HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


February 27, 2013 



Convention–It’s Coming! Convention--It's Coming!

Can you feel the excitement? Convention registration is about to open with a three-day, member-only special price of just $59! In addition to incredible keynotes with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Michael Farris, and Jeff Myers, the expanded Exhibit Hall, and UCS, look for terrific teen tracks: a Writing Seminar with Andrew Pudewa, a Cartooning Camp, and Miracle Mountain Ranch Teen Track. Plus, there will be an awesome Children’s Program, Graduation, And SO much more.


Get ready! Make sure you have your HEAV number handy–or join today if you’re not already a member! Not sure? Check your membership status here. You can also find your HEAV number on your membership card (if you’re a member), and on your magazine mailing label, too.


Hotel Blocks Are Open

They are filling up quickly! We have reserved room blocks at seven local hotels to meet almost any need. Don’t wait too long to reserve your room; all room blocks are open now, and are expected to fill up very quickly. View the options here.

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Tidewater Classical Academy

Tidewater Classical Academy–Personal Attention of Homeschooling and Academic Excellence

Tidewater Classical Academy is a classical Christian school with a homeschool environment located in the heart of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our vision is to provide a Christ-centered, classically based education for Christian children. Currently enrolling for grades Pre-K4 through 8. TCA also has teacher positions available.



WCRC Men's Retreat

Come Away for Renewal at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center

Our Men’s Retreat is a great way to take a step back from your busy schedule and focus on the Lord. Bring your small group, come with a friend, make it a tradition. Great food, great fellowship, inspired teaching and fun activities make this a life-changing event.

See our website for more details.

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Convention News and Updates Diana

Diana Waring, author of Beyond SurvivalReaping the Harvest, and the History Revealed curriculum published by AiG, is coming to the convention! A homeschooler since the early 1980s, Diana has been enthusiastically received by audiences on four continents. Plus, she’s a SchoolhouseTeacher.com teacher! (See the free convention gift below!) Come hear her at the convention–with her special blend of humor and heart, she’s sure to provide inspiration and encouragement, as well as teach you how to live “outside the box!”


Look for these workshops by Diana:

Box-Free Living

Exposing the Wizard of Oz — A Christian’s Guide to Teaching History

History Via the Scenic Route

Not Just Your Average Genius


Celebrate with Us! Free Gifts with Registration

It’s HEAV’s 30th anniversary, and we’ve teamed up with The Old Schoolhouse® to give you an incredible convention gift! Get a FREE one-year membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com, and a FREE subscription to The Old Schoolhouse® Digital Magazine. SchoolhouseTeachers.com has a regular price of $64.95–but it’s yours FREE when you register for the convention.


SchoolhouseTeachers.com is chock-full of incredible resources and has some of the best teachers ever–names you trust, like Diana Waring, Carol Topps, George Escobar, Janice Campbell, and many others. Stop by the website to see all they have to offer, and just click ‘yes’ to the free gift offer when you register.

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Volunteers Needed This Week!

Help Sort Box Tops 

Attention Richmond families! The HEAV office urgently needs volunteers to come into the office THIS WEEK to help cut, count, and sort our last Box Tops submission. If interested, please call 804-278-9200.

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An HEAV-Sponsored Event!

Homeschool Day at Nauticus – Tomorrow! 

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

Loosen the Reins to Love – Demetria

With Valentine’s Day widely celebrated, February reminds this homeschool mom to search for extra loving ways to learn with her family. Board games, baking, and crafting together are just some of her ideas.

Homeschool Q&A

GED for Option 1

Q. Does a GED qualify as a high school diploma for option (i) of the homeschool law?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Team Policy Debate – Culpeper – March 15

1.2 Classical Conversations Events – Multiple Locations and Dates

1.3 Article – Family Fun with Teens–Graduation Included

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Learning Differences Simulation – Richmond – March 7

2.2 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program – Deadline Is March 15

2.3 Rain Barrel Workshop – Newport News – March 23

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Topical Memory Verses from JollyNotes.com

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Uses for Recycled Magazines

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article: “Teach Me to Play”

3.4 Science: NASA – Astronomy Picture of the Day

3.5 Conservative Current Events: Student News Daily

3.6 DIY: PVC Pipe Bike Rack

3.7 English: Word of the Day for Children

3.8 History: U.S. Constitution Catechism

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4) Parting Thought – Kids in Church

Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother Joel were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had enough of his antics.


“You’re not supposed to talk out loud in church.”


“Why? Who’s going to stop me?” Joel asked.


Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, “See those two men standing by the door? They’re hushers.”


– As seen on the Internet.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”

– Abigail Adams (1744-1818), wife of John Adams, who was the second president of the United States. In her husband’s many absences, she managed and worked their farm with the children along with homeschooling them. Ahead of her time in many ways, she (and John Adams) opposed slavery and favored an equal education for both boys and girls. Remember to study first ladies as you learn about our presidents!


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6) Verse of the Week   

Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

– 1 Chronicles 29:12 (KJV)        

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week

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