HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


January 15, 2014


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Balloons Facebook Party and Blog Giveaway–Tomorrow!

We’ve got a super Facebook party lined up! Join us tomorrow–Thursday, January 16, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.–on our Facebook page. Meet the speakers and the exhibitors and find out about all the convention happenings. Oh–and did we mention GREAT prizes? Look for giveaways from exhibitors like Doorposts, Bright Ideas Press, Homeschool in the Woods, Virginia Soaps & Scents, VideoText Interactive Math, and so many more! All this to kick off convention registration.


Get Ready… Get Set…

IT OPENS NEXT WEEK! Convention registration opens for HEAV members on Wednesday (January 22). Register within the first three days, and your whole family can attend the convention for just $49!


Our database and login process have changed, so if you haven’t logged in on the HEAV website recently, do it now! Check your membership status and make sure you’re all set when registration opens.  


Membership expired? Renew today! Not a member? Join now!


Two Great Programs for Teens

Don’t Short Circuit! Exploring the Eye-Brain Connection Through Hands-on Discovery

Fasten your seat belts to embark on a fantastic voyage through the body with Dr. Lainna Callentine as your tour guide. In this compelling, interactive, hands-on workshop, you will learn how your eyes and brain cooperate, and how optical illusions fool your brain. You will even pick a brain and poke at an eye in hands-on discovery dissections!


Mind Numbing to Mind Blowing–How to Write an Essay that Someone Might Actually Want to Read

Believe it or not, some people write essays because they want to! Join Brian Wasko as he debunks the myth that essays are an unavoidably painful experiences. Students will learn some secrets to writing well with form and structure–but in a fun, dynamic way that prods the intellect without stifling the imagination.


Open to students ages 13 and up.

Dissection Lab: $29/student

Writing Lab: $19/student

Writing Lab and Dissection Combo: $39/student


Watch for more information soon! 

Meet the Speaker



Evonne Mandella is a homeschooling mom with a passion for creativity and the creator of “Mega Multimedia: The Course,” a program in which she leads students step-by-step into building websites, creating simple apps, and much more.


Check out her fun video, and learn how to use a FREE photo editor to make a beautiful journal page for field trips and more! (And watch for her giveaway tomorrow night, too!)

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Love & Respect WCRC Marriage Retreat – Love & Respect

February 21-23, 2014

Come to the Love and Respect Marriage Retreat at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center February 21-23. This video conference features Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs presenting marriage-building principles from their best selling book. Enjoy quality teaching, comfortable lodging, and great food.  

Click here for more information and to register online. 


Hope Egan Home Buying IS Homeschooling!

Transform home buying into homeschooling! As a former homeschooling mom, I understand your unique needs and would enjoy involving your children in the real estate adventure. As homeschoolers, you also qualify for cash back incentives.  

Contact Hope Egan, Exit First Realty’s Brian Hall Homes Team,
804-874-4673, HopeEganHomes@gmail.comor HomeschoolHomes.com.

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Graduation Opens Today!  graduation

Mark this special milestone in the life of your graduate with a meaningful, godly ceremony that includes your friends and family. Graduation registration opens today (January 15) and will stay open until the ballroom is filled to capacity.
Don’t delay! There is limited seating and graduation slots always fill quickly. Get more information and sign up

Young Entrepreneurs’ Registration Is Open entrepreneurs

Have a high-quality product or service you’d like to sell at the convention? The Young Entrepreneurs program is back, and participation is open to young adults ages 10 to 21 who run their own businesses. Let others know about your business and have FUN in the process! Get more information or request an application here.


NEW! Special Buddies Program

For the first time, HEAV is offering a new program for children with moderate to severe special needs. The Special Buddies program has a low staff-to-student ratio and includes a Bible-based curriculum with music, crafts, and videos. The Special Buddies staff and volunteers are equipped with the heart and the training to masterfully serve the children and their families. More information will be coming soon! If you’d like to be notified when applications are being accepted, please e-mail specialbuddies@heav.org.


UCS ucs

Looking for inside activities to do during the cold winter months? Start your spring cleaning early–go through your homeschool materials and sort out those items that you no longer need or want! This year’s Used Curriculum Sale is a great opportunity to sell those items, earn some money for yourself, and bless others at the same time. The UCS barcoding site will open in March. Watch your e-mail for more details.


Share Your Student’s Success–Ends Friday   

What has YOUR student accomplished? Many homeschoolers do well academically–and have unique achievements in other areas as well. This is your chance to let others know about your student’s successes!

Complete this form, and in 75 words or less, let us know about your student’s achievements. Don’t delay! The deadline is Friday, January 17.

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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Friday, January 24, 2014 – Virginia Beach

Discover the amazing underwater world at the Virginia Aquarium. Travel on an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean while you experience animal feedings, training sessions, and hands-on programs. You’ll see thousands of animals–representing more than 300 species–displayed in entertaining and educational exhibits. View presentation is the Imax theater. Scheduled this year: “Under the Sea” and “Penguins.” 



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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – Portsmouth

Two great field trips in one! This featured 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.


Day at the CapitolDay-at-the-Capitol

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – Richmond

Registration Is Now Open for Everyone

Participate in a history lesson your family will never forget, meet your legislators, listen to debates, and view the hustle and bustle of a day in the General Assembly! Registration is now open for both members and non-members. Don’t wait–Day at the Capitol events usually fill quickly. Get more information and register online here.


Cost: HEAV members: $25/family, plus $5 for each child who is not a family member (a $5 member savings!)

Non-members: $30/family, plus $5 for each child who is not a family member.


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Article of the Week

Serving Them, Nurturing You – Kendra Fletcher

Read how a homeschooling mom of eight (all under 18) has discerned how to take godly “me time” for physical, mental (emotional and intellectual), and spiritual needs. Consider one of her suggested books in each of those categories for further insight and encouragement.

Homeschool Q&A

Oops–we did it again! The link didn’t work in the January 8 Update, so here is the last week’s Q&A

Transcripts and Course Location

Q. On my teen’s high school transcript, should I list the place he took some of his courses-for example, high school courses taken online or at our local co-op?


From Our Blog

Pour on the Salt

Winter doldrums? Michelle Crooker of Homeschooler on the Edge has the cure! Read all about it in this week’s Hearts & Hands post.

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Educators’ Open House – Woodbridge – January 22

1.2 Two Museums–One Day! – Portsmouth – January 29

1.3 Home School Tours at Pamplin Historical Park & Civil War Museum – Petersburg – February 7 and 14

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2) General Items
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2.1 One Ocean Student Film Festival – Deadline Is March 15
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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Tracts for Mobile Devices
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Selling Your Old Cell Phone
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Helping Picky Eaters

3.4 Arts and Crafts–and Lots More: Crafts for Bible Lessons
3.5 History: Civil War Learning While Playing

3.6 Homeschooling: Article – Character Qualities Not Measured by Tests

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4) Parting Thought – Laughter Is Still the Best Medicine

No matter who you are or what situations you face, we defy you to not feel at least a little bit better off after watching this short video. (It reminds us of the “baby and paper tearing” videos on YouTube). Keep giving all the big–and little–problems in your life to our Lord, practice good preventative medicine, and enjoy multiple smiles, laughs, and hugs every day. God be with you throughout 2014!


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5) Worth Repeating   

“Whatever a man depends upon, whatever rules his mind, whatever governs his affections, whatever is the chief object of his delight, is his god.”

– Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), British preacher, author, and evangelist.

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6) Verse of the Week

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.

– 1 Chronicles 28:9-10 (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.