HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


December 11, 2013


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The Convention Is Coming…

                …with a New & Exciting Teen Program!  

HSLDA’s Generation Joshua, a leadership-training program for teens, will offer two exciting two-day sessions on Friday and Saturday at the convention this June! Your teens will have the chance to take an active leadership role. Knowing that true leaders must stand up for what they believe, Generation Joshua challenges teens to strengthen their beliefs and gives them the opportunity to put their beliefs into action.


iAdvocate: Mock Legislative Session

Think you can make tough decisions? iAdvocate will give you the chance to draft and advocate legislation. Find out firsthand what your legislator goes through every day!  


NEW! iCommand: Presidential Crisis Simulation

How would YOU handle a crisis? Find out as you face a simulated foreign policy crisis in iCommand. Test your own idea of how the U.S. should act upon the world stage, and see the consequences in real time. Space is limited.

Registration for these programs will open with convention registration in January. Look for more details soon!

Teenpact TeenPact Leadership Sessions

Deadline is TOMORROW!

Teenpact Leadership School has openings in the February sessions, but the registration deadline is tomorrow, December 12. See item 1.2 below for more information.

TeenPact takes place in Richmond, Virginia and is a great hands-on experience for students to learn how to be active and informed citizens. Students build friendships that will last a lifetime through shared experiences, mock legislature, worship, devotions, and more.

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We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Leslie E., the winner of the “Share-Your-Story” convention giveaway! Leslie won a full, family registration to the 2014 convention, “Home Education: Hope and a Future.”

Thank you to all participated and shared their experiences with HEAV!


Here is part of Leslie’s story:

I have been homeschooling for six years, but not until 2012 did we attend a homeschool convention. We were we blown away by the amount of information we received! Not just one of us benefited from that weekend, but all of us walked away ready to tackle the following school year with enthusiasm…I encourage anyone who is looking into–or just beginning–homeschooling to attend convention. It will get you ready for the new school year more than you can ever realize!

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General Assembly Pages and Interns Needed

High school and college students can register now to serve as interns or pages for The Family Foundation’s legislative team in Richmond (session work runs from Monday, January 6 to Friday, March 7). Students can experience firsthand General Assembly operations, including legislative committee meetings and floor sessions of the House of Delegates and Senate. A “pro-life, pro-family perspective on social issues and a biblical worldview of the roles of politics, government, and the church” is required in order to apply. See their website for more information.

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Paul D. Camp Community College College English with a Classical Approach

Enroll in ENG 112, an online freshman second semester composition class through Paul D. Camp Community College taught by a 22-year veteran homeschooling mother with a passion for teaching English from a classical perspective. Transferable to a four-year college, class runs January 6 through April 28. Prerequisite–ENG 111. Mary Ellen Gleason at 757-569-6740 or mgleason@pdc.edu.



Breckbill Bible College  

We Have Six Majors for You at Breckbill Bible College! 

Breckbill has been training young people for over 50 years. Our quality education is affordable, only $5000.00 a year. Our philosophy of education is Christ-Centered and biblical. Our campus, in Southwest Virginia has a family atmosphere with dedicated, experienced faculty. Mention this ad and we will waive your application fee!  

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The Magazine Is on Its Way!  
 Is there life after homeschooling? Indeed! This issue includes articles–“Living Out God’s Story,” “Life After Homeschooling,” “Sherpas Among Us: Mentoring the Next Generation,”–plus convention news, the Freedom Watch, and so much more!

Watch your mailboxes for the winter issue of The Virginia Home Educator, HEAV’s free homeschool magazine. View the digital version of the magazine on your mobile device! If you don’t receive the magazine, you may subscribe now to receive this free resource.



And support the work of HEAV
We couldn’t do what we do without you! For more than 30 years, HEAV has worked to preserve homeschooling freedom in Virginia, and we help thousands of homeschool families all year long through support services. Please consi
der making an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation to HEAV today, and support homeschooling.


It’s Here! 

A Legacy of Freedom Video 

If you missed the premier of “A Legacy of Freedom” at the convention–or if you want to see it again–now is the time! This fast-paced video highlights the hard-won court cases and legislative battles that have given Virginia homeschooling families the right to educate their children at home.

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Save the Date!  

Homeschool Success Seminars – Richmond

Get your questions answered, look at a wide variety of resources, and connect with other parents who are facing the same challenges as you are. 

January 9 – How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need to Know

January 10 – High School at Home: The Path to Success


For more information, visit the website.

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Office Manager   Help Wanted!

Do you love to answer homeschool questions? Are you comfortable with technology, energized by multitasking, highly organized, great with people, and a team player? HEAV has an opening for an office manager in our beautiful, new Richmond office. Responsibilities include managing and implementing office procedures, overseeing all office communications, providing support for events, managing the database, preparing bulk mailings, and more.

Proficiency with office software, including MS Word and Excel, is required, as well as excellent organization skills and the ability to manage a busy office and thrive under pressure. Homeschool knowledge a plus. This position requires 30 to 40 hours a week with flexible hours. Recent references required. Read more about the position here. Please send resume or questions to president@heav.org.

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Article of the Week

Making Memories – Maribeth Spangenberg

Are you making memories, building relationships–both? With whom? Think over these questions as you read a simple yet profound piece on family and how to build a lasting one.

Homeschool Q&A

Testing with a Local School

Q. When I filed my Notice of Intent, the school district offered to test my child in the spring with the Iowa test. They said not many homeschoolers use this free service. Is there a reason?


From Our Blog

M&Ms – Minus the M?

Ever wondered how those little M’s are put onto M&Ms®? Michelle’s science experiment this week will make your mouth water–but your kids will learn something, too!

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1) Homeschool Items
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1.1 Winter Science Programs – Wallops Island – Begin January 22
1.2 TeenPact Leadership Schools – Richmond – February 3-7 or February 10-14

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Festive Sully: Sully Historic Site – Chantilly – Begin December 14

2.2 Virginia Stands for Life Day – Richmond – January 8

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Puritan Hard Drive Demonstration Version

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Thrifty Christmas Yard Décor

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Discovery Boxes

3.4 Arts and Crafts: Covered Button Bookmarks

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4) Parting Thought – Proverbs from Around the World

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

– Arab Proverb


A clear conscience is a soft pillow.

– German Proverb


A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

– Chinese Proverb


Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

– Indian Proverb


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5) Worth Repeating   Lois E. LeBar

” Thanks be to God for his unspeakable Gift–indescribable, inestimable, incomparable, inexpressible–precious beyond words.”

– Lois E. LeBar (1907-1998), professor of Christian education, author. Known as a demanding teacher, she demanded the same of herself–Latin was her favorite subject.

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6) Verse of the Week

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

– Romans 15:13 (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.