HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


July 11, 2012


Urgent Action Needed Now
A dangerous U.N. treaty that may undermine the rights of parents is being considered in the U.S. Senate. Tomorrow –Thursday, July 12–the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is holding a hearing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).The treaty states: “In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” Article 7(2) This means that any decision a parent makes regarding the care, education, or upbringing of a child who has any disability could be subject to review by a social worker, court, or even a United Nation’s official.[Here is the entire alert from HSLDA.]


What You Can Do (It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler.)

1. Please call your two U.S. senators and urge them to oppose this U.N. treaty.

Senator Mark Warren may be contacted at 202-224-2023.
Senator Mark Webb may be contacted at 202-224-4024.

2. Call the White House (switchboard number/202-456-1414) and urge President Obama to withdraw the CRPD.

Read more about the CRPD here.

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~  

Last Chance to Win a Free Hotel Stay and Convention Ticket! 

The Convention Survey Ends Midnight, July 15!

If you have already filled out the survey for this year’s convention, THANK YOU! We value your feedback, which helps us to plan and improve the convention each year. If you attended the convention, but haven’t filled out the survey yet, please take a moment now to fill it out!Your chance to take the survey ends at midnight on July 15.


To say thanks, we’ll be giving away one (1) three-day convention registration with a two-night stay at the Marriott Hotel, and two (2) three-day convention registrations for next year’s convention! Winners will be selected from survey participants and will be notified by August 1, 2012. 

Missed the Convention? Workshops will be recorded

Get the MP3!

The 2012 convention is now available in MP3 format. Download it directly from the Resounding Voice website, or order the CD. Learn more and order today! MP3s/CDs of individual workshops are also available. Don’t forget to download the MP3 guide and speaker handouts to get the most out of the workshops!

*Transcript Boot Camp, Film Camp, Tedd Tripp’s keynote, and Dr. Catherine Millard’s workshops were not recorded.


Complimentary MP3s Now Available

If you have a “We’re Sorry This Workshop is Full” coupon for a complimentary MP3, you can use the password on your coupon to download your workshop session at www.heav.org/login.

Don’t Have a Coupon?

If you had to leave a workshop to attend to your child or baby, you may request a complimentary workshop MP3 for the workshop you missed. Please contact the office (office@heav.org) to get the access code.

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


Colonial Williamsburg 

Worth seeing. Worth remembering. Worth passing on. 


Students arriving here are in for an unforgettable experience. They’ll enjoy special tours featuring hands-on, interactive activities that make events from the past come alive. Don’t miss this chance to help your kids gain insights that will last a lifetime. Visits can be tailored to any group’s needs.    

Learn more 



Get Organized Now Get Organized Now

Homeschool Tracker Online is planning and organizing software for keeping electronic homeschool records from anywhere. Flexible to your organizational style. Create lesson plans, manage your school calendar, assignments, appointments, chores, days off, track attendance and print lists, report cards and transcripts. Works on PC, Mac and even tablets.


Save $10 on a 1-Year HSTOnline Plan using coupon code: heav712


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

HOMESCHOOL NEWS AND REMINDERSFirst Homeschool Winner of the Meade Scholarship!

First Homeschool Winner of the Meade Scholarship!

David Delane Jones of Waynesboro is the first-ever homeschool winner of the Granville P. Meade scholarship. David graduated in the commencement ceremonies at the 2012 HEAV convention in Richmond.


Homeschooled since the seventh grade, David is a member of several honor societies, advanced to the nationals in the National Bible Bee three years in a row, and obtained a Master Diver certification at age 16. He ministers at a Hispanic church by assisting with computers, playing drums, and designing Spanish graphic arts. David plans to major in marine science at Old Dominion University before pursuing graduate studies.


HEAV worked with the Virginia Department of Education and the State Council of Higher Education to develop a mechanism to handle the selection process for homeschoolers. David was one of several students to receive an $8,000 scholarship to be used at a Virginia public or private college.



Jamestown's Uncovered Treasures



Jamestown’s Uncovered Treasures by Judy M. Brown

Jamestown’s Uncovered Treasures allows your child to enjoy truly imaginative, entertaining stories, while learning a lot about the first permanent English settlement in the New World.


The book contains a series of short stories about the early years of the Jamestown Colony. Although the stories are fiction, the characters are real and the stories include many historical facts. Each story centers on a real artifact uncovered by the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists from the site of the James Fort, and the facts related in the book come from maps, journals, and letters taken from a series of books.


Buy now and save 27% off the retail price! Special, member price is $7.99. Non-member price is $8.75. Get your copy today!


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


Yvonne Bunn at New River Valley Christian Home Educators Resource Night  

Looking Back: What I Would Do Differently

Christiansburg, Thursday, July 26, 2012


Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool Support

Thursday, July 26, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. After homeschooling her now-adult children from K-12, Yvonne Bunn, HEAV’s director of homeschool support, has experience with different teaching styles and many types of homeschool courses and curricula. She has listened to a multitude of stories and answered thousands of homeschool questions while working for more than 20 years with HEAV.


Combining her personal experience with many years of HEAV counseling, Yvonne has learned what really works for homeschool success. Looking back, she would have done some things differently. You can gain from her experience and make your homeschool even better!


– Identify seeds of destruction that can undermine your homeschool from day one!

– Understand the benefits of working with your child’s individuality.

– Learn how to implement important teaching strategies.

– Find out how to use curriculum as a tool, not as your master.

– Know the best sources of help without feeling guilty.

– Discover the secrets of homeschool success.

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


Article of the Week

Reflections from This Homeschooling Year – Rebecca Capuano

Lighthearted and enlightening, this article shares bits of wisdom a mom has learned through a year of homeschooling.

Homeschool Q&A

Homeschool Diploma for Option 1

Q. I have a homeschool diploma signed by my parents. Can I use it for option (i) to homeschool my own children, or does a diploma have to be from a public school?

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~  

1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items  
1.1 Classical Conversations Informational Meeting – Haymarket – July 19
1.2 Freebies and Resource Links for Homeschooling through High School

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~   

2) General Interest Items 

View All General Interest Items

2.1 History Museum of Western Virginia Events – Roanoke – Various Dates
2.2 Fiddler on the Roof – Mechanicsville – July 20 and 21

2.3 Article: Federal Student Aid and the Law of Unintended Consequences

2.4 Daddy-Daughter Dates


 ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Bible Verse of the Day

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Article – “How much does a baby really cost?”
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Craft Recipes

3.4 Math: Free Printable Graph Paper of All Kinds (and More!)
3.5 Sewing: Summer Clutch Bag

3.6 Cooking and Life 101: Ten Ways Kids Can Help in the Kitchen

3.7 History: “Growth of a Nation” – Animated Atlas of US Growth

3.8 Family: 12th Cousins, 6 Times Removed…or Something

3.9 English: Valerie’s Living Books

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ 

4) Parting Thought – They also serve who only stand and wait

“When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts. Who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.”
– From “On His Blindness” – John Milton (1608-1674) Read more of John Milton’s sonnets–classics in any study of English literature–at www.sonnets.org/milton.htm. You can also listen to an audio version at the site.


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

5) Worth Repeating   

“God makes a promise. Faith believes it. Hope anticipates it. Patience quietly awaits it.” 

– Author unknown

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

Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere Him.

– Psalm 33:8 (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.

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


Forward this e-mail to a Friend

If you know a family interested in homeschooling in Virginia, please pass this message along!

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

Your membership support and tax-deductible gifts help us continue to promote and protect homeschooling in Virginia. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
Thank you for your support!

HEAV is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Upon written request, a financial statement is available from the Office of Consumer Affairs.  

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
Submit an Item
Know of an event, contest, or resource of interest to fellow homeschoolers? Please submit it using our online form at http://heav.org/events/event-submission-form/
Note: We compile information for publication at least two weeks prior to the send-out date, so please submit items as early as possible (preferably one month in advance). HEAV reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted.

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
The Virginia Homeschool Update is produced by Maya Barnes (graphics & layout), Kathleen Dillie (manager & copy editor), Chris (editor), Anne Miller (publications advisor), Karen Sweeney (content editor), Arielle Potter (copy writer & editor), and Maureen Bittner (publications & marketing director).

HEAV does not necessarily endorse the above-mentioned resources, nor guarantee the accuracy of information found on any external resource we may mention. If you find anything wrong on our website, please let us know so we can correct it.

HEAV diligently researches each link prior to publication. However, we recommend you, the parent, fully examine websites before allowing your children to surf them without supervision.

Copyright © 2012 by the Home Educators Association of Virginia. All rights reserved. You are free to pass along all or part of this Update, but please include the following credit line when you do: “Taken by permission from HEAV’s Virginia Homeschool Update, a free newsletter for Virginia homeschoolers. You can sign up to receive this publication at www.heav.org.” You may modify this credit line if needed, but please credit HEAV and link to the HEAV website (www.heav.org).

Home Educators Association of Virginia


Join us on Facebook!Twitter 
Note: Your membership and donations to HEAV enable us to continue monitoring legislation and help us to guard and promote homeschooling freedoms.

Not a member? Join today!

Donate to HEAV now.