HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


July 24, 2013


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Romeikes Denied New Hearing

This homeschooling family faces heavy fines and possibly jail time if they are forced to return to Germany. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a rehearing of their case for asylum in the U.S. and now HSLDA plans to submit their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more about this important case here.


School Items Tax Free August 3 – 5!

Take advantage of the tax exemption! Purchases of certain school supplies, clothing, and footwear will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Each eligible school supply item must be priced at $20 or less, and each eligible article of clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less. Learn more here. 


Homeschooling Outpacing Public School Enrollment

According to this report, homeschooling is growing seven times faster than public school enrollment as parents discover the higher success rate of homeschooling versus that of the public education system.

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Sunshine & ocean + fun & relaxation + family memories = Virginia Beach KOA!

Sunshine & ocean + fun & relaxation + family memories = Virginia Beach KOA! 


“Family-friendly fun” goes to a new level with 2 swimming pools, giant jumping pillow, activities, beach trolley, and more. Late August (when most tourists and public schoolers have gone home) is a great time to visit! Bring your tent, camper, or rent a comfortable cabin. 25% off for homeschoolers (except holiday periods). www.koavirginiabeach.com.


TOS Magazine

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is The Family Education Magazine


The flagship of TOS is the free, digital magazineat www.TOSMagazine.com and www.TOSApps.com. SchoolhouseTeachers.com is the members-only site by TOS filled with lessons, organization helps, and a tracking program. The SchoolhouseExpo.com webinars bring homeschool experts into your home.


Now You See It! FREE Planner by Mardel 

Did you have trouble finding the free planner that was offered by Mardel last week? Look again: http://www.mardel.com/Homeschool.aspx. The banner is on the right. We’re sorry for the inconvenience!

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Odyssey Gold!

Skye Chase Academy’s Odyssey of the Mind Team is the 2013 World Champions for Problem 5, Division 2! Competing against 63 domestic and international champions including teams from China, Singapore, Mexico, and Poland, they tied for 1st place at the World Finals held at Michigan State University. Check out the final scores here.


Click here to watch their performance online. Congratulations to the Skye Chase OM Team! 


Special Price is Extended Until Wednesday!


Just $99 Plus $4 Shipping & Handling

The Convention MP3 Set is a great way to listen to ALL the recorded convention workshops. With it, you can experience the benefits of the convention at your own pace, wherever you like! Convention MP3 sets also make GREAT gifts.

GREAT Member Benefit

Free portrait session and free 8×10 portrait from Living Story Photography

Philippe and Patti Monk of Living Story Photography (a talented homeschool dad and mom) have extended an incredible package to all HEAV members: oneportrait session and an 8×10 portrait–a $216 value–for FREE! 

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FREE “Introduction-to-Homeschooling” Seminar at the Richmond Regional Home Educators Kickoff

Midlothian, August 3, 2013, 1:30-2:30 p.m.  

Yvonne Bunn, HEAV director of homeschool support presents “Introduction-to-Homeschooling,” a free how-to seminar. Find help and support and get your homeschooling questions answered! For more information about the RRHE kickoff visit http://www.rrhe.org


“How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need to Know”

August 8 – Richmond

August 10 – Norfolk

August 15 – Lovingston

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Get your questions answered and use the information from this seminar to prepare for a successful homeschool experience! Maximize your success with practical ideas from Yvonne Bunn, a veteran homeschool mom who has helped thousands of families begin homeschooling. This informative seminar will help you focus on the things you really need to know for a successful homeschool year, including how to prepare, the ins and outs of the Virginia law, testing and evaluation options, how to choose curriculum, how to teach several levels at once, how to get the support you need, where to find the best resources, some things to avoid, and some secrets of success.


“Homeschooling Through High School: The Path to Success”

August 14 – Richmond

Teaching high school at home can seem like a daunting task–but the benefits of homeschooling during the high school years far outweigh the challenges!

Do you wonder what subjects to include during the high school years? How to teach higher level courses like chemistry labs or calculus? How to develop a transcript, assign credits, and compute a GPA? Are you ready for AP courses, PSATs, SATs, and ACTs? And what about sports and extracurricular activities? Yes, it’s a whole new world! In this seminar, Yvonne Bunn, director of homeschool support for Home Educators Association of Virginia, will cover these topics and more. You’ll learn where to get help, how to schedule important testing, and how to develop an acceptable transcript. You’ll leave this seminar with confidence to move forward and tools to develop a high school plan that will work for your student.

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Article of the Week

The Problem with Mess Ups – Jay Younts

Jay urges Christians to call sin sin, and enjoy the full grace of God as we seek His forgiveness. What a great way to model repentance and forgiveness to our children!


Homeschool Q&A

Percentile Test Scores

Q. How do I compute the percentile score for my child’s standardized achievement test? Is it an average or do some parts have more weight?

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1) Homeschool Items
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1.1 HERE Parent Information Meeting – Yorktown – RSVP by August 13

1.2 Stone-Setters Presentation and Tour – Chesapeake – August 15

1.3 Article: “20 Tips and Ideas for Teaching Reading at Home”

1.4 Summer Boredom Busters – Good Anytime!

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2) General Interest Items
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2.1 Virginia County Fairs – Multiple Locations and Dates

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Sermon Audio

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Dollar Store Crafts

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Happy Birthday, Beatrix Potter – July 28

3.4 Study Skills: Flash Cards

3.5 Homeschooling: Free Unit Studies at Homeschool Share

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4) Parting Thought – Southern Jargon

Here are some entries in the Southern Dictionary you may recognize.


“Hire yew” — Complete sentence. Part of standard greeting. Usage: “Heidi. Hire yew?”


“Bard” — Past tense of borrow. Usage: “My brother bard my pickup truck.”


“Tar” — Noun. A rubber wheel. Usage: “I hope that old truck don’t git a flat tar.”


– Adapted from Dr. Bob Griffin’s daily humor e-mail; subscribe free of charge at bob@grif.net or www.grif.net.


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5) Worth Repeating 

Here, then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.

R. C. Sproul (1939 to present), American philosopher, theologian, author. Robert Charles Sproul is the founder of Ligonier Ministries.


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6) Verse of the Week   

How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea sweeter than honey to my mouth!

– Psalm 119:103 (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.