HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


April 3, 2013 



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Bounty of Blessings “Thirty Days of Giveaways”

April is a beautiful month in Virginia, and this year we like it even better! In honor of our 30th anniversary, HEAV and 30 very generous donors have teamed up to bring you a different giveaway every day this month. That’s right! There are some FANTASTIC gifts by Rosetta Stone, Apologia, The Old Schoolhouse, Youth Digital, IEW, and so many more! Visit our blog and leave a comment for a chance to win today’s prize: a full level of Math-U-See!


Registration Opening Very Soon!

The new registration system will soon be up and running. Members, watch your inbox for an e-mail with your user ID and password–you’ll be all set to log in! If you’re not a member, join today, so you won’t miss the $59 three-day, member special! See the website for a list of all the amazing speakers and updates.


 Don’t forget to click “yes” to the free gift offer when you register for convention and you will receive a FREE one-year membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com (regular price is $64.95), and a FREE subscription to The Old Schoolhouse® Digital Magazine.


Coming to Convention!   

Art and EducationTim Chambers

Why bother teaching art? Four inspiring workshops at the convention this year will answer this question and many others, such as, “What age is best for learning?” “What supplies do I need, and where can I find them?” “What can I do to facilitate my children’s creativity?” “What if I feel unqualified to teach art? Is there help?”

Two talented art instructors offer practical tips on teaching art at home.

 Dan Nuckols

Art track includes

Tim Chambers

Six Ways to Inspire Your Art Student

Values in Art

Can You Really Learn Art Online? 

Dan Nuckols

Cartoon Camp Sessions*

(Open to anyone ages 9 and up–adults, too!)

*Extra charges apply.

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Kaleidoscope Camp

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



Herff Jones of Virginia Your experience is all your own–and your class ring should be too. With thousands of possibilities, you can design a custom ring that expresses what you’re about! It’s Your Story. Tell It! Call us or go online to design your ring.  

Herff Jones of Virginia.


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Not an HEAV Member?


Now may be the time to join or renew your membership. Don’t forget that HEAV members receive reduced rates for HEAV’s Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention, as well as for HEAV Graduation.

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Homeschool Day EventsIsle of Wight County

Home School Day in Isle of Wight County

Friday, April 19 – 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!  


Homeschool Day at The Mariners’ Museum Mariner's Museum

Monday, April 22 – Newport News  

As the largest estuary in the country, the Chesapeake Bay has played a vital role in the nation’s history, economy, and environment. Explore the museum from an environmental perspective while participating in scheduled classes and ongoing activities. Students will enjoy scavenger hunts, crafts, and interactive programs!

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Article of the Week

Fifteen Right Reasons to Homeschool – Jamerrill Stewart

We think these are probably the same basic reasons you homeschool, but reading this short list will be affirming. It may also remind you of the most critical ones at a time you most need it.


Homeschool Q&A

Testing Subsections

Q.What parts of a standardized achievement test should my child take in order to satisfy the testing requirement?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 CHANGE (formerly CHANCE) Co-op Moms’ Meeting – Louisa – April 7

1.2 CHESS Open House – Centreville – April 15 or 17

1.3 Article – Using Contests as Part of Your Curriculum

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Volunteer Opportunity: Bacon’s Castle – Surry – Ongoing

2.2 Host Families Needed – Richmond Area

2.3 Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar Events – Richmond – Begin April 6


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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Blue Letter Bible Institute

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Top 10 Thrifty Homeschool Blogs

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Printable Alphabet Activity Books

3.4 Biblical Archeology: Video about Mt. Sinai

3.5 History: Newly Revised – Confirmed Quotations from the Founding Fathers

3.6 Mr. Printables for Kids

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4) Parting Thought – More Church Signs

In the dark? Follow the Son.


Ready for a new look? Come here to have your faith lifted.


Jesus Invested His Life for You. Have You Shown any Interest?


– As seen on the Internet and church signs.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.”

– John Stott (1921-2011), Anglican clergyman and a writer read worldwide. Stott carried on an active public ministry until he was 86! The concept of retirement is unknown in the Bible.

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6) Verse of the Week  He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

– Proverbs 13:20 (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.