HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


August 21, 2013


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Peabody Journal of Education Special Issue on Homeschooling 2013

The Peabody Journal of Education published an entire special issue on the topic of homeschooling on June 19, 2013. The guest editor of the issue is Dr. Brian Ray and the opening article is entitled, “Homeschooling Rising Into the Twenty-First Century: Editor’s Introduction.” Read an excerpt here.


The National Home Education Research InstituteNHERI (NHERI) is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 by Dr. Brian Ray, and specializes in home-education research. Dr. Ray’s efforts have had an immeasurable impact on the homeschool movement, providing the information needed to help defend and promote homeschooling.

Please consider supporting homeschooling nationwide by making a tax-deductible donation to NHERI.

Homeschool Day at the State FairTICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Homeschool Day at the Virginia State Fair is coming up on Friday, October 4, 2013. HEAV’s partnership with the State Fair allows you and your family to attend at a discounted price! View more details about Homeschool Day at the State Fair! Tickets must be ordered through the HEAV office by September 18, 2013. Order your tickets here.

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Virginia Beach KOA Fall is a great time for camping!

Virginia Beach is beautiful in fall, with fewer tourists, cooler weather, and plenty to do. Create fun family memories at Virginia Beach KOA! Bring your tent, camper, or rent a comfortable cabin. Buy one night & get one night free during our family-friendly Fall Festival October 18-20, or homeschoolers get 25% off anytime (except holiday periods).

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The Convention MP3 Set is a great way to listen to ALL* the recorded convention workshops. With it, you can experience the benefits of the convention at your own pace, wherever you like! Convention MP3 sets also make GREAT gifts.

*Exhibitor workshops, Duggar sessions, IEW Essay Strategies, Cartooning Camp, and Teen Tracks were not recorded.


HEAV Membership–Sign Up Now!

New to homeschooling or know someone who is? With the new school year just around the corner, this is a great time to sign up for or renew your HEAV membership. HEAV provides so many resources and benefits for homeschooling families, including homeschool day events, discounts on LOTS of homeschool products, and a free magazine.

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Jamestown Homeschool Days

September 9-22, 2013

Visit re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village and James Fort, discover the details of life at Jamestown, and enjoy colonial games. At Yorktown, you can visit the re-created Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm and learn the details of colonial life. Age-appropriate programs are available at each location. Get more information here.

Check out the website for more homeschool days!

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Article of the Week

The Perfect First Day of School – Charlene Notgrass

How does your family mark the beginning of your “school year”? Whether your day is marked by silly, serious, or sentimental observations, it’s a chance to make an enjoyable memory for later reflection. In addition, the first day of lessons is not too soon to evaluate how we handle the inevitable distractions and disappointments of real life.


Homeschool Q&A

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts

Q. Can Virginia homeschoolers use Coverdell Education Savings Accounts for homeschool expenses?

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1) Homeschool Items

1.1 Classical Conversations Information Meeting – Strasburg – August 21

1.2 New Homeschool Basketball Team Forming – Northern Virginia – August 25

1.3 Fall Homeschool Rock Climbing Class – Midlothian – Register by August 30

1.4 Old Salem Museums and Gardens: “History in a Cup” – Winston-Salem, NC – Best Price by September 5

1.5 Article: The Teaching Home – “Ready Your Home for School”

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2) General Interest Items

2.1 Detecting History: Metal Relics of the Civil War – Petersburg – August 24

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: How to Have Family Devotions

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: DIY Greeting Card Kit – A Simple Gift for Giving or Sending

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: “101 Amazingly Awesome Things to Do with Your Preschooler”

3.4 Reading: “MSO Homeschool”

3.5 Math, Logic, and Fun: Printable Tangram Puzzles

3.6 Homemaking: House Cleaning Schedule

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4) Parting Thought – Traffic School

The following are a couple of real answers received on exams given by the California Department of Transportation’s “driving school,” a special Saturday Traffic School for moving violation offenders.


Q: When driving through fog, what should you use?

A: Your car.


Q: What is the difference between a flashing red traffic light and a flashing yellow traffic light?

A: The color.


It’s scary, but we share the road! Only one thing to do–PRAY!


– Adapted from Dr. Bob Griffin’s daily humor e-mail; subscribe free of charge at bob@grif.net or www.grif.net.


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5) Worth Repeating Grover Cleveland

“And let us not trust to human effort alone, but humbly acknowledge the power and goodness of Almighty God who presides over the destiny of nations, and who has at all times been revealed in our country’s history, let us invoke His aid and His blessings upon our labors.”

Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), twenty-second (and twenty-fourth) President of the United States in his inaugural address of March 4, 1885. Grover was not his first name; do you know what it was (without looking it up)? Stephen. Does your family pray daily and aloud for God’s blessings on your schooling?


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6) Verse of the Week 
The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will

exalt him.

– Exodus 15:2 (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.