Rush Revere and the American Revolution

Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans Join Rush Revere, Liberty, his wisecracking horse, and friends Cam, Tommy, Freedom to meet some brave soldiers from the year 1775. In addition to the “when, where, what and who” readers will discover the “why”…

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2016 Convention Registration

33rd Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention Giveaway! HEAV is giving away a full, family registration to the 33rd Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention, to be held June 9-11, 2016, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center! Registration includes all shopping (UCS & Exhibit…

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Henricus Historical Park

Win a Family Membership! Henricus is giving away a one-year, family membership for two adults and six children! Henricus Historical Park re-creates everyday 17th-century life in the Citie of Henricus, the second successful English settlement in the New World, an…

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Science Museum of Virginia

Enter to win four exhibit passes to the Science Museum of Virginia—good anytime this fall! Through hundreds of experiential exhibits, awe-inspiring artifacts and interactive technologies, the Science Museum of Virginia presents dynamic science programming to hundreds of thousands of guests…

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Mariners’ Museum Family Fun Pack

Enjoy a day of choice at the Mariners’ Museum! Win a free family “fun pack” that includes four admission tickets and four passes to the 3D theater. The Mariners’ Museum offers a wide array of educational programs, guided and self-guided…

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The Mariners’ Museum Giveaway #1

Free Homeschool Day Registration Enter to win a free registration for the fall homeschool day on Friday, October 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Designed especially for home educating families, Homeschool Day at the Mariners’ Museum offers classes for Pre-K…

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Children’s History Book Giveaway!

Willi Gets a History Lesson in Virginia’s Historic Triangle Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement, this book by Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph teaches history painlessly! Children love the dog, Willi, and they learn a substantial…

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Working Out the Flow

by Kyndra Steinmann It’s one of the last lovely days of summer, and I am sitting on my porch, listening to my five-year-old play with a friend. The three-year-old and two-month-old are napping, and the seven- and eight-year-olds are having…

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Secrets of Homeschool Success

Homeschool Connection’s Moms’ Night Out Come hear Yvonne Bunn share some “Secrets of Homeschool Success” from her experiences as a parent, support group leader, and director of legislative initiatives with the Virginia General Assembly. After homeschooling her now-adult children from kindergarten to…

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NOI Contact Information

Q. After receiving my Notice of Intent, the superintendent’s office is asking me to provide phone and email contact information. Is this required? A. The homeschool statute, §22.1-254.1, does not require a parent to provide personal contact information in order…

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Around the State – September 2, 2015

3.1 Young Christian Authors Conference – Warrenton – September 7 3.2 Youth Water Quality Program – Powhatan – September 10 and 17 3.3 Go Green Expo – Newport News – September 12 3.4 Homeschool Days at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown…

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The Homeschool Classroom – September 2, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Word Family Sorting with Legos 2.2 Hidden Pictures   2.1 Word Family Sorting with Legos You can help your preschooler learn rhyming families while sorting and building towers with this Lego word family sorting activity. http://thisreadingmama.com/lego-word-family-sorting…

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Mom’s Corner – September 2, 2015

1.1 Article: “Having the Courage to Be Different – No Fear Homeschooling” 1.2 Guide to Cooking and Baking Substitutions 1.3 Plan Your Field Trips for the Fall   1.1 Article: “Having the Courage to Be Different – No Fear Homeschooling“…

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Tips To Turn Your Home Into A Safe Study Shrine

  Running an office from your living room or garage/den is an often occurrence in today’s world. More and more people are looking to become their own bosses and working from home is turning into a reality for many. And…

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Home Versus Public Schooling: Safety Tips

  Safety is one of the most important factors that have most likely determined you to homeschool your children. School shooting incidents remain fresh in the minds of concerned parents who wish to ensure their children enjoy the highest degree…

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6 Keys to Making the Classics Come Alive

by Pamela Hall “Many of the greatest books are like a forest. The best way to get to know them is to wander right into the middle and get lost.” ~ Anthony Esolen What turns kids off when it comes…

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Religious Exemption and Services

Q. Is speech therapy available for religiously exempt homeschoolers? A. A limited number of special-need services—usually speech and occupational (OT) therapy–should be available as an outreach to all students (homeschool and private school students) in the community through state and…

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Around the State – August 26, 2015

3.1 Greater Richmond School of Music Open House – Richmond – August 31 3.2 Home School Mornings at Maymont – Richmond – Register by September 1 3.3 Henricus Historical Park Activities – Chester – Register by September 5 3.4 Home…

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The Homeschool Classroom – August 26, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 100 Books for Independent Readers 2.2 Activities to Encourage Writing Skills   2.1 100 Books for Independent Readers You can encourage your independent readers to choose books for themselves. Print out this list of 100 books…

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Mom’s Corner – August 26, 2015

1.1 ”Looking Back: Advice to New Homeschooling Mamas” 1.2 Frugal Hospitality 1.3 Fifteen of the Best Apps for Mom   1.1 ”Looking Back: Advice to New Homeschooling Mamas” Kyle Suzanne shares six nuggets of wisdom she’s gained from eight years…

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Practical Strategies to Stop Power Struggles

by Kirk Martin Our job as parents isn’t measured by how kids behave. Rather, it’s how WE respond when they act up. Seeing a child throw a tantrum in aisle four at Wal-Mart doesn’t surprise me; watching the child’s parent…

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John 19:11 – No Power Aside From God

by Maiya Drennen “…knowest thou that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above…” (John 19:10b-11a KJV) From…

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Six Things To Do Before Starting School

by Kyndra Steinmann Summer has been slipping by rather rapidly and August will be gone before you know it. In fact, while you are reading this, I am on the second day of our last road trip of the summer!…

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Homeschool Start Date

Q. Must I begin my homeschool on the same day the public schools begin? A. You may begin your school year when you are ready and set the schedule that works best for you and your family. Some homeschoolers teach…

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Around the State – August 19, 2015

3.1 John Marshall House Fall Open House – Richmond – August 27 3.2 Rock Climbing Class for Homeschooling Families – Midlothian – Register by August 28 3.3 Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days – Williamsburg – September 12-27   3.1 John Marshall…

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The Homeschool Classroom – August 19, 2015

Preschool & Kindergarten 2.1 Toad, Frog, Pollywog Song 2.2 Free Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Activities and Packs   2.1 Toad, Frog, Pollywog Song Your preschooler will love this song about toads, frogs, and pollywogs all the while learning about their…

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Mom’s Corner – August 19, 2015

1.1 Life’s Little Decisions 1.2 Do-It-Yourself Home Décor 1.3 Don’t Throw That Pot Away   1.1 Article: Life’s Little Decisions Lori Clemmons reminds us that life is a series of little decisions. It is the moment-to-moment choices we make that…

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Grandparent Homeschooling Grandchild

Q. Can a grandparent homeschool his or her grandchild? A. Although Virginia law does not specifically address this question, under the right circumstances, the law does permit a grandparent to homeschool a grandchild. If the parents comply with the homeschool…

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Around the State – August 12, 2015

3.1 Summer Programs at the Library – Chesterfield – In Progress 3.2 Choir Auditions for the PHC Youth Music Academy – Purcellville – August 3.3 Tri-City Homeschool Educators of Virginia Free Seminar – Colonial Heights – August 17 3.4 Homeschool…

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The Homeschool Classroom – August 12, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Learning with Ping Pong Balls 2.2 I Spy Mats 2.1 Learning with Ping Pong Balls The perfect combination for teaching preschoolers is play and learning. They get to have fun and learn, and you get to…

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