Virginia Homeschool Manual

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A Comprehensive Guide to Home Education in Virginia

Have you ever wished you could easily find answers to your homeschooling questions in just ONE resource?

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The Virginia Homeschool Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Education in Virginia, seventh edition—the most complete, single reference on home education in Virginia—will help you homeschool from pre-school through high school, college, and beyond.

This comprehensive guide contains almost 1,000 pages packed with information, articles, forms, and helpful charts. Arranged in two convenient volumes, the manual covers all the basics on how to begin, as well as such topics as choosing curricula, learning styles, gifted education, apprenticeships, college at home, and a LOT more!

Easy to Use Reference Guide Includes a Searchable CD!

In addition to more than 500 printed pages, you’ll receive an additional 406 pages on a searchable CD—all well-organized by sections, making it easy to find the answers you need.

Virginia Homeschool Manual (Manual and CD)


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Take a Look at the Information in the Manual!


  • Introduction
  • Manual Staff


  • HEAV: Who We Are and What We Do
  • 2008 HEAV Directory
  • Key Virginia Information
  • Virginia General Assembly Information
  • Key Federal Information
  • Order Your Homeschool License Plate Now!
  • Day at the Capitol: A Hands-On Government Classroom
  • HEAV Conventions Grow with Homeschooling!
  • Support HEAV!
  • HEAV Membership
Information on the CD
  • Virginia Department of Education
  • State Conservative Organizations
  • National Conservative Organizations


  • Meet Your Travel Agent
  • Pre-Trip Planning Checklist
  • The Biblical Basis for Home Education
  • Biblical Principles for Home Education
  • Myths About Socialization
  • Charting Your Course
  • Where Do We Go From Here?
  • 10 Rules of Thumb for Choosing Teaching Materials
  • The Five Ds of Education:
  • Know Your Students: Identify Their Personal Learning Styles
  • Common Teaching Approaches
  • Navigating the Used Curriculum Route
  • Travel Budget
  • On the Road!
  • Roadblocks to Avoid
  • Roadside Assistance
Information on the CD
  • Researching the Destination
  • The “Why” of Home Education: Where Are You Going?
  • What About Socialization?
  • Socialization: The Rest of the Story
  • Realistic Superlatives
  • Goals
  • The Five Ds of Education:
  • Discipleship Studies: The Study of the Bible
  • Disciplined Studies: The Study of the “Basics”
  • Discussion Studies: The Study of the Humanities
  • Discovery Studies: The Study of Learning
  • Discretionary Studies: The Study of Living
  • Five Models of Learning Styles
  • Teaching Your Kids “In Style”
  • Combining Methods and Materials
  • Choosing Curriculum
  • Buying Used Curriculum Wisely
  • Packing the Necessities
  • What Will I Need?
  • Organization and Planning
  • Papers and Record Keeping
  • A Christian Perspective on School Subjects
  • Teaching Through the Learning Cycle
  • Souvenirs of the Journey
  • Keepsakes to Collect Along the Way—for You, the Children, and the Officials
  • Glossary of Terms
  • A VocabularyLesson for the New (or Not-So-New!) Homeschooler
  • Places to Visit Along the Way
  • Curriculum Resources
  • Teaching Aids

Section D – FAMILY FOUNDATIONS Information on the CD

  • Introduction:
  • Foundation Stone 1: Vision
  • Casting the Vision
  • Foundation Stone 2: Flexibility
  • Think Change
  • Foundation Stone 3: Order
  • The Still Axis
  • Foundation Stone 4: Organization
  • Taking Baby Steps
  • Foundation Stone 5: Marriage
  • Where are You?
  • Foundation Stone 6: Devotion
  • Thirty Minutes of Silence
  • Foundation Stone 7: Prayer
  • He Simply Prayed
  • Foundation Stone 8: Academics
  • Educating the Human Spirit
  • Foundation Stone 9: Obedience
  • Obedience is Better than Sacrifice
  • Foundation Stone 10: Relationships
  • Training the Tongue
  • Foundation Stone 10: Relationships
  • It’s All About Me
  • Foundation Stone 11: Grace
  • Sowing the Seeds of Grace
  • Foundation Stone 12: Creativity
  • The Power of Play
  • Tools for Transformation: Resources
Information on the CD
  • Foundation Stone 2: Flexibility
  • Celebrating Life
  • Foundation Stone 3: Order
  • Putting Home in Homeschooling
  • Foundation Stone 6: Devotion
  • Developing Devotionals for Preschoolers
  • Foundation Stone 8: Academics
  • Family Fun: The Mathematics of Mental Fitness
  • Those Lazy, Carefree Days of Childhood
  • Foundation Stone 10: Relationships
  • Peacemaking and Homeschooling
  • Arguing: Tips for Minimizing Squabbles


  • Introduction: Organizing Home, School, and Time
  • Management Tools For Home and School
  • Homeschool and Housework
  • Tips for Managing Time Wisely
  • Time Management
  • School Planning
  • Unit Studies
  • Home-Organization Resources
Information on the CD
  • Could a Cooking System Work for You?
  • 15-Minute Cooking: A Time and Money-Saving System
  • Tips for Managing Time Wisely
  • Time Management Tips for the Homeschooling Mom
  • Scheduling to Avoid Homeschool Burnout
  • How to Create a School-Year Calendar
  • Sample Lesson Plans
  • Lesson Plans
  • Sample Assignment Sheet
  • Assignment Sheet
  • Record Keeping
  • Preparing a Homeschool Portfolio
  • Home-Organization Resources


  • Teaching Tips Introduction
  • The Learning Moment
  • Multilevel Homeschooling
  • The ABCs of Learning to Read
  • You Can Teach Your Child to Write
  • Teaching History Using Literature
  • Teaching Science: First Naturalists, Then Scientists
  • Readable Science Resources
Information on the CD
  • The Trivium in a Capsule
  • Laid-back Learning for Non-readers
  • Talking to Your Kids About Plagiarism
  • Life Skills for Kids
  • Enjoying Homeschooling: Tips on Teaching 1st-3rd Graders
  • Great Books: Learn to Discern
  • What about Grammar?
  • Using Current Events:
  • Reflections on Homeschooling after September 11, 2001
  • Sofa Science
  • Expand Sofa Science with Context Studies
  • Science Inside, Outside, Upside Down
  • Teaching Astronomy
  • Research on the Teaching of Math:
  • Formal Arithmetic at Age Ten—Hurried or Delayed?
  • Logic: A Practical Guide for Homeschoolers
  • Homeschool Mom Finally Joins Children in
  • Completing Presidential Fitness Award!
  • Games for Memory Work, Drill, and Review
  • Student Contests: A Real Motivator


  • Introduction
  • Testing and Assessment Law Summary
  • Tests and Testing Q & A
  • Testing Tips
  • Evaluations
  • Portfolios
  • Testing Resources
Information on the CD
  • Gearing Up for Assessments
  • One Family’s Experience with Portfolio Evaluations
  • Counseling, Testing, and Tutoring Resources
  • BJU Homeschool Proof Document


  • Teaching Teens at Home
  • Understanding the Purpose of High School
  • Homeschool is Best for Teens
  • Beginning Homeschooling in the Teen Years
  • Understanding Your Teenager
  • How To Issue a Diploma and Prepare a High School Transcript
  • Transcript Tips: More Counts Than You May Think
  • The ABCs of Testing
  • Graduation
  • Transferring from Homeschool to Public School
  • Preparing Your Teenager to Drive
  • High School Resources
Information on the CD
  • Benefits of Home Education for the High School Years
  • Fifteen Reasons to Homeschool During the High School Years
  • High School Lesson Planning
  • Steps to High School Course Planning
  • Teaching Advanced Subjects
  • How Can I Teach Higher Math?
  • Why Study Logic?
  • Why Teach Debate?
  • Typical Course of Study in a Four-Year High School Program
  • Sample Course of Study
  • Record Keeping
  • Quarter Credit Hour Report Form
  • Christian High School Record
  • High School Planning Chart-General Education
  • High School Planning Chart-College Preparatory
  • Awarding High School Credit
  • Sample Course of Study
  • Non-Traditional Credit
  • The Ethics of Grading
  • GEDs and Diplomas
  • Social Opportunities
  • Awareness and Assessment
  • Essay Contests for Teens: Writing for a Purpose!
  • High School Resources


  • Introduction
  • Choosing Colleges
  • Planning Tips for the Post-High-School Years
  • College-Level Exams Provide Credit and Credibility
  • Trades and Vocations: An Alternative to College
  • A Lifestyle of Learning Lays the Foundation for Entrepreneurial Success
  • How Do Homeschool Graduates Enter the Military?
  • The Door is Open
  • Questions and Answers about Getting Started in College
  • Preparing for, Choosing, and Applying to Four-Year Colleges
  • Applying to Colleges
  • How Homeschoolers Can Meet Academic
  • Eligibility Requirements for College Athletics
  • Frequently Asked Questions About
  • NCAA Eligibility for Homeschoolers
  • NAIA Eligibility Requirements
  • Pre-College Checklists
  • Choosing a College-Summary of College Types
  • Everyday Education’s Steps to Choosing Your College
  • Dual-Credit Courses Give Students at a Distance the College
  • Edge


  • Special Needs
  • How Does a Parent Know When To Get Outside Help?
  • Getting Started and Gathering Materials
  • Behavior First
  • Reading and Dyslexia
  • Strategies for Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities
  • Writing the Student Education Plan (SEP)
  • Model SEP Form
  • Sample of an SEP Form
  • Assistive Technology
  • Understanding the Unique Legal Issues of Special-Needs Students
  • Resources for Special Needs
  • Understanding the Child’s and the Parents’ Needs
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Questions and Answers on Learning Problems
  • An Overview: Homeschool and the Special-Needs Child
  • Choosing Textbooks & Curriculum for the Special-Needs Child
  • Choosing Curriculum
  • Teaching Helps and Background Information
  • Teaching with the Fruit of the Spirit
  • Advantages of Home Teaching Children with Developmental Deficits
  • Homeschooling the Down Syndrome Student
  • A Plan for a Purposeful Life
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Other Focusing Challenges
  • Remediation for Children with Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Reading Problems and Visual Skills Assessments
  • Strategies for Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities in Mathematics
  • Special Considerations: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy Services: Questions and Answers
  • Occupational Therapy Teaching Techniques
  • Making Accommodations and Modifications: What are They?
  • Sample Rubric for Cursive Writing
  • Meeting Individual Needs in Lesson Planning: A Checklist
  • How Computers Change the Writing Process for People with Learning Disabilities
  • Section 504 Federal Civil-Rights Law
  • Erasing the Barriers for Children with Special Learning Needs
  • Questions and Answers for Parents of Special-Needs Children
  • HSLDA Answers Questions from Virginia Parents
  • Resources You Really Can Use


  • Homeschooling Your Gifted Child
  • How Can You Tell if Your Child is Gifted?
  • Do You Need IQ Tests?
  • What Kind of Curriculum Should You Use?
  • Curriculum Compacting: A Necessity for Academic Advancement
  • Options, Options, Options
  • Characteristics of Giftedness
  • Giftedness as Asynchronous Development
  • Affective Characteristics of Giftedness
  • Dabrowski’s Over-Excitabilities: A Layman’s Explanation
  • Identification Methods
  • Using Test Results to Support Clinical Judgment
  • Tackling the SAT-I
  • Curriculum Options
  • Curriculums to Choose From
  • Mix-and-Match Materials
  • Applying What You Have Learned
  • Early College
  • College Classes a la Carte!
  • The SAT-I and ACT
  • When the College Says “No”


  • Introduction
  • The Search for Extracurricular Activities
  • Virginia Time Travelers Passport
  • Creative Field Trips
  • Clear Communication Enhances Field-Trip Experience
  • Athletic Scholarships, High School Sports, and Physical Fitness
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • How 4-H Enhanced My School Experience
  • Field Trip Sites & Special Events
  • Debate? Who? Me?
  • Soccer: One Family’s Experience
  • Homeschooling a High School Athlete
  • A Taste of Soccer Info
  • Life Experience: A Teacher of Geography
  • Homeschool + Travel = Fun!
  • Reading and Reward Programs
  • Libraries
  • Employment


  • Developing a Support System
  • Types of Support Groups
  • Principles for a Healthy Support Group
  • Choosing a Local Support Group
  • Forming a New Support Group
  • Support Group Planning Worksheet
  • Ideas for Support Group Events
  • Sample Group Vision Statements
  • Sample Registration 2002-2003
  • How to Start a Homeschool Newsletter
  • Building Bridges: Tips for Working with Other Support Groups
  • Working with the Media
  • Homeschool Information Nights
  • Let’s Put on a Show! The Making of a Career Fair
  • Hosting a Christ-Centered Field Day
  • Fishing 101: Families Encouraging Families


  • Introduction to the Virginia Homeschool Law
  • Virginia Homeschool Laws and Related Statutes
  • The Legal Who, What, When, and Where of Homeschooling
  • Virginia Homeschool Laws
  • Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction
  • K-5 Registration
  • Beginning Home Education after the Deadline
  • Certified-Tutor Provision Clarified
  • Certified-Tutor Summary
  • Tutor Provision v Home Instruction Provision Memo
  • Virginia Religious Exemptions
  • Understanding Religious Exemption
  • Homeschool Immunization Requirements
  • Certificate of Religious Exemption to Immunization
  • Driver Education Information for Homeschoolers
  • “Home-Schooled In-Car Driver Education Information Sheet”
  • DMV Parental Authorization Application
  • Homeschoolers and the GED Testing Regulations
  • Homeschoolers Go to Work!
  • Public School Access for Homeschoolers
  • Original Intent of Religious Exemption
  • Court Ruling on Religious Exemption – Judge Fiddler
  • Legal Memo on the Unconstitutionality of Home Visits


  • Introduction
  • Parent Resources: National and State Organizations
  • Parent Resources: Periodicals
  • Parent Resources: Books
  • Parent Resources: Curriculum Providers
  • Homeschool Material Sources
  • Online Resources
  • Making the Most of Google
  • Computers and Technology
  • Materials for Learning English as a Second Language
  • Provvedores de Materiales Educativos en Español