HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


July 17, 2013


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Get Your Homeschool Questions Answered  
Tuesday, July 23, at 8 p.m.

Ready or not, fall will soon be here, and notification deadlines are looming! Join Yvonne Bunn, HEAV’s director of homeschool support, and author of the Update‘s weekly homeschool Q&A, on Facebook, Tuesday, July 23, for a virtual meet-n-greet. Do you have questions about notification deadlines, testing, legal requirements, curriculum, or any homeschooling topic? Chat with Yvonne, and get those questions answered. And, of course, we’ll have a few fantastic giveaways!

Test Results Are Due August 1.
According to § 22.1-254.1, if you have complied with the homeschool statute, your student’s test results, an evaluation, or an assessment are due by August 1.

Your Notice of Intent Is Due August 15. 
Even though summer is still in full swing, don’t forget that the deadline to let your division superintendent know you will be homeschooling (August 15) is fast approaching. The HEAV website has Notice of Intent information, as well as a Notice of Intent (NOI) form you can download and use.

Have questions? Not sure how to file or where to send your NOI? If you don’t find the answer to your question in our Notice of Intent FAQ, join us on Facebook on July 23, at 8 p.m., for the virtual meet-n-greet with Yvonne Bunn, or e-mail support@heav.org.


Last Chance to Win a Free Hotel Stay and Convention Ticket!
The Convention Survey Ends Midnight, July 19!
If you attended the convention, but haven’t filled out the survey yet, please take a moment now to fill it out! Your chance to take the survey ends at midnight on July 19.

To say thanks, we’ll be giving away one (1) three-day convention registration with a two-night stay at the Marriott Hotel, and two (2) three-day convention registrations for next year’s convention! Winners will be selected from survey participants and will be notified by August 1, 2013.

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Williamsburg Homeschool Family Base Camp Williamsburg’s Homeschool Family Base Camp

Let Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center be your base of operations when you visit Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Affordable family lodging in hotel-style or cabin-style accomadations or stay in our RV campground. Great options for large families.   


See our website and book your trip today!



Simply the Best Online Homeschool Lesson Planner – It’s FREE!

A Simple Plan is a unique online lesson planner designed to help you organize and plan every school year. With this FREE online planner, you can simply plan lessons, make assignments, keep grades, schedule events, and do so much more.

Discover all that A Simple Plan can do for you! Get started today for FREE!

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Putting Together a Transcript?

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HEAV’s homeschool transcript service is designed to guide you through the often intimidating transcript process. Our automated system computes your credits and GPA while one of our staff members carefully edits and proofreads your transcript, offering suggestions and clarifications for a professional result. Just $35 for the original transcript and $10 for updates. Members save 10%!


Automatically Support HEAV While You Buy Groceries 

Support HEAV effortlessly when you shop at Martin’s, Harris Teeter, or Food Lion. Simply register your savings card at the store’s website, choose Home Educator’s Association of Virginia as your organization, and support homeschooling every time you shop!
Martin’s – Use HEAV code 03232. (Martin’s users must register each school year.)
Food Lion – Use HEAV code 218920
Harris Teeter – Use HEAV code 8152
Special Price is Extended Until Wednesday!


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The Convention MP3 Set is a great way to listen to ALL the recorded convention workshops. With it, you can experience the benefits of the convention at your own pace, wherever you like! Convention MP3 sets also make GREAT gifts.


Get your copy today!

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How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need to Know!Yvonne Bunn

Richmond, Thursday, August 8, 2013

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Get your questions

answered and use the information from this seminar to prepare for a successful homeschool experience! Maximize your success with practical ideas from Yvonne Bunn, a veteran homeschool mom who has helped thousands of families begin homeschooling.

This informative seminar will help you focus on the things you really need to know for a successful homeschool year, including how to prepare, the ins and outs of the Virginia law, testing and evaluation options, how to choose curriculum, how to teach several levels at once, how to get the support you need, where to find the best resources, some things to avoid, and some secrets of success.

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Article of the Week

A Prayer for the Mom Who’s Worn – Christina Fox

Let’s admit it–being a mother can sometimes drag you down from the workload or seeming lack of success. Mrs. Fox reminds us to go to our Heavenly Father in prayer (and adds her own prayer) instead of getting stuck dwelling on the problems.


Homeschool Q&A

Immunization Reporting

Q. Do I need to send immunization records to the superintendent along with my Notice of Intent?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Titus 2 Moms Kick-off Tea – Richmond – Register by July 17

1.2 Registration: Areté Christian Academy – Mechanicsville – Register by July 31

1.3 Richmond Spirit Varsity Soccer Tryouts – Mechanicsville – Register by July 31

1.4 Dual Enrollment Online at Bluefield College

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Summer Bridge: High School Math Camps – Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads Region – August 12, 14, and 16 and As Arranged


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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Bible Reading and Prayer Plans

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Free Software Blocks Ads
3.3 Toddler through Preschoolers: 19 Easy Toddler Activities and Preschool Crafts
3.4 Logic: eLogic Gallery, Aristotle to the Present by David Marans

3.5 Printables: Top 10 Categories – Rewards that Teach
3.6 Arts and Crafts: “All Free Crafts”

3.7 English: Vintage Speller – Watson’s Complete Speller: Oral and Written

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4) Parting Thought – They Are Watching

C. S. Lewis thought his work would be forgotten within five years of his death. Instead, his books have sold over 100 million copies in 41 languages. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe alone has sold 85 million copies.


Closer to home, my husband’s great-grandfather, a Midwest farmer, retired from active farming at age 68, about the same time he was widowed, and lived until he was 97. He made good use of his time after retirement by sewing quilt tops, both by hand and with a treadle sewing machine. Most of the 600 quilt tops (and a smaller number of whole quilts) were donated to the local Ladies Aid Society, the Red Cross, or other groups willing to finish them and give them to the needy. He also gave one to each newlywed couple in the tiny farming community. His quilting is what he is most remembered for among our extended family and circle of friends from hubby’s home state.


What stories are you leaving behind? What will your children and grandchildren remember most about you? They are watching.


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5) Worth Repeating 
Logic helps us to strip off the outward disguise of things, and to behold and judge them in their own nature.”

– -Isaac Watts (1674-1748), English hymn writer, theologian, master of logic. Watts followed the tradition of the day regarding classical languages–and then some! He began to study Latin at age four, later adding Greek, Hebrew, and French. Like his father, Watts pastored a Dissenting (Church of England) congregation in London, risking jail or worse to follow his interpretation of the Scriptures. His children’s hymnal, Divine and Moral Songs, was one of just two texts (the other being the Bible) required for use in America’s early public schools. See the hymnal here and read a short biography here. The second link also has works by and about him.


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6) Verse of the Week   

Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

– Psalm 31:2 (KJV)

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week

Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Taken from The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons (www.familymanweb.com). Reprinted with Permission.