HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


April 18, 2012


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CVC artist 2012 CVC Poster Art Contest-Open to Homeschoolers!

“Virginia is for Givers”
Enter this art contest for the opportunity to have your work used on the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign poster next year. The contest is open to any student in grades K-12.
Cash prizes will be awarded. Download the
Instruction and Entry Forms for deadlines, material specifications, and accepted media

Don’t wait! Entries must be received by Monday, May 7, 2012.




Mike Snavely of Mission: Imperative!

Mike Snavely, reared in South Africa as the son of missionary parents, has always been fascinated with wildlife. Growing up in an area that teemed with remarkable and diverse creatures, he had many fascinating experiences–and “pets”–that helped to mold his future.

After graduating from Oak Hills College in 1979, he returned to South Africa to work in the world-famous Kruger National Park. He later began a career as an African wildlife artist. In 1986, he and his wife, Carrie, returned to South Africa to teach at Durban Bible College. Since returning to the United States they have developed a series of creation seminars using nature and wildlife as the foundation. They established Mission: Imperative! in 1995 as a non-profit corporation. Mike and Carrie have homeschooled their three children since 1991. Mike is the author of Creation or Evolution: A Home-Study Curriculum and has produced seven creation DVDs.

Don’t miss Mike’s workshops at the convention: 

The Horror of the Flood!

Grand Canyon – The Puzzle on the Plateau

The Stricken Earth



Plus, Mike will make a guest appearance at this year’s all-new Children’s Program. The children will love his exciting photo safari in The Hunters and the Hunted, and his vivid, creative presentation–specially adapted for children–Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.


Phone Call Help Needed


Do you have an administrative young adult at home, or know a retired homeschool parent? The HEAV office needs help during this busy pre-convention season–from now through June. Paid and volunteer positions available. Hours are flexible. Great workplace! Tasks are broad in scope and include answering the telephone, computer work, fulfilling orders, and much more! Please contact office@heav.org.

childrenChildren’s Program Volunteers

Do you love children as much as we do? Come and help with the HEAV Children’s Program at this year’s convention and bless the children–and be blessed yourself! Click here for more information and to volunteer. Questions? E-mail childrensprogram@heav.org.


Who Were Those Juggling Guys?

Are you one of the young men who were juggling in the foyer of the convention center last year? Or do you know who they were? We would love to talk with you about an interesting opportunity to serve at this year’s convention. Please contact us at childrensprogram@heav.org for more information.

book saleUsed Curriculum Sale – Start Listing Those Items Now!

Have items to sell at the UCS? Use the handy online checklist to get started listing your sale items. Make some extra cash by selling items you no longer need. Thinking about volunteering at the convention? Volunteer for two hours or more and shop the UCS early!

Convention Registration

Don’t wait! Register for the convention today. Online registration requires no postage and only a few minutes of your time.

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Robins Junior Golf Program Robins Junior Golf Program at Independence Golf Club

Spring & Summer Golf Camps 6- to 17-Year-Olds

½ Day, Full Day and Overnight Camps Available

Scholarships Are Available

804-897-8641; ext. 112

Schedule and Registration Available Online at

www.independencegolfclub.com, or e-mail mloosse@independencegolfclub.com


Science ShepherdScience Shepherd – Take the FEAR out of Teaching Science!

Science Shepherd high school Biology and middle school Life Science were written by homeschoolers, for homeschoolers. Both programs feature fully integrated laboratory experiences, parent guides, examinations and answer keys for all exam and chapter questions. Biology has optional DVDs, including all labs with answers/demonstration of all findings.

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Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign

Give From the Heart

For nearly 30 years, HEAV has been there for you. If you’d like to support our mission to provide homeschooling families with resources and information, you can donate to HEAV easily through the CVC campaign at your workplace. HEAV’s number is 3698. Click here for more information.


Day at the Capitol – April 26! Can’t Make It? Please Let Us Know! 

Our second Capitol Classroom Day at the Capitol is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, and we have a waiting list of families that would like to attend. If you are registered and unable to make it, please call the office at 804-278-9200 no later than Monday, April 23, which is also the last day to get a refund. Get the schedule here, or view the Day at the Capitol FAQ.

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Education Day at King’s Dominion

An HEAV-Sponsored Event!

Friday, May 11, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

King's DominionMake your plans now to join us under the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a full day of fun and education at Virginia’s premier theme park. Be sure to come by the HEAV table and say, “Hello!”  

For more information, visit www.kingsdominion.com

High School at Home: Yes, You Can Do It!

Richmond, Thursday, May 10, 2012Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool Support

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!


In this seminar, Yvonne Bunn, director of homeschool support for Home Educators Association of Virginia, will cover these topics and more. Having graduated three homeschooled high schoolers and dealt regularly with college admissions officers through her work with HEAV, Yvonne will clarify important high school questions and share practical ways to implement an effective high school program.  


Whether your student plans to go to college, join the military, or enter the workforce, this will help you develop a well-planned high school course of study. You’ll learn where to get help, how to schedule important testing, and how to develop an acceptable transcript. You’ll leave this seminar with confidence to move forward and tools to develop a high school plan that will work for your student.

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!

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Article of the Week

Be a Duck – Christina Messer

Teach your children to let the lies and hurts of the world roll off them “like water off a duck’s back.” Be sure to model that same behavior when faced with the doubts, fears, and misunderstandings that come your way! Teach them the Bible verses they’ll need throughout their lives to fend off the lies of the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Homeschool Q&A

Military Homeschool Deployment

Q. As a military family with a five-year-old, can we homeschool in another country? Do we have to test before deploying and is there a process we should follow to homeschool in another country?

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1) Homeschool Items
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1.1 Host Families Needed – Virginia – Apply Now; Arrival Dates Vary
1.2 Cornerstone Co-op Open House – Glen Allen – April 24
1.3 Drewry’s Bluff Civil War 150th Commemoration – Chesterfield – May 9 and 12

1.4 Used Curriculum Sale – Richmond – Reserve for Sales by May 13; Sale is May 17
1.5 Financial Education – Virginia Beach – Weekdays by Appointment

1.6 Article – “Are You Headed for Homeschool Burnout?”

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2) General Interest Items  

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2.1 Yom Hashoah Commemorations – Richmond and Elsewhere – April 18

2.3 Henricus Historical Park Events – Chester – Begins April 28
2.4 Free AMF Bowling for Kids – Nationwide – May 14 Through September 3

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Jesus Film Project and Behind the Easter Story
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Article – “Tips to Help Save on Gas”
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Virtual Zoos
3.4 Science: Supercharged Science Freebies
3.5 Homeschool Newsletter Freebies: April Edition of “Knowledge House”

3.6 English: Type Phonetic Symbols for English

3.7 Foreign Language: Type Phonetic Symbols for All Languages

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4) Parting Thought – A Dad’s Amazing Love–and His Son’s Amazing Gifts

Get the Kleenex ready and be ready to jump to your feet and cheer for this dynamic duo! See how this family handled it when their baby boy was born without eyes and with joints that wouldn’t straighten, preventing him from walking or fully caring for himself.



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5) Worth Repeating   

“The techniques of brainwashing developed in totalitarian countries are routinely used in psychological conditioning programs imposed on American school children. These include emotional shock and desensitization… isolation from sources of support [parents], stripping away defenses… and inducing acceptance of alternative values….” 

– Thomas Sowell, PhD. (1930-present), professor, author, commentator, and speaker.


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6) Verse of the Week   

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith!

– 1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV)   


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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.

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If you know a family interested in homeschooling in Virginia, please!

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