HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


January 23, 2013 



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It’s Going to Be a Great Convention!

If you haven’t marked June 6-8, 2013, on your calendar, do it now! Besides special guests Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and keynote speakers Michael Farris and Jeff Myers, many of last year’s favorites will be back–the huge Used Curriculum Sale, live music, hands-on demonstrations, the Young Entrepreneurs, graduation, chess tournaments, Robotics Expo, Children’s Program, and more! Registration will open in late February with a three-day, member-only special.


Check out all the news, fun, and encouragement on our Pinterest page.


NRVCHE Mid-Winter Encouragement Mini-Conference

Friday, January 25 – Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Blacksburg

Don’t Give Up and Don’t Give in!

For many homeschoolers, the middle of the school year is fraught with discouragement and burnout. The ambition of August seems a distant memory and many parents question why they are even doing this in the first place! Vicki Bentley of HSLDA will speak Friday night, then guide you through some interactive events on Saturday morning to bring encouragement and practical help. The cost is just $5/family for members of NRVCHE; $8/family for non-members. (Childcare is not provided) RSVP at nrvche@gmail.com, or get more information here.


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Williamsburg's Homeschool Family Base Camp


Williamsburg’s Homeschool Family Base Camp

Let Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center be your base of operations when you visit Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Affordable family lodging in hotel-style or cabin-style accommodations or stay in our RV campground. Great options for large families. See our website and book your trip today!


A+ Interactive MATH Curriculum

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High School at Home: The Path to Success

Tomorrow! (rescheduled from last week)

Thursday, January 24, 2013 – Richmond  

Because of the weather forecast last Friday, the Success Seminar was rescheduled, so there’s still time to come! Please call ahead if possible, but walk-ins are welcome, too!

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science CenterHomeschool Day at the 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.


Answers in Genesis Conference – This weekend!

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.

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.    


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, the story of magic, mystery, and transformation. There will be just four performances of these 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.


ALL homeschool families are invited to join us Thursday, February 7, 2013 for HEAV’s Day at the Capitol. See how our state government works, learn how a bill becomes a law, meet our legislators, and make your study of Virginia government and history come alive! Registration information will be available soon!

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Article of the Week

One Mom Heart to Another – Sally Clarkson

In this two-and-a-half-minute YouTube video, author of Educating the WholeHearted Child and owner of the I Take Joy blog, Sally Clarkson, offers gentle, encouraging, and grace-filled support for moms. Moms, your job has eternal value!


Homeschool Q&A


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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 24th Annual Homeschool Science Fair – Manassas – Register by January 28

1.2 Richmond Flying Squirrels Education Days – Richmond – Register by April (Space Limited)

1.3 The Teaching Home: “Learning How to Stay Well During Cold and Flu Season”

1.4 Article – Why Spelling Still Matters–or, “Spell Check Syndrome”

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 National Cornbread Cook-Off – South Pittsburg, TN – Deadline Is February 28

2.2 Creation Museum Photo Contest – Repeats Weekly Until May 2013

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Presidential Prayer Team

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Homeschool Co-op and Free Homeschool ID

3.3 Preschool and Up: Therapy Crafts and Kids Crafts

3.4 Science: Nature Journaling a la Charlotte Mason

3.5 Penmanship: Handwriting Day – January 23 – Penmanship Tools Online

3.6 Technology: Online Security – Password Managers Are not Enough

3.7 Sewing: Free Block-of-the-Month Quilting Course

3.8 Government: Introductory Videos

3.9 Outdoors: Free Virginia Travel Guide


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4) Parting Thought – Church Signs

Mental floss daily with God’s Word to avoid truth decay.


Practice makes perfect. Be careful what you practice.


God holds you firmly when the world turns you upside down.


Choose the way of the cross, not the way of the crowd.


As seen on Virginia’s churches.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“I sincerely congratulate you on the addition to your family announced in the last. The good old book speaking of children says ‘happy is the man who hath his quiver full of them.”

 – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), in a letter to Caesar Rodney, October 8, 1807. Read a brief biography of Jefferson, a prominent Founding Father and third President of the United States, on the Monticello website. Read more about the lesser known Rodney, signer of the Declaration of Independence from Delaware, at his page on USHistory.org.


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6) Verse of the Week   

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

– Psalm 139:13-15 (KJV)


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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week

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