Testing a Kindergartener

Q. I recently received a letter from my county superintendent saying my kindergartener must be tested. I didn’t think I needed to test this year. What should I do? A. Don’t be alarmed by this testing reminder. You have likely…

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Cool Sites – May 6, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: How to Memorize the Bible 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Save Money with These Tips for Taking Family Portraits 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Beginning Letter Sounds Worksheets 3.4 STEM: Mathematics in Literature 3.5 Photography: May Is National Photography Month…

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General Interest Items – May 6, 2015

2.1 Jamestown Day – Williamsburg – May 9 2.2 Lenses, Lights, and Lighthouses – Fort Story – May 10   2.1 Jamestown Day – Williamsburg – May 9 Jamestown Settlement Williamsburg, VA Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 9 a.m. to…

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Homeschool Items – May 6, 2015

1.1 Science Alive in Salem – Winston-Salem, NC – Registration Deadline May 22 1.2 GRACE Curriculum Sale – Burke – May 29 1.3 Classical Conversations 3-Day Practicum – Suffolk – June 22-24   1.1 Science Alive in Salem – Winston-Salem, NC – Registration Deadline May 22…

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Fun Music Ministry Opportunity!

Volunteer Musicians Wanted HEAV invites you to come and play background music at the 32nd Annual HEAV Homeschool Convention! We are now accepting applicants and are looking for experienced musicians to fill the registration lobby and UCS hall with refreshing background…

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Testing and the Composite Score

Q. When testing, do you administer all or part of the standardized achievement test? A. The Virginia homeschool statute, § 22.1-254.1 (C), requires a composite score in or above the 4th stanine on a standardized achievement test. A composite score…

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Cool Sites – April 29, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Daily Devotional 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Getting the Most Out of Used Curriculum Sales 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Make New Words by Changing One Letter 3.4 STEM: Computer Science 3.5 Electives: Free Online Drawing Lessons 3.6 Cooking: “12…

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General Interest Items – April 29, 2015

2.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – May 11 2.2 Confederate History and Heritage Day – Chesterfield – May 16   2.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – May 11 Virginia Baptist Resource Center Richmond, VA Monday, May 11, 2015,…

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Homeschool Items – April 29, 2015

1.1 Used Curriculum Sale and More – Richmond – May 7 1.2 Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Register by May 8 1.3 Tri-Cities Home Educators Used Curriculum Sale – Colonial Heights – May 15   1.1 Used Curriculum…

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Testing Level

Q. Which test level should I use to show educational progress? The one for the present year or the one for the year my child will be entering next fall? A. Unless the test publisher gives different ordering instructions, a…

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Support Groups Make the Load Lighter

By Kyndra Steinmann I was talking to my husband the other night while thinking about all of the questions and comments about support groups that have been appearing in my Facebook feed, and I tried to articulate for him what…

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Pizza, a T-shirt, and a Positive Impact!

By Hannah Elizabeth Heath As a homeschooler, you may have heard of, or even attended, HEAV’s Annual Homeschool Convention–now in it’s 32nd year. Unless you’re a parent of young children, though, you may not be as familiar with the Children’s…

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You Go, Graduate!

By Maiya Drennen The first seventeen years of my life were pretty easy as far as knowing what to do: schoolwork. My mom would give me my assignments on Sunday and for the next five days I knew exactly what…

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Cool Sites – April 22, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Tips for Having a Devotional Time in the Digital Age 3.2 Recycling: No More Tennis Shoes in Landfills 3.3 First Grade: Brain Teasers 3.4 STEM: Free Digestive System Note-Booking Pages 3.5 Family Fun: Old-Fashioned Games 3.6 Homemaking:…

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General Interest Items – April 22, 2015

2.1 Celebrate the Art of Flowers: Paris in Springtime – Richmond – April 25 2.2 Summer Band Camp – Virginia Beach – Register by June 15, 2015   2.1 Celebrate the Art of Flowers: Paris in Springtime – Richmond –…

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Homeschool Items – April 22, 2015

1.1 Chesterfield Christian Academy Registrations – Chesterfield – Register by May 15 1.2 GRHE and HERF Used Curriculum Sale – Troutville – May 19   1.1 Chesterfield Christian Academy Registrations – Chesterfield – Register by May 15 Nazarene Church 6851…

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Geomatters’ Bundle Giveaway

Discover geography and culture the FUN way! GeoMatters is giving away a Cultural Geography Bundle including the following digital books: Geography Through Art – international art projects. Join your children on an artistic journey to more than twenty-five countries spanning…

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ShillerMath Giveaway!

Win ShillerMath’s Kit 1 Virtual for pre-K through third grade! Besides providing a stellar Montessori-based education, Kit I Virtual is also recommended to fill the holes in the math foundations of 7-10 year olds without digging a money hole at…

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Foreign Languages for Kids Giveaway

Foreign Languages for Kids uses a fresh approach to learning foreign languages, and the video program teaches Spanish through short stories of kids speaking Spanish in a variety of practical, but amusing, real-life situations. But you’ll be able to check…

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Sciexperience Giveaway!

This bundle by Sciexperience includes The Electrifying Nervous System by Dr. Lainna Callentine, but also a personalized science goody bag based on the age and interests of your child ! Developed by a homeschooling pediatrician, The Electrifying Nervous System focuses…

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2015 Convention Giveaway!

HEAV is giving away a full, family registration to the 32nd Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention! It includes all shopping (UCS & Exhibit Hall); workshops; keynote addresses by Ken Ham; and so much more!* In addition to the new events at…

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IEW Gift Certificates Giveaway!

Win one of two, $25 gift certificates for the Institute for Excellence in Writing, an award-winning approach to teaching students how to write well, think clearly, and communicate effectively! Enter for a chance to win! Andrew Pudewa is a convention…

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JR Judd Violins

by Michelle Crooker J.R. Judd Violins – Williamsport, PA Each year the HEAV convention seems to get bigger and bigger. With so many vendors, sometimes it’s hard to know which vendors are new and which are ones you just never…

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Evaluation Letter Contents

Q. What should be included in an evaluation letter? A. An evaluation letter should be written on letterhead with contact information and signed with the evaluator’s title and credentials. He may want to include documents that substantiate his educational background…

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Cool Sites – April 15, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Free Biography of William Wilberforce 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Repurpose, Reuse, and Recycle Old Things 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Children’s Songs 3.4 STEM: Math in Basketball 3.5 Electives: Free Online Beginning Piano Lessons 3.6 Homemaking: Cooking Video Instruction…

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General Interest Items – April 15, 2015

2.1 The 2015 Shakespeare & Co. Play Festival – Annandale – May 1 and 2   2.1 The 2015 Shakespeare & Co. Play Festival – Annandale – May 1 and 2 Capital Baptist Church Annandale, VA Friday, May 1, 2015,…

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Homeschool Items – April 15, 2015

1.1 Book Report Fair – Hopewell – May 12   1.1 Book Report Fair – Hopewell – May 12 Appomattox Regional Library System – Hopewell Library Hopewell, VA Tuesday, May 12, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Free of…

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Keeping On

By Kyndra Steinmann It’s been a rough couple of weeks around here. I had a cold, which the children unhappily shared, leading to no school for a week and few chores. The next week was not only full of appointments…

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Withdrawing from School

Q. What do I do if I want to take my child out of school to homeschool now? A. First, fill out a Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction form (NOI) or write a personal letter to the superintendent….

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