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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Around the State – September 12, 2018

1. Henricus Homeschool Day – Chester – Register by September 17 2. Hampton Roads Christian College Fair – Norfolk – October 4 3. Joshua’s Hands Fall Festival – Waterford – October 6   1. Henricus Homeschool Day – Chester –…

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Backyard Bees & Beekeeping

by Megan Bittner Bees are one of the most important creatures to humans on earth. It is estimated that one third of the food we eat relies on pollination primarily by bees (though other insects, birds, and bats play a…

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Powerful Keys to Emergency Preparedness

by Megan Bittner We don’t want to consider the possibility of a tragedy such as a natural disaster affecting our families. But preparing for emergencies ahead of time and talking about emergency plans with all the members of your family…

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Around the State – September 5, 2018

1. Opera in Williamsburg Dress Rehearsal – Williamsburg – September 10 2. “My DNA: What Can I Expect from an Analysis?” Presentation – Chesterfield – September 15 3. PWC Recycled Art Contest 2018 – Manassas – Registration Deadline Is October…

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Homeschoolers and Scripps Spelling Bee

Q. How do homeschoolers enroll in the 2019 National Spelling Bee? A. Homeschool support groups or co-ops can enroll in the Scripps National Spelling Bee just like other students. Early registration is August 22 through October 15 with a discounted…

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Six Tips for Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs

By Jackie N. As parents of kids with special needs, we know how amazing they are. With the right encouragement and support, they can do almost anything any other children can do. The milestones might come more slowly and with…

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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 29, 2018

1. Junior Solar Sprint Workshops – Vienna – Registration Deadline Is September 8 2. “The Farmerettes” Presentation – Chesterfield – September 8 3. Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days – Williamsburg – September 8-23 4. Explore the Rivers of Enon – Chester…

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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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Teaching Foreign Language In Your Homeschool

by Megan Bittner Ciao! Comment allez-vous? Gracias a todos por leer nuestro blog! What better time to start a new language course than the start of the new school year? Though it may seem impossible to teach a foreign language…

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Co-ops

Q. I was interested in part-time enrollment for my elementary school child, but my district doesn’t allow it. What other options do I have for group participation? What are co-ops? A. A little more than 50% of local school boards permit…

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Around the State – August 15, 2018

1. Homeschool Day at the American Shakespeare Center – Staunton – Registration Deadline Is September 24 2. Wayne Theatre Art Education Program – Waynesboro – Multiple Dates 3. Cartooning Camps with Dan Nuckols – Various Locations – Multiple Dates  …

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Gearing Up for Fall

by Megan Bittner What does your homeschool plan look like? How does it flow through the year? Whether you’re a natural planner or more inclined to go with the flow of things, there is something for you in this Homeschool…

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Around the State – August 8, 2018

1. Homeschool Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is August 17 2. Homeschool Family Rock Climbing Class – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is August 31 3. Fire Safety Education – Chesterfield County 4. Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities…

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Summer Art: Capturing Color with Pointillism

by Megan Bittner Whether or not you break from homeschooling over the summer, lesson topics that lend themselves to incorporating multiple subjects are excellent ways to engage children who have different interests or to slip some “school” into a more…

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General Assembly Page Program

Q. Can homeschool students apply for the General Assembly page program? A. Yes, but the deadline is looming! Homeschool students can apply online for the General Assembly page program if they meet the same requirements as public or private school…

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Light Up the Night Sky: Homeschool Astronomy

by Megan Bittner Next weekend, August 11-13, the Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak visibility, offering the perfect opportunity to explore astronomy with your homeschoolers and enjoy some summer science fun. Check out this Homeschool Living and try your…

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Around the State – August 1, 2018

The Bontrager Family Singers – Farmville – August 2 Speech and Debate Summer Workshop – Fredericksburg – Registration Deadline Is August 6 Ashland Summer Theatre Festival – Ashland – August 11 The Bontrager Family Singers – Farmville – August 2…

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Notice of Intent with Questions

Q. My superintendent sent a Notice of Intent form and reminder letter with lots of additional requirements. What should I do? A. Some school districts develop their own Notice of Intent (NOI) forms. Some districts may also include instructions for…

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Around the State – July 24, 2018

1. Down on the Farm Day – Chesterfield – July 28 2. National Lighthouse Day Celebration – Virginia Beach – August 4 3. Historical Lecture Series: “Virginia Campaign in 1781” – Chesterfield – August 18   1. Down on the…

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The Dog Days of Summer

by Megan Bittner Have you ever wondered where this phrase comes from? You might be surprised to find out that it doesn’t actually have anything to do with real dogs! In ancient Rome, the hottest, most humid days of the…

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Around the State – July 18, 2018

1. Speech Writing Workshop – Virginia Beach – August 6 2. Foster Parent Information Session – Richmond – August 21 3. Appalachian Stomp – Hillsboro – November 3   1. Speech Writing Workshop – Virginia Beach – August 6 Regent…

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Swimming: Taking Homeschooling to the Water

Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities, and for homeschoolers it can be much more than a “fun-in-the-sun” afternoon at the pool. Learning to swim provides the opportunity to practice physical fitness, self motivation, water safety, and more….

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Around the State – June 26, 2018

1. An Evening of Science – Williamsburg – July 18 2. Jacob Bushong’s Birthday – New Market – August 18 3. Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship Program – Entry Deadline Is October 31   1. An Evening of Science…

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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 18, 2018

1. Alpha Theatre and Arts Company Beauty and the Beast – Midlothian – July 13-14 2. “Haversacks and Hardtack” String Band Performance – Chesterfield – July 14 3. La Traviata Dress Rehearsal – Williamsburg – September 10   1. Alpha…

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Water Works: Teaching Sustainable Living

by Megan Bittner  Water is one of our most precious resources and conserving and using it wisely is a great responsibility. Simple water conservation and collection techniques can help cut your family’s water usage by half, which helps conserve energy…

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Birth Dates on NOI

Q. Am I required to provide my child’s date of birth on my city’s Notice of Intent form? A. No, the Virginia homeschool law, §22.1-254.1, DOES NOT require parents to disclose the birth dates or the grade levels of their…

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Are You Teaching Math for the Right Reason?

By Lynna Sutherland Most homeschool families make math learning and math work a priority in their homeschool day. Even if other things have to fall by the wayside, they make sure that math gets done. Most homeschool moms have faced…

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