ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter
From the President’s Desk
It is hard to believe that ENOCH’s 22nd Annual
Homeschool Convention is only 7 months away and registration for
exhibitors has been open since October 19th. When we reviewed the
on-line surveys that were done after the convention, one of the things
that we gleaned from them was that you are looking for more curriculum
based exhibitors. We know that is important to you and that is why you
come to the convention. But there are some things that keep us from
getting more curriculum based exhibitors. Many of these exhibitors do
not come to our convention because we do not have the attendance that
they need to make it worth their while to come. This is a predicament.
Attendees do not want to attend the convention because there are not
enough curriculum base exhibitors and those exhibitors do not come
because our attendance is too low. One thing I ask is that you contact
your favorite supplier and encourage them to come to the convention,
(May 17-18. 2012). Let than know that you would like to see them at our
convention. Early-bird registration for exhibitors is open until April
15, 2012. They can register on-line at http://www.enochnj.org/index.php/2012convention/exhibitor_reg2012.
gives me great pleasure to officially welcome to the ENOCH Board,
Michele Gross as Secretary. Michele has worked for several years at
ENOCH’s Support Group Leadership Conference and last year as the
convention’s Volunteer Coordinator. This year she is the Exhibitor’s
Coordinator for the convention. The Board is very excited to have her
come along to serve the homeschoolers in New Jersey.
I want to
remind the Support Group Leaders that our Annual Leadership Conference
will be held November 12, 2011. You can find more information about the
conference inside this newsletter. Our speaker is Mike Donnelly of
HSLDA. We have been working on some things that will encourage and help
you that you can pass along to your members. Make plans to join us.
As we begin the holiday months, remember to give thanks to God for His
blessings this year.
Rejoicing in Him,
Encouraging Words For
Homeschoolers Across The Nation
A Real Mom's
Homeschool by: Maggie Hogan
are your priorities? Are you the type to plan ahead? Do you have lists
for daily activities, weekly menus, grocery items, and coupons … or
even a list of things for which you need to make a list? Or instead, do
you find yourself disorganized and short on teaching time?
a Real Mom, not the Martha Stewart of Homeschooling. Planning ahead and
staying organized are not my strong suits. I will admit there have been
times when I’ve had to run to Wal-mart for underwear when I got too far
behind with laundry. And even though I’ve been married to the same
wonderful, forbearing man for over 30 years, there are still days when
I’ve simply forgotten to cook dinner.
How does one keep on
track with teaching when one is organizationally challenged? I could
attempt to inspire you with biblical principles, great quotes, and
examples regarding planning ahead. I could set before you lofty goals.
I could even try and make you feel guilty for not being better
organized. (Although with my own reputation for using a shovel to clear
off my desk, who would take me seriously?) But that is not my purpose.
my best in homeschooling is important to me, and therefore, I’ve had to
develop strategies for successfully completing each year. I hope these
ideas will encourage you as well. Before I share, one caveat: you have
to find your own style. Just because I do things a certain way doesn’t
mean you should, too. I intend for this list to be suggestions - not
the ten commandments of homeschooling. If a tip doesn’t work for you,
evaluate and adjust it, or toss it.
10 Tips I’ve Learned the
you’re laughing at me. But at some point I realized that if my kids’
educations were really important to me, I’d have to put some time into
planning. Realistically, I know I won’t keep up with daily lesson
plans. But I found out that I can sit down once a month and write out
monthly objectives. What works best for you? A summer planning
marathon? Monthly planning times? Weekly updates or nightly reviews of
what you got done that day and hope to accomplish the next?
Teaching Time. How
often per week do you teach history or science? Do you and your
children function best with a little every day? A medium amount of two
or three times per week? Or a big chunk once a week? For me it works
best to teach these two courses twice a week through about fifth grade,
moving to a weekly time frame in the upper grades. On the days I’m not
specifically teaching, they have reading and other assignments to work
on. I find doing history or science in one or two big chunks is more
interesting because we can dig deeper into the subject before running
out of time.
- Choose Your
Time Wisely. Know
your students, yourself, and your household. When would be most
productive? Personally, I could care less about Alexander the Great at
8:00 a.m. but find him truly fascinating later in the day!Bedtime
Bonus. One ritual that was consistent in our home when the boys were
younger was our evening bedtime stories. We often used compelling
history books or books with science topics during this special time.
Courses. Literature with history, history with geography,
or geography with science.
- Think Outside
the Box. Creative
map and timeline work can count for history, geography, and art. Pay
attention to community service hours, Scout projects, and other
“non-school” endeavors that are actually educational.
- Keep school
fresh by occasionally surprising the kids.
Would they get a kick out of having school in a weird place for a day?
Pile pillows in the bathtub (empty, of course) and have the kids work
in the tub. Or go undercover by draping a blanket over a table and
doing school underneath with pillows, blankets, and flashlights. My
favorite: turn the master bedroom into the classroom. Take everything
you might need onto the bed (including the popcorn!) and pretend to be
on a boat surrounded by sharks. Provide a pathway of socks that become
tiny islands to step on for getting to the bathroom.
The days I cook a few extra meals to put in the freezer are a blessing.
I often double up on any given meal so that I can have one for a busy
day or a sick friend. I almost never cook a single chicken! I prefer to
brown 5 or 10 pounds of ground beef at a time (perhaps with onions) and
I’ll freeze what I don’t immediately need. The extra can be pulled out
for a head start on chili, tacos, spaghetti, etc. Crock-pots are a
mom’s best friend. Good pizza coupons are treasured. And the husband
who offers to bring home the occasional Chinese or deli meal is worth
his weight in gold!
Teaching plans and resources can be shared with a friend. Although I
love co-ops and have been involved in them yearly since 1991, they
aren’t feasible for everyone. But if you have a friend who is teaching
the same course as you and would be willing to share the work load in
planning lessons or gathering resources, what a blessing! Bonus:
checking in with each other to see how it’s going, adds accountability.
- The Baby
Babies and toddlers – gotta love ‘em! Learn when to include them, when
to work around them, and when to wait until they are asleep. Some moms
have a high tolerance and some babies are low maintenance. As a mom
with low tolerance and high maintenance babies, I had to learn
flexibility. Special toys which are only brought out during teaching
time helped. They enjoyed the read-alouds even though the material was
over their heads. History costumes, building forts or re-creations, and
other hands-on projects can often be completed with little ones in tow.
For work best done uninterrupted, use naptime or videos. (Yes, I
happily used quality videos as babysitters on occasion!)
summers for history/science projects and field trips. We even had a
couple of short summer school sessions utilizing appealing material
that the kids were eager to dive into. Count the hours toward the
following year’s school. This provides leeway and less pressure during
your more formal school time.
Hogan is a motivational speaker and co-author of The Ultimate Geography
and Timeline Guide and other resource books. She and her husband, Bob,
have been homeschooling their boys since 1991. Involved in local,
state, and national homeschooling issues, they both serve on boards of
home education organizations in Delaware. They are also owners of
Bright Ideas Press, a homeschool company dedicated to bringing the best
practical, fun, and affordable materials to the homeschool market. www.BrightIdeasPress.com
WHY HOMESCHOOL TEENS? by
our children reach the high school years, we begin to question whether
homeschooling can really provide them with what they need—spiritually,
socially, and academically. But homeschooling is effective in
high school for the same reasons it is effective in the younger grades.
As a matter of fact, homeschooling in high school can yield great
dividends in the life of your teen.
Here are 10 reasons why
you might want to consider homeschooling your teen.
1. Continue the
teen years are a strategic time to cement relationships that last a
lifetime. Parents can continue as the primary role models. You can make
sure that your teen is instructed and discipled consistently each day
with moral training and sound doctrine.
2. Cement Family
are the most important thing in family life. When teens are away from
home for six-to-eight hours a day, subtle changes begin to erode
relationships at home. Divided allegiance or "serving two masters" can
shake their foundation. The result is weakened family ties and parental
3. Provide an Excellent
one-on-one instruction is the most effective way to learn. At home,
academics have priority, and there are no classroom distractions.
Conversely, studies show that barely one third of the school day in
traditional high schools is dedicated to academics.
Education Based on Needs
can customize your teen's education to provide motivating opportunities
to develop gifts and abilities. In areas of academic weakness, you can
provide extra time and help. No classroom setting can offer this
consistent and loving support.
5. Accelerate Academic
homeschooled children are academically ready to do college-level work
between the ages of 14 and 16. Additionally, researchers have found
that age/grade isolation or segregation actually inhibits
socialization. Available data demonstrates that homeschooled children
are ahead of their public school counterparts in maturity,
socialization, and vocabulary development.
6. Have Direct Influence
over Peer Relationships
allows parents to fulfill their God-given responsibility to oversee the
choices and amount of time spent outside the family. Parents can mentor
their teens as they develop the important lifeskills of evaluating and
choosing friends, resolving conflicts, and handling romantic
7. Protect from the
Pressure to Conform
feel strong pressure to compromise their standards and personal
identity to conform to "the group." Few are mature enough to withstand
8. Maintain Flexibility
allows great flexibility for family plans and work or service
opportunities. Through these venues, teens can gain valuable experience
to help prepare them for future adult responsibilities.
9. Create a Safe Learning
headlines tell us that the presence of drugs and violence are
escalating on high school campuses across the country. Homeschooling
offers a safe haven for learning, and it provides more opportunity for
parents to recognize and lovingly intervene if their child exhibits
10. Allow God to Show
Chronicles 16:9 says, "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro
throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those
whose heart is loyal to Him." Let us look to God and trust Him as our
provider during these special years.
Smith, wife of Home School Legal Defense Association President Mike
Smith, taught three of her four children at home from 1981 to 1996.
Failure? By Sherry Bushnell
sat down heavily in my chair. Looking out the dining room window the
fall leaves of orange, yellow and green skittered across the yard. Some
of them blew up against the childrens’ Tonka toys, remaining stuck
there until a gust blew them another direction.
My 5 ½ year
old son sat beside me playing with the sorting objects we were working
on. He looked over at me and smiled a big smile. My heart was heavy
inside. I had imagined it all to be simple. So much easier. I wiped the
drool off his chin with a Kleenex. From what I had read, children with
Down Syndrome were to be expected to progress...albeit at a slower rate
than other children without DS, but what was I doing wrong? We had been
working at this simple task of sorting easy shapes for weeks. No
Homeschooling Jordan has been a wonderful experience
but our lack of skills being gained presently was really discouraging
me. Other homeschooling parents of children with Down Syndrome were
reporting such great successes. Their children could say the alphabet,
talk legibly, listen and follow directions...were potty training....
that was how I felt. Stuck. We were going nowhere. The Lord used a
conversation with an acquaintance to help me see a problem. My sights
were set too high. Our goals were not being accomplished because I was
asking Jordan to do things he simply was not ready to do. It was not
that he would never accomplish that which we were working on...it was
just too soon. The range of mental capabilities in children with DS is
wide. I had been hoping Jordan would out-shine them all. Is that so
abnormal for a proud mom?
This painful little glimpse into a
part of my life I look back fondly on now. It was a real turning point
in my attitude and feelings towards homeschooling. A gradual
realization that Jordan and I did not have to measure up to the
successes of others was a real relief. My failure-type attitude changed
into one of looking only toward the next goal to conquer. Jordan and I
could now have a great time just where we were at. So what if he was
behind the others who shared his disability. My other children were
thriving and learning quickly. I knew Jordan’s slower progress was not
due to my lack of skill or the time or attention he was receiving. He
could only go forward at the rate God had chosen to give him. Not at
the rate others were given.
Why were we homeschooling in the first place? The answers were
I wanted to be with Jordan...because character training was such a
vital, vital, aspect of our family’s homeschooling agenda...because we
cared about Jordan’s health...because we knew that no one would or
could give Jordan the undivided attention and care that we could as
parents... Looking back now I can see other areas beside academics that
Jordan had been doing terrific in. He was obedient, liked to share his
toys and help carry in firewood and groceries. He liked to eat
wholesome food (he hates McDonalds food), was gentle to the baby
animals, could ride a trike, play on the slide and swings. Jordan was
cheerful and rarely grumpy...the list could go on. All of our children
have many wonderful areas of positive achievement, but not necessarily
in the academic area. It seemed like such a simple solution. I needed
to relax. I found goals that Jordan and I could meet. We broke up the
tasks to learn into smaller segments. We love to achieve our ambitions.
Success is sooooo...sweet! A rule we continue to use: "The more we
expect of our children, they more they seem capable of doing." AND, God
made them just the way they are!
the Essay Contest Winners for 2011!
Education Network of Christian Homeschoolers of New Jersey held our
annual Essay Contest for 2011 and this year our winners were:
Emma Jacob (6-9 yrs. category)
Charity Ray (10-13 yrs. category)
Shannon Turner (14-17 yrs. category)
winner was notified and encouraged to attend the convention to pick up
their award and certificate. Emma Jacob was the only one who could be
there for the presentation but it was a memorable for sure.
surprise, Emma was presented with her award by Andrew Pudewa himself.
She was so surprised and got to shake Mr. Pudewa’s hand. It was quite
This month, we will feature Shannon Turner's winning
essay. Please see August and September newsletters for Emma's and
Charity's winning essays. Congratulations to all!
Theme for the category, “The
Most Influential Person in the 20th Century”.
I'd seen the tapes on the shelf in the
basement before, and my eight year old self’s
curiosity had been aroused.
"Mommy," I asked, "can I listen to
My mom turned to see what it was I wanted to
listen to - an Adventures
in Odyssey tape?
The Lion the Witch and
the Wardrobe Audio Book? Nope. Instead, I was holding out
a white and
purple box labeled What
in the World's Going on Here? A Judeo-Christian Primer in World History.
"You want to listen to Diana Waring?" I
"You know they're not stories, right? It's someone
"Sure. Go ahead, then."
She didn’t expect it, but those tapes
would change my life. Ever since that day, I’ve been
listening to Diana Waring's tapes (and later CDs) for pleasure, and
I've used one of her history
curricula for school. Diana Waring, through those CDs and books, has
greatly influenced me,
leaving me with a love of history, a Christian perspective on that
history, and ultimately a
stronger faith in God.
Diana Waring ignited in me a fascination
with history. At first, perhaps, it was her stories
and engaging manner that gave me a desire to listen. Her tales about
the Pharaohs in Egypt, the
Roman Emperors, the Babylonian Captivity of the Israelites, and
Alexander the Great enthralled
me. I would listen to her recordings whenever I could – while going to
bed, while dressing my
dolls, while cleaning my room. As I listened, soaking in all the
information and passion she had
to impart, there was birthed in me a love of not just her stories, but
history itself. History became
my favorite subject. Even dry history textbooks held a fascination for
me. Not only so, but the men
and women she talked about became my role models (or my mental caution
tape), and I began to
consider not only their life stories, but the principals behind their
Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned
to repeat it.” By
instilling in me a love of history, Diana set me on the path of wisdom
– knowing history,
the mistakes of my predecessors are less likely to be my own.
Without God, there is no wisdom, and
Diana Waring is always conscientious to teach
history from a Christian perspective. When telling of the various Roman
Emperors, she keeps the
rise of Christianity in mind, and when she speaks of such horrible
events as WWI, she reminds
her listeners of the concurrent revival in China. History according to
the Bible is a key element in
her accounts as well. She teaches the story of Tubal-Cain, an
“instructor of every craftsman in
bronze and iron” (Gen 4:22, NKJV), as factually as she does that of
Napoleon Bonaparte, and
weaves the story of Jesus’ life in with the context of other events in
the Roman Empire. Hearing
her interweave the Biblical account with the rest of the historical
narrative – the former of which
it is easy to forget is just as true as the latter – has greatly
influenced my worldview, by
reinforcing for me that the accounts in the Bible are factual,
historical events. As I have
continued my study of history, I have also continued to see history
from that same Christian viewpoint.
Ultimately, that perspective has
strengthened my faith, instilling in me a greater trust in
God. As she teaches about the events of history, Diana reminds her
listeners that God has always
been and always will be faithful, and that while events in and of
themselves may seem hopeless,
“God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called
according to His
purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV). Her message that, “…There is no darkness
so deep that God’s
love is not deeper still. He’s faithful. He’s good. He’s wise. He sees
what’s coming. He prepares
us. We can trust him. …we need to understand that he’s faithful and we
can trust Him.” (What in
the World’s Going on
Here? Disc 3,) has encouraged me through the years. As
I’ve grown, that
message – that God has always proven faithful in the past, preparing us
for whatever troubles lie
ahead – has helped me to trust Him no matter what happens, giving me
strength and hope.
Diana Waring’s presence in
my life has influenced me to become who I am now, but how
will she influence me in the future? Perhaps someday I will teach
history; perhaps I will even
write history curricula of my own. Who knows where the traits her
influence has nurtured in me
will lead? But whether or not history plays a major part in my career,
Diana’s teaching will
always play a major part in my life, inspiring me to always carry with
me a love of history and a
love of God.
Written by Shannon
ENOCH of New Jersey’s ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12,
Why Should You Attend This Year’s Conference?
Centrally located at
6550 Route 9 South,
Howell, NJ 07731
- Inspiration and Practical Tools for Leadership
- A New Vision for Your Group and You
- New or Veteran Leaders, this Leadership Conference Is for
9:30 AM to 3:00 P.M.
Continental Breakfast & Hot Lunch will be provided
Cost: $20 per couple and/or individual
Non-leader guests are welcome at a cost of $20 per person
BY NOVEMBER 1ST !
SEND PAYMENT TO:
ENOCH of New Jersey, c/o 15 Manchester Ave., Keyport, NJ 07735
Please email the
following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Support Group Leader Name
Support Group Name
Names of any guests
A sampling of what is planned for the day!
- Lots of fellowship!
- Door prizes!
- Networking with other leaders!
- A Town Hall Meeting!
More details to follow!
For more information contact, email@example.com
or by calling 732-291-7800.
Your Support Group Connected with ENOCH?
of our ongoing goals here at Education Network of Christian
Homeschoolers is to maintain a list of local support groups. Our
mission is two-fold: to help individual families connect to groups in
their area and to assist support groups and support group leaders,
working together to encourage and support the home school community
here in New Jersey. We hope to have this list available on our website
soon and we want to make sure your group is represented!
Why Is It Important to
Get Your Group Connected?
offer help to home school support organizations such as suggestions or
ideas for support group activities, the need for advice on handling
those problem situations, or perhaps you would simply like new home
school families to know you are in the area. Connect with ENOCH, and
we'll help you find the answers!
If your support group is
currently listed with ENOCH and you have not updated your contact
information for the new school year, including current board members,
and group dynamics, you may easily do so by contacting our office at firstname.lastname@example.org
If your support group is not listed with ENOCH
simply let our office know and weill help you get registered for the
It is easy to get your group connected and/or updated. Simply contact
the office at email@example.com
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Morris County Area
Visiting Educator, and Professional Developer in Central New Jersey
name is Lynn Bowen, and I am reaching out to you and other area
homeschool families in order to offer my services as a tutor, visiting
educator, and professional developer of instructional strategies.
the past 14 years I have been a public school teacher in Central New
Jersey. Prior to that, I devoted several years to teaching CCD at my
church while raising my daughters. My most recent teaching assignment,
and the bulk of my career, has been dedicated to Basic Skills
instruction. In this role I have worked one-on-one or in small group
settings teaching reading, writing, and math. I have been trained to
teach Family Science as well.
Please feel free to contact me if
you should desire my services for your students and/or instructors. A
resume can be sent for additional information.
I welcome your inquiries and look forward to the possibilities of
home (609. 587.1659)
Educational Services: Montessori Elementary Homeschooling and Tutoring
name is Suzanne Marie Amato. Thoughout my years of teaching in
both public and private schools, I realized the need for better
alternatives to institutional education. After spending three
summers in intensive Montessori Elementary training, and sitting
through many educational psychology classes, I realized something was
missing in the translation from teacher-training to actual
implementation in the classroom.
A passionate educator, I soon
realized I could not promote change from within, so I decided to create
my own program. Having spent many years with children of all
I realized what homeschoolers already know. You must, first
foremost, know the child. Their strengths, interests, and
individual potential are the foundation for the intellectual, emotional
and physical health of our children. The bond that parents have with
their children is their greatest asset.
After establishing a
solid relationship based on mutual respect with the student, the
foundation for learning is set. I can then share my love of
learning and critical thinking.
I specialize in:
- teaching critical thinking skills using Socratic reasoning
- moving from the concrete to abstract in mathematical
- emphasizing cross-curricular connections
- Discovery-based learning
you are seeking a curriculum and don’t know where to begin, I have a
full Montessori elementary curriculum including lessons and materials
for: K-8 Math, Geometry, History, Geography, Science, and K-12 Language
Arts: including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, literary analysis and
Through many years of research and training, I have
also created my own Literature and Writing program based on
higher-level, meta-cognitive comprehension strategies and the 6 Traits
of Writing. Also available are Language SAT prep, preparation for state
testing and high school entrance exams. Affordable private and group
lessons are available in Bergen County thoughout the year. Email Lv2reed@aol.com
call 201-439-0601 for more information.
WORLDS UNSEEN BOOK
promote creativity and initiative in young readers, we’re running a
Book Trailer Contest with a prize of $100 + a trilogy. Participants are
invited to film and post their own book trailer for Worlds Unseen
online. The winner will also be featured on Rachel’s writing website:
www.rachelstarrthomson.com and the trilogy website: www.worldsunseen.com
There is no entry fee, and teamwork is allowed and encouraged!
The contest is open to ages 11–21. All submissions must be in by 12:00
PM, December 1, 2011. See below for a full list of rules.
- Book trailer must be three minutes or less. All filming
must be your original work—no using clips from anyone else.
- Contest open to ages 11 – 21.
- Teamwork is allowed and encouraged!
- Download Worlds
Unseen FREE from http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/6860
today and unleash your creativity!
- To submit a trailer, upload your submission to www.youtube.com,
and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
including your name(s), age(s), address, email address, and link to
- Deadline: 12:00 PM EST, December 1, 2011.
$100.00 + full set of Seventh World trilogy. Winner will also be
featured on www.rachelstarrthomson.com
The Council for Exploration Into Worlds Unseen believed there was more
to the world and its history than the empire had taught them. Treating
ancient legends as history, they came a little too close to the truth.
Betrayed by one of their own, the Council was torn apart before they
could finish their work.
Forty years later, Maggie Sheffield
just wants to leave the past behind. Memories of the Orphan House where
she grew up are fading; memories of her guardians’ murder are harder to
shake. When a dying friend shows up on her doorstep bearing the truth
about the Seventh World–in the form of a written covenant with
evil–Maggie is sent on a journey that will change her forever.
Starr Thomson is the author of the Seventh World Trilogy, a fantasy in
the tradition of George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and other great
Christian writers. She’s also a homeschool graduate and the oldest of
twelve kids. The first book in the trilogy, Worlds Unseen
available as a free download from Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/6860
OPERA NEW JERSEY TEEN ART
COMPETITION and SPECIAL OFFER TO VISIT!
its 10th anniversary season, Opera New Jersey is launching an inaugural
Teen Art Competition and will be accepting submissions from students
ages 14 – 18 throughout the state. The program kicks off with the task
of designing the Opera New Jersey 10th anniversary logo, and the
winning artwork will be used in all 2012 Opera New Jersey Summer Season
materials. The winner will also receive special recognition at the
Annual Opera New Jersey Gala, as well as free mentorship and workshop
opportunities for continued artistic development with acclaimed local
artists and organizations.
Opera New Jersey’s Teen
Art Competition Guidelines:
Format: PDF, Tiff, or EPS Formats preferred but not required; Original
vector file if possible.
is your Opera New Jersey”
A decade in NJ history, Opera as visual art, New Jersey pride
digital artwork will be considered. Keep the logo clean and simple. All
styles will be taken into careful consideration.
March 1, 2012, 3:00p.m.
Work must be submitted digitally to: Education@OperaNJ.org
winner will be announced March 15, 2012.
will be reproduced for Panelists only. Semi-finalists will be announced
prior to the final decision. No reproduction of the final Logo will be
used without written consent submitted prior to the final announcement.
Also, if you’re interested in bringing students to the opera, or any
other collaboration, please let me know- We have a dress rehearsal open
to students in February, and several other programs offered at no
charge for student groups. For more information about this special
opportunity contact Laura Baldasano at: email@example.com
For more information about Opera New Jersey visit their website at:
2012 NJ Homeschool
Educators Science Fair
that time of year again. For those of you with students in grade school
or high school, I hope you'll again plan on participating in the 2012
NJ Homeschool Educators Science Fair. Based on feedback from last year,
we are proposing to hold the fair on one day which will be Saturday,
Feb. 11, 2012 (location to be confirmed). We're also working on
potentially simplifying the judging process with the intent of
providing more feedback to the students, especially at the 6th grade
level and up as they prepare for Coriell.
Please also feel free
to share this information with other families you know in the
"homeschool community". I'm happy to talk to any parent or group of
parents who may have an interest in the science fair and who want to
know more about what is involved. Here is our website with details on
the fair (see the link just below). All 2012 registration forms, you
can get from here.
Please note the following important items with regard to the
For Kindergarten through 5th grade, you need to complete the 1-page
Homeschool Educators form AND Form 1B
6th through 12th grade, Coriell requests that you also complete the
student contact information form in addition to the other forms. Please
email me if you have any questions regarding these forms to minimize
back and forth for any incomplete items on the forms. It does take some
time to review the forms for submission to Coriell, so I ask that you
provide them as soon as possible but certainly no later than the
deadlines posted on the website. Keep in mind that generally the data
gathering for the projects can only begin once the registration forms
are approved, so earlier is better. The need for time to review the
forms is especially true of experiments that require sign-off from a
review board for the more "dangerous" experiments.
Please mail the forms to my attention:
6 Turnberry Court
Voorhees, NJ 08043
The registration cost will remain at $15 per student (still no
additional cost beyond 3 students). Checks should be made out to "NJ Home Educators, Inc".
families prefer to send their forms in to Coriell directly -- that's
fine of course but I ask that you still send in your registration
information to me for the Homeschool Science Fair so that we are aware
of your registration.
I hope this information is helpful to you
and I hope to hear from you soon regarding your students' projects.
Please contact Roy Costa at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions.
Astronomy Day - A free event November 26th!
Homeschool Astronomy Day - A free event
Saturday, Nov 26th, 9am-Noon
Runnemede Inn: 109 E. 9th Ave, Runnemede, NJ 08078
RSVP and Questions: Tony.Ceraso@HomeSchoolAstronomy.com
Hall Historical Museum Homeschool Workshop
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum we are excited about the educational
programs we have to offer to homeschool families and homeschool
Homeschool Workshop dates for 2012 that have been designed for families
to coincide with the museum’s new exhibit “Gone for a Soldier”: Jerseymen
in the Civil War
, which opens November 6th and runs to
July 1, 2012.
exhibit features rare Civil War uniforms, equipment, posters,
photographs, drums, weapons, and personal items documenting the role
that New Jersey played in the Civil War. Macculloch Hall Historical
Museum collaborated with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial
Committee to make this exhibit possible. Several evening lectures on
the Civil War have been scheduled for 2012 as well as weekend public
programs, including living history groups, for spring 2012 so please
find us on Facebook and/or check the museum’s website
for information as it becomes available.
are held the fourth Tuesday of the month and include time in the Civil
War exhibit, work with primary sources, and hands-on activities.
Pre-registration is required. Please email email@example.com
or leave a message at (973) 538-2404 ext.10 with your name, the number
and age of children and a contact phone number. Activities are designed
for children ages 7 and up. Cost is $6 per student. Find us on Facebook
or visit our website at www.maccullochhall.org
directions and other public programs.
Tuesday, February 28 1-3 p.m.
Remembering Abraham Lincoln
Tuesday, March 27 1-3 p.m.
Rural South and Industrial North
Tuesday, April 24 1-3 p.m.
Soldiers and Camp Life
Tuesday, May 22 1-3 p.m.
1860’s Life in the Northern Home
Tuesday, June 26 1-3 p.m.
Forts and Sieges
Hall, a Federal-style mansion built by George Macculloch in 1810 and
transformed into a museum in 1949 by W. Parsons Todd, features Todd’s
impressive antiques collection, changing exhibits, and a collection of
works by Thomas Nast. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit
educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation.
CLUB at BLUE MOUNTAIN
chilly days make me start thinking about ski season. What a
way to get outside and enjoy those cold days of winter!
past we've had a homeschool ski club on Mondays at Blue Mountain
(located between Allentown, PA and the Poconos). This year I
to ski on Mondays; however, we now have the flexibility of skiing on
ANY non-holiday Monday-Thursday, from 8:30am-10pm. So if you
to ski at a great mountain--but not on a Monday--you can still join our
group and enjoy skiing on the Monday-Thursday of your choice at very
Here are the QUICK FACTS:
WHERE: Blue Mountain (www.skibluemt.com
WHEN: 6 Mondays in
Jan./Feb. or any other non-holiday
$98 (lift only); $139 (lift +
rental); $169 (lift + rental + lesson)
Children 5 and under do not need a lift ticket (just order the number
of rentals needed @ $21 each)
Ages 6 and up may participate in Group Lessons. Price for
only one group lesson: $26
Renee to receive your payment and required forms: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4,
Renee Winship (732-379-0757) if you plan to
to receive downloadable release/equipment rental form.
CHERRY HILL ROLLER
join us for 2 hours of fun, physical activity. Every third
there is roller skating for the home school community. The
is open only for us. The games are turned off, the
family friendly. Mom's get to socialize while kids skate with
their friends. Come meet home schoolers from every
area........open to all.
Where: Cherry Hill Skate Center 664 Deer Road Cherry Hill
What: Private party 2 hours of skating with family friendly music
Who: Any home schooler please invite all put down your home school lists
When: 3rd Fridays (NOT December) from September-April 1-3PM
Cost: $3 per skater (non skaters do not pay) Max $12 per
family (cash please!)
skate rental available for $3 from rink (last year's price) either
quads or inline
You may bring your own skates
Please no outside refreshments as the snack bar is open.
Consume your food before coming in.
Dates for 2011-2012
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