Pizza, a T-shirt, and a Positive Impact!

By Hannah Elizabeth Heath As a homeschooler, you may have heard of, or even attended, HEAV’s Annual Homeschool Convention–now in it’s 32nd year. Unless you’re a parent of young children, though, you may not be as familiar with the Children’s…

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You Go, Graduate!

By Maiya Drennen The first seventeen years of my life were pretty easy as far as knowing what to do: schoolwork. My mom would give me my assignments on Sunday and for the next five days I knew exactly what…

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Cool Sites – April 22, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Tips for Having a Devotional Time in the Digital Age 3.2 Recycling: No More Tennis Shoes in Landfills 3.3 First Grade: Brain Teasers 3.4 STEM: Free Digestive System Note-Booking Pages 3.5 Family Fun: Old-Fashioned Games 3.6 Homemaking:…

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General Interest Items – April 22, 2015

2.1 Celebrate the Art of Flowers: Paris in Springtime – Richmond – April 25 2.2 Summer Band Camp – Virginia Beach – Register by June 15, 2015   2.1 Celebrate the Art of Flowers: Paris in Springtime – Richmond –…

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Homeschool Items – April 22, 2015

1.1 Chesterfield Christian Academy Registrations – Chesterfield – Register by May 15 1.2 GRHE and HERF Used Curriculum Sale – Troutville – May 19   1.1 Chesterfield Christian Academy Registrations – Chesterfield – Register by May 15 Nazarene Church 6851…

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JR Judd Violins

by Michelle Crooker J.R. Judd Violins – Williamsport, PA Each year the HEAV convention seems to get bigger and bigger. With so many vendors, sometimes it’s hard to know which vendors are new and which are ones you just never…

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Evaluation Letter Contents

Q. What should be included in an evaluation letter? A. An evaluation letter should be written on letterhead with contact information and signed with the evaluator’s title and credentials. He may want to include documents that substantiate his educational background…

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Cool Sites – April 15, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Free Biography of William Wilberforce 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Repurpose, Reuse, and Recycle Old Things 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Children’s Songs 3.4 STEM: Math in Basketball 3.5 Electives: Free Online Beginning Piano Lessons 3.6 Homemaking: Cooking Video Instruction…

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General Interest Items – April 15, 2015

2.1 The 2015 Shakespeare & Co. Play Festival – Annandale – May 1 and 2   2.1 The 2015 Shakespeare & Co. Play Festival – Annandale – May 1 and 2 Capital Baptist Church Annandale, VA Friday, May 1, 2015,…

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Homeschool Items – April 15, 2015

1.1 Book Report Fair – Hopewell – May 12   1.1 Book Report Fair – Hopewell – May 12 Appomattox Regional Library System – Hopewell Library Hopewell, VA Tuesday, May 12, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Free of…

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Keeping On

By Kyndra Steinmann It’s been a rough couple of weeks around here. I had a cold, which the children unhappily shared, leading to no school for a week and few chores. The next week was not only full of appointments…

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Withdrawing from School

Q. What do I do if I want to take my child out of school to homeschool now? A. First, fill out a Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction form (NOI) or write a personal letter to the superintendent….

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Cool Sites – April 8, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: An Atlas Linked to Bible Passages 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Unique Ways to Recycle Plastic Bottles 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Twenty-three Games and Activities that Improve Gross Motor Skills 3.4 STEM: Mathematics – Interactive Games that Teach Fraction…

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General Interest Items – April 8, 2015

2.1 Circling Orphans with Love 2015 – United States – Ongoing   2.1 Circling Orphans with Love 2015 – United States – Ongoing When faced with the knowledge that there are currently more than 400,000 children in foster care in…

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Homeschool Items – April 8, 2015

1.1 CHESS 2015-16 EXPO – Centreville – April 28 1.2 Virginia Living Museum Homeschool Afternoon – Newport News – May 5 1.3 PACE Homeschool Group: Introduction to Homeschooling – Culpeper – May 12   1.1 CHESS 2015-16 EXPO – Centreville…

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Testing Early

Q. I tested my son in October when we began homeschooling. Can I submit these test results or do I need to test him again? A. A baseline test early in the year may provide helpful information as you begin…

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Cool Sites – April 1, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Bible Study Tools 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 168 Frugal Living Tips 3.3 Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary: Resurrection Cookies 3.4 STEM: Tour of a Cell 3.5 Family Fun: “Ten Fun Ways to Keep Easter About Jesus” 3.6 Geography: Online…

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General Interest Items – April 1, 2015

2.1 Easter at the Lighthouse – Fort Story – April 5 2.2 Civil War Fundraiser Ball – Manassas – April 10 2.3 A Touch of Japan – Chantilly – April 12 2.4 Ballet Performance: Civil War Letters – Manassas –…

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Homeschool Items – April 1, 2015

1.1 GRACE Used Curriculum Sale – Burke – May 29 1.2 P.E.A.C.H. Used Curriculum Sale – Fishersville – May 29   1.1 GRACE Used Curriculum Sale – Burke – May 29 Burke Community Church Burke, VA Friday, May 29, 2015,…

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Meet the Exhibit Hall Coordinators

by Michelle Crooker The HEAV Convention Exhibit Hall consists of nearly 102,000 square feet and more than 190 exhibitors! Who are the architects of this massive undertaking? Meet Bonnie and Cecil, Exhibit Hall coordinators for more than three years. Homeschooling…

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Evaluating Your Own Child

Q. Since I have a teaching license, can I evaluate my own child rather than use a standardized achievement test? A. The law allows a parent who has complied with the homeschool statute (filed a Notice of Intent form) to…

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Cool Sites – March 25, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Devotional Binder Downloads 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: “All American Plarn Bag” 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: “36 Spring Crafts for Kids That Are Simple” 3.4 STEM: Chemistry Calendar 3.5 Family Fun: Backyard Games and Activities 3.6 Homemaking/Parenting: Personal Finance…

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General Interest Items – March 25, 2015

2.1 Revolutionary War Living History Re-Enactment – Beaverdam – March 29 2.2 Virginia Beach Chorale Student Scholarship 2015 – Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach – Apply by April 15 2.3 Odyssey JR String Instrument Camp – Richmond –…

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Homeschool Items – March 25, 2015

1.1 Homeschool Day: Adventure in the New World! – St. Mary’s City, MD – Register by April 1 1.2 Piedmont Area Christian Educators Meeting – Culpeper – April 14 1.3 Horseshoe Pitching Course – Stuarts Draft – Register by April…

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Holiday Homeschooling

by Maiya Drennen I am always trying to think of different ways to help my family with homeschooling, because homeschooling has always been really important to me—and a lot of fun! Even though I am no longer a homeschooled student,…

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Certified Tutor and Notice of Intent

Q. If I file under the certified tutor statute, do I also need to provide a Notice of Intent? A. If you comply with the certified tutor statute by sending a letter and your credentials for the superintendent’s approval, do…

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Taking Preschoolers and Toddlers to Convention

By Kyndra Steinmann Since the HEAV Convention is a family event—and a time when parents are looking at curricula and trying to attend workshops—the question often arises: How can I attend the convention with my children who are too young…

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Cool Sites – March 18, 2015

3.1 Christian Resources: Comfort in the Cupboards 3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 10 Ways Thrifty People Use Facebook To Save & Make Money 3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Listening Activities for Two-Year Olds 3.4 STEM: “Engineering on a Dime: 3 STEM Challenges You…

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General Interest Items – March 18, 2015

2.1 Beginner Sewing & Design Lessons – Henrico – Deadline Is March 23 2.2 The Great Education Forum – Lynchburg – April 18 2.3 Christian Authors Festival – Virginia Beach – June 1   2.1 Beginner Sewing & Design Lessons…

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