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May 2015 Newsletter

Our President is taking time off before the convention so we thought we would let our Keynote Speaker, Vicki Bentley speak to us! Enjoy!

Stir Up a Little Homeschool Enthusiasm
By Vicki Bentley, HSLDA
Our Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Convention

Knowing your child’s interests can help you to stir up some enthusiasm. Learning is more interesting when it becomes relevant to real life or is tied to something about which he is passionate (even if it’s just the “fascination of the week”). In The Christian Home School, Gregg Harris refers to this as “delight-directed” learning; Marilyn Howshall expands the definition in Wisdom’s Way of Learning and Robin Sampson explains more in The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach.

Focus on His Fascination
What does your child do when he’s not doing schoolwork? Consider his interests and find ways to capitalize on those. For example, a friend taught her son to alphabetize in an afternoon by teaching him how to organize his favorite baseball cards alphabetically—it would have taken her weeks using her standard language arts lessons, after he had slithered to the floor from his chair in frustration.

Your roller-coaster enthusiast might become more interested in physics introduced in the context of amusement park rides and the science behind them. The budding storyteller or novelist can be inspired to learn editing and revision, literary style, vocabulary—not to mention word processing and keyboarding—as he develops his own composition. In a room makeover, let the child pick his own paint and then calculate his room’s square footage, and the amount of paint needed, then the total cost of the project!

For an older child, consider including him in some of the decisions—what science or history topics does he want to know more about? Would he prefer to write a report or do an end-of-section project? What foreign language sounds interesting or useful to him? Even a younger child can tell you what he knows and what he wonders about a topic.

One parent built a themed study around a student’s interest in visiting Scotland. The high school student researched flight information, currency types and exchange rates, places to visit, the history and government of Scotland, customs and dress, literature and culture, and more.

Food for Thought
Another creative homeschooler spent several years in various studies arising from baking a red velvet cake! The ingredients list—flour, eggs, cocoa, salt, etc.—became the study topics. Where does flour come from? How is it milled? What are various types and how do they differ? What are the health and finance ramifications of industrialized milling? Where do we get red food coloring? (Can you say, “beetle juice”?) Egg research evolved into a small business selling eggs and raising chicks, and chocolate became “food” for research as this homeschool family investigated the history and processing of several varieties of chocolate. A year or two later, they ate cake.

Think Outside the (Curriculum) Box
Lighten things up a bit with fun and games in your homeschool. Read up a bit on learning styles and try to include some work that is “up his alley,” so to speak. It helps to dangle the occasional “carrot” of a fun family project for closure—such as a medieval feast to finish a Middle Ages unit—or a few off-the-wall holiday celebrations, such as Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Be Contagious!
Most importantly, be excited about being with your children as they learn—your enthusiasm can rub off on them.

Convention UPDATE
It’s finally here! ENOCH's 25th Annual Homeschool Convention!

ENOCH has said so much the last few months in every area of the convention. You know what is being offered. You know who is speaking. You know our vendors. Our Silent Auction is loaded with the best stuff ever!!! You know about our iPad Give-a-way. There is not much more to say. But ENOCH has one major need that we need to share with you – VOLUNTEERS!!! We just cannot do it. There are some gaps in many slots. We are needing your help! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Gladys Harris, at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

ENOCH would like to thank you in advance for attending the convention. Watch out for some big news to be announced soon. Thank you.

FOLKS! ENOCH IS IN URGENT NEED FOR THE FOLLOWING: We still need your help! If you have a heart to serve and can help us, we would love to have you. Here are some areas we have open.

Newsletter person- computer experience especially with HTML programming. We are in need a newsletter person ASAP. Please, if you have the experience and can volunteer your time, we would greatly appreciate it. This job is not as hard as it sounds. It takes a little time of putting together in the right program and getting it to our Webmaster. Contact Rich Millward, President, at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

ENOCH earns money by you sending us box tops, but did you know that you could also help ENOCH earn money by entering contests and shopping on-line? And you’re not going to believe how easy it is! Join Boxtops for Education and pick ENOCH as the school that you are going to support. Click BOXTOPS for EDUCATION and then "Sign Up to Support your School." In the lower right hand corner, put in the zip code 07735 and then click "FIND YOUR SCHOOL." Click on ENOCH's name and fill out the simple form! Explore the awesome site, enter some fun contests, let the kids play a game or two, do some online shopping, even print coupons for your next shopping trip with items that have BOXTOPS! Clip the BOXTOPS and send them on in! So far ENOCH has earned over $500. This has helped us greatly and we appreciate anything you could do for us. Recently, we had one person purchase their airline tickets through Box Tops and ENOCH received a nice check from BoxTops from this transaction! Check it out!

REMEMBER, you can send your Boxtops to:
Deborah O'Brien
c/o ENOCH of NJ
90 Nottingham Drive
Brick, NJ 08724

Remember that every little bit helps support ENOCH! Thank you again!

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