HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


August 28, 2013


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Gen2Survey–Enter for a Chance to Win an IPad Mini.

Over the past 30 years, many families, at great sacrifice–even at risk of arrest–set out to provide Christ-centered education in an ever-increasingly secular world. According to some research, the second generation of homeschoolers could potentially exceed six million in the next 10 years. But what kind of impact has been made? Will our children homeschool their children? Will they take up the mantle for freedom for which men like Christopher Klicka and Mike Farris have fought over the years? That’s the question that is being addressed with the new Gen2Survey, now available at www.gen2survey.com.

Please consider participating in this 10-20 minute survey. Your answers are completely anonymous but will help the homeschooling leadership sharpen its focus and maximize the effectiveness of state organizations and families in this all-important area of education. Plus, when you complete your survey, you are entered for a chance to win one of three IPad minis!

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Character Concepts Are You Really Ready For The School Year?


Or have you forgotten the most important subject your child will ever learn: godly CHARACTER? Explore CHARACTER CONCEPTS–the only Bible-based, preschool-through-high school character curriculum on the market.  

Designed by homeschoolers for homeschoolers, Character Concepts provides the hands-on learning tools to make studying great character FUN and EFFECTIVE. 


Home Educators' Day at Jefferson's Monticello Calling Young Scholars: Home Educators’ Day at Jefferson’s Monticello

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – $15 adults/$6 for students

Explore the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and take a special guided tour of Jefferson’s iconic home, Monticello, to learn more about the people who lived and worked here. Interactive indoor and outdoor activity stations will explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics. www.monticello.org/homeeducators

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Fall Magazine is Here!

Take a look at the newest Virginia Home Educator! Overwhelmed by the start of a new school year? You CAN do this! Get encouragement and tips in articles like these: “Ten Things Every Homeschooler Should Remember,” “The ABC’s of Learning to Read,” and “Right-Brain Writing.” Not a subscriber? Get the digital verson online, or sign up for a free subscription!

HEAV is Hiring

We are blessed to say the Finance Manger position has been filled. Thank you to all those who expressed interest in joining the HEAV Team!

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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE Homeschool Day at the State Fair

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.

Jamestown Homeschool DaysJamestown

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!


Annual Fall Festival at the Biltmore

September 19 and 20, 2013

Get to know the Vanderbilts-how they lived, traveled, and entertained-and what their contribution was to their community and state! Find out about train travel 100 years ago on the Vanderbilts’ private railroad car, learn about travel by steamship and how ships sent messages, and create your own coded message. Play lawn and parlor games, join our old-fashioned sing-along, and make a fancy folding fan. You’ll learn about early photography and cameras and even create an art project using solar photographic paper.


Virginia Air and Space MuseumVirginia Air and Space Museum

Homeschool Appreciation Day 

September 26, 2013

Preregister by September 24. Get excited about the art of science, technology, engineering, math, and NASA! Learn about the Mars Science Laboratory mission and construct a futuristic Mars outpost. Plus, enjoy the “electrifying” science demonstration and learn to take care of your body with “Fueling Potential: Racing to Win” program. Parents: Find out how NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) can enhance your curriculum in a variety of ways, including homeschool workshop opportunities and minicamps.

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Article of the Week

Parents, Is Your Marriage Ready for School? – Jay Younts

Read this brief blog for some last minute considerations to fine-tune your marriage as the school year approaches. Husbands and wives can set aside a little extra time or focus the time they regularly take to make sure their relationships and communication are a priority–along with spiritually supporting one another.


Homeschool Q&A

Submitting a Portfolio

Q. I want to prepare a portfolio for next year. What do I need to do and how is it evaluated?

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1) Homeschool Items

1.1 Generation of Joshua Club: InNOVAtors of Freedom – Fairfax – September 5

1.2 TeenPact Leadership Schools – Richmond – February 3-7 or February 10-14, 2014

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2) General Interest Items

2.1 Joshua’s Hands Fall Festival – Western Loudoun County – October 5

2.2 Ride the Tide and Godspeed – Onancock – October 19-21

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Twelve Methods for Bible Study

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Homemade Laundry Detergent

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Learning with Stamps

3.4 Science: Firefly Watch

3.5 English and Foreign Languages: Word Hippo

3.6 Family Fun: Historic Sites in Virginia Tourism

3.7 History: Constitution Day – September 17

3.8 Homemaking: Free Printable – Daily Housekeeping Schedule

3.9 Organizing: 10 Ways to Organize Craft and School Supplies

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4) Parting Thought – America’s Top Ten Pies

Take a family poll and see what everyone’s favorite pie is. What do you predict Americans choose? Bake one as a family to celebrate September and the return to lessons. Show the kids how much can be learned using one theme. (brainstorming encouraged) Is the main ingredient native to the U.S.? When and by whom was this type of pie developed? Is it regional? Are there other traditions associated with it (for example, pumpkin and Thanksgiving)? Is there kitchen science you can share or dig up? Can you use math to make more than one pie for a bigger crew? You get the idea. And enjoy your pie!


Now, for the answers; the favorites,in order, are…


1. Apple

2. Pumpkin

3. Chocolate crème

4. Cherry

5. Apple crumb

6. Pecan

7. Lemon meringue

8. Blueberry

9. Key lime

10. Peach


Do you wonder what this has to do with teaching? Apple pie for the teacher, of course!


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5) Worth Repeating 

“My heart is singing for joy this morning. A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil’s mind, and behold, all things are changed.”

– Anne Sullivan (1866-1936), teacher and companion of Helen Keller. Many people do not remember that Miss Sullivan was only partially sighted herself, yet she used her remaining vision–and surely all her talents–to serve others.


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6) Verse of the Week   

Thy faithfulness [is] unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

– Psalms 119:90 (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.