Around the State – April 27, 2016

3.1 Classical Conversations – Henrico and Midlothian – April 28 and May 2 3.2 Fredericksburg Area Speech and Debate Club Information Meeting – Fredericksburg – May 2 3.3 CVHAA Disciples Spring Training Football Camp – Henrico – May 2-6 3.4…

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14 Simple Activities for Beginning Readers

by Pamela Hall As homeschool parents, we are busy teaching our children, running our home (and possibly a business), and taking care of the demands of daily life. Sometimes, if you are like me, it is easy to let a…

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Testing If Behind in One Subject

Q. My two elementary-age children did not do well in math, so I put them back one grade level in math when we began homeschooling in  September. They are doing well in other subjects. Do I have to test them…

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Mom’s Corner – April 20, 2016

1.1 Article: “Where Does a Mom Go to Resign?” 1.2 Half Recipes 1.3 Smartphone Tips to Simplify Your Life   1.1 Article: “Where Does a Mom Go to Resign?” We all get overwhelmed with our responsibilities and sometimes we feel…

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The Homeschool Classroom – April 20, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Can Play Dough Be More Fun? 2.2 Prepare Your Preschooler for Writing 2.1 Can Play Dough Be More Fun? Can play dough be more fun? You can use these 75 plus suggestions to increase your child’s…

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Undaunted by STEM Education

By Sherri Seligson As homeschoolers, we often look at the long remaining stretch of our children’s education and try to plan what it will look like. But for many families, there’s a big gray splotch in the high school years…

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Around the State – April 20, 2016

3.1 Registration Opens for Young Musicians of Virginia Classes – Virginia Beach – April 15 3.2 Greater Richmond Children’s Choir Information Session – Richmond – April 23 3.3 William Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration – Richmond – April 23 3.4 Civil War…

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The Homeschool Classroom – April 13, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Spring Arts, Crafts, and Activities 2.2 Use Music to Teach Language Skills   2.1 Spring Arts, Crafts, and Activities Spring has finally sprung, and arts and crafts and activities are in abundance. This list of more…

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Around the State – April 13, 2016

3.1 Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days – Now Through April 17 3.2 Story Time at the Lighthouse – Virginia Beach – April 15 3.3 Earth Day at the Lighthouse – Virginia Beach – April 22 3.4 Homeschool Open House…

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Ordering License Plates

Q. How can I get an “Education Begins at Home” license plate? I’m so encouraged when I see them on cars! A. Since 2005 when HEAV initiated legislation in Virginia to create the first homeschool license plate in the nation—“Education…

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Mom’s Corner – April 13, 2016

1.1 Article: “Discover Your Child’s Passions” 1.2 Educator Discount at Barnes & Noble 1.3 Amazing Kitchen Hacks   1.1 Article: “Discover Your Child’s Passions” “Train up a child in the way he should go… ” Each child has a way…

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Building the “Independent-Work” Muscle

by Kyndra Steinmann One of the difficulties of being a homeschool mom is being willing to let our children try and fail! We want them to be successful, and often we offer them so much support that we fail to…

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The Homeschool Classroom – April 6, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Baby Farm Animal Puzzles 2.2 Fine Motor Activity with Buttons 2.1 Baby Farm Animal Puzzles You can download and print these 13 puzzles to help teach your child the names of the baby animals and their…

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Around the State – April 6, 2016

3.1 Open House & Camp Registration – Haymarket – April 9 3.2 SVCC (Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir) Spring Choirs – Harrisonburg – Registration Deadline Is April 11 3.3 Jefferson Lab Open House – Newport News – April 30 3.4 Henricus Home School Day…

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Literati for Homeschoolers in Virginia

Did you know you can access encyclopedias, fact books, and other resources–PLUS get tutoring help from home—FREE from your public library? Find out all about it when you access one of the online webinars for a 45-minute overview Literati. Take…

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Mom’s Corner – April 6, 2016

1.1 Article: “5 Things That Really Matter in Your Child’s Education” 1.2 DIY Spice Mixes and Sauces 1.3 Household 10-Minute Repairs   1.1 Article: “5 Things That Really Matter in Your Child’s Education” Am I doing this right? Are we…

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Keeping Records

Q. Am I required to keep any records for my homeschooled children? A. Virginia homeschool law does not require you to keep your children’s work or maintain academic records. These are private documents and you are not required to submit…

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Finding Support for Your Child with Special Needs

Finding Support for Your Child with Special Needs Homeschoolers who have children with special needs need help—and we know it! We get it, too, from many experts: doctors, writers, therapists, psychologists, and special-education consultants. But we also need support from…

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The Homeschool Classroom – March 30, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Blooming Trees Craft 2.2 Books Your Kids Will Love 2.1 Blooming Trees Craft You can help your child create beautiful blooming trees just like the ones they see in spring using this list of art projects….

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Mom’s Corner – March 30, 2016

1.1 Article: “Declaring Curriculum Bankruptcy and Two Other Ways to Deal with Being Behind in Homeschool” 1.2 Scholastic Warehouse Sales 1.3 Handy Kitchen Cheat Sheet   1.1 Article: “Declaring Curriculum Bankruptcy and Two Other Ways to Deal with Being Behind…

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Around the State – March 30, 2016

3.1 2016 NCFCA Battle of Fredericksburg – March 31 3.2 Home School Arts Classes at Pine Camp – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is March 24 3.3 Asaph Dance Ensemble 30th Anniversary Gala Performance – Manassas – April 3 3.4 “Two…

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Mom’s Corner – March 23, 2016

1.1 Article: “Learning to Cast our Cares…” 1.2 Road Trip Activities 1.3 30-Minute Spring Cleaning Projects   1.1 Article: “Learning to Cast our Cares…” What does it mean to cast our cares on Jesus? Heather Haupt offers an object lesson…

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Around the State – March 23, 2016

3.1 Alpha Theatre and Arts Summer Drama Camp – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is March 30 3.2 Homeschooling 101 Seminar – Fredericksburg – March 30 3.3 Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Studio – Virginia Beach – Registration Deadline Is April 11…

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The Homeschool Classroom – March 23, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Candy Flower Pretzel Bites 2.2 Teach Your Active Preschooler Prepositions 2.1 Candy Flower Pretzel Bites These flower pretzel bites are easy enough for your preschooler to help you create and pretty enough to serve guests. www.twosisterscrafting.com/flower-pretzel-bites…

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The Importance of a Diploma

Q. Why is it important to issue a homeschool diploma? A. A diploma represents the completion of a course of study that has been prepared for your student’s education. In the case of most homeschooled students, parents set the requirements…

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Winning Comprehension Strategies

by Pamela Hall “My child can read the words, but he just doesn’t seem to understand!” Many parents have greater difficulty teaching children to get the most out of their reading than in teaching the mechanics of reading. Here are…

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Mom’s Corner – March 16, 2016

1.1 Article: “10 Reasons to Add Morning Time to Your Homeschool” 1.2 A Healthier Salad 1.3 Homemade Fruit Rollups   1.1 Article: “10 Reasons to Add Morning Time to Your Homeschool” Those first few minutes of the school day can…

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Around the State – March 16, 2016

3.1 After “Give Me Liberty”: Patrick Henry at Home – Beaverdam – March 26 3.2 Virginia Touch-A-Truck 2016 – Sterling – April 23 3.3 Winshape Camp – Glen Allen – July 18–22   3.1 After “Give Me Liberty”: Patrick Henry…

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The Homeschool Classroom – March 16, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 The Best Play Dough Recipe 2.2 Spring Is About to Spring   2.1 The Best Play Dough Recipe Play dough is a staple of preschool. It is versatile and can be used in many learning activities…

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Homeschooling is BOOMING in Virginia…

….and HEAV is here to equip and encourage Virginia homeschooling families–and protect homeschooling freedom! Know someone who is contemplating homeschooling for the first time? Chances are good that you do. As ABC news in Richmond has reported, more and more…

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