HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


December 20, 2012



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HOLIDAY SCHEDULE — Last Update Until 2013    

White Candles in Snow

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (KJV) 

We pray this season is one of rejoicing for you and your family, and may the Lord bless you richly in the coming year!


A Bounty of Gifts

A Bounty of Gifts – Audio Book Giveaway – NOW

We’re giving away a Jim Hodges Audio Books selection of your choice! Check it out on the HEAV blog and comment for a chance to win. And while you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the feed so you won’t

miss any posts! But hurry–this giveaway ends tonight! 

Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar and Michael Farris


Win a Convention Registration!

Convention Giveaway Next Week on December 27

Win a convention registration for your whole family, PLUS two FREE tickets to hear the Duggars speak Friday morning at the convention!  Visit the blog Thursday, December 27, for a chance to enter!

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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!


Right Brain Child Graphic  

Teaching the Right-Brain Child-Make Learning Easier this Year

Learn to teach your child to store information in his/her strong, right brain for permanent storage. Improve your child’s spelling, phonics, sight word strategies, reading comprehension, study skills, and recall of math facts and processes. This program is effective for teenagers, adolescents, and young children. Visit us at www.diannecraft.org.

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No More Box Tops After This Collection Period

Over the last three years, support groups and families have raised more than $22,000 through Box Tops for Education. However, after prayerful consideration, our board determined HEAV should not solicit financial support from a business that publicly opposes traditional marriage, so we are no longer accepting Box Tops after this final winter collection.


Winter Collection Extended

Because there was so little notice and so many people have either sent in Box Tops or have told us they’ve been saving them to send in, we extended the collection period, and will accept Box Tops that are brought to our office or are postmarked by February 1, 2013.  Download the submission form here


Our heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who clipped and saved and sent in Box Tops! We appreciate your support tremendously.

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How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need To Yvonne BunnKnow!

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.

High School at Home: The Path to Success

Richmond, Friday, January 18, 2013

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!

Find out everything you need to know about homeschooling through high school in this seminar!

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

A Cheerful Giver – Natalie Klejwa 

In the midst of a time when giving is at the forefront, the author asks if we are truly cheerful givers. And what is cheerful anyway? Are we giving more than just material things? For example, are we generous with our time, our listening ears, our patience, and other intangibles?


Homeschool Q&A

How to Begin Mid-Year 

Q. I never thought I’d be asking this question, but what should I do if I want to begin homeschooling now? I know I’ve missed the deadline, so what is the process?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items  

1.1 Earth and Life Science Classes – Vienna – Begin January 16
1.2 Valiant Warrior Quilting – Purcellville – January 18 through 27

1.3 Centreville Homeschool Enrichment Support Services (CHESS) Classes – Centreville – Begin January 16
1.4 Homeschool Day at Riverbend Park – Great Falls – February 15
1.5 Discounted Lodging for Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days – Williamsburg – February 17 through 21, 2013

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Play: The Screwtape Letters – Washington, D.C. – Begins December 19
2.2 Museums on Us – Multiple Locations – First Weekend Monthly
2.3 Virginia Mayflower Society Essay Scholarship Contest – Deadline Is March 15, 2013

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Family Activities for Winter Break

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Free Printable Calendars for 2013
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Happy Birthday, Jesus (on a Great Site!)

3.4 Math: Winter Wonderland Worksheet – Math for Middle Schoolers
3.5 DIY: Turn Paint Chips into a Dry Erase Calendar

3.6 Arts and Crafts: Last Minute Gift – “Art Magnets” – All Ages

3.7 Bible and Art: Free Gospel eLesson from Grapevine – Expires December 31

3.8 History: Flag Conservation Video

3.9 Homemaking: Grocery Lists

3.10 Geography: Christmas in Australia Unit Study

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4) Parting Thought – Revised History

The first Christmas there were actually four kings who came from the East searching for the baby Jesus.


They were named Why, What, Where, and a fourth king, Whence. Along the way, Whence (maybe he didn’t have GPS?) took a wrong turn on his camel, got separated from the caravan, and was never seen again.


While kings Why, What, and Where who made it to Bethlehem have their own Christmas song (“We Three Kings”), the missing fourth king is also immortalized in the traditional song, “Good King Whence is Lost.”


Thought you’d want to know next time you sing carols.


– Adapted from Dr. Bob Griffin via his free humor e-mail; subscribe at bob@grif.net or www.grif.net if you are interested.

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5) Worth Repeating 

“Education is useless without the Bible.”

Noah Webster (1758-1843), American educator and author of the first dictionary of American English, the American Dictionary of the English Language. His work helped to standardize American spelling. His famous Blue Back Speller became a classic in U.S. schools. Both books used frequent Bible references.

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6) Verse of the Week   

For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

– Mark 10:45 (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.