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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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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A Spirit of Fear

By Kyndra Steinmann How often, I wonder, do I say “no” to something because I am afraid? “No” to the children’s desire to do something. “No” to good opportunities, to friendships, to grace? Lately, I’ve been thinking about this a…

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Around the State – August 1, 2017

2.1 American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification – Waynesboro – Registration Deadline Is August 3 2.2 National Lighthouse Day Weekend – Virginia Beach – August 4-7 2.3 Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing   2.1 American Red Cross…

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Hometown Heroes

Emergency services personnel work tirelessly to keep us safe, often working nights, weekends, and holidays when most of us are home relaxing. This week’s Homeschool Classroom brings these heroes to our attention so that we can learn more about what…

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Around the State – July 25, 2017

2.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Chester – August 1 2.2 Henricus Homeschool Day – Chester – Register by September 4   2.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Chester – August 1 Hope Tree Foster Care Office Chester, Virginia Tuesday, August 1,…

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Homeschool Planning

July is a great time to reevaluate and plan for the upcoming homeschool year. We have collected a few resources to get you started. 1.1   Article: “I Don’t Know if I Can Do This” 1.2   Homeschool Planning 1.3…

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Around the State – July 18, 2017

2.1 Seussical the Musical – Midlothian – July 21 & 22 2.2 Joshua’s Hands Quilting Events – Purcellville – Multiple Dates 2.3 Chesterfield County Museum Programs – Chesterfield – Various Dates 2.4 Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County –…

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Summer Fun

July is summer fun month. Whether you homeschool year-round or break for the summer months, your children are sure to have uttered the infamous words, “I am bored.” These resources may help to, not only entertain, but also educate your…

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Join the Convention Listening Club!

I don’t know about you, but for me, the 2017 Virginia Homeschool Convention went by far too fast, and I’m simply delighted to get to start HEAV’s first-ever “Convention Listening Club” both here on the blog and within our very…

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Cookouts & Culinary Skills

  1.1 Article: “How the Comparison Trap Almost Ruined my Homeschool” 1.2 Cooking Skills for the Family 1.3 Flavors, Baking, and Life Skills 1.4 Sous Chefs 1.5 Culinary Artists As homeschoolers, we ensure our students learn every academic subject as…

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Swimming

Almost half of the American public admits to not knowing how to swim, even though drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for seven percent of all injury-related deaths. Ensuring your homeschooled child learns to…

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Around the State – June 21, 2017

2.1 Homeschool Music Program Open House – Henrico – June 23 2.2 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band Music Under the Stars Concert Series – Fort Eustis – Thursdays 2.3 Independence Day Celebrations – Multiple Locations – Various Dates…

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Camping and Entomology

What meets you at the intersection of a campsite and fun? Insects! This week’s homeschool classroom resources include information on camping and entomology.   1.1   Article: “Counting Our Blessings: 101 Reasons to be Thankful for Homeschooling” It’s never the…

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Around the State – June 14, 2017

2.1 STEM Saturdays – Hampton – Begins June 17 2.2 Virginia Air and Space Center STEM Summer Camps – Hampton – Weekly, June 26-August 18 2.3 Civil War Day Camps – New Market – July 10-14   2.1 STEM Saturdays…

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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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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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Creativity and Inventions

1.1 Article: “Four Ways to Cultivate Community at Home” 1.2 Exploring Inventions Together 1.3 Encouraging Creativity 1.4 Inventions and Their Effects on Life 1.5 Inventions: From Creation to Fruition It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention….

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Around the State – May 31, 2017

2.1 Homeschool Expo – Stephens City – June 3 2.2 Thread Art Summer Camp – Purcellville – June 26-30 2.3 Food Network Kids Baking Championship Casting – Ongoing 2.1 Homeschool Expo – Stephens City – June 3 Bowman Library Stephens…

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Memorial Day

1.1 Article: “No, After You” 1.2 Focusing Your Family on Memorial Day 1.3 Books, Crafts, Poppies, and Remembering 1.4 Why and How to Observe Memorial Day 1.5 Remembering the Sacrifice   In the Old Dominion, we live in a very…

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Around the State – May 24, 2017

2.1  Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Scholarship Contest – Application Deadline Is June 1 2.2 Autism and Chesterfield First Responders Community Connection Fair – Chesterfield – June 10 2.3 Special Needs Assessment and Testing – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is…

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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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