HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


August 7, 2013


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Planning District 8 Online Program 

NEW! Homeschool teens who are taking the online driver education course in Planning District 8 now have the option of viewing the required 90-Minute Parent/Student Driver Education component online as well. Get more information at


We Have Winners!

The convention survey drawing is complete, and the winners have been notified! Congratulations to Kimberly, Julia, and Jennifer! Kimberly received a family registration to the 2014 Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention plus a hotel stay at the Marriott, and Julie and Jennifer each received a 2014 family convention registration. Thank you to all who participated in this year’s survey!


Your Notice of Intent Is Due August 15.    

Even though summer is still in full swing, don’t forget that the deadline to let your division superintendent know you will be homeschooling (August 15) is fast approaching. The HEAV website has Notice of Intent information, as well as a Notice of Intent (NOI) form you can download and use.


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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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 accomadations or stay in our RV campground. Great options for large families. See our website and book your trip today!


Virginia Beach KOA Sunshine & ocean + fun & relaxation + family memories = Virginia Beach KOA! 

“Family-friendly fun” goes to a new level with 2 swimming pools, giant jumping pillow, activities, beach trolley, and more. Late August (when most tourists and public schoolers have gone home) is a great time to visit! Bring your tent, camper, or rent a comfortable cabin. 25% off for homeschoolers (except holiday periods). www.koavirginiabeach.com

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Martin'sHarris TeeterAutomatically Support HEAV While You Buy Groceries

Support HEAV effortlessly when you shop at Martin’s, Harris Teeter, or Food Lion. Simply register your savings card at the store’s website, choose Home Educator’s Association of Virginia as your organization, and support homeschooling every time you shop!


Martin’s – Use HEAV code 03232. (Martin’s users must register each school year.)

Food Lion — Use HEAV code 218920

Harris Teeter – Use HEAV code 8152 


Food LionFood Lion Bonus Point Opportunity 

From Aug. 7 – Aug. 27, Food Lion will offer “Classroom Rewards” shoppers the chance to earn extra points by purchasing specially marked back-to-school products.
 Look for the products marked with a “Pack in the Savings” tag to earn extra points for HEAV. Visit foodlion.com beginning August 7 for the official rules.


Volunteer Wanted Twitter

Are you a Twitter fan? HEAV is looking for a homeschooling mom or dad volunteer to manage our “Tweets.” If you are the kind of person who keeps his finger on the pulse of homeschooling, are computer-savvy or willing to learn, and like to work independently while still being a team player, this may be the job for you! Contact Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org for more details.


Just $99 Plus $4 Shipping & Handling

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.

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“How to Begin Homeschooling:  

What You Really Need to Know”

August 8 – Richmond

August 10 – Norfolk

August 15 – Lovingston


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.


“Homeschooling Through High School: The Path to Success”

August 14 – Richmond

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.

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Article of the Week

Why It’s Worth It to Hold Your Tongue – Kate Motaung

The author reminds us that “the tongue is a fire” (James 3:6). She recounts how her marriage has been blessed by keeping a pledge with her spouse not to speak against him to others. She also gives examples of how this biblical principle applies to their children. Has your family memorized this verse yet? Try out her plan in your home and see the difference it makes.


Homeschool Q&A

State-Recognized Diploma

Q. My teen’s college application asks if he has received a state-recognized high school diploma. How should I respond?

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1) Homeschool Items

1.1 James River Home School Academy Open House/Orientation – North Chesterfield – August 8

1.2 Article – “Ten Step Game Plan for Planning a New School Year”

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2) General Interest Items

2.1 Tredegar Iron Works Civil War Events – Richmond – Begin August 10

2.2 Article – “Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills”

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Church History for Kids: Heroes of the Faith

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 50 Ways to Save Money

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: ABC Fast Phonics

3.4 Math: Free Printable Sudoku Puzzles

3.5 Homeschool and Homemaking: Donna Young’s Printables

3.6 English: 100 Most Often Misspelled Words

3.7 History: The Library of Congress American Memory Collections

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4) Parting Thought – Grammar Lessons

Each person should use their possessive pronouns correctly.


All grammar and spelling rules have exceptions (with a few exceptions).


Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.


In writing, it’s important to remember that dangling sentences.


And my personal favorite writing lesson caution? Puns are for children, not groan readers.


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


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5) Worth Repeating 

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

Patrick Henry (17361799), American Founding Father, five-time governor of Virginia, and one of the greatest orators of his era.


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6) Verse of the Week   

And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

– Deuteronomy 31:8 (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.