Around the State – January 25, 2017

3.1 Black History Month Celebration – “Community” Exhibit – Richmond – January 27 through February 24 3.2 Old Coast Guard Station Museum Homeschool Days – Virginia Beach – Registration Deadline Is February 6 3.3 Foster Parent Orientation – Chester –…

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God and the History of Art – Barry Stebbing

By Barry Stebbing “Looking at art is one way of listening to God.” ~ Sister Wendy Beckett Growing up as a student of the fine arts, I assumed that I knew a good deal about art history. As the years…

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IEW Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Win a $50 gift certificates for the Institute for Excellence in Writing, an award-winning approach to teaching students how to write well, think clearly, and communicate effectively! Enter below or a chance to win! Andrew Pudewa is a convention favorite…

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$50 Gift Card by Nancy Manos!

Nancy Manos, special speaker at the  “LeaderLife!” Virginia homeschool leadership conference and the executive director of Arizona Families for Home Education, is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card! Enter below for a chance to win, and be sure to…

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Testing Virginia Homeschoolers

This weekly Q&A Live session with Yvonne Bunn answers your questions about what is required by law for end-of-year testing for Virginia homeschoolers, whether you choose a standardized test or private evaluation! Join us on Facebook each Wednesday afternoon at…

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Teach Public Speaking: One Essential Skill

by Kyndra Steinmann When I was a girl, the homeschool group in Williamsburg/James City County and Charles City Counties in Virginia decided that it would be a good idea to have an annual “Speech Meet.” The idea was that homeschool…

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Around the State – January 18, 2016

3.1 Educator Open House – Norfolk – January 19 3.2 Ordinary Times: Life in Colonial Lanesville – Sterling – February 25 3.3 Richmond Symphony Discovery Concerts – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is March 9   3.1 Educator Open House – Norfolk – January…

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The Homeschool Classroom – January 18, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Winter Preschool Activities 2.2 Building Math Skills by Comparing Numbers   2.1 Winter Preschool Activities This collection of winter activities will keep you and your preschooler busy until spring. There are counting activities, creative art activities,…

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Mom’s Corner – January 18, 2016

1.1 Article: “Recapturing Us in the Midst of Our Rush” 1.2 Methods to Teach Critical Thinking 1.3 Wash Walls the Easy Way   1.1 Article: “Recapturing Us in the Midst of Our Rush” As homeschool moms, we have a lot…

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Q&A Live with Yvonne Bunn!

Welcome! Here is our inaugural live question-and-answer video with Yvonne Bunn, HEAV director of homeschool support! Yvonne writes the widely read Q&A in our e-newsletter, the Virginia Homeschool Update, each week.  This weekly Q&A Live session on Facebook gives you…

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Virginia Homeschool Manual Giveaway!

Have you ever wished you could easily find answers to your homeschooling questions in just ONE resource? Well, now you can! The Virginia Homeschool Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Education in Virginia is the most complete, single reference on…

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Testing Accommodations

Q. Can I use testing accommodations for my child who is a struggling reader? A. Unless your child has a documented learning disability, you should comply with the test publisher’s instructions for test administration. Typically, you should test him at…

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Mom’s Corner – January 11, 2017

1.1 Article: “Homeschooling on the Wish it Would Snow Days” 1.2 Teaching Science 1.3 Declutter in 15 Minutes a Day   1.1 Article: “Homeschooling on the Wish it Would Snow Days” Unexpected breaks from formal studies, like snow days, can…

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The Homeschool Classroom – January 11, 2017

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 50 Alphabet Books Reviewed 2.2 Feed the Birds   2.1 50 Alphabet Books Reviewed You can use the books on this list to teach the alphabet to your preschooler. The books on this list are not…

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Around the State – January 11, 2017

3.1 March for Life 2017 – Washington, DC – January 27 3.2 Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days – Williamsburg – Advance Registration Deadline Is February 17   3.1 March for Life 2017 – Washington, DC – January 27 Washington Monument Washington,…

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Sick Days and the Unexpected

This past week was supposed to be one of much accomplishment! Co-op is over for the semester, which gives us an extra day at home, and I had plans to catch up on a couple of things as well as…

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The Homeschool Classroom – January 4, 2017

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 No–Prep Fine Motor Skills Activities 2.2 Educational Busy Bags   2.1 No–Prep Fine Motor Skills Activities The development of fine motor skills is crucial for tasks such as writing, cutting with scissors, buttoning shirts, tying shoes,…

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Around the State – January 4, 2017

3.1 Williamsburg Classical Academy Spring Team Member Registration –  Deadline Is TODAY (January 4) 3.2 The College of the Albemarle Performing Arts Center Oklahoma! Auditions – Elizabeth City, NC – January 7 3.3 Homeschool Basics – Palmyra – Registration Deadline…

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Mom’s Corner – January 4, 2017

1.1 Article: “Encouragement for the Homeschooling Mom” 1.2 Online Coupon Websites 1.3 Lighthearted New Year’s Resolutions for Mom   1.1 Article: “Encouragement for the Homeschooling Mom” The start of a new year brings the opportunity for self-reflection. What did we…

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THURSDAY AT THE CONVENTION!

HEART DISSECTION LAB – SCIEXPERIENCE Explore the heart–that marvelous machine that pumps the life-giving river through the many tributaries in our body. Geared toward students ages 13 and up. Students ages 11 and 12 may attend with a parent. Each…

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Around the State – December 14, 2016

3.1 MOCArt Studio – Virginia Beach – Begins January 19 3.2 Princeton University Summer Journalism Program – Princeton, NJ – Registration Deadline Is February 24   3.1 MOCArt Studio – Virginia Beach – Begins January 19 Virginia Museum of Contemporary…

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Mom’s Corner – December 14, 2016

1.1 Article: “The Real Meaning of Christmas” 1.2 Gift Ideas for Tutors, Music Teacher, and Others 1.3 Play Time for Mom   1.1 Article: “The Real Meaning of Christmas” Is it possible to have real joy and peace? All sorts…

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Three Gifts You Can Give Your Children

by Lynna Sutherland ‘Tis the season!  Pinterest, email newsletters, and blogs everywhere are full of gift ideas and wish lists for chlidren. Some folks prefer handmade gifts and some folks would rather shop online. But I have a different kind…

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The Homeschool Classroom – December 14, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Nativity Stained Glass Craft 2.2 Indoor Gross Motor Activity   2.1 Nativity Stained Glass Craft This beautiful stained glass nativity craft has stood the test of time. You will need contact paper, the downloaded nativity silhouette…

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Helping Other Homeschoolers

Q. I’ve finished homeschooling and would like to give back by sharing my experiences. I’m interested in working with new homeschoolers, but may not know all the answers. How can I help? A. As an experienced homeschool parent, you have…

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Around the State – December 7, 2016

3.1 CYT Fredericksburg Production of White Christmas – Spotsylvania – December 9-11 3.2 Court End Christmas – Richmond – December 11 3.3 Such a Time Conference – Toana – Registration Deadline Is December 31 3.4 Food Challenge – Powhatan –…

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Teaching Art to Young Children

by Sharon Jeffus When we think of art for preschool and early elementary, we need to think of fun and adventure. Children this age have a short attention span, and we don’t want to bore them or they will disengage….

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The Homeschool Classroom – December 7, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Simple Nativity Story Drama 2.2 Christmas Decorating with Patterns   2.1 Simple Nativity Story Drama These printable masks are an easy way to have your children act out the nativity story. By acting out a story,…

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