HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


January 30, 2013 



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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! Register or get more information here.


Special Bonus! Win a Convention Registration!

Register for the Day at the Capitol this week, and YOU could win a full a convention registration for your whole family! We’ll be giving away one free convention registration at the opening session of Day at the Capitol (and that includes tickets to hear the Duggars). Register for Day at the Capitol today, and get a chance to win!


A Bounty of Blessings

We can think of no better way to celebrate HEAV’s 30th anniversary than to bless you–our supporters. Blessings usually come when you least expect it, so keep a close eye on HEAV’s weekly update, Facebook page, events, blog, and website for clues that lead you to 30. They could be ANYWHERE (even in this newsletter)!


30th Person on the 30th Day of the Month

Katherine Mullen is our first bountiful-blessings winner. Katherine was the 30th person to sign up in 2013 for our weekly update, and has been blessed today–January 30–with an HEAV membership with ALL the benefits. Congratulations, Katherine!


Convention Registration Special

Registration will open in late February with a three-day, convention registration special for a discounted price for the whole family! Not an HEAV member? Join today and take advantage of the member discount, as well as the three-day special! Click here for more information, and watch our Facebook page for updates!

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Institute for Excellence in Writing


Why do so many families love the Institute for Excellence in Writing?

Through video instruction with Andrew Pudewa as your teacher, both you and your children will laugh as you learn. Whether you teach kindergarten, elementary or high school students, IEW works with a wide range of ages and aptitudes, providing them skills in thinking, writing and communication.  


Real Refreshment


Apologia invites you to a Real Refreshment Retreat.

Inspiring. Uplifting. Encouraging. Join other homeschool moms in Baltimore on March 8-9 and refresh yourself, hearing the empowering messages from speakers such as Heidi St. John, Debra Bell, Elizabeth Smith, and more! Come recharge your spiritual batteries so you can better minister to your husband and children with joy.

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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, 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!




Meet the Movie Makers at the Convention!   

HEAV is pleased to present two award-winning producers:

George Escobar, co-founder of Advent Film Group and award-winning producer of Come What May and Hero, and
Colin Gunn
, whose previous films include Shaky Town, winner of the Best Political Film at the San Antonio Indepen
dent Christian Film Festival.



Special Bonus for Convention-Goers

Not One, But Two, Free Feature Films 
Advent’s 2013 film, Hero

–a powerful depiction of God’s desire to “turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers”–uses baseball as an engaging backdrop and will be shown at the convention. Q&A to follow.      

IndoctriNation, the feature-length documentary that explores one of the most important and controversial issues in the history of mankind–the issue of education–will be shown again this year followed by a Q&A with Colin Gunn. Don’t miss this one!


Volunteers Needed 

Are you a closet web surfer looking for something to do after the kids are in bed? HEAV needs volunteers to help search out and post on community calendars and media outlets about the upcoming convention. We’ll provide you ready-made descriptions, so no experience is necessary, just a willingness to serve.


Not tech-savvy? That’s okay–we also need help getting the word out the old-fashioned way. Phone volunteers are needed to call local churches, community groups, and radio stations. If you like to talk on the phone, this may be the job for you!


Help spread the word–and earn your early-UCS ticket–right from your own home!

If interested in either of these positions, please contact Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org.

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Article of the Week

Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself – Robin

The writer reminds us that, “Knowing who we are in Christ (forgiven, righteous)” and knowing that He is with us and still willing to forgive us should help to strengthen us for the tasks He has set before us. Go in His peace and don’t be so hard on yourself [or those near you].


Homeschool Q&A

Q. What can I expect to happen when I call my senator or delegate regarding a bill that affects homeschoolers? I want to call, but I’m not sure what to say. 

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items

1.1 Colonial Williamsburg Homeschooler Experience – Williamsburg – Best Prices by February 5

1.2 Andrew Pudewa Workshops – Chesterfield – Register by February 8

1.3 Jamestown Settlement – Yorktown Victory Center Homeschool Programs – Williamsburg and Yorktown – Best Price by February 8

1.4 REACH Homeschool Formal – Williamsburg – Best Price by February 10

1.5 National Museum of the Marine Corps Homeschool Day – Triangle – February 11

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 National Marriage Week – February 7-14

2.2 Free Answers in Genesis Conference – Northern Virginia – April 5-7

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: S.O.A.P. Bible Study Method

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: CurrClick Freebies

3.3 Preschool and Up: Age Appropriate Chore List

3.4 Math, Science, and More: Snow School: Snowflake Science, Snow Math, Snow Reading, and Snow Projects

3.5 Technology: Free Educational Apps for Kids

3.6 Family Fun and Sewing: Classic Games in Fabric

3.7 History: U.S. National Debt Clock

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4) Parting Thought – Rules of Grammar–Or Not

Don’t use too many quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”


Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.


Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.  


Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.


What about the use of one-word sentences? Eliminate.


– From Dr. Bob Griffin’s free daily humor e-mail. Subscribe at bob@grif.net or www.grif.net.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a dream, and only today is a reality…so make it count for eternity.”

 – Ray Comfort (1949-present), evangelist, author, speaker, founder, and head of Living Waters Publications and The Way of the Master.


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6) Verse of the Week   

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.

– 1 Chronicles 16:28-29 (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.