HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


April 26, 2012


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At long last–and after a rocky start–HEAV is pleased to launch its new website. Here, you can get all of the latest convention information, including speaker bios, workshop descriptions, and a complete list of vendors in our newly expanded Exhibit Hall.

Come and visit, and let us know what you think, and while you’re there, don’t forget to register for the convention! New information is being regularly added, so check back often.

P.S. We’re still working out some glitches, especially with links, but hope to have them resolved quickly. If you come across site problems, please let us know at publications@heav.org.



Learn to defend your faith at this year’s convention! Perfect for teens!
Check out this stellar Creation Apologetics track:


Dr. Jason Lisle

Errors in Reasoning: Spotting Logical Fallacies

A Biblical Tour of the Solar System

Creation: Science Confirms the Bible Is True

Ultimate Proof of Creation

Mike Snavely

The Horror of the Flood!

Grand Canyon – The Puzzle on the Plateau

The Stricken Earth

Dr. Lainna Callentine

The Joy of Teaching High School Science

Touching a Heart: A Hands-On Dissection Lab


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Get a well-deserved break at the Homeschoolers Appreciation WeekendGet a well-deserved break at the 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 a bonfire, crafts, tie-dye, games & tournaments, prizes, homeschool Q&A time, and all the fun amenities of the campground. Reserve by May 17.


Thumbs Up Boy


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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Are you a homeschool student or graduate, between the ages of 13 and 21, who has his or her own business? Here’s your chance to gain some valuable experience and present your own unique product or service in a Christian, professional environment. HEAV invites you–a young adult entrepreneur–to participate in the 29th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention by applying for a Young Entrepreneur Table in the Exhibit Hall.

To participate

  • You must be living at home under your parents’ authority and not married; the business may not be the primary source of income for your family.
  • It must be YOUR own business–not a side business your parents own or operate.
  • The cost is only $25, and you can expect to go through a similar approval process as any new vendor in the Exhibit Hall, and to be subject to the same Exhibit Hall rules and regulations.

This is a great opportunity to grow and learn, to let others know about your business, to excite other young adults about the possibility of starting their own businesses, and to have FUN in the process! Contact exhibitor@heav.org for more information.


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violin and musicYoung Musicians of Virginia Intermediate Band Takes First Place!  

Congratulations to the homeschooled middle- and high school-band members of Young Musicians of Virginia (YMV) who won first place in their first competition at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, going up against public and private school peers. The YMV Intermediate Band just missed a “superior” rating by a quarter of a point. Many of the judges, other band directors, and even band parents repeatedly asked, “Who are these Young Musicians of Virginia?” You will be able to hear YMV musicians playing in the main lobby throughout the upcoming HEAV Convention.


Read more about YMV music classes, programs, and private lessons, as well
as educational enrichment programs, for K through 12 homeschool students on their website. (Hat tip to former Update editor, Michael Grice, for the information.)

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Race For Awareness Race for Awareness

Richmond Christian, now in its 60th year, is hosting its first annual run/walk this Saturday to highlight students in Virginia who attend private schools or are home schooled and the unique contribution they bring to the academic community. For more information, visit their website.

 Day at the Capitol

Day at the Capitol – Today!

Our second Capitol Classroom Day at the Capitol is scheduled for Thursday, April 26. Families who are registered may get the schedule here, or view the Day at the Capitol FAQ.

Education Day at Kings 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!Yvonne Bunn

Richmond, Thursday, May 10, 2012

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 seminar 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!


Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment working with friendly people towards a common goal? Are you a computer science major interested in learning about dynamic networks in real time, applied architectures?

The Used Curriculum Sale is looking for dynamic person to assist the UCS IT staff. This is perfect for a young person who would be able to learn and adapt to the unique environment, and who can assist in building and maintaining the network, train operators, and troubleshoot operational issues during the convention. You must be conscientious and dependable, available to provide assistance the day before convention through the closing. Familiarity with PHP, Apache, Linux and mySQL would be helpful. Must be willing to learn…oh. wait. You’ll be coming to a homeschool convention; we know you like to learn! Here is an opportunity to add some practical application skills to your knowledge.

Interested? Contact Phil Rigby at pgrigby@gmail.com.

Help Wanted at the HEAV Office in Richmond

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.

Do You Have a Heart for Children?


Give a Gift to a Homeschooling Mom

Mother’s Day is coming! Give a gift to a homeschooling mom by helping out in the Children’s Program at the convention this year. Are you “retired” from homeschooling? Here’s an opportunity to bless a mom with the gift of time–time to reflect, restore, and rejuvenate as she plans the next year of teaching her children. Visit our website for more information, or contact childrensprogram@heav.org.


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Article of the Week

The Marriage Vow – Melanie Young

Why is the divorce rate among Christians just as high as it is among the rest of the population? Melanie Young, co-author of Raising Real Men, reminds us what it means to promise “for better or worse,” in this touching tribute. Don’t miss Melanie at the convention this year, and get a dose of inspiration and encouragement.

Homeschool Q&A

Verified Credits

Q. Are “verified credits” necessary on a homeschool high school transcript–or recommended for college entrance? Would dual-enrollment courses in a community college count as verified credit?

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1) Homeschool Items

1.1 Education Day at Drewry’s Bluff – Chesterfield – Register by May 4

1.2 Homeschool Day – Isle of Wight County – Register by May 10

1.3 Tell Me a Story – Smithfield – May 14 and June 11 (Second Mondays)
1.4 Cupcakes with the Curator – Smithfield – May 16
1.5 Article – How Much Is Your “Homeschooling Mom” Job Worth?


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2) General Interest Items 

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2.1 Patriot Academy – Texas – Best Price by May 15
2.2 Project Historic Runway: Tea and Fashion Show – Isle of Wight – Register by May 18

2.3 Family Camp – Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center – May 28 to June 1

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Grace Gems Daily Devotions
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Dave Ramsey Resources for Financial Literacy Month
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article – “The Gardening Tot”
3.4 Science: Eugenics Archive
3.5 Technology: 12 Mobile Learning Science Applications for the iPod Touch

3.6 Outdoors: Celebrate Urban Birds

3.7 English: YourDictionary.com Teacher and Student Resources

3.8 Art: Article – “In Praise of Coloring Books”

3.9 Writing: New Curriculum from World Magazine Publishers – Sample Lesson

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4) Parting Thought – Life Spans

The world’s oldest koi (a fish) was believed to be 226 years old when it died in 1966! A mollusk (shellfish) called a quahog was found to have lived between 405 and 410 years, while a type of clam called a geoduck (pronounced “gooey duck”) has been known to live 160 years. Bowhead whales live up to 210 years. The ocean must be a great place to live!

The Bible records that Methuselah was 969 years old when he died. In modern times, France’s Jeanne Calment had reached 121 years of age when she died in 1997. America’s last WWI veteran, Frank Buckles, was 110 when he passed on last year.

All of these animals and people shared one critical factor–they eventually died. No matter how long you live, you will face an eventual end here on earth (at your physical death or when the Lord returns); however, you will live forever—-somewhere. Readers, don’t miss Heaven! Find out how to spend your eternal life with God at “Got Questions.”

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5) Worth Repeating

Johann Sebastian Bach“For the glory of the most high God alone, And for my neighbour to learn from.”

– Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), on why he composed. Bach was a German composer in the Baroque period; he also played the organ, harpsichord, violin, and viola. His father, brother, and uncles were musicians, as were several of his 20 children; sadly, only 10 children survived to adulthood. All together, over 70 Bach relatives were musicians. See this Bach site for more on his music; in the “His Life” section, follow the links in the “Tourist Guide” subsection for a virtual tour of the geography pertinent to his life.

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6) Verse of the Week
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere Him.

– Psalm 33:8 (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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