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From the President’s Desk


Dear Friends, 

            Why are you homeschooling?  That’s a question that you may have heard a lot, especially when you first started homeschooling, from family and friends and maybe even from total strangers.  So why homeschool?  Have you thought about that recently?  Maybe you should.           

            While attending the National Leadership Conference for Homeschoolers and the HSLDA’s Leadership Conference several of the speakers asked that very question. They also answered it.  Here are some answers: 

These are just a few of the reasons to home educate you child. I pray your vision has been refocused and gently reminded that our children are the future of what God has in store for us. 

In His Service, 

Rich Millward





Encouraging Words For Homeschoolers Across the Nation  



When is the last time an idol or "foreign god" interfered with your faith?

When the Bible talks about idols and idol worship, few Christians can relate. We may think of a passage like 1st Samuel 7:3 - "If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods
and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to Lord and serve him only . . ." as little more than a history lesson.

But, as a seminary professor of mine once shared, "If the Lord tarries, some day there will be archaeological excavations of our western civilization. And when they find evidence of a television or computer screen in each dwelling, they'll believe they've found our personal gods--personal idols,
like we are finding today in the east!"

What do you think? Have our homes been invaded by foreign gods who get the best of our time, energy, and devotion?

The day I decided to stop letting the media control my life, I experienced something rare and wonderful. While walking in my yard, a bald eagle flew about fifty feet over my head - something I'd never seen before. Being that close made the experience all the more special. If I'd had my head down--eyes preoccupied with my iPhone--I would have missed this rare moment!

Whether or not this experience was a sign from God, I was reminded that when we are not entangled by worthless distractions, we will begin to see the beauty that surrounds us.

For more information, go to www.lamplighter.net

Who Needs a Support Group? By: Carol Arnold

Who needs a Support Group? Not me! Yes, all of US!

When I started thinking about home schooling in the early 1980's, I was the only Christian I personally knew who was homeschooling. I had heard of homeschooling through a broadcast of Focus on the Family when Dr. James Dobson interviewed Raymond and Dorothy Moore on his radio show about home education. In those early days my homeschooling colleagues were women I knew through La Leche League and a local food coop, but none of them shared my Christian convictions. We started meeting at the local library periodically when I still had only preschoolers, and when the suggestion was made to split the group into an older and younger children crowd, I volunteered to host the younger group at my home. Lo and behold, the leader who was to coordinate this younger group never showed up to the first meeting because she was soon moving, so I became the instant leader. One by one, Christians with preschoolers who were thinking about this new idea of homeschooling started joining the group and at the same time, one by one, the non-Christians dropped out or moved. As soon as the group consisted of all Christian families, I quickly came up with a Christian name for the group and made up some simple guidelines, establishing it as a group that would continue to share my Christian approach to homeschooling. From that time to the present, this support group has continued to provide a place for those seeking information on starting the homeschooling journey and resources for veteran home educating families. Today, for some, the need for a support group for information, has been replaced by on-line resources, internet blog groups and chatrooms. Is the support group a dying phenomenon, only necessary for the early years of the modern home schooling movement? Or, is it possible that there are important and unique reasons to reconsider our need for a support group? I think that some of the reasons that the support group was important to me, my husband, and children are as valid today as they were back when homeschooling was still relatively unknown. Allow me to reminisce here and see if your family might not benefit in similar ways.


Our local support group provided unique friendship opportunities for my children. They also provided friendship opportunities for me as a parent. Often, the types of families that are drawn to home education are the ones that are more than usually dedicated to the upbringing of their children in a strong moral and Biblical atmosphere. As a family, we found these like-minded Christians good matches for get-togethers for children and adults. Some of these friendships now go back 20 years and more. One family we visited in Maine this year had moved many years ago, but our visit with them brought back great memories for both the adults in the family and the grown children, some of whom dropped by to visit with their own children whom they were now homeschooling. We talked and shared for a long evening of the fun we had doing plays together, going on field trips, and our inner worries of whether we might mess up our children by keeping them out of 'real school'! Our local support group even had one couple get married who had grown up together in the support group.


Back in those early days when I was considering home education, there were very few avenues of encouragement available. There was no internet to Google, no e-mail, and the average family might not have had a computer anyway. We did have telephones though, and our telephone connections with the few other homeschool radicals were encouraging. Some books were available from Raymond and Dorothy Moore, Gregg Harris, and Mary Pride, but they weren't usually available locally, so they were eagerly shared around a group. Even curriculum information was harder to find back then, so connecting with others and learning what they were using and how they were approaching any difficulties was important to us. When I think back to the beginnings of our group, many of those families were highly committed to home education and many of them kept home schooling through high school. Today, I see many more families homeschooling, but often think there is a higher percentage today that change their children's educational setting between homeschooling, public school and private school, often yearly.

Personally, I think these families often lack a vision for why they are homeschooling and they need the encouragement of connecting locally with other like minded families, convention workshops, reading quality books that stress the foundational advantages of Christian homeschooling, and the opportunities to interact with veteran homeschoolers and graduates. As a home educator who has graduated all four of my children to adulthood, I see this passing on of vision and the opportunity for encouraging newbies, as an important role for me still in the local group, even though I passed on the leadership a number of years ago. I encouraged the group to establish an 'alumni' category for membership to keep parents like me 'in the loop' of communication. The last meeting I attended, I had two different moms have special reasons to want to talk to me because they knew I had homeschooling experience. One needed a guiding hand about record keeping for the high school years for the dreaded 'high school transcript' and another, who had a special needs child, needed the encouragement of talking to someone who had traveled that path before. As I traveled home that night, I rejoiced that God was able to use me uniquely that night to offer encouragement to these women.


One of the guiding principles I constantly operated under as a support group leader was to concentrate the group's energy on planning activities that we needed a homeschool support group to do. So, although apple picking, baby showers, parties and crafts were all good activities, these could be done within an extended family, community group, or church family. But, an activity such as a tour of the town hall was something we needed a homeschool group to plan. A frog dissection class with a qualified professional wasn't something your church family would offer. A Spelling bee or Geography project night was also something uniquely suited to a homeschool group. I believe this focus helped us not to wear ourselves out with unnecessary busyness, and helped us provide very important educational opportunities for our children and the parents. A homeschooling Dads-only night happened once a year and really helped the Dads focus on why their families were doing this and how they could and should be involved. Elisabeth Eliot once said something like "You don't have time to read all the good books in the world, so you should only read the great ones. Alas, that means you won't read mine." Although I might disagree with her opinion of her own books as not in the 'great' category, I would apply the principle to the local homeschool group as, "You and your families do not have time to do all the fun and good things there are to do when Christians get together, so you should only do the great ones." There are many unique group activities that can enhance the homeschool educational experience for all. Today, for older students, worldview clubs, speech and debate clubs and the like will stretch both parents and homeschoolers.


In our information sharing age, we can get answers from GOOGLE on almost any topic. We can look up things on Wikipedia, and chat with homeschoolers in Hawaii on-line, all night. We have the value of homeschooling articles on hundreds of websites about all kinds of homeschooling issues. We have a choice of homeschooling magazines to choose from. Do we still need a support group for information? I think we still do, because sometimes, we don't know the question to ask GOOGLE. Sometimes, we don't know there's a special software program to help our child with speech problems. Sometimes we just feel alone and fearful, and we don't know which book might be helpful to read or which website or on-line group might be a valuable resource. Sometimes, there is no substitute for a hug, a smile, a pat on the back, or a real life example on that field trip of an experienced mother dealing lovingly and firmly with a naughty child in public. There's no substitute in books for the real life family in the support group that has a good working schedule of chores, school, and other activities without the house falling apart. Sometimes there is no substitute for bringing the skeptical grandparent to the homeschool group activity. Locally, information of available resources can be readily shared in person or via a group e-mail list. ENOCH tries to forward information via the monthly e-newsletter so you can find out if a museum is offering a special program, or a speech & debate club is starting up, or when other unique educational opportunities become available that are of interest to homeschoolers. 


God in his wisdom put families into churches. I think that there may be great value for us to be in a homeschool group for the fellowship and encouragement that it offers also. If there is not a local group for you to identify with, maybe you could be instrumental in starting one.

“Tricks of the Trade: Practical Advice for Homeschooling in the Garden of Life”

By: Kristi Kronz 

 Homeschooling is akin to gardening.   I've been doing both for well over a decade and a half now and I can attest to the similarities.  They both require a sacrifice of time; they both teach you a great many things about you, humanity, and the Lord; and they both bear fruit – if done well.  Over the years I've been privileged to acquire several tricks of the trade which apply to both of these passions in my life and which I thought I would share with you now as you approach the finishing line for yet another academic year. 

Crop Rotation and Companion Gardening  

 In my gardens I have learned the value of movement.  I purposefully try to place various plants in different areas of the garden each year.  This rotation of crops ensures that I have not depleted my soil of the nutrients needed to keep my gardens healthy.  Similarly, I have studied and now am purposeful to place certain plants side by side because of the benefit they give to each other in providing a natural pest control as well as providing nutrients the other might need within the soil.  These two concepts of crop rotation and companion gardening are applicable in my homeschooling as well.

It has been vitally important and highly valued in our homeschool day to keep moving.  I have always sought to provide a mental/physical continuum throughout our academic schedule.  We “rotate” often, keeping our bodies active in between periods of quiet study.  For our little homeschool, this means that daily walks or bike rides, instrument practices, academic games, logic-building activities such a puzzles or engineering-oriented building toys, or chores are scattered in between the harder academic subjects of our day.  This involves some creative scheduling on my part, but has always been worth it as it not only increases my children's abilities to learn, but has also aided in keeping our day joy-filled and relatively free from monotony.  

In addition to “rotating my crops”, I have learned the value of using the concept of companion gardening in our homeschooling as well as in my garden.  I treasure and actively take advantage of the various gifts my children can bring to our homeschool.  Each of them can benefit one another by using his or her various strengths and talents for the purpose of teaching or playing or simply encouraging one another.  My oldest son, after 2 ½ years of receiving private tutoring in Spanish, now serves as Spanish tutor to my middle school-aged child (for free!).  My middle child, gifted in all things athletic, serves as a wonderful coach and mentor to inspire his siblings in daily physical activity.  My youngest child's burning desire to learn well beyond her grade level is inspiring and contagious to her less academically-oriented brother.  Her creativity and imagination have served our family well as she takes her sometimes overly-cerebral brother into her make believe world, helping him to laugh and have fun in the midst of serious study.   Using the personalities and strengths of each member of the family can create an incredibly fruitful garden of compassion and character as well as providing each member with opportunities to share God-given strengths for the benefit of all.
Only Plant What You'll Use   

I will confess that this is a hard one for me.  Anyone who knows me knows my tendency toward planting too much.  And I do have this undying curiosity to try growing some unique combinations just to see if I can!  The diversity of plants growing on my property gives me tremendous satisfaction and is one of the reasons I love gardening.  However, this can have its down side when I am loaded with vegetables that I know my family will not consume.  I may have wasted many summer hours caring for plants which will never produce fruit because they were not uniquely suited for our climate of extremes. Likewise, in homeschooling it is important to “plant” just what you'll use.  

People in my life who are curious about homeschooling often ask me, “How do you know what to teach them?”  My reply is simple – I teach my children what my husband and I believe is important for them to know.  Of course this looks different for every family.  What I might find valuable for my children to learn, another family may never even consider teaching in their years of homeschooling.  This is where we need to embrace each other's differences rather than seeking to compare.  You are uniquely suited to meet your child's educational needs.  Be mindful, prayerful, and sober as you evaluate where the Lord is leading with each child's education.  Keep your focus on facilitating an education for your children based on what you believe they will need to know.  Using this focus, teach what will be useful for them in their future endeavors.  You don't need to add materials or courses that won't be of value simply because you see others around you doing so.  Be content to keep your eyes on and follow the individual convictions of your own family.  Avoid becoming a slave to your curriculum.  It is to serve as a tool for you, not the other way around.   If your life has become stress-filled and joy-deficient in your efforts to maintain the expectations set in your curriculum, it is time to reevaluate its use.  Be purposeful and diligent to plant only what you'll use within your unique homeschool garden.
Simplify and prioritize   

The garden is a priority in my life.  From its fruit, my family is nourished and sustained.  Through the blessing of abundance, we are able to gift many others through the seasons.  From its labor, I receive joy and satisfaction, peace of mind, and purpose for my days.  It can be very easy for me to be distracted from this purpose.  There are always many other equally valuable activities for me to take part in.  However, if I don't keep this as a priority, I will not have the yield in all of those aforementioned areas.  If I fill my life with too much noise and too many obligations, I can no longer bear the fruit in my garden which I feel called to grow.  Of course, this principle is even more obvious within our homeschooling.  Each year, I am more convicted to stay the course and finish this race well which God has given me to run.  This season involves daily sacrifice as I set aside my own fleshly desires for companionship and learning and fun in order to keep my husband, children, and home as the irreplaceable priorities in my life.  

Our world is screaming at us with a vast myriad of distractions.  We need not even leave the home anymore and we can still struggle to be truly present with our children.  Computer screens and cell phones for texting have replaced eye contact.  Large quantities of activities outside the home distract us from the obvious needs within it.  Our eyes and ears are engaged in short-lived relationships with others (many of whom we may never meet), while our spouses and our children are awaiting their turn to have our joy-filled, undivided attention.  This is a burden of my heart.  If we call ourselves gardeners, then we need to be in the garden.  A wise older homeschooling mom of six recently shared with me on our long walk together that she has never regretted choosing to stay at home and say “no” to many, if not most, of the wonderful out-of-the-home opportunities available to her and her children. If she had not made this a priority, she feels certain that she and her children would have missed out on building the relationships they currently have today because of this sacrifice.  I encourage you, my fellow homeschooler, to be careful not to add more to your days than what you can do well.  Simplify your schedule and prioritize your time, being ever-vigilant to run your “race” with perseverance.
Don't forget to stop and smell the lavender   

As any gardener will tell you, it can become fairly easy to be consumed with your garden.  There is always one more weed to pull, another bush to prune, a tree to stake, or fruit to be harvested and preserved.  If I didn't seek earnestly to live a balanced life, I could happily spend from morning till night engrossed in the labor of gardening itself.  Homeschooling can conjure up similar images – with nary a moment to spare between planning, nurturing, discipling, teaching, shuttling, grading, and disciplining.  Just as we must occasionally be still and relish in the beauty of our gardens, so we also need to take time to fully live out those praiseworthy moments of learning and companionship alongside our families.  

It is vitally important to your health, your marriage, and your relationships with your children that you take a break when (or ideally before) you need one.  Sometimes this will involve a simple change of schedule for the day, a longer walk than usual, or a spontaneous field trip or play date with friends.  At other times, it may involve taking a whole day or week (or month!) off from the daily routine of homeschooling. Obviously, consistency is very important in order to reap the many educational and behavioral rewards of homeschooling, but not at the cost of losing your health, your marriage, or the hearts of your children.  Take time each day to be still before the Lord.  Make time for fun.  Be purposeful to tuck joy-filled moments into your days.  Stop for milkshakes on the way home from lessons.  Make an impromptu trip to the bookstore or library or park.  Go on dates with your children individually and with your husband regularly.  Sneak in times of service for others which invariably result in tremendous blessings for you and your family.  Have a regular game night or invite friends to sit around the campfire.  Make memories away from the workbooks.  Find joy in the little things and be purposeful to take breaks before the Lord forces them on you.

 Embrace the work involved  

Gardening can be hard work.   Each spring, my body goes through painful reminders that bending and squatting and hauling and hoeing uses muscles not regularly strengthened through daily effort.  To gain the results and fruit I am seeking, I must spend many hours on a regular basis tending my plants.  I must also set aside time to regularly plan and evaluate.  When needed, I remove plants or add new ones.  Most importantly, I am constantly seeking input and wisdom so that I can learn more each year and grow in my knowledge base of gardening.  I read, I glean, and seek out continuing educational opportunities to grow in wisdom. 
While homeschooling might not involve as many physical muscles, it certainly requires a daily expenditure of mental, emotional, and spiritual muscles.   Choosing to homeschool well requires much effort and will take an incredible toll on your health if not done with sober awareness and daily prayer.  It should not be done lightly nor without a tremendous amount of thought, prayer, planning, and sacrifice on your part.  While our children are young, this will not seem so intense.  There is much flexibility allowed during the grade school years; however, entering into the middle and high school years, although amazingly rewarding, requires a renewed level of commitment and sacrifice on your part.  It is not for the faint of heart!  I believe passionately that we have an obligation in taking on this God-given task to complete it with excellence.  A Biblical mandate which has been influential in my life and my homeschooling has been Colossians 3:23-24 which says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”  (Italics mine.)

I encourage you right now to look at your homeschool with clarified vision.  Confess the areas of selfishness you might still be struggling with and leave them at the feet of Christ who is so willing to forgive and renew our strength for the tasks at hand.   Challenge yourself to fully embrace the actual work of homeschooling your children.  To do so with excellence requires a daily commitment on your part to fully participate and/or facilitate your child's learning.  You are an invaluable and necessary part of the equation.  Although students with growing maturity should be allowed greater freedom to complete their academic work on their own, it behooves you to stay in the game as much as you can.  This will facilitate a deeper relationship with your children as well as enable them to communicate with you along the way all that they (and you) are learning. 

Dear friend, let go of those things which entangle you and keep you from homeschooling with excellence.  If needed, set aside commitments, selfish desires, hobbies and pastimes which distract you, and possibly even some relationships which are not beneficial to you in this season. Embrace the road you have chosen and the work it entails.  True and joy-filled learning requires sacrifice on your part.  Trust God with the details as you put forth the effort needed to continue homeschooling in the garden of life.
Kristi Kronz is a mother of 3 working to finish well her 12th year of homeschooling.  She cherishes all of her “plants” and lives south of Nampa, Idaho.

{Note from the editor:  Eventhough, Kristi  wrote this at the end of a school year, take heart!  Homeschooling gardens can be pruned anytime of the year~Toni}

big news

CONGRATULATIONS to the Essay Contest Winners for 2011!

The 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)

Each 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.
As a 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 exciting.

 This month we present Charity’s essay.  Make sure to check back next month to see Shannon's essay and if you missed Emma's, check out ENOCH's website for last month's newletter.

Theme for this category, “The Greatest Invention of the 20th Century”

I believe the Greatest Invention of the 20th century is the television why because a lot of people use it and it is in almost every home. Philo Farnsworth, a Mormon that grew up in Utah, invented the TV in 1929. Television has changed from since then. The television shows were in white and black now they are in color. When major events in the world happened, people would get the news 6 months later, now we can get it simultaneously. Televisions have advanced from big, large, and bulky boxes to flat screen TV’s. TV’s used to have antennas, now they have cable. You can play video games and go on the internet on the TV, before you couldn’t do that. Gerald Thomas, the inventor of TV dinners even created a meal for people who wanted to eat while they watched television.

There are 2 points I am going to share about the television. 1) How kids react with the television and how it affects their lives. 2) People who are addicted to television.

When you turn on the TV, 50% or even 75% of the channels have inappropriate things which kids are watching. The number one problem kids have is obesity. Studies have shown that kids who spend their day in front of the TV are most likely to become overweight. http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/tv affectschild.html. When children watch television, what they see on the screen they act out and it affects them when they get older.  

The last topic that I would like to share on is couch potatoes. I researched what couch potatoes were and the website http://www.audioenglish.net/dictionary/couch_potato.htm said it was “ An idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television)” One last example I heard was  about  a woman who was grafted to the couch because all she did was eat junk food and watch TV. Later she died. Why that happened is because, she never wanted to work so she just watched TV, ate, and slept. A lesson that I learned is if you want to live a short life, be a couch potato.

Written by Charity Ray



Why Should You Attend This Year’s Conference?
Centrally located at
Cornerstone Calvary Chapel
6550 Route 9 South, Howell, NJ 07731

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

SEND PAYMENT TO:  ENOCH of New Jersey, c/o 15 Manchester Ave., Keyport, NJ  07735

Please email the following information to office@enochnj.org:
Support Group Leader Name
Support Group Name
Names of any guests

A sampling of what is planned for the day!
More details to follow!

For more information contact, office@enochnj.org or by calling 732-291-7800.

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essay contest


2011 Guidelines 

Submission Dates: October 1 through November 1, 2011
Note: Entries received before October 1 or postmarked after November 1 will be sent back or discarded.

What: This year’s themes are taken from the Bible in the book of Romans, Chapter 12. Paul, the author of the book, provides amazingly succinct and practical instructions on how to live life to the fullest.

Each contestant may submit up to two essays based on the verse from Romans 12 that coincides with their age group listed below:
Category 1 (ages 7–10):
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”—Romans 12:15
Category 2 (age 11–14):
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”—Romans 12:12
Category 3 (ages 15–19):
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, be at peace with everyone.”—Romans 12:18

For more information and registration forms please visit HSLDA website or Please email contests@hslda.org with any questions.


HSLDA needs your input to help them better serve you and the homeschooling community! Follow the link below to their short, six-question survey and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $500 Visa gift card.


Survey and drawing entries must be submitted by October 9. Winner will be drawn on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, and will be contacted by email. If we do not receive a response within 72 hours, a new winning name will be drawn. Must be age 18 or older to participate. By entering this contest, you agree to have your email address added to HSLDA’s email list. You may unsubscribe at any time.


Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs

Would you like to improve all aspects of your homeschooling program for your child with special needs? Maybe you are struggling with the How To of homeschooling your child with Autism, or just feel llike there is something missing?  Homeschooling is the perfect environment to allow your child that second chance to restore their missed milestones through Relationship Development Intervention. Together we will guide your child to fill in those developmental gaps to build up their dynamic intelligence which includes co regulation and perspective taking abilities. There is no limit to your child’s potential when they are competent in their social understanding .  For more information visit one of my blogs at www.whatisrdi.blogspot.com

Kathy Darrow  Homeschooling Mom and RDI certified Consultant
rdi4autism@gmail.com   609-315-4416


Need a Piano tuner?

With lessons starting back up and the holidays around the corner,  keep your piano sounding its best. Contact Dave by phone at 856-261-9594 or email pianofixman@gmail.com for a piano tuning. Mention ENOCH and receive 10 percent off a basic tuning.


Focusing on the beginning and intermediate piano student.
Private lessons in your home.
 Over 25 Years Experience
 For further information, please call  Toni R. at 973-960-9797

square dancing

Homeschool & Friends Square Dance

***Please make note of the changes this year in location and ticket cost. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. 

Date: Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Time: 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Age: Jr. High, High School and College students
***Place: Middlesex County Fairgrounds Lodge
***Address: 655 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
***Non- Refundable Ticket Cost: $20 

Payment method: Money Order made out to Karen Allen

Space is limited to 100 guests. Your space will be reserved once we have your payment.
When you send the payment also include the first and last names of those who will be attending and your email address or phone number so we can contact you with confirmation of your payment.
Contact Person: Karen Allen
Address:1 Culver Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
E-mail:  9lallen9@comcast.net or hrallen179@comcast.net
Emergency contact # (732) 672-5229

We will have a professional caller in charge of the dance!

Doors will open at 5:15 PM and the dance will begin promptly at 6:00PM.

The instructional portion of the dancing will be in the beginning, and it will be hard to follow the dances if you miss it.

Light refreshments will be served. 


Girls--Skirts or dresses are encouraged, though you are welcome to wear jeans. A square dance costume is not necessary, but there are some great deals on E BAY! Short sleeved tops are recommended, as well as comfortable flat shoes. 

Guys-- We suggest jeans and a western-style shirt, such as plaid or checkered, but feel free to wear any button-up dress shirt. Comfortable shoes are recommended. 

This is a drop off only. Unfortunately there is not enough space for adults to stay for the entire dance, but you are welcome to come back near the end to watch or take pictures. Keep in mind Rt 18 and Rt 1 are nearby, and there are many restaurants and movie theaters in the area where you can pass the time.
Please pass on the information to other Homeschoolers, Christian friends, and groups!

Thank you! 


Nature and Art for Princeton Area Homeschoolers

Registration has begun for the brand new fall session of the Nature and Art for Princeton Area Homeschoolers classes held on Fridays at the beautiful Plainsboro Preserve. In the past, we have had to turn away many homeschooling families because we only had room for 30 students and demand was much higher. This fall, we are happy to announce that there will be TWO sessions.
The first session meets 12:00 - 1:30 and the second session meets 2:00 - 3:30 on the Fridays listed below. For each session, there is a younger class for students ages 5-8 and an older class for ages 9 and up. Each week children attend either art with Patricia Melton, a certified art teacher, or an environmental education class with a staff person from the Plainsboro Preserve. For brief staff bios please follow this link: http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionPlainsboro/MeettheStaff.aspx Each child will attend 5 art lessons and 5 environmental education lessons of 90 minutes each totaling 10 total sessions.
This fall, the dates and topics are:
September 16 - Insect Investigators - older class
September 23 - Interdependence - younger class
September 30 - Stream Search - older class
October 7 - Gift of a Tree - younger class
October 14 - Tracking Wild Animals - older class
October 21 - Compass Scavenger Hunt - younger class
October 28 - Feeding Frenzy - older class
November 11 - Bubble-ology - younger class
December 2 - Rocks Rock - older class
December 9 - Feeding Frenzy - younger class
The cost will be $80 total for each student. We will have a minimum need of 15 students to run the classes and if the enrollment does not reach 15 the classes will not be held. For each student, an adult will be required to act as a class helper at least once or twice.
For information on how to register, or questions please send email to napahs@gmail.com and I will be happy to send you the registration form.

phl museum

Homeschool Museum Classes 2011-2012  Philadelphia Museum of Art

This homeschool program consists of 2 hour classes held monthly on every first Wednesday from October to June.  The theme of each class changes from month to month.  Participants are divided into small groups by age, and each group works with the same Museum Educator throughout the year.  Each class takes place in the Museum’s permanent galleries, and is designed to be an interactive lesson that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities including discussion, drawing, writing, role playing, and games.  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. The Preschool classes are from 10 am-11:45 am. 

Upcoming classes: (for a full list of classes and for registration information please contact, Janette Wheeler at 215 684 7582)

October 5, 2011
10 am – 12 pm

Grade K-2 (Age 5-7)
Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Color, Space, Texture *

Grade 3-6 (Age 8-11)
“Location, Location, Location”–How Geography Influenced Art

Grade 7-12 (Age 12-17)
“Location, Location, Location”–How Geography Influenced Art

November 2, 2011
10 am – 12 pm

Preschool (Age 3-4)
10 -11:45 am
Fashion in Art

Grade K-2 (Age 5-7)
Heroes, Legends and Myths

Grade 3-6 (Age 8-11)
Looking to Write
Writing to Look

Grade 7-12 (Age 12-17)
Survey of American Art

*Some classes will have a brief studio time during their lessons. 

Student Fees:  $8 per class (Museum Members) /$10 per class (Non-Member)
Chaperones Fees:  $4 per class (Museum Members) /$5 per class (Non-Members)
$1 off each class when singing up for 4 or more classes.
Parents who wish to accompany their child must sign up in advance.
This program has limited space, so reservations are mandatory.  To register email hsp@philamuseum.org
Registration period ends at 4 pm on the Wednesday of the week preceding the lesson.
Please direct questions to Ah Young Kim at akim@philamuseum.org or contact Janette Wheeler at 215 684 7582  

Homeschool Art Classes Forming in Camden County !!

 New this fall, Markeim Arts Center in Haddonfield NJ is offering Sculpture / Mixed Media art classes at Markeim Art Center in Haddonfield taught by Billi Jean Dudley.

 This class is designed for the beginning art student. Basic skills and
 principles will be taught through discussion and individualized art work.
 Students will produce 3-5 major projects throughout the fall session.
 Mosaics, reliefs, and sculpture will be explored during the first half of
 the session. During the second half of the session, students will produce a
 mixed media project of their own choosing that demonstrates skills and
 principles they learned during the first half.

 Instructors Philosophy:

 Having taught at Markeim for 11 years, I highly encourage creativity and
 artistry in each student. Self-expression and the process of "learning to
 see" are the core tools of my approach to teaching art. A good work ethic
 and self motivation are the valued tools I incorporate in my classes.

Who: Homeschool students in 2nd - 12th grades
    2nd -7th grade classes: 12:30 - 2:00 pm 
    8-12th grade classes: 2:15 - 2:45 pm
When: Thursday afternoons. September 22, 2011 to December 15, 2011 No  class on Thanksgiving Day
Where: Markeim Arts Center, 104 Walnut Street, Haddonfield, NJ
Cost: $180 per semester plus  $10 materials fee paid to the instructor on the first day of class

 Class size is limited to a minimum 5, and a maximum of 15 students on a  first come first served basis.

 Children will be dropped off; parents are not permitted to remain in the  studio during class time. Downtown Haddonfield offers restaurants, shops
 and parks to enjoy until class is over.

 Contact Liz: markeim@verizon.net

 About Markeim Arts Center:   The Arts are the expression of a community. Since the advent of the  Haddonfield Arts and Crafts League in 1956, the goal of the Center has been  to promote the creation and enjoyment of the visual arts. Now over 50 years  later, the renovation of the gallery and development of expanded programs  and services for artists ensures that the Markeim Arts Center will continue
 to fulfill its commitment to that community. We are grateful to our  <http://www.markeimartcenter.org/sponsors.html> sponsors and friends for  their contributions to this lasting legacy.  For more information visit http://www.markeimartcenter.org/index.html



These chilly days make me start thinking about ski season.  What a great way to get outside and enjoy those cold days of winter!

In the past we've had a homeschool ski club on Mondays at Blue Mountain (located between Allentown, PA and the Poconos).  This year I plan 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 want 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 good prices.

Here are the QUICK FACTS:
WHERE:  Blue Mountain   (www.skibluemt.com)
WHEN:    6 Mondays in Jan./Feb.   or  any other non-holiday Monday-Thursday,  8:30am-10pm
PRICE/person:    $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

DEADLINE for Renee to receive your payment and required forms:   FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER 4, 2011

Contact Renee Winship  (732-379-0757)  if you plan to participate and to receive downloadable release/equipment rental form.

freedom farms


HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS - LARGE INDOOR ARENA (856) 252-7075 - Contact Regina Ennis
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!
Lesson Program
Both Western and English disciplines taught with an emphasis on safety and balanced seat riding.  Beginners to advanced riders welcome!

    * 1 Hr. Private Lesson:  $45.00 per hour
    * ***SPECIAL PRIVATE PACKAGE:  10 Private 1-Hour Lessons for $395.  Must be prepaid and used within 3 months.  You may take multiple lessons per week.***
    *   1 Hr. Semi-Private/Group/Sibling: $30.00 per student (limit 4 per lesson)  Private lessons required until student safely handles horse/pony on own.  (Sometimes riders will share same mount until    
         they are safely able to independently handle their own horse/pony.
    * **SPECIAL GROUP/SEMI-PRIVATE PACKAGE:  10 1-Hour Lessons for group/semi-private lessons for $270.00.
4H Club Membership -Freedom Riders 4H Club
Free-meets twice per month-2nd and 4th Saturdays!
Fun and Games Shows held on our farm!  Ribbons and trophies given to division champions, but it's all about having fun on horseback! See our Facebook Page for details and Pics of our equine friends and families!  Next show is in May! Hope to see you there! $60 for day or $8 per class!  Call for details.
Special Group Rates
Clubs such as Boys' Scouts, Girls' Scouts, other 4H groups, etc. ($25 per scout/club member)  Minimum of 6 members for group lesson discount. Actual lesson not just a pony ride!
Please mention your membership in ENOCH and this ad when calling to receive the discounted rates.
Call Regina for available times and appointments, (856) 252-7075.   See our Facebook page for Freedom Farm USA and my page, Regina Ennis.
Visit our website at www.Freedomfarmusa.com

***Special Extended Horsemanship Program***
When you are a part of our WEEKLY lesson program, you may come out and help exercise our horses/ponies on Saturdays at our farm.  That allows you to get extra riding and some instruction at no extra cost-call for details. Affordable Horseshowing opportunities as well for those interested! Our riders regularly participate in local shows.

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



Come join us for 2 hours of fun, physical activity.  Every third Friday there is roller skating for the home school community.  The rink is open only for us.   The games are turned off, the music is 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 School year
September 16
October  21
November  18
January  20
February  17
March  16
April  20



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