HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


April 9, 2014


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Just 8 Weeks Left!

Facebook Party and Blog Giveaway

Just 30 Minutes – But Oh, So Much Fun!

Jam-packed with Prizes, Freebies, and Guests

We’re gearing up for convention! Join us on Facebook next Tuesday, April 15, from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for a fast-paced, half-hour celebration!

Meet some of the Generation Joshua team; get the scoop on iCommand and other special events at the convention, meet some exhibitors–and oh, yes–win some GREAT prizes, too! You won’t want to miss this–mark your calendars now!

Sign Up Now for the Music Competition

Time is running out! aThe application deadline for the First Annual Music Competition is next Tuesday, April 15th. Sign up now while there is still space available. First-place winners in each category will receive a plaque and $100; second-place winners will receive $50. Apply here, or e-mail music@heav.org for more information. Sign up today!



Tom Clark

Do you struggle with teaching mathematics? Join Tom Clark, the president of VideoText Interactive, at the convention to understand why it’s so difficult teach, and get practical information on how to teach it. All this and humor, too!  

VideoTexts’ two major programs, “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course,” have been acclaimed nationwide as comprehensive college-preparatory mathematics courses. Be sure to visit his booth in the Exhibit Hall!


Classical Astronomy Campout

Classical Astronomy will host an astronomy campout, “Consider Thy Heavens,” for homeschoolers in Sky Meadows, Virginia, on July 17-24, 2014! Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to learn more about the night sky and this less-familiar, but fascinating, subject. Visit the website or Facebook page to find out more. Be sure to sign up for the free e-newsletter to keep abreast of timely events in the night sky.


Silent Auction-Don’t Miss It! 

Going…going…gone! Convention attendees will have the chance to bid on fabulous items at HEAV’s first-ever silent auction! Looking for Keurig® coffeemaker? Civil War gift basket? Virginia Soaps & Scents’ sample pack? 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.

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Belhaven Online Dual Enrollment – Exciting and Personal!

Flexible one- and two-year programs designed exclusively for you as a homeschool high school student. Exciting ‘on-mic’ web conferencing allows for personal interaction and relationship between you, other students, and faculty from around the world. Biblically based curriculum avoids the pitfalls of secular education. Affordable tuition. http://www.belhaven.edu/high-scholars/index.htm


Frontier Culture 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

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Your extra homeschool items can make a difference around the world!

If you are unable to participate as a seller in the UCS but have homeschool items you no longer need, consider donating them to a worthy cause. HEAV can connect you with local ministries who will gladly accept your donated items, prepare them for the UCS and use the profits to fund global outreach efforts. You’ll bless other homeschoolers and, at the same time, have a part in ministering to those in need around the world. Contact our UCS Coordinators by calling HEAV at 804-278-9200 or email us at ucs@heav.org for more information.


Convention Gifts Worth More Than $300! 

Virtual Gift Basket 

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 to come!


Volunteer Opportunities

The convention needs YOU! Take a moment to look over these volunteer areas to see if one (or maybe more!) is the right fit for you.


UCS: It takes a LOT of volunteers to distribute all of the materials on Thursday, and to keep them in order on Friday and Saturday. If you’d like to get a sneak peek at all of those great resources, the UCS is the place for you!


Hospitality Room: Do you have a gift for hospitality? Help the speakers and exhibitors recharge by preparing or serving food, or keeping the Hospitality Room and kitchen area in top condition for the next wave.


Registration: Be the first to welcome guests to the convention! We’ve had visitors from as close as Richmond and as far as California and Great Britain. Whom will YOU get to welcome?


Workshop Hosts: As a workshop host, you will have the opportunity to greet the speakers and assist them in keeping their workshop distraction free.


HEAV Tables: Are you an experienced homeschooler? The HEAV Tables offer some guidance to those starting out, and needs to be staffed with knowledgeable volunteers. You could be the lifeline for a new or struggling homeschool parent.


Children’s Ministry: Do you have a heart for children? Come and help with the HEAV Children’s Program at this year’s convention and bless the children–and be blessed yourself!

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Isle of Wight County Homeschool Day 

An HEAV-Sponsored Event!  

Friday, April 11 – Smithfield – This Friday

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!


How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need to Know

Richmond, Thursday, April 24, 2014 

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Get your questions answered and prepare for a successful homeschool experience in this seminar with 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.


High School at Home: The Path to Success!
Richmond, Friday, April 25, 2014

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 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!

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Article of the Week

Spring Cleaning for the Musty Marriage – Ashleigh Slater

Sometimes spring cleaning projects make your home look worse before they look better. Airing and sorting and cleaning relationship troubles in your marriage can be the same–working through serious issues may make problems seem even worse before they’re solved. However, it all needs to be dealt with, no matter how difficult it may seem. Remember Jeremiah 32:27, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”


Homeschool Q&A

Graduation Credits

Q. How many credits does a homeschooler need to graduate and get into college?


From Our Blog

Plant Science

Join Michelle for day three of her “Creation Science” series! Learn the parts of a flower and the different ways it disperses its seeds–and a good bit more, too!

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Register by April 25

1.2 Pony School and Camp – Chesapeake – Register by April 26

1.3 Homeschool to College Seminar Day – Williamsburg – April 29

1.4 Virginia Homeschool Prom: “An Evening at Gatsby’s” – Charlottesville – Deadline Is May 1 or When Sold Out

1.5 Homeschool Day: Arts Alive in Salem – Winston-Salem, NC – Best Price by May 16

1.6 KOA Home Educators Appreciation Weekend – Virginia Beach – May 16-18

1.7 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing Class Summer Session – Midlothian – May 23 through August 15

1.8 Homeschooler Coastal Samplers – Wallops Island – June 4-6 or June 11-13

1.9 The Teaching Home: Achievement Test Information

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2) General Items
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2.1 Host Families Needed: French Cultural Exchange – Winchester Area – Register by May 19
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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Free Five-Day Easter Unit Study

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Budget.com

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: One-Week Unit Study – Musk Ox

3.4 Physical Education: Article – “Exercise in the Homeschool”

3.5 Gardening: Make a Bean Tee-Pee

3.6 Chesapeake Bay Heritage: Crabbing

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4) Parting Thought – More Writing Tips

Every sentence should make sense in isolation. Like that one.


Similes are about as much use as a chocolate teapot.


Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.


A writer needs three qualities: creativity, originality, clarity, and a good short-term memory.


Finish your point on an up-beat note, unless you can’t think of one.


And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.


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5) Worth Repeating  Malala

“We are human beings and this is the part of our human nature, that we don’t learn the value of anything until it is snatched from our hands.”

– Malala Yousafzai (1997-present), became a blogger for the BBC at the age of 11 or 12. Although she published under a pseudonym, her identity became known because of public speeches in her home country defending her right to an education. After being shot in the face by the Taliban at age 13 for her activism, her life was saved in a Pakistani hospital, but they could do no more for her disfiguring injuries and her need for rehab. She was transferred to the UK and wrote her book, I Am Malala, which remains a best seller.

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6) Verse of the Week

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

– Psalm 31:24 (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.