Testing Deadline Missed!

  Q. What can I do if I miss the August 1 testing deadline? A. Although the deadline is very close, you still have a few options. An online version of the California Achievement Test is available for students in…

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Summertime Schooling in Eastern Virginia

A Things to Do and Places to Go Around the Commonwealth Series – Part 1 Eastern Virginia by Michelle Crooker One of the great things about homeschooling is that homeschoolers can plan to take trips when other kids are back in…

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Birth Dates Required by Superintendent

Q. Am I required to provide my child’s date of birth on my city’s Notice of Intent form? A. No, the Virginia homeschool law, §22.1-254.1, DOES NOT require parents to disclose the birth dates or the grade levels of their…

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For the Stay-At-Home Graduate

by Maiya Drennen   To all of you graduates, who have marked this exciting event in your life – you’re finished! And congratulations to you! A few months ago I wrote a blog post about the time leading up to…

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Is a Summer Break Worthwhile?

by Kyndra Steinmann Ever since we returned from the HEAV Convention, we’ve been slacking off around here! Partly because the weather has been lovely and we’ve all wanted more time outside, partly because we’ve had a lot of activities, but…

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Assessment Evaluators

Q. Who can evaluate my child in order to comply with the law? A. The answer depends on the option you have chosen for the evaluation. If you have filed a Notice of Intent form, you have several options for…

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Summer Time Schooling

by Michelle Crooker Everyone who homeschools is a little bit different.  We may use the same curriculum or have the same basic schedule as a friend, but each one of us does things a little differently. Summertime, for example, can…

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God Rested

Creation Science – Day 7 by Michelle Crooker Well, it has finally come: “Creation Day 7–the Day of Rest!”  I don’t know about you, but pretty much anyone I know who has children could use a bit of rest.  If…

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Homeschooling Another Person’s Child

Q. I have looked at the VA laws and can not find any clear word on whether it is legal or not to homeschool someone else’s child. A. The homeschool statute is written to allow parents to teach their own…

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Five Steps for Successful Homeschool Planning

Now that I’m home from the convention and we have finished up our last few subjects, my mind is turning to planning the new year and using all of the materials I purchased in June!   This is our fifth…

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Testing If No Longer Homeschooling

Q. Do I still have to submit test scores if I’ve decided not to homeschool next year? A. A-The law says if you provide home instruction, you must provide either testing results or an evaluation or assessment for the previous…

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Homeschooling Without a Schoolroom

Until this past January, we lived in a house that was too small to allow us a dedicated space for school. We had one closet where I kept school books and supplies, and everything was done around the dining room…

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Diploma and Additional Documentation

Q. I’ll be submitting my diploma to fulfill the required proof of eligibility to homeschool. Since my diploma has my maiden name on it, should I also send my marriage certificate to show that I am the person listed on…

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How to Report Test Results

Q. How do I report the testing score to the superintendent? Do I use a form or do I write a letter to tell him the results? A. After you test your child, you will send the test booklet and…

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A Novel Idea: Discover Fifteen Lifelong Benefits of Living Book

Sarita Holzmann What happens if you stop reading a tale at the most exciting part? Children exclaim, “Keep going! What happens next?”   Literature-based learning is an educational philosophy based on children’s natural curiosity and love for stories. Outstanding books…

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Sharing the Gospel the High-Tech Way

Evonne Mandella Need inspiration in your homeschooling? Are things getting a little dry? Nothing inspires like a refocus on things above with an added splash of creativity! Your family can add old-fashioned inspiration in a very “high-tech,” futuristic way. Our…

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Four Tips for Determining High School Credit

Lee Binz Some things about homeschooling high school really are NOT hard.  Scary words like “grades” and “credits” can be simple when you know the easy way to do it!  Let me take away that worry for you and show…

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Inspiring the Next Generation to Lead

Rick Boyer   Everything rises and falls on leadership. It’s an old saying, and the truth of it has been demonstrated all around us throughout our lives. Weak fathers have weak families that produce children with weak faith. Self-serving political…

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Why Does the Universe Look So Old?

Terry Mortenson, M.Div., Ph.D. This was the question addressed by Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at the Ligonier National Conference in Orlando, Florida, in June 2010.   Young Earth View He rightly contended that the young-earth…

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Welcome to the Journey, New Homeschooling Mama!

Karen DeBeus There so are so many things I would tell a new homeschooling mama these days. Most importantly though, I would tell her…   God Has Called You to Do This. Guess what mama? YOU are NOT in charge of your homeschool. God…

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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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