Bats, Caves, and Echolocation

by Megan Bittner A unique unit study is a fun way to add some interest to the midterm slumps. In this Homeschool Living post, explore the world of bats and learn about echolocation with hands-on activities, then take an afternoon…

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October 9 is Fire Prevention Day!

October 9 Is Fire Prevention Day Fire prevention week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which began on October 8 but did most of its damage on October 9, 1871. For that reason, Fire Prevention Day…

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Hands-On Botany and Fall Gardens

by Megan Bittner As fall brings cooler temperatures, you’ll want to start thinking about winterizing your yard and garden. Take advantage of this time to plan ahead for next year’s garden and explore the botanical wonders in your backyard along…

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Around the State – September 19, 2018

1. Log Cabin: An American Icon Guest Lecture and Book Signing – Staunton – September 22 2. School of the Musketeer – Chester – Registration Deadline (for meals) Is September 22 3. HYPE (Homeschool YMCA Physical Education) – Mechanicsville –…

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Making Music in Your Homeschool

by Megan Bittner Music lessons may sometimes seem like an unnecessary burden on an already overloaded student’s schedule. Or perhaps you struggle with incorporating music appreciation into your homeschool because you don’t consider yourself “musical.” This Homeschool Living explores the…

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Simple Living and Homeschooling

by Megan Bittner Does the thought of surprise guests make you want to draw the blinds and lock the door? Is your “quality family time” overshadowed by looming chores and unfinished tasks? Do you slip through the drive-through or throw…

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Around the State – August 22, 2018

1. Art in the Park – Appomattox – August 25 2. TCHE Back to School Bash – Colonial Heights – September 6 3. His Handmaids Accepting New Handmaids-in-Waiting – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is September 22   1. Art in…

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Celebrating Independence

Celebrate the 4th of July—Independence Day—with more than picnics and fireworks this year! Check out the Homeschool Classroom for some great ideas for teaching the history and meaning of Independence Day. Learn about the Declaration of Independence, explore our country’s…

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Around the State – June 12, 2018

1. Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Homemade Doll Day – Chesterfield – June 28 2. Joshua’s Hands Valiant Warrior Quilting Project – Purcellville – July 5-16 3. Reforming Arts Conference – Appomattox – August 2-4   1. Chesterfield Historical Society…

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Why Siblings Fight

Have you ever wondered why your children fight? Does it seem to happen almost without cause? Do you sometimes feel at a loss to know how to predict the spark that will ignite the flame of sibling sparring or how…

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Biking Adventures for Homeschoolers

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. Check out some awesome…

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Around the State – May 1, 2018

1. 19th Century Bon Air Celebration – North Chesterfield – May 5 through May 12 2. Gaithersburg Book Festival – Gaithersburg, MD – May 19 3. Superhero Family Night at the Lab – Fairfax – May 19 4. HERE Homeschool…

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A Hobby for a Lifetime: Photography & Scrapbooks

by Megan Bittner Where are your family photos? Do you have pictures tucked away in a shoebox? On an old hard drive? Filling your phone? This Homeschool Classroom will explore the science, art, and application of photography, whether you’re a…

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Getting Back on Track: Instilling Good Work Habits

By Kyndra Steinmann It’s been a hectic spring around here. March started out with a quick trip to Virginia to attend HEAV’s LeaderLife conference in Williamsburg. It was worth every minute of driving—but coming from Massachusetts, I did spend two…

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Around the State – April 3, 2018

1. 153rd Anniversary Events at Appomattox Courthouse – Appomattox – April 6-12 2. “How the States Got Their Shapes” Lecture – Chesterfield – April 14 3. Civil War Legacies Seminar – Lynchburg – April 14 4. Garden Day at the…

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Fun Music Ministry Opportunity!

Volunteer Musicians Wanted HEAV invites you to come and play background music at the 35th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention! We are looking for experienced musicians to fill the registration lobby with refreshing music throughout the day on Friday and Saturday….

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Around the State – March 6, 2018

1. Historical Tour of Virginia’s Musical Heritage – Chesterfield – March 10 Chesterfield County Museum Chesterfield, Virginia Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. Cost: This is a free event, open to the public. Join living history “edutainer” Lamar Banister…

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Around the State – February 27, 2018

1. The Hobbit – Elizabeth City, NC – March 1-4 2. Living History Presentation of Patsey Henry Fontaine – Chesterfield – March 3 3. “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” March Events – Various Locations – Multiple Dates 4. Nursery Rhyme Storytime…

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2018 Convention Keynotes and Workshops!

VODDIE BAUCHAM Voddie Baucham, convention favorite, is also a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker, and church planter. His area of emphasis is cultural apologetics, and is startling in his ability to help people understand the significance of thinking…

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Around the State – February 13, 2018

1. Frederick Douglass Reenactment – South Chesterfield – February 19 2. “Speaking of Jazz” with Victor Haskins’ Skein – Richmond – February 20 3. Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing 4. Richmond Children’s Business Fair – Richmond…

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Convention Speaker Spotlight: Film-maker Justus McCranie!

Where Does a Homeschooler Learn How to Make Christian Films? Part of the adventure of homeschooling is being able to follow your own interests, your own dreams, your own passions. Justus McCranie, the founder and creative force behind Tomorrow’s Filmmakers,…

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Around the State – January 16, 2018

1. Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” January Event – Appomattox – January 20 Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park Appomattox, Virginia Cost: All events are free and open to the public. Participants should wear appropriate athletic shoes…

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Around the State – December 19, 2017

1. National History Bee – Various Locations – Registration Deadline Is January 8, 2018 2. Municipal Band Youth Ensemble Spring 2018 Registration – Charlottesville – Rehearsals Begin February 26 3. Lions of VA James Bland Music Scholarship Competition – Various…

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Around the State – December 12, 2017

1. “Plant Medicine” Lecture and Nature Walk – Stratford – December 16 2. Sensory Friendly Christmas Village Program – Vienna – December 16 3. Kid Healthy Ideas Program – Various Locations – Multiple Dates Beginning January 3 4. Virginia Outdoor Writers…

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Around the State – December 5, 2017

1. “Virginia Prepares for War” Lecture – Chesterfield – December 9 2. Appomattox Court House Holiday Open House – Appomattox – December 10 3. Dickens’ Christmas Towne – Norfolk – Multiple Dates Through December 31 4. High School Symposium –…

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New Member Benefit!

Always First Driving Academy Discount NEW! HEAV members now receive up to a 25% discount on Always First Driving Academy Online, Classroom, and Behind-the-Wheel classes! Always First Driving Academy has been training teen and adult drivers for more than 16 years,…

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Third Double-Match Challenge–Yay!!

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