HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


August 22, 2012



Tickets Are Now Available! Homeschool 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! View more details about Homeschool Day at the State Fair, and get your tickets now!


Sports Access Meetings Scheduled Sports Access Meetings Scheduled

Sports Access Task Force meetings, hosted by the Virginia School Boards Association, have been rescheduled for the fall. The discussion of homeschool access to public school interscholastic activities is open to the public and interested homeschool families are invited to attend. Each meeting will convene at 10 a.m. at 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Thursday, September 6
Monday, September 17
Monday, October 1


Shappy Shoppe LogThank you, Shabby Shoppe!

Have you noticed the lovely birds in our convention graphics this year? HEAV gives a heartfelt hug of gratitude to the ShabbyShoppe.com for their generous donation of those birds! Hobby enthusiasts will enjoy their unique and creative digital scrapbooking site.  

Check it out: http://www.theshabbyshoppe.com/.


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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!

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Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool Support

High School at Home: The Path to Success

Richmond, THIS 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.


An HEAV-Sponsored Event! Virginia Air and Space Center

Homeschool Appreciation Day at Virginia Air & Space Center
Wednesday, September 12 – Hampton, Virginia

Your imagination will soar as you enjoy interactive educational programs that will have you construct a futuristic Mars outpost, enjoy an “electrifying” science demonstration, learn about the Mars Science Laboratory mission, and so much more!

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Free Manual Addendum Available

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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HELP WANTED – Graphic Design Assistant

HEAV is looHelp Wanted!king 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 is 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

Scheduling and the Homeschool Family – Lori Deese

Mrs. Deese, a homeschooling mom of four, deals with the decisions all homeschooling families make when dividing their time between academics, appointments, outside lessons and activities–even household chores. She offers practical tips from her own experience and sums it up with the spiritual reminder to, “Consider each of the [activities] in light of what God has in mind for you and your family. Ask Him what He wants you to accomplish today….”


Homeschool Q&A

Days and Hours of Instruction

Q. Should I keep a record of the days and hours of home instruction, and if so, to whom do I submit it?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items
1.1 ENGAGE Information Meeting – Charlottesville – August 30
1.2 Powhatan Homeschool Music – Powhatan – Register by September 4 (Also Ongoing)
1.3 Tell Me a Story – Smithfield – Begins September 10 (Second Mondays)
1.4 Homeschool Day and Celebrate America – Patrick Springs – September 11

1.5 Free Book Online: The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Dr. Del Tackett: “Truth or Consequence: A Personal and National Decision” – Richmond – September 13

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
3.1 Christian Resources: The Gospel According to Luke

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: “Best Way to Save Money Homeschooling”

3.3 Free Bible Coloring Pages

3.4 Pets: Foods to Avoid Feeding to Dogs and a Recipe for Safe Dog Treats

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4) Parting Thought – Modern Technology

“I was visiting my daughter last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.


‘This is the 21st century,’ she said. ‘We don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad.’

I can tell you, that nasty fly never knew what hit him…”


– As seen on the Internet–of course! Author unknown.


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5) Worth Repeating
Seek not to grow in knowledge for the sake of applause and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls.”

– Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), American colonial preacher, author, theologian.

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6) Verse of the Week        

So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:6 (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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The Virginia Homeschool Updateisproduced 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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