HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


August 15, 2012



Thanks to the thousands of phone calls and e-mails you made in opposition to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the treaty was not voted on by the full Senate before the recess!  

See what you can do now to protect your parental rights.

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Find Answers to Your Homeschooling Questions in Just ONE Resource!

The Virginia Homeschool Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Education in Virginia–the most complete, single reference on home education in Virginia–will help you homeschool from pre-school through high school, college, and beyond.


This comprehensive guide contains almost 1,000 pages packed with information, articles, forms, and helpful charts. Arranged in two convenient volumes, the manual covers all the basics on how to begin, as well as topics such as choosing curricula, learning styles, gifted education, apprenticeships, college at home, and LOTS more!

Easy to Use Reference Guide Includes a Searchable CD!

In addition to more than 500 printed pages, you’ll receive an additional 406 pages on a searchable CD–all well-organized by sections, making it easy to find the answers you need.

Free Addendum Available Now

If you have a Virginia Homeschool Manual, you can now download an addendum to the law section that references the curriculum description change. The new law went into effect July 1, 2012. You may download the free information here!

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Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center


Williamsburg’s Homeschool Family Base Camp

Let Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center be your base of operations when you visit Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Affordable family lodging in hotel-style or cabin-style accommodations, or stay in our RV campground. Great options for large families. See our website and book your trip today!


Dance Program to Enhance Confidence, Poise, Strength, Flexibility and Teamwork

Dancesport Virginia’s Children’s Dance program will provide a high-quality dance experience in a fun manner. Students will develop coordination, and self-expression while learning the values of perseverance, discipline, cooperation, and teamwork. Dance is a fulfilling art form and is a good foundation for a healthy happy lifestyle.


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Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool Support

How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need To Know!

Richmond, Thursday, August 16, 2012

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Get your questionsanswered 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.


High School at Home: The Path to Success

Richmond, Thursday, August 23, 2012

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!

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 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.

Homeschool Day at the State FairHomeschool Day at the State Fair

Homeschool Day at the Virginia State Fair is coming up on Monday, October 1, 2012. Thanks to HEAV’s partnership with the State Fair, you and your family can attend at a discounted price! Get more information and order your tickets here.

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Don’t get enough of the convention in June? HEAV is looking for two key leaders for the convention-planning team. Or, if your talents run in a different direction, check out the positions below for webmaster or graphic designer. These are all primarily volunteer positions with small stipends, but the blessings are huge!

Exhibit Hall Coordinator – If you are organized, enjoy talking on the phone, and would like to meet and serve vendors of homeschool products, this may be the position for you. We need someone to lead a team of volunteers to meet the needs of our Exhibit Hall vendors. Please contact Lauren Bell at lbell@heav.org.

Children’s Program Coordinator – We’re looking for a leader to help plan, organize, and lead a team of volunteers for the Children’s Program. Creativity, organizational skills, and a love of children are required! Please contact Lauren Bell at

Webmaster – We have an immediate need for an experienced webmaster who knows PhP and mySQL. You should be familiar with (or be willing to learn) WordPress and Amazon CE2 platforms. The time requirement is approximately one to two hours per week, and there is a small monthly stipend. Interested? Contact Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org

Graphic Design Assistant – HEAV is looking for a graphic design assistant to help create graphics both for our print and online publications. Elegant design sense, and familiarity with Photoshop and InDesign are musts! Experience is preferred, but this position would also be suitable for a talented design student or young adult who would like to build his or her portfolio. This work can be done from home, and the hours will vary depending on the needs. Contact Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org to submit your portfolio.

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Article of the Week

The Kind Wife – Joy Forney

In the rush to get everything on our to-do lists checked off, we may sometimes display impatience and a short temper. Mrs. Forney reminds us that nothing we do for our husband or children is more important than simply being kind.


Homeschool Q&A

Notice of Intent Postmark

Q. Does my letter of intent need to be postmarked by August 15 or physically in my superintendent’s office by that date?

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1) Homeschool Items

1.1 Homeschool Beginning Strings Class – Richmond – RSVP by August 22
1.2 U-Turn Homeschool P.E. – Richmond – Begins September 7
1.3 Article – “
Are You Coming Down the Home Stretch of High School?”

1.4 Article – “Before You Leave: College Advice from Homeschool Grads”

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Article – “The Biggest Mistake Made by College-Bound Kids”

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Hymn Studies

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: LivingOnADime.com
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: ABC Fast Phonics
3.4 Nutrition and Health: Caffeine Chart
3.5 Language: World Alphabets

3.6 Geography: 50 States

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4) Parting Thought – The Brain’s Amazing Power

Here’s an interesting challenge for well-established, older readers. (Please don’t pop this brain-bender in front of your little ones!) God has certainly created the mind of man with incredible abilities.

“I cnduo’t bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghhuot slelinpg was ipmorantt! See if yuor fdreins can raed tihs too.”

– As seen on the Internet; author unknown.


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5) Worth Repeating   

“As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air–however slight–lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”

– William O. Douglas (1898-1980), United States Supreme Court Justice. Douglas served nearly 37 years, the longest of any U.S. Supreme Court Justice.     


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6) Verse of the Week   

How excellent [is] thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

– Psalms 36:7 (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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