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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Making Music in Your Homeschool

by Megan Bittner Music lessons may sometimes seem like an unnecessary burden on an already overloaded student’s schedule. Or perhaps you struggle with incorporating music appreciation into your homeschool because you don’t consider yourself “musical.” This Homeschool Living explores the…

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Around the State – September 12, 2018

1. Henricus Homeschool Day – Chester – Register by September 17 2. Hampton Roads Christian College Fair – Norfolk – October 4 3. Joshua’s Hands Fall Festival – Waterford – October 6   1. Henricus Homeschool Day – Chester –…

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Backyard Bees & Beekeeping

by Megan Bittner Bees are one of the most important creatures to humans on earth. It is estimated that one third of the food we eat relies on pollination primarily by bees (though other insects, birds, and bats play a…

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Powerful Keys to Emergency Preparedness

by Megan Bittner We don’t want to consider the possibility of a tragedy such as a natural disaster affecting our families. But preparing for emergencies ahead of time and talking about emergency plans with all the members of your family…

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Around the State – September 5, 2018

1. Opera in Williamsburg Dress Rehearsal – Williamsburg – September 10 2. “My DNA: What Can I Expect from an Analysis?” Presentation – Chesterfield – September 15 3. PWC Recycled Art Contest 2018 – Manassas – Registration Deadline Is October…

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Homeschoolers and Scripps Spelling Bee

Q. How do homeschoolers enroll in the 2019 National Spelling Bee? A. Homeschool support groups or co-ops can enroll in the Scripps National Spelling Bee just like other students. Early registration is August 22 through October 15 with a discounted…

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Six Tips for Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs

By Jackie N. As parents of kids with special needs, we know how amazing they are. With the right encouragement and support, they can do almost anything any other children can do. The milestones might come more slowly and with…

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Simple Living and Homeschooling

by Megan Bittner Does the thought of surprise guests make you want to draw the blinds and lock the door? Is your “quality family time” overshadowed by looming chores and unfinished tasks? Do you slip through the drive-through or throw…

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Around the State – August 29, 2018

1. Junior Solar Sprint Workshops – Vienna – Registration Deadline Is September 8 2. “The Farmerettes” Presentation – Chesterfield – September 8 3. Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days – Williamsburg – September 8-23 4. Explore the Rivers of Enon – Chester…

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Around the State – August 22, 2018

1. Art in the Park – Appomattox – August 25 2. TCHE Back to School Bash – Colonial Heights – September 6 3. His Handmaids Accepting New Handmaids-in-Waiting – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is September 22   1. Art in…

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