HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


April 11, 2013


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ONE MORE DAY — Convention Registration is Open for Members 

Register Friday to take advantage of the early preregistration price–just $59 for the whole family! Tickets to hear a Duggar keynote are included with all full, paid registrations until they are all distributed.  

Not a member? Join today and take advantage of the member special.


Regular Preregistration Opens Saturday

$69/member | $79/non-member


Two Reasons to Preregister Early

1) Duggar Tickets

Those with full, three-day registrations may reserve tickets to a Duggar keynote session. Additional tickets may be obtained onsite if available, but there is no guarantee. We expect tickets to go quickly, so preregister early! (Tickets are not available with shopping-only, scholarship, and free-parent-of-preschooler registrations.) 


2) Early Used Curriculum Sale Entry Time

Remember, after early shopping for volunteers, entry to the UCS is based on preregistration time, so sign up early (or volunteer) for the best chance for great deals!

Trouble Registering? Try These Tips Before You Call!
1. Retrieve your login information here.
2. Renew your membership to register right away.
3. Still have trouble? Send a message to the office through our help desk.

Volunteer Button 2013Another Way to Shop Early in the UCS!
Volunteer Today

While you’re registering for the convention, don’t forget to volunteer! Volunteers who work two hours during the convention get to shop early in the UCS–BEFORE the general public! And volunteering has never been easier–simply fill out our Volunteer Application and choose the area and time you’d like to serve. It takes more than 400 volunteers to run the convention–we couldn’t do what we do without you!

Homeschooling to College Seminar Day

With Special Guest Speaker Anne Miller, President of HEAV

Tuesday, April 30 – Williamsburg

$10/adult; $5/student; $5/childcare 


In this series of lectures and talks, both homeschool parents and high school students will learn to navigate the waters of educational opportunities as they strive towards a formal higher education.  

Special guest speaker, Anne Miller, will open the day in an inspiring talk you won’t want to miss, “Preparing Your Child: What’s Important?”  


The Seminar Day includes talks on dual enrollment, the college common application, financial aid, what your transcript can look like, and many others — all presented by representatives from local colleges and universities, as well as experienced, knowledgeable moms who will help us into this next stage of life! Come find out how easy it is to homeschool into high school with the focus of sending your child to college.

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Get a well-deserved break: KOA 2nd Annual Homeschoolers Appreciation Weekend!

Build family memories and hang out with other homeschoolers at family-friendly Virginia Beach KOA! Camp or stay in a convenient cabin. Weekend fun includes family games, crafts, tie-dye, a bonfire, prizes, homeschool Q&A time, and all the fun amenities of the campground. Call 800-562-4150 to reserve. Learn more.



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Parents of Preschoolers Attend FREE

Qualifying parents of preschoolers may attend the convention* as our guest, and we’ve put together a track of inspiring workshops about the issues YOU care about:


  • Home Educating with Babies and Toddlers ~ Marilyn Boyer
  • Sibling Squabbles in the School Room ~ Kathie Morrissey
  • Raising Real Kids for the Real World ~ Steve and Annette Economides
  • Child-Friendly Food Production ~ Joel Salatin
  • Laughter is the Best Medicine ~ Joe and Zan Tyler
  • Box-Free Living ~ Diana Waring
  • How to Choose Just the Right Level for K-3 Reader ~ BK Educational
  • Mother-Daughter Q & A ~ Michelle Duggar and daughters


PLUS–there are three “How-to-Begin Homeschooling” sessions on Thursday afternoon that are free to all!   


*Children’s Program, optional programming, and Duggar tickets are not included.


Courtship Panel Discussion

Courtship or Dating: So What’s the Difference? 

Whether you are navigating the young-adult years now or you are looking ahead, guiding your children to cultivate godly relationships is a primary focus. This panel discussion with four veteran homeschool parents and favorite conference speakers–Mike Farris, Dennis Gundersen, Kathie Morrissey, and Israel Wayne–will both encourage you and get your questions answered! Don’t miss it Friday afternoon at the convention. 


Graduation Registration Extended Until Monday!

Just a Few More Days 

Graduation registration has been extended through the weekend.  Mark this special milestone and hear commencement speaker Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries. But hurry! Registration WILL close on April 15 at midnight. Get more information and sign up here.


Minding Your Own Business

Young Entrepreneurs registration deadline is April 22. Have a high-quality product or service you would like to sell at the convention? Participation is open to young adults (10 to 21) who run their own businesses. Let others know about your business–and have FUN in the process! Get more information here.


Spring Cleaning?

Empty that bookshelf and sell those items you don’t need any more at the Used Curriculum Sale, and get some fantastic deals for yourself. The barcoding system is open! Get more information about the Used Curriculum Sale and mark your books for sale here.

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Homeschool Day EventsIsle of Wight County

Home School Day in Isle of Wight County

Friday, April 19 – Smithfield

Take a progressive tour of various sites and experience a wide variety of history in Isle of Wight County! Learn about the early history of Native Americans and colonial settlements, visit a Civil War-era fort, enjoy historic Fort Boykin and more at this free event!  


Homeschool Day at The Mariners’ Museum Mariner's Museum

Monday, April 22 – Newport News  

As the largest estuary in the country, the Chesapeake Bay has played a vital role in the nation’s history, economy, and environment. Explore the museum from an environmental perspective while participating in scheduled classes and ongoing activities. Students will enjoy scavenger hunts, crafts, and interactive programs!

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Article of the Week

Ten Big, Daily Reminders [that You Have No Right to Be Unhappy] – Matt Reagan

This church elder admits he tends to forget just about everything important each night as he sleeps and must relearn it anew every day. Blessedly, we have a gracious God who never stops teaching us these great–and simple–truths of life that get us through each day. Start with “God exists” and go from there!


Homeschool Q&A

Testing with the PSAT, SAT, or ACT

Q.Why would the PSAT, SAT or ACT not qualify for a homeschooler’s standardized achievement test?  

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Workshop: “Successful Homeschooling: It CAN Be Done!” – Ripplemead – April 13

1.2 Acadamiacs: Learning Through Song – Virginia Beach – April 24

1.3 “Medieval Knights” Richmond Homeschool Prom – Mechanicsville – Register by May 4

1.4 Colonial Poetics and Rhetoric Club Information Meeting – Yorktown – Register by May 13

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Summer Music Institutes – Multiple Locations – Multiple Dates

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: 16 Best Apologetics Podcasts

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Freely Educate

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Traveling with Toddlers and Preschoolers

3.4 Science: Free Middle School Chemistry Curriculum

3.5 Technology: 12 Simple Steps to Safer Social Networking

3.6 History: Judeo-Christian Influence on American History

3.7 College: Free Courses on Coursera

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4) Parting Thought –

This set of stories made the rounds some years back and are likely unfamiliar to much of today’s crop of homeschoolers. The allegory tells the tale of nosy questions homeschoolers can sometimes face. Find “Mr. Pointy Nose” and “Mr. Pointy Nose Returns” here.  


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5) Worth Repeating 

“If any expect that the Scriptures should be written with respect to opinions, notions, and speculations, to render men skillful and cunning in them, able to talk and dispute…they are mistaken. It is given to make us humble, holy, wise in spiritual things; to direct us in our duties, to relieve us in our temptations, to comfort us under troubles, to make us to love God and to live to him.”

– John Owen (1616-1683), English Puritan theologian and clergyman, said by many to be the greatest English-speaking theologian ever. A message, The Life and Works of John Owen on YouTube, would make an interesting change of pace for devotions one day.


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6) Verse of the Week   

The LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.

– Habakkuk 2:20 (KVJ)


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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week

Laugh of the Week
Taken from The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons (www.familymanweb.com). Reprinted with Permission.