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ENOCH of New Jersey e-Newsletter


From the President’s Desk


Dear Friends,

What interesting things did you do this summer? Our family was busy.  My wife, oldest daughter and I did volunteer work at a Christian camp in the Adirondacks of New York State, and not all at the same time.  I made four trips, some to drive kids up or back, but two times to be the head cook.  Even though it was for only five days, cooking for 120 to 150 people, it was a great experience. With the amount of traveling we did up and down the NY Thruway, you think they would give us a frequent driver discount.  Let us know of the interesting things that you did this summer.  Send an e-mail to me at president@enochnj.org with a written description of what you did.  We will pick the most interesting one and send you a 2012 MP3 set and we will put what you did in next month’s e-newsletter.

Those long summer days are over and now “school” is starting. My youngest is already going full blast on her new Pre-Algebra curriculum and loves it (yea!).  As homeschooling parents we know school never ends, even for the summer. There are always those opportunities to learn something new or see something new.

Our Career and College Fair has been cancelled due to lack of interest and participation. It was very disheartening for us as an organization. We were unable to fill key volunteer positions needed. Thank you for those who showed an interest. We are sorry about the inconvenience.

We are constantly working on our convention plans. If there is a speaker you think would be of interest or a change that we should consider, please email me directly. When we hear from families who attend they give a different perspective than those working on the inside.

For up to date information, you can always follow us on Facebook. We are constantly giving out information and updates there.

Thank you all for your support. This year more than ever we greatly appreciate it.

God bless,
Rich Millward

HUGE CD Sale Going On Now Through ENOCH

ENOCH is clearing out their inventory of previous convention year CDs. If you visit us at www.enochnj.org you can see it on the right side of the screen. Just click the link and print the form. Choose from the list and mail it in with your payment. We will mail it to you right away.
There are a limited amount of certain ones so if you see one you really want, order it right away.

Encouraging Words For Homeschoolers Across The Nation



The spring of 1986 was filled with turmoil for the Tyler family. We had survived our first year of home schooling in spite of threats of jail and legal retaliation and were finishing our second year. We were also fighting regulations promulgated by the South Carolina State Department of Education that required home schooling parents to use only state-approved texts—no Christian material—and to have a four-year college degree. By God’s grace, we have come a long way since then!

Our sons Ty and John were seven and five at the time, and we were expecting our third child, our first little girl (Joy). I began having problems during my fifth month of pregnancy, and on March 12, Joy was born and ushered immediately into the arms of Jesus. This traumatic event was exacerbated by the fact that I came close to losing my own life during the delivery process. To make matters worse, while I was in the hospital, Joe and I got word that the state department of education had just set a date in mid-May for the first public hearing to be held on home schooling in South Carolina. Due to the time constraints, Joe and I were forced to begin planning that public hearing from my hospital room.   

Because we were homeschooling, Ty and John had been very involved in making plans for the new baby. When Joy died, they were devastated. They grieved deeply over the little sister they would never know this side of heaven. God taught us many things as a family through Joy’s life and death. One of the greatest lessons we learned is that time with our children is a precious gift He gives that we should not take for granted or wish away. We knew we would have eternity to spend with Joy in heaven, but we would not have that gift of time with her here on earth. We felt that loss every day.    
A year and a half after Joy’s birth and death, the Lord blessed our family with a second little girl, Elizabeth, whom the boys quickly and affectionately dubbed Lizzy. Before Lizzy was born, Ty sat me down and posed a question that had been troubling him:  “Mom, how do you make a baby love you?” Ty had been anticipating the joy of having a little sister for almost two years at this point, and he wanted her to love him as much as he already loved her.

When Lizzy was just a few weeks old, Ty (then nine years old) appeared by my bedside at two o’clock in the morning, cradling her in his arms. “Mom, I heard Lizzy crying, so I changed her and rocked her, but I think she needs to nurse. And, Mom, you remember when I asked you how to make a baby love you? Now I know. You hold her and love her and help her and spend lots of time with her.” As Ty slipped quietly out of the room, I marveled at the simple but powerful wisdom God had revealed to him.
We argue a lot today over time. Our new societal mantra regarding child rearing is, “Quality time, not quantity time.” However, the old adage remains true:  Children spell love “t-i-m-e.” There is really no shortcut. Quality time arises out of, not in lieu of, quantity time.

I homeschooled our three children, through high school, for a total of twenty-one years. During those years, I had the privilege of spending a great deal of time with them, individually and corporately. Much of our time together was spent in the uneventful unfolding of life—the routine of household chores, schoolwork, church, and recreation. In the midst of our most mundane days, discussions arose concerning the great issues of life. It is hard to schedule quality time. You certainly cannot mandate it with a child. Rather, quality time is something that emerges in the midst of the dailiness of life as you live it together.

The words of Deuteronomy 6:4-7 establish the standard:  “Listen, Israel:  The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down, and when you get up.”
These verses presuppose that we are spending a lot of time with our children. As we are engaged in the routines of life with them, we are to constantly repeat and rehearse the great truths of God with them. As we daily lay down our lives for our children, we are to teach them about Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us. This way of life infuses quality time into every second we spend with them.

Now that Ty, John, and Elizabeth are grown and gone, I can testify that the time you have with your children passes more quickly than you can ever imagine. Be good stewards of that time. Enjoy it. It is a gift and trust from God. Truly, one of the best gifts you can give your children is your time.

Portions of this article are excerpted from 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential and are used with permission from Apologia Press.

Zan Tyler is the director of Apologia Press. A longtime speaker, writer, and home schooling  advocate, Zan derives deep joy from speaking to and encouraging home schooling  parents across the country and around the globe. “After speaking at a conference in Japan, I spent time with a mother who said, ‘You gave me strength because you gave me Christ.’ My heart soared because my greatest desire is to give parents a sustainable vision for raising their children for Christ while providing them the very best education.”

After prolonged legal battles for the rights of her family and other home schoolers in her state, Zan founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools in 1990 and served as its president for 10 years. She has been honored as the South Carolina Homemaker of the Year, and in 1998 the governor awarded her the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor a civilian in South Carolina can receive.  More recently, Zan has served as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org. She is also a popular columnist, and her articles appear in a variety of online and print publications, including HSLDA’s Court Report.

Zan and her husband Joe homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through high school.  All three attended college on a variety of scholarships. The Tylers have since been blessed with two wonderful daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

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Free HSLDA Membership For Parents of Preschoolers

Parents of Preschoolers.  Free HSLDA membership -- try it!The Homeschool Legal Defense Association has been defending the legal rights of homeschooling families since 1983.  If you are a parent of preschoolers only, you may qualify for a free membership -- great way to see the many benefits to members and support your future rights to home educate your children in your own home without unnecessary government interference.  See link below for information on this great deal.



Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.

HSLDA advocates on the legal front on behalf of our members in matters which include conflicts with state or local officials over homeschooling. Each year, thousands of member families receive legal consultation by letter and phone, hundreds more are represented through negotiations with local officials, and dozens are represented in court proceedings. HSLDA also takes the offensive, filing actions to protect members against government intrusion and to establish legal precedent. On occasion, HSLDA will handle precedent-setting cases for nonmembers, as well.

HSLDA advocates on Capitol Hill by tracking federal legislation that affects homeschooling and parental rights. HSLDA works to defeat or amend harmful bills, but also works proactively, introducing legislation to protect and preserve family freedoms.

HSLDA advocates in state legislatures, at the invitation of state homeschool organizations, by assisting individual states in drafting language to improve their homeschool legal environment and to fight harmful legislation.

HSLDA advocates in the media by presenting articulate and knowledgeable spokesmen to the press on the subject of homeschooling. HSLDA staff members are regularly called upon for radio, television, and print interviews, and their writings are frequently published in newspapers and magazines across the country. HSLDA’s own bimonthly magazine, The Home School Court Report, provides news and commentary on a host of current issues affecting homeschoolers. And its two-minute daily radio broadcast, Home School Heartbeat, can be heard on nearly 500 radio stations.

HSLDA advocates for the movement by commissioning and presenting quality research on the progress of homeschooling. Whether it’s in print, from the podium, or on the air, HSLDA provides insightful vision and leadership for the cause of homeschooling.

Home School Legal Defense Association . . . tens of thousands of American families working together with HSLDA to preserve each other’s right to homeschool . . . together, “Advocates for Family & Freedom.”

Why Join HSLDA?

Protects your right to homeschool and defends your family. A lawyer is on call 24/7.
Provides fast help by phone or email: Get direct answers to your specific questions about home education. Veteran homeschooling parents are available to answer your questions and help you find resources for teaching your children:

Early years (PreK–8th grade)
High school (including preparing for college or career paths)
Struggling learners (special needs/gifted and talented)

Preserves homeschool freedom for all families by promoting homeschooling nationwide, as well as by working with state homeschooling groups to pass homeschool-friendly legislation and stop unfavorable bills at the state and federal levels. 

Partners you with the cause: Although homeschooling is recognized in every state, HSLDA receives phone calls each day from families whose right to homeschool is being challenged or discriminated against by school officials, social workers, employers, colleges, armed services recruitment officers, and government bureaucrats. The customizable nature of homeschooling defies the educational elite’s ideal of mandatory, uniform indoctrination—making parental choice in education a target for elimination.  By joining HSLDA, you are supporting families who are fighting for their right to homeschool today and standing together to preserve homeschooling freedom for tomorrow.  

You can receive ENOCH's Discount Number to save on your HSLDA Membership by contacting ENOCH via the Office Email, office@enochnj.org.
For more information visit the HSLDA website:  www.hslda.org 



Welcome to our sixth annualHomeschool Square Dance!

Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Time: 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Age: Jr. High, High School and College students
Place: East Brunswick 4-H Hall
Address: 655 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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.

We will have a professional caller in charge of the dance and experienced dancers to assist on the dance floor!

There will also be light refreshments available throughout the evening.

Space is limited to 100 guests so your space will be reserved once we have your payment.

Non- Refundable Ticket Cost:$15 if postmarked by September 30th (New early bird price!); $20 if postmarked after September30th.

New  please see our NEW website for further and more detailed information!


Square Dance Lesson

D&R Squares will have an Free open house on October 14 from 7:30 -9:00.
Square Dance lesson for the fall and winter season.
We are located 11 Asbury Road Farmingdale NJ.
All Ages welcome. Just need to know you right from left.  Family rates available.
For more information please visit our website dandr.info(please note website may take a little while to load)
or contact Shannon Kincaid 732-539-9594.


Homeschool Shakespeare Class

Yes!  Shakespeare can be fun! His plays were meant to be performed, not just studied in the classroom.  Come join Mrs. Fung’s class and you will be able to fulfill a high school requirement while making friends with a group of passionately creative homeschoolers.

For the past eight years, students have perfected their comedic chops in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, brought tears to audience members’ eyes in Richard III, and won awards for stage combat scenes in As You Like It.  Throughout the year, Mrs. Fung will cover a gamut of theatre skills, including acting technique, choral recitation, and play analysis with an emphasis on Shakespeare’s texts.  The class will culminate in an intense rehearsal process and performance of one Shakespeare play.  All class members will have the chance to participate in Shakesperience:NJ, a Shakespeare festival sponsored by the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (www.shakespearenj.org) and the Folger Shakespeare Library (www.folger.edu). 

This class is for students in grades 9-12 and mature students in grades7 and 8.  It will run from September 2012 to May 2013 on Mondays for 2.25 hours between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm (exact class time TBD.)  Tuition of $150.00 is due at the beginning of the first class, and student commitment is expected for the whole year.  Classes will be held at Rutgers Community Christian Church (www.rccc.org).  New students must audition in late August for acceptance into the class!  To make an audition appointment, and for additional information, email May Fung at may@cfung.net.   The class will be closed once the maximum of 20 students is reached, so act quickly!
May Fung is a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (www.hkapa.edu) and is Drama Director at Rutgers Community Christian Church.

Spotlight School of Drama

I own the Spotlight School of Drama right on Main Street in Allentown, NJ(Allentown, NJ is located right where 195 intersects with the NJTP at exit 7).  I've taught in both private and public schools (ten years) and I have been a full-time Church Music Director (15 years) and I'm very familiar with fulfilling if not surpassing the New Jersey State Standards. If anyone is looking for creative arts ideas, or help with music classes, piano or voice lessons or instrumental lessons, please let me know.  Our teachers are highly qualified as some of them play for Broadway Shows or in the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Our visual artists are some of the best in their field.  Please email me if you have any questions about our day, afternoon, evening and weekend classes.  I apologize that our website is undergoing a complete renovation at this point.
For more information contact:  Petermeerwarth@me.com


The Calderone School of Music

The Calderone School of Music is accepting new students on voice and all instruments for September and implementing a new section their string program in the East Hanover and Springfield locations – Suzuki String Plus Program. It will include a weekly group lesson and a private lesson with a parent.
Please see http://www.calderoneschoolofmusic.net/. We also provide ensembles and lessons from 10am to 10pm.
For more information contact:
Professor Kathleen Calderone
Calderone School of Music, Director & Founder
Kean University Music Department
CSM East Hanover 973-428-0405
CSM Springfield 973-467-4688



Email: timothybc@yahoo.com,
Phone: 609-313-0395
website: www.timstrings.com

Tim Carroll is a full time teacher and performer that has been working in and around the Tri-State area for well over a decade. He received his degrees in music education and violin performance from Temple University. Mr. Carroll ran the string orchestra program at a public school in NJ for four years. In 2010 he resigned to serve the body of Christ by beginning string orchestras at several different Christian schools. Mr. Carroll's classes aim to show students that music is a gift from God and should be used for His glory.

Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
Make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Sing to him a new song;
Play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts!
Psalm 33:2-3


Artsy Smartsy's Homeschool Learning Program

Artsy Smartsy is pleased to announce our innovative new Thematic Learning Schedule for Fall, 2012.  We've been listening to your requests, and we've got an awesome group of unique and creative courses that will keep your kids engaged, enlightened and enthusiatic about learning!
Our courses meet 2 days a week, 6 meetings in total each month.  Try the idea out by signing up for a month, or join our veteran learners at a significant discount by registering for 3 or 4 months at a time.  We'll have groups meeting in Boonton, NJ and Westwood, NJ this season and we couldn't be more thrilled and excited to bring these awesome learning experiences to you and your families.
Check out our schedule by visiting our webpage:  http://ekfaust.com/homeschoolrules.html   Call us at 201- 661- 4353 with any questions you may have.
Thank you, as always, for your support of Artsy Smartsy's Homeschool Learning Program.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Homeschool Skate for 2012-2013

Come join us for 2 hours of fun, physical activity.  Every third Friday there is roller skating for the homeschool community.  The rink is open only for us.   The games are turned off and the music is family-friendly.  Moms get to socialize while kids skate with their friends.  Come meet homeschoolers from every area...open to all.
Where: Cherry Hill Skate Center, 664 Deer Road, Cherry Hill, NJ
What: Private party with 2 hours of skating and family-friendly music
Who: Any homeschooler!
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).

Dates for 2012-2013 School Year: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19
Please no outside refreshments as the snack bar is open.  Consume your food before coming in. 
For additional information contact Linda Nowak at homeschoolbus@gmail.com .


New Jersey Fencing Alliance-Why Fencing?

Fencing is a fast paced game and perfect form of cardiovascular activity.  It improves flexibility, reflexes, speed, and agility providing a well-rounded mental and physical exercise essential for total health and wellness. These qualities have made fencing an excellent youth sport. Fencing enhances sportsmanship and integrity that fuels the desire to excel in different fields of life. A fencer is able to make quick and strategic decision and has better focus and levels of concentration. Fencing can be played year-round and can be a serious competitive sport, fitness regimen or a recreational hobby.

New Jersey Fencing Alliance, a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization invites you to experience its state-of the-art fencing facility in Maplewood, NJ.  The club offers 26 fencing strips, making it one of the largest fully equipped fencing facilities in the country.  NJFA boasts of nationally and internationally recognized coaches and fencers.  Amenities include lockers, changing rooms, a lounge with Internet access, a fully stocked pro shop, a snack bar and plenty of on-site free parking.  NJFA has a relaxed atmosphere, while retaining a competitive nature.  Our curriculum provides students, at all levels and ages, with the opportunity to grow as fencers and athletes.  Our talented coaching staff guides our students toward achieving their individual goals, both local and nationally.  Our programs encourage self-esteem, self-confidence, and education thru athletics.  NJFA fencers had competed for top university programs such as Princeton, John Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Notre Dame, Sacred Heart, and many others. 
Many top universities around the country have competitive NCAA fencing programs, along with scholarship opportunities for talented young fencers.

Our experienced NJFA coaches and staff would like to invite you to come and enjoy the fun and benefits of fencing.  Our home school programs will be held at times of the day that are typically during "school hours".  In additional, home school students are welcome to take evening or weekend classes if it fits their schedule better.  We are located at 50-58 Burnett Ave.  Maplewood, NJ 07040.   For more information on club membership please visit www.njfencingalliance.com.  Email: njfencingalliance@gmail.com.  Phone (973) 763-5728 or (973) 224-3448. 


Mandarin Chinese Language Classes

Emily Yang (Mary Rice's daughter for those of you who know her) will be holding Mandarin Chinese language classes for homeschooled children 4th grade and older starting in September in Keyport. The classes will be held one evening per week from 6 to 7:30PM. The cost of the class is $10 per week (plus the cost of your text book and any other materials which will be between $30 and $40). Space is limited. Please contact her ASAP at emilyireneyang@gmail.com or 732-829-4729 if you would like to sign up! Thank you!

Plan for the content of the classes are as follows:
The class will be tailored for beginners who are unfamiliar with or only slightly familiar with the Chinese language. I learned Chinese while attending Rutgers University and while studying abroad in China and Taiwan and now practice it almost daily while speaking with my Taiwanese in-laws. My teachers at Rutgers and in China used various teaching methods and styles, and I plan to pick out the ones that were most effective for my learning experience as a non-native speaker to use in these classes with my own students.

The "semester" will start on Sept 4th and end in early December. At that point, students can decide if they want to continue classes in the spring. The first 4 to 6 weeks will not require a text book. This way children can attend for the first few weeks and decide whether or not they are interested enough to continue the class and buy a text book. The first several weeks will be focused on learning the pin yin pronunciation system, some basic vocabulary, some basics about writing Chinese characters, and some basic grammar structures.

Each class will include the following components: practice speaking Chinese, practice hearing and discerning the sounds in Chinese  words, practice reading Chinese, learning the grammar structure of the language, and interactive activities with classmates to reinforce what the students are learning. Also, I will teach a little about China as a country or Chinese culture and history at each class. Homework will be assigned weekly including practicing writing characters, memorizing vocabulary and translating phrases and sentences.

Please email me at emilyireneyang@gmail.com or call  732-829-4729 and I will happy to answer any questions you might have!


AP Physics B course: Free online lesson videos and supplemental material

I am an experienced award-winning physics teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland. I teach both the algebra-based AP Physics B and the calculus-based AP Physics C courses; and I would like to share with your home educators and students my new physics website and Youtube lesson videos.
AP Physics B Lessons with Ms. Twu video series include lectures, physics demonstrations and problem-solving demonstrations. I strive to put an emphasis on the understanding of physics concepts and analytical problem solving skills in my lessons. I believe they can be an excellent resource for home-schoolers to use for learning physics. Because about 99% of my AP Physics B students have never taken any physics course before, these lessons are designed for students new to physics. Therefore, these lessons can be used for high school physics and honors-level physics too.

So far, I have completed videos on the first 3 units, introduction, kinematics, and forces. My plan is to have lesson videos for the entire AP Physics B curriculum uploaded before April 2013 so those who use the lessons may follow through and complete the course curriculum before the AP exam in May 2013.

At my website, www.twuphysics.org, you can find links to my videos as well as free supplemental material. I would appreciate it if you could help share my website and videos with your members. Thank you.
Yau-Jong Twu
National Board Certified Physics Teacher


Learn Math Through a Whole New Lens

My name is Sam Salo, and I have been broadcasting about a tutoring
studio, *A Beau and a Belle*, which is operated by me and my sister, Mary Anna.
I am excited to offer a new way of math instruction, which I will be
offering for individual tutoring and class instruction in the fall. 
If you have a student who...
...then please contact me!

As part of *A Beau and A Belle's* fall offerings, I will be leading
math tutoring and instruction using subjects like video games and game
development, color theory, graphic arts, and more to examine math and
numbers in completely fresh ways. 
Have you ever...
If you have a student who wants to learn math, have fun, and multitask
in their learning, contact me for more details.  I would love to start
a conversation with anyone in the group.  I invite you to call me at
262-721-8887  or Email: samuel.a.salo@gmail.com for details regarding individual tutoring, classes,
and rates.  Slots for tutoring and classes in the fall are limited, so let
me know of your interest.  Please feel free to visit our Facebook page
at http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Beau-and-a-Belle/411876808843730
for further information.


Fall Math, Physics & Programming Classes!

SAT Math Prep Classes!
Free SAT Math Prep Videos!
All classes are taught live by a fellow homeschooling Ph.D.

Prices are $40 registration fee + $40/month for summer and fall classes, and, $195 for SAT Math Prep classes.
Here is the fall schedule:

(See http://phil4.com for SAT Math Prep class dates.)

Fall Prealgebra                     MF                  9:30 - 10:20pm CST
Fall Algebra 1                      MF                 11:30 - 12:20pm CST
Fall Geometry                      MF                 12:30 - 1:20pm  CST
Fall Algebra 2                      MF                  2:00 - 2:50pm  CST
Fall Precalculus                    MF                  3:00 - 3:50pm  CST
Fall AP Calculus AB            TTh                 10:30 - 11:20am CST
Fall Pre AP Physics              MF                 10:30 - 11:20am CST
Fall AP Physics B                 TTh                 11:30 - 12:20pm CST
Fall Computer Programming     TTh              12:30 - 1:20pm  CST

To access the videos that are part of the SAT Math Prep class for free, see middle of page here: http://phil4.com

Please email Dr. Chris Seberino at info@phil4.com for more information or visit http://phil4.com .


SAT and PSAT Testing Dates

This site has test dates for numerous exams, all in one location. It even has practice questions and SAT math review videos, which are really helpful.


Westerly Learning Center Open House

OPEN HOUSE: Are you thinking about homeschooling your child this year but would like more information? If so, then please join us on Thursday, Sept. 6th at 1:00 pm for the Westerly Learning Center Open House.  Come meet our teachers, learn about our program, and meet other homeschooling families.  Small classes, individual attention, and a curriculum taught from a Christian worldview are the hallmark of a Westerly Learning Center education. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email us at: learningcenter@westerlyroad.org   or visit our website:  www.westerlylearningcenter.org.


Liberty Science Center Homeschool Days 2012-13

Additionally, the Science Center offers 7 days of programs exclusive to homeschoolers where children can have a blast, meet other kids, and learn a lot of great science. This year’s dates are October 16-17, 2012, December 11, 2012, February 15-16, and May 7. Check LSC.org for details and topics or call 201-253-1310.

Whether your child is interested in earth science, health, astronomy, physics, chemistry or any topic in between, Liberty Science Center will help you create the perfect program for your group.
To check for available dates or ask any questions, call 201-253-1533 or 201-253-1310. You may also email schoolresidency@lsc.org or sales@lsc.org.

*Age groups - Early Childhood: ages 4-7, Elementary: ages 8-10, Middle School: ages 11-13, and High School: ages 14-16. 


Come take part in our Homeschool Museum Classes! Philadelphia Museum of Art

Make the Museum a part of your homeschool studies. Homeschool Museum Classes are designed to serve small homeschool co-op groups or individual homeschool families.
The program consists of 2 hour(10am-12pm) classes held on the first Wednesday of the month 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. Families can sign up for as few or as many classes as fit into their schedule.
Student Fees: $11 per class ($9 Museum Members)
Reduced Rate if you sign up for 4 classes or more, $ 9 per class ($7 Museum Members)
Chaperone Fee*: $6 per class ($5 Museum Members) $1 off each class when signing up for 4 or more classes
*As there can be no more than 30 participants (including chaperones) in each class, parents who wish to accompany their child must sign up in advance.
For more information, please contact Education: School & Teacher Programs by phone at (215) 684-7580, by fax at (215) 236-4063, or by e-mail at educate@philamuseum.org.  Website:  http://www.philamuseum.org/education/32-606-507.html


Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown Homeschool Series

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown will be offering two Homeschool Series for the 2012-2013 school year.  The Fall program, Thomas Nast:  Drawing Out the Vote, is a three-part series on the work of 19th century political cartoonist Thomas Nast.  Students will use the museum’s current exhibit “Thomas Nast:  President Maker and Campaign Breaker” as their classroom to sharpen their election vocabulary for the 2012 presidential election and to examine the role of political cartoons past and present.  Students will work with New Jersey artist Linda Howe during a one-hour art lesson to create their own Nast-inspired art work.  Morning sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions from 1 to 3 p.m. on the following Tuesdays this fall:  Tuesday, September 25-Topic:  the Democratic Donkey; Tuesday, October 23- Topic:  the Republican Elephant; and Tuesday, November 27-Topic:  Uncle Sam. Pre-registration is required.  Cost is $14 per student which includes a one-hour art lesson led by a professional artist, art materials, and activities in the galleries.  Contact Cynthia Winslow at (973) 538-2404 extension 10 or email cwinslow@maccullochhall.org with name, number and age of children, contact phone number, email address and program choice.  The Spring Homeschool program, Walking through The Secret Garden, is a four-part series running the fourth Tuesday of the month from February to May 2013. Activities are based on Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.  Pre-registration required.  Cost is $8 per student.  There is no charge for accompanying adult for Homeschool programs.  Suggested age for Homeschool Series is ages 7 to 12 years old.

For younger children, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum will begin a year-round program for 3 to 5 year olds using the nature found in Macculloch Hall’s garden.  Growing in the Garden programs include a story, walk in the garden, and an art project.  Programs are held the first and third Tuesday each month from 1:15 to 2 p.m.  Pre-registration is required.  Cost is $8 per pair (adult and child) for museum members and $12 per pair for non-members.  Growing in the Garden begins with The ABCs of Apples on October2nd; Leave it to the Leaves on October 16th; Squirrels:  Here, There and Everywhere on November 6th.   Contact Cynthia Winslow at (973) 538-2404 extension 10 or email cwinslow@maccullochhall.org  for a complete schedule, for more information or to register.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs.  It is located at 45 Macculloch Ave. in the heart of Morristown’s National Historic District.  The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.  Visit www.maccullochhall.org or find the museum on Facebook for more information.  Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation.


FAITH Center

Registration is open for the 2012-2013 FAITH Center classes in Randolph (Morris County) and Sparta (Sussex County)

Make this the year!  As one homeschooling mom so aptly stated, ‘I had heard about the FAITH Center for years but always had an excuse not to look into it.  Now I’m kicking myself, asking ‘why did I wait so long to sign up?’  My kids and I LOVE the FAITH Center!  The instruction is top-notch, the number of courses offered is mind-boggling, and we have made so many new friends.  At the FAITH Center I can meet the fine arts instructional needs of all of my children, at one location on one day of the week for an unbelievably reasonable price.’ 

There is something for every member of the family at the FAITH Center, from preschooler through highschooler.  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 new video production seminar class, and more. 

What’s holding you back?  Secure your family’s spot before classes are full and it’s too late.  On-line registration is currently open for both our Sparta and Randolph locations.  Visit the FAITH Center’s website, www.faith-center.com to learn more about our program and register for classes.  Have questions or need to schedule an audition for an experienced student?  Call 973-252-5043 or email info@faith-center.com  (Not all classes are available at each location.  If a class you are interested in is full, please send an email to info@faith-center.com to be added to the waiting list.  New sections of popular classes are added as space and time allow.) 

Additional Experienced or Aspiring Musicians NEEDED!

Do you tuba?  Or trumpet?  Would you like to?
Is the clarinet more your style? 
How about the saxophone or slide trombone?

The FAITH Center for the Arts is looking for additional experienced or aspiring musicians, ages 9+, to round out our band program.  We have a large group of flutists.  While our current brass and woodwind players are excellent, we need more of them to bring our bands into balance.  We offer weekly small group instrument lessons with free weekly band classes.  You might want to explore our other course offerings as well.  Vocal music, art, drama, and dance, all taught from a Christian worldview to homeschooled students of all ages - - - at incredibly affordable prices designed to fit the homeschool family’s budget. 

Online registration is open for both our Sparta and Randolph locations and classes are filling fast.  Visit the FAITH Center’s website, www.faith-center.com to learn more about our program and register for classes.  Have questions or need to schedule an audition for an experienced student?  Call 973-252-5043 or email info@faith-center.com  (Not all classes are available at each location.  If a class you are interested in is full, please send an email to info@faith-center.com to be added to the waiting list.  New sections of popular classes are added as space and time allow.)

The FAITH Center announces registration for Music Together Classes in Sussex and Somerset Counties

What is Music Together?
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and the adults who love them.  Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. By emphasizing actual music experiences rather than concepts about music, Music Together introduces children to the pleasures of making music instead of passively receiving it from CDs or TV.

Central to the Music Together approach is the concept that young children learn best from the powerful role model of parents/caregivers who are actively making music.  The program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and by facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home within the context of daily life.

FAITH Center for the Arts is offering the Mixed Age Class for children from Birth-Age 5 and their parents.  At the Sparta Evangelical Free Church in Sussex County, families may choose between 12:30 and 3:30 classes on Wednesdays.  At the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Amwell Road in Somerset, families may choose between 11:00 and 1:30 classes on Thursdays.  Music Together class time includes singing, rhythmic games and chants, creative movement from fingerplays to large-motor movement activities, and instrument play.  Visit our website www.faith-center.com to register your child. For additional information, please call 973-252- 5043.

Music Together art & logo design 1992-2012 Music Together LLC. Music Together is a registered trademark. FAITH Center for the Arts is licensed by Music Together LLC. For more locations: www.musictogether.com - (800) 728-2692
The FAITH Center, founded 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. 


Group Savings for Homeschoolers from Disney on Broadway!

This September, Disney would like to offer an exclusive educational opportunity for homeschoolers and their families to see “NEWSIES” for themselves.
The big news on Broadway is NEWSIES! Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Original Score and Best Choreography, audiences and critics alike are calling it “SOMETHING WORTH SINGING ABOUT!” (The New York Times)
Inspired by the real-life “Newsboys’ Strike of 1899,” NEWSIES is Disney’s brand-new, New York musical about an unlikely band of underdogs who take on the biggest names in publishing in a remarkable fight for justice and fair pay. With an incredible breakout cast and the best singing and dancing on Broadway, NEWSIES has quickly become “THE TALK OF THE TOWN!” (Newsweek)
Gather your group of 10 or more to see Newsies on Broadway and we’ll add a complimentary Behind the Magic Tour of the New Amsterdam Theater before the show.
The New Amsterdam Behind-the-Magic Tour is an amazing experience for people of all ages.You will discover the beautifully restored art and architecture of this landmark Broadway theatre built in 1903, once home to the legendary Ziegfeld Follies. Groups will also explore the history and magic of Disney Theatrical Productions by getting up-close and personal with original props, costumes, and set pieces that bring the world of Disney Theatrical to life on stage.
To help you plan your lessons in advance, our study guide covers curriculum in English Language Arts, Social Studies, State and US History, Theatre Arts, Math and many more.
Click here to see a link to our full Newsies Educational Guide: http://www.disneytheatricalsales.com/leader
Ready to create a magical day on Broadway? Just book your group to one of the following dates: Wednesday: September 5th, 12th or 19th, 2012
12:30pm - 1:30pm - The Behind the Magic Tour;  2:00pm - Matinee Performance of “Newsies”;  $77 for Orchestra seats;  $55 for Mezzanine seats
Call: 1-800-439-9000 and mention the “Homeschool Savings” offer or email to: ninicholas.faranda@disney.com

Back to School Offer from Sight & Sound Theatres...HURRY!! Offer ends soon!

Sight & Sound Theatres®, P.O. Box 310, Strasburg, PA 17579 
800.377.1277 | sight-sound.com



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