HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


April 23, 2014


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6 Weeks Left!

From Just Beginning to Ending Well –  

The Convention Has It All

Just getting started? Or maybe you’re a veteran in need of some fresh inspiration. Either way, the convention is for you! Learn how to begin homeschooling-or how to end well. Get valuable tips-whether you’re nurturing your youngest preschooler or navigating the waters of high school.


Know a New Homeschooler?

Anyone may attend the three, FREE “How-to-Begin-Homeschooling” sessions on Thursday!


As always, convention registration is FREE for qualified parents of preschoolers. We just require that they have never attended a convention before, and their eldest child must be under age five.


The “Curriculum Doctors” are back! Get lots of FREE, practical advice from the three experienced homeschool moms who are familiar with a wide range of resources!


And there’s a lot more! View a sampling of our “how-to” track:
Homeschooling Through High School ~ Lee Binz

Homeschooling on a Shoe String Budget ~ Vicki Bentley

Designing Your Own Lit Program ~ Adam Andrews

Multi-Level Teaching is For You! ~ Melinda Boring

Ten Things Every Homeschooler Should Know ~ Karen Debeus

Learning with Living Books ~ Sonya Shafer

Gotta Love Those Preschoolers ~ Marilyn Boyer

Beyond the Textbooks ~ Rick Boyer


The Convention Workshop Schedule Is Here!

Check out this year’s convention schedule for more than 150 workshops, from finance and parenting to photography and reading. Scroll through to find your favorite topics–and start planning your convention trip today!



After your planning, schedule your volunteer position, and get your “golden ticket” for early shopping in the Used Curriculum Sale! There are loads of exciting volunteer opportunities and the online form makes signing up easy. Check out some of the possibilities below:


UCS Cashiers: High-energy volunteers wanted to work at the pre-cashier stations in the UCS. These fast-paced positions are a minimum of four hours of standing. You will work in a team to scan bar codes on customers’ selections and print payment vouchers for the customers to take to the cashier.




Hospitality Room


Workshop Hosts

HEAV Tables

Volunteer Musicians Needed

Do you play an instrument? We need background musicians to play in the Main Lobby and other locations during the convention on Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7. Whether you’ve played during convention before or not, we’d love to hear from you! Contact the music coordinator at music@heav.org.

Applicants must: 
  • have enough experience and repertoire to play for at least 30 minutes,
  • be a current homeschooler or a homeschool graduate, and
  • submit a pre-screening recording (new musicians only) and a short bio.
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Online Dual Enrollment – Exciting and Personal!

Flexible one- and two-year programs designed exclusively for you as a homeschool high school student. Exciting ‘on-mic’ web conferencing allows for personal interaction and relationship between you, other students, and faculty from around the world. Biblically based curriculum avoids the pitfalls of secular education. Affordable tuition.  


Frontier Culture Museum Homeschool Day Set For May 2!

Join us on Friday May 2, 2014, for our annual Spring Homeschool Day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Visit our wonderful exhibits, our historic interpreters and enjoy great hands-on and interactive education.

Visit  www.frontiermuseum.org

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UCS – 47 Categories! 

Now that the school year is winding down you may have a pile of homeschool items you don’t intend to ever use again. Or you may have homeschool materials you thought were “so right” when you purchased them but just don’t fit your homeschool program for one reason or another. Don’t let those items take up valuable space any longer–turn them into cash at this year’s Used Curriculum Sale. The UCS boasts 47 sales categories, so there’s a category for every item you’d like to sell. It’s easy and rewarding. Everything you need to know about successfully selling in the UCS can be found here. If you need additional help, we’re only an e-mail away: ucs@heav.org.


Children’s Program – Handiwork of the King

Friday and Saturday at the convention children ages 5 through 12 will learn fascinating evidence for biblical creation through special presentations by Carl Kerby, plus games, crafts, singing, and Bible memory activities.


Special Buddies Program

HEAV’s new Special Buddies program still has some openings. 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.


Children‘s Volunteers Welcome

Do you love working with children? HEAV is looking for volunteers to serve in both the Children’s Program and Special Buddies. Experience is extremely helpful–and a desire to serve is a must. Each volunteer receives a free T-shirt, lunch, and access to the Exhibit Hall after the children’s programs close. No need to register for the convention! Interested? Apply for either one here.

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National History Bee Championships  

Congratulations to Weston Stoneman from Montpelier, Virginia, who will compete this Friday, April 25, in the National History Bee Championships, a competition testing students’ knowledge of American History. This is Weston’s second year to compete in the championships. Last year his homeschool team placed as a national quarterfinalist in the National History Bowl, a team-based competition. To learn more about the competitions and to watch the final matches, visit www.historybowl.com.

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!


Questions About End-of-Year Testing? 

No need to stress! You can find the answers to many questions in HEAV’s informative Testing section on the website, or in recent Homeschool Q&A’s.

Also, check out this Complete Test-Preparation Website for more information, tips, and practice tests for students preparing for exams.


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How to Begin Homeschooling:  

What You Really Need to Know

Richmond – TOMORROW (Thursday, April 24)

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 – THIS FRIDAY (April 25)

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

A Surprising Ingredient in Teaching – Diana Waring 

Both homeschoolers and the world are prone to compare us to “real teachers” and what it takes to make a qualified one. Author and speaker Diana Waring addresses the issue beginning with the blindingly obvious–knowing the material–and then explores some of what the Bible says makes a qualified teacher. Her message, and that of Scripture, will encourage and challenge you. (Note the free samples from her curricula and an audio sample in item 3.7.

Homeschool Q&A
Blackout Test Results
Q. Should I black out the test results for history and science on my child’s standardized achievement test before sending in the scores to the superintendent?

From Our Blog

Creating the Sun, Moon, and Stars

Day four of Michelle Crooker’s creation science series blends art, science, and math into an engaging, fits-all-ages lesson that is fun, too!

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 CHESS 2014-15 EXPO – Centreville – April 29

1.2 “Ahoy and Avast:” Plays about Pirates – Annandale – May 3

1.3 Northern Virginia Kings Football Speed and Agility Camp – Manassas – Register by June 8

1.4 Raising Entrepreneurs Conferences – Vermont and North Carolina – First Registration Deadline Is June 12

1.5 Raising Entrepreneurs Mastery Program – Online

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2) General Items

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2.1 Lyrid Meteor Shower – Look Up – April 22-24
2.2 Agecroft Hall: The Bard’s Birthday – Richmond – April 26

2.3 Summit Ministries Student Conference – Colorado, Tennessee, and California –
Registration Discount Ends April 30

2.4 Articles – The Heartbleed Virus

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Kevin Swanson – Free Book and Audio on Getting out of Public Schools
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Home Repair Tutor
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Bank Field Trip

3.4 Science: Biology – Daffodil Dissection

3.5 Art and Science: Happy Birthday to John James Audubon – April 26

3.6 English: Copywork Quotes for Older Students

3.7 History: Free Samples of Diana Waring’s Curricula

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4) Parting Thought – Now You Know

We learn how to laugh before we learn how to talk.


The chemical composition of tears you shed when you are heartbroken is different from other types of tears.


Singing exercises your heart and lungs–and releases endorphins, making you feel good.


A merry heart really does do good like a medicine… as it says in Proverbs 12:2.


– As seen on the Internet.

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5) Worth Repeating C.S. Lewis

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

– Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963), English author, Christian apologist, and university instructor, better known as C.S. Lewis. Lewis and friend J. R. R. Tolkien (author of Lord of the Rings), were the best-known figures in the Inklings, a literary discussion group of individuals associated with Oxford University. Lewis’s death passed almost without notice–he died on the same day President Kennedy was assassinated.

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6) Verse of the Week

Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

– 1 Samuel 12:24 (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.