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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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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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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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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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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Loving and Letting Go

by Kyndra Steinmann Has it ever occurred to you that you could love your children too much? That you could do too much for them and make life too pleasant and easy? That sometimes the best way to love is…

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Around the State – June 7, 2017

2.1 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Healthy Parks, Healthy People Events – Appomattox – Various Activities Throughout June 2.2 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is June 9 2.3 2017 Beach Breakers Boys…

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Zoos and Aquariums

1.1 Article: “10 Things Your Teen Loves to Hear” 1.2 Zoos and Aquariums for the Family 1.3 Animals and Sea Creatures; Studies, Books, and Crafts 1.4 Zoology and Marine Biology Books, Games, and Crafts 1.5 Zoology and Aquarium Curriculum and…

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EOY Test Evaluator

Q. Can a homeschool evaluator be retired? The person I would like to evaluate my child is a retired teacher who does not currently have a teaching license but does have a master’s degree. A. The Virginia homeschool law states…

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Share the Gift of Homeschooling!

Share the gift of homeschooling with a friend when you invite them to the 2017 HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention and share this special, at-the-door, $10-off coupon! HEAV Friends & Family Discount Print the 2017 save-at-the-door coupon—or show it on your…

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Great Giveaways!

Welcome to HEAV’s convention kick-off Facebook party and blog giveaway! Convention preregistration closes in just one week—if you haven’t registered yet, sign up today! Preregistration saves you $10 off the at-the-door price—and members save $20. Join us on Facebook on…

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Around the State – May 17, 2017

2.1 Orchestra Project Summer Camp – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is May 26 2.2 Family Foundation Worldview Academy – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is May 31 2.3 Center for Legal and Court Technology Classes – Williamsburg – Multiple Classes, Beginning…

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Withholding a Child

Q. In my notice of intent last August, I placed my child in the eighth grade. I’d like to change that now and give him the seventh-grade, end-year test. I would then place him in eighth grade next year. Will…

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Home Organization Or Laziness

By Kyndra Steinmann I was talking with someone the other day and mentioned how I needed to work on menus for our main meals over the next several months. “Oh!,” she said, “ You are so organized! I couldn’t possibly…

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National Bike Month

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. 1.1 Article: “5 Ways…

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First Time at the HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention

Welcome! Whether you’re considering beginning to homeschool or have made up your mind to get started, you’ve made the decision to attend the HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention—and we are thrilled that you are joining us! We know that your first…

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Around the State – May 10, 2017

2.1 Chesterfield Christian Academy Used Curriculum Sale and Open House – Midlothian – June 1 2.2 Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concerts – Richmond – May 21 2.3 Republican Party of Virginia Internship and Volunteer Opportunities – Henrico -Ongoing through…

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Bird Studies for Your Homeschool – May 10, 2017

In honor of International Migratory Bird Day 2017, Home Educators of Virginia is focusing our homeschool classroom resources on ornithology. 1.1 Article: “Stress and Your Relationship with God” 1.2 Feathered Friends for the Family 1.3 Birding Resources for the Very…

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Sign Language as Foreign Language

Is sign language accepted by colleges for a foreign language for Virginia homeschoolers? American Sign Language (ASL) is accepted by ALL public Virginia colleges, but the picture is less clear when it comes to private or out-of-state colleges. Read more…

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5 Poetry Studies for Homeschool

Connecting with a poem on a deep personal level can be a great joy. It strikes a chord with us and we want to share the emotions and thoughts it brings to mind. If your forte does not happen to…

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Preparing the Busy Toddler for the HEAV Convention

by Kyndra Steinmann The annual HEAV Convention is one of the highlights of our school year. It marks the end of regular lessons (although we do usually continue some things through the summer) and the beginning of summer activities. It’s…

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Convention Registration Giveaway

34th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention Giveaway! HEAV is giving away a full, family registration to the 34th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention, to be held June 9-11, 2016, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center! Registration includes all shopping (UCS & Exhibit…

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Birth Date on NOI

Do Virginia homeschoolers need to include their child’s birth date on their notice of intent to homeschool? Some school officials request a child’s date of birth on a notice of intent to homeschool, but parents are not required to comply….

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Convention with Kids? You’ve Got This!

Many parents like to bring the entire family to the annual Virginia homeschool convention each year. Conventioning with kids makes it a family vacation that everyone looks forward to! Like any vacation, though, it takes some planning—especially if you’re traveling…

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