Meet the Exhibit Hall Coordinators

by Michelle Crooker The HEAV Convention Exhibit Hall consists of nearly 102,000 square feet and more than 190 exhibitors! Who are the architects of this massive undertaking? Meet Bonnie and Cecil, Exhibit Hall coordinators for more than three years. Homeschooling…

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Evaluating Your Own Child

Q. Since I have a teaching license, can I evaluate my own child rather than use a standardized achievement test? A. The law allows a parent who has complied with the homeschool statute (filed a Notice of Intent form) to…

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Cool Sites – March 25, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Devotional Binder Downloads 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: “All American Plarn Bag” 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: “36 Spring Crafts for Kids That Are Simple” 3.4 STEM: Chemistry Calendar 3.5 Family Fun: Backyard Games and Activities 3.6 Homemaking/Parenting: Personal Finance…

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General Interest Items – March 25, 2015

2.1 Revolutionary War Living History Re-Enactment – Beaverdam – March 29 2.2 Virginia Beach Chorale Student Scholarship 2015 – Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach – Apply by April 15 2.3 Odyssey JR String Instrument Camp – Richmond –…

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Homeschool Items – March 25, 2015

1.1 Homeschool Day: Adventure in the New World! – St. Mary’s City, MD – Register by April 1 1.2 Piedmont Area Christian Educators Meeting – Culpeper – April 14 1.3 Horseshoe Pitching Course – Stuarts Draft – Register by April…

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Holiday Homeschooling

by Maiya Drennen I am always trying to think of different ways to help my family with homeschooling, because homeschooling has always been really important to me—and a lot of fun! Even though I am no longer a homeschooled student,…

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Certified Tutor and Notice of Intent

Q. If I file under the certified tutor statute, do I also need to provide a Notice of Intent? A. If you comply with the certified tutor statute by sending a letter and your credentials for the superintendent’s approval, do…

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Taking Preschoolers and Toddlers to Convention

By Kyndra Steinmann Since the HEAV Convention is a family event—and a time when parents are looking at curricula and trying to attend workshops—the question often arises: How can I attend the convention with my children who are too young…

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Cool Sites – March 18, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Comfort in the Cupboards 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 10 Ways Thrifty People Use Facebook To Save & Make Money 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Listening Activities for Two-Year Olds 3.4 STEM: “Engineering on a Dime: 3 STEM Challenges You…

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General Interest Items – March 18, 2015

2.1 Beginner Sewing & Design Lessons – Henrico – Deadline Is March 23 2.2 The Great Education Forum – Lynchburg – April 18 2.3 Christian Authors Festival – Virginia Beach – June 1   2.1 Beginner Sewing & Design Lessons…

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Homeschool Items – March 18, 2015

1.1 Homeschool Family Skate Night – Midlothian – April 2   1.1 Homeschool Family Skate Night – Midlothian – April 2 Skate-A-Away Midlothian, VA Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per skater, no cost…

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Homeschool Diplomas

Q. How do I get a diploma when my teen is ready to graduate? We use a correspondence school, but I prefer a Virginia diploma. A. A homeschool student will not receive a diploma from the Commonwealth of Virginia since…

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Wanna Be a WAHM?

By Carol Topp Working at home while homeschooling can provide a very attractive and flexible environment for both teaching children and making money. As a work-at-home mom, you can have your foot comfortably placed in two very different worlds: your…

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Cool Sites – March 11, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Christian Classics Ethereal Library 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: “Cutting Expenses When You Think You Have Nothing Left to Cut” 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Christian Preschool Printables for St. Patrick’s Day 3.4 STEM: Mathematics Solutions for Your Tough Problems…

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General Interest Items – March 11, 2015

2.1 Mineral and Fossil Show – Gaithersburg, MD – March 21-22 2.2 Reelin’ in Roanoke – Roanoke – Register by April 4 2.3 Gaithersburg Book Festival – Gaithersburg, MD – May 16   2.1 Mineral and Fossil Show – Gaithersburg,…

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Homeschool Items – March 11, 2015

1.1 NCIS Visit – Woodbridge – March 31   1.1 NCIS Visit – Woodbridge – March 31 Chinn Library Woodbridge, VA Tuesday, March 31, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. For grades 5 and up. Parents…

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Benefits of Group Classes

By Kyndra Steinmann   This year, the three big children have been taking a combination swimming and gym class for homeschoolers at our local YMCA. I had initially decided this would be a good idea as YMCA swim lessons are…

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Support for Sports Access

Q. If I support sports access for homeschoolers, how do I encourage the governor to sign the Tebow bill? A. You can write, call, or e-mail Governor McAuliffe to express your support for sports access and the local option–letting local…

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Cool Sites – March 4, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Article: “James Gray on Mastering the Bible” 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Goodbye, Coffee Shop: 35+ Hot Drinks You Can Make at Home 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Construct a Word 3.4 STEM: Explore Your Future – Careers 3.5 English:…

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General Interest Items – March 4, 2015

2.1 Kohl’s Care Scholarship – Submission Deadline Is March 15 2.2 Rain Barrel Workshop – Newport News – March 21 2.3 Henricus Historical Park Activities – Chester – Begin March 22   2.1 Kohl’s Care Scholarship – Submission Deadline Is…

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Homeschool Items – March 4, 2015

1.1 Registration: Areté Christian Academy – Mechanicsville – Opens March 24 1.2 Virginia Museum of Natural History Homeschool Wednesdays – Ongoing   1.1 Registration: Areté Christian Academy – Mechanicsville – Opens March 24 Areté Christian Academy Fairmount Christian Church Mechanicsville, VA Tuesday, March…

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SAT, PSAT & ACT Enactment Date

Q. Can I use the PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores in lieu of standardized test scores for my high school student this year? A. HB 1754 and SB 1403 have both passed and are now awaiting Governor McAuliffe’s signature before…

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Meet Our Speaker Coordinator

By Michelle Crooker   Have you checked out the speaker line-up this year? If you have–or if you have come to an HEAV convention in the last few years–you may be wondering who is responsible for the speaker line-up–and how…

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Cool Sites – February 25, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Christ Centered Classic Literature 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 20 Things to Use Twice before Tossing 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: 26 Games to Teach Short Vowel Sounds 3.4 STEM: The Physics Classroom   3.1 Christian Resources: Christ-Centered Classic Literature…

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General Interest Items – February 25, 2015

2.1 Rose Pruning Workshop – Newport News – Register by March 6 2.2 American Red Cross Lifeguard Course – Goochland – Register by March 20   2.1 Rose Pruning Workshop – Newport News – Register by March 6 Huntington Rose…

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Homeschool Items – February 25, 2015

1.1 Suit Up Retreat – Baltimore, MD – March 6-7 Westin Hotel, BWI Baltimore, MD Friday, March 6, 2015, and Saturday, March 7. Cost: $155 (HSLDA members receive a $25 discount with the discount code HSLDA.) Suit Up is a…

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Ten Ways To Tame “The Wiggles”

By Kyndra Steinmann   Oh, the wiggles! The tapping on the desk with pencils! The kicking of chair legs! The taking of every opportunity to poke a sibling! They happen anytime, in any classroom–but they happen so much more in…

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Test Level

Q. Our son is working below grade level on some subjects, though he tested fine on the end-of-year, grade-level test. After I submitted his results, the school district indicated he should test at the next higher grade level. I don’t…

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Cool Sites – February 18, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Free Bible Study Software 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: 55+ Quiet Time Activities 3.4 Science: Free State Bird Ringtones – Or Audio Learning 3.5 History: Everything Lincoln  …

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