HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


April 30, 2014


With Deepest Sympathy
HEAV offers our deepest sympathy to the Tittle family of Arkansas, who have lost three family members in a deadly tornado that ripped through their home. For those who would like to help, more information may be found here.

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Only 5 Weeks Left!!


New! Photography Team

Love photography? Want to brush up on your photojournalism skills at a live event? Under the guidance and instruction of James Stafford of Lenspiration, you will be given the opportunity to be an event photographer for a few days! This hands-on seminar is for intermediate-level photographers who own a DSLR camera. Cost is just $69 for participants who are attending the convention. Get more information and sign up here.

New! Kindle Fire Giveaways 

Need more reasons to come to the convention? The Old Schoolhouse Magazine will be giving away not one–but TWO–Kindle Fire® tablets at the keynotes on Friday and Saturday morning! (Winner must be present to win.) PLUS–each convention participant will receive a Virtual Gift Basket full of coupons, specials, printouts, and more–worth more than $300. We appreciate your attendance and want to bless you with this gift. Watch for the special access link in your confirmation e-mail!

Two Facebook Happenings Balloons

1. Party and Blog Giveaway – Tomorrow!

Has your child ever struggled with one or more subjects? Ideas, inspiration, and tips abound at the HEAV convention! Come to our next Facebook party and blog giveaway to get sneak peeks at the many hands-on demos and workshops, struggling learner workshops, Special Buddies program, and–oh, yes–did we say GIVEAWAYS? Lots of those, too! Stop by Thursday, May 1, from 9-9:30 p.m. for a fabulous–and fast–meet-up.


2. Get in the Know – New Convention Group Page 

Join our brand-new convention convention group page on Facebook and meet up with speakers, exhibitors, and attendees! Also, a great place to stay up-to-date on all the convention happenings. Go to the convention group page now, and be among the first find out about a new convention giveaway.

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Virginia Beach KOA Buy one night, get one FREE!  KOA 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 reserve. Learn more


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 for more information-and be sure to visit us in booth #726 at the convention!

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New! Shuttle Bus Service

Convention parking woes? No problem! Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) is offering FREE shuttle bus service on Friday, June 6. Park your car at the Diamond stadium–free of charge–and ride a comfortable coach bus right to the door of the convention center! Buses will run frequently, taking away the stress of finding a parking spot. Learn more here!


Silent Auction–Don’t Miss It!

From tea-lights to tickets, soaps to study materials, coffee to crafts–the silent action has it ALL! 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.


Need Cash?

Consider selling your unwanted homeschool items at this year’s Used Curriculum Sale. We make every effort to make your selling experience as easy as possible. You can get all the details here. Still have questions? Contact our UCS Coordinators at ucs@heav.org. We’d love to help you become a successful seller at this year’s convention!



Don’t forget to get your “golden ticket” for early shopping in the Used Curriculum Sale! With loads of exciting volunteer opportunities, there’s sure to be one to fit your skills, and the online form makes signing up easy.

Volunteers Are Needed

Special Buddies

Do you have experience with–or a heart for–children with special needs? HEAV is looking for volunteers to serve in this very special children’s ministry. Experience is extremely helpful–and a desire to serve is a must. Interested? Apply here, or contact specialbuddies@heav.org with questions. References and background checks are done for Special Buddies volunteers.


Children’s Program

Do you love working with children? This is a opportunity to reach out a helping hand! 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!

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Article of the Week

17 Things Boys Need from Their Moms – Sara Mastin 

Moms do many things without realizing their importance, such as comforting a child when he’s sick (it teaches him how to show tenderness). Make sure you let him know how women think; perhaps teach him to buy flowers-or even pick some for you from the yard! Read the article for more suggestions. Note the link at the end of the article to another one on the related subject, “15 Things Boys Need from Their Fathers.”


Homeschool Q&A
Missed this one? The link was broken, so we’re running this question again.

Q. Where can a 14-year-old homeschooler find a summer job? Most places will hire teens that are 16 and older, but not a teen who needs a work permit.

From Our Blog

Have you ever struggled with a child knew their lesson one day, yet seem clueless when asked about that same lesson the next day. Find out why in this special bonus article by one of our convention speakers!

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1) Homeschool Items
View All Homeschool Items
1.1 Homeschool Theater Production: You Can’t Take It With You – Lynchburg – May
1.2 Learn Constitutional Law with Michael Farris – Online – Begins September 2
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2) General Items

View All General Interest Items
2.1 ASSE International Student Exchange Program – Statewide

2.2 Writer’s Stylus Basic Course – Stafford – Register by May 26

2.3 Totopotomoy Creek Battlefield Education Day – Mechanicsville – May 30–Register Early

2.4 Let’s Learn Latin Teacher Workshop – Williamsburg – Register by June 13

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Creation Resource List

3.2 Preschool and Kindergarten: “Celebrating the Outdoors with Kids”

3.3 Science Trivia: Answer Fun Trivia Questions – Donate with Your Mouse Click

3.4 Arts and Crafts: Teacher-Approved Crafts E-book

3.5 Holidays: National Teacher Day – May 6

3.6 English: Free Copywork – The Lord’s Prayer

3.7 History and Geography: National Parks WebRangers

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4) Parting Thought – 24 Reasons Families Are Our Greatest Asset

It may seem such an obvious topic that many readers may be tempted to skip this list, but few will actually be able to come up with all of them. See how many of these points you can identify with.


1. They bring you into the world…

2. …and keep you safe.

3. They understand your quirks better than anyone…

4. …because they’ve been with you the entire time.


See the rest of the entertaining captions and silly photos. Smile–and enjoy the break from your busy day.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“You are a beginner once, but you should be a student for life.”

Author unknown

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6) Verse of the Week

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

– Colossians 2:9-10 (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.