HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


January 24, 2014



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Waiting on Convention Registration?

Convention registration is temporarily closed for repairs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for the convention! The $49 member-only special will be extended to give you time to register at this amazing price once registration reopens, but there are lots of things you can do now to get ready:


1. Visit the website, and read about the dynamic lineup of speakers, check out the exhibitors, learn about this year’s special events, and more. 


2. Not a member? Join or renew to save $20 on convention registration now and to receive lots of member benefits all year!


3. Reserve Your Room Now!  

Hotel room blocks are now open. These rooms usually fill up very quickly, so don’t put off making reservations!


4. Volunteer today.
We need your help at the convention! Astoundingly, the convention relies on more than 600 volunteers to run smoothly! Volunteering has never been easier–simply fill out our volunteer application (it’s working just fine!) to sign up. Remember, volunteers shop first at the UCS!


Building an Effective Team

You don’t need to wait until June get the encouragement and support you need. The HEAV Leadership Conference is just around the corner! Are you a support group or co-op leader, e-mail list moderator, board member, newsletter editor, or coordinator? Come spend a fabulous weekend at the Woodland Conference Center in beautiful Williamsburg for a special time of encouragement, learning, and renewal. Doug Bartsch, homeschool dad and pastor of His Place Family Church in Spring, Texas, will be our special guest speaker.


Sign Up Today!


Send Your Leader – A Great Way to Say “Thank You!”

Not in a leadership position? Then send your co-op leader, support group organizer, or newsletter coordinator. Pay all or part of their cost, and show your appreciation for the hard work they do for you all year round. They’ll enjoy a time of fellowship and networking, and come away rejuvenated from this weekend packed with workshops, round-table discussions, and fast-paced interactive times together.


Registration deadline is February 14.

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Let Winterplace Ski Resort help you plan your next homeschool winter field trip!

Special Homeschool Weekday Discounted Group Ski Package  price is $33.00. Normally – $72.94. That’s a 55% savings! Call NOW for your special homeschool discounted group package pricing and learn how to receive FREE Ski Packages for your group of 15 or more.


Computer programming courses for kids and teens!

If your students want to create their own computer programs, games, websites, and Android apps,  Homeschool Programming, Inc. has the courses for you. Our award-winning, self-study curriculum teaches Java, C#, HTML, and VB programming languages from the ground up; no teacher expertise required. Visit us at to learn more!

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Young Entrepreneurs– Minding Your Own Business

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. Let others know about your business and have FUN in the process! Get more information or request an application here.


HEAV Graduation Ceremony 

Mark this special milestone in the life of your graduate with a meaningful, godly ceremony that includes your friends and family. Graduation registration 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



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.

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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center  

TODAY  – 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 two 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 fabulous 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.


Pamplin Historical Park  

Friday, February 14, 2014 – Petersburg 

Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier offers a special field-trip program for homeschool families and groups! Park educators deliver informative programs using fun, participatory learning techniques to teach historical lessons. These programs are specifically designed for children at grade levels 3-12. The tour includes time to visit the “Duty Called Me Here” exhibit and take a lunch break–just bring a bag lunch.

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Article of the Week

Find encouragement in the 2013 Homeschool Blog Winners.  

See how your fellow homeschoolers voted for the best homeschool blogs of 2013. There are many types of blogs–photographic, high school, and special needs, just to name three. The blogs come from different viewpoints, both religious and secular, light-hearted and serious. You’ll find blogs that offer completely new information and ones you can identify with and that will minister to you and your needs. Find out how you can contribute your tips, tricks, and wisdom to aid others. If you voted, see how the results came out!


Homeschool Q&A

Attending the Prom

Q.This is our first year homeschooling and our eldest son has been told he cannot attend public school events like the prom. Is there a law that allows homeschoolers to participate? 


From Our Blog     

Get an A+ in Math

What’s a math-challenged mom to do? Jennifer Covington, HEAV’s social media manager, shares a math program that is fun, user-friendly, and flexible.

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1) Homeschool Items
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1.1 Classical Conversations Free Information Meetings – Virginia Beach and Chesapeake – Multiple Dates
1.2 Northern Virginia Kings Football Off-Season Weight Training – Manassas – Begins February 3
1.3 Registration Open for “Spirit” Girls
Varsity Spring Soccer – Mechanicsville – Ends February 28
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2) General Items

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2.1 National History Bee – Register by January 24

2.2 Lego Shipbuilding Family Event – Norfolk – February 8

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Church History for Kids
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Wikiversity

3.3 Toddlers and Up: Read-Alouds Online

3.4 Science: A Boxer Has Puppies
3.5 English: Readability Formulas

3.6 Homeschooling: Homeschooling with the Movies

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4) Parting Thought – National Sanctity of Human Life Day

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared January 22, 1984 to be the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Have you thanked those responsible for your life (biological, adoptive, or spiritual)? Since some of us do not have those folks in our lives anymore, we might resolve to make a significant difference in the life of another this year. Above all, we can thank the One who gave His life as a ransom for the lost–and tell those you meet what He has done for you.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third President of the United States, in a letter to the Republican Citizens of Washington County, Maryland, 1809.

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6) Verse of the Week 

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
– Proverbs 13:19 (KJV)

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Homeschool Laugh of the Week

Taken from The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons ( Reprinted with Permission.