10 Ideas for Making Writing Fun

Have you spent what seems like countless hours coaxing sentences out of your reluctant writer? Have you struggled to help a runaway imagination build structure? Browse these creative ways to jumpstart the writing process, take new twists on non-fiction writing…

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National Homeschool Day of Prayer

The Alliance (The National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership) has declared November 3, 2017, to be National Homeschool Day of Prayer. Though we will most certainly pray for the homeschooling families in Virginia, for our legislature, and for our…

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Around the State – October 31, 2017

2.1 Homeschooling Classically Through High School Seminar – Chesapeake – Registration Deadline Is November 2 2.2 Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – November 7 2.3 Stonewall Jackson House Tours – Lexington – Ongoing 2.4 Gaithersburg Book Festival Short Story Contest…

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Where Did The Time Go?

1.1 More Sun!: Learning About Daylight Saving Time 1.2 Benjamin Banneker and Clock Building 1.3 Clockwatchers: Time Management for Teens and Teachers This Sunday, we will be turning back time (if only for a few months!). Yes, it’s the end…

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The Reformation

1.1 Reformation Hero Biographies 1.2 What Is the Reformation? 1.3 Unit Study Resources on the Reformation 1.4 People of the Reformation   This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Because of this significant anniversary, there are many resources…

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Around the State – October 24, 2017

2.1 Upward Basketball & Cheerleading Evaluation – October 28 2.2 STEM FUNdamentals – Sweet Briar – November 4 2.3 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Programs – Hampton – Registration Deadline Is November 12 2.4 Christmas on the Farm – New…

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The Blessing of Boring Routine

Two summers ago, the three biggest children went to a local day camp for two weeks. Since they needed to be dressed, fed, and ready to go by the time my husband left for work at 7:30—and they would be…

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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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