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Responding to a Recent Christianity Today Article

Posted on Oct 13 2011 by

This short letter by Dr. Brian Ray from the National Home Educators Research Institute addresses a recent article published in Christianity Today on educational options (including home education), and exposes some of the problems with the article and its conclusions (which included stating that religious homeschoolers are most likely to “get divorced” and least likely [...]

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Magazine Article Touches a Chord with Many Families

Posted on Oct 13 2011 by

This “Crisis in Homeschooling” article, published in the recent Virginia Home Educator, has obviously touched a chord with many families. We’ve had a number of reprint requests, Josh Harris picked it up and posted it on his blog, and many  have linked to the article from Facebook. The author reported to us that since the article was [...]

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Free Portrait Session and Free 8×10 Portrait for HEAV Members–New Member Benefit!

Posted on Aug 10 2011 by

Philippe and Patti Monk of Living Story Photography (a homeschool dad and mom) have extended an incredible package to all HEAV members: one FREE portrait session and a free 8×10 portrait! Here are the details. Who: All HEAV members qualify. Not a member? Join today for just $35 a year! Your membership helps keep homeschooling [...]

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Note to Facebook Users

Posted on Feb 23 2011 by

The “New Facebook” News Feed defaults to show ONLY posts from people with whom you’ve recently interacted or those with whom you have interacted the most (limited to the last couple of weeks just before people started switching to the new profile). This means you may not be seeing HEAV’s Facebook posts. HERE’S THE FIX: [...]

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Support Groups Gone Missing – Please Help Us Find Them!

Posted on Feb 23 2011 by

Over the past few months, we’ve been updating the support group listings on our website. New homeschoolers frequently consult our website to find local support, and we want to make sure the information we offer is accurate. Below is a list of groups we have not been able to reach–could you please see if you [...]

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Governor Proclaims Virginia Home Education Month

Posted on Feb 2 2011 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Governor Proclaims Virginia Home Education Month Media Contact: Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool Support, Home Educators Association of Virginia, 804-278-9200, www.HEAV.org/media Richmond, VA, February 2 – At the request of the Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV), Governor Robert F. McDonnell has proclaimed the month of February 2011 as Virginia Home Education [...]

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Virginia Homeschoolers Did It! – Congratulations to All!

Posted on Jan 19 2011 by

Congratulations to the “Bionics,” Who Placed First in the Virginia-DC LEGO LEAGUE Regionals! The “Bionics” are a team of nine homeschooled students, started this past fall by Dustyn Crocco and coached by Heather Kemmerly. Members of the Bionics team are Grant Showalter, age 13; Noah Butterfield, age 13; Anthony Wolf, age 12; Noah Crocco, age [...]

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by Anne Miller

Colleges Now Required to Determine “Validity” of High School Diploma

Posted on Nov 2 2010 by Anne Miller

[Thanks to the HSLDA Weekly Update for this information.] Colleges Now Required to Determine “Validity” of High School Diploma November 2, 2010 First, the bad news: The U.S. Department of Education has promulgated a new regulation that requires colleges that receive federal funds to adopt procedures to determine the validity of a student’s high school [...]

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by Anne Miller

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Affects a Family’s Right to Homeschool in Botswana

Posted on Oct 5 2010 by Anne Miller

Another Blow to Homeschooling By Raven Clabough As a result of Botswana’s accession to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, a judge ordered a homeschooling family to stop homeschooling their children and send them to public school instead, despite the fact that the children were properly cared for and well educated. [...]

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Phone Scam Aimed at Homeschoolers

Posted on Jul 27 2010 by

The note below, which recently went out to state homeschool leaders, shares about a phone scam targeted at homeschoolers. Dear State Leader, It has come to our attention that multiple homeschool leaders have received phone calls from a person falsely saying they are from the Home School Foundation. This caller, who is believed to be [...]

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Sono Harris Update and Request

Posted on Jul 3 2010 by

From: John Collins Date: Monday, June 28, 2010, at 2:19 p.m. Subject: Dear Friends of Gregg and Sono Harris and Family Dear Friends of the Harris Family, I am sending this message to you with confidence that you will act and pass it along and together we can make a difference! Over the years as [...]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Caution: Public School at Home Programs to Recruit Homeschoolers

Posted on Jun 3 2010 by Yvonne Bunn

Reprinted from HSLDA  (www.hslda.org/hs/state/va/201005200.asp) The governor’s recent signature on SB 738, giving state approval for “virtual school programs,” guarantees that public-school-at-home programs, under various names in different places, will soon ramp up their efforts to recruit homeschoolers. Participation in these programs—full time or part time—will immediately turn your child into a public school student. Newly [...]

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Prayer Request for Sono Harris

Posted on Jun 3 2010 by

This letter was recently shared on a homeschool state leaders’ group; we are reprinting it here with permission so you can pray–and give if you feel so led. “If one member suffers, all members suffer together; if one member is honored all rejoice together.”  ~1 Corinthians 12:26 Dear State Leaders, Many of you are aware [...]

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Bring Your Box Tops and Used Cartridges to the Convention

Posted on May 17 2010 by

Did you know HEAV can exchange many used Dell, HP, Lexmark, and Kodak cartridges for office supplies, and can submit Box Top labels for cash to support homeschooling? Bringing used cartridges and Box Tops to the convention is a great–and easy–way to support homeschooling! We’ll have boxes there to collect these items. So…hold on to [...]

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Homeschooling Numbers on the Rise in Fairfax County

Posted on Apr 28 2010 by

Note: This article shares about the growing popularity of homeschooling in Fairfax County. It also refers to some of the changes that have come to homeschooling. (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9IuJ2vQT_I for more of homeschooling’s history.) The requirements the article mentions for homeschooling are for the homeschool statute–for an overview of all the available options, see www.heav.org/law/flow1.html. From [...]

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Dinnertime Conversations

Posted on Mar 3 2010 by

The evening meal can be a valuable training time, yet directing dinnertime conversations can sometimes be a challenge! Here’s a simple idea to try: Have each person at the table share a couple of praises from the day. You may find it also helps you think of things to be grateful for throughout the day! [...]

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by Anne Miller

Black Students Make Up Nearly 10% of the Estimated Two-Million Students Homeschooled Nationwide

Posted on Feb 27 2010 by Anne Miller

From Essence.com http://www.essence.com/lifestyle/parenting/commentary_why_we_choose_to_homeschool.php Commentary: Why We Homeschool Our Children Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | 11:50 AM by Aretha Taggart, as told to Yolanda Sangweni When most people think of homeschooling, they think rich celebs and White families. But figures from the National Home Education Research Institute show that more Black families are gaining in on [...]

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Discounted HSLDA Membership – Now Through the End of February – Save up to $50!

Posted on Feb 24 2010 by

Homeschool Legal Defense Association is offering a $25 discount for new memberships (anyone not currently a member–does not apply for renewals) on their two-year membership plan when you sign up using this link. Offer expires midnight on Sunday, February 28. Become an HEAV member and save an additional $25! HEAV members save $25 on their [...]

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Homeschooling – Full of Pleasant Surprises!

Posted on Feb 3 2010 by

Below is a letter a homeschool mom in Virginia sent us sharing about a pleasant — and quite unexpected — surprise! Have your own homeschool stories? Share them here! Send them to kloop@heav.org, or leave them as a comment. Dear HEAV, This is one I had to share: Last month we finished studying the postal [...]

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Keeping Focused on the Mission (Part 2)

Posted on Jan 13 2010 by

[This is a sequel to "A New Year’s  Thought – Keeping Focused on the Mission."] Last week, I wrote about keeping intent on the mission God has given to us as Christians. All week long, I’ve been trying to write the sequel. And all week long, I’ve had the hardest time keeping focused on the [...]

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by Anne Miller

The Harms of Homeschooling? Where Are the Premises?

Posted on Jan 13 2010 by Anne Miller

Dr. Brian Ray recently released an article examining claims made by Robin West in her “The Harms of Homeschooling.” Dr. Ray examines each of West’s seven claims, which include educational, economic, and political harms, pointing out the lack of evidence for each one. Ultimately, he makes the case that it all boils down to a [...]

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A New Year’s Thought – Keeping Focused on the Mission

Posted on Jan 6 2010 by

This past weekend, our family headed off on a “fieldtrip” to the pentagon. As we wandered through the hallways, I was struck by the care each branch of the military had taken to convey its history and mission through various displays. One Army display particularly grabbed my attention: I will always place the mission first. [...]

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by Anne Miller

Strong Support for School Choice

Posted on Dec 16 2009 by Anne Miller

- By Yvonne Bunn, HEAV director of homeschool support and legislative affairs Although 90% of Virginia’s school-age population attend government schools, many families would change that if they could. According to a newly released study, School Choice Survey: Virginia’s Opinion on K-12 Education and School Choice (released by the Friedman Foundation in November 2009), Virginia [...]

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Earn Extra Money for Christmas, Extracurriculars, Your Support Group or Team — and Support HEAV at the Same Time!

Posted on Nov 24 2009 by

Needing extra cash for the Christmas season…or maybe for extracurricular activities, a sports program, mission trip, band program, or curriculum? Could your support group use a financial boost? Have an entrepreneurial child? Selling Peel-A-Way cards is a simple and do-able way to raise funds either as an individual or as a group. People love the [...]

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A Few More Vaccination Opportunities

Posted on Nov 13 2009 by

The files below contain information on a few more upcoming vaccination opportunities. Central Region Vaccination Plans as of 11-12-2009 11-12-09 Pediatric Vaccination Clinics Important Note: HEAV does not recommend or endorse any vaccine. Because homeschoolers fall within the target at-risk group for H1N1 influenza, HEAV is publishing information regarding the availability of the H1N1 vaccine. [...]

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H1N1 Scheduled Pediatric Clinics

Posted on Nov 11 2009 by

The files below contain information from the Virginia Department of Health regarding upcoming pediatric clinics. 11-10-09 Pediatric Vaccination Clinic Info – Primary List (2) Henrico’s Press Release New River Health District Clinic Schedule Rappahannock-Rapidan Press Release Share/Bookmark

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by Anne Miller

Washington Times Op-ed—Lawyer Inspired Peers to Fight On

Posted on Nov 11 2009 by Anne Miller

[Editor's Note: We came across this op-ed in an HSLDA e-newsletter, and felt you would appreciate reading it.] by J. Michael Smith HSLDA President Christopher J. Klicka, senior counsel and director of state and international relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association, died Oct. 12 in Colorado Springs. His death is a tremendous loss. [...]

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by Yvonne Bunn

H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Clinic for Richmond City Homeschoolers

Posted on Nov 11 2009 by Yvonne Bunn

Important Note: HEAV does not recommend or endorse any vaccine. Because homeschoolers fall within the target at-risk group for H1N1 influenza, HEAV is publishing information regarding the availability of the H1N1 vaccine. Vaccination decisions are the responsibility of the parent. From the Richmond City Health Department: Beginning, Thursday, October 29, The Richmond City Health Department [...]

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by Yvonne Bunn

H1N1 Influenza Vaccine for Homeschoolers

Posted on Oct 27 2009 by Yvonne Bunn

As the H1N1 vaccine* is arriving at pubic schools for distribution to students, some homeschool parents are asking if their children can also receive the free vaccine from a public school. Many private and homeschooled students have reported being unable to receive the vaccine, while a limited number of other parents have had no problem. [...]

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by Anne Miller

Chris Klicka’s Memorial Service, Radio Tribute, Interviews and Video

Posted on Oct 20 2009 by Anne Miller

Memorial Service Here is the information for Chris’s memorial service. All are invited to attend. Memorial Service for Christopher J. Klicka, 1961-2009 Senior Counsel, HSLDA Christian Fellowship Church 21673 Beaumeade Circle Ashburn, VA  20147 Saturday, October 31, 2009 10 a.m. For directions, visit: www.cfellowshipc.org For more information, contact Judy Taylor (540-303-2102) Radio Tribute and Interviews [...]

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