Around the State – May 11, 2016

3.1 Revolutionary War Encampment – Gloucester – May 28 3.2 Architectural Clues of 18th- Century Williamsburg – Williamsburg – Exhibit Opens May 28 3.3 Archaeological Dig Activities – Williamsburg – Begins May 31 3.4 Farm to Table 4-H Summer Day…

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How to Enjoy a Homeschool Convention

by Vicki Bentley If this is your first or second (or tenth!) homeschool convention, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the exhibit hall and the loooooong list of workshop choices. Here are a few helpful hints:…

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The Homeschool Classroom – May 4, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Garden in a Glove 2.2 Read–Along Books 2.1 Garden in a Glove Watching a plant grow from a seed is an exciting project. You can use this garden-in-a-glove lesson plan with your preschooler to plant seeds…

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Mom’s Corner – May 4, 2016

1.1 Article: “Beyond the Classroom” 1.2 Virginia State Parks 1.3 Create a Raised-Bed Garden   1.1 Article: “Beyond the Classroom” It is so easy as homeschool moms to fall into the “Am I doing enough?” trap. You worry that your…

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Humility and Understanding

by Kyndra Steinmann When I was a girl, I used to get stuck on a math problem and tell my mother, “This doesn’t make sense!” “No,” she would say. “ You don’t understand it.” Dutifully, I would reply, “I don’t…

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Around the State – May 4, 2016

3.1 International Spy Museum Homeschool Day – Washington, DC – May 9 3.2 Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program Spring Concerts – Richmond – May 15 and 17 3.3 Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program Annual Auditions – Richmond – Registration Deadline…

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Testing and the Composite Score

Q. When testing, do you administer all or part of the standardized achievement test? A. The Virginia homeschool statute, § 22.1-254.1 (C), requires a composite score in or above the 4th stanine on a standardized achievement test. A composite score…

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Mom’s Corner – April 27, 2016

1.1 Article: “How Do You Get Your Housework Done and Homeschool at the Same Time?” 1.2 Time Saving Healthy Breakfast Ideas 1.3 Is Your Budget Making the Grade?   1.1 Article: “How Do You Get Your Housework Done and Homeschool…

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The Homeschool Classroom – April 27, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Spring Flower Discovery 2.2 Weekly Themes for Preschool 2.1 Spring Flower Discovery Albert Szent-Gyorgyi said, “Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody has thought.” The act of discovery and developing observation…

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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

by Kathy Kuhl 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 those who have no advanced…

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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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