Grading with Grammarly: A Tool for  Compositions

by Pamela Hall Have you ever wished you had a personal editor? I teach creative writing and composition to homeschool kids in my home and at our local cooperative. Often, moms tell me that they don’t feel comfortable editing their…

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Support Groups Make the Load Lighter

By Kyndra Steinmann I was talking to my husband the other night while thinking about all of the questions and comments about support groups that have been appearing in my Facebook feed, and I tried to articulate for him what…

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You Go, Graduate!

By Maiya Drennen The first seventeen years of my life were pretty easy as far as knowing what to do: schoolwork. My mom would give me my assignments on Sunday and for the next five days I knew exactly what…

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JR Judd Violins

by Michelle Crooker J.R. Judd Violins – Williamsport, PA Each year the HEAV convention seems to get bigger and bigger. With so many vendors, sometimes it’s hard to know which vendors are new and which are ones you just never…

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Keeping On

By Kyndra Steinmann It’s been a rough couple of weeks around here. I had a cold, which the children unhappily shared, leading to no school for a week and few chores. The next week was not only full of appointments…

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Meet the Exhibit Hall Coordinators

by Michelle Crooker The HEAV Convention Exhibit Hall consists of nearly 102,000 square feet and more than 190 exhibitors! Who are the architects of this massive undertaking? Meet Bonnie and Cecil, Exhibit Hall coordinators for more than three years. Homeschooling…

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Taking Preschoolers and Toddlers to Convention

By Kyndra Steinmann Since the HEAV Convention is a family event—and a time when parents are looking at curricula and trying to attend workshops—the question often arises: How can I attend the convention with my children who are too young…

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Wanna Be a WAHM?

By Carol Topp Working at home while homeschooling can provide a very attractive and flexible environment for both teaching children and making money. As a work-at-home mom, you can have your foot comfortably placed in two very different worlds: your…

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Benefits of Group Classes

By Kyndra Steinmann   This year, the three big children have been taking a combination swimming and gym class for homeschoolers at our local YMCA. I had initially decided this would be a good idea as YMCA swim lessons are…

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Meet Our Speaker Coordinator

By Michelle Crooker   Have you checked out the speaker line-up this year? If you have–or if you have come to an HEAV convention in the last few years–you may be wondering who is responsible for the speaker line-up–and how…

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Ten Ways To Tame “The Wiggles”

By Kyndra Steinmann   Oh, the wiggles! The tapping on the desk with pencils! The kicking of chair legs! The taking of every opportunity to poke a sibling! They happen anytime, in any classroom–but they happen so much more in…

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A Moment of Quiet

by Kyndra Steinmann Refreshment… In this busy world of homeschooling and parenting it’s not an easy thing to come by. In fact, most of the time it’s just a kind of wistful dream. Someday…when the children are grown…maybe this summer…….

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But Where Did All the Pencils Go?

by Kyndra Steinmann This morning was one of those school days that “did not go well” . The fourth-grader argued with the assignments and the textbooks. The third-grader dawdled and ate her pencils. The first-grader suddenly couldn’t remember any of…

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Your Children CAN Help Set Goals

  by Kyndra Steinmann With the new year, my Pinterest and Facebook feeds have been full of enticements to “set new goals in 2015” or “discover a new you.” I’ve seen dozens of printables for planning a new year or…

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Is It Your Density?

  By Michelle Crooker Density is defined as the degree of compactness of a substance. In English that means how big or small something is compared with how heavy it is. Quick Quiz: What weighs more: a pound of feathers…

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Dive Into Winter

by Kyndra Steinmann So, the holidays are over. The last cookie has been eaten, the last sugar rush survived, and the sparkle of “new” has worn off of the toys. It’s time to resume school and the regular schedule. But…

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Being Honest With Your Children

by Kyndra Steinmann The other day I was talking to another homeschool mom about the difficulties her eldest child is having in learning to read. The child shows multiple signs of dyslexia, with a possible secondary issue with processing language,…

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Let it Glow!

By Michelle Crooker What can you find at a dollar store and deep in the ocean? Today, we are going to explore the amazing world of glowing stuff. Start off by asking your kids the question “What is light?” This…

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But Where Did All the Pencils Go?

by Kyndra Steinmann This morning was one of those school days that “did not go well” . The fourth-grader argued with the assignments and the textbooks. The third-grader dawdled and ate her pencils. The first-grader suddenly couldn’t remember any of…

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“Weather” or Not

by Michelle Crooker This year, Bug and Princess are both studying biology in NOEO Science, sold through Logos Press, and they are currently learning about weather. One of the things I like about NOEO Science is their name. “Noeo” is a…

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Organizing for Thanksgiving

– By Florence Feldman, www.organizedtimes.com  Sometimes the turkey is not the only thing that gets stuffed at Thanksgiving. When making room for holiday company, we stuff our closets, attics, basements, showers, and other out-of-sight spaces with “stuff” we just don’t…

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Apprenticeship and Mentorship Making a Comeback

by Mike Cheney In the 250 years since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution when the fragmenting of the family into individual labor units began in earnest, the concepts of apprenticeship and men- torship largely disappeared from the American culture….

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Common Teen Struggles

by Maiya Drennen Throughout our lives, different struggles will take their toll on each and every one of us.  The teen years, for most of us, are filled with struggle. During them, we’re still learning; still discovering new things; and…

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Pamplin Park Homeschool Days

An HEAV-Sponsored Event Location: 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg Date: Friday, November 14, and Friday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $10.50/adult; $9/child age 6 to 18; children age 5 and under are free. Registration: To register,…

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Learning to Be Wrong

by Kyndra Steinman Does this ever happen at your house? You are teaching a math lesson and ask your student, “What number, plus six, equals fourteen?” “Seven,” he replies positively. “No,” you say, “that’s incorrect.” And the arguing commences… “I…

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History to Science

by Michelle Crooker This year Six Hands is studying U.S. History. One of the reasons for this is that he requested to do so, but the other reason is because I really wanted to get out of the ancient world. Between…

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Recognizing Progress

by Kyndra Steinman The other day, we had one of those days when all of the interactions with a particular child go badly. You know–the days when the child in question starts trying to run the world before he’s even…

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