Around the State – March 23, 2016

3.1 Alpha Theatre and Arts Summer Drama Camp – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is March 30 3.2 Homeschooling 101 Seminar – Fredericksburg – March 30 3.3 Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Studio – Virginia Beach – Registration Deadline Is April 11…

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The Homeschool Classroom – March 23, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Candy Flower Pretzel Bites 2.2 Teach Your Active Preschooler Prepositions 2.1 Candy Flower Pretzel Bites These flower pretzel bites are easy enough for your preschooler to help you create and pretty enough to serve guests. www.twosisterscrafting.com/flower-pretzel-bites…

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The Importance of a Diploma

Q. Why is it important to issue a homeschool diploma? A. A diploma represents the completion of a course of study that has been prepared for your student’s education. In the case of most homeschooled students, parents set the requirements…

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Winning Comprehension Strategies

by Pamela Hall “My child can read the words, but he just doesn’t seem to understand!” Many parents have greater difficulty teaching children to get the most out of their reading than in teaching the mechanics of reading. Here are…

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Mom’s Corner – March 16, 2016

1.1 Article: “10 Reasons to Add Morning Time to Your Homeschool” 1.2 A Healthier Salad 1.3 Homemade Fruit Rollups   1.1 Article: “10 Reasons to Add Morning Time to Your Homeschool” Those first few minutes of the school day can…

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Around the State – March 16, 2016

3.1 After “Give Me Liberty”: Patrick Henry at Home – Beaverdam – March 26 3.2 Virginia Touch-A-Truck 2016 – Sterling – April 23 3.3 Winshape Camp – Glen Allen – July 18–22   3.1 After “Give Me Liberty”: Patrick Henry…

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The Homeschool Classroom – March 16, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 The Best Play Dough Recipe 2.2 Spring Is About to Spring   2.1 The Best Play Dough Recipe Play dough is a staple of preschool. It is versatile and can be used in many learning activities…

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Homeschooling is BOOMING in Virginia…

….and HEAV is here to equip and encourage Virginia homeschooling families–and protect homeschooling freedom! Know someone who is contemplating homeschooling for the first time? Chances are good that you do. As ABC news in Richmond has reported, more and more…

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I Have to Train in That, Too?

by Kyndra Steinmann The other day was beautiful! The sun was shining, it was warm enough for short sleeves, and the yard work was calling. So out I went. “A little yard work, with the children, will be so pleasant,…

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Around the State – March 9, 2016

3.1 Time Travelers: A Free Weekend of Richmond History – Richmond – March 12 3.2 State Theatre Education Program Spring Break Camp – Culpeper – Registration Deadline Is March 24 3.3 Little Theater of Virginia Beach Scholarship – Norfolk, Portsmouth,…

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The Homeschool Classroom

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Activities for Three-Year–Olds 2.2 Alphabet Garden Activities   2.1 Activities for Three-Year-Olds The activities in this list will encourage imaginative play, teach numbers, letters, and shapes, increase hand-eye coordination, and develop fine motor skills. http://notjustcute.com/2014/02/10/15-fun-activities-for-3-year-olds Back…

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Mom’s Corner – March 9, 2016

1.1 Article: “3 Practical Ways to Help Your Child Connect with God’s Word” 1.2 Get Dinner on the Table Fast 1.3 Tips to Build an Emergency Fund   1.1 Article: “3 Practical Ways to Help Your Child Connect with God’s…

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Military Requirements for Homeschool Enlistment

Q. Can homeschool graduates enlist in the military? I understand it is sometimes difficult. A. Occasionally, homeschoolers have problems enlisting, not because of discriminatory policies, but because some military recruiters are not familiar with Armed Forces homeschool policy. If this…

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Getting the Most Out of a Homeschooling Conference

Getting the Most Out of a Homeschooling Conference by Greg Sabouri In today’s Internet society, some people might wonder if it’s still necessary to attend a homeschooling conference. Why not just get all your information from homeschool websites? Why not…

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Testing at Public School

Q. Must my child take the history and science portions of a standardized achievement test when he takes the test at a public school? A. The law requires that a parent submit “evidence that the child has attained a composite…

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Around the State – March 2, 2016

3.1 Youth, Christians, and Government – Richmond – March 5 3.2 Chesterfield Coal – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is March 10 3.3 Randolph College Science Festival – Lynchburg – March 14 and March 31-April 3 3.4 Virginia Holocaust Museum Visual…

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The Homeschool Classroom – March 2, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Playful Ways to Reinforce Sight Words 2.2 Fun Shape Activity 2.1 Playful Ways to Reinforce Sight Words Practice makes perfect, but practice does not have to be boring. These 50 sight word activities can make practicing…

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Common Core and Achievement Tests

Q. I’m concerned that my standardized achievement test is aligned with the Common Core and I don’t know it. How can I find out? This is a valid concern. Although we expect new versions of tests to move toward alignment…

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Mom’s Corner – March 2, 2016

1.1 Article: “How to Make Better Decisions for Your Family” 1.2 Dollar Stretching Zero-Waste Cooking 1.3 Extra Savings at Walmart   1.1 Article: “How to Make Better Decisions for Your Family” When decisions must be made in my family, I…

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Testing Special Needs

Q. I have a child who is struggling to learn. I may need to have him tested, but I don’t know where to begin. Can you help? A. I know this can be a challenging situation for you and for…

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The Homeschool Classroom – February 24, 2016

  PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Phonics Phun with Dr. Seuss 2.2 Animal Classification Sorting   2.1 Phonics Phun with Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday is March 2 and aptly coincides with Read Across America Day. You can use these Dr. Seuss…

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Mom’s Corner – February 24, 2016

    1.1 Article: “10 Ways To Create a Home of Warmth and Grace” 1.2 Costly Convenience Foods 1.3 Preparing for Easter   1.1 Article: “10 Ways To Create a Home of Warmth and Grace” As mothers, we tend to…

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Figuring Out the Hard Words

By Pamela Hall C-C-C-A-A-A-T. Does this sound familiar? Often, parents tell me that it is hard for them to sit through the labor of their child learning to read. I call this stage “hiss and spit.” It is when your…

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Around the State – February 24, 2016

3.1 Judges Needed for NCFCA Speech and Debate Tournament – Fredericksburg – March 31-April 2 3.2 2016 Christian Authors Festival – Virginia Beach – April 9 3.3 DMV Homeschool College Fair – College Park, MD – April 18   3.1…

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Fun Music Ministry Opportunity

Volunteer Musicians Wanted HEAV invites you to come and play background music at the 33rd Annual HEAV Homeschool Convention! We are now accepting applicants and are looking for experienced musicians to fill the registration lobby and UCS hall with refreshing background…

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He Won’t Get Married in Diapers

by Sandra Modersohn My husband and I have been blessed with five amazing children, and though I certainly do not feel like anything near an expert at parenting, I sure have learned a lot in my 10-year career as a…

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Five Ways to Be a Blessing as a Sister

By Maiya Drennen I love being a big sister! I will be the first to tell you that I have had a rocky road at figuring out how to be a good big sister. Honestly, I still haven’t figured it…

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The Homeschool Classroom – February 17, 2016

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Art and Music 2.2 Winter Science Experiments   2.1 Art and Music This art project encourages the interpretation of music through art. You can introduce your preschoolers to different genres of music and inspire their artistic…

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Around the State – February 17, 2016

3.1 Discover Engineering Family Day – Washington, DC – February 27 3.2 2016 Accessibility Summit – Vienna – Early-Bird Deadline Is February 29 3.3 Homeschool Day – New Market – Registration Deadline Is March 14 3.4 Virginia Beach Chorale Student…

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Mom’s Corner – February 17, 2016

1.1 Article: “4 Ways to Battle Bitterness” 1.2 Permission to Do Things Differently 1.3 Linen Closet Organization   1.1 Article: “4 Ways to Battle Bitterness” Bitterness: the word is simply distasteful, but which of us has never felt bitter toward…

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