HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


December 4, 2013


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Convention Giveaway!

First, click here and be encouraged by these testimonials of homeschooling families who have walked in your shoes. Then, share your story to let others know how HEAV has affected your homeschooling experienc, and be entered to win a full, family registration to the 31st Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention, held June 5-7, 2014!


The convention has an incredible line-up of speakers, including keynote speaker Voddie Baucham–plus Sarita Holzmann (Sonlight Curriculum), Susan Kemmer (author, Homeschool Supermom…NOT), Phil Downer, (Discipleship Network of America), Carl Kerby (Reasons for Hope), Lee Binz (The Homescholar), Andrew Adams (Center for Literary Education), and many others! PLUS a HUGE Exhibit Hall, the popular “Curriculum Doctors,” Leader Luncheon, and Single Parents’ Luncheon.   


You won’t want to miss this! The giveaway will end at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 9!

Legacy of Freedom It’s Here! 

A Legacy of Freedom

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.

Watch the video, then please become part of this legacy by joining or renewing your HEAV membership!

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Let Winterplace Ski Resort help you plan your next homeschool winter field trip!

Special Homeschool Weekday Discounted Group Ski Package Price is $33.00 Normally – $72.94. That’s a 55% savings! Call NOW for your special homeschool discounted group package pricing and learn how to receive FREE Ski Packages for your group of 15 or more.

Cedarville Take an Online College Course in High School 

Cedarville’s affordable online courses give high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to study with top professors and earn college credit for just $125 per credit hour. There is still time to register for Spring 2014! Apply by December 9 at cedarville.edu/collegenow to start class in January! 

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Your Calls Urgently Needed


UNCRPD Treaty May Move Forward

HSLDA believes supporters of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) will try to approve this dangerous treaty in committee during the week of December 9, and then try to have the full Senate vote before Christmas. This treaty will negatively affect U.S. sovereignty and homeschool freedom.


The Senate will be on recess for Thanksgiving until Monday, December 9. It is absolutely crucial that your two senators know that you do not want them to ratify this United Nations treaty. Top officials from across the federal government-including the Department of Defense and the State Department-are lobbying senators to ratify this UN treaty. In order to defeat this coordinated attack against U.S. sovereignty and parental rights we must overwhelm the Senate with phone calls, emails, and letters.


Ask Your Senator to Oppose the UNCRPD!  The Capitol Switchboard – 202-224-3121


Click here for background information about the treaty.   



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 freedoms in Virginia. We rely on support from families like yours to help us serve the thousands of homeschool families who contact our office all year long. Please help continue the work and make an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation to HEAV today.

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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 communicationsproviding 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. Please send resume or questions to president@heav.org

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Article of the Week

Imprint the Image of a Godly Man on Your Daughter’s Heart – Mitchell S. Owens

One of Dad’s most important contributions to raising daughters is to imprint the image of a godly man on his daughters’ hearts. Read this brief item for practical, doable tips.

Homeschool Q&A
Testing a Young Child
Q. I have a young first-grader with a short attention span. Can you suggest a test that is acceptable to my school district?

From Our Blog

Rainy-Day Math for Rambunctious Kids – Kyndra Steinmann

Weather turned sour? Gray and mucky wintery days may not be the best for outdoor play, but you can help your “bouncing-off-the-walls” children burn off some energy (and–ssh!–slip in some learning) with these math games.

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1) Homeschool Items
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1.1 Homeschool Day at Riverbend Park – Great Falls – December 5
1.2 Learning Fun with LEGO®s – Williamsburg – December 4-23
1.3 Article – “I Want to Teach My Child about Jesus…So Where Do I Start?”
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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Discount Tickets to the Creation Museum – Purchase by December 18, 2013 and Use Within a Year
2.2 Outdoor Experiences Writing Contest – Deadline Is February 3, 2014
2.3 Virginia State Bar Essay Contest – Deadline Is February 13, 2014
2.4 Discounts and Special Programs for Adult and Senior Citizen Students

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: The Christmas Bible Reading Plan
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: DIY Photo Coasters
3.3 Kindergarten and Under: Toddler-Made Christmas Ornament

3.4 Health Science: Medical Terminology Worksheets
3.5 Foreign Languages: Merry Christmas in Many Languages

3.6 Home Economics: Hillbilly Housewife Crock-pot® Cooking

3.7 English: Link Literature with Activities

3.8 History: Geoguessr Online Game

3.9 Arts and Crafts: 30 Homemade Ornaments for the Kids

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4) Parting Thought – Did You Know?

A 20-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew contains the equivalent of about 22 packets of sugar.


Cats spend 50% (or more) of their awake time grooming.


The Australian Quokka is said to be the happiest animal in the world. See why.

As seen on the Internet


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5) Worth Repeating 

“By removing the Bible from schools we would be wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime.”

– Benjamin Rush (1746-1813), physician, American founding father, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Rush also served as surgeon general of the Continental Army.

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6) Verse of the Week

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

– Psalm 28:7 (KJV)

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Laugh of the Week