HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


February 6, 2013 



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A Bounty of Blessings 

Facebook Party and Blog Giveaway

Mark your calendars for February 19, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.–the convention preregistration kickoff party is coming up! Join us–along with our co-hosts Apologia, Math-U-See, Advent Film Group, Diana Waring, and Master Books–for an evening filled with giveaways, gifts, and surprises! Chat live with convention speakers, guests, and exhibitors. Just come as you are–and stay as long you’d like. You never know who might show up! Watch HEAV’s Facebook page for more information.


Celebrating 30 Years  

February’s Bounty of Blessings’ giveaway is coming up! Check out our blog next Monday, February 11, to comment and have a chance to win a hardbound copy of Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. The winner will be announced on–you guessed it!–February 14. Be the 30th comment from the end to win!

In celebration of serving homeschool families for 30 years, HEAV wants to bless you–our supporters. Blessings usually come when you least expect them, so keep a close eye on HEAV’s weekly Update, Facebook page, events, blog, and website for clues that lead you to 30.

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Seton Testing Services

10% off TerraNova and Iowa orders placed before March 15th!

Seton Testing Services is offering a special 10% discount to Virginia homeschoolers on our new lines of tests: The TerraNova/CAT6 (Complete Battery and Survey) and the Iowa (ITBS and ITED). Use coupon code HEAV2013 to place your order before March 15th and select the testing date of your choice!



Rekindle your Marriage at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center

Why not take some time to rekindle the flame of your marriage? Rekindle is a weekend designed to give you practical tools to strengthen your marriage. Register by February 9 for a special HEAV discount. February 22-24. See www.wcrc.info for more information.

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HEAV is looking for an expert in customizations and CRM integration who can help us with the continuing development of our new database. 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

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Day at the Capitol It’s Not Too Late! Register Online or At the Door 

Day at the Capitol–Tomorrow

Homeschool Day at the Capitol in Richmond is tomorrow, February 7! This is a great field trip for the whole family.
Haven’t registered yet?  You can still register online today, or just register at the door tomorrow!
Get more information here.

Legislative Update: Sports Access and Parental Rights Bills

Sports access (HB 1442, Delegate Bell) passed the House and was referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Education. Parental rights (HB 1642, Delegate Pogge) passed the Virginia House and will now be considered in the Senate. The Senate version of parental rights (SB 908, Senator Reeves) passed the Senate last week, and will be considered in the House.


Free Portrait Session and 8×10 Portrait–an HEAV Member Benefit!

Living Story Photography offers HEAV members a free portrait session and free 8×10 portrait–a $216 value! No purchase is necessary. Visit the website to browse a wide collection of beautiful photographs. This special offer extends to all HEAV members. Not a member? Join today!

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Swan Lake at the Richmond Ballet

An HEAV-Sponsored Event!

Friday, February 8; Saturday, February 9; and Sunday, February 10, 2013 – Richmond

For many, Swan Lake defines the very art of ballet: the lush Tchaikovsky score, the moonlit images of impossible grace, and the story of mystery and transformation. There will be just four performances of this time-honored classic. Use the HEAV code to get discount prices on tickets. Swan Lake is performed in the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, and will run approximately two and a half hours; dress comfortably.


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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Article of the Week

Keep the Fires Burning – Terri Bonin

Keeping the fires of love burning in a marriage can take some ingenuity, so this couple suggests Saturday morning dates! Read their ideas, add some of your own, and go on a date.

Homeschool Q&A

Public School Testing  

Q. I have a child who needs help with reading comprehension. Can I have him tested through the public schools?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 American Mathematics Competition – Lexington – Register by February 12

1.2 Classical Conversations Meetings – Multiple locations – Multiple Dates

1.3 Common Soldier of the Civil War Homeschool Day – Richmond – Register by March 1

1.4 Irish Dance Lessons – Yorktown – Ongoing (Next Session Starts March 9)

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2) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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2.1 Christian Resources: 16 Psalms to Help Ease Worry

2.2 Thrifty Ideas: List of Free Kindle Books

2.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Easy Valentine Cards

2.4 Science: Animal Lapbooks

2.5 Fun: February 2013 Activity Calendar

2.6 Sewing: Sock Monkeys Updated

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4) Parting Thought – Latin Lessons You May Have Missed

“Sharpei diem.” – Seize the wrinkled dog.


“Veni, Vidi, Velcro” – I came; I saw; I stuck around.


“Nunc Tutus Exitus Computarus.” – It’s Now Safe To Turn Off Your Computer.


– Author(s) unknown; as seen on the internet.


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5) Worth Repeating

“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”

– Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), an American born into slavery, later became a noted abolitionist, author, and speaker. Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, Douglass later changed his name when he fled to escape slavery. See various resources, photographs, an online museum, and a virtual tour of his Washington, D.C. home on the National Park’s webpage.


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6) Verse of the Week   

For thy mercy [is] great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

– Psalm 57:10 (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.