School has begun! For many of you, it is just the beginning of your journey. For others, you are almost done. Then there are those who have finished homeschooling and you are settling into a quieter schedule.
For those of you who have reached the latter part of your life, I have some thoughts to share with you. How do you think you did as homeschool parents looking at your graduates now? Do you think you did a good job? How do you know? As I write this, I am in Maryland at the National Leadership Conference. A discussion arose about the generation of homeschoolers; those who have graduated, the “Millennium Generation,” and of how they have done. Studies were conducted, a few years back, revealing how the first generation succeeded academically and socio-economically. But what about other areas? Where are those children today? What is their spiritual condition? What really influenced their lives, educationally, culturally and spiritually?
Are you curious? We are too! There is a new survey being done, to find out what happened to those children who were raised in Christian homes and educated in the 80’s and 90’s. Generations with Vision has teamed up with Dr. Brian Ray, of NHERI, (National Home Education Research Institute), and created the “Gen2Survey”. If you know of a young person between 18-38, whether they are Christian, Non-Christian, Public Schooled, Private Schooled or Home Schooled have them fill out this survey. Just click on Gen2Survey to fill it out. It will take about 10-20 minutes to complete and each participant is entered into a contest to win one of three I-PAD Minis! Down the line in the near future, the survey will be compiled and we will see how homeschoolers compare to public and private school. I am looking forward to hearing more.
You’re not going to believe me but Convention time is upon us! The Board has been working on things already for the 2014 Convention. The theme this upcoming year is “Anchored in Christ” and it will be here before you know it! Write it down, save the date – May 16-17, 2014. We can announce one of our main speakers: Andrew Pudewa. We are very excited to have him back.
Last year, the Board was overwhelmed with many aspects of the convention. There is much, much help still needed for prep time, during the event, and afterwards. Every area of the convention is being reviewed. If you have an area of expertise that can share with us, we would love to hear from you. Our departments are as follows: Registration, Used Curriculum, Hospitality, Children’s Program, Silent Auction, Volunteer, Exhibitors, etc. We need folks to come alongside and help us with the day-to-day planning as well as at the convention. Michele Gross, our Exhibitor Coordinator, is looking for an Assistant Exhibitor Coordinator to assist during the convention. If you are interested, please contact Michele Gross at email@example.com.
Looking forward to hearing from you all.
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Episode 2: God equips us for the homeschool task
August 23, 2012 By Demetria Z.
At Christian Homeschool Moms
It can be so easy to become overwhelmed with the every day duties of homschooling, that we can forget how much fun we’re supposed to be having! Have you ever been in that boat? I definitely have been there a time or two myself. Just remember that if you were called to this educational journey, then God has also equipped you for the homeschool task.
Know that, first of all, you have a heavenly identity. God loves you so much, and His son, Jesus is your Heavenly Father. When I think of who we really, really are, I am amazed at the way God sees me! Our worth is so valuable to Him. If we could only see ourselves the way He sees us- as His precious gems, His beautiful daughters- then we would realize how much He cares about our homeschooling journey, how much He wants us to succeed in raising our kids, and how much He cares about every aspect of our homeschooling. He really does care! When we realize we belong to Him, then we can relax knowing that Christ wants to take care of our families and give us hope, rest, and peace in Him while we are in the middle of trying to keep our homeschool days together. Just when we feel like sending our kids off to school, His joy can be an ever-present hope for us, keeping us on the path He has prepared for our families. His desire is not see us suffer through our homeschooling, but, instead, to see us joyful.
We have the right to be assured in Him. It’s okay to be completely reassured that God has a specific plan for our families, and to learn to relax and trust in Him.
We should happily obey and serve God in the area of home education. Sometimes when we’re balancing our families, friends, relatives, and a myriad of activities, we can feel completely overwhelmed. It’s perfectly okay to start whittling away at some of those activities if they are obstructing our view of the Lord and keeping us from spending time with Him. Serving God happily means tackling the task of home education with a sense of purpose in fulfilling God’s will for this season of our lives. Even if you only choose to home educate for a short season, you should be able to look back on that season of your life and see that, yes, it was hard, but you boldly tackled the task ahead with God’s strength.
What I’ve found over the years is that when I spend the least time in communion with God, I have the worst homeschool days! I’ve learned very quickly that I need to be refueled in His presence daily, trusting Him completely and dedicating my days to Him. I’ve noticed that the times I’ve not taken a few moments to ask God to bless the day ahead, I’ve erred on the side of impatient and grumpy throughout the remainder of the day. It’s amazing just how much a few moments of prayer and dedicating the rest of our days to God can do for us!
We have everything we need to tackle the task of home education. If you feel that you lack a specific skill, there are resources available in the form of audio and video media (podcasts, DVD’s, CD’s YouTube videos, for example), books and magazines, websites, and not to mention homeschool tutors. God can lead you, without a doubt, to the very resources you need at the specific time in your homeschooling when you most need it. And don’t forget, He’s given you a plethora of gifts and abilities within that you can tap into to help teach your own children in very unique ways.
I hope I’ve encouraged you! Keep looking ahead and take it one day at a time in God’s strength. You can do this! You are equipped.
Homeschool Planning For Those “Behind Schedule” Days
September 24, 2013 By Demetria Z.
This week, my mornings are off to a much better start- but
it’s only because I decided to put some priorities into place that will
help me manage life a little easier.
Prep for lessons ahead of time
I feel sometimes that I’m falling behind (don’t we all?). It feels like I have so much going on that I could never keep up with where I need to be in my homeschool planning.
What I’ve found is that it takes just a few minutes (maybe up to an hour) per week to adequately plan for the entire upcoming week. And if I can look even further ahead in our planned studies for the school year, even better. For now, though, one step at a time- and one week at a time works for me.
Since we shop for groceries weekly, this is my one time to get all my grocery shopping done, plus pick up any needed school supplies for science activities, or grab the needed library books.
I like to sit down with my kids’ curriculum the weekend before just to check and make sure we have everything we need to successfully complete the following week’s lessons. Because, needless to say, it’s kind of hard to do a paint project without the paint or construction paper. Prep is everything.
Set out materials
The night before I like to stack up all my kids’ materials in one nice pile. Then it’s an easy grab, and go down the hall or downstairs to start school.
If I think through my processes the night before, I can easily
put aside the items we need so that next school day our routine goes a
Skip or combine lessons
If you’ve got a “plan” you’d like to stick to, but you feel you’re running behind (because of life), you can always:
At just so you know- even on days when I feel like I’m behind, I have to remind myself that in homeschooling, there really is no such thing as behind.
Our homeschools are only what we make of it- and giving ourselves the freedom to move at a comfortable pace is healthy for our kids, and for ourselves.
So with that said, I hope this helps you feel better if you’re feeling like your behind schedule.
What are some things you do in your homeschool planning to keep from falling behind?
Demetria is a homeschooling mom of 2 & love to help other moms of faith homeschool with joy. If you'd like to join her team, she'd love to hear from you. Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter and subscribe to the podcast. God bless! Join other homeschool moms at: http://christianhomeschoolmoms.com/homeschool-planning-behind-schedule-days/ and join the conversation.
On a gorgeous autumn evening
last year, nearly 200 homeschooled teens and their friends danced the
night away at the
First Annual Masquerade Ball.
The Second Annual Masquerade
Ball for Homeschoolers and Friends
is in Parsippany on Saturday, November 9. Please join us!
For online registration and
more information please
Traveling a distance to join
There are a number of hotels in the area in every price range.
LIGHT Fellowship is a fun fellowship for homeschoolers! We have monthly activities such as bowling and mini-golf. Coming in October is our annual field trip to Scarecrow Hollow Cornmaze and Pumpkin Patch. We organize field trips for all grade levels throughout the year. Our annual class trips are always a great adventure with the cost being kept under control with year round fundraisers. We also host an annual graduation ceremony for both 8th and 12th grade graduates. For more information about LIGHT Fellowship visit our website at: www.lightfellowship.org .
Westerly Learning Center will be administering the AMC-8 exam on Friday, November 22nd , at 9:30 am. The AMC-8 is a 25 question, 40 minute multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills. Problems range from easy to difficult and cover a wide range of applications. Calculators are not permitted. Prizes will be awarded to the three top high-scoring students. Westerly Learning Center will charge a $25 fee to administer the exam. Interested students should email WLC at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Seating is limited. For more information about the exam, see the American Mathematics Assn. website: http://amc.maa.org
Piano Lessons for Homeschoolers by a Homeschooler – South
Jersey (Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and the surrounding counties.)
It is my goal to make piano playing enjoyable for my students. In a fun, relaxed environment, your child will explore concepts such as music theory, technics, reading sheet music, sight-reading, improvisations/ composition, and ear training.
I try to plan lessons that individually accommodate the progress of each student at a pace they will be comfortable with. I not only teach your child how to do things but why they are doing them as well.
Along with Michael Aaron’s Piano Course, I will often use games and activities to reinforce musical concepts.By doing so I hope to capture and hold the interest and enthusiasm of each student.
Tuition is $40.00 a month, for private, weekly, 30 minute lessons.I give lessons on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in my home studio, in Upper Deerfield, between the hours of 10:00am and 2:30pm. For more information contact me at 856- 641-2953 or visit my website at http://heatherspianostudio.musicteachershelper.com/
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord…
Registration is continuing for our Wayne, Somerset, and Lafayette locations. (Our Randolph location has reached capacity for this school year.)
The FAITH Center, founded more than 20 years ago by Bill and Lori Briggs, offers homeschooled students of all ages professional instruction in the arts with a focus on exploring and developing talents to glorify God. Whatever your reason for seeking professional instruction in the arts from a Christian perspective, the FAITH Center may be your answer to prayer.
There is something for every member of the family at the FAITH Center, from preschooler through high schooler. In addition to private and small group instrument lessons and bands and orchestras for beginning through advanced students, there are dance classes where honoring God is just as important as learning the steps, both traditional and computer art, drama, several different choirs divided by age, small group voice lessons, a fully staged spring musical, a new video production seminar class, and more. (Not all classes are available at each location.)
Please visit the FAITH Center’s website, www.faith-center.com
to learn more about our program or email email@example.com.
For information on the classes offered at each location, click ‘Fall
2013 registration now open’ in the ‘Latest Headlines’ section on the
right side of the home page. Information about registering and links to
the master schedule for each of our four locations will appear. Click
on Tutorial Videos/Help in the center of the bottom of the home page
for assistance in registering.
Thermostat or Thermometer?
A thermostat changes the environment, a thermometer reflects it.
Which type of communicator do you want?
Do you believe your student can be developed NOW to influence culture rather than reflect it?
The Institute for Cultural Communicators does!
I do too, and have seen students across the country
transformed by this idea.
Whether your students will speak to audiences of 3, 30, 300 or 3000, they will communicate for the rest of their lives. When they interview with colleges and potential employers, clear and confident communication will set them apart from their peers. When their friends begin to question them about their political or religious beliefs, effective communication will help them build bridges and challenge ideas. In a world that allows teenagers to use sloppy communication, education that builds competent, character-driven, authentic communicators will equip your students to be powerful ambassadors for Christ.
If you believe that young people can and should influence culture rather than merely reflect it, you and your children will want to be at the
Communicators for Christ Conference
October 25 - 26, 2013
Victory Bible Church
816 South Egg Harbor Road
Hammonton, NJ 08037
The early bird discount deadline is fast approaching (October
for this exceptional training event.
Please feel free to share this information with others
interested in impacting the future…
and bring a friend!
Further training is available in our local chapters.
For more information contact:
Institute for Cultural Communicators
Northeast Area Coordinator
or visit their website at: ICCinc.org
Did you know that well over 50% of Christian students say that
they have lost their faith after 4 years at a large secular university?
I know that it is your heart’s desire to see young Christians continue
to walk in His ways from high school, through college, and beyond. To
that end, I want to tell you about a great opportunity for your home
Calvary Christian School will be hosting a Christian college fair on Thursday, October 10, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at 123 White Oak Lane, Old Bridge, NJ. Representatives from many of the top Christian colleges in North America will be at the fair. The fair will include a financial aid workshop which will help families understand why they shouldn’t rule out an education at a Christian college and what resources are available to them. The fair will also feature a workshop by Derek Melleby, author of Make College Count and The Outrageous Idea Of Academic Faithfulness.
If you have questions do not hesitate to contact the Guidance Office of Calvary Christian School at 732-479-0556. You can also find more information at myblueprintstory.com.
LAST CALL for New Jersey Symphony
Orchestra Concert for Young People
Tuesday, November 19 at 11:30 am
at NJPAC in Newark
Cost: $7 per person (adult or child; child in lap is free)
Contact: Mandi Mangler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Space is limited! Hold your spot by mailing your check made
to Mandi Mangler to 11-05
3rd St, Fair Lawn NJ 07410.
If I do not receive your payment, I cannot hold your spot. Payment is due by October 15.
Nov 19: Shooting for the Stars
All of your little astronauts will enjoy exploring music inspired by the infinite reaches of the galaxy! With music from Holst’s The Planets, Strauss’ dramatic Also Sprach Zarathustra (known to parents and grandparents as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) and the themes from Star Wars and Star Trek, we’ll travel through space and reach for our dreams.
Hold the date for May 20: Meet the
Tweet, crash, oomph, plink, warble, pluck … Meet each instrument of the orchestra in turn through Britten’s delightful Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Don’t be fooled by the title—kids and grownups alike will be enthralled by it. Explore all the different sounds that an orchestra can make and cheer on your favorite instrument family! Designed for grades K-6.
It's that time of year again -- time to think about skiing!
BLUE MOUNTAIN offers a flex ticket that can be used any non-holiday Monday - Thursday from 8:30am-10pm.
Because we pre-pay, the rates are much, much cheaper than
Rates per person for six visits: $106 (lift only), $143 (lift + lesson), $148 (lift + rental), $179 (lift + rental + lesson).
Ages 5 and under get a free lift ticket. (Individual rentals can be pre-purchased at $21 each.)
Group station lessons are for ages 6 and up. Private lessons (ages 4 and up) are available at the pre-paid rate of $50 (1/2 price)
Deadline for me to receive paperwork and payment: October 28
Skiing or snowboarding is a fun way for the family to get through those cold days of winter!
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Morning programs start at 10 a.m.
Afternoon programs start at 1 p.m.
Morning and afternoon programs are available for ages 6-7, 8-10, and 11-14
Celebrate The Bill of Rights
December 9 to 13, 2013
Join us as we celebrate the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution and experience all the Museum of We the People has to offer. Through interactive themed workshops, shows, and other fun activities, homeschool students will learn how the Bill of Rights took shape and brush up on their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
Celebrate The Presidency
February 10 to 14, 2014
Join us as we celebrate President’s Day and experience all the museum has to offer. We will present engaging shows, workshops, and other fun opportunities for homeschool students to learn more about the Constitution and America’s commanders in chief.
Pricing includes general admission and Homeschool Week programming
Homeschool families will enjoy 20% off the regular prize of our Family memberships throughout the week!
Contact Group Sales to book at 215.409.6800 or email@example.com.
For more information about the Constitution Center visit http://constitutioncenter.org/
2013-2014 SCHEDULE (Only a partial schedule has been included in this newsletter; for more information visit: TFI website)
WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEATHER
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Experience weather—to the extreme! Learn about the elements
that create weather, both everyday and major weather events like
tornadoes and hurricanes. Make your own meteorological instruments to
help you gather and track weather phenomena. Visit TFI's weather
station to get a hands-on lesson in data collection.
WON'T YOU BE MY PLANETARY NEIGHBOR?
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Our cosmic neighborhood is home to more than just planets! Examine the real estate outside our atmosphere with a special guest speaker. Take a virtual trip to orbiting comets and meteorites to learn more about their role in our solar system.
DESIGN IT, BUILD IT!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
An object doesn't have to be complicated to be a machine—it
just has to perform work! Put simple machines to the test though your
own game design. Enjoy time in TFI's Amazing Machine exhibit where you
can see machines in action.
Homeschool Workshops are for students ages 7-14. All ages will be in the same classroom, but separated by age at different tables.
Each workshop runs from 10:30AM-2:30PM followed by free time to explore the museum as a family.
$60 per student (Non-Member)
$55 per student (Member)
The Registration Form provides more details about program discounts.
For questions about the workshops, please contact Jessica McDermott via email.
For questions about making a reservation, please contact the Reservations team.
The Homeschool program classes are held monthly on every first Wednesday from October to June. Each class is 2 hours long. (Age 3-4: 1 hour 45 min) The theme of each class changes from month to month. Students are divided into small groups by age, and each group works with the same museum educator, throughout the year. Classes take place in the Museum’s permanent galleries and special exhibitions. The program is designed to be an interactive lesson that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities. Students can sign up for one, several or all of the classes.
November 6, 2013
10 am -11:45 am The Art of Buildings
10 am -12 pm Painters and Plots
Age 8-10, Age 11-13 and Age 14-17
10 am -12 pm Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis Special Exhibition Flat Fee $11 per student/chaperone
Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis
December 4, 2013
10 am -11:45 am No Class
10 am -12 pm Imaginations and Inspirations
10 am -12pm Painters and Plots
10 am -12pm Foodie Art (Studio)
10 am -12pm Foodie Art
Fees: Student Fees: $9 per class
(Museum Members) /$11 per class (Non-Member) except for November
Special Exhibition lesson fee $11 for everyone including chaperones.
Chaperones Fees: $5per class (Museum Members) /$6 per class
(Non-Members) unless otherwise noted. $1 off each class when signing up
for 4 or more classes. Parents who wish to accompany their child must
sign up in advance.
If you have any questions, please contact Janette Wheeler at 215 684 7582.
*Please note, only a portion of the schedule is posted in the newsletter. Please contact Janette for a complete schedule as well as for registration forms.
Adventure Aquarium takes pride in providing an exciting and
fun opportunity for homeschool students while also giving them a whole
new perspective on the wonders of the ocean. Discounted ticket rates
are available for Homeschool Weeks throughout the fall and winter.
Fall 2013 Homeschool Weeks
*Price does not include additional 7% NJ State tax
For more information about the Adventure Aquarium visit their website at: Adventure Aquarium
To learn more about the Homeschool Weeks click here.
Ready to start planning your trip? "Request
More Info" from the form below and a Group Reservationist
will follow up with you.
Advance reservations are required. All orders must be in five (5) business days prior to your requested visitation date. No orders will be taken over the phone. The above admission rate applies to orders made in advance only. Walk-up customers will receive general admission prices. Thank You!
Fall Homeschool Days at Skytop Lodge
$199.00* per room per night, Double Occupancy
3 meals per person, per day included in the rate.. Rate valid Sunday through Thursday in October. Not valid on holidays.
*Tax and service will be added to the rate. Children 12 & under stay free.
Please call 877-284-3802 and mention the code: FALL
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