Calling a Legislator

Q. What can I expect to happen when I call my senator or delegate regarding a bill that affects homeschoolers? I want to call, but I’m not sure what to say. A. When you call your legislator’s office, you can…

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Cool Sites – January 7, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Pray Today 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Moving Tips 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Pencil Practice (Special Education Helps Too) 3.4 STEM: Biology and School 3.5 Foreign Language: Learn German Free 3.6 Cooking: Dictionary of Herbs and Spices 3.7 English:…

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General Interest Items – January 7, 2015

2.1 March for Life – Washington, DC – January 22, 2015 2.2 Mini-Maker (Make-and-Take) Festival – Powhatan – February 21, 2015   2.1 March for Life – Washington, DC – January 22, 2015 National Mall; U.S. Supreme Court January 22,…

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Homeschool Items – January 7, 2015

1.1 Home School Swim Program – Fredericksburg – Underway 1.2 Play: Sovereign Choice: The Life and Testimony of Lady Jane Grey – Midlothian – January 8-10, 2015 1.3 Classical Conversations Information Meetings – Hampton Roads Area – Multiple Dates 1.4…

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Keeping Your “To Do” List

by Maiya Drennen Daily responsibilities often pile up faster than I can remember them, so I like to write myself a list of things to do. I am definitely a list person, and always have been. However, along with daily…

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Being Honest With Your Children

by Kyndra Steinmann The other day I was talking to another homeschool mom about the difficulties her eldest child is having in learning to read. The child shows multiple signs of dyslexia, with a possible secondary issue with processing language,…

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Getting Connected

Q. I’m planning to homeschool in January. What is the best way to get my questions answered, connect with other homeschoolers, and find out about homeschool events? A. Connecting with other homeschoolers is a great way to begin. Not only…

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Let it Glow!

By Michelle Crooker What can you find at a dollar store and deep in the ocean? Today, we are going to explore the amazing world of glowing stuff. Start off by asking your kids the question “What is light?” This…

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Ordering License Plates

Q. How can I get an “Education Begins at Home” license plate? I’m so encouraged when I see them on cars! A. Since 2005 when HEAV initiated legislation in Virginia to create the first homeschool license plate in the nation—“Education…

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But Where Did All the Pencils Go?

by Kyndra Steinmann This morning was one of those school days that “did not go well” . The fourth-grader argued with the assignments and the textbooks. The third-grader dawdled and ate her pencils. The first-grader suddenly couldn’t remember any of…

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Homeschooling Numbers

Q. How many homeschoolers are in Virginia? A. According to the Virginia Department of Education’s official records for the 2013-2014 school year, there are a total of 35,858 homeschoolers in Virginia. View the statistics by county and city here. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/enrollment/home_school_religious_exempt/index.shtml…

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How to Evaluate a Child

Q. For an evaluation, it says the child must show progress. Since my special needs child is behind in several subjects, will that affect her evidence of progress? A. Being behind in some subjects would be more evident on a…

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“Weather” or Not

by Michelle Crooker This year, Bug and Princess are both studying biology in NOEO Science, sold through Logos Press, and they are currently learning about weather. One of the things I like about NOEO Science is their name. “Noeo” is a…

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Transferring Credits to Public School

Q. If I decide to transfer my high school student into public school, will they accept his homeschool credits? A. Based on Virginia law, each school district makes its own policies for students transferring into government schools. School divisions are…

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Organizing for Thanksgiving

– By Florence Feldman, www.organizedtimes.com  Sometimes the turkey is not the only thing that gets stuffed at Thanksgiving. When making room for holiday company, we stuff our closets, attics, basements, showers, and other out-of-sight spaces with “stuff” we just don’t…

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CAT-5 Test Change

Q. I understand the CAT-5 survey test is being phased out. Is there another test that covers only what the law requires? A. The TerraNova test is replacing the outdated California Achievement test (CAT). It is published by the same…

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Apprenticeship and Mentorship Making a Comeback

by Mike Cheney In the 250 years since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution when the fragmenting of the family into individual labor units began in earnest, the concepts of apprenticeship and men- torship largely disappeared from the American culture….

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PSAT Changes in 2015

Q. I know the SAT exam is being redesigned, but will the PSAT change, too? A. Yes, the College Board is revising the PSAT/NMSQT test along with the SAT. The new PSAT exam is scheduled to be in the hands…

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Common Teen Struggles

by Maiya Drennen Throughout our lives, different struggles will take their toll on each and every one of us.  The teen years, for most of us, are filled with struggle. During them, we’re still learning; still discovering new things; and…

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Pamplin Park Homeschool Days

An HEAV-Sponsored Event Location: 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg Date: Friday, November 14, and Friday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $10.50/adult; $9/child age 6 to 18; children age 5 and under are free. Registration: To register,…

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Learning to Be Wrong

by Kyndra Steinman Does this ever happen at your house? You are teaching a math lesson and ask your student, “What number, plus six, equals fourteen?” “Seven,” he replies positively. “No,” you say, “that’s incorrect.” And the arguing commences… “I…

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Records from Public School

Q. Can I get a copy of my child’s public school records? I am not sure what my legal rights are. A. Yes, you may go to your child’s previous school and request a copy of the record from the…

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History to Science

by Michelle Crooker This year Six Hands is studying U.S. History. One of the reasons for this is that he requested to do so, but the other reason is because I really wanted to get out of the ancient world. Between…

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Recognizing Progress

by Kyndra Steinman The other day, we had one of those days when all of the interactions with a particular child go badly. You know–the days when the child in question starts trying to run the world before he’s even…

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National Spelling Bee

Q. How do homeschoolers enroll in the 2015 National Spelling Bee? A. Homeschool support groups or co-ops can enroll in the Scripps National Spelling Bee just like other students. Fees are the same for all types of schools whether public,…

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Four Secrets for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

by Daniel Craig The basics of entrepreneurship―responsibility, initiative, and ownership―are essential, not just for Fortune 500 business owners, but also for any young person getting started in life. A generation ago, these basics wouldn’t have been considered unique; today, they…

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Boys State

Q. Can homeschool students participate in Boys State? A. Until recently, homeschooled students could not participate in Boys State, but through the hard work of interested homeschool parents, they now have the opportunity to be elected to Boys State. Qualified…

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Nature Study

By Michelle Crooker Although we don’t do it nearly often enough, the kids and I enjoy going on nature walks.  Six Hands and I go on plenty of hikes with his Scout troop, but there tends to be a difference…

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K12 Virtual School

Q. Can K12 be used as a homeschooling curriculum? A. K12 curriculum can be used in one of two ways: 1) as the curriculum for a virtual public school at home; or 2) as the curriculum for a homeschooled student…

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