HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


April 16, 2014


With Deepest Sympathy

HEAV offers our deepest sympathy to the Pride family of Practical Homeschooling for the sudden loss of their oldest son, Ted. We pray the Lord will pour out his comfort on this dear family.

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7 Weeks to Go!


Healthy Living and Homeschooling 

The convention covers topics on all aspects of family life–not just schoolwork! Be sure to check out these speakers, workshops, and exhibitors:

Convention Speaker Joel Salatin

Think you need acres of land to farm? Think again! Wait until you hear Joel Salatin’s workshop “Nook and Cranny Farming,” and “City Sustainability.” Also, in “Developing a Child-Centric Business,” you’ll learn to design and develop an age-appropriate business to help “unstick” your children from the 9-to-5 job routine. Read more

Ask the Pediatrician: Advocating for Your Child by Dr. Lainna Callentine shows you how to navigate the health-care waters and successfully advocate for your child.


Guiding Your Child through Discovery, Direction, and Decision by Woody Robinson is for those parents who fear watching their child make poor life decisions (and what parent doesn’t?) There are no guarantees, of course, but by asking the right questions, you can help your child make wise and thoughtful decisions as he comes into adulthood.

And, in the Exhibit Hall 

Back by Popular Demand

Woo Hoo! The Bread Beckers  

The Bread Beckers will show you how easy real food is to make–and how delicious it is to eat. And bread is just the beginning! They can show you how to use the best ingredients in all the food you give your family.


Virginia Soaps & Scents

Think the bar in your shower stall is soap? Virginia Soaps and Scents takes us back to an era when soap was soap–not detergent. And they make it look and smell SO good.



Trail Life USA – Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men

Sue Gregg Cookbooks – transitioning to healthy, real whole foods can be overwhelming,  especially if you are feeding a family resistant to change.

Cat and Dog Theology: UnveilinGLORY

And so much more! With more than 190 exhibitors, you’re sure to find your favorite. See all the fabulous exhibitors here.

Facebook Party and Blog Giveaway

MANY thanks to all who participated in Tuesday night’s Facebook party!
The half hour went by so fast, but we had SO much fun. Special thanks to Generation Joshua for providing answers, interest, and excitement. The blog giveaway will stay up until noon on Thursday–so you still have a chance to win a free convention registration PLUS either an iCommand or iAdvocate registration for your teen! Enter here.Missed the party? Check out the posts and find out the exciting details!

We’re so pleased to announce our sponsors who support the 2014 convention!


Thank you to the following companies for their generous support in helping to keep convention prices as low as possible! Be sure to stop by their booths at the convention.

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HomeschoolHomes.com – Your homeschool real estate connection

Looking to move? Check out the new HomeschoolHomes.com user-friendly website. It’s filled with useful resources for home buyers and sellers. As homeschoolers, you also qualify for my Homeschool Heroes program. To find out more, contact Hope Egan of EXIT First Realty, Glen Allen, VA, at HopeEganHomes@gmail.com or visit www.HomeschoolHomes.com.


Kaleidoscope Camp Kaleidoscope Camp: Register Now for Summer Camp!

Camps available for ages 7 to 17 and run June 24th through July 31st. Safe, Fun and Christ-Centered! Enjoy archery, slingshot, canoeing, zip line, tree climb, high ropes, bonfires, swimming, great food, awesome counselors, worship, cabin devotions and more!

Come join us! For more information visit www.wcrc.info or call 866-566-9272.

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Undecided about the Used Curriculum Sale?Used Cirriculum SaleUsed Curriculum Sale

Debating about whether or not to sell items in this year’s Used Curriculum Sale? Here are some statistics from last year’s sale:

  • The UCS was open for a total of 16½ hours during Friday and Saturday of the convention.
  • During those two days, 6,032 shoppers attended the sale.
  • Half of all items were sold on Friday.

If you’d like to turn your unwanted homeschool items into cash, there’s no easier way to market your items than at HEAV’s Used Curriculum Sale. Our easy-to-use online barcoding system makes preparing for the sale a breeze! Find out all you need to know here.

Special Buddies Program!

HEAV’s new Special Buddies program still has some openings for children with moderate to severe special needs. The Special Buddies staff and volunteers are equipped with the heart and the training to faithfully serve the children and their families. Activities will include a Bible-based curriculum with music, crafts, and videos–all presented in an environment with a low staff-to-student ratio. Get more information or apply here.

Volunteers Are Always Welcome

Do you have experience with–or a heart for–children with special needs? HEAV is looking for volunteers to serve in this very special children’s ministry. Experience is extremely helpful–and a desire to serve is a must. Interested? Apply here, or contact specialbuddies@heav.org with questions. References and background checks are done for Special Buddies volunteers.

Silent Auction–Don’t Miss It! 

From tea-lights to tickets, soaps to study materials, coffee to crafts–the silent action has it ALL! During all three days of the convention–June 5, 6, and 7–attendees onsite will have the chance to bid on fabulous items large and small at the convention’s first ever silent auction! Get a sneak peek at the items for auction here.

If you have a business–or know of a business–that would like to donate to the Silent Auction, please use this online form, or contact Michelle at silentauction@heav.org.

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The National Bible Bee – Sword StudyTM

The whole family can participate in the Bible Bee through the Sword StudyTM series, an in-depth Bible study for ages 4 and up. Individuals spend twenty minutes each day studying and memorizing God’s Word, with once-a-week family study times. And you can participate from any location!


Putting Together a Transcript? We’re Here to Help!

Our Transcipt Service Is Not Just a Fill-in-the-Blank Form 

HEAV’s homeschool transcript service is designed to guide you through the often intimidating transcript process. Our experienced transcript editor doesn’t just edit and proofread your transcript, she also guides you through the ins and outs of creating the strongest transcript possible–she also shows you how to avoid many common pitfalls. The result? A professional-looking transcript to present to colleges and employers!


Pick of the Month Is Back!

SPECIAL SALE! Save Up to 30% Off the Retail Price

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Shepherding a Child’s Heart helps parents know how to speak to the heart of their children of any age–from infants to teens. Dr. Tripp brings biblical principles to the task of parenting, and he concentrates on understanding what is going on inside a child rather than just modifying his outward behavior. For a biblical perspective and trustworthy practical help on raising your children, you won’t find a more helpful guide.

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How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need to Know

Richmond, Thursday, April 24, 2014 

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Get your questions Yvonne Bunnanswered and prepare for a successful homeschool experience in this seminar with Yvonne Bunn, a veteran homeschool mom who has helped thousands of families begin homeschooling. This informative seminar will help you focus on the things you really need to know for a successful homeschool year, including how to prepare, the ins and outs of the Virginia law, testing and evaluation options, how to choose curriculum, how to teach several levels at once, how to get the support you need, where to find the best resources, some things to avoid, and some secrets of success.


High School at Home: The Path to Success!
Friday, April 25, 2014

Teaching high school at home can seem like a daunting task–but the benefits of homeschooling during the high school years far outweigh the challenges!

Do you wonder what subjects to include during the high school years? How to teach higher level courses like chemistry labs or calculus? How to develop a transcript, assign credits, and compute a GPA? Are you ready for AP courses, PSATs, SATs, and ACTs? And what about sports and extracurricular activities? Yes, it’s a whole new world!


Homeschool Day at the Frontier Culture MuseumFrontier Culture Museum

An HEAV-Sponsored Event! 

Friday, May 2 – Staunton, Virginia

The Frontier Culture Museum tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America. Discover how life in the United States is shaped by its frontier past, and how that life has changed over more than a century. The outdoor museum and reconstructed farm houses offer a wealth of fun and hands-on learning for the entire family.

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HELP WANTED  Help Wanted!

Volunteers Needed

Do you love to talk on the phone? Hang out on Facebook? Surf the Web? HEAV needs volunteers to help contact churches, community calendars, and media outlets to let them know about the upcoming convention. We’ll provide you with talking points and ready-made descriptions and graphics, so no experience is necessary, just a willingness to serve. Spread the word from your own home. If interested, please contact Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org.

Volunteers get to shop early in the Used Curriculum Sale on Friday! 

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Article of the Week

Five Things the Second Generation of Homeschoolers Need from the First – Jacinda

This homeschool mom expounds on essentials seasoned homeschoolers should pass down, such as vision (why you homeschooled), history (battles fought and trails blazed in order to homeschool), guidance (“I wish I had/hadn’t…” and more), and the responsibility to pass on what they know now. She finishes with a wonderful prayer guide–including Scriptures–you’ll appreciate no matter the season in which you find yourself in your homeschool life.

Homeschool Q&A
Certified Tutor Teaching Time
Q. If I hire a certified teacher to teach my child, what percentage of the day am I required to teach him?

From Our Blog

Time Out…for Mama!

As everyone knows, homeschooling doesn’t always go as smoothly as you plan! When the occasion arises, it may be best to take yourself away from the action and regroup. Kyndra Steinman gives sound advice in this week’s post.

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Classical Conversations Information Meeting – Midlothian – Register by April 21

1.2 PACE Homeschool Group: Introduction to Homeschooling – Culpeper – May 9

1.3 CBHSG Used Book and Curriculum Sale – Annandale – May 9-10

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2) General Items

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2.1 Computer Password Warning Goes Worldwide – Change Passwords NOW

2.2 NASA STEM Program Cubes in Space – Wallop’s Island – Registration Deadline Is April 18

2.3 Hilary Hahn Violin Concert – North Bethesda, MD – April 23

2.4 Civil War Day Camps – New Market – First Registration Deadline Is July 2

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Ten Ways to Endure Suffering
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: RetailMeNot.com

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: “P Is for Preschooler” Blog – Spring Sensory Bins

3.4 Charity: Check Before You Give
3.5 Arts and Crafts: “Galaxy Doh”

3.6 English: Thesaurus.com

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4) Parting Thought – Truths of Life

With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.


A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.


The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.


– As seen on the Internet.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“Whatever contradicts the Word of God should be instantly resisted as diabolical.” – John Bunyan (1628-1688), English clergyman and author, most notably of Pilgrim’s Progress. He shunned denominational labels, preferring to simply call himself a Christian.

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6) Verse of the Week

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

– Ephesians 5:1-2 (KJV)


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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Homeschool Laugh of the Week

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