The Gift of Zero Stimulation

As the school year gets into its groove and the busy holiday season approaches, the amount of activity and stimulation can become too much for individual members of the family, and indeed, sometimes for the whole family. The signs of…

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Around the State – November 18, 2015

3.1 Seasonal Events at Henricus – Chester – some events require early registration 3.2 The Grand Illumination of Cape Henry Lighthouse – Virginia Beach – December 3 3.3 Christmas at Bacon’s Castle – Surry – December 5 3.4 Contest: “A…

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Homeschool Classroom – November 18, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Lego Learning 2.2 Free Thanksgiving Printables   2.1 Lego Learning These 30 Lego activities teach letter recognition, math, reading, science, and more, and can help make learning fun. www.happinessishomemade.net/2014/06/20/lego-learning-activities/#_a5y_p=1868496 Back to top   2.2 Free Thanksgiving…

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Mom’s Corner – November 18, 2015

1.1 Article: “Dear Worried Homeschool Mom: You Can Do This!” 1.2 DIY Heating Pads 1.3 A Prayer of Thanksgiving   1.1 Article: “Dear Worried Homeschool Mom: You Can Do This!” Amy Blevins at Homeschool Encouragement.com encourages you to stop worrying…

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Overwhelmed by “Expert Advice”

I nursed all my children, so when we adopted our son, I decided I wanted to attempt to breastfeed him. I knew it would be a challenge, but it sounded easier than learning to bottle feed and paying for formula….

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Around the State – November 11, 2015

3.1 Veterans Day at Cape Henry Lighthouse – Virginia Beach – November 11   3.1 Veterans Day at Cape Henry Lighthouse – Virginia Beach – November 11 Cape Henry Lighthouse Virginia Beach, VA Wednesday, November 11, 2015, from 10 a.m….

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Homeschool Classroom – November 11, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 21 Thanksgiving Crafts 2.2 50 Chapter Books to Read Aloud to Preschoolers   2.1 21 Thanksgiving Crafts Thanksgiving is a perfect time for crafts. The fall colors lend themselves beautifully to creating festive garlands, turkey creations…

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Mom’s Corner – November 11, 2015

1.1 Article: “5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Family Time” 1.2 DIY Bath Salts 1.3 Including Your Kids in the Holiday Preparations   1.1 Article: “5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Family Time” We all have…

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Calm Parenting University

No more backtalk, meltdowns, whining, or fights! Power struggles make parenting a difficult job. We often feel overwhelmed and helpless when facing our child’s defiant and disrespectful behavior. Enter Kirk Martin. With a few simple strategies, disrespect and defiance can…

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Ten Brain Breaks to Refocus the Distractable Child

It happened again this morning. The homeschool day started well. The big children were beating their timers and moving from subject to subject and I had hopes of actually finishing by noon. And then the ability to focus disappeared. Suddenly…

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Around the State – November 4, 2015

3.1 2015 Holiday Shoppers Fair – Henrico – November 5-7 3.2 Christian College Fair – Norfolk – November 12 3.3 Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s Homeschool Fun Day – Newport News – Register by December 1 3.4 Bland Music Scholarship Contest…

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The Homeschool Classroom – November 4, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Preschool STEM Activities 2.2 Inexpensive Counting Sticks   2.1 Preschool STEM Activities It is never too early to give your child a love for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Use these activities to build their curiosity…

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Mom’s Corner – November 4, 2015

1.1 Article: “The Most Important Ingredient in Family Relationships” 1.2 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes 1.3 Occupying Toddlers During School Hours   1.1 Article: “The Most Important Ingredient in Family Relationships” What would you say is the most important ingredient in…

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Homeschool Diploma Rejected on NOI

Q. I’m a second generation homeschool parent. My homeschool diploma was rejected as evidence of a high school diploma on my Notice of Intent. What should I do? A. I am sorry for the complications you have encountered regarding your…

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Transform Your Family in 30 Days

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV84). Who else wants children who are more thankful? Of course, we all do. For the most…

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Around the State – October 28, 2015

3.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – November 9 3.2 Henricus Historical Park Activities – Chester – November 21 & 28   3.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – November 9 Virginia Baptist Resource Center Richmond, VA Monday, November 9,…

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The Homeschool Classroom – October 28, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Bears and Hibernation 2.2 Spider Web Art   2.1 Bears and Hibernation Where do bears go in the winter? Teach your preschooler about bears and hibernation with this list of books. www.pre-kpages.com/bears-hibernation-theme-preschool Search for additional ideas…

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Mom’s Corner – October 28, 2015

1.1 Article: “Your Child Is Your Neighbor” 1.2 Scents of the Season 1.3 Copycat Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings   1.1 Article: “Your Child Is Your Neighbor” When asked by an expert in the law, “What is the greatest commandment?”…

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8 Tips for Homeschooling with an Infant

This fall, I am once again homeschooling with an infant. We love her to pieces but she can be terribly distracting and very loud! Still, this isn’t the first time we’ve been here, and with a little rearranging and setting…

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Around the State – October 21, 2015

3.1 Short Story Contest – Gaithersburg, MD – Deadline Is February 19, 2016   3.1 Short Story Contest – Gaithersburg, MD – Deadline Is February 19, 2016 Grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall Gaithersburg, MD Deadline for submission is Friday, February…

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The Homeschool Classroom – October 21, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Hands-on Math for Preschoolers 2.2 Melted Crayon Pumpkin Decoration   2.1 Hands-on Math for Preschoolers For preschoolers, who have very short attention spans, these activity-based math lessons are fun ways to teach important math concepts. http://teachingmama.org/15-hands-on-math-activities-preschoolers…

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Mom’s Corner – October 21, 2015

1.1 Article: “Allow Yourself to Rest” 1.2 50 Calorie-Conscious Pumpkin Recipes 1.3 Article: “New Research Shows Quebec Daycare Harms Children” 1.4 YouTube Art Instruction   1.1 Article: “Allow Yourself to Rest” Do you find resting hard? Do activities and responsibilities…

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Running a School for Boys

by Hal and Melanie Young There are days when we look at our sons and think, “If they were in school, they’d be on so many pills they’d rattle when they walked.” At one point Melanie was teaching six boys…

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The Most Important Subject

By Maiya Drennan For most of you, it is about a month into your school year. You have plenty of papers to write, tests to study for, and books to read. I hope that each of you do great this…

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Uncle Rick’s UFO Advice for Boys

by Rick Boyer Being the father of eight beautiful daughters, I have thought long and hard about the financial qualifications of potential suitors, and so I will impose upon your patience to offer some of Uncle Rick’s UFO’s (Unsolicited Fatherly…

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Around the State – October 14, 2015

3.1 Homeschool Day at Green Hand Farm Park – Gloucester – Registration Deadline Is November 1 3.2 Upward Basketball & Cheerleading – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is November 7 3.3 The Nutcracker – Roanoke – Deadline Is November 10 3.4…

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The Homeschool Classroom – October 14, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Ideas for Play-Based Learning 2.2 Free Preschool Worksheets   2.1 Ideas for Play-Based Learning What comes more naturally to a preschooler than play? Why not take advantage of this natural tendency and teach while having fun?…

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Mom’s Corner – October 14, 2015

1.1 Article: “Home Schooling with Diligence” 1.2 Identifying Learning Styles 1.3 Simple Knitting Patterns   1.1 Article: “Home Schooling with Diligence” Merriam-Webster defines diligence as “persevering application.” What does diligence have to do with homeschooling? Everything, says Peggy Ployhar. She…

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Anne Miller to Speak at Swift Creek’s “Connect Conference”

Anne Miller, HEAV’s president and interim executive director, is the homeschool keynote speaker at Swift Creek Baptist Church’s “Connect Conference,” an inter-generational conference on family, relationships, and parenting that takes place on October 25-26, 2015. The conference has something for…

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One School Refuses to Accept ACT and SAT Scores

Here is a great reminder of the freedom we have as homeschool families to innovate–let’s not fall into the trap of doing school at home and teaching to the tests. “If we reduce education to the outcomes of a test,…

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