Understanding Credits

Q. Some homeschool co-ops offer credits for courses. Should I give my children credits for the classes I teach them at home? A. A credit is simply a way to translate homeschool or school work into commonly understood educational language. Whether…

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Around the State – June 22, 2016

3.1 Think Well Worldview and Apologetics Conference – Charlottesville – Register by June 30 3.2 Community Day at Newport News Learning Center – Newport News – July 17 3.3 Holy Family Academy Co-op – Chesapeake – Begins September 9  …

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The Homeschool Classroom – June 22, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Summer Fun 2.2 Science for Toddlers   2.1 Summer Fun These activities will add fun and excitement to your summer. There are messy activities, outdoor art, water games, and quick and easy activities to choose from…

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Mom’s Corner – June 22, 2016

1.1 Article: “5 Tips for Every Homeschool Family” 1.2 120 Recipes for Summer Cookouts 1.3 Extend the Shelf Life of These Twenty Foods   1.1 Article: “5 Tips for Every Homeschool Family” Whether you have been homeschooling 20 years or…

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Is a Summer Break Worthwhile?

by Kyndra Steinmann Ever since we returned from the HEAV Convention, we’ve been slacking off around here! Partly because the weather has been lovely and we’ve all wanted more time outside, partly because we’ve had a lot of activities, but…

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Mom’s Corner – June 15, 2016

1.1 Article: “The Gift of Goals” 1.2 Easy DIY Wall Art 1.3 Contemplating Homeschooling?   1.1 Article: “The Gift of Goals” Setting goals ensures we accomplish objectives, and making a plan helps to achieve our goals. Kym Wright shares her…

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The Homeschool Classroom – June 15, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Musical Math Videos for Preschoolers 2.2 What to Teach in Preschool   2.1 Musical Math Videos for Preschoolers Preschoolers love music. Just teach them a song and listen to the impromptu concerts. Frequently playing these math…

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Around the State – June 15, 2016

3.1 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Bio Blitz – Appomattox – June 18 3.2 Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Homemade Doll Day – Chesterfield – June 18 3.3 Virginia Air and Space Center STEM Summer Camps – Hampton –…

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A New Season

by Maiya Drennen Summer is almost here, and with it comes our “second wind” after New Year’s resolutions have come and gone. I am trying to make it a time of evaluation, both of the goals that I had made…

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Virginia Homeschooling Mom’s Retreat

  Save the Date! Join us October 14-15, 2016, for a Mom’s Retreat for Virginia homeschooling moms, both new and veteran.  The retreat will be at the Sheraton Hotel in Virginia Beach with special guest speaker, Sally Clarkson! Want to…

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Mom’s Corner – June 8, 2016

1.1 Article: “Choosing Rhythms in Homeschool Life” 1.2 Discover Virginia 1.3 Hosting a Mother-Daughter Tea   1.1 Article: “Choosing Rhythms in Homeschool Life” The best way to order your day is to get up early before your family rises, have…

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The Homeschool Classroom

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Artistic Entomology 2.2 File Folder Sequencing Games   2.1 Artistic Entomology Coloring is a fun way to combine fine motor skills and learning. These worksheets have an insect graphic to color, fun facts to learn, and…

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Around the State – June 8, 2016

3.1 Beach Breakers Soccer Team Tryouts – Chesapeake – July 11, 15, and 18 3.2 Summer Enrichment Program – Williamsburg – July 11-15 and 18-22 3.3 Colonel Shipp’s Leadership Institute – New Market – Register by July 15   3.1…

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Will This Be on the Test?

For our students, this critical question determines what will be studied, what will be committed to memory, and what will be left behind.  American educators are much like these students.  They look not to the chapter quiz, but to the…

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NOI: GED or Higher

Q. I have a GED as well as an undergraduate and graduate degree. May I send one of my degrees in lieu of my GED? A. Yes, a high school diploma or a higher degree satisfies option (i) on the…

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Wild Earth Encounter’s Schedule

Wild Earth Encounters Make your plans now for the HEAV convention–it’s just a few days away! Yukon, the Canadian lynx, will be on display during the “exhibit” times only. The ball python, Savannah monitor lizard, and other reptiles will be…

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Shopping at the UCS

We finished the last spelling test last week and I am now knee-deep in planning for next year and deciding what I need to look for at the convention! With five children and a co-op to shop for, I have…

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Around the State – June 1, 2016

3.1 Henricus Historical Park Blue Star Museums Program – Chester – Began May 30 3.1 Henricus Historical Park Blue Star Museums Program– Chester – Began May 30 Henricus Historical Park Chester, VA Monday, May 30, 2016, through Monday, September 5,…

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Grade Level Assessment

Q. My daughter did not do well in a private school last year. I’m having her tutored this summer to catch up, but I don’t know what grade she should be in when we start to homeschool in the fall….

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The Homeschool Classroom – June 1, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 DIY No–Sew Creation Story Book 2.2 Practicing Fine Motor Skills Through Play 2.1 DIY No–Sew Creation Story Book This easy to make no–sew quiet book about creation will teach and entertain your preschoolers as they fashion…

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Mom’s Corner – June 1, 2016

1.1 Article: “10 Verses to Pray for Your Homeschool” 1.2 Regrow Your Food Scraps 1.3 Help Your Budget With a No–Spend Week   1.1 Article: “10 Verses to Pray for Your Homeschool” What could be more important than praying for…

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2016 Exhibitor Discounts & Deals

Exhibitor Discounts and Deals Shop the Exhibit Hall and SAVE! Check out the great discounts at the HEAV Convention by the convention exhibitors. Also, remember to SAVE YOUR RECIEPTS to be entered into the nightly “Buy-It-Here” drawing! Download and print…

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Testing a Kindergartener

Q. My kindergartner will be six this May. Does he need to be tested? I’m confused about what is meant by the phrase “the school year” in Virginia homeschool statute. Does it mean this school year or next school year? …

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The Homeschool Classroom – May 25, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Beginning Sounds with Playdough, Stamps, and Cookie Cutters 2.2 Bountiful Bubbles 2.1 Beginning Sounds with Playdough, Stamps, and Cookie Cutters Playdough, a rolling pin, cookie cutters, and letter stamps will give your preschooler practice with fine…

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Mom’s Corner – May 25, 2016

1.1 Article: “15 Ways Grandparents Can Invest in the Next Generation” 1.2 Strategies for Conquering a Homeschool Convention 1.3 Host a Spanish or French Student this Summer   1.1 Article: “15 Ways Grandparents Can Invest in the Next Generation” You…

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Your Kids Are Worth It – The HEAV Convention

by Pamela Hall As I sat with anticipation waiting for the keynote speaker, Dr. Voddie Baucham, tears streamed down my cheeks. I was overwhelmed and flooded with emotion. I was filled with gratitude to be able to attend an event…

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STEM at the Convention

From Critter Study to a Robotics Expo: STEM at the Convention by Mary Musick Does hearing you call out, “Math time!” bring groans from your students? Have you developed a phobia about teaching algebra? Or maybe you have a budding…

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Around the State – May 25, 2016

3.1 Creek Pick Your Paddle – Williamsburg – Begins May 28 3.2 Father’s Day at Scotchtown – Beaverdam – June 19   3.1 Creek Pick Your Paddle – Williamsburg – Begins May 28 York River State Park Williamsburg, VA May…

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Test Scores for Private School

Q. I have a child who is homeschooled and two who are in private school. Should I also provide test scores for the children in private school? A. The two children in private school are no longer under the homeschool…

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