Around the State – February 13, 2018

1. Frederick Douglass Reenactment – South Chesterfield – February 19 2. “Speaking of Jazz” with Victor Haskins’ Skein – Richmond – February 20 3. Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing 4. Richmond Children’s Business Fair – Richmond…

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Learning to Love What Might Be Destroyed

By Lynna Sutherland You’ve heard the saying “learning to love what must be done,” right? The idea is that we find peace and joy in life not by chasing down what we imagine might bring us happiness, but by finding…

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Enjoy these ideas for incorporating lessons on African-American influence into your homeschool. Here are some ideas to apply across your curriculum, including science and invention, music and arts, literature and poetry, and field trips. This…

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Homeschooling Someone Else’s Child

Q. Can another homeschool parent teach my son (kindergarten student) since he’s not responding well to me? A. It may be possible for another parent to teach your child as long as you comply with the law. How a child…

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Three Keys to Creating a Parenting Legacy

It was the second year of our marriage, and the arguing in our house was getting more intense. I had no idea what to say, so I said nothing. I just watched, and listened. My wife, Heather, was arguing with…

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Around the State – February 6, 2018

1. Life in a Virginia Winter – Chester – Registration Deadline Is February 12 2. Honoring Chesterfield County African-American WWI and WWII Veterans – Chesterfield – February 17 3. 4-H Horticulture Club Informational Meeting – Henrico – February 20 4….

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Valentine’s Day

The Art of Love These yarn-wrapped hearts from Fynes Designs are a versatile craft that can be created by even the youngest children and used in garlands, wreaths, and centerpieces. These adorable heart-shaped animals from Housing A Forest are an…

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First Time at the HEAV Convention: Rachael Carman!

Rachael Carman of Apologia is making her first appearance at the HEAV convention—completing a speaker lineup that makes this a banner year for convention attendees! Rachael Carman is a busy homeschooling mama to seven great kids and wife to an…

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Flexible Homeschooling: Setting Your Schedule Free

By Kyndra Steinmann When we first began this homeschooling journey, I was very focused on making sure the children were “learning something and making progress” so we could “finish on time.” Our homeschool schedule of phonics and reading consisted of…

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Groundhog Day and Other Weather Prediction Folklore

Groundhog Day is celebrated each February 2 throughout the United States and Canada, and is a fun example of a folk legend weather prediction. This week’s Homeschool Classroom includes activities, crafts, and resources to use in teaching Groundhog Day and…

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Around the State – January 30, 2018

1. Beyond Glory: “Remembering the United States Colored Troops” – Chesterfield – February 3 2. Let’s Go Explore the Past Through Archaeology – Charlottesville – February 10 3. Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – February 20 4. Wayne Theatre Performances…

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How To Raise Your Leadership Lid

How To Raise Your Leadership Lid Note:  This is the second in a series of articles on leadership. Click here for the first article.  It was the most excruciating pain I have ever felt. I was writhing on my hospital…

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Meet Heidi St. John!

HEAV is thrilled to welcome Heidi St. John, the Busy Homeschool Mom, back to the Virginia Homeschool Convention in June! A popular speaker and a convention favorite at HEAV, Heidi St. John shares a special brand of humor and grace…

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Around the State – January 23, 2018

1. College of the Albemarle Student Theatre Auditions for Beauty and the Beast – Elizabeth City, NC – February 3 2. Homeschool Day with University of Richmond Spider Basketball – Henrico – February 17 3. Branch Museum of Architecture and…

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Returning to Government High School

Q. I’ve just started homeschooling and am looking for an accredited curriculum. I may send my teen back to high school next year. What do you suggest? A. Whether a curriculum is accredited or non-accredited is not critical to homeschooling…

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Convention Speaker Spotlight: Film-maker Justus McCranie!

Where Does a Homeschooler Learn How to Make Christian Films? Part of the adventure of homeschooling is being able to follow your own interests, your own dreams, your own passions. Justus McCranie, the founder and creative force behind Tomorrow’s Filmmakers,…

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Around the State – January 16, 2018

1. Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” January Event – Appomattox – January 20 Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park Appomattox, Virginia Cost: All events are free and open to the public. Participants should wear appropriate athletic shoes…

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Homeschool Resolutions, Goals, and Planning

The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to evaluate your homeschool lifestyle and habits, celebrate the past year’s successes, and resolve to improve on your shortcomings. One of the most important parts of making resolutions and setting…

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Around the State – January 10, 2018

1. Homeschool Family Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is January 12 2. Chesterfield Historical Society Annual Winter Lecture Series – Chesterfield – Beginning January 12 3. Solving the Puzzle of Chesterfield’s Past Through Archeology – Chesterfield – January 27…

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Homeschool Lessons for the Winter Blahs

Frigid temperatures and slushy roads will eventually make anyone start longing for spring, but don’t wish that snow and ice away just yet! It’s full of inspiration for fascinating math and science lessons and beautiful visual and language art. Here…

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Are You Homeschooling Out of Fear?

If there’s one thing I’ve heard over and over from veteran homeschoolers, it’s that we shouldn’t homeschool out of fear. That sounds like wise advice. Who wants to be motivated by fear? But what does that actually mean in practice?…

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Vacation Brain

Lately, I’ve had a bad case of “vacation brain”! As is usual at this point in the year, we have reached the end of our first semester, and are busy with our Advent creative block. Co-op is over until January,…

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Around the State – December 19, 2017

1. National History Bee – Various Locations – Registration Deadline Is January 8, 2018 2. Municipal Band Youth Ensemble Spring 2018 Registration – Charlottesville – Rehearsals Begin February 26 3. Lions of VA James Bland Music Scholarship Competition – Various…

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Gratitude: Counting Your Blessings

Gratitude: Counting Your Blessings Learning to be grateful and say “thank you” isn’t always the easiest lesson to teach–or learn. In a season that often seems to focus on over-indulgence, being thankful for the things we already have can be…

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Every Problem Is a Leadership Problem

by Royce White Note:  This is the first in a series of articles on leadership. Click here for the second article.  My first day at my first job… I was feeling great. I was the night manager of a telephone sales…

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Around the State – December 12, 2017

1. “Plant Medicine” Lecture and Nature Walk – Stratford – December 16 2. Sensory Friendly Christmas Village Program – Vienna – December 16 3. Kid Healthy Ideas Program – Various Locations – Multiple Dates Beginning January 3 4. Virginia Outdoor Writers…

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First-Time Convention Speaker: Kathy Koch

It’s all about self-respect, self-control, and respect for others.” – Dr. Kathy Kathy Koch (Celebrate Kids) is speaking at the HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention for the first time! Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced “cook”), as the founder and president of Celebrate…

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