HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


January 8, 2014


Announcing Amazing Three-Day Member Pricing!

Convention Registration–Just Two Weeks Away!

Woo Hoo! HEAV-member registration opens January 22 and, for the first three days, your whole family can attend the convention for only $49!


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


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



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 will run concurrently with the Children’s Program 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. Because of the low staff-to-student ratios, there will be a limited number of spaces, which are available on a case-by-case basis. HEAV also reserves the right to recommend other options, including the Children’s Program, if an individual does not fall within the parameters of the Special Buddies Program.

More information will be coming soon! If you’d like to be notified when applications are being accepted, please e-mail


Facebook Party and Blog Giveaway  Balloons

Mark your calendars now! We will kick off convention registration with a super Facebook party on Thursday, January 16, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., ET. Visit our Facebook page to meet the speakers and the exhibitors, find out about all the convention happenings, get your questions answered, and win some GREAT prizes! Come as you are–stay as long as you’d like!


Young Entrepreneurs’ Registration Opens Today! Young Entrepreneurs

Have a high-quality product or service you’d like to sell at the convention? The Young Entrepreneurs program is back, and registration is now open. Participation is open to young adults (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.

Graduation Registration Opens Next Week!  Graduation

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

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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.



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.

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Share Your Student’s Success Success is...  

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

Share a summary of your student’s recognition or awards in academics as well as in extracurricular activities–robotics, debate, band, spelling or geography bees, sports, community service, political activities, work, etc. We will include it in a packet of information given to legislators during the 2014 legislative session so THEY will know that homeschoolers excel.

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.

Become an HEAV Outreach Partner

Help us get the word out about the convention! Sign up as a church, community, MOPS group, or Internet Outreach Partner, and access specially prepared announcements, bulletin inserts, graphics, web banners, and more. Just fill out the online form, or e-mail


Visit the promo page for logos, signatures, descriptions, and more.

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THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY – Registration Is Open  Yvonne Bunn

Homeschool Success Seminars – Richmond

Veteran homeschooling mom Yvonne Bunn offers advice and encouragement in two Homeschool Success Seminars. Get your questions answered, look at a wide variety of resources, and connect with other parents who are facing the same challenges you are. 

January 9 – How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need to Know

January 10 – High School at Home: The Path to Success


Day at the Capito

Registration Is Now Open for Everyone Day-at-the-Capitol

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

The Gift of Everyday Moments – Deborah Wuehler

Are you going for martyrdom or Super Mom status in your day-to-day journey through homeschooling? Who is your audience? Who is getting the credit? Take time to reflect on the author’s questions and begin the year with a bit of self-examination. The challenge will get you and your family off on the right track with right motives, right goals, and a right focus–on God.

Homeschool 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

Directing the Waters

Have you heard it said the quirks that drive you crazy may end up being your child’s greatest strength? Kyndra tells us how–with vision, persistence, and patience–we can help our children channel those traits in the right direction (except, maybe, for the whining).

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Tell Me a Story – Smithfield – Monthly Series Runs January 16 Through May 15

1.2 HSLDA High School Symposium with Diane Kummer – Richmond – January 18

1.3 Homeschool Science Fair – Manassas – Register by January 24

1.4 Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox Homeschooling Parent-Teacher Night Out – Appomattox – Register by January 29

1.5 Charlotte Mason Encouragement Conference – Leesburg – Register by February 22

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2) General Items

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2.1 Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society Stories and Activities – Onacock – Begins January 11

2.2 Performing Arts Seminar – Richmond – January 11
2.3 Teaching Flexibility and Goal-Directed Behavior – Vienna – January 13
2.4 SMART Competition – Global Contest–Local Teams – Register by January 17
2.5 Museum of the Confederacy: Free 19th-Century Games Day – Appomattox – January 18
2.6 National Engineers Week Contest – Greater Richmond Area – Deadline Is January 24

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Eight Profitable Ways to Read the Bible
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 20 Things the Rich Do Every Day
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Snowball Hopscotch

3.4 Arts and Crafts: Recycle Christmas Cards

3.5 College4Kids Career Academies

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4) Parting Thought – The Update Publications Motto

Keep clam and proofread.


But seriously, we love bringing you tips and practical helps, events, and spiritual encouragement throughout the year. We hope you will share these free resources– the weekly online Virginia Homeschool Update and the quarterly Virginia Home Educator (in print or the new digital version)–with your family and friends. Pray for us during the new year of publications as we pray for you. May God bless your family and your homeschool.

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5) Worth Repeating

“The golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters is not intellect, but obedience.” 

– Oswald Chambers (1874-1917), Scottish evangelist, teacher, and author of My Utmost for His Highest, a devotional that has been translated into 39 different languages.

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6) Verse of the Week

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

– Ephesians 3:20-21 (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.