HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


January 16, 2013 



~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ 

Convention News

Registration will open in late February,

with a three-day, member-only special! Watch the website and Facebook for the opening date, and be sure to join or renew your membership now to take advantage of the special price.

 Virginia Largent

And speaking of the convention, we’re pleased to welcome Virginia Largent, author and singer of the 2000+ educational songs featured on acadamiacs.com. A popular speaker on music, learning, and the brain, Virginia believes that learning should always be FUN, easy, and fast! Don’t miss her at the convention!


Convention Positions Available

Want to get into the thick of things? We have a few key positions open for convention coordinators. Check them out to see if there’s something that will fit your skills and talents!


Facility and Rentals CoordinatorHelp Wanted!

Love to organize? HEAV is looking for someone who can gather information and create a detailed design of the floor layout for this year’s convention. (But don’t worry–it does not include the Exhibit Hall!) Get more information here.


Keynote Coordinator

Have experience with stage production, design, setup, and scheduling? HEAV could use your help as a keynote coordinator! Click here for more information.



Are you an accomplished homeschooled musician in need of an audience? Come play for us at the 2013 Virginia Homeschool Convention! We are looking for instrumentalists, both soloists and ensembles, to play background music. This is a volunteer position that is open to any homeschooled student or graduate. Get more information here.

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~


Online Information SessionsOnline Information Sessions for UVA Engineering Transfer for UVA Engineering Transfer


Online Information Sessions for UVA Engineering Transfer 

The University of Virginia will host online information sessions regarding transfer into its engineering degree programs. Discussed will be the application process, UVA’s PRODUCED in Virginia online program, offering BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science from anywhere in Virginia.

Saturday, January 26, 10-11 a.m. and Monday, January 28, 8-9 p.m.

Contact James Groves, jgroves@virginia.edu for login details.

Home Educators' Day at Jefferson's Monticello Calling Young Scholars: Home Educators’ Day at Jefferson’s Monticello

3/6/2013- 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – $15 adults/$6 for students

Explore the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and take a special guided tour of Jefferson’s iconic home, Monticello, to learn more about the people who lived and worked here. Interactive indoor and outdoor activity stations will explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics. www.monticello.org/homeeducators

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~  


Overruled in Sweden

In June 2009, Annie and Christer Johansson’s son, Dominic, was seized by authorities, who cited as a reason that Dominic was homeschooled. Although a Swedish court had ruled in favor of the Johanssons earlier this year, in December, an appeals court reversed the ruling and terminated their parental rights. This case, which is being appealed again, is a demonstration of what can happen when the importance of the family unit is not respected. Please keep the Johanssons in your thoughts and prayers as their attorneys work for justice. You can read more about the Johansson’s legal troubles here.

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~


Homeschool Day at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

An HEAV-Sponsored Event!

Virginia Beach Friday, January 25, 2013

Discover the amazing underwater world at the Virginia Aquarium. Travel on an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and 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.

High School at Home: The Path to Yvonne BunnSuccess

Friday, January 18, 2013 – Richmond  

Teaching high school at home can seem like a daunting task–but the benefits of homeschooling during the high school years far outweigh the challenges!

Find out everything you need to know about homeschooling through high school in this seminar!

Friday, January 25; Sunday, January 27; and Monday, January 28, 2013 – Williamsburg
This free event is sponsored by CrossWalk Community Church of Williamsburg. Come hear AiG speaker Dr. Terry Mortenson speak on
Creation vs. Evolution: Why It Matters; Millions of Years: Where Did That Idea Come From?; Origin of Species: Was Darwin Right?; and Ape-men, Adam and the Gospel. Learn how to defend the inerrancy of scripture “from the very first verse!”
All events are free and open to the public, but programs on Friday morning at Williamsburg Christian Academy are reserved for local homeschoolers. Homeschoolers must pre-register by phone at 757-258-1099.

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

Thursday, January 31, 2013 – Portsmouth 

An HEAV-Sponsored Event! 

One price for BOTH museums! Homeschoolers of all ages will love to visit the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and the Children’s Museum of Virginia for Homeschool Day. 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.

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~


Article of the Week

Home School Heartbeat Radio: Grace Will Lead Me Home – Mike Smith and Elyse Fitzpatrick

This two-minute radio program (listen or read the transcript) is the first of a week-long series on the types of parenting. Mr. Smith of HSLDA interviews author, counselor, and speaker, Mrs. Elyse Fitzpatrick about her latest book, Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus. After listening to this program, you can continue listening to the series by clicking on the red “Next Program.”    


Homeschool Q&A

Test Administrator

Q. A friend told me that testing must be done by a certified teacher. Does it have to be a Virginia certified teacher?  

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items
1.1 The Virginia Living Museum Homeschool Day – Newport NewsRegistration Deadline is January 28
1.2 Annual Tornado Drill – Statewide – March 12
1.3 Ways to Demonstrate Learning Besides Traditional Tests

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Henricus Historical Park: Battle of Trent’s Reach – Chester – January 19
2.2 March for Life 2013 Events – Washington, D.C. – January 24-26
2.3 Sully Historic Site Winter Programs – Chantilly – Begin January 26
2.4 DIY Goofs Could Earn You $100!

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Bible Reading Plans–Again
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Cabbage Recipes
3.3 Preschool and Up: Games for Playground Balls
3.4 Math: Printable Play Money
3.5 Fun: Free Printable Word Search Puzzles (Adults and Kids)

3.6 English: Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker

3.7 History and Government: Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government (Franklin, That Is)

3.8 DIY: Free Family Handyman Newsletter and DIY Goofs Contest

3.9 Reference: Internet Archive Tutorial – Don’t Give Up on “Dead” Links

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ 

4) Parting Thought – Religious Freedom Day Is January 16

“Since 1993, the President has annually proclaimed January 16 ‘Religious Freedom Day.’ This commemoration marks the passage on January 16, 1786, of a significant document authored by Thomas Jefferson: the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.”


What are you doing to pass on this principle, exercise it, and preserve it? Countries around the world continue to limit those who desire to exercise their Judeo-Christian faith and those who seek to educate their children in line with those beliefs. Don’t let it slip through your hands unnoticed.


~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

5) Worth Repeating 

“Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits . . . it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.”

– Fisher Ames (1758-1808), Founding Father from Massachusetts, orator, and Federalist. According to the Foundation for Economic Education, “ his warnings about the ‘dangers to American liberty'” have proven to be prophetic. 

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
6) Verse of the Week   

O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

– Psalm 90:14 (KJV)        

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week

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