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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Henricus Historical Park

Win a Family Membership! Henricus is giving away a one-year, family membership for two adults and six children! Henricus Historical Park re-creates everyday 17th-century life in the Citie of Henricus, the second successful English settlement in the New World, an…

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Working Out the Flow

by Kyndra Steinmann It’s one of the last lovely days of summer, and I am sitting on my porch, listening to my five-year-old play with a friend. The three-year-old and two-month-old are napping, and the seven- and eight-year-olds are having…

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Secrets of Homeschool Success

Homeschool Connection’s Moms’ Night Out Come hear Yvonne Bunn share some “Secrets of Homeschool Success” from her experiences as a parent, support group leader, and director of legislative initiatives with the Virginia General Assembly. After homeschooling her now-adult children from kindergarten to…

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NOI Contact Information

Q. After receiving my Notice of Intent, the superintendent’s office is asking me to provide phone and email contact information. Is this required? A. The homeschool statute, §22.1-254.1, does not require a parent to provide personal contact information in order…

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Around the State – September 2, 2015

3.1 Young Christian Authors Conference – Warrenton – September 7 3.2 Youth Water Quality Program – Powhatan – September 10 and 17 3.3 Go Green Expo – Newport News – September 12 3.4 Homeschool Days at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown…

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The Homeschool Classroom – September 2, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Word Family Sorting with Legos 2.2 Hidden Pictures   2.1 Word Family Sorting with Legos You can help your preschooler learn rhyming families while sorting and building towers with this Lego word family sorting activity. http://thisreadingmama.com/lego-word-family-sorting…

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Mom’s Corner – September 2, 2015

1.1 Article: “Having the Courage to Be Different – No Fear Homeschooling” 1.2 Guide to Cooking and Baking Substitutions 1.3 Plan Your Field Trips for the Fall   1.1 Article: “Having the Courage to Be Different – No Fear Homeschooling“…

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6 Keys to Making the Classics Come Alive

by Pamela Hall “Many of the greatest books are like a forest. The best way to get to know them is to wander right into the middle and get lost.” ~ Anthony Esolen What turns kids off when it comes…

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Religious Exemption and Services

Q. Is speech therapy available for religiously exempt homeschoolers? A. A limited number of special-need services—usually speech and occupational (OT) therapy–should be available as an outreach to all students (homeschool and private school students) in the community through state and…

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Around the State – August 26, 2015

3.1 Greater Richmond School of Music Open House – Richmond – August 31 3.2 Home School Mornings at Maymont – Richmond – Register by September 1 3.3 Henricus Historical Park Activities – Chester – Register by September 5 3.4 Home…

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The Homeschool Classroom – August 26, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 100 Books for Independent Readers 2.2 Activities to Encourage Writing Skills   2.1 100 Books for Independent Readers You can encourage your independent readers to choose books for themselves. Print out this list of 100 books…

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Mom’s Corner – August 26, 2015

1.1 ”Looking Back: Advice to New Homeschooling Mamas” 1.2 Frugal Hospitality 1.3 Fifteen of the Best Apps for Mom   1.1 ”Looking Back: Advice to New Homeschooling Mamas” Kyle Suzanne shares six nuggets of wisdom she’s gained from eight years…

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Practical Strategies to Stop Power Struggles

by Kirk Martin Our job as parents isn’t measured by how kids behave. Rather, it’s how WE respond when they act up. Seeing a child throw a tantrum in aisle four at Wal-Mart doesn’t surprise me; watching the child’s parent…

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John 19:11 – No Power Aside From God

by Maiya Drennen “…knowest thou that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above…” (John 19:10b-11a KJV) From…

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Six Things To Do Before Starting School

by Kyndra Steinmann Summer has been slipping by rather rapidly and August will be gone before you know it. In fact, while you are reading this, I am on the second day of our last road trip of the summer!…

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Homeschool Start Date

Q. Must I begin my homeschool on the same day the public schools begin? A. You may begin your school year when you are ready and set the schedule that works best for you and your family. Some homeschoolers teach…

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Around the State – August 19, 2015

3.1 John Marshall House Fall Open House – Richmond – August 27 3.2 Rock Climbing Class for Homeschooling Families – Midlothian – Register by August 28 3.3 Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days – Williamsburg – September 12-27   3.1 John Marshall…

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The Homeschool Classroom – August 19, 2015

Preschool & Kindergarten 2.1 Toad, Frog, Pollywog Song 2.2 Free Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Activities and Packs   2.1 Toad, Frog, Pollywog Song Your preschooler will love this song about toads, frogs, and pollywogs all the while learning about their…

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Mom’s Corner – August 19, 2015

1.1 Life’s Little Decisions 1.2 Do-It-Yourself Home Décor 1.3 Don’t Throw That Pot Away   1.1 Article: Life’s Little Decisions Lori Clemmons reminds us that life is a series of little decisions. It is the moment-to-moment choices we make that…

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Grandparent Homeschooling Grandchild

Q. Can a grandparent homeschool his or her grandchild? A. Although Virginia law does not specifically address this question, under the right circumstances, the law does permit a grandparent to homeschool a grandchild. If the parents comply with the homeschool…

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Around the State – August 12, 2015

3.1 Summer Programs at the Library – Chesterfield – In Progress 3.2 Choir Auditions for the PHC Youth Music Academy – Purcellville – August 3.3 Tri-City Homeschool Educators of Virginia Free Seminar – Colonial Heights – August 17 3.4 Homeschool…

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The Homeschool Classroom – August 12, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Learning with Ping Pong Balls 2.2 I Spy Mats 2.1 Learning with Ping Pong Balls The perfect combination for teaching preschoolers is play and learning. They get to have fun and learn, and you get to…

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Mom’s Corner – August 12, 2015

1.1 Foods You Can Freeze 1.2 20-Minute, 31-Day Household Cleaning Schedule 1.3 The One Thing Every Mom Needs to Know   1.1 Foods You Can Freeze Save money by buying fruits and vegetables in season or by buying in bulk…

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Why Homeschool Teens

– by Debra Bell I am all for Christians entering and engaging the culture. That’s the end goal. But I’m convinced adolescence is not the time to make this our priority. It’s like trying to launch a rocket with a…

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Respect… or Avoidance?

by Kyndra Steinmann One of my projects this summer is organizing a co-op with several other parents. Some of them have done co-ops before, while others have not. Some are veteran homeschoolers, while some are just starting their journey. All…

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Diploma Lost

Q. I’m about to send in my Notice of Intent, but I can’t find my diploma. Should I use option (iv) on the NOI? A. You can, but you have another option. Contact your high school or college and ask…

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