Around the State – October 17, 2017

2.1 Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” October Events – Appomattox – Various Dates 2.2 “Strong Men and Women in Virginia History” Student Writing Contest – Submission Deadline Is November 10 2.3 TopNursing.org Resource Website   2.1…

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Teaching with Play: Using Games in Your Homeschool

Has the excitement of the new school year segued into monotony? Games are a great way to breathe new life into your homeschool routines. The resources this week in the homeschool classroom focus on games that teach. 1.1 A Family…

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HEAV Exhibit Hall Suggestions

We want YOUR input! If there is a company you’d like to see in the Exhibit Hall, here is your chance to be heard. Our Exhibit Hall is one of the few that is filled by invitation only and we’d…

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Around the State – October 10, 2017

2.1 Sealions Homeschool Varsity Swim Team – Sterling – Registration Deadline Is October 31 2.2 Christians in Theatre Arts East Coast Secondary Festival – Matthews, NC – Registration Deadline Is January 15, 2018   2.1 Sealions Homeschool Varsity Swim Team…

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Dyslexia Workshop: Overcoming Reading Difficulties

A FREE HEAV-Sponsored Seminar Wednesday, October 25 Many homeschool parents are perplexed by the difficulty they sometimes find in teaching their child to read. You may have read widely to your child from a young age and provided consistent and…

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Autumn Activities for Your Homeschool

Fall is an exciting time to study nature. As homeschoolers, we have the enviable opportunity to make our studies experiential. The resources in the Homeschool Classroom will give you ideas to teach science, art, lifeskills and more–and get you and…

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Is the Proof Really in the Pudding?

By Lynna Sutherland The other day, I was talking with a group of new homeschoolers. One mom mentioned that her family was somewhat skeptical about whether or not homeschooling was a good idea. I wanted to help her to have…

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Around the State – October 3, 2017

2.1 Friday Cooking Lessons – Midlothian – Fridays Through December 15 2.2 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Team Evaluations – Richmond – Early Registration Deadline Is October 22 2.3 Performances at the Wayne Theatre – Waynesboro – Multiple Dates 2.4 Computer…

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Columbus Day

We know that Christopher Columbus was not the first European to discover the Americas, but his discovery did lead to further exploration and the eventual colonization of both continents. Despite his mixed legacy, he is still an important historical figure…

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Around the State – September 26, 2017

2.1 Christian College Fair – North Chesterfield – October 2 2.2 Living History Weekend at Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown – Beaverdam – October 14 2.3 Spirits of New Market Evening Lantern Tours – New Market – October 28 2.4 Home Educator…

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Audiology and Hearing

In honor of National Audiology Month, the Homeschool Classroom’s resources focus on hearing, the anatomy of the ear, and sign language. Enjoy the hands-on activities for learning all about   1.1 Article: “Simple Ways to Love Your Family This Week”…

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Homeschool Independent Hearing

Q. I’m not in agreement with a decision my district superintendent has made regarding my homeschooling. Is there anything I can do? A. If you have complied with the home instruction law as described in §22.1-254.1, and you have exhausted…

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Around the State – September 19, 2017

2.1 Fall Festival and Photo Expo – Sterling – September 23 2.2 Hampton Roads Christian College Fair – Norfolk – October 2 2.3 Educator Night Out – Washington, D.C. – October 5 (Pre-registration required) 2.4 Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities –…

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National Punctuation Day

National Punctuation Day is September 24, 2017. You can use the resources in the Homeschool Classroom to celebrate this day with serious studies as well as fun and festive activities.   1.1 Article: “What to Tell Your Soul When You…

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Talking ‘By the Way’

by Kyndra Steinmann Recently I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a number of homeschool moms who are just beginning their journey. They have the usual questions about curriculum and what they should cover when, but the question that has…

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Homeschoolers Under Option 4

Q. How do I comply with Option iv of the homeschool statute? A. If you choose to use Option iv in order to homeschool, you must provide evidence, usually in the form of a typed letter, that you can provide…

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Around the State – September 12, 2017

2.1 Richmond Symphony Musical Ambassadors Program Concert – Richmond – September 19 2.2 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing Class – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is September 22 2.3 College Application Boot Camp – Richmond – September 30 2.4 The Barber…

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Five Mistakes Parents Make When Planning for College

In 2015, the latest year for which we have statistics, 59% of seniors who graduated from Virginia public and nonprofit colleges in 2015 had student loan debt, with an average of $27,717 per borrower. In the words of convention speaker…

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The Constitution

September 17 is National Constitution Day. The resources in the Homeschool Classroom can help you teach your students about the sacrifice and courage of our founding fathers and the document they penned to govern our nation. 1.1 Article: “Keeping Your…

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Leadership Training for Support Group Leaders

No one wants to follow a parked car! If your group is to move and grow then you, the leaders, need to be moving and growing. Since your growth as a leader directly benefits your group, the group has a…

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Are You Filling Your Homeschool Schedule Backwards?

by Lynna Sutherland Have you ever watched someone demonstrate time management and priorities with rocks, gravel, and sand? They demonstrate that beginning with the sand or gravel will leave no room for the big rocks. But if you begin with…

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Around the State – September 5, 2017

2.1 Home School Dance Education Program Demonstration – Henrico – September 6 2.2 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is September 8 2.3 Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Homeschool Days…

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Emergency Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month. Being prepared for an emergency can mean the difference between life and death. The resources included here will not only help you prepare for an emergency, but will also teach your homeschool students how to…

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Homeschoolers and Scripps Spelling Bee

Q. How do homeschoolers enroll in the 2018 National Spelling Bee? A. Homeschool support groups or co-ops can enroll in the Scripps National Spelling Bee just like other students. Fees are the same for all types of schools whether public,…

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What’s Contagious in Your Home?

by Kyndra Steinmann Remember back in the eighties when we used to have “chicken pox parties”?  Someone’s kids would come down with the chicken pox and a message would go out through the homeschool phone tree so anyone whose kids…

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Homeschoolers Needed to Review National Survey

`1The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) wants to improve its survey measures prior to publication of the 2018 National Household Education Survey. They are asking parents of homeschooled students, as well as parents of online, virtual, and cyber school…

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Around the State – August 29, 2017

2.1 “Dynamic Dulcimers and Friends” Concert – Appomattox – August 31 2.2 TCHE Back to School Bash – Colonial Heights – September 7 2.3 Daughters of Destiny – Pinnacle, NC – Registration Deadline Is September 30   2.1 “Dynamic Dulcimers…

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National Eye Exam Month

In honor of National Eye Exam Month, Home Educators of Virginia is dedicating our homeschool classroom section of the Update to resources that focus on vision and the eyes.   1.1 Article: “If You’re Dropping Off Part of Your Heart…

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8 Ways to Be a Better Mom

– by Crystal Paine Make your relationship with the Lord your number-one priority. If you’re too busy for God, you’re just plain too busy. Make time for the most important things. You won’t regret it. Get a consistent routine in…

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