HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


April 2, 2014


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9 Weeks Left!


Sign Up Now for the Music Competition  

Time is running out! The application deadline for the First Annual Music Competition is April 15th. Sign up now while there is still space available. First-place winners in each category will receive a plaque and $100; second-place winners will receive $50. Apply here, or e-mail music@heav.org for more information. Sign up today!


Graduation Registration Extended Until Saturday!

There are still a few openings, but register quickly! Registration closes Saturday (April 5). Mark this special milestone in the life of your graduate with a meaningful, godly ceremony that includes your friends and family. Spots are filling quickly and time is running out! Get more information or register here.


In the Exhibit Hall… 

Try out your skills at HEAV’s 2014 Scholastic Chess Championships! Look for the chess tables in the Exhibit Hall on Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Any homeschooled student in grade 12 or below who is registered for the convention can participate. Trophies will be awarded to the top player by age group! To register, click here.


Silent Auction–Don’t Miss It! 

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

Build family memories and hang out with other homeschoolers at family-friendly Virginia Beach KOA! RV or tent camp, or stay in a convenient cabin. Weekend fun includes family games, crafts, tie-dye, paintball target shooting, homeschool Q&A time, giant jumping pillow, swimming, and other fun amenities! Call 800-562-4150 to reserveLearn more


Local Heroes Reveal Answers to the Real Issues

President of The Heritage Foundation and former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint presents Falling in Love with America Again, a book of real-life success stories from across America. With foreword by Dr. Ben Carson, this #1 Washington Post best-seller reveals what works is citizens coming together–in churches, clubs, charities, and more–solving local needs with our own creative resources.

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Used Curriculum Sale–5 Easy Steps

It’s easy to sell at the UCS using the online barcoding system! Just follow these five easy steps:

  1. Create your personal account on our UCS online barcoding site.
  2. Enter the requested data for each item you want to sell, including the price you want for each item.
  3. Print your labels and place them on each item. You’ll also be able to print a Master Sheet detailing the data you entered for each item.
  4. Pack your items to bring to the UCS, remembering to categorize them as best you can so we can quickly and easily distribute your items to the proper sales table.
  5. Drop off your sales items during our convenient drop-off hours.

We’ll take it from there! You can expect to receive a check from HEAV a few weeks following the sale for 75% of the selling price of your items sold. It’s that easy! Find more UCS information here.


Volunteer Today! 

Amazingly, the convention relies on more than 600 volunteers to run smoothly! Volunteering has never been easier–simply fill out our volunteer application, and choose an area of service that suits YOU. Don’t forget, volunteers shop first in the Used Curriculum Sale!  

Do you have a heart for children? The Children’s Ministry needs volunteers. Come and help with the HEAV Children’s Program at this year’s convention and bless the children–and be blessed yourself! Interested? Apply here. Questions? E-mail childrensprogram@heav.org.


How to TRIPLE Your Savings!   Save Money

1. Register early for the 31st Annual HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention and save $10!*

2. Join HEAV and save $20!*

3. Your early registration gives you access to early shopping in the Used Curriculum Sale, where you can save even more by purchasing great bargains!

*Savings based on full, at-the-door, convention price.

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FIRST Robotics Competition Team Captain Wins Dean’s List Finalist Award

Becky Thompson, Captain of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1137, won the Dean’s List Finalist Award at the Virginia Regional Competition at the Siegel Center in Richmond, March 20-22. Becky has shared her experience and the benefits of robotics with others in many places, including Mexico, in the Netherlands, at TEDx conferences, the HEAV Convention, the Virginia State Capitol, and at NASA. As a direct result of her participation in robotics, Becky will study Computer Engineering at Cedarville University in Ohio on a four-year Presidential Scholarship.

Read more here.  


Food Lion MVP Program

Thursday, April 10 Is Double Credit Day!   

Food Lion customers can effortlessly support HEAV while they shop! Shop on the tenth of each month, and HEAV will earn double the normal earnings.

Link your MVP card by going to Food Lion.

Be sure to choose “support a school,” and use HEAV code 218920.

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Children’s Museum of Virginia and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Two great field trips in one! This fabulous field trip takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes an educational program at each site for only $9 per person! Younger children may play on the fire truck and go bonkers for bubbles at the Children’s Museum, while older kids will be inspired by Virginia’s incredible sports history  at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.


Isle of Wight County Homeschool Day 

An HEAV-Sponsored Event!  

Friday, April 11 – 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!



How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really

Need to Know!

Richmond, Thursday, April 24, 2014 

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Get your questions answered 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!
Richmond, 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!

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Article of the Week

I Really Should Have More Fun – Glynnis Whitwer

Although some people seem to have no trouble putting work down for a much needed break, the author says she finds it harder to allow herself that “lapse” in carrying out her duties. See the answers she’s found in the Bible that have helped her achieve a healthy balance between “slacking off” and being too driven.


Homeschool Q&A

Graduation Requirements

Q. The Virginia graduation requirements say teens must earn a board-approved career and technical education credential and complete one virtual course. Is this a new graduation requirement?


From Our Blog

On Finishing Strong

There IS a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s important to press on–and finish well! Kyndra Steinman of Sticks, Stones, and Chicken Bones gives us sound advice on modeling prayerful perseverance.

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 The Pensmore Dialogue on Science and Faith: “The Return of the God Hypothesis” – Purcellville – April 4-5

1.2 Educational Farm Visit Programs for Homeschoolers – Gainesville, VA – Begin April 4

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2) General Items

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2.1 Powhatan Farmers Kids Market – Powhatan – Begins April 10

2.2 Gaithersburg Book Festival – Gaithersburg, MD – May 17

2.3 Instructables Scientific Method Contest – Deadline Is May 19

2.4 Little Crafters History Camp – Onancock – Register by June 6

2.5 19th Century Kids Camp and Kayak Camp – Onancock – Register by June 27

2.6 Early American Spies and Nature Detective Camp – Onancock – Register by July 11

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: “Down Gilead Lane” Radio Stories

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 10 Cheap Busy Bag Ideas for Kids

3.3 Preschool through Early Elementary: Basic Skills Series – Word Analysis

3.4 Keyboarding: Computing with Accents, Symbols, and Foreign Scripts

3.5 Multi-Disciplinary: Free Lesson Plans – Moving Beyond the Page

3.6 Homemaking: Home Repair Tutor – “Dishwasher Not Cleaning?”

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4) Parting Thought – Our Awesome Creator  

The Lord is such an artist that He created what some think are “pointless” creatures and features. Even our best scientists have been slow in discovering the amazing details. Since we are made in His image, we likewise create to express ourselves, to share the joy and beauty we find even in this fallen world, and to praise our Maker, among other reasons.


Your editor has long been a logophile as well as an observer of the created world. The Lord gave us language as another way to express ourselves. Enjoy reading a few of these collective nouns now and looking up more at your leisure.


A group of flamingoes is called a flamboyance.


A group of porcupines is called a prickle.


A group of barracudas is called a battery.


And yes, a group of armadillos is called a roll.


Dame Juliana Barnes gets credit for what may have been the first printed work on the subject, the Book of St. Albans, 1486. A well-known modern counterpart is James Lipton’s, An Exaltation of Larks, 1993. Enjoy–and bless the Creator.


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5) Worth Repeating 
“All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”

– Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Trained first as a physician by his father, he was then taught by Plato.

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6) Verse of the Week

For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

– Psalm 84:10 (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.