Homeschool Independent Hearing

Q. I’m not in agreement with a decision my district superintendent has made regarding my homeschooling. Is there anything I can do? A. If you have complied with the home instruction law as described in §22.1-254.1, and you have exhausted…

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Around the State – September 19, 2017

2.1 Fall Festival and Photo Expo – Sterling – September 23 2.2 Hampton Roads Christian College Fair – Norfolk – October 2 2.3 Educator Night Out – Washington, D.C. – October 5 (Pre-registration required) 2.4 Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities –…

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National Punctuation Day

National Punctuation Day is September 24, 2017. You can use the resources in the Homeschool Classroom to celebrate this day with serious studies as well as fun and festive activities.   1.1 Article: “What to Tell Your Soul When You…

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Talking ‘By the Way’

by Kyndra Steinmann Recently I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a number of homeschool moms who are just beginning their journey. They have the usual questions about curriculum and what they should cover when, but the question that has…

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Homeschoolers Under Option 4

Q. How do I comply with Option iv of the homeschool statute? A. If you choose to use Option iv in order to homeschool, you must provide evidence, usually in the form of a typed letter, that you can provide…

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Around the State – September 12, 2017

2.1 Richmond Symphony Musical Ambassadors Program Concert – Richmond – September 19 2.2 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing Class – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is September 22 2.3 College Application Boot Camp – Richmond – September 30 2.4 The Barber…

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Five Mistakes Parents Make When Planning for College

In 2015, the latest year for which we have statistics, 59% of seniors who graduated from Virginia public and nonprofit colleges in 2015 had student loan debt, with an average of $27,717 per borrower. In the words of convention speaker…

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The Constitution

September 17 is National Constitution Day. The resources in the Homeschool Classroom can help you teach your students about the sacrifice and courage of our founding fathers and the document they penned to govern our nation. 1.1 Article: “Keeping Your…

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Leadership Training for Support Group Leaders

No one wants to follow a parked car! If your group is to move and grow then you, the leaders, need to be moving and growing. Since your growth as a leader directly benefits your group, the group has a…

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Are You Filling Your Homeschool Schedule Backwards?

by Lynna Sutherland Have you ever watched someone demonstrate time management and priorities with rocks, gravel, and sand? They demonstrate that beginning with the sand or gravel will leave no room for the big rocks. But if you begin with…

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Around the State – September 5, 2017

2.1 Home School Dance Education Program Demonstration – Henrico – September 6 2.2 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is September 8 2.3 Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Homeschool Days…

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Emergency Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month. Being prepared for an emergency can mean the difference between life and death. The resources included here will not only help you prepare for an emergency, but will also teach your homeschool students how to…

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Homeschoolers and Scripps Spelling Bee

Q. How do homeschoolers enroll in the 2018 National Spelling Bee? A. Homeschool support groups or co-ops can enroll in the Scripps National Spelling Bee just like other students. Fees are the same for all types of schools whether public,…

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What’s Contagious in Your Home?

by Kyndra Steinmann Remember back in the eighties when we used to have “chicken pox parties”?  Someone’s kids would come down with the chicken pox and a message would go out through the homeschool phone tree so anyone whose kids…

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Homeschoolers Needed to Review National Survey

`1The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) wants to improve its survey measures prior to publication of the 2018 National Household Education Survey. They are asking parents of homeschooled students, as well as parents of online, virtual, and cyber school…

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Around the State – August 29, 2017

2.1 “Dynamic Dulcimers and Friends” Concert – Appomattox – August 31 2.2 TCHE Back to School Bash – Colonial Heights – September 7 2.3 Daughters of Destiny – Pinnacle, NC – Registration Deadline Is September 30   2.1 “Dynamic Dulcimers…

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National Eye Exam Month

In honor of National Eye Exam Month, Home Educators of Virginia is dedicating our homeschool classroom section of the Update to resources that focus on vision and the eyes.   1.1 Article: “If You’re Dropping Off Part of Your Heart…

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8 Ways to Be a Better Mom

– by Crystal Paine Make your relationship with the Lord your number-one priority. If you’re too busy for God, you’re just plain too busy. Make time for the most important things. You won’t regret it. Get a consistent routine in…

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Around the State – August 22, 2017

2.1 Biltmore Estate Homeschool Festival – Asheville, NC – September 21 & 22 2.2 Homeschool Day at the American Shakespeare Center – Staunton – Registration Deadline Is October 25   2.1 Biltmore Estate Homeschool Festival – Asheville, NC – September…

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Summer Harvest

The summer harvest includes all kinds of tasty treats for our families to enjoy. Homeschoolers can use this season to teach children the importance of healthy eating and fun ways to include nutritious changes to our lifestyles. 1.1 Article: “Your…

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Forgot the NOI Deadline

Q. Oh, no! What should I do if I forgot to send in my Notice of Intent by the August 15th deadline? A. If you’ve homeschooled previously and the deadline slipped up on you this year, I suggest you call…

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Good Driver Discount Fairness Issue Resolved

Numerous homeschool families that applied for the Good Student Driver Discount for their qualif ied teens were denied the discount by their auto insurance company. HEAV received several phone calls concerning the financial difficulty this was creating for the families…

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Around the State – August 15, 2017

2.1  Common Scents: A Garden Distilling Demonstration – Richmond – August 18 2.2 “Winter in August!” Summer Concert – Richmond – August 20 2.3 Victory Homeschool Basketball Open Gyms – Fredericksburg – August 21 & 28   2.1  Common Scents:…

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National Honey Bee Day

National Honey Bee Day is August 19 this year. To help Virginia homeschoolers learn a bit more about bees and beekeeping, we are focusing our Homeschool Corner resources on a few introductory websites to start your studies. 1.1 Article: “Are…

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Your Homeschool Kids Are Missing Out

by Lynna Sutherland As homeschool parents, we sometimes face criticism from others about the educational choices we’ve made for our kids. It’s easy to get into a defensive posture and have responses ready to ward off that criticism. But it’s…

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Around the State – August 8, 2017

2.1 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Healthy Parks, Healthy People Events – Appomattox – Various Activities Throughout August 2.2 CHESS (Centreville Homeschool Enrichment Support Services) Classes – Manassas – Registration Deadline Is August 16 2.3 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party…

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Notice Of Intent for Virginia Homeschoolers: A Q&A Roundup!

In Virginia, homeschoolers are required to submit their Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction (NOI) by August 15 for the upcoming school year. Every year, we get many questions—from new homeschoolers and veterans alike—about specific situations and how to…

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2017 Solar Eclipse

The first solar eclipse to traverse across the entire continent in 99 years will take place Monday, August 21, 2017. While Virginia will not see a total eclipse, most of the state will see at least an 80% partial eclipse….

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Approval of NOI

Q. I received a call saying they were waiting for the superintendent’s “approval” of my Notice of Intent. I thought I didn’t need to get “approval.” A. You are correct. Parents file a notice that shows their intent to homeschool and how…

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