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November 2010

From the President’s Desk

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
ENOCH’S 21ST ANNUAL HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION
JUNE 17th – 18th, 2011

Please note the date change

Dear Homeschooling Friends, 

There comes a time in every organization to stop, pull back and look back at where they began, where they are and where they ought to be going. Chuck Swindoll recently spoke in a broadcast for "Insight for Living". He mentioned that their church had come to the same point. He stated, "I had to stop and make decisions that were not easy. There were difficult times, tears, hurt feelings, and hard moments. Every Sunday we would meet for worship and never did I bring the struggle to the pulpit. Every week I would tell the people things were going well. Things were moving forward. Trust God. I came to realize that it was time to stop. Wait. Let’s look again and see what God is doing and what He wants us to do and do it. That meant some changes. This meant making tough decisions. But we at Insight saw changes. We saw things turn." 

Every organization goes through its hard times. ENOCH is no different. As we enter November we begin to think about all the blessings of God. But as Chuck Swindoll mentioned in his broadcast, there are rough times and we need to be thankful for them as well. 

There is one thing I would like to share with you from my heart. I would like to ask any homeschool parent who feels the burden of ENOCH to become a prayer partner with the organization. Prayer is important and we all need it. What I would like is for you to commit to pray for ENOCH – the leadership and the ministry of ENOCH to homeschoolers. If you feel this is something you want to do, please email me at president@enochnj.org. I would like to be able to connect with you and share special requests as they arise. You can begin now to pray for the 2011 convention. Planning for the convention is in full swing. Also, remember to pray for the keynote speakers: Andrew Pudewa and Kevin Swanson that their words would be encouraging and uplifting to everyone who attends. 

Thankfully,
Rich Millward
President 

Encouraging Words From Homeschoolers Across the Nation

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Quiet Times in a Busy Household
By Marilyn Boyer

I dream of a capacious house full of rooms and lots of storage places. Central in that dream is my “quiet room”- a room with thick insulation and a skylight under which is a big comfy recliner just waiting for me to plunk down in it and read my Bible, pray, and meditate, uninterrupted.

As I look up through the skylight, I view the puffy cumulus clouds drifting by in the midst of a beautiful blue sky- a perfect scenario for meditating on the riches of God’s inexhaustible Word. Nearby is my bookcase, full of study books and concordances and a spacious desk on which I can leave my books spread out when not in use and ready to pick up again where I left off.

That’s my dream, but it’s not a reality - not in this season of my life! I’m a mom of 14 blessings, yes, blessings! I wouldn’t trade any one of them for all the solitude in the world, but I must confess, there are times I would like to experience, as the song goes “Blessed Quietness.” It happens only at very unusual times in my bustling household - like maybe after 11:00 pm or midnight!

Through the years, I’ve had to adjust my quiet time to Rick’s schedule, the children’s ages, and therefore changing schedules. You know how it is - it changes all the time.

I have tried to make a quiet time with the Lord a priority. It’s a precious time where God speaks to me and I speak to Him and draw from His Word and His Spirit gives me guidance and direction I need for my busy life.

I need God’s direction as to how to raise 14 unique personalities to direct each one to serve his/her Creator. It’s not an easy task. Actually, it’s impossible in my own strength. I know that, but I also know that God cares about all those little details of my life and their lives and my husband’s life much more than I do and He has a perfect plan for all of us. I need God. I need His presence, the washing of His Word, the red flags in my spirit to turn me from the wrong paths, and the nudge of His Holy Spirit to keep my focus on His priorities.

Being a mom is a 24-hour-a-day job, but as the years have gone by, I’ve learn to evaluate and reevaluate my schedule and learn to give God my best time. For some people that’s first thing in the morning and that’s great, but I’ve never been a morning person. I find my mind is sluggish until I’ve been awake awhile.

When I had a house full of infant/toddlers/nappers, naptime was my best time. Then for a while Rick worked a night shift and nighttime, right after the boys went down to bed at 7:30 was best for me. Now, my house is a busy place from early morning till late at night. I have 4 kids married, 8 grandchildren, and a house where all know they are welcome- to come, hang out, entertain friends, etc. Therefore BUSY is a huge understatement. Several of my older girls operate their own business, as does Rick, then there’s our ministry, and the younger kids have varied interests.

On a given day you may find Tuck hammering away making designs on his belts, or nailing birdhouses together. Kasey may appear as a multitude of costume-clad figures from history, blowing on her fife or banging out a song on her drum. Kelley is practicing the piano. Various grandchildren may be here playing cars or dollhouse and of course they want Nana (that’s me) to play with them. I long ago determined that I would be the kind of grandma who gets down on the floor and plays with them or reads Bible stories to them to try to influence them positively for the Lord. That’s my goal and it’s a big one, especially since I have nine kids still live at home!

All that to say, most nights you’ll find me up late at night or even in the wee hours spending my best uninterrupted time with God. (Don’t look for me super early in the morning, however). I get fed, my spirit refreshed and direction set for the new day-tomorrow.

Find the time that works best for you-now in whatever season you find yourself in and don’t feel guilty if it’s not what works for others. I’ve found what works best for others often doesn’t fit me – my life is unique. Yours is, too.  So ask God to show you your best time, and do your best to meet with Jesus and feed your soul.

I’ve also had to find times that work for my children to have their quiet times. Kasey, Kelley, and Tuck have their Bible reading time in the afternoon, after school and lunch, before free time. Grace, a morning person, gives God the first part of her day. What’s important is that you do schedule it in and do it.  Experiment a little and find a working plan. My three youngest do Bible studies and verse memorization as a part of their “school” each morning. They are rewarded for learning a certain number of verses, as God is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Heb. 11: 6).

Joshua 1:9 promises us success in all that we do if we will meditate on His Word. Take it in, chew on it, mull it around in your mind and heart until it becomes part of the way you think and act. Of all the things we can teach our children, a love for God and His Word should be paramount. If it is, God will place His blessing on all we do, including our homeschooling endeavor.

Marilyn Boyer and her husband, Rick, have 14 children, all homeschooled since kindergarten.  Marilyn’s message of hands-on, heart-to-heart parenting has traveled around the world through her books, recordings, and challenging-yet-encouraging talks to homeschooling parents.   With three decades of home education experience behind her, Marilyn understands the needs of children and parents.   She has a rare ability to apply the practical truths of Scripture to the task of childrearing.

FOR FATHERS

Why Do You Educate Your Own Children?
by Rodger Williams

Christian father, why does your family educate your own children? If you do not have the reasons firmly established in your mind, then when the hard times come -- and they will -- you will be unprepared to weather the storms.

One reason we make the sacrifice to educate our own children is for the better education they get with individual instruction. Even when it appears that chaos reigns, our children end up being able to think better because of their increased meaningful interaction with parents and others who are not their same-aged peers. The strengths of home education end up outweighing any inefficiency. And our children are the better for it.

But there is a much more important result that a Christian father should want for his children: We want them to be God's people, loving the Lord and obeying Him throughout their lives. Home-based discipleship should be the ultimate reason we educate at home.

If you are like me, you feel very insecure in this area. We do not put the time in with our children that we want to. All of us are caught in the undertow of life's responsibilities and events. We do what we can to disciple our children, but it seems so meager. And there is always the nagging realization that some other fathers are much more organized about encouraging their children in the Christian faith.

But God is gracious to us and uses the home education environment to make up for many of our deficiencies. For one thing, we do not constantly have to counter anti-Christian influences that many other families face. The osmosis of our Christian faith has a chance to take up some of the slack as our children spend time with their Christian mother and siblings rather than in a godless-by-design classroom. And your personal example, such as reading your Bible at night, somehow counts for more.

That does not mean that we just go on autopilot, depending on home education by itself to disciple our children. We need to give deliberate attention to guiding our children in their walk with the Lord, thinking about how we can do a better job of it. Teaching our own children at home gives us a unique opportunity to carry out that home-based discipleship.

So, this is what is really at stake: The home-based Christian discipleship of our children.

What can interfere with that purpose of discipling our children at home? The first thing is the stress it brings onto your wife. The mothers bear the burden in most homeschools. So when she is frustrated, tired or discouraged, you need to be there to support her. She is on the front line daily, and she needs your encouragement and intervention when necessary. I know you are drained when you get home from work. But you need to reserve some energy for lifting up your wife when she needs you. This is a duty you need to take seriously. Be aware of your responsibilities in this support and leadership role as a husband and father, and determine in your own mind to do what is necessary to help your wife keep going in the face of the inevitable adversities of home education. We can't afford to fail our families at this point; we have too much riding on the outcome.

Another area that interferes with the home-based discipleship of our children is money. Home education costs money, not only in direct expenses but more forcefully in lost income. None of us go into this blindly. We know we will have a lower standard of living than a two-income family. But the recurring problem is this: The father gets tired of paying for curriculum and educational activities. And there is this convenient local public school program designed for homeschoolers. Everything is free there.

But public school at home has the same agenda as public school in the school building: It is godless by design. Neutrality of curriculum is a myth. Your children will be taught that God is not relevant to their education. They will be tested on materials increasingly more designed to further the public school social re-engineering goals.

Your wife cannot catch and counteract everything they throw at your children. She just does not have time to teach two different curriculums: the slanted materials they will be tested on by the public school program and the counter-balancing truths they need to absorb to become disciples of Christ.

You can save some money in this way, but it will destroy your purpose of home-based discipleship. The irony is that the money you save is on the minor part, which is curriculum and activities. The bulk of your home education money investment is the lost income of a second wage earner. So you are trading your major benefit for a lesser savings. It is a poor bargain.

Better to economize on curriculum and activities while building up your children in their Christian faith, than be reduced to servitude to the public school.

All of this goes back to the foundational question: Why do you educate your own children? For a Christian father, the right answer is home-based discipleship. That is the driving force why we make the sacrifices we do. That is what we need to focus on. That, in the end, will be what makes it all worthwhile: knowing that we have helped our children to love the Lord and to obey His call on their lives.

May God help us to faithfully carry out our duty as Christian fathers.

FOR BEGINNER HOMESCHOOLERS

Homeschooling Together
Author: Sandy Norlin

“Our group’s prayer time has been such a blessing to me this year. We are new to homeschooling and I had so many questions getting started. I don’t know what we would have done without the wisdom and help of other mom’s in this group.” she said, with tears of gratitude in her eyes.

Is this the type of support you need? Is this the type of support your group can provide to new families and not so new families that have lost their original vision for home educating?

Home educating is a wonderful adventure but it is not an easy venture by any means. At times we can be filled with the overwhelming pleasure of seeing evidence of our hard work such as: listening to your 6 year-old read a new library book all by herself, seeing two, quibbling siblings apologize to each other without having to be coaxed into it, or hearing your 7-year-old explain to Grandma and Grandpa that your family chooses to homeschool because public schools won’t let him say much about Jesus. These are victories and blessings worth cherishing.

But there are those other times: thinking yourself a failure when your 8-year-old is still not reading properly in spite of everything you have tried to do, you are certain it is a vision problem -- the optometrist says no, yet your mother’s heart questions? Or feeling fearful that your oldest child, soon to be high school age, won’t learn enough at home to prepare him for college entrance.

If you have been home educating for any length of time you understand. Where can you turn for the support you need? A local support group may be exactly what you need. One word of caution, there are many groups which are as varied as the members within them. In order to find the group that works for your family you will need to do some research.

Values? Determine the type of group your family wants to participate in by finding a group that compliments your family values. Some groups have a Christian statement of faith that they want members to adhere to in order to belong to that group. Other groups require no specific statement of faith either for members or those in leadership positions of that support group. Still others are definitely secular and have no faith focus. Make sure you ask where the group stands before you make a decision to participate.

Participation requirements? You should also determine how much participation on your part is involved with membership in the group. Each person is gifted in unique ways and groups run best when gifts are shared. Also, as a home educating parent, you are accountable for the education of your children and are their primary teacher. Clarify at the outset how much sharing and participation is required to be part of this group.

Purpose of group? Consider too the emphasis and focus of the potential group and how it is organized. The primary focus of support groups will be to encourage families and specifically teaching moms. Often these groups will provide regular times of fellowship and/or discussion forums for families. The emphasis for co-op groups will weigh in favor of group activities and supplemental classes in which children can participate. Events like field trips, classes, large group activities would occur in co-op situations. As the name implies co-ops are cooperatives with responsibilities shared by the group members themselves.
To make the distinction less clear yet, another type of group combines both elements of support for moms and additionally classes for students in a type of hybrid support group. Other mega-groups may even hire teachers and administrators that create pseudo-school situations that provide classes and activities for children.

Again, research your support group choices thoroughly before deciding what will work best for your family and still hold true to the purpose you have in choosing to educate and disciple your children at home.

Scheduling? Another item to consider when determining which group will work for you is scheduling. Are monthly meetings adequate? Are weekly meetings too often? This is something your family must consider. Don’t forget the home in homeschool. It is difficult to home educate when more time is spent on the road then in the home. This of course is the constant balancing act we do in the age in which we live. Ask yourself if the benefit received is worth the investment of time, money, energy and effort on your part.
Because our teaching at home is closely tied to the rights and responsibilities we have as citizens of this country and state it is important that home educating families stay informed of the pressing events and legislation that can impact our parenting rights. A support group that stays informed and attentive to current issues is a necessary resource for the individual home educating family. When choosing a support group keep this in mind as well.

Finding adequate support during your homeschool years can often make a difference in enjoying this calling and season of life, or simply enduring it. If you are certain the Lord has called your family to this lifestyle but feel burdened, alone, or unsure of how to proceed next, there are groups waiting to mentor and encourage you on this adventure. As this new school year begins, do yourself a favor and connect with others to walk along the same path together.

SUPPORT GROUP LEADERS’ CORNER

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK  
By Dawn Baumeister

Organize the coming school year for your support group by enlisting volunteers for jobs to be done during the school year. Even new homeschool moms can help by bringing snacks, setting up for your group’s Used Curriculum Sale, or cleaning up after the End-of-the-Year Program. Those who have been around for a few years can take on new responsibilities: teaching a class at co-op or enrichment days, taking charge of advertising for next year’s Used Curriculum Sale or serving as newsletter editor. Spread the load among your members to prevent burnout!
 
YOUR ATTITUDE IS SHOWING…
Does your support group or co-op use a community or church building for their events? Whether you use these facilities for free or pay a fee, show your gratitude by going the extra mile:
Have your children draw pictures with words of thanks written on them.
Ask parents to sign a thank you card and enclose a dollar or two from each family.
Plan a workday to clean an area of the facilities: plant bulbs or rake leaves in the fall, plant flowers in the spring, paint the bathrooms in the summer.
Have every family bring a package of paper towels, toilet paper, etc. once or twice a year.
If you meet weekly at your church, ask parents to fold bulletins or clean the bathrooms each week.
Take home-made cookies, breads or jams to the staff.
Promote an attitude of gratitude among the children and parents of your group!

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
The Box is the way it’s been done before, the expected, the norm. But, as the saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, or crack a nut, or solve a problem. Example: Our group needed someone to serve as newsletter editor. In the past, homeschooled high school students with an interest in graphic arts took on the task and did an excellent job, with full color and impressive layout and graphics in PDF format. But when the last one graduated, no one came forward to take her place. For a couple of years, it fell on the shoulders of already maxed-out moms. What to do? The threat was issued – no editor, no newsletter.

 Then one mom asked herself, Does the newsletter have to be in PDF format in full color with impressive layout and graphics? Wouldn’t a simple, informative, well-organized e-mail fulfill the purpose? My computer and I can handle that! So she came forward and “saved” the newsletter (with hopes that another talented teen would eventually take it over again). The solution was found “outside the box.”

 What challenges are you facing as a support group (or as a homeschooling mom) this year? Things don’t have to be done the way they always have been. Consider the purpose of the task and the available resources, both human and material, and go from there. And while you’re at it, save the box – you may be able to use it later!            

Words From Our Key Note Speakers

HOMESCHOOLING THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL

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The Very Best Education for a High School Student
by Kevin Swanson

Of the tens of thousands of hours spent in school classrooms, how much of it should we chalk up to a huge waste of time? To the extent that educational efforts fail to focus on faith and character, ignore the individuality of the child, and are hopelessly disconnected from relationships and real life application, we're just wasting time. That is not to say that all educational efforts are a waste of time. But the way that education is conducted in conventional schooling today is painfully inefficient.

Adults may think back on their own K-12 education and find little useful material retained or even applied in life. For example, what high school graduate still remembers the name of the preacher in The Scarlet Letter and the part he played in the story? Or what about the theme and purpose of the book? Of those of us who sat for umpteen hours in high school literature classes which of us can really still engage with the transcendentalist thought of Thoreau or remember a single thing that he wrote? Of the 2800 hours spent in a high school classroom, exactly how much does one retain or even apply in any of his dominion work and Christian life? What about the atomic weight of carbon, the gravitational force equation, the major battles in the American War for Independence, the derivative of a cosine, or the name of the first governor of the Massachusetts's Bay Colony?

Any education that fails to teach children how to fear God in science and history and neglects to adequately relate the parts to a whole system of thought, or fails to integrate that knowledge into life cannot be considered a good preparation for our children. In the end, it can only prepare our students to be very small cogs in a very large wheel. After 8400 hours of K-12 work, our children know very little about very little, and we find their potential was hardly mined for what it was worth. Education today has become a highly-inefficient ordeal that purports to give a child a broad-based knowledge, but it is an education that is a mile wide and an inch deep.

Quality vs. Quantity
The founding fathers of this nation were brilliant men - outstanding communicators, deep thinkers, and well read in the classics. Compare John Adams' or Patrick Henry's letters and speeches with the stumbling mutterings and the commercial sound bites produced by our current leaders and you will quickly note a vast difference in comprehension, literary ability, and rhetorical depth. Yet the education of our founders did not comprehend thousands of books over 18-22 years of study. These men focused upon a handful of books written by the best writers and thinkers in world history.

When it comes to literature, it would be much better to study four of the very best books ever written than to peruse a thousand books that will prove to be the best schlock produced by an empire in decline. Choosing just four of the best of authors or teachers instead of four hundred, produces a depth of learning unmatched by any other form of education. As you sit at the feet of these masters, you will actually learn their system of thought - their best attempt at constructing a cohesive, consistent world and life view. You will learn everything they know and see what they can see from their vantage point. Then you will be much better prepared to stand on their shoulders, as it were, in your own thinking or leading or writing. And this is how you will grow as a person and hopefully contribute to a developing system of thought and life in your own community, whether it be family, business, church, or civil government.
For some reason, education in the modern age became an extremely expensive, highly technical endeavor that really didn't accomplish all that much. Our founders did not buy curriculum. They learned Greek and Latin, and read the best books they could find. They were thoroughly acquainted with the Bible, Shakespeare, Cicero, Virgil and Livy. Patrick Henry, for example, read through Livy's historical survey every year. For these men, it was better to have a thorough understanding of a few of the best books than to have cursorily scanned a thousand books so as to come across as semi-literate in a dinner party.

Give Your Children Great Literature
Great literature merely chronicles the thinking and the lives of men as they build their empires and live a life they somehow think is worth living. Great literature is always written when the great towers are built. Typically, men quit writing anything worthwhile as the towers begin to crumble. This is what we find with Greece and Rome; and the same is happening with the modern empires of Spain, France, England, and finally America.

But there are always two cities or two kingdoms that make up the history of mankind. These cities coexist, yet they share little in common. Different periods of time and locations in world history will find more or less of one or the other of these cities absorbing man's existence and experience. The principle governing one city is subjugating power, and the principle that governs the other is that of love (Mark 10:42ff). The city of man serves man who always turns himself, or his king, or the state into a god. But the city of God serves the King of kings and Lord of lords, the crucified Savior who reigns from the right hand of the Father until He brings all of His enemies under His footstool.

Now, back to the discussion on education. There is much great literature to study in the history of man, some written by Christians and some by non-Christians. While it is important to survey the great literature produced in both cities, I would argue that the Christian student should direct special attention to that literature produced in the city of God. For the empires that are built on ideas formulated in the city of man inevitably crumble and fall, but the kingdom of Jesus Christ will continue forever.

The Very Best Education
Of course, the greatest literature is found in those sacred writings inspired by God's Spirit and contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Should our children know Shakespeare or Milton or Augustine better than they know the Bible, then we have failed to give our children an adequate education. I have produced intensive Bible Study Guides for families interested in an in-depth study of the Scriptures as the Core Curriculum of a Christian education.

But to think that our own minds are capable of understanding the Bible, the nature of God, man, and the world around us better than all of the brilliant minds of men who have gone before us would be pure, unmitigated hubris. Therefore, if there have ever lived men who have studied the Bible and attempted to formulate a world and life view around its contents, and have produced writings that millions of Christians have considered edifying throughout the ages, it would seem prudent to know some of this material.
In my early education, my own father supplied me with the best Christian books ever written, and I am doing the same thing for my children. Taking writers whose books have endured more than 300 years of history for their superb quality, I recommend Eusebius, Augustine, Bede, Anselm, A'Kempis, Luther, Calvin, Bunyan, Foxe, and Edwards for starters. What a shame that many Christian high school students spend far more time studying the transcendentalists, the Renaissance humanists, the Enlightenment philosophers, the feminists, the socialists, and the Unitarians, than they do the great Christian thinkers and writers! "But," some have told me, "We don't agree with the ideas expressed by certain of the great Christian thinkers and writers!" My answer is simple, "And you agree with all of the humanist thinking represented by the likes of Aristotle, Plato, Dante, Machiavelli, Tennyson, Dickens, Hawthorne, Alcott, Thoreau, Emerson, Hemmingway, and Steinbeck?"

Unless the goal of the high school regimen is to graduate our young students with an incoherent, muddled perspective of human thought, I think it would be better that they study a distinctive Christian world and life view. And this will render them competent to study other competing worldviews found in western literature and world literature. To accomplish this, we begin with the preference for quality over quantity, and the Christian worldview over the humanist in this all-important area of our children's education.
 
Christian Classics Study Guide I - Released January 2009, Generations with Vision Press
Kevin Swanson has produced a 280 page study guide for four of the greatest classics of all time!
This study guide covers four of the greatest classics of all time, each of which was selected for the enduring quality of the literature, the edifying nature of the content, and the powerful influence of the ideas contained therein.
 
•    A Church Father – “Augustine's Confessions”
•    A Pre-Reformer - Kempis “Imitation of Christ “
•    A Reformed Thinker – “Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion”
•    A Baptist Writer – “Pilgrim's Progress”

These are not the only great books written by Christians. Other notable books written in 2000 years of Christian history would include Martin Luther's Bondage of the Will, Anselm's Cur Deus Homo, John Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English Church, Jonathan Edwards' Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, and Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History. One might also include the poetry of John Donne, John Milton, and Anne Bradstreet in this list.

We have chosen only four classics for this course to represent different periods in church history. A thorough study of these great books will help the Christian high school or college student understand the life, the theology, and the worldview reflected in the works of the greatest Christian thinkers in the history of the church.

Throughout this study, the student will witness the development of Christian thought over time, the range and diversity of thought, and the incarnation of that thought in Christian culture and life. It is our hope that the student will both gain familiarity with the bounds of Christian orthodoxy and come to see how these ideas were honed over the centuries.

Kevin Swanson is a homeschool father and hosts the daily Generations Radio program heard around the world at www.generationsradio.org. For more information, books, and articles by Kevin, go to www.GenerationsWithVision.com.
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A CALL TO ACTION-ELECTION  DAY  is  NOVEMBER 2nd!

BE INVOLVED
by Rodger Williams

Why should Christians be active in the political process? Well, we have a lot at stake.

Government's proper role is to punish evildoers (Romans 13:3-4). If it fails that, then our daily lives can be disrupted or worse. If the governing authorities turn against our efforts to live righteously according to biblical precepts, then we will face legal pressure to conform or face outright persecution (Psalm 119:134; 1 Timothy 2:2). Efforts to restrict home education freedoms are one current example of this.

The Bible says we should be actively involved in a universally effective way: prayer (1 Timothy 2:1-2). For many Christians throughout history, this has been the only way available to have influence on rulers.

In our society, though, we are blessed to have the responsibility to have influence through the political election process. And we should do it. Removing those who would bind us, or preventing them from gaining office in the first place, is a biblical solution to oppression (Proverbs 22:10).

There are five ways to get involved in the political election process:

1) Pray that God will sovereignty protect us in the political process.
2) Vote in an informed manner.
3) Give money to a candidate's campaign.
4) Volunteer to help a candidate.
5) Become a candidate.

Most Christian home educators already know the importance of the first three. I want to encourage you to now get involved at the fourth level: volunteer -- you and your children.

Home educators do not have a lot of money. What we do have, however, is the will and persistence to do what is important for our families. God can use that sense of purpose. Most people do not help out on campaigns, so our volunteer efforts can have a strategic effect.

One group of Christian home educated young adults I know about distributed campaign literature for several candidates in one election. Three of the candidates won by razor-thin margins. All three of those legislators supported home education freedoms. We will win some elections and we will lose some. But our efforts count, nonetheless.

You need to choose which candidate(s) to help. Here are some suggestions:

1) Look at how legislators voted on bills which were important to you.
2) Get information about candidates from organizations which promote your values. Look at those organizations' websites. Choose a candidate based on more than a single issue.
3) See which candidates are endorsed by organizations which oppose your values. Again, look at the websites.
4) Concentrate on those races which are likely to be competitive, those where the outcome may be close.

Be sure to personally verify a candidate's position and promises on your issues before you start working for them.

Remember that our God guides, strengthens and protects us (Psalm 18:29, 32; 68:20; 124:8; 144:1). We can make a difference with God's help.

*Do your part.*

ENOCH Audio Lending Library

In following our thought on vision from last month’s article, we are offering two CDs from our lending library. We hope you enjoy them. You can email a request at office@enochnj.org

RECOVERING OUR VISION:
WHY HOMESCHOOLING MAKES SENSE NOW MORE THAN EVER:  

By Debra Bell

Do you ever lose sight of the reasons home educating sounded like a good idea in the
beginning? Never forget the grand scope of God's plan in this particular means of grace in
our lives! Hear examples of why this lifestyle has shown itself to be richly rewarding for
Christian families and how God is using those who have gone out into the world from this
base. Then learn a few keys to making sure we do not miss the big picture and lose heart.
Use this link to access ENOCH’s Audio Lending Library and request recording #2008001

DOES GOD WANT YOU TO HOMESCHOOL? CATCHING THE VISION
By Bruce Eagleson

It’s the time of year when a lot of us need to be reminded of why we started this homeschool endeavor in the first place.  If you're not sure whether you should homeschool, Bruce Eagleson will gently lead you through both logical and scriptural reasons why God probably wants you to homeschool.  Use this link to access ENOCH’s Audio Lending Library and request recording #2008030

ENOCH EVENTS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
ENOCH’S 21ST ANNUAL HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION
JUNE 17th – 18th, 2011

Please note the date change

Visit ENOCH website for more information about our upcoming Homeschool Convention.   The website has many links including registration for exhibitors and workshop speakers.  Take a look at the upcoming conference speakers....Kevin Swanson and Andrew Pudewa.  Check back frequently for more information as the convention dates will come up quickly!  Mark your calendar so you don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to help you succeed in your homeschooling adventure.  We look forward to see you there!

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HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOCIATION

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As a member of HSLDA you  have Access to HSLDA’s Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner resources. This includes consultations with coordinators, like Diane Craft, who can assist you in diagnosing and developing a plan for addressing your homeschooled child’s special needs. You can reach them by telephone at (540) 338-5600 or by email at hslda.org/contactstaff.

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SMART KIDS WHO HATE TO WRITE
by Dianne  Craft,  MA, CNHP

The  GREAT  DEBATE occurs every year:  “Am I expecting too much of my child, or not enough?"    "Is this groaning and moaning about writing just a discipline problem, or 'character issue' or is there really a problem here?"  Common comments I hear from home school moms are:

"She can tell me the answers orally well, but then it takes her an hour to write it down!"
"When he writes his spelling words to learn them, he leaves letters out of the words."
"If he dictates to me, the story is great, but he can’t write it himself.”
“His dad says that he’s just lazy and unmotivated.  He can do his work if he really tries.”

One of the most common and most misdiagnosed processing problems in children is a blocked writing gate.  This is the number one processing glitch in gifted children.  Many of these children seem to be “allergic” to their pencil.  They break out in whining as soon as they get a pencil or pen in their hand.

Let’s look at what is happening in the brain of this child, when he is asked to write something.   God designed our left brain hemisphere to concentrate on learning a new task, such as driving a car, or riding a bike.  After some concentrated practice, that task is then supposed to transfer over the brain midline into the right brain which is responsible for the automaticity of the process.  If we imagine the left brain hemisphere as the “Concentrating Brain” and the right hemisphere as the “Automatic Brain,” we can see how this transfer allows us to “think and do” at the same time.  Generally, when we teach a child how to write, after six months of practice that writing crosses over into the automatic brain hemisphere so the child can “think and write” at the same time.  For many children, this transfer does not easily occur.  Thus, they have to expend so much more battery energy, or level of concentration to a writing task than other children.  Dr. Mel Levine in his book, One Mind at a Time, calls these learning blocks, “energy leaks.”

This particular blocked learning gate or “energy leak” can be called a grapho-motor processing problem, a visual/motor integration problem, a fine motor problem or dysgraphia.

This often explains the mystery of why many children learn their spelling words easily by writing them in a workbook or writing them five times each, and another child can write his words hundreds of times and still not store the spelling word in his long term memory.  Now we realize that this struggling child has to use his “battery energy” just for the writing process, so the spelling words cannot be transferred into the right brain, where our long term memory is stored.  Thus, the method of copying to learn is totally ineffective for this child.  Our job is to recognize this, and to help him open up his writing gate.  This can easily be done in the home setting.

Further  Investigation
Let’s look at some of the symptoms these children who have a blocked writing gate are presenting to us daily:
  1. Frequent or occasional reversals in letters (after age 7)
  2. Makes many letters from bottom to top (vertical reversals)
  3. Writing is very labor intensive
  4. Copying is poor,  takes a long time…or is like artwork
  5. Mixes capital and small letters in writing
  6. Great stories orally, but writes very little
  7. Does all math problem mentally to avoid writing them down
  8. Lining up numbers in multiplication or division is difficult

No child has all of these characteristics, but if your child has several, you may consider that this is an area that he or she is struggling in. 

Compensation
When a parent recognizes that their child has a blocked learning gate, and is just not being sloppy or resistant to writing without a reason, then some steps can be taken to alleviate some of the writing burden on the child, until the problem can be corrected.
  1. Reduce the amount of writing a child needs to do during the day.  Do more answers for chapter questions orally.  Limit the amount of writing in workbooks.
  2. Reduce or eliminate copying for 3-4 months.  
  3. Save the child’s battery energy” for writing paragraphs or papers and doing math.
  4. Use another method of learning spelling words that does not include writing in a workbook, or multiple times.  Right Brain Spelling, using a child’s Photographic Memory is an excellent way to teach spelling without writing. (www.diannecraft.org
Teach the child keyboarding for some writing projects.  However, it is important to remember that most children who have dysgraphia also find keyboarding quickly quite labor intensive also, so it is not a complete answer.

Correction
It is important to not just compensate for this writing glitch, but to also take steps to eliminate this, so the child can experience fluency in the writing process.  There are various methods that can be successfully used at home to correct this writing processing problem.  Here is the method I found to be the least expensive, while being the most effective for eliminating dysgraphia or any writing or visual/spatial glitch:
  1. The DVD, “Smart Kids Who Hate to Write” (www.diannecraft.org), demonstrates a daily exercise to do at home that crosses the midline to open the child’s writing gate which increases writing fluency and eliminates reversals. This daily 15 minute exercise rehabilitates the Visual/Spatial system.  No more left/right confusion!

CONCLUSION
A child can have a learning glitch, or block in a learning gate, that causes him to struggle everyday with schoolwork, without the parents’ knowledge.  Using some simple checklists, the parent can identify this problem, and design the school day to be less frustrating.  More importantly the parent can avail herself of all the wonderful corrective techniques available, so that the child does not need to struggle with the burden of having to work so hard at writing, or with a dysgraphia.  God has wonderful answers for us.  He leads us in so many ways, and we are ever grateful!

Dianne Craft, a former homeschooling mother,  has a Masters in Special Education and is director of the clinic Child Diagnostics, Inc., in Littleton, CO.   She speaks at homeschool conventions around the US.   For more articles  written by Dianne on children and learning,  and some teaching videos,  visit her website: www.diannecraft.org

TEACHING YOUR RIGHT BRAIN CHILD
By Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP

     God has a wonderful sense of humor, I believe.  He wants us to grow and stretch, and one of the ways He does this is to give us children who are very different from each other.  Just as it is very likely that a right brain person will have a left brain spouse, so it is that if our first born is left brain dominant, the next child likely will be right brain dominant.  This brain dominance affects both personality characteristics, and learning styles.  

     How do you determine if you are teaching a right brain child?  Children tend to display these characteristics at an early age.  All children are creative, but your right brain child will seem to be even more imaginative.  The right brain learns things in "wholes" rather than parts, so that child will get math concepts well, but may struggle with the "details" like the math facts, or checking work.   In thinking styles, the right brainer often goes by "gut feel" whereas the left brainer prefers multiple facts before coming to a conclusion.  In test taking, the left brainer prefers the black and white choices presented in multiple choice questions, while the right brainer may prefer essay questions, where the whole picture can be given.

     Eighty percent of the struggling learners I see are right brain dominant.  Does that mean that being right brain dominant is a weakness?  Not at all!!  As you know, Einstein was a flaming right brainer.  Then why the discrepancy?  It is that most curriculum is designed to teach in a more left brain style.  Workbooks, worksheets, rote memorization (math facts), timed tests, lecture, learning facts from a test, learning vocabulary by looking up the meanings of the words in a dictionary and writing it out, are all left brain activities.  If you have a child at home who is "balking" at doing the schoolwork that fits the description above, you probably are working with a right brain dominant child.  To help this child become successful doesn't require an entire change in curriculum but rather a change in your teaching strategies for this child.  It isn't as hard as it sounds.  In fact, it's easy, fun, and inexpensive. 

SPELLING
     Let's look at the teaching of spelling words.  We all want our children to be good spellers, and are very frustrated when our methods aren't working.  The most common complaint I receive, is that the child learns the words for the test, but continues to misspell them in other writing tasks.  This is one of the easiest problems to solve, and I have regularly seen two years spelling growth in one year, using a simple method.  Have you ever seen a picture in the newspaper of a Spelling Bee winner?
 If you have, you may have seen the student with his eyes in an upward position.  In other words, it looks like he is looking at the ceiling for the word he is spelling.  This makes sense in light of the recent brain research that tells us that we can cause our right brain (the hemisphere that houses our photographic memory) to become more responsive by looking up with our eyes.  In other words, we use our eyes to help us think, as well as to see.  When the student is looking up, he is "seeing" the word in his head.  Because he is seeing the printed word, he can spell it backwards, as easily as forwards.  You can train your child at home to use this very efficient strategy.  Not only will it be painless, but you will find the that the right brain is responsible for visual memory and long term memory, so your child will remember how to spell his words long past the week of the spelling test. 

This efficient right brain spelling strategy is simple.
  1. Give your child a pre-test from a short list of words from the "most commonly used words" list.
  2. In the words that were spelled incorrectly, take the letters that were wrong, or left out, and color them and "weird" them up. (An example: If he spelled "Saturday as Saterday" put the Sat-r-day in black marker on a card, since he knew those letters.  Put the "u" in blue, with wavy lines in it to represent water, and a stick figure diving into the water.  You can add a story, like, "They all Sat around on Saturday and one of them got bored, so the brothers decided to go swimming.)
  3. Hold the card straight up in front of your child so his eyes are looking up.  (Make sure his chin isn't up, but only his eyes).  Have him glance at it, then bring it down while his eyes remain  looking up, where the card had been.  Flash this card in the air, five or six times until your child can "see" it in the air, and easily spell it forwards and backwards.  If your child  can't easily "see" it in the air, show it more times, or put more "velcro" on it by putting in more color, or a more detailed picture.
  4. Review the card each day of the week for a few minutes.
  5. Your child's "photographic memory" will become stronger and stronger as you use this method. 
Remember that your child's visual memory is his greatest strength.  As you help him develop that, using spelling words, math facts, or anything, you will see learning and memorizing become much easier.  The success a child feels when he can "see it" is priceless. 

Dianne Craft, a former homeschooling mother, has a Masters in Special Education and is director of the clinic Child Diagnostics, Inc., in Littleton, CO.   She speaks at homeschool conventions around the US.   For more articles written by Dianne on children and learning, and for some teaching tools for your right brain learners, visit her website: www.diannecraft.org

Video contest

HSLDA 2010 Commercial Video Guidelines

Submission Dates: August 16, 2010 to November 15, 2010
Entries received before August 16 or postmarked after November 15 will not be accepted.

Who
This contest is open to anyone.

What
  1. Each entrant will submit a video commercial that illustrates the value of HSLDA membership to a family. Videos will be a minimum of 60 seconds and may not exceed 90 seconds.
  2. Up to two entries per person or team will be allowed.
For more information regarding this contest visit:  HSLDA website.

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Patrick Henry College is hosting its third annual  A Call to Pens Competition

Are there students in your homeschool network with a love for writing and literature? Here’s a chance for you to help those young writers make their dream a reality. This year, Patrick Henry College is hosting its third annual A Call to Pens short story contest. Students nationwide, ages 12-18, are invited to participate by submitting original short stories that explore the Christian worldview in a mature and thoughtful way.

We believe that creativity is a gift from God, one of those essential characteristics that make us human. As such, it can have an immense impact on the way people think and feel. Whether we choose to write as a hobby or for a career, we ought to practice our craft responsibly and think wisely about our creative choices. We hope this contest encourages your young writers to cultivate their artistic skills and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Christian writer.

The deadline for the contest is December 31st, 2010. Cash prizes will be awarded the winners in each division. For more information about rules, guidelines, and other pertinent information, visit http://www.phc.edu/acalltopens.php. For tips, practical advice, and reflections on writing, feel free to browse our blog as well: http://acalltopens.blogspot.com/. We can’t wait to read your students’ best creative works!

OTHER EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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Homeschoool Museum Classes 2010-2011 at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Homeschool Museum Classes are designed to serve small homeschool co-op groups or individual homeschool families.  Each class takes place in the Museum’s permanent galleries and is designed as an interactive lesson that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities including discussions, drawing and writing in the galleries.   

Preschool age group class will have a book read to them in the galleries, look at original works of art that relate to the book, and make an art project to take home. 

Classes are being offered for students in K-12(classes are divided according to grade level/age).  Classes  will be held the first Wednesday of the month through June from 10am to 12noon. 
Below are a few more of the class titles being offered for homeschoolers:
Stories in Art, Art and Language Arts, Walk Through Time with Museum’s Architecture Collection and many more.

Fees
Student Fees:  $8 per class (Museum Members) $10 per class (Non-Members)

Reduced Rate if you sign up for 4 classes or more, $ 7 per class (Museum Members) $9 per class (Non-Members)

Chaperones Fee:  $4 per class (Museum Members) $5 per class (Non-Members) $1 off each class when signing up for 4 or  more classes

As there can be no more than 30 participants (including chaperones) in each class, parents who wish to accompany their child must sign up in advance.

This program has limited space, so reservations are required.  If you have any questions, or to receive a listing of available classes and registration form, please contact Janette Wheeler at 215 684 7582 or email to hsp@philamuseum.org  *Registration period ends at 4 pm on the Wednesday of the week preceding the lesson.    

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Liberty Science Center Homeschool Programs

Baby Lyuba

This Weekend You Can See .....a Real Baby Mammoth from the Last Ice Age!


But Hurry- She's Not Here Long!  Bring your family to the amazing new exhibit, Mammoths and Mastodons:  Titans of the Ice Age, everyone will have chance to marvel at a rare and special attraction, Baby Lyuba, a perfectly preserved infant mammoth found in Siberia just two years ago.
The exhibit has plenty of fun for kids, including over 100 rare fossils and specimens and giant Ice Age animal models. But if you want to see Baby Lyuba, make sure to get here before November 10th, when she continues her tour around the world! 
Learn More. Call 201-253-1310 for reservations today!

November 17, 2010   Homeschool Residency Programs

Locomotion Commotion
All aboard for an exciting adventure on trains and motion!  In this exciting workshop, young scientists will engage in activities that help them understand the physics behind trains.  How do they move?  Why do trains need to ride on tracks? Join for this moving workshop and discover the answers to those questions and more.
Program Times:           10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        3 - 8rs old and caregivers
Program Price:             $24.00 per pair

Astronomy
Take a journey through our galaxy and learn about the stars and solar system.  Participants will enter our digital planetarium to learn about celestial navigation and the mythology of constellations.  Students will also explore the concept of scale relative to our universe and help identify a "mystery star".
Program Times:           10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        8 - 10 yrs old
Program Price:             $24.00 child

Everyday Chemistry
Matter and Reactions! Learn basic concepts in chemistry that deals with everyday "stuff".  Students will take part in activities that explain why chemistry is all about changes and participate in "messy" hands-on activities that explain concepts such as polymers, acids and bases, mixture and compounds, and many other themes.
Program Times:           10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        11 - 13 yrs old
Program Price:             $24.00 child

Outbreak:  Infection and Disease
What causes people to get sick?  Explore the tiny worlds of disease-causing microbes in this program.  Participants will perform some tests to identify bacteria, look at the causes and symptoms of some major diseases, and learn about the ways in which we can prevent infections.
Program Times:           10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        14 - 16 yrs old
Program Price:             $24.00 child

February 8, 2011 -  HomeSchool Day Laboratory Workshops

The Scientist In Me
A scientist has skills that you must know, you observe, you measure, and conclude you know!  As you study the life of a pumpkin seed, you will learn the skills that you certainly need.   Bring the scientist in you to our workshop and you will see your inquisitiveness peak!
Program Times:          10:00am - 10:45am;  11:00am - 11:45am
Age Requirement:        3 - 8 yrs old and caregiver
Program Price:             $8.00 per pair

Head in the Clouds
Are those cirrus, stratus or cumulus clouds!  Become a junior meteorologist in this visually stimulating workshop.  Experience cloud formation, construct a cloud spotter wheel and predict your own weather forecast.
Program Times:           10:00am - 10:45am, 11:00am - 11:45am; 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Age Requirement:          8 - 10 yrs old
Program Price:             $8.00 per child

Weather or Not?
Weather stations all over the country are collecting data around the clock.  This program investigates how weather observations with the naked eye and with instruments can come together to make a forecast.   Participants investigate Liberty Science Center's own data, create a temperature map, and feel air pressure first hand.
Program Times:           10:00am - 10:45am, 11:00am - 11:45am; 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Age Requirement:          11 - 13 yrs old
Program Price:             $8.00 per child

March 1, 2011 and March 2, 2011 -  Homeschool Residency Programs

The Building Blocks of Structures (only on March 1, 2011)
Have you ever looked up at a building and wondered how it was built or how construction workers create structures that stand so tall?  In this beginning workshop on building, children will be introduced to the physical science that architects and engineers use to design and build those wonderful structures we call skyscrapers!
Program Times:           10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        3 - 8rs old and caregivers
Program Price:             $24.00 per pair

Everyday Chemistry
Matter and Reactions! Learn basic concepts in chemistry that deals with everyday "stuff".  Students will take part in activities that explain why chemistry is all about changes and participate in "messy" hands-on activities that explain concepts such as polymers, acids and bases, mixture and compounds, and many other themes.
Program Times:          10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        8 - 10 yrs old
Program Price:             $24.00 child

Materials Science:  "The Right Stuff"
How are different types of materials used and why?  Student learns about the properties of ceramics, metals, sports materials and polymers.  Student will mix and make their own concrete, conduct basic tests such as tensile strength for metals, create their own polymer and learn about the materials used in sporting equipments.
Program Times:           10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        11 - 13 yrs old
Program Price:             $48.00 per child

Green Buildings
How "Green" are you?  In this program, participants are introduced to environmental issues such as Global Warming, recycling, energy conservation and green buildings.
Program Times:           10:00am - 2:00pm;   Lunch from 11:45am - 12:30pm
Age Requirement:        14 - 16 yrs old
Program Price:             $48.00 per child

To register, please contact our Reservations Department at 201.253.1310.  Please sign up quickly.  Space is limited!

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Fall Toddler Programs at Fernbrook Farms

We are offering classes on Saturdays from 9:00 - 10:00am!  
$12 per class per child
November 6 - Butter Churning
December 4 - Our Sense of Touch
 
For details and class descriptions, please visit our website or call 609.298.4028. To download a syllabus and registration form, visit our website.    www.fernbrookeducation.org 

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Project FeederWatch

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I would like to personally invite you to try Project FeederWatch at home with your family. This long-running project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology links scientists at the Cornell Lab with members of the public in an educational and scientifically important effort to better understand birds.

The 24th season of Project FeederWatch begins November 13, although new participants can join at any time.

Our participants share information online about the numbers and species of birds that visit their feeders between November and April. They learn about birds while helping scientists track large-scale changes in bird populations and movements from year to year--changes we would not be able to see without the massive amount of data we receive from our participants.

Watching birds in your own backyard can make a difference.
Project FeederWatch is a great teaching tool for homeschoolers. It encourages careful observation, independent study, and helps students explore their own questions about birds and nature. There are three ways to incorporate Project FeederWatch into your activities:
  1. Simply sign up to participate in FeederWatch as an indiviudal or family. You can do that on the project's website, www.FeederWatch.org, or call the Cornell Lab toll-free at (866) 989-2473. In return for the $15 project fee ($12 for Cornell Lab members) participants receive the FeederWatcher’s Handbook, an identification poster of the most common feeder birds, a calendar, complete instructions, four issues of BirdScope, plus Winter Bird Highlights, an annual summary of FeederWatch findings.
  2. Use The Homeschooler's Guide to Project FeederWatch. Download this FREE guide to learn more about easy homeschool activities you can do using Project FeederWatch, if you already participate.
  3. Use the Cornell Lab's complete curriculum: The Science Investigators Kit for Homeschoolers offers hands-on lessons and includes participation in Project FeederWatch as well as other resources such as books and a CD-ROM. Right now we are offering a discount and free shipping on this curriculum. Visit the website or contact Lisa at (607) 254-2489 or email LD85@cornell.edu to take advantage of this special offer.
I do hope we'll be able to complement your education efforts at home through Project FeederWatch. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
David Bonter, project leader
Assistant Director of Citizen Science
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
feederwatch@cornell.edu

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a membership institution dedicated to interpreting and conserving the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Visit the Cornell Lab’s website.

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TWO RIVER THEATER COMPANY STUDENT MATINEES

Teachers! We would love for you to come and see this play – with or without your students!
What better way to celebrate Teachers Convention Week than with a morning at the theater and 50% off tickets to Namaste Man!

Tickets are just $10 with code NAMASTE10
(Offer valid only for 10am show)

And if you can bring your students, even better!

NAMASTE MAN

By Andrew Weems
November 5, 2010 - 10am * Grades 9-12

How does a middle-class, Redskins-loving, pre-pubescent American boy respond to extreme poverty? Being forced to schlep through the Himalayas? Sharing the road with water buffalo? Join Andy Weems as he looks back on the formative years he spent in Kathmandu as the son of a U.S. Foreign Service officer. Playing a variety of roles with virtuosity, pinpoint accuracy, and endearing charm, Andy explores the places he’s been, the people he’s known, and the way a single object can take you across oceans and years to the moments that shaped you.

Charlotte's Web

Adapted from E.B. White * By Joseph Robinette
December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, 2010 - 10am * Grades 3-12

You grew up with it. Your kids love it. Now see it brought to life onstage! Celebrate the true meaning of friendship and family with Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, and all the humans and animals on the Zuckerman farm.

TWO RIVER THEATER COMPANY STUDENT MATINEES

• Convenient 10am performance times
• Discounted tickets - $15, or add a pre-show workshop for only $3 more per student
• Study guides with background information & class discussion ideas
• Post-show Q & A with cast members
• FREE tickets for teachers to Educator Previews
• All productions meet Core Curriculum Standards for Visual and Performing Arts

PRICING
• All tickets are $15 per student - Add $3 per student for a pre-show workshop!
• For every 20 students, get one complimentary chaperone ticket
• Additional tickets for adults accompanying students may be purchased in advance at the discounted student price.


At only $15 per ticket, our student matinees are a fun way for your students to learn! All productions meet Core Curriculum Standards for Visual and Performing Arts and have a convenient 10am start time. How can you beat that?

Click here to download an order form!

Click here to visit our website!

To purchase tickets, call our Box Office at 732.345.1400 or click here!

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CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ART CLASSES

Starting in January 2011

Grades 5-8, Thursdays, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Grades 9-12, Thursdays, 3:00 PM -4:30 PM

$300.00 INCLUDES 15 CLASS SESSIONS AND ALL MATERIALS

Classes given by NJ Certified Art Teacher, Valerie Woods, in Sayreville, NJ location.

For questions and more detailed information, please call 732-387-0296 or e-mail vwoods27@gmail.com

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CRAIG RANDOLPH PHOTOGRAPHY

Have you ever heard of a Homeschool friendly photographer?
Craig Randolph Photography is a business that understands the needs, desires and challenges of homeschooling families…

We are a long time homeschooling family with a 13 year old son and 11 year old daughter.  We understand the ups, downs and sacrifices that go into being a homeschooling family.  We are reaching out to area Homeschool co-ops to introduce ourselves and to see if we can be of service in the area of school photography.  We have learned that although we are homeschoolers, we should not have to sacrifice on things like student pictures, yearbooks, prom pictures and senior portraits.  We specialize in providing photography services to homeschoolers and working with co-ops.  We would really love to set up a time to sit down and show you what we can offer in the area of event and portrait photography.

Please contact our office at 609-531-0747, cell 856-266-1646, or email us at homeschoolers@craigrandolphphotography.com
Inquire about our package rebates that allow co-ops to use picture day as a no effort fund-raiser
By the way…See you at the 21st Annual ENOCH Homeschool Convention!!!
www.craigrandolphphotography.com

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STUDENT CLARINET CHOIR

Student Clarinet Choir is a special ensemble consisting of clarinetists.  The sound of clarinets playing together is both unique and beautiful.  Student Clarinet Choir is a great place for students to learn to play in an ensemble and also a great place for students to develop personal musicianship.  Choir is open to students of various ages and playing ability.  Students who are at the intermediate and advanced levels are not required to take private lessons.  Beginning students may be required to take private lessons according to ability and need for individual instruction.  Choir meets weekly and will have performance and service opportunities as the group builds a repertoire.  Private clarinet, piano and trumpet lessons are also available.  For more information, contact Valerie A. Handleton at thepianoladie@hotmail.com

“Excelsior”- a Christian Classical/Charlotte Mason Homeschool Cooperative in Moorestown, NJ

Exclesior holds weekly co-op classes on Wednesdays from 9:45 AM-2:00 PM at Maranatha Church in Moorestown, NJ.  Classes are taught using both the Classical and Charlotte Mason methodologies.

Core classes are for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade (roughly ages 5-12 years).  Uniforms are required, and work at home is necessary to keep up with class material.

If you would like further information, contact Joy Dozier at joydozier@comcast.net.

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AMC-8 American Mathematics Competition Contest

Westerly Learning Center will be hosting the AMC-8 Mathematics exam to be held Friday, November 19th at 9:30 am. The AMC-8 is a 25 question, 40 minute multiple choice exam in middle school mathematics. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are encouraged to participate. The purpose of the exam is to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills. A variety of prizes are awarded to the top scoring students. Please contact Westerly Learning Center ASAP if you are interested in taking the exam as seating is  limited. A $20 testing fee will be charged by WLC which includes all shipping and handling fees and the administering of the exam. Contact WLC by e-mail at learningcenter@westerlyroad.org or by phone at 609-683-1430.
For more information about the AMC-8 exam please see the American Mathematics Competition website at: http://www.unl.edu/amc/index.shtml

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SAT MATH PREP!!!

Do you want a great score on the SAT?

Are you nervous about the math part of the SAT?

Some students are rusty or “mathphobic” and need a quick math review.  Some aren't good at taking tests and need general test taking strategies.  Some may be strong at math tests yet need to learn the specific tricks and quirks of the SAT.  Some need the accountability to do what they already know they need to do.

I, Dr. Christian Seberino, know how to prepare you for the SAT.  Whether you need a math review, general test taking strategies, the tricks and quirks of the SAT, or accountability, I can help you improve your score.

This SAT Math Prep class meets 11/6 – 11/27.  Classes meet Saturdays from 10am-12pm in an innovative online “virtual classroom” to save you time and money.  The cost is $195.

Sign ups are happening now at http://phil4.com.  For more information contact me at chris@phil4.com or visit http://phil4.com.

skates

ROLLER SKATING-CHERRY HILL SKATE CENTER

Dates for roller skating for the upcoming year!
Where: Cherry Hill Skate Center, Deer Road, Cherry Hill NJ

Friday, November 19 * please note change
Friday, January 21
Friday,  February 18
Friday, March 18
Friday, April 15

All dates are 3rd Fridays and it is always 1-3PM.
For more information contact Linda at: homeschoolbus@gmail.com

freedom farms

HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS 

Something new for your Phys Ed classes?  We are a Christian family who owns 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, we 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), with full jump course, to facilitate all-weather riding with minimal cancellations due to weather.   We have a nice variety of 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 special needs riders (Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADD, ADHD).  Horseback riding lessons available to all homeschooling families at discounted rates-flexible schedules to accommodate your needs.  Groups (such as Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Boys Scouts) welcome!
 
Both Western and English disciplines taught with an emphasis on safety and balanced seat riding.  Beginners to advanced riders welcome!
***SPECIAL PACKAGE:  10 1-Hour Lessons for $200.  Must be prepaid and used within 3 months.  You may take multiple lessons per week.***
Please mention your membership in ENOCH and this ad when calling to receive the discounted rates. Call Regina for available times and appointments, (856)252-7075. 
Visit our website at www.Freedomfarmusa.com

***Special Program:  When you are a part of our WEEKLY lesson program, you may come out and help on Saturdays at our farm, plus get some extra riding in at no extra cost-call for details. Affordable Horseshowing opportunities as well for those interested! Our riders regularly participate in local shows, both rated and unrated.

~~~Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.~~~

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FITNESS AND FUN at CS GYMNASTICS, FLANDERS

 Fitness & More Since 1984!  Calling All Active Homeschoolers- And those Who Should Be!

The Winter session begins Dec 6

Weekly Fitness and Fun At CS Gymnastics, Flanders

More Choices, More Fun!

Gymnastics:  Skills and drills on all gymnastics events. Boys & Girls try something new, improve on what you know.  
                 Mon  2:30-3:30pm

*Other gymnastics classes may be available at the same time as the additional programs listed below. 

Shadow Ninja:  Martial Arts with a new twist.  Several disciplines are used to learn blocks/strikes, agility & strength, kata routines, and tumbling/trampoline
                Mon 2:30-3:30 Ages 5-7
                        5:00-6:00 Ages 8+
                Thur  4:00-5:00 Ages 5-8 

Motion Evolution:  Cardio Activities, Core Strength Circuits, Teamwork Games, Nutritional focus/homework
                Mon 2:30-3:30
                Thur 3:30-4:30
                Sat 1:00-2:00

All programs run in 12 week sessions.

Special Co-op Class Tution:  $120.00/ student

Annual Registration: $28.00

Family discounts also available. 

**All those joining after the session begins will be able to pro-rate the tuition.

Come join us for a great time! Call for more details and to register. 973-347-2771

njhssa

NJHSSA:  The North Jersey Home School Sports Academy

INTERSCHOLASIC ATHLETIC CLASSES
RESPONSIBILITY. RESPECT. LEADERSHIP. SPORTSMANSHIP. TEAMWORK

OUR MISSION:
The North Jersey Home School Sports Academy’s mission is to provide an environment that instills a sense of accomplishment, teamwork, and competition.  Children will have an opportunity to increase physical activity, and enhance their self esteem. We are dedicated to providing an organized and supervised environment, where the emphasis is on good sportsmanship, fair play, and discipline.

SPORTS PROGRAM:
Location:  *NJ Stallions Arena, Clifton, NJ
Time:   Mondays 1:00 or 2:00 pm
Cost: **$99 for 10 weeks
Start date:  November 8, 2010
*Based on enrollment
**Special introductory price

For more information contact Madeline Alicea at aliceamadeline@yahoo.com or To register visit our website at www.NJHSSA.org

ski

SKI CLUB at Blue Mountain in PA

I know there's no snow in the forecast, but it's time to start thinking about Ski Club at Blue Mountain in PA. ( www.skibluemt.com )

We have a group going on non-holiday Mondays in January and February, and some have expressed interest in starting a Thursday group.

Because we pre-pay in early November, the rates are quite good.
For six visits we pay  $95  (lift only),   $135  (lift + rental),   $165  (lift + rental + lesson).    Ages 5 and under get a free lift ticket.

Skiing  (or snowboarding) is a great way for the family to get through those cold days of winter!

Check out the Blue Mountain website, and contact me if you'd like to join us this winter.  For more information contact:  Renee Winship at 732-379-0757 .


Sahara Sam pass      

Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park Homeschool Day

~TAKE A STUDY BREAK~
Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park is offering heavily discount admission to Homeschool families and their friends!
HOMESCHOOL DAY on NOVEMBER 16th, 1:30PM-7PM
(please note the building does not open until 1:30pm)
Open all year, Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Water Park guests enjoy 84 degrees of low humidity weather in every season.   Sahara Sam’s Oasis features 58,000 square feet of water amusements and 3,000 square feet of state-of-the-art arcade fun all under a one-of-a-kind retractable roof.

Regular admission:  $29.95 per person                 
HOMESCHOOL PRICE:  $14.95 per person (2 and under FREE)*
*Receive one complimentary spectator/non-swimmer admission with the purchase of a homeschool admission
Free Parking

Purchase and print your discounted e-tickets at home, please visit https://tickets.saharasams.com
Store Name/Password: homeschoolfun@1
OR 
Purchase your ticket on-site at admissions –Please bring a copy of this email

You do not need to make advance group reservations. 
Please be sure to tell your Homeschool Group, Family and Friends.
Any questions? Please email Beth at btwisler@saharasams.com

On a personal note, our co-op group(LIGHT Fellowship) really enjoyed the Homeschool Day at Sahara Sam's Oasis in October.  They have something for all ages-Toni D.

great wolf lodgeGreat Wolf

Greetings from Great Wolf Lodge – Pocono Mountains!

December Homeschool Discount Days: December 6-9, 2010
$159.00 for a family suite*
I’m excited to announce our Special Holiday Homeschool Days at Great Wolf Lodge – Pocono Mountains. Come share with us this most magical time of the year.
Imagine this: an enchanted place where it snows indoors and happiness reigns.  Where you and your family can soak in the holiday spirit, splash in the 84-degree waterpark - and cherish the gift of time spent together.  At Snowland, you'll find all of this and a myriad of other gifts of the season.

Offer Valid:  December 6-10, 2010 Only!
Group Name:  December Homeschool Discount Days
To make reservations visit Great Wolf Lodge website or call
1-800-768-9653 for complete details.
When prompted use group code:  DHDD1210

Offer valid at Great Wolf Lodge-Pocono Mountains, PA location only on a Family Suite room. Discount valid per night for single or multiple night stays. Group code listed above must be mentioned at time of reservation. Limited number of rooms is available. Offer may not be combined with any other discount or promotional offers. Multiple night minimum stay may apply. Offer may be terminated at any time without notice. Must have one individual 21 years of age or older staying in each room. Offer is not transferable and is not redeemable for cash.
 *Please visit Great Wolf Lodge website for more detailed information.  Please share this special rate with all your Homeschool families and friends.   

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ENOCH of NJ e-Newsletter NEXT DEADLINE

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December 2010 issue:   Monday, November 22nd (note change due to Thanksgiving holiday)
January 2011 issue:  Tuesday, December 21st (note change due to Christmas holiday)
February 2011 issue: Tuesday, January 25th

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