God Made Man

Creation Science – Day 6 God Made Man . . . but First, He Made Cattle, Insects, and Wild Animals Hello again, Science Lovers! We are back with day six of our series, Creation Science. Since we did a review…

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Testing Changes with the CAT

Q. Is the California Achievement Test (CAT) still available for testing? A. Some test suppliers no longer carry the CAT-5 version of the California Achievement test because it is considered an old test; it was nationally normed in 1992. The…

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Birds that Fly and Creatures that Swim

Creation Science – Day 5 Okay, it’s time for a quick review. Day 1 – Let There Be Light Day 2 – Separating the Waters Day 3 – Plant Science Day 4 – The Sun, the Moon and the Stars…

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Testing If in Private School

Q. Should I send in test scores if my child is enrolled in a private school for her core classes, and I homeschool her for only one subject? A. You may or may not have to provide test scores, depending…

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Teaching the Child with Communication Challenges

By Judi Munday   In recent years, I have observed a marked increase in the number of students who struggle with language-based learning deficits. They struggle with reading comprehension, written and oral expression, memory, and listening comprehension. These children are…

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The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars in the Sky

Creation Science – Day 4 Here we are at day four of creation. At this point, God has made light, separated the waters, and made plants and fruit bearing trees – you can read my previous posts on the HEAV…

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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. Yes, you may black out the scores if your child took the history…

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Certified Tutor Teaching Time

Q. If I hire a certified teacher to teach my child, what percentage of the day am I required to teach him? A.  A certified teacher (also known as a certified tutor) who has complied with the law can do…

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Time Out…For Mama

This morning, I dismissed school after only an hour. We were nowhere near done for the day, but I was out of patience. The toddler was fussing because he is teething; the preschooler had a cold and his brain and…

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Plant Science

by Michelle Crooker Here is the highly anticipated, anxiously awaited part three in the seven-part “Creation Science” series.  If you missed parts one and two, go check them out: Day 1 – Let there be Light and Day 2 –…

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Graduation Credits

Q. How many credits does a homeschooler need to graduate and get into college? A. There is no specific number of credits a homeschooler must have to graduate. It is up to the parent to decide when the course of…

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Dean’s List Finalist Award

Mathews FIRST Robotics Competition Team Captain wins Dean’s List Finalist Award Becky Thompson, Captain of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1137, won the Dean’s List Finalist Award at the Virginia Regional Competition at the Siegel Center in Richmond on March 20-22….

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Sparkles

by Jon Covington My wife and I have four kids, which means I’ve been through the child birthing process four times. I’ve never once had so much as an aspirin, even though one child was delivered via C-section–although the anesthesiologist…

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Finishing Strong

I realized the other day that, despite all of the interruptions this year, Mouse (my six-year-old girl) is about thirty lessons away from the end of her second-grade year. How encouraging in these end-of-the-year doldrum weeks when I feel like…

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Graduation Requirements

Q. The Virginia graduation requirements say my teen must earn a board-approved career and technical education credential and complete one virtual course. Is this a new graduation requirement? A. Yes, this is a new requirement for public school students. However,…

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Jobs for Teens

Q. Where can a 14-year-old homeschooler find a summer job? Most places will hire teens that are 16 and older, but not a teen who needs a work permit. A. You may be able to find an entry-level job for…

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Separating the Waters

by Michelle Crooker This post is part two of my seven-part, days-of-creation science series. If you missed the first part you can go back and read Creation Science Day 1 – Let There Be Light. Day 2: Separating the Waters…

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Henrico County 4-H Team Has “Life Smarts”!

On March 7, the Henrico 4-H LifeSmarts Team WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) won the 2014 Virginia LifeSmarts competition by narrowly defeating the Marshall High School team of Falls Church, Virginia, in a very close contest held…

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Handling the Stress and Pressure Before Graduation

by Maiya Drennen   The months leading up to graduation will quite possibly be some of the most stressful and pressure-filled months of your life. Trying to finish up the last bit of schoolwork, figuring out where to go to…

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Feeling Behind? That Can Be a Good Thing!

So, last June, at the HEAV Convention, you saw these neat books with all kinds of activities and you thought, “Oh wow! The kids would really love these, and we would learn so much, and enjoy it, too!”   So…

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Curriculum Change Notification

Q. I changed my curriculum for one subject during the school year. Should I contact the superintendent’s office to let him know that I changed a subject on the description of curriculum list I sent last August? A. The law…

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Let There Be Light

by Michelle Crooker This semester at our co-op, I was asked to teach a science class—by the students themselves!  Apparently, I am the crazy science teacher. And I love it! My student group consists of fourth- and fifth-graders this semester….

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Notice of Intent Recipient

Q. When filing a Notice of Intent, should I send it to the superintendent’s office or to the person listed on the school division’s website? They are two different people. A. The Virginia homeschool statue requires parents to “notify the…

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Last Date to Test

Q. What is the latest I should test? I want to make sure we finish all the material before testing.   A. I would suggest completing end-of-year tests no later than June. Once the test is mailed, you have no…

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