Around the State – November 28, 2017

1. “A Nutcracker Christmas” Holiday Open House – Chesterfield – December 2 2. STEM Saturdays – Hampton – Multiple Dates 3. The Hail-storm: John Dabney in Virginia – Richmond – December 7 4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Purcellville…

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Advent Activities for the Whole Family

Advent is a time of anticipation and reflection. This year, Advent begins on Sunday, December 3, and ends on Sunday, December 24, although a lot of Advent plans include daily activities, crafts, or readings beginning the first of the month….

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Getting Connected

Q. I’m planning to homeschool in January. What is the best way to get my questions answered, connect with other homeschoolers, and find out about homeschool events? A. Connecting with other homeschoolers is a great way to begin. Not only…

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Around the States – November 14, 2017

1. “Genealogy Research: Researching Online” Lecture – Chesterfield – November 18 2. “Thinking Money: How to Do Anything on a Dime” – Midlothian – November 28 3. The Nutcracker Ballet – Staunton – December 2 and 3   1. “Genealogy…

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Thanksgiving Activities for Kids Ages 2 to 92

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids Ages 2 to 92 Thanksgiving is only a week away, so now’s the time to demonstrate–and learn–a spirit of thankfulness. These fun Thanksgiving lessons, crafts, recipes, and games offer too many activities for just one day!…

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Do You Have a Homeschool Planning Period?

by Kyndra Steinmann The first six weeks of our first term of school flew by! We took a week’s break—to work on other projects, to do some of the cleaning and organizing that never seems to happen during the school…

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Around the State – November 7, 2017

1. Chesterfield County Annual Veterans Day Ceremony – Chesterfield – November 11 2. Points of View Community Engagement Program – North Chesterfield – November 16 3. Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing   1. Chesterfield County Annual…

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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. Like these? Check…

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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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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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