Around the State – July 18, 2018

1. Speech Writing Workshop – Virginia Beach – August 6 2. Foster Parent Information Session – Richmond – August 21 3. Appalachian Stomp – Hillsboro – November 3   1. Speech Writing Workshop – Virginia Beach – August 6 Regent…

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Swimming: Taking Homeschooling to the Water

Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities, and for homeschoolers it can be much more than a “fun-in-the-sun” afternoon at the pool. Learning to swim provides the opportunity to practice physical fitness, self motivation, water safety, and more….

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Around the State – June 26, 2018

1. An Evening of Science – Williamsburg – July 18 2. Jacob Bushong’s Birthday – New Market – August 18 3. Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship Program – Entry Deadline Is October 31   1. An Evening of Science…

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Celebrating Independence

Celebrate the 4th of July—Independence Day—with more than picnics and fireworks this year! Check out the Homeschool Classroom for some great ideas for teaching the history and meaning of Independence Day. Learn about the Declaration of Independence, explore our country’s…

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Around the State – June 18, 2018

1. Alpha Theatre and Arts Company Beauty and the Beast – Midlothian – July 13-14 2. “Haversacks and Hardtack” String Band Performance – Chesterfield – July 14 3. La Traviata Dress Rehearsal – Williamsburg – September 10   1. Alpha…

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Water Works: Teaching Sustainable Living

by Megan Bittner  Water is one of our most precious resources and conserving and using it wisely is a great responsibility. Simple water conservation and collection techniques can help cut your family’s water usage by half, which helps conserve energy…

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Birth Dates on NOI

Q. Am I required to provide my child’s date of birth on my city’s Notice of Intent form? A. No, the Virginia homeschool law, §22.1-254.1, DOES NOT require parents to disclose the birth dates or the grade levels of their…

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Are You Teaching Math for the Right Reason?

By Lynna Sutherland Most homeschool families make math learning and math work a priority in their homeschool day. Even if other things have to fall by the wayside, they make sure that math gets done. Most homeschool moms have faced…

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Around the State – June 12, 2018

1. Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Homemade Doll Day – Chesterfield – June 28 2. Joshua’s Hands Valiant Warrior Quilting Project – Purcellville – July 5-16 3. Reforming Arts Conference – Appomattox – August 2-4   1. Chesterfield Historical Society…

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Father’s Day

by Megan Bittner Father’s Day is this weekend! Explore this week’s Virginia Homeschool Classroom for some great ways to spend time with dad, recipes and ideas to make a special meal, sweet books to share and gift, and awesome projects…

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Around the State – June 5, 2018

1. Historic Point of Rocks Living History Day – Chester – June 23 2. Colonel Shipp’s Leadership Institute – New Market – Registration Deadline Is July 7 – New Market   1. Historic Point of Rocks Living History Day –…

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Around the State – May 29, 2018

1. Henricus Summer Camps – Chester – Multiple Dates June Through August 2. Henricus Discovery Days – Chester – Multiples Dates in July and August 3. Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing   1. Henricus Summer Camps…

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Bubbles & Balloons: Fun Summer Experiments for Your Homeschool

by Megan Bittner Bubbles and balloons are the perfect tools for some “lazy” summer learning! You can use them to explore science, mathematics, art, and more. Learn the science behind bubbles and balloons, experiment with their structure and formation, and…

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Why Siblings Fight

Have you ever wondered why your children fight? Does it seem to happen almost without cause? Do you sometimes feel at a loss to know how to predict the spark that will ignite the flame of sibling sparring or how…

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Around the State – May 22, 2018

1. Planter’s Day – Chesterfield – June 2 2. A Night of Solutions – Richmond – June 22 3. Virginia Air & Space Center Summer Camps – Hampton – Multiple Dates June Through August   1. Planter’s Day – Chesterfield…

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Honoring Memorial Day In Your Homeschool

By Megan Bittner In the Old Dominion, we live in a very diverse community that includes many military families stationed at various bases throughout our state. As homeschoolers, we have the opportunity to teach our children the importance of the…

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Around the State – May 15, 2018

1. GRHE/Herf Used Homeschool Book Sale – Troutville – May 22 2. Chesterfield Maker Expo – Chesterfield – June 2 3. Free Musikgarten Demo Classes – Richmond – Multiple Dates 4. Theatrical Summer Camps at the Historic Wayne Theatre –…

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Biking Adventures for Homeschoolers

May is National Bike Month. As the school year comes to a close and the warm weather has finally arrived in Virginia, homeschoolers across the state can turn their studies to outdoor activities such as biking. Check out some awesome…

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How to Homeschool Foreign Languages Confidently

by Anne Guarnera If you want to study foreign language in your homeschool but don’t speak one yourself—or even if you do!—you might have a million questions:   What’s the best age to start a foreign language? Which curriculum is…

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Around the State – May 8, 2018

1. “Johnny Reb and Billy Yank” Historical Program – Chesterfield – May 11 2. Home Educators of America Conference and Used Curriculum Sale – Purcellville – May 17-19 3. Scientific Spelling Workshop – Arlington – May 19 4. Chesterfield Historical…

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Mother’s Day!

by Megan Bittner Happy Mother’s Day! There are tons of great ways to share some quality time with your family this weekend. Kids can browse this Homeschool Classroom for awesome gift ideas and recipes to help make this Mother’s Day…

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Testing If Moving in the Spring

  Q. We’ll be moving out of state in June. Am I required to test and send a copy of the results to the superintendent? A. If you have filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) and will be moving out…

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Around the State – May 1, 2018

1. 19th Century Bon Air Celebration – North Chesterfield – May 5 through May 12 2. Gaithersburg Book Festival – Gaithersburg, MD – May 19 3. Superhero Family Night at the Lab – Fairfax – May 19 4. HERE Homeschool…

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A Hobby for a Lifetime: Photography & Scrapbooks

by Megan Bittner Where are your family photos? Do you have pictures tucked away in a shoebox? On an old hard drive? Filling your phone? This Homeschool Classroom will explore the science, art, and application of photography, whether you’re a…

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Getting Back on Track: Instilling Good Work Habits

By Kyndra Steinmann It’s been a hectic spring around here. March started out with a quick trip to Virginia to attend HEAV’s LeaderLife conference in Williamsburg. It was worth every minute of driving—but coming from Massachusetts, I did spend two…

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Around the State – April 24, 2018

1. Capital Baptist Homeschool Support Group Used Curriculum Sale – Falls Church – Consignor Registration Deadline Is May 7 2. Foster Parent Orientation – Chester – May 15 3. Think Well Worldview and Apologetics Conference – Charlottesville – Registration Deadline…

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Samuel Morse: Morse Code and Secret Codes

by Megan Bittner Codes have been used throughout history to communicate, signal distress, and transmit secret information. One of the most recognizable codes is Morse code, developed by Samuel Morse in 1836 as a means of long-distance communication. It was…

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Around the State – April 17, 2018

1. Ecology of Northern Virginia Nature Event – Sterling – May 2 2. TCHE Used Curriculum Sale & Co-op/College Open House – Colonial Heights – May 10 3. Outdoor Family Fun Day – Hagerstown – May 16 4. New River…

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Count Me In: Teaching Kids About Money and Finances

by Megan Bittner Is it ever too early to start learning how to save and spend money wisely? Answer this question in this week’s Homeschool Classroom, and discover some great tips for how and why to include financial budgeting in…

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A Journey to the Heart of a Homeschool

By Patrica Marie From the moment I laid eyes on my firstborn, I knew my life had changed. Like many others, I didn’t enter the realm of motherhood with credentials common to the job. But, as often is the case,…

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