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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

K12 Virtual School

Posted on Sep 22 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 whose parent has complied with the homeschool statute (filed a Notice of Intent.) If a […]

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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 Yvonne Bunn

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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Assessment Evaluators

Posted on Jul 12 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 showing your child’s progress by August 1 each year. You may use a standardized achievement […]

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Homeschooling Another Person’s Child

Posted on Jun 24 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 children. It also refers to two other people: 1) a Virginia certified teacher (known as […]

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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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How to Report Test Results

Posted on May 29 2014 by admin

Q. How do I report the testing score to the superintendent? Do I use a form or do I write a letter to tell him the results? A. After you test your child, you will send the test booklet and score sheet to the test provider at the address listed in the test instructions. It […]

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Beginning After the Deadline

Posted on Sep 8 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can I begin homeschooling now, even though it’s past the August deadline? A. Yes, according to the homeschool statute. Parents may begin homeschooling after the August 15 deadline for two reasons: 1) if they move into a new school division or 2) if they decide to homeschool after the school year begins. The Virginia […]

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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

Immunization Reporting

Posted on Jul 14 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Do I need to send immunization records to the superintendent along with my Notice of Intent? A.  According to §22.1-271.4 of the Virginia law, parents are NOT required to submit proof of immunization unless the local division superintendent specifically requests it. “Upon request by the division superintendent, the parent shall submit to such division […]

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Skipping a Grade

Posted on Apr 28 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. My child is very advanced. Can she skip a grade, and if so, should I notify the superintendent’s office? A. If your child is advanced in all subjects at her present grade level, you could skip a grade. The Notice of Intent does not include information about grade level, so you can file the […]

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Virtual vs. Homeschool

Posted on Apr 21 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I’m confused. Can you tell me the difference between a virtual school offered by the public schools and a homeschool? In both situations, the student stays home to learn. A. A virtual school is a public school at home. Although education is taking place in your home and there are some benefits, the content and […]

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Homeschooling Again

Posted on Feb 13 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If my child goes back to public school, can I take her out and homeschool her again if it doesn’t work out? What should I expect? A. Yes, you can homeschool again as long as you comply with the homeschool law by filing a Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction. There is nothing […]

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How to Begin Mid Year

Posted on Dec 20 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I never thought I’d be asking this question, but what should I do if I want to begin homeschooling now? I know I’ve missed the deadline, so what is the process? A. This is a question we’re often asked this time of year. The process is essentially the same as it is prior to […]

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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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Academic Progress for K5

Posted on Apr 12 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I understand if my kindergartner was not six last September 30, I don’t have to have him tested, but do I need to submit proof of  academic progress by August 1? A. Because your child was not six by September 30, you are not required to submit proof of academic progress in any form—neither […]

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Steps to Begin

Posted on Jan 5 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can I start to homeschool now? If so, what steps should I take to begin? A. Yes, you may begin homeschooling after the school year has begun. The Virginia homeschool statute (§22.1-254.1 (B)) states: “Any parent who moves into a school division or begins home instruction after the school year has begun shall notify […]

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