Around the State – August 22, 2017

2.1 Biltmore Estate Homeschool Festival – Asheville, NC – September 21 & 22 2.2 Homeschool Day at the American Shakespeare Center – Staunton – Registration Deadline Is October 25   2.1 Biltmore Estate Homeschool Festival – Asheville, NC – September…

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Summer Harvest

The summer harvest includes all kinds of tasty treats for our families to enjoy. Homeschoolers can use this season to teach children the importance of healthy eating and fun ways to include nutritious changes to our lifestyles. 1.1 Article: “Your…

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Forgot the NOI Deadline

Q. Oh, no! What should I do if I forgot to send in my Notice of Intent by the August 15th deadline? A. If you’ve homeschooled previously and the deadline slipped up on you this year, I suggest you call…

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Good Driver Discount Fairness Issue Resolved

Numerous homeschool families that applied for the Good Student Driver Discount for their qualif ied teens were denied the discount by their auto insurance company. HEAV received several phone calls concerning the financial difficulty this was creating for the families…

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Around the State – August 15, 2017

2.1  Common Scents: A Garden Distilling Demonstration – Richmond – August 18 2.2 “Winter in August!” Summer Concert – Richmond – August 20 2.3 Victory Homeschool Basketball Open Gyms – Fredericksburg – August 21 & 28   2.1  Common Scents:…

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National Honey Bee Day

National Honey Bee Day is August 19 this year. To help Virginia homeschoolers learn a bit more about bees and beekeeping, we are focusing our Homeschool Corner resources on a few introductory websites to start your studies. 1.1 Article: “Are…

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Your Homeschool Kids Are Missing Out

by Lynna Sutherland As homeschool parents, we sometimes face criticism from others about the educational choices we’ve made for our kids. It’s easy to get into a defensive posture and have responses ready to ward off that criticism. But it’s…

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Around the State – August 8, 2017

2.1 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Healthy Parks, Healthy People Events – Appomattox – Various Activities Throughout August 2.2 CHESS (Centreville Homeschool Enrichment Support Services) Classes – Manassas – Registration Deadline Is August 16 2.3 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party…

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Notice Of Intent for Virginia Homeschoolers: A Q&A Roundup!

In Virginia, homeschoolers are required to submit their Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction (NOI) by August 15 for the upcoming school year. Every year, we get many questions—from new homeschoolers and veterans alike—about specific situations and how to…

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2017 Solar Eclipse

The first solar eclipse to traverse across the entire continent in 99 years will take place Monday, August 21, 2017. While Virginia will not see a total eclipse, most of the state will see at least an 80% partial eclipse….

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Approval of NOI

Q. I received a call saying they were waiting for the superintendent’s “approval” of my Notice of Intent. I thought I didn’t need to get “approval.” A. You are correct. Parents file a notice that shows their intent to homeschool and how…

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A Spirit of Fear

By Kyndra Steinmann How often, I wonder, do I say “no” to something because I am afraid? “No” to the children’s desire to do something. “No” to good opportunities, to friendships, to grace? Lately, I’ve been thinking about this a…

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Around the State – August 1, 2017

2.1 American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification – Waynesboro – Registration Deadline Is August 3 2.2 National Lighthouse Day Weekend – Virginia Beach – August 4-7 2.3 Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing   2.1 American Red Cross…

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Hometown Heroes

Emergency services personnel work tirelessly to keep us safe, often working nights, weekends, and holidays when most of us are home relaxing. This week’s Homeschool Classroom brings these heroes to our attention so that we can learn more about what…

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Around the State – July 25, 2017

2.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Chester – August 1 2.2 Henricus Homeschool Day – Chester – Register by September 4   2.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Chester – August 1 Hope Tree Foster Care Office Chester, Virginia Tuesday, August 1,…

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Homeschool Planning

July is a great time to reevaluate and plan for the upcoming homeschool year. We have collected a few resources to get you started. 1.1   Article: “I Don’t Know if I Can Do This” 1.2   Homeschool Planning 1.3…

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Loving and Letting Go

by Kyndra Steinmann Has it ever occurred to you that you could love your children too much? That you could do too much for them and make life too pleasant and easy? That sometimes the best way to love is…

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Around the State – July 18, 2017

2.1 Seussical the Musical – Midlothian – July 21 & 22 2.2 Joshua’s Hands Quilting Events – Purcellville – Multiple Dates 2.3 Chesterfield County Museum Programs – Chesterfield – Various Dates 2.4 Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County –…

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Summer Fun

July is summer fun month. Whether you homeschool year-round or break for the summer months, your children are sure to have uttered the infamous words, “I am bored.” These resources may help to, not only entertain, but also educate your…

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Transcript vs. Diploma on NOI

Q. Is there any disadvantage to providing a transcript rather than a copy of a diploma when submitting my Notice of Intent? A. Both a diploma and transcript are acceptable and are of equal value.  If you cannot find your…

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Three Takeaways from Adam Andrews

by Lynna Sutherland At the HEAV Convention in June, I had the privilege of sitting in on a workshop session by Adam Andrews of the Center for Lit. His talk was entitled “The Socratic Method for Dummies.” It was not…

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Join the Convention Listening Club!

I don’t know about you, but for me, the 2017 Virginia Homeschool Convention went by far too fast, and I’m simply delighted to get to start HEAV’s first-ever “Convention Listening Club” both here on the blog and within our very…

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Cookouts & Culinary Skills

  1.1 Article: “How the Comparison Trap Almost Ruined my Homeschool” 1.2 Cooking Skills for the Family 1.3 Flavors, Baking, and Life Skills 1.4 Sous Chefs 1.5 Culinary Artists As homeschoolers, we ensure our students learn every academic subject as…

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Around the State – June 28, 2017

2.1 Odyssey of Faith Book Signing – Portsmouth – July 1 2.2 Colonel Shipp’s Leadership Institute – New Market – Registration Deadline Is July 7 – New Market 2.3 Jacob Bushong’s Birthday – New Market – August 19 2.4 Origin…

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Composite Score and List of Subjects

Q. I have been told that I should teach and submit only what is required by the law and that is language arts and math. I can teach other subjects, but I don’t have to list them. Is this correct? A….

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Work Ethic: A Fruit of the First Ten Years

The 2017 Virginia Homeschool Convention was so full of encouragement, experiences, information, and tools to equip us for the most important work we do as parents and homeschoolers. It was three days of speakers, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers pouring into…

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Swimming

Almost half of the American public admits to not knowing how to swim, even though drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for seven percent of all injury-related deaths. Ensuring your homeschooled child learns to…

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Religious Exemptions with Letters

Q. If I want to homeschool under religious exemption, should I have others write additional letters? A. Sending or not sending additional letters for religious exemption is a decision each family must make for themselves. I’m not an attorney and…

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