HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


February 19, 2014



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15 Weeks to Go!  




What Do Teens Do at the Convention?

Choose one of Generation Joshua’s exciting, two-day teen programs, of course! Take an active leadership role in either iAdvocate or iCommand–and experience the challenge of standing up for your beliefs. Both programs run Friday and Saturday, so choose the one that bests suits your interests.  


iAdvocate: Mock Legislative Session Generation Joshua 

Think you can make tough decisions? iAdvocate will give you the chance to draft and advocate legislation. Find out firsthand what your legislator goes through every day!  


NEW! iCommand: Presidential Crisis Simulation

How would YOU handle a crisis? Find out as you determine how the U.S. should act upon the world stage in a crisis situation–and see the consequences in real time. Space for this program is very limited.


Get more details here.

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Colonial WilliamsburgJoin our city of dreamers, idealists, rebels, and loyalists.

There’s a movement to victory in the Revolutionary City…townspeople dreaming of freedom amidst the uncertainty of war. Inspire your family by experiencing America’s beginnings in this 300-acre city of trade shops, homes, and community buildings. Click to visit our website for details on our Homeschoolers Spring Event.



WCRC Attention Men: Register now for the Men’s Retreat at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center March 21-23, 2014. This will be a time of meaningful worship, inspired teaching, and great fellowship. Our speakers, Duane Yoder and Luke Hartman, will speak on spiritual mentoring. For more information or to register online go to www.wcrc.info.

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Get Ready for the UCS!

Our staff is busy preparing the UCS barcoding site for the biggest and best sale ever! The site should be up and running in early March, so be watching your e-mail for updates. You can start preparing now by gathering all those homeschool resources you no longer need-and use them to bless other homeschool families who do. Happy sorting!


Special Buddies Program Volunteers Needed  

Do you have experience with–or maybe just a heart for–children with special needs? For the first time, HEAV is offering a Special Buddies program, and we are looking for volunteers to serve in this very special children’s ministry. A heart for children with special needs is a must, and experience is extremely helpful. Interested? Apply here.


Have You Registered Yet?

Don’t miss this year’s exciting line-up of speakers and exhibitors! Online registration is easy and takes only a few minutes, saving you lots of time at the actual convention.


Not an HEAV member? Join or renew today and save $10 on preregistration.

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It’s testing time again!

New to testing-or not sure what’s right for your homeschool? Learn about Virginia law and check out some testing resources here. Also available is an updated list of competent Counselors, Testers, and Tutors. The list is sorted by region, making it easy to find someone in your area.


If you specialize in this field and would like help in getting your name out, feel free to post your name or company on the page.


Not sure where to begin with curriculum? Essential Learning Objectives Quick Assessment is an evaluation tool designed to show what your child knows for each grade level (grades 1-8), giving you the information you need to start homeschooling at your child’s level of success.

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Please be aware that some events have been rescheduled due to weather. Be sure to check the website often for updates on these events.


Virginia Living Museum

RESCHEDULED for Friday, March 7, 2014

Enjoy a fabulous selection of engaging classroom programs that highlight important natural science and earth science concepts. Elementary students (kindergarten-grade 4) study natural science programs and older kids (grades 5-12) will enjoy environmental science labs. Space science programs in the planetarium are available for grades K-9. 


Already signed up and registered? Your registration will automatically be moved to Friday, March 7. If there is a conflict, and you are not able to come on the rescheduled date, please e-mail education@thevlm.org or call 757-595-9135 to be issued a full refund. 


Haven’t signed up yet? Registration has been extended until Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. 


Children’s Museum of Virginia and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, April 8, 2014  

Two great field trips in one! This fabulous field trip takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes an educational program at each site for only $9 per person! Younger children may play on the fire truck and go bonkers for bubbles at the Children’s Museum, while older kids will be inspired by Virginia’s incredible sports history and hit the basketball court and other interactive play areas at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Be sure to visit the website for the education program schedule.


Northern Neck Correction

The location of Northern Neck Homeschool Day was incorrectly stated as Lynchburg. The correct location is Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster, Virginia.

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Article of the Week

Keeping the Joy in Your Homeschool When Life Is Hard – Jamerrill Stewart

We all struggle in one way or another, whether it shows to those outside the family or not. Regardless of the perceived severity of the situation, homeschooling often seems to give the flexibility we need to weather those storms. The author suggests concrete ways to focus on the joys of the moment rather than on the difficulties. Keep a thankful journal, take a day off, and four more ideas. (Scroll down to see the entire article; it’s short, but spread out.)


Homeschool Q&A
SAT® and ACT® Exam Difference

Q. What’s the difference between the SAT® and ACT® tests for college entrance?   


From Our Blog  

Loving and Letting Go

Did you ever think it would be possible to love your children TOO much? Yes, you can, and Kyndra will tell you why–and what to do about it!

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Battle of New Market 150th Guided Tour – New Market – Register by May 7

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2) General Items

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2.1 U.S. History Bee – Glen Allen – Register by February 28
2.2 Sully Plantation March Events – Chantilly – Begin March 2
2.3 Battle of New Market 150th Anniversary Reenactment – New Market – Best Price by May 7

2.4 Battle of New Market Adventure Camp – New Market – May 17

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Bible Reading Plans

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: 11 Learning Activities Perfect for Preschoolers

3.4 Creation Science: Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham

3.5 Family Fun: Five Brain Boosting Winter Time Activities

3.6 Arts and Crafts: March Is National Craft Month–Crafts for Kids

3.7 English: Janice Campbell on Alternatives to Writing a Literary Analysis

3.8 History: Constitution Lapbook

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4) Parting Thought – Who Knew Farming Was So Much Fun?

The Peterson brothers (Greg, Nathan, and Kendal) are part of a fifth-generation Kansas farm family well known for their initial success with the YouTube hit ”I’m Farming and I Grow It.” This Christian family shows just how much good, clean fun you can have working hard at a dirty job! They have produced several cleverly choreographed parody videos sure to make you smile–and teach you a little about farming at the same time. Take a break and show your city kids what life is like where the food comes from.


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5) Worth Repeating

“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.”

Charles-Louis De Secondat (1689-1755), the Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu.

Montesquieu, who inherited the title from his uncle, was a French political philosopher and a student of geology, biology, and physics. After a lengthy study of the English separation of powers, he wrote the book, On the Spirit of Laws.

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6) Verse of the Week

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

– Psalm 27:5 (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.