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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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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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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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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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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Jobs for Teens

Q. Where can a 14-year-old homeschooler find a summer job? Most places will hire teens that are 16 and older, but not a teen who needs a work permit. A. You may be able to find an entry-level job for…

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Henrico County 4-H Team Has “Life Smarts”!

On March 7, the Henrico 4-H LifeSmarts Team WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) won the 2014 Virginia LifeSmarts competition by narrowly defeating the Marshall High School team of Falls Church, Virginia, in a very close contest held…

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Motivating Teens

Q. How can I keep my homeschool teen motivated? A. Teens–both boys and girls—are motivated by the things they are interested in doing. Think about what your teen likes to do in his spare time. What he’s interested in doing…

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Attending Prom

Q. This is our first year homeschooling, and our eldest son has been told he cannot attend public school events like the prom. Is there a law that allows homeschoolers to participate? A. There is no law that requires a…

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Sign Language

Q. Is sign language accepted by colleges for a foreign language? A. Sign language usually does not meet the foreign language requirement for most college entrance requirements. You can use the course for high school graduation credits, but it probably…

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Educator Discount Cards

Q. Where can I get a homeschool ID card to use for educator discounts at stores?   A. Your HEAV membership card can be used at many museums and retail stores–office supply stores, book stores, craft stores, warehouse stores, etc.–that…

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Homeschoolers Link to the Past

During Fall Homeschool Day at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia, hundreds of homeschoolers learned about the different cultures that made up America in the early days of our nation. From a West African farm, to an English farm,…

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Biltmore Fall Festival a Success!

Homeschoolers from Virginia and North Carolina gathered last week in Ashville, North Carolina, for the 11th Annual Homeschool Festival at the Biltmore, a special event co-sponsored by HEAV. Self-guided tours of the 250-room Biltmore home included the towering banquet hall,…

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Sports Access Meetings Scheduled

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has formed a study group to discuss homeschool participation in interscholastic sports. The study group will hold a series of meetings open to the public. Parents and students who are interested in sports access…

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Ages for Field Trips

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. I’m new to homeschooling and am looking for activities for my high school student….

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Electives on a Transcript

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. My daughter takes piano lessons and is starting ninth grade this year. Do piano…

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