The Beauty of a Well-Told Story

Uncle Rick Audios from Character Concepts: A Review by Sandra Modersohn The kind people at Character Concepts sent us products free of charge in exchange for this review. This post may contain affiliate links. The Beauty of a Well-Told Story…

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Deadline to Begin

Q. Can I begin homeschooling now? A. Yes, you can begin homeschooling after the school year has begun! You may begin after the August 15th deadline if you have recently moved into a school division or if you decide to…

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Around the State – January 13, 2016

3.1 Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days – Charlottesville & Other Locations – January 9-17 3.2 High School Symposium – Richmond – Register by January 17 3.3 Chrysler Museum Educator Open House – Norfolk – January 21 3.4 Homeschool Events…

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The Homeschool Classroom – January 13, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Simple Winter Paintings 2.2 Article: “15 Chore Ideas for Four-Year-Olds”   2.1 Simple Winter Paintings These simple winter paintings use epsom salt to give the painted scene a little sparkle. You can use this craft idea…

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Mom’s Corner – January 13, 2016

1.1 Article: “The Desperate Need to Get It Right” 1.2 A Frustration-less Way to Help Your Children Clean Their Rooms 1.3 Raise Fiscally Smart Children   1.1 Article: “The Desperate Need to Get It Right” Sometimes it feels as though…

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Clearing to Zero

by Kyndra Steinmann “I just can’t figure out what I’m doing! I keep getting mixed up!” my seven-year-old wails at least once a day. “Did you clear your desk to zero?” I ask. “Clearing to zero” has become a kind…

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Around the State – January 6, 2016

3.1 Volunteer with National Pro-Life Alliance at the March for Life – Washington, DC – Deadline Today January 6 3.2 Rock Climbing Open House for Homeschooling Families – Midlothian – Register by January 7 3.3 Homeschool Art Classes – Yorktown…

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The Homeschool Classroom – January 6, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Experiment with Sound 2.2 Free Letter Printables   2.1 Experiment with Sound Children love to play and experiment, especially with sounds. You can use these ideas to encourage your preschooler’s curiosity. www.mymundaneandmiraculouslife.com/sound-experiments-preschoolers Experiment further with sound,…

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Mom’s Corner – January 6, 2016

1.1 Article: “Start Your Homeschool Fresh in the New Year” 1.2 Online Photoshop-like Photo Editor 1.3 Signs and Symptoms of Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, and Dysgraphia   1.1 Article: “Start Your Homeschool Fresh in the  New Year” You may or may…

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Federal Legislation and Homeschoolers

Q. Will the new federal law that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) affect homeschoolers? A. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965* (ESEA) must be reauthorized every 15 years. You’re probably familiar with the…

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Around the State – December 16, 2015

3.1 Programs at the Library – Chesterfield – In Progress 3.2 “Classes by Beth” Discounted Classes – Online – Begin January 11 3.3 Keep Prince William Beautiful Art Contest – Prince William – Deadline is February 1 3.4 HSLDA 2016…

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The Homeschool Classroom – December 16, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Free Preschool Sight Word Game 2.2 Handprint and Footprint Crafts   2.1 Free Preschool Sight-Word Game You can give your pre-reader a little help to master sight words and have fun while doing it. Download the…

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Mom’s Corner – December 16, 2015

1.1 Article: “10 Free Christmas Gifts” 1.2 Institute for Excellence in Writing’s “Twelve Days of Christmas Giving 2015” 1.3 Activities for a Christ-Centered Christmas   1.1 Article: “10 Free Christmas Gifts” It’s easy for children to become distracted during the…

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Eight Ways LEGO® Play Boosts Literacy

“Play is the highest form of research.” ~ Albert Einstein The word LEGO® conjures up many favorable thoughts for parents and children alike. (Unless you are a parent that has stepped on a LEGO block barefoot; then, that is a…

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Making Peace with “Auditory Clutter”

Lately, my six-month-old has been trying to learn to walk (oh, the gray hair I’m acquiring!) and I’ve been trying to get a video of her efforts. I’ve posted some of the results to Facebook but I’m always disappointed because…

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General Assembly Page Program

Q. Can homeschool students apply for the General Assembly page program? A. Yes, homeschool students can apply online for the General Assembly page program if they meet the same requirements as public or private school students. Several homeschoolers have had…

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Around the State – December 9, 2015

3.1 Homeschool Gymnastics Classes – Rockville – Registration Is Ongoing 3.2 Classical Conversations Mini-Homeschool Conference – Palmyra – Registration Deadline Is December 10 3.3 National History Bee – Online and at Multiple Venues – Registration Deadline Is December 18 3.4…

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The Homeschool Classroom – December 9, 2015

Preschool & Kindergarten 2.1 Imaginative Play 2.2 Name Writing Practice for Preschoolers   2.1 Imaginative Play Small children learn to express themselves verbally, learn to empathize with other people, and experiment with social and emotional roles when they engage in…

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Mom’s Corner – December 9, 2015

1.1 Article: “Tips for Homeschooling Through the Holidays” 1.2 Free Download from Peace Hill Press: Jim Weiss Reads “The Nativity Story” 1.3 Household Cleaning Hacks   1.1 Article: “Tips for Homeschooling Through the Holidays” The joy of the holiday season…

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Five Fun & Memorable Advent Activities

“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell a story. Make some light.” – Kate DiCamillo The holiday season is upon us. Advent is a perfect time to change gears with your…

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Homeschooling with a GED

Q. How can I homeschool since I do not have a high school diploma, but a GED? A. Regrettably, a GED is not accepted as a high school diploma for home instruction.* There are two ways a parent who does…

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Around the State – December 2, 2015

3.1 Colonial Christmas at Scotchtown – Beaverdam – December 12 & 13 3.2 Court End Christmas at the John Marshall House – Richmond – December 13 3.3 Such a Time Women’s Conference – Williamsburg – Best Price by December 31…

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The Homeschool Classroom – December 2, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Advent Cards 2.2 Drinking Straw Activities for Preschoolers   2.1 Advent Cards Names in the Bible are very important, and the names of Jesus even more significant. It’s not too late to jump in and teach…

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Mom’s Corner – December 2, 2015

1.1 Article: “Altogether Joyful: Finding Joy in the Journey” 1.2 Christmas Cookie Recipes   1.1 Article: “Altogether Joyful: Finding Joy in the Journey” How many songs can you think of that contain the word “joy”? “Joy to the World,” “Christmas…

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HEAV Open House

Fun. Fellowship. Refreshments. Stop by our office in Richmond for an open house on Friday, December 4, from  1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We’re decorated for the holidays and looking forward to meeting you! Meet HEAV president, Anne Miller Talk…

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Praying Scripture

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14 KJV I have read these words over and over again. This single verse…

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NOI Denied Without Test Scores

Q. We homeschooled last year but didn’t test because my teen wanted to go to public school this year. After eight weeks, I took him out and filed a NOI to begin homeschooling, but the superintendent denied my NOI because…

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The Gift of Zero Stimulation

As the school year gets into its groove and the busy holiday season approaches, the amount of activity and stimulation can become too much for individual members of the family, and indeed, sometimes for the whole family. The signs of…

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Around the State – November 18, 2015

3.1 Seasonal Events at Henricus – Chester – some events require early registration 3.2 The Grand Illumination of Cape Henry Lighthouse – Virginia Beach – December 3 3.3 Christmas at Bacon’s Castle – Surry – December 5 3.4 Contest: “A…

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