anathemad: (Homeschooling - evolved)
Yes I am aware of it. I have been for a few days. I am still processing and forming opinions and thoughts. The full text of it is here for those interested.

ETA: Also available for those that are interested is the New Jersey Department of Education Homeschool FAQ for the Law as it stands now.

Below is the full text of an update I just received: (emphasis in bold mine)
New Jersey Assembly Bill 3123 - UPDATE #1

In 2004, a task force consisting of leaders of various State level
organizations in New Jersey, spearheaded the effort to oppose anti-
homeschool freedom legislation.

That task force has convened again, has communicated by a series of
emails, and an hour long conference phone conversation this
afternoon. Our goal today, as it has always been, is to oppose any
legislation which threatens homeschool freedoms in New Jersey. Our
motto remains the same: "Many Voices - One Message." That message
is that homeschooling in New Jersey has worked for 40 years without
government interference and none is needed now.
Just like we did in
2004, to be most effective, homeschoolers in New Jersey need to
bring our united message to our respected lawmakers in a united way.

The task force consists of (in alphabetical order by organization
name):

Kevin Kiernan, Catholic Homeschoolers of New Jersey (CHNJ)
Carolee Adams, Eagle Forum of New Jersey
Mark August, Education Network Of Christian Homeschooler (ENOCH) of
New Jersey
Scott Woodruff, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
Nan McVicker, New Jersey Homeschool Association (NJHA)
Nancy Plent, Unschoolers Network

What we are doing:

We are speaking to New Jersey lawmakers.
We are attempting to gather information about the motive behind this
legislation at this particular time.
We are preparing material to distribute to you, which will help you
better communicate arguments against this oppressive legislation.
We are trying to coordinate efforts - so that the lawmakers involved
in this legislation will receive a coordinated, powerful message
outlining our opposition.

What we know:

The bill was introduced and immediately sent to the Education
Committee, which will not meet again until October 16. There is no
information about whether this bill will be discussed at that
meeting. Right now many of the legislators are unavailable because
of the current religious holidays. Because this bill was sent to a
committee, most of the legislators have no knowledge of this bill.

Many of you have been asking, "What can we do?!!!!"

What we are planning:

While we are hoping that it will not be necessary, we are planning
to ask all homeschoolers in New Jersey to join us in a coordinated
email, phone, letter writing campaign targeted to those lawmakers
who do have knowledge of the bill and who could influence its status
at this time. We will be contacting you all early next week with
the coordinated plan of action, including a list of talking points
you may choose to use, and a list of contacts.

We may be asking some of you, who live in key districts, to join us
in visiting your lawmakers to make personal appeals and arguments.

Right now we are not calling for you to make calls, write emails or
write letters.
We believe coordinating that effort will have a
greater impact.

If you have any direct information about the motives behind this
bill please contact me or someone on the task force. If you have
had contact with a legislator about this issue already, please let
me know about that, including whether the legislator had any
knowledge of this bill and how your input was received.

If you have short talking points that you think would be helpful in
this battle, please send them to me.

Please continue to pray for our freedoms.

Faithfully,

Mark August
ENOCH of NJ
anathemad: (Homeschooling - evolved)
Yes I am aware of it. I have been for a few days. I am still processing and forming opinions and thoughts. The full text of it is here for those interested.

ETA: Also available for those that are interested is the New Jersey Department of Education Homeschool FAQ for the Law as it stands now.

Below is the full text of an update I just received: (emphasis in bold mine)
New Jersey Assembly Bill 3123 - UPDATE #1

In 2004, a task force consisting of leaders of various State level
organizations in New Jersey, spearheaded the effort to oppose anti-
homeschool freedom legislation.

That task force has convened again, has communicated by a series of
emails, and an hour long conference phone conversation this
afternoon. Our goal today, as it has always been, is to oppose any
legislation which threatens homeschool freedoms in New Jersey. Our
motto remains the same: "Many Voices - One Message." That message
is that homeschooling in New Jersey has worked for 40 years without
government interference and none is needed now.
Just like we did in
2004, to be most effective, homeschoolers in New Jersey need to
bring our united message to our respected lawmakers in a united way.

The task force consists of (in alphabetical order by organization
name):

Kevin Kiernan, Catholic Homeschoolers of New Jersey (CHNJ)
Carolee Adams, Eagle Forum of New Jersey
Mark August, Education Network Of Christian Homeschooler (ENOCH) of
New Jersey
Scott Woodruff, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
Nan McVicker, New Jersey Homeschool Association (NJHA)
Nancy Plent, Unschoolers Network

What we are doing:

We are speaking to New Jersey lawmakers.
We are attempting to gather information about the motive behind this
legislation at this particular time.
We are preparing material to distribute to you, which will help you
better communicate arguments against this oppressive legislation.
We are trying to coordinate efforts - so that the lawmakers involved
in this legislation will receive a coordinated, powerful message
outlining our opposition.

What we know:

The bill was introduced and immediately sent to the Education
Committee, which will not meet again until October 16. There is no
information about whether this bill will be discussed at that
meeting. Right now many of the legislators are unavailable because
of the current religious holidays. Because this bill was sent to a
committee, most of the legislators have no knowledge of this bill.

Many of you have been asking, "What can we do?!!!!"

What we are planning:

While we are hoping that it will not be necessary, we are planning
to ask all homeschoolers in New Jersey to join us in a coordinated
email, phone, letter writing campaign targeted to those lawmakers
who do have knowledge of the bill and who could influence its status
at this time. We will be contacting you all early next week with
the coordinated plan of action, including a list of talking points
you may choose to use, and a list of contacts.

We may be asking some of you, who live in key districts, to join us
in visiting your lawmakers to make personal appeals and arguments.

Right now we are not calling for you to make calls, write emails or
write letters.
We believe coordinating that effort will have a
greater impact.

If you have any direct information about the motives behind this
bill please contact me or someone on the task force. If you have
had contact with a legislator about this issue already, please let
me know about that, including whether the legislator had any
knowledge of this bill and how your input was received.

If you have short talking points that you think would be helpful in
this battle, please send them to me.

Please continue to pray for our freedoms.

Faithfully,

Mark August
ENOCH of NJ
anathemad: (Homeschooling)
There was a question in a homeschooling community about who your children socialize with - other HS kids, kids that go to schools, or family...

My reply:
All of the above, as well as just the other people in the world. I do not limit who they can spend time with based on schooling, or age for that matter, so some of their better conversations happen with the people we interact with every day - learning about Japan from the woman that owns the sushi restaurant, or the way the machine works at the dry cleaners. During the day they tend to play with other HS kids, but after school lets out they play in the neighborhood with the traditionally schooled kids. Family is family, and we spend as much time together as we can, but we are fairly spread out.

I guess our view on socialization is that true socialization happens when you interact with the world, not just a small aged based peer group.


I never got along with, nor fit in with other kids my own age in large groups. Sure I had friends who were my age, but the were often a matter of convenience rather than true friendships. It probably took until high school until I started being friends with people I really liked and had things in common with. And many of those friends were up to 9 years older than me, and some younger as well.

As adults we don't restrict our friendships and interactions based on age. And if that is the type of socialization I am trying to prepare my children for, I am trying to teach that level of socialization now as well.

Encouraging this sort of socialization is not exclusive to homeschoolers by any means. As a matter of fact not all homeschoolers do it, but those kids that are well rounded are the ones that I general enjoy spending time with.
anathemad: (Homeschooling)
There was a question in a homeschooling community about who your children socialize with - other HS kids, kids that go to schools, or family...

My reply:
All of the above, as well as just the other people in the world. I do not limit who they can spend time with based on schooling, or age for that matter, so some of their better conversations happen with the people we interact with every day - learning about Japan from the woman that owns the sushi restaurant, or the way the machine works at the dry cleaners. During the day they tend to play with other HS kids, but after school lets out they play in the neighborhood with the traditionally schooled kids. Family is family, and we spend as much time together as we can, but we are fairly spread out.

I guess our view on socialization is that true socialization happens when you interact with the world, not just a small aged based peer group.


I never got along with, nor fit in with other kids my own age in large groups. Sure I had friends who were my age, but the were often a matter of convenience rather than true friendships. It probably took until high school until I started being friends with people I really liked and had things in common with. And many of those friends were up to 9 years older than me, and some younger as well.

As adults we don't restrict our friendships and interactions based on age. And if that is the type of socialization I am trying to prepare my children for, I am trying to teach that level of socialization now as well.

Encouraging this sort of socialization is not exclusive to homeschoolers by any means. As a matter of fact not all homeschoolers do it, but those kids that are well rounded are the ones that I general enjoy spending time with.
anathemad: (Homeschooling)
Ok my friends. It is the time of year where I have to decide what I am doing with the kids for next year. I am not unhappy with K12, but at the same time, do not think it is perfect. So I am in exploration mode. I am just not an unschooler, so I need something more organized. SPAM me with your suggestions. Tell me your opinions on specific curricula. Edumacate me on the facts and foibles. Do you love it but hate the cost? Love the math, but hate the science? Do you build your own? Oh, and it must be secular.

I am currently using K12. On the list I am looking at this very moment: Laural Springs, Oak Meadow, Clonlara, & Calvert.

Comments are screened, but I am also available via email or IM.
anathemad: (Homeschooling)
Ok my friends. It is the time of year where I have to decide what I am doing with the kids for next year. I am not unhappy with K12, but at the same time, do not think it is perfect. So I am in exploration mode. I am just not an unschooler, so I need something more organized. SPAM me with your suggestions. Tell me your opinions on specific curricula. Edumacate me on the facts and foibles. Do you love it but hate the cost? Love the math, but hate the science? Do you build your own? Oh, and it must be secular.

I am currently using K12. On the list I am looking at this very moment: Laural Springs, Oak Meadow, Clonlara, & Calvert.

Comments are screened, but I am also available via email or IM.
anathemad: (Homeschooling - evolved)
Google is my friend. A little searching in response to me wondering if there is a Chinese Proficiency Exam like there is a Japanese Proficiency Exam, led me to find out there is. Which led me to the National Office of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Which led me to the Online College of Chinese Language, which is lovely enough to be free! (even if it does need to be viewed in IE)

This post inspired by [livejournal.com profile] kungfuzap
anathemad: (Homeschooling - evolved)
Google is my friend. A little searching in response to me wondering if there is a Chinese Proficiency Exam like there is a Japanese Proficiency Exam, led me to find out there is. Which led me to the National Office of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Which led me to the Online College of Chinese Language, which is lovely enough to be free! (even if it does need to be viewed in IE)

This post inspired by [livejournal.com profile] kungfuzap
anathemad: (Default)
The Big Apple Circus is coming to Bridgewater in March. I am getting together a group to go to a Matinee show on March 20th at 11am. Ticket prices are $16 per person (a 50% discount off the regular ringside price), with children under 3 free if the sit on the lap of an adult (one child per lap).

If interested please let me know by this Friday 2/15. I will let you know how to get payment to me, which must be received by 2/18 as these have to be paid in full 30 days in advance.

This will be X-posted to the homeschooling groups I belong to.
anathemad: (Default)
The Big Apple Circus is coming to Bridgewater in March. I am getting together a group to go to a Matinee show on March 20th at 11am. Ticket prices are $16 per person (a 50% discount off the regular ringside price), with children under 3 free if the sit on the lap of an adult (one child per lap).

If interested please let me know by this Friday 2/15. I will let you know how to get payment to me, which must be received by 2/18 as these have to be paid in full 30 days in advance.

This will be X-posted to the homeschooling groups I belong to.

Profile

anathemad: (Default)
anathemad

December 2015

S M T W T F S
   12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 21st, 2017 08:35 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios