Meet Our Registration Coordinator

If you have ever been to the HEAV convention you know how utterly awe-inspiring it is, but did you know that the convention is put together almost entirely by volunteers? The capable men and women who run all areas of…

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But Where Did All the Pencils Go?

by Kyndra Steinmann This morning was one of those school days that “did not go well” . The fourth-grader argued with the assignments and the textbooks. The third-grader dawdled and ate her pencils. The first-grader suddenly couldn’t remember any of…

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Scholarships

Q. Does HEAV have any scholarships for homeschool seniors? A. I’m sorry, HEAV does not have scholarships available this year; however, we expect to fund a 2016 scholarship through part of the proceeds of this year’s Silent Auction* at the June…

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Your Children CAN Help Set Goals

by Kyndra Steinmann With the new year, my Pinterest and Facebook feeds have been full of enticements to “set new goals in 2015” or “discover a new you.” I’ve seen dozens of printables for planning a new year or even…

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Cool Sites – January 21, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Seven Phrases Your Kids Need to Hear You Say 3.2 Thrifty Ideas and Organizing: Home Storage Solutions 101 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article – “Six Reasons to Homeschool for Kindergarten” 3.4 STEM: Homegrown Learners with LEGOs 3.5…

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General Interest Items – January 21, 2015

2.1 Sully Historic Site Events – Chantilly – February 1 through March 30 2.2 Mary Ball Washington Museum Poster Contest – Deadline Is February 20   2.1 Sully Historic Site Events – Chantilly – February 1 through March 30 Sully…

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Homeschool Items – January 21, 2015

1.1 Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Discovery Concert – Roanoke – January 26 1.2 Youth Winter Bird Watch – Powhatan – Register before February 10 1.3 HOPE Science Fair – Manassas – Register by February 11 1.4 Chincoteague Bay Field Station Events…

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Is It Your Density?

  By Michelle Crooker Density is defined as the degree of compactness of a substance. In English that means how big or small something is compared with how heavy it is. Quick Quiz: What weighs more: a pound of feathers…

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Homeschooling Preschoolers

Q. I am thinking about homeschooling my preschooler. Can you recommend any resources? A. The preschool years are a wonderful time to teach because young children are so eager to learn. We have lots of information and numerous resources that…

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Cool Sites – January 14, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Praying for Our Leaders 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Photo-Tutorial – Sewing an Eye Mask 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Preschool Toolbox Blog 3.4 STEM: Technology Lexicon 3.5 Foreign Language: Free Spanish Resources for All Ages 3.6 iTunes: Free Adventures…

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General Interest Items – January 14, 2015

2.1 Great Dismal Swamp: Youth Target Archery – Suffolk – Register Now 2.2 Lee-Jackson Day Events – Lexington and Richmond – January 16-19 2.3 Play: Little Women – Powhatan – January 17 2.4 Red, White, and Blue and Gray Valentine…

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Homeschool Items – January 14, 2015

1.1 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing – Midlothian – Register by January 30 1.2 Article – “The Social Worker at Your Door” 1.3 Articles – “Feed Your Bible Habit” and “The Bible App ‏@YouVersion”   1.1 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock…

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Dive Into Winter

by Kyndra Steinmann So, the holidays are over. The last cookie has been eaten, the last sugar rush survived, and the sparkle of “new” has worn off of the toys. It’s time to resume school and the regular schedule. But…

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Calling a Legislator

Q. What can I expect to happen when I call my senator or delegate regarding a bill that affects homeschoolers? I want to call, but I’m not sure what to say. A. When you call your legislator’s office, you can…

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Cool Sites – January 7, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Pray Today 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Moving Tips 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Pencil Practice (Special Education Helps Too) 3.4 STEM: Biology and School 3.5 Foreign Language: Learn German Free 3.6 Cooking: Dictionary of Herbs and Spices 3.7 English:…

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General Interest Items – January 7, 2015

2.1 March for Life – Washington, DC – January 22, 2015 2.2 Mini-Maker (Make-and-Take) Festival – Powhatan – February 21, 2015   2.1 March for Life – Washington, DC – January 22, 2015 National Mall; U.S. Supreme Court January 22,…

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Homeschool Items – January 7, 2015

1.1 Home School Swim Program – Fredericksburg – Underway 1.2 Play: Sovereign Choice: The Life and Testimony of Lady Jane Grey – Midlothian – January 8-10, 2015 1.3 Classical Conversations Information Meetings – Hampton Roads Area – Multiple Dates 1.4…

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Keeping Your “To Do” List

by Maiya Drennen Daily responsibilities often pile up faster than I can remember them, so I like to write myself a list of things to do. I am definitely a list person, and always have been. However, along with daily…

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Being Honest With Your Children

by Kyndra Steinmann The other day I was talking to another homeschool mom about the difficulties her eldest child is having in learning to read. The child shows multiple signs of dyslexia, with a possible secondary issue with processing language,…

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Getting Connected

Q. I’m planning to homeschool in January. What is the best way to get my questions answered, connect with other homeschoolers, and find out about homeschool events? A. Connecting with other homeschoolers is a great way to begin. Not only…

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Let it Glow!

By Michelle Crooker What can you find at a dollar store and deep in the ocean? Today, we are going to explore the amazing world of glowing stuff. Start off by asking your kids the question “What is light?” This…

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Ordering License Plates

Q. How can I get an “Education Begins at Home” license plate? I’m so encouraged when I see them on cars! A. Since 2005 when HEAV initiated legislation in Virginia to create the first homeschool license plate in the nation—“Education…

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But Where Did All the Pencils Go?

by Kyndra Steinmann This morning was one of those school days that “did not go well” . The fourth-grader argued with the assignments and the textbooks. The third-grader dawdled and ate her pencils. The first-grader suddenly couldn’t remember any of…

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Homeschooling Numbers

Q. How many homeschoolers are in Virginia? A. According to the Virginia Department of Education’s official records for the 2013-2014 school year, there are a total of 35,858 homeschoolers in Virginia. View the statistics by county and city here. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/enrollment/home_school_religious_exempt/index.shtml…

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How to Evaluate a Child

Q. For an evaluation, it says the child must show progress. Since my special needs child is behind in several subjects, will that affect her evidence of progress? A. Being behind in some subjects would be more evident on a…

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“Weather” or Not

by Michelle Crooker This year, Bug and Princess are both studying biology in NOEO Science, sold through Logos Press, and they are currently learning about weather. One of the things I like about NOEO Science is their name. “Noeo” is a…

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Transferring Credits to Public School

Q. If I decide to transfer my high school student into public school, will they accept his homeschool credits? A. Based on Virginia law, each school district makes its own policies for students transferring into government schools. School divisions are…

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Organizing for Thanksgiving

- By Florence Feldman, www.organizedtimes.com  Sometimes the turkey is not the only thing that gets stuffed at Thanksgiving. When making room for holiday company, we stuff our closets, attics, basements, showers, and other out-of-sight spaces with “stuff” we just don’t…

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CAT-5 Test Change

Q. I understand the CAT-5 survey test is being phased out. Is there another test that covers only what the law requires? A. The TerraNova test is replacing the outdated California Achievement test (CAT). It is published by the same…

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