HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


April 24, 2013


Things to Do Today:
Register for the Convention

Don’t delay! Tickets to the Duggars’ keynote session are still available, but they are going fast! You can register for the convention online 24-7.

Prices are $69/member | $79/non-member


Not a member? Join today and take advantage of the member discount, support the year-round work of HEAV, and get some great member benefits.

Just became a member? Please allow 3-4 weeks for your membership cards to arrive.


Trouble Registering?
Try These Tips Before You Call.

1. Retrieve your login information here.

2. Renew your membership to register right away.

3. Use a different browser (Firefox, Safari, etc.) if you are using Internet Explorer 9

4. Still have trouble? Send a message to the office through our help desk.


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. Tickets are going quickly, so preregister soon! (Tickets are not available with shopping-only, scholarship, and free-parent-of-preschooler registrations.)


And speaking of the UCS…

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

Volunteer Button 2013

Another 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!  


Children’s Program: Heroes of the Faith 

In this year’s exciting two-day program your children will have a chance to explore the lives of Gladys Aylward, Nate Saint, Eric Liddell, and George Muller. Through crafts, games, and activities, children will study the character traits of perseverance, helpfulness, honor, and faith. For schedule and information click here.


Given Away with Every Registration

Plus, get a FREE one-year membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com (regular price is $64.95), and a FREE subscription to the Old Schoolhouse Digital Magazine when you register for the convention. Just click ‘yes’ to the free gift offer on your registration form. Learn more about SchoolhouseTeachers.com here.


Bounty of Blessings FINAL WEEK!
30 Years. 30 Giveaways. 30 Days in April 

Bounty of Blessings 

We’re down to the last week! So far, more than 30 participants have won prizes the “Bounty of Blessings” giveaways this month, but we’ve still got some fantastic prizes left. Visit the website to see which great prize is being offered today!

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



Your close-to-home summer camp: Kaleidoscope Camp

Kaleidoscope Camp at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center is a great place for your child to grow spiritually this summer. Activities include worship, Bible study, swimming, zip-line, high ropes, canoeing, outdoor games, crafts and more. For ages 7 to 16. Visit our website for more information: www.wcrc.info


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Do you have a struggling learner?
Or maybe you just need some good, hands-on tips to revitalize your teaching. Get what you need in these workshops:  

Nerf Guns and Shaving Cream: Teaching Reading and Spelling to Kids Who Can’t Sit Still ~ Denise Eides

Identifying Your Child’s Processing Problem ~ Dianne Craft

Dysgraphia: When a Child or Teenager Won’t Write ~ Dianne Craft

When Arithmetic Doesn’t Come Easily ~ Kathy Kuhl

Motivating Reluctant Learners ~ Joyce Herzog

Learning Accommodations ~ Kenneth Westcott

ADHD and Vision: Unlocking the Mystery ~ Kenneth Westcott

Inside the Mind of a Hyperactive Homeschooler ~ Israel Wayne

Have Questions?
Attend the Panel Discussion

During this hour-long session you’ll be able to get answers for YOUR special learner from this panel of special-needs experts! Help! Q&A for Parents of Struggling Learners ~ Kathy Kuhl, Judi Munday, Sarah Olbris

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Homeschool Kids Did It

Homeschoolers from Henrico placed second in the Virginia Governor’s Financial Challenge and will be representing Virginia at the National Financial Challenge in St. Louis, Missouri on May 2. Team members: Stephen Baker, Joshua Hyde, Emma Shepard, and David Zaronas.


Have an Event to Share?

What are your favorite museums, historic sites, or events? Share them with other homeschoolers by submitting an event to us! Fill out the form on our website to include an event–or even a cool web resource– in a future Virginia Homeschool Update. Note: Please submit items for inclusion as early as possible–one month ahead is preferable. 


If you need ideas on field trips, check past Virginia Homeschool Updates to find events or sites we have listed in the past.  

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Article of the Week

Delight In Each Minute – Cris and Katherine Loop

Homeschool mom and daughter, Cris and Katherine Loop, remind us to notice and enjoy the delightful things we could overlook now, during this all too brief time while homeschooling our children. It will pass much more quickly than we think.


Homeschool Q&A

Virtual School vs. Homeschool

Q. I’m confused. Can you tell me the difference between a virtual school and a homeschool? In both situations, the student stays home to learn.

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 CHANGE (formerly CHANCE) Co-op Moms’ Meeting – Louisa – May 5  

1.2 Richmond Regional Used Curriculum Sale – Richmond – May 20

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 “Duck and Cover” Cold War History – Smithfield – Register by May 3

2.2 Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar Events – Richmond – Begin May 4

2.3 Regent University Government Day Camp – Virginia Beach – Best Price by May 31
2.4 Article – “Home Libraries Provide Huge Educational Advantage”

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Ultimate Apologetics MP3 Audios

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 20 Do-It-Yourself Homemade Art Supplies

3.3 Preschool: More Than 40 Activities for Two-Year-Olds

3.4 Creation Science: Free Online Videos

3.5 Language: How Do You Say…?

3.6 Garden Ideas

3.7 English: Janice Campbell’s “Books Boys Like” List

3.8 Cooking and Holidays: Mother’s Day Recipes

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4) Parting Thought – Teacher Appreciation Week Is May 6-10

Does Teacher Appreciation Week apply to homeschoolers? Of course! Obviously parents–maybe grandparents–are your child’s main teachers, but there may be others. Music teachers, homeschool co-op leaders and teachers, Sunday school teachers, AWANA leaders–even your pastor is a teacher. Help children realize how all of these individuals are teachers who need encouragement and a heart-felt “Thank you!” Brainstorm around the kitchen table and then check your favorite craft and homemaking websites for ideas that say, “Thanks,” in a special, hands-on, homemade way. Children don’t have to make something for everyone they come up with. Just pointing out how God has blessed them by using the hands of others will help generate gratitude. Simple verbal thanks may give a much-needed boost to a teacher who has served you and your family all year.


Also, search the Internet with keywords such as “homeschool Teacher Appreciation Week” to find local and web-based offers, events, and discounts. Office supply stores and bookstores often celebrate with specials. Congratulations! You have almost completed another homeschool year as a home educator-nurse-counselor…


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5) Worth Repeating  Seneca the Younger

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”

– Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD), Roman statesman, philosopher, orator, poet, and playwright. His full name was Lucius Annaeus Seneca and he was also referred to as Seneca the younger. Read a short biographical sketch at this site and find links to many of his works.


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6) Verse of the Week   

Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

– Psalm 119:140 (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.