What Are Your Goals

by Kyndra Steinmann So, here we are–a month into the new school year for most of us–and I have a question: What are your goals this year? Oh, I know, I know–you want to finish the grade-level-appropriate work, teach Johnny…

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PSAT® Test Registration

Q. Where do I register my high school student for the PSAT®? A. A Homeschooler must register for the PSAT® at the local public high school in the school district in which he resides or another school close by. Some…

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Summertime Schooling in Southwest Virginia

A Things to Do and Places to Go around the Commonwealth Series – Part 4 – Southwest VA If you have been following my series of Summertime Schooling, that you will know that so far we have covered: Summer Time…

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Notification Deadline Passed

Q. Is it too late to begin homeschooling now? A. No, it’s not too late to begin homeschooling. Parents may begin homeschooling after the August 15 deadline if they move into a new school division, or if they decide to…

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Does Attitude Matter?

by Kyndra Steinmann A question was brought up by a friend after my recent post about getting back into routine:   “I focused on attitude almost exclusively, figuring that jobs would be well done if the attitudes were right. For…

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Special Needs and Parents’ Rights

Q. May I remove my preschooler with special needs from school and educate him at home? Are there additional requirements? A. According to the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA), school districts must locate, identify, and evaluate children aged 3–22…

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Finding a Support Group

Q. Now that I’ve started homeschooling, where can I find a support group? A. HEAV has a list of local support groups and co-ops on the HEAV website. Groups are listed by county, city, and region. The list includes contact…

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Summertime Schooling in Northern Virginia

Things to Do and Places to Go around the Commonwealth Series – Part 3 – Northern VA Welcome back to Summertime Schooling Series. As the end of summer approaches, many people are thinking and planning for back to homeschool, and…

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The Mariners’ Museum

Homeschool Day An HEAV-Sponsored Event Location: 100 Museum Drive, Newport News Date: Friday, October 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Before October 10: $12/member; $15/nonmember After October 10: $15/ member; $20/nonmember Ages five and under are free,…

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Frontier Culture Museum

Fall Homeschool Day An HEAV-Sponsored Event!   Location: 1290 Richmond Road, Staunton, Virginia Date: Friday, October 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Until October 1: $3/student and $5/adult if purchased in advance; $5/student and $7/adult if purchased at…

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Luray Caverns

Home Educators Week An HEAV-Sponsored Event!   Location:  101 Cave Hill Road, Luray, Virginia 22835 (970 U.S. Highway 211 West) Date: Monday, November 10, 2014, through Sunday, November 16, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (5 p.m. Saturday and…

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Mount Vernon

Homeschool Days at Mount Vernon An HEAV-Sponsored Event!   Location: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia.  Historic Mount Vernon is located16 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 8 miles south of Old Town, Alexandria, on the banks of the…

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Virginia Air and Space Center

Virginia Air & Space Center Homeschool Appreciation Day An HEAV-Sponsored Event!   Location: Virginia Air and Space Center, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Virginia. Get directions here. Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $2 per…

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Homeschool Day at the Biltmore Estate

13th Annual Fall Homeschool Festival at the Biltmore An HEAV-Sponsored Event!    Location: Biltmore Estate, 1 Approach Road, Asheville, North Carolina Date: Thursday, September 18-19, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $22/person ages 4 and up; free for children…

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$100 Gift Certificate

$100 Gift Certificate Wow! Blinds.com is giving away a $100 Gift Certificate, good for any product in their store! Blinds.com is the largest retailer in Houston, and has been voted Best Place to Work in Houston for three years running…

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Planning for Off Days

by Kyndra Steinmann   It’s the time of year to plan school for next year. One of the things I’ve realized as I’ve worked on this coming year is that I need to have a plan in place for weeks…

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Religious Exemption for Preschoolers

Q. I would like to seek a religious exemption for my three-year-old preschooler since, as a parent, I have been teaching him from birth. Can I send a letter to the school board for my child at any age?  …

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Religious Exemption Sample Letters

Q. Are there sample letters for pastors or friends to go with a religious exemption letter?   A. The law does not require parents to include additional letters from pastors or friends supporting their beliefs; however, letters of support may…

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Summertime Schooling in Central Virginia

A Things to Do and Places to Go around the Commonwealth Series – Part 2 – Central VA Let’s start this part of the series with a summertime tip – be sure to take it easy. Even if it’s just…

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Rebuilding the Routine

by Kyndra Steinmann Last time I told you how taking a break from school had morphed into taking a break from responsibilities and routines altogether, and how that had given us an unhealthy family atmosphere. We’re on the road to…

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IEP and Notice of Intent

Q. Since my child had an IEP, is there anything extra I need to do when I file my Notice of Intent? A. Even though your child had an IEP for public school, there is nothing additional you need to…

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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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