We’ve Come a Long Way

Doubts about homeschooling? It happens to all of us sometimes. Even the best-laid plans may need revision after a few weeks of real-life homeschooling. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources and encouragement to be found through HEAV, on social media,…

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Graduating Early

Q. Is it possible to graduate my 16-year-old teen early since she has completed all her high school work, including several dual-enrollment college classes? Do I need permission from the superintendent?   A. Yes, you can graduate your teen early…

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The Homeschool Classroom – September 21, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Ideas for Fire Safety Month in Preschool 2.2 Apple, Apples, and More Apples   2.1 Ideas for Fire Safety Month in Preschool Children are naturally curious about the big red fire trucks. You can use their…

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Around the State – September 21, 2016

3.1 Christian College Fair – Norfolk – October 3 3.2 Galileo’s Science Cafe – Manassas – Multiple Dates 3.3 HSLDA Essay Contest – Submission Deadline Is November 1   3.1 Christian College Fair – Norfolk – October 3 Norfolk Christian…

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When the First Day Goes Badly

When the First Day Goes Badly By Kyndra Steinmann I see all the pictures in my newsfeed of happily smiling children getting ready for school. Of homeschool classrooms filled with busy play, or diligent workers. I smile because we’ve had…

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Mom’s Corner – September 21, 2016

1.1 Article: “6 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Read (And Like It)” 1.2 Inventive Ideas for Your Homeschool 1.3 Charts with Baking Tips   1.1 Article: “6 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Read (And Like It)” Reading does…

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The Homeschool Classroom – September 14, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Creative Painting Techniques for Preschool 2.2 Weather Unit Study   2.1 Creative Painting Techniques for Preschool Painting can be such an exciting activity for preschoolers. What preschooler can resist the opportunity to place bright colors on…

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Around the State – September 14, 2016

3.1 Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park Fun Runs and a Nature Walk – Appomattox – Various Dates 3.2 Bluefield College Fine Arts Community School – Bluefield – Fall Semester 3.3 Virginia Living Museum Homeschool Day – Newport News – Registration…

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Mom’s Corner – September 14, 2016

1.1 Article: “When You Blink and Your Babies Are Big (on Embracing a New Season)” 1.2 Virginia’s Fall Festivals 1.3 Freeze-Ahead Breakfasts   1.1 Article: “When You Blink and Your Babies Are Big (On Embracing a New Season)” It may…

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Withdrawal in Person

Q. Does the law require a parent to withdraw his child in person from public school? A. The law does not specifically address the procedure for withdrawing a child from public school. Each school district has its own withdrawal policy. Some…

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Tools for Tackling Anger

The alarm goes off. As much as I would like to ignore it, I’m a “good girl,” so I get up, shuffle through morning grooming, and plod downstairs. Bible and first cup of coffee in hand, I sink into the…

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Mom’s Corner – September 14, 2016

1.1 Article: “How to Begin a Daily Quiet Time in 5 Easy Steps” 1.2 Memorization for Improved Academics 1.3 Fall Activities for the Entire Family   1.1 Article: “How to Begin a Daily Quiet Time in 5 Easy Steps” Most…

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Around the State – September 7, 2016

3.1 Homeschool Family Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is September 9 3.2 Teacher’s Institute Rally Camp – Petersburg – Registration Deadline Is September 16 3.3 Pamplin Historical Park Homeschool Day – Petersburg – September 22 3.4…

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Back to School

by Kathy Kuhl Do schools know best? Should we do it their way? Some of us wonder if our children might be better off in school, even if we don’t like to say that out loud. Every family needs to…

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Driver’s Ed District 8

Q. Are homeschoolers in Planning District 8 required to complete and to sign the “Parent/Teen Driving Agreement” included with the “Affirmation of Completion” form? A. Only teens and parents residing in Planning District 8 (the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun,…

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The Homeschool Classroom – September 7, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Reading Games 2.2 Using Literature to Introduce STEM to Your Preschoolers 2.1 Reading Games Are you searching for creative ways to reinforce reading skills with your emerging reader? These homemade reading games and activities are designed…

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Immunizations and Religious Exemption

Q. Is a vaccination exemption included in a religious exemption? A. No, a vaccination exemption is NOT part of a religious exemption from compulsory school attendance. A parent can have a religious exemption and not have an exemption from vaccinations….

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When God Writes Your Lesson Plans

by Melissa Barnes I had it all planned. We would finish Unit One the Friday before my due date. My Unit Two plans would be ready before I delivered. We would take the week of the baby’s birth off and…

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The Homeschool Classroom – August 31, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know 2.2 Help with Scissor Skills 2.1 What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know What exactly do you need to include in your kindergartener’s curriculum? What skills does he need to master?…

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Mom’s Corner – August 31, 2016

1.1 Article: “How Parenting Flies By” 1.2 Educational Games 1.3 Homeschooling with Subject Notebooks   1.1 Article: “How Parenting Flies By” Syler Thomas, writing for the Gospel Coalition, reminds us that our children will mature and move from our homes….

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Around the State – August 31, 2016

3.1 Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing 3.2 “Through the Eyes of a Foster Child” Art Exhibit – Richmond – Submission Deadline Is September 2 3.3 HERE Group Back–to–School Bash – Hampton – September 8 3.4 D.C….

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Superintendent Reply Late

Q. I complied with option 4 and mailed my NOI early in July. Should I be concerned that I have not had a reply since other parents I know have received letters from the superintendent? Should I call? A. I…

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7 Simple Ways to Entice Kids to Write

by Pamela Hall Enticing your kids to write is easier than you might think. Often, kids don’t like to write, because they haven’t had a lot of practice or instruction in writing, and it’s a brain workout; it’s hard. However,…

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Mom’s Corner – August 24, 2016

1.1 Article: “4 Scriptures for Back-to-School” 1.2 Math Worksheets Across Grade Levels 1.3 Decorating Resources   1.1 Article: “4 Scriptures for Back-to-School” The summer months are almost over and September brings fall–like weather and the beginning of a new school…

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Around the State – August 24, 2016

3.1 Central Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association Fall Baseball Tryouts – Henrico – August 26- 3.2 PrepareAthon – Richmond – August 27 3.3 Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Homeschool Program Days – Williamsburg and Yorktown – September 10–15 3.4 Scholarship…

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The Homeschool Classroom – August 24, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Popular Unit Studies for Preschoolers 2.2 Teaching Your Preschooler on the Go 2.1 Popular Unit Studies for Preschoolers There are so many great ideas for preschool lessons, but which ones do you choose? Ami at the…

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The Futility Of It All

by Kyndra Steinmann The other day I was talking to my mother about some behavioral issue I was dealing with, and I finished the conversation by saying, “ I know they’ll get it eventually, and in the meantime I’ll just…

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Mom’s Corner – August 17, 2016

1.1 Article: “How to Stop Being Bored and Start Being Wonderstruck” 1.2 Field Trip Planning 1.3 Kitchen Skills by Age   1.1 Article: “How to Stop Being Bored and Start Being Wonderstruck” The tasks of daily life can become mundane….

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Sharing Information

Q. Although we provided test results and then notified that we were moving to another county, our previous superintendent has requested a copy of the “approval” letter from the new superintendent in order to confirm my child is being homeschooled….

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The Homeschool Classroom – August 17, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 The Benefits of Working on a Vertical Surface 2.2 Recycling Broken Crayons 2.1 The Benefits of Working on a Vertical Surface Who knew there are more benefits to writing on a chalkboard than enabling the entire…

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