HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


December 12, 2012



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Office Closings

The HEAV office will be closed for the holidays on Monday, December 24; Tuesday, December 25; and Tuesday, January 1. There will no Update on December 26 or January 2. 


Convention Sneak Preview! Jonathan Lewis

An Article by Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis, a homeschool graduate who helped found Home School Enrichment Magazine, believes God is doing a great work through the modern homeschooling movement, and he has a passion to encourage other Christian parents to train their children for the glory of God. We are pleased he will speak at the 2013 Virginia Homeschool Convention in June. Read his article “Education: The Bible Has More to Say Than You Think,” for a peek at what is to come at the convention!


General Assembly Pages and Interns Needed The Family Foundation

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 7, to Friday, February 22). 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 the website for more information and to register.

Your gift will help support the work of HEAV!

We couldn’t do what we do without you! Since 1983, HEAV has worked to preserve homeschooling freedom in Virginia, and all year long, thousands of homeschool families get help through HEAV’s support services. Please consider making an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation to HEAV today.

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Lowest Prices in America! DVDs, CDs, Books, Games!

Lowest Prices in America! DVDs, CDs, Books, Games!


Library and Educational Services offers homeschools the same wholesale prices we give other schools: 30% to 70% off over 5,000 products that reinforce biblical beliefs and old-fashioned family values. Adventures in Odyssey, Radio Theatre, Your Story Hour, Jonathan Park, educational DVDs, American history resources, biographies, creation-based science materials, and more.


Virginia Soaps and Scents

Do your Christmas shopping at Virginia Soaps & Scents!


Just click and do your Christmas shopping at Virginia Soaps & Scents! We offer a plethora of gifts that are practical, affordable, and, as always… beautiful, yet natural. New for Christmas 2012…Gingerbread soap! We have everything from the practical to the whimsical. Free shipping on orders over $50!


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Twisted Botz Robotics
Team members (from left): Chisholm Wilhelm, James Miller, George Haines, Tim Sierk, Gabriella Brooks, Coach Jon Thompson; not pictured is Becky Thompson.

Congratulations to theTwisted Botz!

The Twisted Botz, a VEX Robotics competition team of homeschooled high schoolers, competed against 39 other teams in their division at a November tournament in Maryland.
While the team finished the qualifying matches in second place, they received the highly coveted Division 2 Excellence Award for being a “team committed to quality in everything that they do.” The team is coached by Jon Thompson, who is assisted by Jeff Miller and Hank Sierk.


G.A. Henty Historical Novels

An Audio Review

HEAV’s social media manager has written a review of Jim Hodges Audio Books–a collection of Christian and historical books on MP3 CDs, with the largest selection of G.A. Henty Books on audio anywhere! Read the review here.

Putting Together a Transcript?
We’re Here to Help!

HEAV’s homeschool transcript service is designed to help you through the often daunting transcript process. Our automated system computes your credits and GPA, while a live person carefully proofreads and reviews your transcript, offering suggestions and clarifications for a concise, professional result.


HEAV Member Benefit…

Living Story Logo Receive a Living Story Photography FREE Portrait Session and an 8×10 Print

Living Story Photography offers HEAV members a free portrait session and an 8×10 print–a $216 value! Visit their website to browse their beautiful photo gallery. All HEAV members qualify for this benefit. Not a member? Join today!

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Yvonne Bunn


How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need To Know!

Richmond, Friday, January 11, 2013

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.

HELP WANTED Help Wanted!

Transcript Editor Volunteer 

Do you love editing and reveling in the details? Did you love creating your child’s high school transcript and maybe helping other moms who were unsure of what to do? If so, you may be HEAV’s new transcript editor!

HEAV is looking for a volunteer willing to spend approximately one hour or two hours a week managing and editing transcript submissions. Work can be done from home, and experience is not necessary (you will be trained to use the computer program), but the following skills are essential: accurate typing, organization, attention to detail, and a familiarity with high school course titles. If interested, please contact Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org.

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Article of the Week

Simplifying Advent – Sandy Feit

Consider the ideas in this short In Touch magazine article to see if there is something for you to down-size or eliminate, thereby allowing you to focus on what is truly important during the time approaching Christmas.


Homeschool Q&A

Homesbound vs. Homeschool

Q. What is the difference between “homeschooling” and “homebound instruction?”

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1) Homeschool Items

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National Geographic Geography Bee – Richmond – Sign Up Now
1.2 Wonder of Worms Story Time – Williamsburg – January 7 and February 2, 2013
1.3 Puppets and More – Richmond – January 22, 2013
1.4 Homeschoolers’ Winter Coastal Ecology Course – Wallops Island – January 23 through 25, 2013

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Ballet: The Nutcracker – Washington, D.C. – Begins December 12
2.2 Christmas Traditions in the Colonies – Smithfield – December 15
2.3 Sully Historic Site Events- Chantilly – Begin December 15
2.4 Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships – Deadline Is December 20

2.5 WormWatcher Logo Contest – Deadline Is December 30

2.6 Nominate the Longest Married Couple – Nationwide – Deadline Is January 10, 2013
2.7 Yeast Bread Recipe Contest – Deadline Is January 31, 2013

2.8 Compass USA Exchange Programs – Ongoing

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: The Teaching Home – Christmas Peace
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 31 Days of Giving on a Budget
3.3 Preschool, Kindergarten, and Up: Free Printable Advent Coloring Pages

3.4 Sewing: Last-Minute Gift – Skateboard Sling

3.5 Cooking: Spice Substitution Chart

3.6 History: William Wilberforce and Free Amazing Grace DVD

3.7 Gardening: Growing a Winter Garden


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4) Parting Thought – “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and All Through the Home”

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the home,

Children were still studying for their test on Rome.

Mom was planning, she had just an hour,

To teach ‘one more lesson’ before their night shower.


A whole week of vacation, the children were thrilled,

But Mom saw the lesson plans, and the blocks were still filled.

“Can I stop for a day, much less a whole week?”

Just the thought of time off made me shudder and shriek!


Would they remember anything, would they fall behind?

“Lord, I need your help, just give me a sign!!!”


Then out on the sidewalk, I saw my five boys,

And I heard them say, “It’s not about toys.”

To the neighborhood kids, they explained Jesus’ birth,

And how through Jesus, not toys, we gain our worth.


At that point, math and spelling and learning to write,

Meant little to me as I had lost the sight

Of what teaching at home was truly about.

Then I sat at my desk and began to pout.


The pouts turned to sobs, “Lord what have I done?

It’s not about grades, but to follow your Son!”

“Please guide me and show me my job is to teach,

and turn them to you, and of Jesus I’ll preach.”


Now we’ll put away books and not open them ’til later,

We’ll focus on Jesus, our Lord and Creator.

It’s His day and so we will all celebrate,

I’ll never mention the words “behind” or “we’re late.”


So, Thank You, Lord, for blessing me,

With such a great husband and family.

Now homeschooling moms, TURN OUT THE SCHOOL LIGHT!

And, “Happy Christmas To All And To All A Good Night!”


– Mrs. Christy Taulbee; used by permission.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.”

– William Wilberforce (1759-1833), British Member of Parliament, abolitionist, and social activist. Wilberforce introduced bills before Parliament for about 20 years until the British slave trade was abolished. Three days before he died, he heard that the final abolition of slavery in Britain was about to be passed. The 2006 movie, Amazing Grace, was about his struggles. Read a short biography here. See item 3.6 for more resources and a free DVD offer.


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6) Verse of the Week  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 
– Luke 2:11 (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.