Dog-Days-of-Summer Reading Plan

by Pam Hall Reading During the Dog Days of Summer Just because the weather is sultry doesn’t mean that our reading has to turn that way! Summer brings a freer schedule, enabling me to lose myself in a book and…

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Test Scores Lost or Late

Q. What happens if a parent fails to send in test scores or sends them in late? A. If a parent does not provide test results or an evaluation letter—or if a parent sends test results after the August 1…

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Around The State – July 29, 2015

3.1 Teachers’ Day Out – Mason Neck – Register by July 30 3.2 Foster Parent Orientation – Chester – August 10 3.3 Traveller Day – Lexington – Register by September 10   3.1 Teachers’ Day Out – Mason Neck –…

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The Homeschool Classroom – July 29, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Summer Sunflower Crafts 2.2 Exploring Our Sense of Touch   2.1 Summer Sunflower Crafts This art study introduces your preschooler to Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings. It teaches them about sunflowers while they create a sunflower…

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Mom’s Corner – July 29, 2015

1.1 “10 Ways to Be a  Happier Mom” 1.2 Babies Don’t Keep 1.3 Homemade Cleaners 1.4 Spa Day at Home   1.1 “10 Ways to Be a Happier Mom” by Arlene Pellicane Arlene Pellicane shares 10 practical ways to bring…

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Four Things I Learned at the Homeschool Convention

by Maiya Drennan Four Things I Learned From Attending HEAV’s Homeschool Convention   Just a month ago there were thousands of homeschool families gathered at the convention center in Richmond for a weekend of refreshment and encouragement. It was an…

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Noticing When They Get It Right

By Kyndra Steinmann Some days: The five-year-old gets up from his nap and is given a job to do. He is slow and grumbles. He wanders off from the job several times, and a ten-minute job takes nearly thirty. Do…

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Birth Date and NOI

Q. I received a positive response to my Notice of Intent from the superintendent’s office, but on a separate slip of paper, they asked for my child’s birthdate in order to help with their recordkeeping. Am I required to send…

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Around the State – July 22, 2015

3.1 All Star Family Night at the Museum – Portsmouth – August 1 3.2 Homeschool Open House and Curriculum Swap – Prince George – August 18 3.3 Homeschool Day at Peninsula Fine Arts Museum – Newport News – September 10…

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The Homeschool Classroom – July 22, 2015

Preschool & Kindergarten 2.1 Lego Addition Cards 2.2 Colorful Sun Catchers   2.1 Lego Addition Cards Download these Lego addition cards and encourage your preschooler to learn while playing. www.playdoughtoplato.com/lego-addition-cards Back to top 2.2 Colorful Sun Catchers Even the youngest…

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Mom’s Corner – July 22, 2015

1.1 Christian Resources: Women of the Word 1.2 Thrifty Ideas: Save and Earn Money While Grocery Shopping   1.1 Women of the Word Read this beautiful poem by Gail Burton Purath that encourages us to be women of the Word….

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Library Access

Q. Are homeschoolers allowed to use public school libraries? A. I am not aware of laws that allow or prohibit the use of public school libraries; however, local school policy may prohibit it. Because of safety and security issues, the…

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The Homeschool Classroom – July 15, 2015

Preschool & Kindergarten 2.1 STEM for Preschoolers 2.2 Article: How Do I Keep My Preschooler Busy? Elementary 2.3 Metric Conversions Calculators 2.4 Musical Composers 2.5 Connect the Dots State Outlines Game High School 2.6 Grammar Reference 2.7 High School Transcripts…

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Around the State – July 15, 2015

3.1 Spirit Boys Varsity Soccer Registration – Mechanicsville – Now through August 3 3.2 Tryouts for Beach Breakers Soccer Teams – Chesapeake – July 17, 20, and 24 3.3 Areté Christian Academy – Mechanicsville – Register by July 31 3.4…

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Mom’s Corner – July 15, 2015

1.1 Christian Resources: Free Bible Study App 1.2 21 Thrifty Bloggers Reviewed 1.3 Repair Jobs You Can Do Yourself 1.4 Cool Off This Summer With a Smoothie 1.1 Christian Resources: Free Bible Study App Download Olive Tree’s Bible Study app…

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2015 Convention MP3 Giveaway!

This 2015 Convention MP3 Set comes on a thumb drive and is packed with all the recorded workshops! Experience the benefits of the convention at your own pace, wherever you like. Be inspired, encouraged, and instructed all year long! *Exhibitor…

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Summertime Refresh and Refocus

by Maiya Drennen   At the beginning of the year, typically people take the time to evaluate what they want to do or accomplish. There’s just something about ringing in the New Year that gets your excitement pumping and your…

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SOLs and Reenrollment

Q. Is there a law that requires homeschooled students to make up missed SOL’s if they re-enrolled in public school? A. Public schools may—and often do—require SOL testing for transfer students, whether from homeschools, private schools, or out-of-state schools. If…

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Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed: Five Marvelous Benefits to Summer Reading Programs by Pamela Hall Summer is a time to unwind and hang out at the beach. Summer is a time that I, as a homeschool mom, catch my breath and plan…

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Cool Sites – June 24, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Article: A Short Biography of Elisabeth Elliot 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Outdoor Activities That Will Not Break the Budget 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Fourth of July Crafts and Activities 3.4 STEM: The Science of Fireworks 3.5 Family Fun:…

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General Interest Items – June 24, 2015

2.1 NICA Mountain Bike Team Forming – Croaker – June 28 2.2 Origin Science Meetings – Multiple Locations – Multiple Dates 2.3 Crafting Workshops by Joshua’s Hands – Multiple Locations – Multiple Dates   2.1 NICA Mountain Bike Team Forming…

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Homeschool Items – June 24, 2015

1.1 Page County Homeschoolers of Virginia Year-End Dinner – Luray – June 29   1.1 Page County Homeschoolers of Virginia Year-End Dinner – Luray – June 29 American Legion Hall Luray, VA Tuesday, June 30, 2015, from 5 p.m.to 8…

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Cool Sites – June 17, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Weekly Devotionals from Popular Christian Pastors/Leaders 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Homeschool on a Budget 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: The Importance of Splashing in Puddles 3.4 STEM: Toothpick and Gumdrop Structures 3.5 Family Fun: Summer Fun with Kids for…

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General Interest Items – June 17, 2015

2.1 DAR Essay Contests: Middle School and High School – Deadline Is October 31   2.1 DAR Essay Contests: Middle School and High School – Deadline Is October 31 Deadline is October 31, 2015. Open to students who are in…

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Homeschool Items – June 17, 2015

1.1 Help for Struggling Students – Norfolk – Register by September 15   1.1 Help for Struggling Students – Norfolk – Register by September 15 Homeschool Plus 925 Ingleside Road Norfolk, VA Tuesdays and Thursdays, during the 2015/2016 school year…

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And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

by Lauren Bell Something different is happening at the HEAV convention! While all around us we see prices going up, HEAV has been able to maintain—and even reduce—the cost for families registering for the convention. In 2012, we introduced “family-friendly”…

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GED and Financial Aid

Q. My graduate plans to enroll in a community college. He has been told he will need a GED in order to receive student financial aid. Is this correct? A. In 2012 new federal student aid eligibility laws were enacted…

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Cool Sites – June 10, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Sharing God’s Word 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Low-Cost Activities for a Fun Summer 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Apps for Preschoolers 3.4 STEM: The Science of Baseball 3.5 Family Fun: Baseball Statistics 3.6 Parenting: “35 Gifts Your Children Will…

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General Interest Items – June 10, 2015

2.1 Summer Programs at the Library – Chesterfield – In Progress 2.2 Kids in Motion Day Camps – Powhatan – Begin June 25 2.3 Jacob Bushong’s Birthday 2015 – New Market – August 22   2.1 Summer Programs at the…

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Homeschool Items – June 10, 2015

1.1 Homeschool Freebie – Making the Most of Your Summer Vacation PDF   1.1 Homeschool Freebie – Making the Most of Your Summer Vacation PDF Take advantage of this free downloadable PDF while it is still available at Homeschool Freebie…

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