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Time Out…For Mama

Posted on Apr 11 2014 by admin

This morning, I dismissed school after only an hour. We were nowhere near done for the day, but I was out of patience. The toddler was fussing because he is teething; the preschooler had a cold and his brain and his sinuses appeared to be equally blocked up; and the older two were alternately dawdling [...]


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Handling the Stress and Pressure Before Graduation

Posted on Mar 20 2014 by admin

by Maiya Drennen   The months leading up to graduation will quite possibly be some of the most stressful and pressure-filled months of your life. Trying to finish up the last bit of schoolwork, figuring out where to go to college, figuring out if God is leading you to college, and so on, are some [...]


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Giveaway! Share Your Story.

Posted on Nov 29 2013 by admin

What’s Your Story? HEAV has celebrated a wonderful milestone this year! As we prepare to end this incredible year, we would love to put the spotlight on you–the homeschool families of Virginia—allowing your experience to bless fellow home educators…and bless you, too! How has HEAV changed or helped your homeschooling journey?   How has the [...]


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Are You Being Kind?

Posted on Sep 29 2013 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann It seems some days the squabbles come every five minutes! The peace of the backyard is shattered by shrieks and cries which rapidly invade the house. “Mommy, he…!” “But she….” “You’re lying!” “No, you are!”   Now, sometimes I know who’s in the wrong, but most of the time I don’t. Then, [...]

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Preparing for a New School Year

Posted on Sep 4 2013 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann So, you’ve recovered from the excitement of the convention, finished up those lessons from last year, and have been spending the long summer days relaxing. Everything was peaceful—and then you saw the flyers for back-to-school sales and the Virginia sales-tax holiday! And suddenly, September is here, and you need to be making [...]


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2013 “Be Not Weary” Mug Giveaway

Posted on Jul 23 2013 by admin

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HEAV Homeschool Song (Fun! Fun!)

Posted on Dec 20 2012 by admin

HEAV HOMESCHOOL SONG - To the tune of “Jingle Bells” (click to hear) Written by Karla Robinson, music director at Young Musicians of Virginia Sung by Soli Deo, a Young Musicians of Virginia homeschool choir CHORUS: We have come – on this day – to sing you all a song About the things – that have [...]

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When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool

Posted on Jul 16 2012 by admin

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com You had a wonderful plan this fall for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then…It happened (pick one): Your husband got transferred, and you have now moved across country, separated from your family or community support system. Your husband has been deployed, and you [...]

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What To Do with Your Preschooler

Posted on Jul 16 2012 by admin

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com A young mom writes: I’m new at homeschooling – I have 2-year-old twins. I want to teach them and get them ready for preschool. Please send me info to help me start off on the right foot. Another mom writes: I have a 3½- year-old boy, a 2½- year-old girl, and a 7-month [...]

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A Mom’s Sentimental Journey

Posted on Jul 16 2012 by admin

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com Some of you who have heard me speak or have read some of my other works know that I have often been geographically challenged during the homeschooling journey, both figuratively and physically. As we come to the end (sigh) of our homeschool “road,” I couldn’t resist one last “travel” analogy! Imagine this [...]

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Overwhelmed by “Expert Advice”

Posted on Feb 1 2012 by mbarnes

This post is part of a series by Melissa Barnes titled, “Sitting at My Savior’s Feet…A Short Devotional for Homeschool Moms.”  I nursed all my children, so when we adopted our son, I decided I wanted to attempt to breastfeed him. I knew it would be a challenge, but it sounded easier than learning to bottle feed [...]


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But You Didn’t Ask…

Posted on Jan 25 2012 by mbarnes

This post is part of a series by Melissa Barnes titled, “Sitting at My Savior’s Feet…A Short Devotional for Homeschool Moms.”  I love the part in It’s a Wonderful Life when people all over town are praying for George Bailey. You can hear their prayers lifted up to God in unison, and it sounds like a beautiful [...]

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What Do You Mean…Normal?

Posted on Jan 19 2012 by mbarnes

This post is part of a series by Melissa Barnes titled, “Sitting at My Savior’s Feet…A Short Devotional for Homeschool Moms.”  Our family adopted a baby boy last week. We met him and held him, and now we are anxiously waiting for his arrival in Virginia. During one of my “nesting” errands this week, I saw an [...]

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Pigskin Lessons

Posted on Jan 12 2012 by mbarnes

Why would a homeschool mom write a devotional about football? Because God has been saying a lot through football lately, and I am trying to listen! My career as a Tim Tebow fan goes back about seven years to Jacksonville, Florida, where my homeschooling journey began. Pam Tebow spoke at the first homeschool convention I [...]

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Brick by Brick, Gate by Gate

Posted on Dec 14 2011 by mbarnes

This post is part of a series by Melissa Barnes titled, “Sitting at My Savior’s Feet…A Short Devotional for Homeschool Moms.”  Sometimes I walk into a room in our house with the intention of getting it “in order.”  I enter the room full of energy and enthusiasm for the task, ready to conquer the mess and restore [...]


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Times Tables and Timetables

Posted on Dec 7 2011 by mbarnes

This post is part of a series by Melissa Barnes titled, “Sitting at My Savior’s Feet…A Short Devotional for Homeschool Moms.”  My daughter turned three this week. By all worldly standards she is grossly behind in every way…from her height and weight to her speech and language to her fine motor skills. She has developmental delays in [...]


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Rainbow Vision

Posted on Nov 29 2011 by mbarnes

This post is part of a series by Melissa Barnes titled, “Sitting at My Savior’s Feet…A Short Devotional for Homeschool Moms.”  Almost thirteen years ago, my husband’s aunt lost her battle with lung cancer. She died in a fourth-floor hospital room. Two floors above in the same hospital at the exact moment of her death, her daughter-in-law [...]

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Thankful for Disappointment

Posted on Nov 23 2011 by mbarnes

This post is part of a series by Melissa Barnes titled, “Sitting at My Savior’s Feet…A Short Devotional for Homeschool Moms.”  Do your kids ever disappoint you? Not just a little bit like an unmade bed or a forgotten jacket or even an undeserved push to a younger sibling. I mean really disappoint you…maybe even [...]


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Sitting at My Savior’s Feet…A Short Devotional for Homeschool Moms

Posted on Nov 16 2011 by mbarnes

In this new weekly feature, Melissa Barnes, writer and homeschool mom, will share reflections on how God speaks to her in the midst of a busy homeschool family. Her life consists of the “ordinary” cycle of teaching, managing a home, and parenting, yet she desires to intentionally seek God’s voice in her day-to-day life. It is our [...]