Thanksgiving Musings

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…

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Post Your Feedback About the 11/6 HEAV Update Here

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…

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Sorting Out Activities

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…

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What About Socialization?

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”…

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An Excellent Choice

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…

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Hardy Bean Plants

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….

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Enjoy the Season

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…

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Year-Round Vigilance

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…

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Dispelling the Jitters

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…

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Notifying Your Local Superintendent

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…

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Reminder: August 1 Deadline

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…

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HEAV Convention Thoughts

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…

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Thanks, HEAV, for a great convention!

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…

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Join the HEAV Volunteer Team!

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…

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History is Alive at the HEAV Convention!

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…

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The Crowds Arrive!!

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!

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…

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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…

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Packing Up The HEAV Office…

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…

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“Ideas that Work” from the Virginia Gazette

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…

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53,528 Resource Items at the Used Curriculum Sale

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

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…

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Welcome to the HEAV Blog!

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….

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Welcome!

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…

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Countdown to the Convention

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…

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