HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


August 8, 2012



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You Can Still Win a FREE HSLDA Membership! 

Our blog giveaway will run through tomorrow night (Thursday, August 9, 2012), so if you haven’t already, go to our blog now and comment on our post to be entered for a chance to win. Each HSLDA membership is valued at $115. The winners will be announced on the blog by 5 p.m. Friday.

Even 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. Read more about HSLDA membership benefits here.

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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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Gabrielle Douglas Virginia Beach Homeschooled Teen on the U.S. Team That Wins the Gymnastics Gold


Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach is 16 and has been homeschooled since third grade. She had to relocate for the last two years to work with her coach in Iowa, but her family remains in Virginia. Congratulations to all the USA women’s gymnastics team members who shared the team gold medal. Read more about Gabby, nicknamed “The Flying Squirrel,” on the Simple Homeschool website (with a list of other current Olympians who are also homeschooled). Read about the team win in the PilotOnline.


Website Reminder

Remember to check the websites of your favorite museums, historic sites, or cultural groups for updates and events, or subscribe to their newsletters. Space limitations keep us from publicizing all of the events that may interest your family!


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.

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Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool Support

How 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.

High School at Home: The Path to Success 

Richmond, 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.

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Article of the Week

Spiritual Fruit Begins with Spiritual Rest – Robin Sampson

Mrs. Sampson (Heart of Wisdom) shares how spiritual rest is essential to any other rest we parents need. We need spiritual rest before we can develop spiritual fruit. For such a short article, it’s got a lot of depth. You’ll be blessed.


Homeschool Q&A

Grade Level Placement

Q. How do I place my child at the correct level for the upcoming year? Can I use an achievement test?

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1) Homeschool Items

1.1 Spirit Athletics Varsity and Middle School Soccer – Mechanicsville – Registration Deadline August 13
1.2 HERE Parent Information Meeting – Hampton – August 20
1.3 Aretè Christian Academy Orientation – Mechanicsville – August 28
1.4 Workshop with Diana Waring – Richmond – September 13
1.5 Christian Scholarship Conference – Virginia Beach – October 18 and 19

1.6 Article – “16 Year Old Dutch Boy Graduates from US College Via Distance Learning”

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Civil War Art Display – New Market – Display Ends September 7
2.2 Article – “The Status of Present Day Schools”

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Gospel for Asia Free Resources and Prayer Page
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Kid-made Toys for Pets
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Tips for Bread Baking with Kids
3.4 Science: Free Monthly Supercharged Science Tele-Class
3.5 Free Printable Family Trees

3.6 Geocaching 101

3.7 English: The “Long ‘S'”

3.8 History: United States of America Half Staff Flag Notifications

3.9 Fact Drills at the Pool

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4) Parting Thought – Another Tense Thought

“Don’t worry about the past, the present, or the future–God is “everywhen”!

– Author Unknown

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5) Worth Repeating   

The readiest way to escape from our sufferings is, to be willing they should endure as long as God pleases.”

– John Wesley (1703-1791), originally a clergyman from the Church of England, he and his brother Charles wound up founding the Methodist “movement,” later an official church. After preaching widely in the British Isles, both traveled to the American colonies, landed in Georgia, and preached throughout the colonies. Read a brief biographical sketch and works by and about him on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library website.

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6) Verse of the Week   

Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.

– Psalm 128:1 (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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