Swimming

Almost half of the American public admits to not knowing how to swim, even though drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for seven percent of all injury-related deaths. Ensuring your homeschooled child learns to…

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Religious Exemptions with Letters

Q. If I want to homeschool under religious exemption, should I have others write additional letters? A. Sending or not sending additional letters for religious exemption is a decision each family must make for themselves. I’m not an attorney and…

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Young Entrepreneurs at the HEAV Convention

by Lynna Sutherland There are so many wonderful things to see and explore in the Exhibit Hall each year at the HEAV Convention. This year, I especially enjoyed getting to visit the booths of a few of the Young Entrepreneurs…

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Around the State – June 21, 2017

2.1 Homeschool Music Program Open House – Henrico – June 23 2.2 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band Music Under the Stars Concert Series – Fort Eustis – Thursdays 2.3 Independence Day Celebrations – Multiple Locations – Various Dates…

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Camping and Entomology

What meets you at the intersection of a campsite and fun? Insects! This week’s homeschool classroom resources include information on camping and entomology.   1.1   Article: “Counting Our Blessings: 101 Reasons to be Thankful for Homeschooling” It’s never the…

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Around the State – June 14, 2017

2.1 STEM Saturdays – Hampton – Begins June 17 2.2 Virginia Air and Space Center STEM Summer Camps – Hampton – Weekly, June 26-August 18 2.3 Civil War Day Camps – New Market – July 10-14   2.1 STEM Saturdays…

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Around the State – June 7, 2017

2.1 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Healthy Parks, Healthy People Events – Appomattox – Various Activities Throughout June 2.2 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is June 9 2.3 2017 Beach Breakers Boys…

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Zoos and Aquariums

1.1 Article: “10 Things Your Teen Loves to Hear” 1.2 Zoos and Aquariums for the Family 1.3 Animals and Sea Creatures; Studies, Books, and Crafts 1.4 Zoology and Marine Biology Books, Games, and Crafts 1.5 Zoology and Aquarium Curriculum and…

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EOY Test Evaluator

Q. Can an evaluator be retired? The person I would like to evaluate my child is a retired teacher who does not currently have a teaching license but does have a master’s degree. A. The law states that a person…

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Share the Gift of Homeschooling!

Share the gift of homeschooling with a friend when you invite them to the 2017 HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention and share this special, at-the-door, $10-off coupon! HEAV Friends & Family Discount Print the 2017 save-at-the-door coupon—or show it on your…

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Creativity and Inventions

1.1 Article: “Four Ways to Cultivate Community at Home” 1.2 Exploring Inventions Together 1.3 Encouraging Creativity 1.4 Inventions and Their Effects on Life 1.5 Inventions: From Creation to Fruition It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention….

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Around the State – May 31, 2017

2.1 Homeschool Expo – Stephens City – June 3 2.2 Thread Art Summer Camp – Purcellville – June 26-30 2.3 Food Network Kids Baking Championship Casting – Ongoing 2.1 Homeschool Expo – Stephens City – June 3 Bowman Library Stephens…

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Training Toddlers & Preschoolers

By Kerin Morgan In the whole scheme of things, toddler years are very short. But these are the years when the most aggressive training should take place and the ones that should produce the most fruit. Training in these years…

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Blackout Test Results

Q. Should I black out the test results for history and science on my child’s standardized achievement test before sending in the scores to the superintendent? A. While a parent may black out history and science scores on an achievement…

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Memorial Day

1.1 Article: “No, After You” 1.2 Focusing Your Family on Memorial Day 1.3 Books, Crafts, Poppies, and Remembering 1.4 Why and How to Observe Memorial Day 1.5 Remembering the Sacrifice   In the Old Dominion, we live in a very…

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Around the State – May 24, 2017

2.1  Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Scholarship Contest – Application Deadline Is June 1 2.2 Autism and Chesterfield First Responders Community Connection Fair – Chesterfield – June 10 2.3 Special Needs Assessment and Testing – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is…

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Great Giveaways!

Welcome to HEAV’s convention kick-off Facebook party and blog giveaway! Convention preregistration closes in just one week—if you haven’t registered yet, sign up today! Preregistration saves you $10 off the at-the-door price—and members save $20. Join us on Facebook on…

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Around the State – May 17, 2017

2.1 Orchestra Project Summer Camp – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is May 26 2.2 Family Foundation Worldview Academy – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is May 31 2.3 Center for Legal and Court Technology Classes – Williamsburg – Multiple Classes, Beginning…

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Withholding a Child

Q. In my notice of intent last August, I placed my child in the eighth grade. I’d like to change that now and give him the seventh-grade, end-year test. I would then place him in eighth grade next year. Will…

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Home Organization Or Laziness

By Kyndra Steinmann I was talking with someone the other day and mentioned how I needed to work on menus for our main meals over the next several months. “Oh!,” she said, “ You are so organized! I couldn’t possibly…

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National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month. As the school year comes to a close and the warm weather has finally arrived in Virginia, homeschoolers across the state can turn their studies to outdoor activities such as biking. 1.1 Article: “5 Ways…

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First Time at the HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention

Welcome! Whether you’re considering beginning to homeschool or have made up your mind to get started, you’ve made the decision to attend the HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention—and we are thrilled that you are joining us! We know that your first…

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Around the State – May 10, 2017

2.1 Chesterfield Christian Academy Used Curriculum Sale and Open House – Midlothian – June 1 2.2 Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concerts – Richmond – May 21 2.3 Republican Party of Virginia Internship and Volunteer Opportunities – Henrico -Ongoing through…

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Bird Studies for Your Homeschool – May 10, 2017

In honor of International Migratory Bird Day 2017, Home Educators of Virginia is focusing our homeschool classroom resources on ornithology. 1.1 Article: “Stress and Your Relationship with God” 1.2 Feathered Friends for the Family 1.3 Birding Resources for the Very…

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Homeschool Math: Three Missed Opportunities

by Lynna Sutherland Teaching homeschool math can feel so overwhelming. I hear from moms all the time who are anxious that maybe their kids are missing out because they don’t feel like great mathematicians. Today, I want to share with…

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The Gift of Prayer

1.1 Article: “The Power of Pressing on Anyway” 1.2 The Family’s Guide to The National Day of Prayer 1.3 Teach Me to Pray 1.4 Prayer and Praying for the Nations 1.5 Prayer In and Around the World Brother Lawrence said,…

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Around the State – May 3, 2017

2.1 In Our Hands Film Viewing – Various Locations – May 23 2.2 New River Valley Used Curriculum Sale & Homeschool Day – Christiansburg – June 20 (Seller Registration Deadline Is June 13)   2.1 In Our Hands Film Viewing…

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Sign Language as Foreign Language

Is sign language accepted by colleges for a foreign language for Virginia homeschoolers? American Sign Language (ASL) is accepted by ALL public Virginia colleges, but the picture is less clear when it comes to private or out-of-state colleges. Read more…

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5 Poetry Studies for Homeschool

Connecting with a poem on a deep personal level can be a great joy. It strikes a chord with us and we want to share the emotions and thoughts it brings to mind. If your forte does not happen to…

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Around the State – April 26, 2017

2.1 First Landing Reenactment – Virginia Beach – April 29 2.2 Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – May 2 2.3 Yarn Doll Day – Chesterfield – May 6 2.4 Modeling the Future Challenge – Webinars Begin May 8 2.5 Outdoor…

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