HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


April 4, 2012


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Leave the Driving To Us  


If you’re planning to book a package with us,we need to know right away so we can confirm the bus. Reserve your space TODAY or this opportunity may pass by!

Bring a friend (or two or three), and make it an extra-special weekend of fellowship! See more details and sign up here.



Preregister and SAVE! Member price is only $59 if you preregister before May 21. And–with our new family-friendly prices this year, your immediate family can attend with you at no extra cost!

Not a member? Join today, and get member benefits all year long!


Shepherding a Child’s Heart
by Tedd Tripp

Shepherding a Child’s Heart helps parents know how to speak to the heart of their children of any age–from infants to teens. Dr. Tripp brings biblical principles to the task of parenting, and he concentrates on understanding what is going on inside a child rather than just modifying his outward behavior. For a biblical perspective and trustworthy practical help on raising your children, you won’t find a more helpful guide.


Don’t miss hearing Dr. Tedd Tripp at this year’s convention.
Order his book at a special, discounted, pre-convention price!

Member – $11.29 | Non-member – $12.55

If you missed his article last week, read Blessings of Obedience here!


Used Cirriculum Sale


Woo Hoo! The Barcoding System is Now Open!

Clean off that bookshelf! Sell those items you don’t need any more AND get a great deal yourself at the Used Curriculum Sale.
Click here for more information.

Virginia Homeschool Transcript ServiceGraduation Registration Now Open!

Looking for a memorable and meaningful way to mark your graduation? Join us for the HEAV commencement ceremony to be held at this year’s convention. You can register online, but hurry–spaces fill very quickly. Registration will close April 12, or when 200 participants have signed up.

Grads can purchase caps, gowns, and souvenirs on site this year! 


Phone Call Help NeededVolunteers Needed

Are you good on the phone? Like to surf the Web? HEAV needs volunteers to help contact churches, community calendars, and media outlets to let them know about the upcoming convention. We’ll provide you with talking points and ready-made descriptions, so no experience is necessary, just a willingness to serve. Spread the word from your own home. If interested, please contact Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org.



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roller caster New Online Writing Classes for Grades 3-12 (Free Trial Lesson)

In this interactive online Writing class, students learn structure and style techniques that make their writing stand out! To learn more, please visit our website and email us. Enroll in a Free Trial Lesson, and experience how the virtual classroom works. Note: Parent/guardian must be present with the student.

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CollegePlus provides customized bachelor’s degree programs that give you the freedom and flexibility to gain life experience as you earn your degree while helping you get a clear sense of how your life purpose and degree fit together.

Click here to find out more

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The Spring Magazine Is Coming!

The spring issue of HEAV’s magazine, The Virginia Home Educator, may be in your mailbox right now! In this issue, you’ll find a sneak peek at special convention features, helpful articles by well-known writers such as Tedd Tripp and Rick Boyer, information on upcoming events, and much more!

Not a subscriber? The Virginia Home Educator is a FREE resource! Sign up today, or view the magazine online.

Would you like copies of the Virginia Home Educator to pass out to friends or give to churches, doctors’ offices, or libraries? Please give us a call (804-278-9200), and we will be happy to mail you with as many copies as you need!


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Homeschool Day at the Mariners’ Museum

An HEAV-sponsored Event!

Friday, April 13, 2012, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.Homeschool Day at the Mariner's Museum

Transport your students to the early 20th century as the Mariners’ Museum brings history to life with activities focusing on the tragic 1912 sinking of Titanic.

Students will interact with costumed interpreters, play period games, make crafts to take home, and participate in age-appropriate programs that introduce them to the history, technology, and mystery surrounding the R.M.S. Titanic.

  • Hardtack-the-Mouse Goes to America
    Grades K-2: 10:15-11 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m.
    Grades 3-12: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.
  • How the “Unsinkable” Ship Sank
    Grades 5-12: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.

See the website for registration and payment information.

Homeschool Success Seminar

How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need to Know!Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool Support 

Richmond, Thursday, April 12, 2012

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Get your questions answered and use the information from this seminar to prepare for a successful homeschool experience! Maximize your success with practical ideas from 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.

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Hal and Melanie YoungHal and Melanie

Hal and Melanie Young–authors of the Christian Small  Publishers Association’s 2011 book of the year, Raising Real Men--are parents of six real boys and two real girls. Hal and Melanie have served on the board of directors for North Carolinians for Home Education for more than 14 years, including Hal’s three terms as president. They have published articles with Homeschooling Today, Homeschool Digest, TEACH Magazine, Homeschool Enrichment, Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and others. Hal and Melanie have made more than 50 media appearances in venues as wide-ranging as the Bob Dutko Show and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. They are sought-after conference speakers who draw standing-room-only crowds with their mix of entertaining cross-banter and practical, powerful, scriptural principles. The Youngs live in noisy familial bliss in North Carolina.

Don’t miss their dynamic workshops!

Raising Real Men (Hal and Melanie)

Checks & Balances: Teaching Children to Handle Money Better than

the Government Does (Hal and Melanie)

How to Fight So You Both Win (Hal and Melanie)

Never Give Up–The Critical Importance of Finishing What You’ve

Started (Hal and Melanie)

Homeschooled from the Beginning–What to Do When Your Children

are Young (Melanie)

Homeschooling A Houseful (Melanie)

The New Generation of Homeschoolers (Melanie)

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Article of the Week

Slightly Annoyed but Eternally Grateful: Thoughts on Marriage
Samantha Ewing

Marriage is full of opportunities to be grateful or to be annoyed–which attitude we adopt is often a matter of choice. Read this thoughtful column by a mom approaching her tenth anniversary.

Homeschool Q&A

High School Diploma

Q. How do I get a diploma when my teen is ready to graduate? We use a correspondence school, but I prefer a Virginia diploma.

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1) Homeschool Items
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1.1 Home Educators Appreciation Weekend – Virginia Beach – Register by May 16

1.2 RRHE Used Curriculum Sale – Richmond – May 21

1.3 Lynchburg Museum Homeschool Day – Lynchburg – May 22

1.4 The Teaching Home: “Ten Ways To Get the Most from Homeschool Events”

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2) General Interest Items  

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2.1 Financial Literacy Challenge – Online – Ends April 13
2.2 Lecture: “Racial Divisions and the Church after the Civil War and Today” – Richmond – Register in Advance for Best Prices
2.3 ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt – Online – Deadlines Vary
2.4 Article: You Can Influence TV with Five Steps!

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Easter Unit Study – Updated
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Autism Resources – Timberdoodle and HEAV
3.3 Before Preschool: Article – “Could My Child Have Autism?”
3.4 Math: Favorite Ice Cream Flavors
3.5 Free Online Text-to-Speech MP3 Maker

3.6 Outdoors: Do You Have A “Camping Checklist”?

3.7 Gardening: Issues 275 and 276 of The Teaching Home

3.8 History: Biblical Archaeology

3.9 Crafts: Melted Bead Projects to Create with Children

3.10 Economics: “Economics is Fun” Video Clips

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4) Parting Thought – Biblical Auctioneering

The auctioneer was a student of the Old Testament. So when farm pasture acreage came up for sale, he waved his hand enthusiastically, pointed toward the rich expanse, and shouted: “Now then, how much am I offered for this field? Just look at that grass, gentlemen. Rich, green, thick, nutritious.”

Then, running out of adjectives with which to entice bidders, he added, “That’s exactly the sort of grass Nebuchadnezzar would have given two hundred dollars an

acre to dine on.”

[Humor adapted from Dr Bob Griffin’s daily humor e-mail; subscribe free of charge atbob@grif.net or www.grif.net.]

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5) Worth Repeating – Act of Penitence

Forgive me, Lord, my sins

The sins of my youth,

The sins of the present;

The sins I laid upon myself in an ill pleasure,

The sins I cast upon others in an ill example;

The sins which are manifest to the whole world,

The sins which I have labored to hide from mine acquaintance,

From mine own conscience,

And even from my memory;

My crying sins and my whispering sins,

My ignorant sins and my willful;

Sins against my superiors, equals, servants,

Against my lovers and benefactors,

Sins against myself, mine own body, mine own soul,

Sins against thee, O almighty Father, O merciful Son,

O blessed Spirit of God.

Forgive me, O Lord, through the merits of thine Anointed, my Savior, Jesus Christ.

– John Donne (1572-1631), English poet and clergyman.

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6) Verse of the Week
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

– 1 Corinthians 1:18 (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.

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If you know a family interested in homeschooling in Virginia, please !

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The Virginia Homeschool Update is produced by Maya Barnes (graphics & layout), Kathleen Dillie (manager & copy editor), Chris (editor), Anne Miller (publications advisor), Karen Sweeney (content editor), Arielle Potter (copy writer & editor), and Maureen Bittner (publications & marketing director).

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