Around the State – December 12, 2018

1. CHESS High School Symposium: Transcripts and Vision Setting – Manassas – Registration Deadline Is January 23, 2019 2. SPARC New Voices of the Theatre Playwriting Competition – Submission Deadline Is February 15, 2019 3. Online Christian College Scholarship Search…

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Guess Our Keynote #2!

We confess! We are really having fun with these puzzles– we hope you are, too. Ready for a new one? Here you go! This is a quote from this week’s keynote speaker. See if you can decode the quote and…

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Around the State – December 5, 2018

1. Freedom Train, the Harriet Tubman Story – Norfolk – February 22, 2019 2. The Cat in the Hat – Norfolk – March 11, 2019 3. Motherwell Retreat – Charlottesville – Registration Deadline Is March 31   1. Freedom Train,…

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Who IS That Speaker?

It’s December, and at HEAV, we’re preparing for convention registration to open on January 7! One of the items on our December checklist is to announce the keynote speakers for the 2019 Virginia Homeschool Convention, and we could just tell you….

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$1,200 Grand Convention Giveaway

You’ve seen us do convention giveaways before, but you haven’t seen one like this! HEAV’s annual convention offers you the best resources and the most memorable experiences.  Our goal is to come along side you and support you when you…

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Learning to Give – Homemade Gifts and Crafts

by Megan Bittner A lot of children are very familiar with the joy of receiving gifts—especially around holiday time! But these handmade gifts are beautiful tools to help you show that the joy of giving can be equally or even…

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Around the State – November 28, 2018

1. Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing 2. Thomas Edison Pitch Contest – Registration Opens January 14, 2019 3. World of 7 Billion Video Contest – Submission Deadline Is February 28, 2019   1. Chesterfield Library Children’s…

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HEAV Stands With You

Today is the day! #GivingTuesday, a day that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, has inspired the spirit of giving inherent in this season–and HEAV is privileged to be a part of it! Join us today on…

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Celebrating the Birth of Christ

by Megan Bittner Advent is a time of anticipation and reflection for many–and as homeschoolers, we always look for ways to bring our “living” into our “homeschool.” This year, Advent begins on Sunday, December 2, and ends on Monday, December…

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Around the State – November 14, 2018

1. “Yes, You Can Quit Traditional School” – Leesburg – November 17 2. IEW’s Virtual Winter Retreat – December 8 3. Storytime at the National Law Enforcement Museum – Washington, D.C. – December 5 4. VDOT Bridge Building Competition –…

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Homeschool Hour and Day Requirement

Q. Does Virginia have a law or guideline as to how many hours a day a homeschooler needs to be schooled? Also, how many days of the year count for one school year? Is it the same as the 180…

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Around the State – November 7, 2018

1. Homeschool for the Holidays – Virginia Beach – December 6 Regent University, Robertson Hall lobby Virginia Beach, Virginia Thursday, December 6, 2018, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 3 p.m. Optional campus tour begins at 3:30…

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Thanksgiving Activities for Kids Ages 2 to 92

by Megan Bittner Thanksgiving is only weeks away, so now’s the time to demonstrate–and learn–a spirit of thankfulness in your home. These fun Thanksgiving recipes, homeschool lesson plans, kids crafts, and family games offer too many activities for just one…

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Giving Tuesday: HomeschoolStrong!

Days are set aside to give thanks…and to shop for great deals. Did you know there is a day to give back? #HomeschoolStrong. #GivingTuesday. After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday comes #GivingTuesday, a day that celebrates the selflessness inherent…

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Around the State – October 31, 2018

1. The Mighty Mississippi Electronic Field Trip – November 14 2. Christmas on the Farm – New Market – December 1 3. Gaithersburg Book Festival Poetry Contest – Submission Deadline Is February 21, 2019   1. The Mighty Mississippi Electronic…

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All About Peanuts

by Megan Bittner Are you looking for a fun topic to explore in history, science, cooking, and more? Check out these ideas for homeschool lessons about peanuts. Learn about the origins and life cycle of peanuts, explore a variety of…

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Around the State – October 24, 2018

1. Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Evaluations – Richmond – October 27 2. Jim Weiss Storytelling Workshop – Springfield – November 2 3. STEM Artillery Challenge – Submission Deadline Is November 9 4. Health Sciences Job Fair and Employer Q&A –…

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Bible Study In Your Homeschool

by Megan Bittner One of the greatest freedoms afforded to homeschooling families is the ability to incorporate the subjects we find most important into our daily curriculum. However, it’s important not to approach Bible study as just another class. Bible…

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Around the State – October 17, 2018

1. Junior Solar Sprint – Falls Church – October 21 2. NCHE Summit for Teaching Exceptional Children – Kernersville – Registration Deadline Is October 31   1. Junior Solar Sprint – Falls Church – October 21 Longfellow Middle School Basketball…

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Teaching Teens to Drive…Safely

by Megan Bittner Teaching your teen to drive may be the most nerve-wracking course you teach as part of your homeschool. Whether you opt to conduct the behind-the-wheel portion of your teens’ driver’s education yourself, or enroll them in a…

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Around the State – October 10, 2018

1. LFCC Youth Camp Survey 2. Computer Science Scholarship Opportunities 3. Christians in Theatre Arts East Coast Secondary Festival – Charlotte, NC – Registration Deadline Is January 4, 2019   1. LFCC Youth Camp Survey Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC),…

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Bats, Caves, and Echolocation

by Megan Bittner A unique unit study is a fun way to add some interest to the midterm slumps. In this Homeschool Living post, explore the world of bats and learn about echolocation with hands-on activities, then take an afternoon…

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October 9 is Fire Prevention Day!

October 9 Is Fire Prevention Day Fire prevention week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which began on October 8 but did most of its damage on October 9, 1871. For that reason, Fire Prevention Day…

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Around the State – October 3, 2018

1. Cyber Robotic Coding Competition Information Meeting – Reston – October 5 2. Peaceful Parenting – Henrico – October 6 or November 3 3. International Observe the Moon Night Event – Portsmouth – October 20 4. Garden Glow at Maymont…

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Keeping Your Homeschool Healthy

by Megan Bittner With cold and flu season upon us, now is the perfect time to incorporate some soap science into your homeschool. Modeling good health and hygiene practices is your primary method for instilling lifelong habits in your children….

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Hands-On Botany and Fall Gardens

by Megan Bittner As fall brings cooler temperatures, you’ll want to start thinking about winterizing your yard and garden. Take advantage of this time to plan ahead for next year’s garden and explore the botanical wonders in your backyard along…

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Around the State – September 26, 2018

1. Historic First Baptist Church Open House and Tour – Chesterfield – Registration Deadline Is October 7 2. Pocahontas State Park Homeschool Happenings – Chester – Multiple Dates 3. Pumpkin Harvest Hayride Tours – Beaverdam – Multiple Dates   1….

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Around the State – September 19, 2018

1. Log Cabin: An American Icon Guest Lecture and Book Signing – Staunton – September 22 2. School of the Musketeer – Chester – Registration Deadline (for meals) Is September 22 3. HYPE (Homeschool YMCA Physical Education) – Mechanicsville –…

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