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Records from Public School

Posted on Oct 16 2014 by admin

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 office. According to the Freedom of Information Act, referenced in § 2.2-3705.4 (1), a parent […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Notification Deadline Passed

Posted on Sep 8 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 homeschool after the school year begins. §22.1-254.1 (B) states, “Any parent who moves into a […]

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Finding a Support Group

Posted on Aug 26 2014 by admin

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 information and a description of the services and activities each group provides. If you’re already […]

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Homeschooling Without a Schoolroom

Posted on Jun 3 2014 by admin

Until this past January, we lived in a house that was too small to allow us a dedicated space for school. We had one closet where I kept school books and supplies, and everything was done around the dining room table. With six of us in the house we had to be creative in using […]

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Preparing for a New School Year

Posted on Sep 4 2013 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann So, you’ve recovered from the excitement of the convention, finished up those lessons from last year, and have been spending the long summer days relaxing. Everything was peaceful—and then you saw the flyers for back-to-school sales and the Virginia sales-tax holiday! And suddenly, September is here, and you need to be making […]


by Yvonne Bunn

Beginning After the Deadline

Posted on Sep 26 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q: Can I begin homeschooling now? A: Yes, according to the homeschool law, parents may begin homeschooling after the August 15 deadline for two reasons: 1) if they move into a new school division, and 2) if they decide to homeschool after the school year begins. Virginia statute §22.1-254.1 (B) states: “Any parent who moves […]

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Facing Criticism

Posted on Sep 5 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I’m overwhelmed with negative comments and criticism from a close family member who does not support our decision to homeschool. How should I respond without creating more of a problem?   A. I am so sorry you are facing criticism about your decision to homeschool. Having relatives who support homeschooling is a blessing, but, […]

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Grade Placement

Posted on Aug 5 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How do I place my child at the correct level for the upcoming year? Can I use an achievement test? A. Correct placement in the core skill subjects — language arts and mathematics – can be very helpful, but not always necessary. It will show strengths and weaknesses and identify learning gaps. I would […]

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What Will It Cost Me?

Posted on Jul 17 2012 by admin

by Vicki Bentley If you are considering home education, you are very likely a single income family, and if you’re like most of us, your budget is pretty tight. Although I have read that the average homeschool family spends about $500 per student per year, I have never personally spent nearly that much. My most […]

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I Feel Overwhelmed! Where Do I Begin?

Posted on Jul 17 2012 by admin

by Vicki Bentley Good planning is the key to any successful road trip. This checklist will give you a basic overview as you prepare for your homeschool journey!   Research Homeschooling Read all you can about home education. [See list of suggested resources.] Consider subscribing to homeschooling publications. Attend a state convention (or obtain tapes […]

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When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool

Posted on Jul 16 2012 by admin

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com You had a wonderful plan this fall for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then…It happened (pick one): Your husband got transferred, and you have now moved across country, separated from your family or community support system. Your husband has been deployed, and you […]

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What To Do with Your Preschooler

Posted on Jul 16 2012 by admin

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com A young mom writes: I’m new at homeschooling – I have 2-year-old twins. I want to teach them and get them ready for preschool. Please send me info to help me start off on the right foot. Another mom writes: I have a 3½- year-old boy, a 2½- year-old girl, and a 7-month […]

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A Mom’s Sentimental Journey

Posted on Jul 16 2012 by admin

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com Some of you who have heard me speak or have read some of my other works know that I have often been geographically challenged during the homeschooling journey, both figuratively and physically. As we come to the end (sigh) of our homeschool “road,” I couldn’t resist one last “travel” analogy! Imagine this […]

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