HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


February 20, 2013 



Bounty of Blessings Facebook Party Join us on Facebook!

Thanks to all who participated and shared a great time at the “Bounty of Blessings” Facebook party last night. Don’t forget to check the blog to see if you’ve won a prize or giveaway! Many thanks to Apologia, Math-U-See, Diana Waring, and Master Books for partnering with us in this celebration. What a great way to kick-off convention season!


Registration for the 2013 Convention will open with a three-day, member-only special–just $59 for the whole family! That includes all shopping (UCS & Exhibit Hall), workshops, Jeff Myers & Mike Farris keynotes, and tickets to a Duggar Friday keynote session! Not a member? Join now to take advantage of this special price when registration opens–and watch for the announcement of the opening date!

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Huntington Learning Center is Your Tutoring Solution!

Huntington Learning Center is Your Tutoring Solution!

Huntington is your tutoring solution! Programs available for K-12 in reading, writing, study skills, math, phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Many upper level classes available through college level, including standardized (SAT/ACT) tests prep. Mention Virginia Homeschool Update and receive $100 discount on evaluation. Call today at 1-800-CAN-LEARN!



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Convention News and Updates 

Free Gifts with Registration

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

This Friday – 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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Article of the Week

Homeschool Encouragement: Reflections from a Homeschool Graduate Rachel Cross

Will homeschooling really affect our children in the long run? A homeschool graduate shares seven lasting benefits she enjoys because her mother chose to homeschool her.


Homeschool Q&A

Testing When Beginning Mid-Year

Q. I just started homeschooling. Am I required to send test scores to the superintendent by August 1?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Homeschooling Classically: High School and Beyond – Charlottesville – Register by February 22

1.2 HSLDA CAP Lobbyist Training – Purcellville – Register Now for March 4

1.3 Stanford Testing – Culpeper – Register by April 21

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Henricus Historical Park Camps – Chester – Begin in April

2.2 Article – Teacher’s Union President: Teach the Basics and Radical Politics

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Favorite Bible Verses

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Produce Selection, Handling, and Storage

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss – March 2, 1904

3.4 Fun Science: Make Oobleck or Gak at Home

3.5 Technology: Free Course: “Intro to Computer Science” from Harvard University

3.6 Music: Making Music Fun

3.7 English: Classics-Based Writing – Condolence Letters

3.8 History: All About Presidents Notebooking Unit

3.9 DIY: Repurpose a Playpen or Crib into an Indoor Laundry Rack

3.10 Kitchen Tip: Video – How to Load Your Dishwasher Like a Pro

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4) Parting Thought – Mixed Messages

Wife texts husband on a cold winter’s morning:

“Windows frozen; won’t open.”


Husband texts back:

“Gently pour some lukewarm water over it.”


Wife texts back five minutes later:

“Computer really messed up now.”


– Adapted Dr. Bob Griffin’s daily humor e-mail, available free of charge at bob@grif.net or www.grif.net.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching?”

– Nicholas Johnson (1934-present), lawyer, former member of the Federal Communications Commission.

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6) Verse of the Week   

Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

– Psalm 29:1-2 (KJV)        

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week

Laugh of the Week
Taken from The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons (www.familymanweb.com). Reprinted with Permission.