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A Few More Legislative Notes

Posted on Jan 28 2008 by

Here are a few more updates: HB 1540, Changes Regulation of Driver Training Schools (Hugo) – I spoke with Del. Hugo about our concerns – maintaining the correspondence courses for driver’s education and parent taught behind-the-wheel options. His response was that he supports homeschoolers and says he will make changes and even pull the bill [...]

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Update on HB 375 Sports Access

Posted on Jan 28 2008 by

Good morning! HB 375 Sports Access (Carrico) was heard briefly this morning at 9 a.m. by the Education Committee. Members of the committee (members that were present are in bold): Tata (Chairman), Hamilton, Landes, Lingamfelter, Rust, Fralin, Cole, Gilbert, Janis, Athey, Pogge, Massie, Loupassi, Shuler, Alexander, Ebbin, Ware, O., Shannon, McClellan, Tyler, Bulova, and Morrissey. [...]

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Update on Tax Credit Bills

Posted on Jan 25 2008 by

Here’s this morning’s update: HB420 (Marshall) was heard this morning in the House Finance Subcommittee at 8:05 a.m. Members of the committee: Cline (Chairman), Orrock, R.L. Ware, Johnson, and Purkey. Several people spoke in support of the bill. – Jeff Caruso from Virginia Catholic Conference spoke for the bill and said it would “further the [...]

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Thanksgiving Musings

Posted on Nov 12 2007 by Sue

Share Ideas with Other Homeschoolers! How does your family keep Thanksgiving focused on the Lord? Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions? Have you ever had an extra-special Thanksgiving? If so, what made it so special? Is there a specific way in which you’re giving thanks this year, or do you have something specific for [...]

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Post Your Feedback About the 11/6 HEAV Update Here

Posted on Nov 5 2007 by Sue

The 11/6 Update will be coming out shortly. Once you get it, we’d like to hear what you think! Please leave your feedback for us by clicking on the gray “Comments” link immediately below this message. Don’t get our weekly Updates in which we share information about events, resources, and more? Sign up here. The [...]

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Sorting Out Activities

Posted on Oct 15 2007 by

I thought I’d write a follow-up to my previous post on socialization. I’ve noticed the problem today doesn’t seem to be that there aren’t enough activities for homeschoolers, but rather that it’s easy to get involved in too many. It’s amazing how quickly calendars can fill up, isn’t it? There are simply so many activities [...]

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What About Socialization?

Posted on Oct 8 2007 by

Since it’s near the beginning of the school year, I thought now might be a good time to address the subject of socialization. If you haven’t already been asked how your children will learn to socialize in the “real world” if you homeschool them, you probably will be sometime soon. I know it was one [...]

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An Excellent Choice

Posted on Oct 1 2007 by

Home Education: An Excellent Choice—the theme for the 2008 convention has been running through my mind ever since our convention director pointed out that little word “choice,” and warned us that God has a way of letting the entire HEAV staff and volunteers live the theme all year. While I can’t speak for anyone else, [...]

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Hardy Bean Plants

Posted on Sep 20 2007 by

On my way home from a walk the other day, I stopped and examined my bean plants. I shook my head in amazement. They were still bearing fruit! My bean plants have had so much happen to them this year. Early on in the season, the deer decided to begin nibbling off all the new [...]

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Enjoy the Season

Posted on Aug 27 2007 by

Well, summer has almost come to a close. It’s funny, isn’t it, how in the midst of summer we think it will never end, and then as it ends, we wonder where it all went? I was reminded this evening that life, like the weather, has seasons. In the midst of those seasons, it’s easy [...]

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Year-Round Vigilance

Posted on Aug 20 2007 by

Before I left town, my garden was predominately healthy. I saw what could be the first signs of borers on one squash plant, but that was all. Everything seemed to be promising a healthy harvest. I went away for a week and a half, leaving my brother in charge of watering the garden. Surely the [...]

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Dispelling the Jitters

Posted on Aug 15 2007 by

With September just around the corner, I imagine that many of you are beginning to think about the upcoming school year. Perhaps some of you are questioning your abilities to teach your children. I know my mother was certainly scared at the prospect of being my teacher. In the midst of her fears, God gave [...]

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Notifying Your Local Superintendent

Posted on Jul 31 2007 by Yvonne Bunn

Take Care When Using Local Forms! If you plan to file under the homeschool statute, §22.1- 254.1, the deadline for notifying your local superintendent that you intend to homeschool is August 15. Be careful when using your local district’s Notice of Intent form! The law does not require you to use the form your school [...]

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Reminder: August 1 Deadline

Posted on Jul 31 2007 by Yvonne Bunn

After each year of homeschooling, parents must submit evidence of their child’s academic achievement to the division superintendent (or his designee) by August 1. The evidence may be in the form of a standardized achievement test or an evaluation or an assessment (§ 22.1-254.1 (C)). C. The parent who elects to provide home instruction shall [...]

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HEAV Convention Thoughts

Posted on Jun 13 2007 by

I, and four of my children, had an instructive and edifying time at the HEAV convention this past weekend. From Doug Phillips’ keynote address Friday morning on the providence of God in history to the inspiring workshops to shopping in the Exhibit Hall, we passed a very busy, tiring, but spiritually refreshing two days. On [...]

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Thanks, HEAV, for a great convention!

Posted on Jun 10 2007 by

I’m just back from HEAV’s 2007 convention, and I wanted to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who worked so hard to put it together. It was a busy three days, but smooth and well-organized all the way. One of the best things I noticed over the weekend was the number of graduated homeschool parents and grandparents [...]

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Join the HEAV Volunteer Team!

Posted on Jun 9 2007 by Sue

Join the HEAV Volunteer Team! Have a lot of fun while making new friends and being a part of making the HEAV Convention 2007 a success! These young ladies are glad they did! Pictured l. to r. Melissa Howland, Rachel Kent, Susannah Miller, Hannah Musick, and Rachel Bunn. Photo by Seth Fisher, Through My Lens [...]

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History is Alive at the HEAV Convention!

Posted on Jun 9 2007 by Sue

Surprises abound as you walk through the Exhibit Hall at the HEAV Convention today! Historical re-enactors including Thomas Jefferson, Gen. George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Gen. Jackson & his lovely wife Mrs. Jackson were joined by young homeschool patriots to pose for a picture. Mrs. Jackson was delighted to hear about the amazing new invention [...]

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The Crowds Arrive!!

Posted on Jun 8 2007 by Sue

Crowds of enthusiastic attendees eagerly await the doors to open on the newly expanded Exhibit Hall! Come and see for yourself! Photo by Seth Fisher, Through My Lens Photography Share/Bookmark

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Hello, from the HEAV Convention!

Posted on Jun 8 2007 by

The premiere night of the convention has passed, but you still have time to come for two great days of homeschool conferences and book buying! As a vendor, I was very pleased with the number of people in the exhbit hall tonight. What has impressed me the most at this conference has been the efforts [...]

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Posted on Jun 7 2007 by

Hello Everyone, I am Eric Roberts, Author of the 8 Chords, 100 Songs Worship Guitar Program and Online School. Stop by our booth at the 2007 convention to learn more about the online school and how it can help all of your kids. Last week in Chicago I caught up with students that have been [...]

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by Anne Miller

Taking inventory in the HEAV Resource Center

Posted on Jun 6 2007 by Anne Miller

Photo by Seth Fisher, Through My Lens Photography Share/Bookmark

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Volunteers wrapped up in their work

Posted on Jun 6 2007 by Anne Miller

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Packing Up The HEAV Office…

Posted on Jun 6 2007 by Anne Miller

It’s really happening! A trusty team of volunteers (l. to r., Jason Cooper, Seth Fisher, Susannah Miller, Jacob Musick, Nathanael Miller, Ruth Miller, and Joshua Fisher) pack up supplies, books, magazines, easels, equipment, and more. Photo by Seth Fisher, Through My Lens Photography Share/Bookmark

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“Ideas that Work” from the Virginia Gazette

Posted on Jun 6 2007 by Anne Miller

I woke up this morning to the smiling faces of my two oldest sons, Sam (24) and Nathanael (22), on the front page of the Virginia Gazette. The headline reads “Home-school has graduated/Success speaks volumes for pacing, innovation, creativity.” Sam is an engineer and works at NASA, Nathanael is finishing his master’s in electrical engineering [...]

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53,528 Resource Items at the Used Curriculum Sale

Posted on Jun 6 2007 by

Can you believe it? Our dedicated volunteers will process more than 53,500 books and resources in just two and a half days! Last year, we had around 33,000. This year’s sale is going to be our largest one yet. Share/Bookmark

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A Child’s Perspective

Posted on Jun 6 2007 by

Homeschool Convention—those two words bring back so many memories! I remember the eagerness with which I looked forward to convention time as a homeschool child. The convention meant new books to read and maybe a few other goodies . As I grew older, I began enjoying the convention more and more, and would help my [...]

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Welcome to the HEAV Blog!

Posted on Jun 4 2007 by

Resources, Events, and Ideas for Virginia HomeschoolersThank you for stopping by the HEAV blog! Keep checking back for the latest info on homeschooling events and resources in Virginia, as well as our thoughts and ideas on a variety of topics. Share/Bookmark

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by Anne Miller

Welcome!

Posted on Jun 4 2007 by Anne Miller

Let me be the first to welcome you to the new HEAV blog. After talking about it for more than a year, the blog has finally become a reality — and just in time for the convention! With only three days to the start of the 24th Annual HEAV State Convention & Educational Fair (make [...]

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Countdown to the Convention

Posted on Jun 4 2007 by

In less than four days, the Home Educators Association of Virginia’s annual homeschool convention and bookfair will open. I have avidly checked the schedule on their website at www.heav.org, and I am quite impressed with the slate of speakers this year. I am also going to be a vendor for the first time at this [...]

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