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 Started at the HEAV Homeschool Convention

Welcome! We are thrilled that you are joining us at the 2018 Virginia Homeschool Convention. We know that a first experience at the convention, though exciting and thoroughly engaging, can also be a little bit overwhelming. The HEAV convention is one…

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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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Around the State – April 10, 2018

1. Triangle Rock Club Homeschool Visit – Richmond – April 17 2. Battle at Osborne’s Landing Revolutionary War Reenactment – Chester – April 21-22 3. Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” April Events – Appomattox – Various…

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Growing Selfless Children

by Megan Bittner “How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank And how wonderful it is that there are so many countless ways to volunteer and make…

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Around the State – April 3, 2018

1. 153rd Anniversary Events at Appomattox Courthouse – Appomattox – April 6-12 2. “How the States Got Their Shapes” Lecture – Chesterfield – April 14 3. Civil War Legacies Seminar – Lynchburg – April 14 4. Garden Day at the…

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National Library Week

by Megan Bittner Next week is National Library Week. Take the opportunity to explore, rediscover, and share the importance and impact of libraries in your homeschool and your community. Check out this week’s Homeschool Classroom for cool facts about libraries…

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Around the State – March 27, 2018

1. “Diary of a Southern Soldier Boy” Presentation – Chesterfield – April 7 2. Family Trek: The Spring Forest at Stratford Hall – Montross – Pre-registration Recommended by April 11 3. Director’s Annual Battlefield Tour – New Market – May…

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Right-Brain Writing

Writing comes naturally for many children, and others learn it only after the writing process is taught in detail. However, some children never find writing easy, and they avoid it like the plague. These children continue to struggle with the…

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Around the State – March 20, 2018

1. Homeschool Day at the American Shakespeare Center – Staunton – April 18 2. Homeschool Spring Ball – Troutville – April 28 3. Beginning Genealogy Classes – Chesterfield – May 5 Through June 9   1. Homeschool Day at the…

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Teaching Children with Reading Difficulties

Wait, Wasn’t Reading Supposed to be Fun? A FREE HEAV-Sponsored Seminar Saturday, April 7 October’s “Reading Difficulties” seminar was a great success! If you missed it, or if you want to review the subject matter again, be sure to join…

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Around the State – March 13, 2018

1. Henricus Educator Open House – Chester – April 19 2. Gaithersburg Book Festival – Gaithersburg, MD – May 19 3. Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing   1. Henricus Educator Open House – Chester – April…

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STEM Basics: Computers, Coding & Application

by Megan Bittner With the increasing application of computers and technology in many career fields, teaching computer science–basics and beyond–has become more important than ever. But it can be a daunting idea, especially if this is not your area of…

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