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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Around the State – June 21, 2017

2.1 Homeschool Music Program Open House – Henrico – June 23 2.2 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band Music Under the Stars Concert Series – Fort Eustis – Thursdays 2.3 Independence Day Celebrations – Multiple Locations – Various Dates…

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Camping and Entomology

What meets you at the intersection of a campsite and fun? Insects! This week’s homeschool classroom resources include information on camping and entomology.   1.1   Article: “Counting Our Blessings: 101 Reasons to be Thankful for Homeschooling” It’s never the…

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Around the State – June 14, 2017

2.1 STEM Saturdays – Hampton – Begins June 17 2.2 Virginia Air and Space Center STEM Summer Camps – Hampton – Weekly, June 26-August 18 2.3 Civil War Day Camps – New Market – July 10-14   2.1 STEM Saturdays…

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Around the State – June 7, 2017

2.1 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Healthy Parks, Healthy People Events – Appomattox – Various Activities Throughout June 2.2 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is June 9 2.3 2017 Beach Breakers Boys…

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Zoos and Aquariums

1.1 Article: “10 Things Your Teen Loves to Hear” 1.2 Zoos and Aquariums for the Family 1.3 Animals and Sea Creatures; Studies, Books, and Crafts 1.4 Zoology and Marine Biology Books, Games, and Crafts 1.5 Zoology and Aquarium Curriculum and…

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EOY Test Evaluator

Q. Can a homeschool evaluator be retired? The person I would like to evaluate my child is a retired teacher who does not currently have a teaching license but does have a master’s degree. A. The Virginia homeschool law states…

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Creativity and Inventions

1.1 Article: “Four Ways to Cultivate Community at Home” 1.2 Exploring Inventions Together 1.3 Encouraging Creativity 1.4 Inventions and Their Effects on Life 1.5 Inventions: From Creation to Fruition It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention….

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Around the State – May 31, 2017

2.1 Homeschool Expo – Stephens City – June 3 2.2 Thread Art Summer Camp – Purcellville – June 26-30 2.3 Food Network Kids Baking Championship Casting – Ongoing 2.1 Homeschool Expo – Stephens City – June 3 Bowman Library Stephens…

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Training Toddlers & Preschoolers

By Kerin Morgan In the whole scheme of things, toddler years are very short. But these are the years when the most aggressive training should take place and the ones that should produce the most fruit. Training in these years…

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Blackout Test Results

Q. Should I black out the test results for history and science on my child’s standardized achievement test before sending in the scores to the superintendent? A. While a parent may black out history and science scores on an achievement…

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Memorial Day

1.1 Article: “No, After You” 1.2 Focusing Your Family on Memorial Day 1.3 Books, Crafts, Poppies, and Remembering 1.4 Why and How to Observe Memorial Day 1.5 Remembering the Sacrifice   In the Old Dominion, we live in a very…

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Around the State – May 24, 2017

2.1  Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Scholarship Contest – Application Deadline Is June 1 2.2 Autism and Chesterfield First Responders Community Connection Fair – Chesterfield – June 10 2.3 Special Needs Assessment and Testing – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is…

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Around the State – May 17, 2017

2.1 Orchestra Project Summer Camp – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is May 26 2.2 Family Foundation Worldview Academy – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is May 31 2.3 Center for Legal and Court Technology Classes – Williamsburg – Multiple Classes, Beginning…

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Withholding a Child

Q. In my notice of intent last August, I placed my child in the eighth grade. I’d like to change that now and give him the seventh-grade, end-year test. I would then place him in eighth grade next year. Will…

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Home Organization Or Laziness

By Kyndra Steinmann I was talking with someone the other day and mentioned how I needed to work on menus for our main meals over the next several months. “Oh!,” she said, “ You are so organized! I couldn’t possibly…

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