One School Refuses to Accept ACT and SAT Scores

Here is a great reminder of the freedom we have as homeschool families to innovate–let’s not fall into the trap of doing school at home and teaching to the tests. “If we reduce education to the outcomes of a test,…

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October 9 is Fire Prevention Day!

October 9 Is Fire Prevention Day Fire prevention week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which began on October 8 but did most of its damage on October 9, 1871. For that reason, Fire Prevention Day…

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White Space: Why It’s Essential

by Kyndra Steinmann How do we keep up with everything we have to do as homeschool moms? Not just the teaching, but also the cooking, the housekeeping, and all the activities? Is there a place for us to rest our…

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Response Letter

Q. I received a Notice of Intent response letter from my superintendent stating that my child must be tested in the spring and results sent by August 1. My child is a five-year-old kindergartener. Is this correct and what should…

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Around the State – October 7, 2015

3.1 Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days – Virginia Beach – October 10-18 3.2 Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days – Fredericksburg – October 10-18 3.3 Christmas on the Farm – New Market – December 5   3.1 Barnes &…

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The Homeschool Classroom – October 7, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Fall Activities for Kids 2.2 Free Apple Activity and Printable Pack   2.1 Fall Activities for Kids This list of fall learning resources and activities for kids has links to free unit studies, printables, suggested fall…

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Mom’s Corner – October 7, 2015

1.1 Article: “Is Your Soul Being Held Hostage by Hustle?” 1.2 Simplify Your Laundry Routine 1.3 Free Parenting Book by J. C. Ryle   1.1 Article: “Is Your Soul Being Held Hostage by Hustle?” Have you ever had your day…

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Stopped Homeschooling – What To Do

Q. I filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) a few weeks ago, but have since enrolled my children in private school. What should I do about the NOI? A. Although the law does not require you to notify the superintendent…

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Exposing Major Blind Spots of Homeschoolers

By Reb Bradley I have heard from multitudes of troubled homeschool parents around the country, many of whom are leaders. These parents have graduated their first batch of kids, only to discover that their children didn’t turn out the way…

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The Homeschool Classroom – September 30, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Teaching a Pencil Grip 2.2 124 Activities to Do with Your Preschooler   2.1 Teaching a Pencil Grip Getting a good start is a key to learning just about anything! Give your preschooler a good start…

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Mom’s Corner – September 30, 2015

1.1 Article: “When There’s No Time to Smell the Flowers” 1.2 Easy Fall Decorating 1.3 Biblical Measurements   1.1 Article: “When There’s No Time to Smell the Flowers” Do you always feel rushed? Are you always planning for the next…

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Three Keys to Choosing a Support Group

by Pamela Hall, founder of TEAM Home School and co-founder of GHW (God’s Homeschool Warriors—http://ghwarriors.com) “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” I love ice cream, but not every flavor. How about you? In fact, out of…

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Special-Needs Services

Q. Can my homeschooled child who has an IEP still be involved in special classes at his former school? A. Public schools provide special needs services for students who are enrolled full-time in their schools; therefore, homeschoolers do not qualify….

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Around the State – September 23, 2015

3.1 Homeschool Art Classes – Yorktown – Begin September 25 3.2 Rappahannock County Farm Tour – Washington – September 26-27 3.3 Volunteer on National Public Lands Day – Appomattox – September 26 3.4 Free Admission to Red Hill – Brookneal…

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The Homeschool Classroom – September 23, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 How Do Clouds Produce Rain? 2.2 Light Table Learning   2.1 How Do Clouds Produce Rain? Understanding how rain falls from the clouds can be a bit daunting for a preschooler to grasp. You can use…

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Mom’s Corner – September 23, 2015

1.1 Article: “Are You Doing Too Much?” 1.2 Educational Apps for the iPod and iPad   1.1 Article: “Are You Doing Too Much?” Yikes, they are already in high school! How did that happen? Where did the years go? There…

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We Would Like Your Input

Inquiring minds want know! We are looking for your feedback on the following possible topics for upcoming issues of the Virginia Home Educator. If you would like to answer any of these questions, or would like to share you experience,…

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But This Is Taking So Long!

In discussions about teaching children with special needs, one of the topics that comes up frequently is the question of getting them to do their work in a timely manner. It’s a frustrating situation. You know that “Jane “ can…

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2015 PSAT Information Update

The PSAT® is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 2015. A homeschooler must register for the PSAT® at the local public high school in the school district in which he resides or at another school close by. Some larger private schools also provide…

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Moving to a New County

Q. Although we provided test results and then notified that we were moving to another county, our previous superintendent has requested a copy of the “approval” letter from the new superintendent in order to confirm my child is being homeschooled….

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Around the State – September 16, 2015

3.1 Sully Historic Site Events – Chantilly – Various Dates through November 3.2 Struggling Learner Seminar – Chesterfield – October 2   3.1 Sully Historic Site Events – Chantilly – Various Dates through November Sully Historic Site Chantilly, VA Eddie…

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Homeschool Classroom – September 16, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Handprint Zoo Animals 2.2 Geography for Preschoolers   2.1 Handprint Zoo Animals These handprint animals would be a great lesson before or after a field trip to the zoo. You can combine this craft with a…

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Mom’s Corner – September 16, 2015

1.1 Article: “How to Find Time to Pray When Life is Crazy – 6 Simple Strategies” 1.2 Free Budgeting Spreadsheets 1.3 Do-It-Yourself Fall Candleholder   1.1 Article: “How to Find Time to Pray When Life Is Crazy – 6 Simple…

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Homeschool Day at the State Fair of Virginia!

Monday September 28, 2015 Come to Homeschool Day at the State Fair–see old friends, learn, and have lots of fun making memories at this favorite field trip for Virginia homeschoolers! NEW: You do not need to purchase your tickets from…

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The Giving Machine

Flo Feldman Have you ever noticed that the people who have it easy have the hardest time when challenges come? These are people whose large house overlooks the ocean or a beautiful vista, whose closets are full, who have access…

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Certified Tutor – Names and Birth Dates

Q. After acknowledging receipt of my certified tutor letter, the superintendent asked for my children’s birth dates and said he expected yearly notification. Is this correct? A. If you complied with §22.1-254(A) by writing a letter and including a copy…

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Around the State – September 9, 2015

3.1 Rock Climbing Class for Homeschooling Families – Midlothian – Register by September 18 3.2 Home Educators’ Day at Monticello – Charlottesville – September 23 3.3 Free Admission to Smith’s Fort Plantation – Surry – September 26 3.4 Free Admission…

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Homeschool Classroom – September 9, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Fall Crafts 2.2 Multi-sensory Activities for Teaching Sight Words   2.1 Fall Crafts The leaves will soon be turning to beautiful oranges, reds, and yellows; it will be time for harvesting apples, pumpkins, and more. Celebrate…

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Mom’s Corner – September 9, 2015

1.1 Article: “11 Ways to Encourage Yourself” 1.2 To Dewey or Not to Dewey 1.3 Paint it Yourself Pixelated Wall Art   1.1 Article: “11 Ways to Encourage Yourself” On those lonely days when a friend, a godly friend, seems…

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