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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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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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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Notification Deadline Passed

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…

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Finding a Support Group

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…

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Assessment Evaluators

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…

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Homeschooling Without a Schoolroom

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…

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How to Report Test Results

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…

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Beginning After the Deadline

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…

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Preparing for a New School Year

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…

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Immunization Reporting

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…

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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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How to Begin Mid Year

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…

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Beginning After the Deadline

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…

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Facing Criticism

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…

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Grade Placement

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…

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When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool

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,…

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What To Do with Your Preschooler

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…

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A Mom’s Sentimental Journey

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…

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Academic Progress for K5

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 understand if my kindergartner was not six last September 30, I don’t have…

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