HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


December 6, 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. Please send items you’d like to share as soon as possible so we can include them. 


Keep Up with All the HEAV News! The Convention Is on Facebook! 

Be sure to visit our Facebook page often for convention updates, news and reminders, and other important HEAV announcements–plus LOTS of interesting discussion! “Like” the page, and visit often to make sure you aren’t missing any posts in our news feed.


United States Capitol


Thank You for Your Phone Calls!  

Thank you to all those who called their senators this past week asking them to oppose the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)–and many thanks to ParentalRights.org and HSLDA for the work they’ve done! The U.S. Senate failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to ratify the treaty, with 38 Senators voting no, and 61 voting yes. Read more here.


A Favorite at the 30th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention!

Joyce Herzog is a gifted teacher and author of many educational products that simplify teaching for you and learning for your students. With an M.D. and a PhD., plus 25 years of experience teaching learning-disabled students in private and public schools, Joyce is a pioneer of special-education programs and curricula. Be blessed by her knowledge and wisdom at the convention in June! Visit her website to learn more about her ministry.

And 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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The AmericansThe Americans: 11 True Stories of Challenge and Wonder

Why are we fascinated both by heroes and lawbreakers? Here, twelve of the former and two of the latter: Key, Earhart, Oakley, Slaves William and Ellen Craft, Butch and Sundance, Barnum, Twain, Dix, the first female doctor, a Civil War spy, and the dentist who banished pain. Entertaining and excellent for discussion.

Click here for ordering information and a FREE 5-minute sample from 7 of the stories!



Do you have children interested in playing the piano? The Piano Express offers homeschooled children piano lessons at a discounted monthly rate. Students learn at their own pace; focus is on retaining skills. Combined lesson includes MIDI technology and an instructor. Located in Ashburn, Virginia. Contact us at office@thepianoexpress.com, or call 703-723-5406.

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Article of the Week

Homeschooling from the Heart: Living Christmas – Author Unknown

Making snow angels right along with her kids, acting out the Christmas story at home, making gingerbread houses (and indulging in the candy trimmings too) are just some of this homeschool mom’s ideas for making a truly loving homeschool Christmas experience. Most of all, remember just how fleeting our time with those kids is.


Homeschool Q&A

Moving and Notifying

Q. We plan to move to Virginia soon, but want to travel a few weeks after we arrive. How soon should I submit my Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Cupcakes with the Curator – Smithfield – December 12
Free Answers in Genesis: Answers Conference – Williamsburg – Registering Now

1.3 Homeschool Swim Class – Mechanicsville – Begins in January
1.4 The Teaching Home Newsletter #298: Rejuvenate Your Home School


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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 “Brain Balance” Parent Lecture – Midlothian – December 11

2.2 National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Writing Competition – First Deadline Is December 28 (Limited to the First 250 Entrants)
2.3 Virginia Stands for Life – Richmond – January 9, 2013 (Register Now)

Virginia State Capitol Area

2.4 Free Answers in Genesis Conferences – Williamsburg – January 25 through 27
2.5 Free Webcast on Worldwide Religious Persecution – Online – On Demand

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Names of God Tree
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 31 Ways to Earn Extra Cash Before Christmas
3.3 Preschool, Kindergarten, and Up: Homemade Marbles
3.4 Science: Free Astronomy Classes and Lesson Plans
3.5 Government: Contact Elected Officials via USA.gov

3.6 Foreign Language: Latin Phrase List

3.7 Family: Seasonal Stationery Printables

3.8 Creation Science: Free Issue of Creation Illustrated Magazine

3.9 Gardening: Winter Care for Houseplants

3.10 DIY: Bookshelf with Planks of Wood and Two Ladders

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4) Parting Thought – Feed Your Soul

Amid all the feasting and treats, don’t neglect to nourish your soul! How many days do you voluntarily go without food? Probably not many, but the majority of Christians go without daily spiritual food in the form of Bible reading and prayer.


Heartlight ministry offers several different Bible reading and prayer plans from which to choose. Internet searches will turn up many more. No matter what you choose, ask God to help keep you faithful in it! An accountability partner may also help your growth in prayer and devotions. Text or call each other with a couple of prayer requests and share a meaningful verse from that day’s reading. Which reminds me–are you also hiding God’s Word in your heart?


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5) Worth Repeating 

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a family all wrapped up in each other.”

– William E. Vaughan (1915-1977), an American writer who frequently wrote under the pseudonym of Burton Hillis.


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6) Verse of the Week   

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

– 2 Corinthians 9:15 (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.