will be available for you at the Convention!
for 13-17 year olds on Saturday from 10:15am-5pm. Teen Track
be presented by Jeff Baldwin of Worldview Academy, topics will
include: “What Kind of Monster Are You?” and “New Age
available for 6-12 year olds on Friday and Saturday. Programs
will include; “Real Life Heroes”, “King Arthur and Other Classical
Leaders”, “Crusader Knight”, “Mystery and Intrigue with Sherlock Holmes
and Other Sleuths”, “Greek Mythology” and “Civil War Soldier
Make sure to register for the Teen
at ENOCH website
Don't miss out on the used curriculum sale and all the vendors that
will be there to help guide you as you make choices to Renew Your Vision!
This is an event you don’t want to miss out…so what are you waiting
for? Go to ENOCH website
today! See you there!
WE’RE DEPENDING ON YOU!
date of the annual ENOCH Convention is fast approaching (June
17-18)! In order to have the convention run smoothly, over
volunteers are enlisted every year. For those of you who have
already volunteered, we are very grateful. Your response has
overwhelming! We currently have 42% of our volunteer
There are many needs available for you to fill. We have needs
for the following positions for both Friday and Saturday.
- Ask Me! Ushers
- CD Sales
- Used Curriculum
- Used Curriculum Cashiers
- Workshop Monitors
Please consider helping your statewide homeschool community by
volunteering at the convention. To volunteer, please
for the convention and then follow this
link to volunteer
Questions? Email Michele Gross at email@example.com
AHEAD....MIKE SMITH WILL BE ONE OF OUR OFFICIAL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FOR
Why Homeschool? By Michael Smith, President, HSLDA
As most parents and children are on their summer break it’s inevitable
that parents begin thinking about the next school year. Many are
eagerly anticipating the time when they can “send the kids back to
school” but others are considering whether there might be a better way
to educate their children. With the rapid growth of
homeschooling and hundreds of thousands of homeschool graduates there
are now many homeschool parents who have graduated all their
children. One such parent is Diane Kummer who now works as a
High School Coordinator for HSLDA giving advice to parents who are
homeschooling teenagers. She gives an interesting perspective on why
her family chose homeschooling and how it benefitted her children:
“I homeschooled both of my children from kindergarten all the way to
their high school graduations, and I’m often asked why my husband and I
chose to homeschool. The reasons are many, but one reason in
particular stands out to me. Simply put, I homeschooled to
spend time with my children.
“Time is a slippery commodity. It cannot be held.
It slips and slides and then it’s gone. I understand this
concept much better now that my youngest has graduated from college.
I’m grateful that my family made the most of our schooling years by
choosing to teach our children at home. Homeschooling allowed
us time to learn and to make great discoveries together as we snuggled
up with books during the morning reading hour and met some interesting
characters. Other times on our morning walks around the
neighborhood we collected leaves and rocks and they became the visuals
for the science unit I was teaching and were later used in the
afternoon art project. One year during grade school, we enjoyed
videotaping and journaling (combining science and English!) as we
watched a mother bird build a nest outside of our living room window,
and we laughed together when she later kicked the last of her offspring
out of the abode. In the high school years, homeschooling
provided unhurried time to sort out current events in light of past
history while analyzing the world through a biblical
“My children and I learned more than academics from our time in the
crucible of homeschooling. According to the Encarta
Dictionary, a crucible is ‘a place or set of circumstances where people
or things are subjected to forces that test them and often make them
change.’ What a wonderful description of
homeschooling! My family learned that close living and
schooling environments brought out the best and worst in each of us,
and that conflict – rightly handled - often resulted in productive
change. Homeschooling provided plenty of time for our individual sins
to rise to the surface, and I’m convinced that strong relationships
with my grown children today are built upon years of working out
disagreements. Homeschooling provided the opportunity to almost daily
renew our commitment to resolving clashes and wrangling in a respectful
“When we take on the role of both parent and teacher, suddenly the
lines between schooling, training, and living are blurred and are no
longer separated into neat categories. I can’t explain it,
but homeschooling somehow allowed my time to be multiplied not
divided. Time spent teaching about the Great Depression
suddenly morphed into a discussion on the dangers of spiraling debt,
and time spent discussing the theme in The Scarlet Letter
led to a conversation about the consequences of our behavior and the
choices we make. Training a child to memorize the
multiplication tables or teaching a teen to follow the order of
operations in Algebra suddenly becomes a practical application of the
wisdom in developing character traits such as diligence and following
logical steps to a conclusion.
“Why did I homeschool? I homeschooled so that I could spend
lots of time with my precious children. I wanted to multiply
our time together rather than divide it between home and
school. If you are being impressed to homeschool your
children, don’t be concerned about the demands on your time. Time
invested with your child is always time well spent.”
Diane’s experience is common to homeschoolers. It’s the mix
of family time and one-on-one instruction that is so attractive to
increasing numbers of parents. Perhaps next school year you
will consider switching to
To find out more information on homeschooling and how you can get
started on the right foot, visit www.youcanhomeschool.org
Attorney Mike Smith is
the President of HSLDA, an organization that he helped found in 1983.
Established to protect the right of parents to teach their children at
home, HSLDA now represents over 80,000 member families. Mike and his
wife Elizabeth began homeschooling their children in 1981. He has been
defending families for 28 years.
HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOCIATION
For more information about HSLDA visit their website: www.hslda.org
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OTHER EVENTS AND
The Princeton Area
You are cordially invited to
The Princeton Area Homeschool Choir’s
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Morrisville Presbyterian Church
711 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Morrisville, PA
Concert tickets will be sold at Choir
On Mondays in April
Or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door
Children, Seniors and Alumni tickets are $5.00
Children ages 5 and under are free
SUMMER SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Founded in 1962 by Hungarian virtuoso Wilmos Csehy.
Csehy Summer School of Music will be held at Houghton College, New York
Look up www.csehy.com
Carpooling with other homeschoolers is encouraged.
Participants are junior high and senior high students who play the
or string instruments at the intermediate+ level.
About 1/4 students are homeschooled.
Choose 1 week or up to 5 weeks - June 26 through July 30,
Christian commitment! Chapel, Devotions, Ministry
teams, Lifelong friends
Musical excellence! Orchestra, Band, Piano,
Handbells, Choir, Lessons, Theory
If you are interested in attending, please email: email@example.com
INSTRUMENTAL MUSICAL LESSONS
name is MaryEmily McLoughlin and I am a music graduate from Liberty
University who was homeshooled myself. Although I am not certified, I
have taken all of the music education courses and practicum required
for the state of South Carolina. I was principal chair of the Liberty
University Symphony Orchestra, section leader of the Bob Jones
University Concert Band, and created and conductor of the Liberty
University Flute Choir. I also played the flute one year and the tuba
another year in the Liberty University Marching Band. Music
very important part of education, and I would like to begin making it
more accessible to us. It has been my goal since Freshman year to start
a music program in the area for homeschoolers. While I am offering only
private lessons right now, I would like to eventually build ensembles
that are just as good as those at any other school.
I am looking
to start a flute studio in the area. Any student level is welcome, from
beginner through high school. For homeschoolers, I can give lessons at
our home for $25 per half hour, or I can come to your home for lessons,
which are $30 per half hour (for gas).
Flute Choir would be lots
of fun and a great experience for players who have already begun to
master the flute. Prices and practices will depend on students
I would also like to offer beginner piano lessons if
there is already a tuned or electric piano in the home, for $30 for a
half hour (homeschool) or at our home for $25. I can also offer
beginner and intermediate lessons on clarinet, saxophone, bassoon,
trombone, trumpet, tuba, and horn (same prices).
If there are any questions at all, feel free to contact me on my cell
732-546-7830 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Center (WLC) is pleased to announce an exciting array of
high-quality academic courses for homeschooled students (grades K-12)
for Fall, 2011. Most classes cost less than $20/week! This fall’s
offerings include: Art, Science (including High School Physics),
French, German, Mandarin, Spanish, U.S. History, European History,
Asian History, Writing, Literature and Debate. Classes are held weekly
for 32 weeks from September through May, on Tuesday through Friday,
from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm and 12:30 – 3:00 pm. Students may choose to
take one or more classes. For more information, visit our website at: www.westerlylearningcenter.org
or email us at email@example.com
CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS!!!
SAT MATH PREP * MATH * PHYSICS * COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
LIVE ONLINE CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS!!!
for summer and fall schedules regarding all live
online classes for homeschoolers.
Dr. Christian Seberino, know how to prepare you for the SAT, teach you
math, teach you physics and teach you programming. I do it all
live online from the convenience of your home!
Here are the upcoming SAT Math Prep classes:
SAT Math Prep (May 02 - May 23)
Mon 10:30 - 12:30pm
SAT Math Prep (May 06 - May 27)
Fri 10:30 - 12:30pm
SAT Math Prep (May 07 - May 28)
Sat 10:30 - 12:30pm
Here are the accelerated summer classes:
10:30 - 11:20am CST
11:30 - 12:20pm CST
Computer Programming MF
12:30 - 1:20pm CST
Summer Algebra 2
2:00 - 2:50pm CST
3:00 - 3:50pm CST
Here is the fall line up:
3:00 - 3:50pm CST
Fall Algebra 1
2:00 - 2:50pm CST
12:30 - 1:20pm CST
10:30 - 11:20am
12:30 - 1:20pm CST
3:00 - 3:50pm CST
Fall AP Calculus
11:30 - 12:20pm CST
Sign ups are happening now at http://phil4.com
more information contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://phil4.com
Public Speaking Workshop for Kids 6-11
The Mt. Laurel Rostrum Chapter of the Institute for Cultural
Communicators invites you and your 6-11 year-old students to a FREE
Public Speaking Workshop on Friday, May 27 beginning promptly at 2pm
until 4pm. This brief workshop will introduce your student to
art of public speaking through fun exercises and games that aim to
bring them out of their public speaking “comfort zones”, fine tune
their word annunciation, and much more!
The ICC mission
statement is: “…to shape culture through authentic communication and
equip students with both the competence and character they need to
influence culture for Christ.” Basically, our ICC
goal is to prepare students to communicate with poise and ease so that
they are comfortable sharing the Gospel with others and defending their
faith according to 1Peter3:15. While your children are learning
beginning public speaking skills, our student mentors will demonstrate
some of the skills our older students (ages 12-18) learn through ICC,
including oral interpretations and debate. They will also
parents information about the upcoming Communicators For Christ tour
being held locally in August and how students can join the Mt. Laurel
Rostrum next fall.
This event will be held at Fellowship Bible Church, 590 Jackson Road in
Sewell, NJ. Please RSVP to Rochelle Gill at Rochelle.Gill@verizon.net
with the names and ages of students planning to join us for this
exciting event. We look forward to seeing you there!
HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS
- LARGE INDOOR ARENA (856) 252-7075 - Contact Regina Ennis
new for your Phys Ed classes? We are a Christian family who
a horse farm in Central NJ, (at 850 Monmouth Road - on Route 537 - just
down the road from Six Flags Great Adventure, right off Rt 195) and we
would love to welcome homeschooling families. In past years,
homeschooled our own children who are now in college, and are aware of
the challenges facing homeschooling parents to find good choices for
activities. Our facility has a large indoor arena (80X200),
full jump course, to facilitate all-weather riding with minimal
cancellations due to weather. We have a nice
horses and ponies for lessons and pony rides. In addition to
riding lessons, our program offers a full equestrian science education
program offered through 4H, that includes classroom lessons on the
ground (unmounted) as well as full instruction in the saddle
(mounted). Our instructor is also experienced in teaching
needs riders (Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADD, ADHD).
Horseback riding lessons available to all homeschooling families at
discounted rates-flexible schedules to accommodate your
Groups (such as Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Boys Scouts)
Western and English disciplines taught with an emphasis on safety and
balanced seat riding. Beginners to advanced riders welcome!
* 1 Hr. Private Lesson: $45.00
* ***SPECIAL PRIVATE PACKAGE: 10 Private 1-Hour Lessons for
$395. Must be prepaid and used within 3 months. You
take multiple lessons per week.***
1 Hr. Semi-Private/Group/Sibling: $30.00 per student (limit 4 per
lesson) Private lessons required until student safely handles
horse/pony on own. (Sometimes riders will share same mount
they are safely able to independently handle their own horse/pony.
* **SPECIAL GROUP/SEMI-PRIVATE
PACKAGE: 10 1-Hour Lessons for group/semi-private lessons for
HELD OUR FIRST FUN AND
GAMES HORSESHOW ON MARCH 20, 2011. NEXT ONE IS SCHEDULED FOR
MAY! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
HORSEMANSHIP RIDING CAMP -CAMP SPECIAL PRICE IF SIGNED UP BEFORE MAY
1-$260/JUNE 1-$290/AFTER JUNE 1-$330
27-July 1/July 11-15/ August 1-5/August 15-19 Regular price
June 1 is $330 for the week. (10% Multiple Session/Sibling Discounts
Offered) Please call for details/questions. Camp Hours
8:30am-4:00pm. Limited to 12 campers per session-Riding Skill
Levels: Beginners to advanced riders are welcome.
Avg. of 4
Hours of riding per day!
Club Membership -Freedom Riders 4H Club
Free-meets twice per month-2nd and 4th Saturdays!
and Games Shows held on our farm! Ribbons and trophies given
division champions, but it's all about having fun on horseback! See our
Facebook Page for details and Pics of our equine friends and
families! Next show is in May! Hope to see you there! $60 for
or $8 per class! Call for details.
such as Boys' Scouts, Girls' Scouts, other 4H groups, etc. ($25 per
scout/club member) Minimum of 6 members for group lesson
discount. Actual lesson not just a pony ride!
Please mention your membership in ENOCH
and this ad when calling to receive the discounted rates.
Regina for available times and appointments, (856)
252-7075. See our Facebook page for Freedom Farm
USA and my
page, Regina Ennis.
Visit our website at www.Freedomfarmusa.com
Extended Horsemanship Program***
you are a part of our WEEKLY lesson program, you may come out and help
exercise our horses/ponies on Saturdays at our farm. That
you to get extra riding and some instruction at no extra cost-call for
details. Affordable Horseshowing opportunities as well for those
interested! Our riders regularly participate in local shows.
~~~Where the Spirit of
the Lord is there is freedom.~~~
Swimming at the Berkeley Swim School
Swimming at the Berkeley Swim School
Late Spring 2011 May 15-June 26 (6 weeks)
Registration begins Wednesday, April 27, 10:00AM
Mommy & Me
Age 3,4,5 & K Students need the extra support of a
:30 Age 4,5, & K
Students are new to the
water and or are timid about putting their faces in water.
class is taught in shallow water in preparation for Beginner 1
:30 Age 4,5,6 (K) Students are comfortable in water, will
submerge, and can cross the pool on their backs while kicking and
sculling. Instructors will teach a strong kick, rotary
sculling and a balanced body position. This level is taught in shallow
:30 1st grade to age
have not yet learned the rotary breathing in coordination with arm
strokes. See Beginner 1
Advanced Beginner 1
:30 Age 4,5, & K While not yet
side breathing, these students have a propulsive kick, can listen and
follow directions and can perform at a higher level than Beginner 1
:30 1st grade-age 10 Students have passed
Beginner level skills and can swim unaided with rotary
Instructors will emphasize bilateral breathing, breaststroke and
butterfly kicks, and somersaults
Intermediate /Young Adult
:45 Age 7-15 Students
have passed all
Advanced Beginner skills. Instructors will emphasize
of breaststroke and butterfly, flip turns, and endurance.
Lifeguarding and the 4 competitive strokes and turns will be taught
9:30a-12:15p; No charge for Homeschool
Call for availability on Sat. at noon. No make ups on the first or last
day of any session or when classes are full
The final day (ONLY) of each session is an observation opportunity.
Refunds A 25% fee will be charged for any cancellation. There
are no refunds after the first scheduled swimming session.
Days & Times
10:00; Friday 10:00
Advanced Beginner 1
Wednesday 10:30; Friday
Wednesday 11:00; Friday 6:00
Fees have been reduced for Homeschool students
Other classes are available at regular Berkeley Swim School rates.
For more information visit: www.berkeleyaquatic.org
(click on Swim
OR contact Towney Brewster, The Berkeley
Swim School Director: 908-464-1995
or PO Box 215, 649
Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 07922.
BOYS/GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMPS!
Break is looking forward to its 11th summer hosting basketball camps in
North Jersey. There will be different sessions for
girls, with age groups ranging from entering 2nd grade to seniors in
high school. The focus is on building basketball skills
proper instruction and skill repetition. This camp is great for
students who would like to improve their skills before joining a school
Sessions begin on Monday, June 20 and
run until July 21 at the following locations: Hawthorne
Academy (Hawthorne) and Green Pond Bible Chapel (Rockaway
Township). The day camps are held from 9AM to 3:30
PM; the evening ones from 6-9PM. If
anyone has any
questions, or would like a brochure, please contact the Fast Break
Director, Kevin Stanford at 973-851-0918 or email@example.com
BASKETBALL - JUST FOR HOMESCHOOLERS!!
the week of June 20, Kevin has access to both gyms at Hawthorne Gospel
Christian Academy. Since the girls camp will meet in the
gym, he can run a session for homeschool boys, entering grades
6-12, in the 2nd gym from 6-9PM during June
20-24. Skills, teamwork, devotionals!!
10 campers would make this possible. The cost is
$139 per camper. It's $129 before May 15. Contact Kevin
if there are any financial difficulties. Please
today and include "Boys homeschool basketball June 20-24" in the
subject line of your email. He will email you with any
registration requirements. If anyone has any questions, or
like a brochure, please contact
the Fast Break Director, Kevin Stanford at 973-851-0918 or firstname.lastname@example.org
York Liberty (WNBA) School Day Game
I wanted to reach out to you and NJ Home schools about the New York
Liberty (WNBA) School Day Game.
NEW YORK LIBERTY
6TH ANNUAL SCHOOL DAY GAME
WED, MAY 25TH at 10:30am
THE PRUDENTIAL CENTER,
Special price: $15.00
To purchase tickets click here: http://tinyurl.com/libertyschoolday
Enter special promo code: njschool
The New Jersey
Enjoy a Day of Renaissance Edu-tainment!
The New Jersey Renaissance Faire
“2011 School Day at the Faire”
Friday, June 10, 9am-2pm
visit the teaching artists of the prestigious New Jersey Renaissance
Faire in the Shire of their native domain, while allowing your students
to participate in the Golden Age of English History!
historical characters and figures of myth and legend interact with your
students to make them feel a part of history. Your students will bear
witness to exciting shows that will both entertain and educate, while
giving students a truly memorable experience!
A Magical Experience They Will Never Forget!
Edu-tainment such as:
Tournament of Arms: Experience the pageantry and valor of a
scale historical joust. Action and horsemanship in our full
- Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon: Meet William
Shakespeare and watch him perform scenes from his famous
Learn about the theatre and English literature from the man himself,
the Bard in person!
- Human Chess Match: Watch professional
actor/stuntmen put on a full show of staged combat in a thrilling
full-length human chess match at our Lakeside Amphitheater.
Learn the history of these noble birds of prey and their relationship
with the people of England to this day. See the noble flight
hawks and falcons before your very eyes.
- Hamlet: Watch a
live, abridged version of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet,
the Prince of Denmark- in a non-electronic, real world, 3-D, wooden
- Manners and Mannerisms: Our very own
Sherriff, Marshall Law will take the students through lessons in the
customs and manners of the Renaissance. Don’t forget to bow!
Glassblowing: Witness our very own glassblower give
demonstrations of the craft of glass blowing through the ages, from the
ancient Greeks all the way to the present day.
- Visit our
Smithy: Our very own smith will show you around the workings
his forge as he bends the metal to the will of his hammer.
Legend of King Arthur: This year our shire will be visited by
King Arthur and his Knights of the Table Round. Interact with
this essential English myth as he does battle with his enemies Mordred
and Lady Morgan. Also meet with Merlin and Lancelot and
the beauty of Lady Guinevere.
Admission: Only $12 per Student
Day at the Faire: Friday, June 10
- Chaperone per every 10 Students is Free
- Includes discount passes for the Weekend Faire
- Assorted Food and Vendors on site. All-Inclusive
Lunch Packages available
- Discounts for groups of 100 or more
New Jersey Renaissance Faire, at Liberty Lake: June 4/5
For more information visit: www.NJRENFAIRE.com
& POET EMMA LAZARUS ARE FOCUS OF NEW PLAY AT ELLIS ISLAND
MAKE SURE TO PLAN AHEAD
AND MAKE RESERVATIONS! THERE IS A LOT TO SEE AND THIS CAN BE
AN AWESOME TRIP IF PLANNED AHEAD!
Island, NY (April 2011) – Sing a Song of Freedom: The Story of Emma
Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty, a new play celebrating Lady
Liberty’s 125th year, dramatizes how the writer’s poem “The New
Colossus” transformed the beloved Statue into a symbol of welcome. The
show opens at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum’s intimate Living
Theater for a limited run beginning April 16 through Labor Day weekend.
Written by playwright/director Ken Urban, the 30-minute play also
features stories of immigration.
Produced and funded by The
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the show will be presented
April 16 through June 27 on Monday and Wednesday through Saturday.
Beginning June 28, the show will run Thursday through Monday. Show
times are 10:45; 11:30; 12:15; 1:00; 2:30; 3:15; and 4:00. Admission is
A gift from France to the American people, the Statue of
Liberty was dedicated October 28, 1886. In 1982, President Ronald
Reagan appointed Lee Iacocca to head up a private sector effort to
restore the Statue of Liberty for her centennial. Fundraising began for
the $87 million restoration under a public/private partnership between
the National Park Service and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island
Foundation, Inc., and on July 5, 1986 the newly restored Statue
re-opened to the public during Liberty Weekend. The famous sonnet
written by poet and essayist Emma Lazarus in 1883 is engraved on a
bronze plaque which has been affixed to the inner walls of the pedestal
since the early 1900's.
Ellis Island Living Theater
performances, which are both educational and entertaining, are
especially popular with students, scout troops, day campers, religious
groups, senior clubs, and families. Reservations for Sing a Song of
Freedom: The Story of Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty are
accepted for groups of 10 or more. Since the theater seats 56 people,
some groups may have to schedule multiple shows. Please note that the
National Park Service, which administers Ellis Island and the Statue of
Liberty, requires one chaperone for every ten children. Individuals
without reservations are encouraged to purchase their tickets upon
entering the museum.
For more information or to make
reservations, contact The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation at
212-561-4500, ext. 0 or email@example.com
More on Sing a Song of
Freedom: The Story of Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty can be
found at http://www.statueofliberty.org
For ferry tickets and schedules, call Statue Cruises at 1-877-LADY TIX
or visit http://www.statuecruises.com
Actors employed in this production are members of Actors' Equity
Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation,
Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for
and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and
Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park
Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the
monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the
world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant
Wall of Honor® and the American Family Immigration History Center®. Its
endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.
Peg Zitko (212) 561-4517, firstname.lastname@example.org
OR Elizabeth Oravetz (212) 561-4542, email@example.com
or visit: http://www.ellisisland.org
Six Flags Great
Adventure Homeschool day
event information is HERE! Homeschool day will take place on May 5,
NEW for 2011 - Every person who attends the catered buffet on Thursday
May 5th will receive one FREE "play again" admission ticket to return
to the park before October! (You must also purchase a park admission
EDUCATION DAY - THEME PARK IS ONLY OPEN FOR STUDENTS
Learn about Radio Marketing from top professionals - Showcase Theater
Compete in the Homeschooler division of the Business &
Speak to local organizations about what it takes to make it in their
Drive through our 350-acre wild life preserve with more than 1,200
animals open only to Homeschoolers from 9am - 2pm.
Be a part of a Homeschooler only Dolphin Discovery Presentation - 3pm
(time subject to change)
Eat lunch in a private pavillion reserved only for homeschooling
familes - Old Country Picnic Grove 12-1pm
SAVE TIME - PUCHASE
Print admission tickets right from home with no
To download the Homeschool Day group order form or make a purchase
online go to: www.sixflags.com/greatadventure
use the promocode: HOMESCHOOL
As always visit sixflags.com
for up to date
information and downloads.
For more detailed information you can contact:
Six Flags Great Adventure
Hurricane Harbor NJ & Wild Safari
P: 732-928-2000 x2850
See you at the park!
MAY IS HOMESCHOOL
MONTH AT HERSHEY PARK, PA!
May is Home School Month!
- May 2011
invites Home School families to enjoy a special admission discount
during the month of May! Visit on one of our scheduled educational days
and participate in the fun and learning with other school groups. Visit
's website to download
our Math, Science, Physics, or Discovery manuals and choose a day to
learn on your own.
is FUNdamental at Hersheypark! Sure, your students are going to have a
great time on a class trip to Hersheypark, but they will also gain
"hands on" experience in areas all across the curriculum, from Science
to Math, to Language Arts!
We offer Education Days that cover a
variety of subject matter,and are pleased to introduce Entertainment
Day this year! Notable to visit on an Education Day? Hersheypark has
just the solution! Visit Hershey Park
Website to download our Math, Science, Physics, or Discovery Guide and
customize a visit for your students on the date of your choice!
For more information or to download order form, visit Hershey Park'
GREAT WOLF LODGE
Pocono Mountains Resorts Summer Homeschool Splash
Summer Homeschool Splash - June 5-9, 2011.
$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.
June 5-9, 2011
Summer Homeschool Splash
To make reservations visit GreatWolf.com
or call 800-768-9653
for complete details. When prompted use group code:
ENOCH of NJ e-Newsletter NEXT DEADLINE
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June 2011 issue: Wednesday, May 25th
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