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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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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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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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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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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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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Around the State – August 22, 2017

2.1 Biltmore Estate Homeschool Festival – Asheville, NC – September 21 & 22 2.2 Homeschool Day at the American Shakespeare Center – Staunton – Registration Deadline Is October 25   2.1 Biltmore Estate Homeschool Festival – Asheville, NC – September…

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Summer Harvest

The summer harvest includes all kinds of tasty treats for our families to enjoy. Homeschoolers can use this season to teach children the importance of healthy eating and fun ways to include nutritious changes to our lifestyles. 1.1 Article: “Your…

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Forgot the NOI Deadline

Q. Oh, no! What should I do if I forgot to send in my Notice of Intent by the August 15th deadline? A. If you’ve homeschooled previously and the deadline slipped up on you this year, I suggest you call…

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Around the State – August 15, 2017

2.1  Common Scents: A Garden Distilling Demonstration – Richmond – August 18 2.2 “Winter in August!” Summer Concert – Richmond – August 20 2.3 Victory Homeschool Basketball Open Gyms – Fredericksburg – August 21 & 28   2.1  Common Scents:…

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National Honey Bee Day

National Honey Bee Day is August 19 this year. To help Virginia homeschoolers learn a bit more about bees and beekeeping, we are focusing our Homeschool Corner resources on a few introductory websites to start your studies. 1.1 Article: “Are…

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Around the State – August 8, 2017

2.1 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Healthy Parks, Healthy People Events – Appomattox – Various Activities Throughout August 2.2 CHESS (Centreville Homeschool Enrichment Support Services) Classes – Manassas – Registration Deadline Is August 16 2.3 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party…

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Notice Of Intent for Virginia Homeschoolers: A Q&A Roundup!

In Virginia, homeschoolers are required to submit their Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction (NOI) by August 15 for the upcoming school year. Every year, we get many questions—from new homeschoolers and veterans alike—about specific situations and how to…

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2017 Solar Eclipse

The first solar eclipse to traverse across the entire continent in 99 years will take place Monday, August 21, 2017. While Virginia will not see a total eclipse, most of the state will see at least an 80% partial eclipse….

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A Spirit of Fear

By Kyndra Steinmann How often, I wonder, do I say “no” to something because I am afraid? “No” to the children’s desire to do something. “No” to good opportunities, to friendships, to grace? Lately, I’ve been thinking about this a…

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Around the State – August 1, 2017

2.1 American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification – Waynesboro – Registration Deadline Is August 3 2.2 National Lighthouse Day Weekend – Virginia Beach – August 4-7 2.3 Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing   2.1 American Red Cross…

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Hometown Heroes

Emergency services personnel work tirelessly to keep us safe, often working nights, weekends, and holidays when most of us are home relaxing. This week’s Homeschool Classroom brings these heroes to our attention so that we can learn more about what…

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Around the State – July 25, 2017

2.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Chester – August 1 2.2 Henricus Homeschool Day – Chester – Register by September 4   2.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Chester – August 1 Hope Tree Foster Care Office Chester, Virginia Tuesday, August 1,…

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Homeschool Planning

July is a great time to reevaluate and plan for the upcoming homeschool year. We have collected a few resources to get you started. 1.1   Article: “I Don’t Know if I Can Do This” 1.2   Homeschool Planning 1.3…

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Around the State – July 18, 2017

2.1 Seussical the Musical – Midlothian – July 21 & 22 2.2 Joshua’s Hands Quilting Events – Purcellville – Multiple Dates 2.3 Chesterfield County Museum Programs – Chesterfield – Various Dates 2.4 Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County –…

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Summer Fun

July is summer fun month. Whether you homeschool year-round or break for the summer months, your children are sure to have uttered the infamous words, “I am bored.” These resources may help to, not only entertain, but also educate your…

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Join the Convention Listening Club!

I don’t know about you, but for me, the 2017 Virginia Homeschool Convention went by far too fast, and I’m simply delighted to get to start HEAV’s first-ever “Convention Listening Club” both here on the blog and within our very…

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Cookouts & Culinary Skills

  1.1 Article: “How the Comparison Trap Almost Ruined my Homeschool” 1.2 Cooking Skills for the Family 1.3 Flavors, Baking, and Life Skills 1.4 Sous Chefs 1.5 Culinary Artists As homeschoolers, we ensure our students learn every academic subject as…

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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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