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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How Should Christians Consider Their First Job?

by Hugh Whelchel Many of your children are venturing into uncharted waters—they are searching for their first jobs. This can be a chaotic time, full of unease and unknowns. How should Christians view job searching from a Biblical perspective? We…

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AP Test

Q. My teen would like to take the Japanese AP exam from the public school next year. They do not offer this course. Can she still take the exam at the school? A. Yes, §22.1-254.1(F) states that local school boards…

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Cool Sites – June 3, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Over 30,000 Biblical Resources 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Maximize Your Shopping at the Thrift Store 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Art Project for a Rainy Day 3.4 Science: Free Bird Study 3.5 Family Fun: Accessible Playgrounds in Virginia 3.6…

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General Interest Items – June 3, 2015

2.1 Colonial Hands-On History Festival – Beaverdam – June 6 2.2 World Ocean Day Celebration – Washington, D.C. – June 7 and 8 2.3 Horse-Themed Mentoring and Discipleship – Catharpin – June 13 2.4 Women’s Retreat – Catharpin – June…

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Homeschool Items – June 3, 2015

1.1 Henricus Home School Day – Chester – Register by June 5   1.1 Henricus Home School Day – Chester – Register by June 5 Henricus Historical Park Chester, VA Thursday, June 11, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m….

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Grading with Grammarly: A Tool for  Compositions

by Pamela Hall Have you ever wished you had a personal editor? I teach creative writing and composition to homeschool kids in my home and at our local cooperative. Often, moms tell me that they don’t feel comfortable editing their…

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Notice of Intent with Questions

Q. My superintendent sent a Notice of Intent with lots of additional questions. What should I do? A. Some school districts develop their own Notice of Intent (NOI) forms. They sometimes ask for more information than the law requires. You…

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Cool Sites – May 27, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Scripture Meditation 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Thrifty Fun in the Summer Sun 3.3 Preschool: Music to Move By 3.4 STEM: Build Their Logic and Number Skills with Puzzles 3.5 Family Fun: Minute to Win It Game Night 3.6…

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General Interest Items – May 27, 2015

2.1 Henricus Family Fun Day – Chester – Register by May 28 2.2 Richmond Kickers Professional Soccer Game – Richmond – June 13 2.3 World War II Field Trip Guide – Online – Ongoing   2.1 Henricus Family Fun Day…

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Homeschool Items – May 27, 2015

1.1 Educator’s Exchange Summer Hours – Richmond – May 18   1.1 Educator’s Exchange Summer Hours – Richmond – May 18 Educator’s Exchange Richmond, VA Summer hours will be Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning May 18,…

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Public School Sports

Q. My son has been asked by a coach to play a varsity sport at our local public high school next year. What should be our expectations that this can happen? What is the timeline for sports access? A. Homeschoolers…

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Lenspiration Community Giveaway

This is a perfect gift for photographers (or photographer wannabes!) Enter to win a one-year membership to the Lenspiration Community for free! This includes online photography training, exclusive forums, shoot-to-serve participation, North American landscape locations map, and special PRO discounts–…

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Liberty University Giveaway

Wow! Liberty University is giving away a $50 ITunes gift card! Liberty U is a convention favorite. Liberty University School of Music is sponsoring the Music Competition and providing master classes at the convention! Be sure to visit Liberty University…

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The BiblioPlan for Families Giveaway

BiblioPlan Early Modern Craft book (e-book) is filled with more than 150 hands on crafts, activities, games, food and more! Created for the BiblioPlan for Families curriculum, this book is useful for any history curriculum! Be sure to visit Biblioplan…

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Analytical Grammar Giveaway #2!

Win a copy of The Eternal Argument by Robin Finley (www.eternalargument.com), a supplemental book to help high schoolers and their teachers study literature more meaningfully. Retail value is $25. Be sure to visit Analytical Grammar in booth #302 at the…

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