HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


August 3, 2012


HEAV Blog Giveaway August 7-9, 2012

Win a FREE HSLDA Membership!

hslda linkEven if you never experience legal trouble yourself, your HSLDA membership will help enable other homeschooling families to get the legal help they need and will help defend our right to homeschool.


And now, HSLDA has generously offered three, full memberships–valued at $115 each–to give away on our blog. HSLDA members have direct access to

  • Lawyers who specialize in homeschool law and are homeschooling parents;
  • Consultants to answer your questions for any age–preschool through 12th grade;
  • Special-needs consultants;
  • Forms and sample letters for your state;
  • Advice for DMV and work permits;
  • PerX discounts on nationwide products and services;
  • And many other benefits!

Don’t miss this chance to get your free membership. Just visit our blog next Tuesday and leave a comment on the HSLDA post and you’ll be entered into the giveaway! Winners will be chosen Friday, August 10, 2012.

Since 1983, HSLDA has defended the rights of parents to educate their children at home by providing personal, legal assistance to the many families each year who are discriminated against by school officials and others who would challenge their right to homeschool. Visit the website to learn more.


Save 20-30% During the Month of August

The whole month of August, HEAV will have an unprecedented sale! 20% off retail prices on nearly every item in our store, plus members get an additional 10% discount on ALL items, for a savings of 30%! *Discounts are good on in-stock items only. Some quantities are very limited.

We Have Winners!

The convention survey drawing is complete, and the winners have been notified! One participant has received a ticket to the 2013 Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention plus a hotel stay at the Marriott, and two others each received a 2013 family ticket. Thank you to all who participated in this year’s survey. Your feedback is a tremendous help to us as we prepare for the next convention.


School Items Tax Free on August 3 – 5!

Take advantage of the tax exemption during this three-day period! Purchases of certain school supplies, clothing, and footwear will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Each eligible school supply item must be priced at $20 or less, and each eligible article of clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less. Click here to learn more.

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Robins Junior Golf Program Robins Junior Golf Program at Independence Golf Club  
Summer and Fall Golf Camps
6- to 17-Year-Olds
Day, Full-Day, and Overnight Camps Available. 
Scholarships are available.
(804) 897-8641 ext.112  
Schedule and Registration Available Online at www.independencegolfclub.com, or e-mail  mloosse@independencegolfclub.com

Apologia AdThe Ultimate Homeschool Planners from Debra Bell

Do you want to do more than just survive your call to homeschool? Thrive in the pleasure of God’s calling upon your life with the Ultimate Homeschool Planners from Debra Bell. Train your children to seek God’s help and grace in their own lives.

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Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool SupportHow to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need To Know!

Richmond, Thursday, August 16, 2012

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Get your questions

answered 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.

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Article of the Week

If Motherhood Isn’t a Competitive Sport, Then Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up?
by Kresha Faber

The author reminds moms to avoid comparing themselves to other moms and, instead, consider whether they are living up to their callings in Christ. Thankfully, He has promised all the grace we need to accomplish that task!


Homeschool Q&A

NOI–Do I need to list where classes are taken?

Q. If my child takes two classes at a Christian school, should I include this information in the Notice of Intent, or just in the list of subjects as required?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Colonial Debate Club – Yorktown
1.2 Homeschool Plus Registration and Orientation – Norfolk – August 11 and August 28
1.3 LIFE Classes – Gainesville – Register by August 15
1.4 Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Events – Multiple Locations – Multiple Dates
1.5 Virginia Air and Space Center Researcher Tuesdays – Hampton – Ends August 28
1.6 BOOK IT! Reminder – Deadline Is September 1
1.7 Teacher Workshop – Richmond – August 14

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2) General Interest Items 

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2.1 Free Online University Courses
2.2 Commonwealth Public Health Projects – Deadline Is December 31

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Bible Quizzing and Memory Game
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Free Printables from Heart of Wisdom
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten:
Using Games to Teach
3.4 Science: Wildlife Webcams
3.5 Preparedness: September is Preparedness Month in Virginia

3.6 History: U.S. History Timeline

3.7 Sewing: Small Notebook

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4) Parting Thought – Horrid Pun O’ the Month (with Apologies Beforehand)

The past, present, and future walked into bar–it was a tense situation.

– Author Unknown

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5) Worth Repeating
If God has work for me to do, I cannot die.

– Henry Martyn (1781-1812), Anglican clergyman and missionary to India and Persia. Upon his arrival in India, he struck up a friendship with famed Baptist missionary pioneer, William Carey. While on the mission field, he translated the New Testament, Psalms, and Book of Common Prayer into multiple languages. Read an inspiring biographical article, “Henry Martyn Forsook All for Christ,” here. Martyn survived only six years before dying in Turkey while attempting to return to England because of his health.

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6) Verse of the Week   

For thou, Lord, [art] good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

– Psalms 86:5 (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.

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If you know a family interested in homeschooling in Virginia, please pass this message along!

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Thank you for your support!

HEAV is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Upon written request, a financial statement is available from the Office of Consumer Affairs.  

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