STEM at the Convention

From Critter Study to a Robotics Expo: STEM at the Convention by Mary Musick Does hearing you call out, “Math time!” bring groans from your students? Have you developed a phobia about teaching algebra? Or maybe you have a budding…

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Around the State – May 25, 2016

3.1 Creek Pick Your Paddle – Williamsburg – Begins May 28 3.2 Father’s Day at Scotchtown – Beaverdam – June 19   3.1 Creek Pick Your Paddle – Williamsburg – Begins May 28 York River State Park Williamsburg, VA May…

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Test Scores for Private School

Q. I have a child who is homeschooled and two who are in private school. Should I also provide test scores for the children in private school? A. The two children in private school are no longer under the homeschool…

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Around the State – May 18, 2016

3.1 Henricus Homeschool Day – Chester – Registration Deadline Is May 27 3.2 Homeschool Family Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Is May 27 3.3 Homeschool Family Rock Climbing Class – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is June 10…

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The Homeschool Classroom – May 18, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Experimenting with Colors 2.2 Memorial Day Crafts   2.1 Experimenting with Colors Children are naturally curious; experimenting is a great way to teach the scientific method to preschoolers. The scientific method involves a question, a hypothesis,…

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Mom’s Corner – May 18, 2016

1.1 Article: “Homeschooling Struggles: Part 1 – Mom Can’t Do It All” 1.2 Tips for Having a Successful Yard Sale 1.3 Making Family Memories   1.1 Article: “Homeschooling Struggles: Part 1 – Mom Can’t Do It All” This blog post…

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Mystery of History

Win The Mystery of History Volume 1 MP3 covering Creation to the Resurrection! The Mystery of History Volume I Audio Book (MP3) bring The Mystery of History to life! Through downloadable MP3 files, you can listen to The Mystery of…

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World News Group Giveaway

Wow! World News Group is giving away an entire Chronicles of Narnia audio CD set! Who wouldn’t love that? Listen to all seven stories in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia in this 19 CD collection:…

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Apologia Book Bundle Giveaway!

Win an awesome bundle of award-winning books, given away by Apologia Ministries. This special bundle includes Exploring Creation Through Astronomy, Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal, Writers in Residence by Debra Bell, and Writers in Residence answer key, Don’t miss Sheri…

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Testing with a Local School

Q. When I filed my Notice of Intent, the school district offered to test my child in the spring with the Iowa test. They said not many homeschoolers use this free service. Is there a reason? A. A few school…

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Pizza, a T-shirt, and a Positive Impact!

  By Hannah Elizabeth Heath If you are homeschooling in Virginia, you may have heard of, or even attended, HEAV’s Annual Homeschool Convention–now in it’s 33rd year. Unless you’re a parent of young children, though, you may not be as…

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Mom’s Corner – May 11, 2016

1.1 Article: “7 Practical Ways to Be a More Patient Parent” 1.2 Experience Different Cultures at Passport DC 1.3 Free Printables for the Whole Family   1.1 Article: “7 Practical Ways to Be a More Patient Parent” Parenting is riddled…

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The Homeschool Classroom – May 11, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Fun with Sight Words 2.2 Gross Motor Action Game   2.1 Fun with Sight Words Since sight words do not follow phonics rules, they must be memorized. One way to memorize is to review these words…

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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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