HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


February 13, 2013 



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Join us on Facebook!

Bounty of Blessings
Facebook Party and Blog Giveaway

Three Hours – Thirty Giveaways

Join us on Facebook–along with our co-hosts (and 2013 convention speakers)–next Tuesday, February 19, at 8 p.m. for a fun “Bounty of Blessings” celebration!
, Apologia, Math-U-See, George Escobar of Advent Film Group, Master Books, and Diana Waring Presents are teaming up to bring you an incredible convention kickoff party! Chat live with our convention speakers, exhibitors, and HEAV staff, and have an opportunity to win some GREAT prizes as well. Read more here.

Celebrating 30 Years

Win a Free Book – Just One Day Left

February’s Bounty of Blessings’ giveaway is happening! Go to the blog NOW to comment and have a chance to win a hardbound copy of Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. The winner will be announced tomorrow–February 14.

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Learn Math FastLearn Math Fast System Teaches Years of Math in Months


Does math bring tears to your homeschool? When it’s time to start over from the beginning and re-teach math, read the Learn Math Fast System. In about a year, your child can be up to 9th grade level with confidence and a smile. Coupon: HEAV gives $10 off at www.LearnMathFastBooks.com.

Virginia Homeschool Convention

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Convention News and Updates

Convention Registration will be opening in late February with a three-day, member-only special of just $59 for the entire family–that includes tickets to hear the Duggars! Besides the humongous Used Curriculum Sale, graduation, teen programs, and extra-large Exhibit Hall, look for fantastic workshops with tracks on special needs, raising boys–plus a whole lot more!

Steve Demme VIrginia Homeschool Convention Speaker

New Convention Speaker

Meet author and founder of Math-U-See, Steve Demme! A former math teacher who has taught all levels of math, Steve is also the founder of Building Faith Families and the father of four now-grown sons who were homeschooled. As a pastor, counselor, teacher, husband, and father, he speaks on both the “heart” and “head” aspects of homeschooling.  


Check out Steve’s workshops this year:

The Family that Stays Together Stays Together   

Our Father Who Art in Heaven

Seeing Fractions Is Understanding Fractions

Elementary Algebra Taught Concretely

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An HEAV-Sponsored Event!
The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

February 15 and February 22 – Petersburg

Jump right into history as park educators deliver informative programs using fun, participatory learning techniques. In programs specifically designed for children in grades 3 through 12, students will participate in a military drill, study how free and enslaved Virginia families lived 150 years ago, and come face to face with the experiences of Civil War soldiers. You won’t want to miss this!



An HEAV-Sponsored Event!

Homeschool Day at Nauticus 

Thursday, February 28 – Norfolk

Visit the newest exhibit, Our Mighty Seaport; enjoy the aquariums, weather exhibits, touch tanks, and Navy exhibits; and watch a movie in the large-screen theater! Educational programming–included in your discount admission ticket–is also offered throughout the day. And don’t forget to visit the last–and largest–Navy battleship, the U.S.S. Wisconsin!

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HELP WANTED  Help Wanted!


HEAV is looking for an expert in customizations and CRM integration who can help us with the continuing development of our new database. We also need someone who can help train staff and volunteers and help build reports. If you have the necessary skills and are willing to help out, or if you have questions about our needs, please e-mail Anne Miller at president@heav.org


Calling All Bloggers!

HEAV needs help getting the word out about the convention! Even if your blog doesn’t have a huge following, you can help spread the word by posting convention info and links. A special bloggers’ meet-up is scheduled at the convention for all participants. If interested, contact Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org with your blog address, any available stats, and a brief bio.

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Article of the Week

Counting Pencils and the Days until Spring – Molly Green

This homeschooling mom suggests that, after a brief post-holiday rest, an inventory of physical supplies (office supplies, arts-and-crafts supplies, and more) aids her preparation for spring cleaning. It is also part of her routine reassessment of their overall homeschool situation as they begin to look toward next year. She reports happily finding a number of things she didn’t know they had, thus saving the cost of buying more needlessly.

Homeschool Q&A

Homeschooling Again 

Q. If my child goes back to public school, can I take her out and homeschool her again if it doesn’t work out? What should I expect?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Homeschool Day at Regent University – Virginia Beach – Register by February 19

1.2 Richmond Spirit Girls Varsity Soccer – Mechanicsville – Register by February 28

1.3 Nature Investigations – Multiple Locations – First Deadline Is March 3

1.4 Early Bird Registration: Generation Joshua iGovern East – Purcellville – Best Price by April 5

1.5 Aretè Christian Academy Open House – Mechanicsville – Register by April 9

1.6 The Teaching Home: Presidents Day and Black History Month

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Dover Coloring Contest – Deadline Is March 2

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Black Christianity Before the Civil War

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Back to Basics Mini-Challenge

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Dramatic Play Ideas

3.4 Science and History: Old Time Radio: “Adventures in Research”

3.5 Computers: “Alt Codes” Chart for Special Keyboard Characters

3.6 History: Colonial Clothing – an Interactive Game and How to “Fake” a Costume

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4) Parting Thought – The Valentine Verse

For God so loVed the world,

      That He gAve

           His onLy



                    That whoever

       Believes In Him

         Should Not perish,

      But have Everlasting life.


– John 3:16. Your children may enjoy drawing a decorated version of this verse and sharing God’s love with someone you know.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

– Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), missionary to India. Miss Carmichael rescued many children from mistreatment and founded an orphanage for them. She is the author of many poems, some of which have been set to music. Read a brief biography and hear some of the songs created from her poems here.

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6) Verse of the Week 
We have thought of thy loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

– Psalm 48:9 (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.