Around the State – August 17, 2016

3.1 Old Salem Homeschool Days – Winston-Salem, NC – Register by September 6 3.2 Go Green Expo – Newport News – September 10 3.3 Bible Study Fellowship Classes – Various Locations – Beginning September 12 3.4 Monticello Home Educator’s Day…

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The Homeschool Classroom – August 10, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Ish Inspired Art 2.2 Creative Ways to Teach Writing and Name Recognition 2.1 Ish Inspired Art What preschooler can resist crumpling paper or painting? This art project inspired by the book Ish involves both. Have your…

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Around the State – August 10, 2016

3.1 Homeschool Squash Lessons – Glen Allen – Begin September 15 3.2 Capitol Square Fair – Richmond – September 24 3.3 Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day – Various Locations – September 24   3.1 Homeschool Squash Lessons – Glen Allen –…

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Mom’s Corner – August 10, 2016

1.1 Article: “Summer School” 1.2 The First Day of School 1.3 Home School Legal Defense Association’s Curriculum Resources Index   1.1 Article: “Summer School” You might be hearing from your children the famous, free–time chant, “I’m bored.” Summer break can…

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Three Takes on Anger

by Lynna Sutherland Every family has relationship issues. Homeschooling tends to bring those issues to the surface. It’s hard to deny the struggles when we face them “up close and personal” every day. Almost every homeschool mom I know has…

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Dove Channel Deal!

HEAV has a new partner! The Dove Channel is a new digital network filled with uplifting and enlightening programming the whole family can enjoy together. Think Netflix–but you can be assured that moves are wholesome and family-friendly. Use HEAV’s special…

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Mom’s Corner – August 3, 2016

1.1 Article: “Created for a Purpose” 1.2 Recommended Reading for the Homeschooling Mom 1.3 First-Day–of–School Activities   1.1 Article: “Created for a Purpose” Ephesians 2:10 tells us we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared…

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Send Diploma Every Year

Q. Should I send in my high school diploma each year I file a Notice of Intent? A. The law requires proof of how you have complied with the option you have chosen on the NOI. For option (i), you…

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Around the State – August 3, 2016

3.1 Speed and Fury Astronaut Visit – Lexington – August 6 3.2 Opening Doors: Inspiring Inclusive Community Conference – Roanoke – Register by August 15 for best price 3.3 Page County Homeschoolers (PHC) Open House – Luray – August 16…

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The Homeschool Classroom – August 3, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Teach Blends and Digraphs 2.2 Pre-Kindergarten Assessments 2.1 Teach Blends and Digraphs A blend in phonics is two or three consecutive consonants where all sounds of the letters are heard, such as the “st” in the…

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Hard Work Comes First

By Kyndra Steinmann My nine-year-old has a business plan. He wants to raise rabbits to sell to the bird-of-prey sanctuary near us. It looks lovely on paper. He’ll breed rabbits and sell the offspring to the sanctuary, while also selling…

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The Homeschool Classroom – July 27, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Eric Carle–Based Fun 2.2 Developing Your Child’s Speech Through Play   2.1 Eric Carle–Based Fun Eric Carle books are part of the joys of childhood. You can build off the enjoyment of these imaginative, beautifully illustrated…

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Around the State – July 27, 2016

3.1 FACE Teacher Training – Chesapeake – July 25-29 3.2 Chesterfield County Public Library Programs – Chesterfield – Throughout August 3.3 Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – August 8 3.4 Henricus Early Colonial Virginia Homeschool Day – Chester – Register…

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Mom’s Corner – July 27, 2016

1.1 Article: “Obedience Doesn’t Make Your Child Good” 1.2 Back–to–School Shopping 1.3 Age–Appropriate Coordination and Motor Skills   1.1 Article: “Obedience Doesn’t Make Your Child Good” “Just obey me!” This is a phrase I have said more than once to…

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Opt-Out No Notification

Q. Last year I failed to notify the school board that I was NOT beginning school for my five-year-old.  Is there any special action I should take this year? A. Because compulsory attendance laws apply to children who are age…

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Teaching Cursive in a Touchscreen World

Cursive Handwriting: How Long? How Much? by Pamela Hall The other day, I was perusing a homeschool discussion group. A conversation about cursive handwriting struck my attention. Many parents were inquiring about the importance of cursive handwriting, how long to…

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Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell

Now with updated lists of available resource materials and the latest information on homeschooling technology, this manual is your access guide to homeschooling– maximizing family life while providing a quality education for children. With wit and wisdom gleaned from years…

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Four Tickets to the Sight and Sound Theater

The Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA brings the Bible to life with stories, songs, and larger-than- life backdrops! Touted as the “Christian Broadway,” Sight & Sound Theatres has been creating exciting experiences filled with laughter, action, adventure and…

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“Be Transformed” Notebook and Pen Set

These handy little notebooks were a favorite at the convention this year! Just the right size to fit in a backpack or purse, these sturdy, three-ring notebooks come with an attached pen. Two winners will be chosen! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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HEAV Cookbook Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win HEAV’s first-ever cookbook, What’s for Dinner? Favorite Homeschool Family Recipes! Homeschooling families across Virginia submitted their best-loved, delectable recipes. https://heav.org/resources/cookbook/ a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson

Renewal. Response. Reflection. Step back from the everyday chaos of the barking dog, ringing phone, and crumbs on the stairs, and let Sally Clarkson give you perspective, focus, and energy. As she shares with you what she’s learned as a…

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The Homeschool Classroom – July 20, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Helping Your Preschooler Understand Math 2.2 80 Plus Ideas for Toddlers to Learn Through Play   2.1 Helping Your Preschooler Understand Math You can give your preschooler a head start in math with these 10 math…

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Public School Grade Placement

Q. My elementary-age children may need to return to public school. What can I do to make sure they will be placed in the correct grade? A. Each school district makes its own policies for students transferring to public school…

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Mom’s Corner – July 20, 2016

1.1 Article: “When Answer to Prayer Comes Slowly” 1.2 Healthy Eating for Under One Dollar per Serving   1.1 Article: “When Answer to Prayer Comes Slowly” Some requests we bring before the Lord are answered in the affirmative rather quickly,…

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Around the State – July 20, 2016

3.1 Summer Camps at Henricus Historical Park – Chester – Various Dates 3.2 Music in the Park – Chantilly – July 23 3.3 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Mechanicsville – July 29 & 30 3.4 Tredegar Day Camp…

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Teach a Mom to Fish

by Lynna Sutherland If you are going to take on the calling of homeschooling your children, having a supportive community around you is essential! We all long for help, input, and advice. On the other hand, sometimes we dread it!…

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The Homeschool Classroom – June 29, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Grocery Store Schooling 2.2 Chilled Kool Aid Paint   2.1 Grocery Store Schooling It can be hard to occupy little ones in the grocery store. Activities like toddler shopping lists, grocery store games, grocery store math…

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Around the State – June 29, 2016

3.1 Origin Science Meetings – Multiple Locations – Multiple Dates 3.2 Writer’s Eye 2016 Literary Competition – Charlottesville – Entry Deadline Is November 30   3.1 Origin Science Meetings – Multiple Locations – Multiple Dates Meetings are free and open…

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Certified Tutor vs. Provisional License

Q. I have a four-year degree and a Statement of Eligibility letter for a Provisional license. Do I need an official teaching license in order to homeschool under the Certified Tutor statute? A. In order to comply with the certified…

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