HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


August 6, 2014


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Register Today! 

Raising Kids to Do Hard Things with Gregg Harris

Kids don’t need to wait until they’re older to do great things–they can do them now! Get the information and inspiration you need to make the most of the time you have with your kids.

Based on the material presented in the best-selling Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, this one-day conference by their father–Gregg Harris–will help you catch the vision, set goals, and make step-by-step changes to raise expectations and help your children do hard things.

“Do Hard Things is an extraordinary book. In fact, I believe it will prove to be one of the most life-changing, family-changing, church-changing, and culture-changing books of this generation. I’d love for every teenager to read this book, but I’m just as eager for every parent, church leader, and educator to read it.”
– Randy Alcorn, best-selling author of Heaven and The Treasure Principle 


Captivating Topics

Workshops include:

Improving Moral Character
Making the Big Decisions
Delight-Directed Study
Making the Most of Your Time
Home Businesses for Kids
and othersFind out more.

Register Today!

Saturday, September 13 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Virginia Beach/Chesapeake Area
New Life Providence Church–Deep Creek Campus

423 Shell Road

Chesapeake, VA

Saturday, September 20 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 


Northern Virginia/Arlington

Calvary Gospel Church
1800 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 


Family Economics & Mentorship Conference 

Sign Up Today–Special Price Ends Soon!

November 6-8, 2014 – Hampton

This HEAV-sponsored event includes a “Business-in-a-Box” track, as well as information on transitioning into a family business, business opportunities for your family, incorporating children into the family economy, looking beyond the college paradigm, and much more! Register today!


It’s Not Too Late to Save!

HEAV Huge August Blow-Out Sale

Get FREE shipping storewide* during the whole month of August! On top of that, select items have been discounted to a price price at or near our cost, making this the best value ever! Get more info and start shopping.

*In-stock items only. Diplomas are excluded from the tax-free sale.

Let Us Know What You Think–And Get a Chance To Win! 

Share your parking concerns in this short, five-question survey. Your feedback is important, and will help us assess whether to expand the shuttle bus service with free parking at the Diamond to include service on Thursday and/or Saturday. Take the survey by August 7, and you could win a free 2015 convention registration!

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Paul D. Camp Community College Enroll in an online freshman composition class through Paul D. Camp Community College
Taught by a 22-year veteran homeschooling mother with a passion for teaching college English from a classical perspective, this course is transferable to a four-year college. Class runs August 20 to December 15. Questions?
Contact Mary Ellen Gleason at 757-569-6740 or mgleason@pdc.edu.


“Give Me Liberty!” Tour–September 15-20 in Virginia

Inspire and educate your children! Journey with Christian families to remember God’s providences in our nation’s founding. Tour the homes of heroes like Patrick Henry, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. Relive where it all began-with imperfect men striving to honor God, building a nation on His principles. Register today!

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Microsoft Education Product Policy now allows NFS to provide discount laptops to homeschool families at the same price and with the same software as traditional public school facilities. Homeschool families can purchase as individuals or form a group for a Group Order for an even better discount.To learn more about this offer, click here.


Reminder: Notice of Intent Due August 15

Know What the Law Requires

According to § 22.1-254.1(B) any parent who elects to provide home instruction in lieu of school attendance shall annually notify the division superintendent in August of his intention to so instruct the child and provide a description of the curriculum, limited to a list of subjects to be studied during the coming year, and evidence of having met one of the criteria for providing home instruction as required by subsection A.

HEAV provides a Notice of Intent (NOI) form you can download and use. The Virginia homeschool law does not require you to use a particular form (you could write a letter if you’d like).

Have questions? Take a look at our Notice of Intent FAQs. If you don’t find the answer to your question, please give us a call (804-278-9200), or send us an e-mail (support@heav.org).


We Have Winners!

The convention survey drawing is complete, and the winners have been notified! One participant has received a ticket to the 2015 Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention plus a hotel stay at the Marriott, and two others each received a 2015 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.


August 10 Is a Double Credit Day! 

Shop at Food Lion on the 10th of each month and earn double credit on Food Lion brand purchases. To link your MVP card to HEAV, simply follow these steps:

  • Go to www.foodlionmvprewards.com/mvp_registration/cardno.php.
  • Enter all 12 digits of your MVP card number and click “Submit.”
  • On the next page, select to add your school-HEAV is listed as a school, NOT as an organization.
  • Use school code 218920 and click “Add.”
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Homeschool Day at the State Fair – Sign Up Now!  Homeschool Day at the State Fair
September 26, 2014 – Meadow Event Park – Doswell
Join homeschoolers across Virginia at the state fair this fall! You will be able to order tickets through HEAV at a special education rate. Get more information here.



Richmond – Thursday, August 21, 2014  
Get your questions answered and 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.


Richmond – Thursday, August 28, 2014

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! Having graduated three homeschooled high schoolers and dealt regularly with college admissions officers through her work with HEAV, speaker Yvonne Bunn will clarify important high school issues and share practical ways to implement an effective high school program.

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HELP WANTED Help Wanted!


Do you know how to start a conversation? Do you love to be the first to know about a good thing? Are you looking for an opportunity to serve fellow homeschoolers from home? Join the publications team and help convey HEAV’s message to homeschooling families, the community, and the media through our print and online outlets!

HEAV is looking for an outgoing, detail-oriented person to assist with our community outreach and marketing efforts. Marketing or publicity experience is helpful. Some familiarity with social media and the ability to write with ease–as well as a love of HEAV’s mission–are essential.

Some responsibilities include the following:·

  • Collaborate in the development of the 2015 marketing plan and assist the publications director to ensure it is carried out
  • Write marketing e-mails to support group leaders, Outreach Partners, vendors, and others to publicize upcoming events
  • Write press releases and public-service announcements and ensure that they are distributed
  • Update and maintain up-to-date contact lists for our media outlets
  • Manage a team of motivated volunteers to work in each area of outreach
  • Contact radio and TV stations to initiate and coordinate interviews

Nearly all the work can be done from home. The hours will vary and are flexible, and a small stipend is provided.

Interested or know someone who is interested?  

Read more about this position here, or send a cover letter and resume to Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org.

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Article of the Week

Eight Tools to Keep Your Homeschool on Track – Jessica Parnell

Suggestions range from file cabinets and labels to menu planning and delegating. There is sure to be at least a reminder to rethink or a new idea for you!


Homeschool Q&A

IEP and Notice of Intent

Q. Since my child had an IEP, is there anything extra I need to do when I file my Notice of Intent?

From Our Blog

Rebuilding the Routine – Kyndra Steinmann

If you taken a break during the summer, the cooling days of August may be a sign to begin your plans for the upcoming year. Kyndra outlines some steps that make restarting as easy as 1-2-3 (or nearly so)!

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items
1.1 Richard Bland College: Dual Enrollment – Online – Apply by August 19

1.2 Beach Junior Athletics Soccer Registration – Online – Ends August 19

1.3 Homeschool Physical Education – Richmond – First Event Is September 5

1.4 Old Salem Homeschool Days: Uncovering the Past – Winston-Salem – Best price by September 5

1.5 Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Multiple Locations – Ongoing

1.6 Article: “Christian Homeschooling Families Lead Fight Against ‘Common Core’ Standards”

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2) General Items
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2.1 Creation Museum Offers Free Admission for Kids – Petersburg, KY – Ends December 31
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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Cold Case Christianity

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Seven Ways to Save on Homeschool Resources

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article: “Learning Through Play”

3.4 STEM and More: EndMemo Calculators, Converters, and Tutorials

3.5 Technology: Safety on Facebook

3.6 Homemaking: A Slob Comes Clean–or If Flylady Wasn’t for You

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4) Parting Thought – As You Prepare for Another Homeschooling Year

This message for moms applies in general, not just to homeschoolers.


“You don’t have to be a PERFECT mom to be a GREAT mom!

You don’t have to be a PERFECT homemaker to be a GREAT homemaker!

You don’t have to be a PERFECT wife to be a GREAT wife!

You don’t have to be a PERFECT homeschooler to be a GREAT homeschooler!

There was only ever ONE perfect Person, and we are not Him. Seek Him. Do your best. Leave the rest to Him. Give yourself grace.”


– Author unknown to us. If you know the author, please let us know so we can give credit.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“The principle goal of an education… is knowledge of God.” – Aaron Clay Denlinger, PhD., is a professor of church history and historical theology at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida.

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6) Verse of the Week

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

– Psalm 29:2 (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.