HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


June 12, 2013



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Happy Father’s Day!

To all our wonderful dads…thank you for the legacy you are leaving your children and the excellent education you provide for them! Whether you’re the dad of one or ten, God bless you this year.


Thank You for a Wonderful Convention! We Hope You Were GREATLY Blessed! We’ll be posting pictures and follow-ups in the weeks to come. 


The Office Is Closed This Week
The office will be closed this week to regroup and unpack. E-mails and phone messages will be answered as quickly as possible next week. If you are expecting a refund, please allow 3-4 weeks for processing. If you are looking for a lost item, please send an e-mail to office@heav.org.  


Help Needed!

If you have any time to volunteer this week or next, the office staff could certainly use your help resettling the office. If you would like to volunteer–even for a few hours–please e-mail office@heav.org, and put “VOLUNTEER HELP” in the subject line. Thanks so much! 


Take the Survey – You Could Win a FREE Convention Registration! 
To all those of you have already filled out the survey, THANK YOU! We REALLY value your feedback and will take it into consideration when planning next year’s convention. If you attended the convention but haven’t filled out the survey yet, please take a moment now to fill it out! Your feedback is GREATLY appreciated.

In appreciation, we’ll give away one full convention registration with two nights at the Marriott Hotel, and two full convention registrations for the 2014 convention. When you fill out the survey, you’re automatically entered into the drawing! 


MISSED THE CONVENTION? GET THE MP3 Special Price is Extended Until Wednesday!

Special Price is Extended Until Wednesday! 

2013 convention workshops are available in MP3 format and–good news!–the special on-site price of $69 is extended until midnight tonight (Wednesday, June 12, 2013). Download individual workshops directly from the website, or order the entire CD set for just $69 plus $4 shipping and handling.

  • Get relevant encouragement and help for every stage of life-from preschool to high school to college and beyond.
  • Gain insight into parenting your teen through the teen years and beyond.
  • Learn hands-on strategies for helping your struggling learner.
  • Find out how to begin homeschooling.
  • Learn how to successfully run a business and turn your home into a profit center.

Learn more and order your MP3 today! MP3s/CDs of individual workshops are also available.

Already have the MP3? Make the most of it by browsing the speaker workshop descriptions on the website and downloading the speaker handouts!

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

We take “family-friendly fun” to a new level! In summer, kids stay happy with 2 swimming pools, giant jumping pillow, playgrounds, games, crafts, bonfires, beach trolley, and more. In fall/winter, we’re a perfect getaway or retreat. Bring your camper or rent a comfortable cabin!   25% off for homeschoolers (except holiday periods).  www.koavirginiabeach.com.


Wholesome Campus Wholesome Campus Is an Enrichment Center for the Well-Rounded Child!
Enhance your homeschool curriculum with Art, Cooking, Sewing, Fitness and Jump Rope! Avoid summer boredom with our unique summer camp program. Your child will cook, dance, create and jump their way through an exciting week of enriching activities in a small camp setting. Visit www.wholesomecampus.com for camp info, or to sign up for a free class or call 703-657-2718 to schedule a tour.

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Virginia Homeschoolers Compete in National History Bowl

In mid-May, four boys from Walk in Truth (WIT) Home Educators of Montpelier, Virginia–Evan Smith, Weston Stoneman, Eoghain Thomas, and Alex Wallace–won seven out of eight rounds, thus qualifying for the finals. They went on to place as a quarter-finalist after facing teams from Guam, Oregon, and New Jersey. Great job!

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Article of the Week

My Times in God’s Hand – Octavius Winslow

Dads, a special word of encouragement to you as you make your way through life with its myriad responsibilities seemingly on your shoulders. Fathers want to provide for their families as well as they can. Winslow, a 19th-century preacher, encouraged us to remember that whether our times feature prosperity, adversity, soul-distress, or even death, we need to focus on the One whose hand we are in–our Father’s hand, our Redeemer’s hand.


Homeschool Q&A

Religious Exemption After Filing a Notice of Intent

Q. I’ve filed a Notice of Intent for several years, and have now decided to change to religious exemption. Do I have to explain why I didn’t initially file under religious exemption?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items

1.1 LIFE Classes – Gainesville – Register by July 1

1.2 The Teaching Home: Homeschool Foundations Series; Part 1 – “The Decision to Homeschool”

1.3 The Bible as Preparation for Next School Year


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2) General Interest Items

View All General Interest Items 

2.1 Civil War Day Camp – New Market – Register by July 18 
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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Seven Ways to Praise Your Husband for Seven Days

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Budget 101

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Fathers’ Day Crafts

3.4 June Activities: A Writer’s Playground

3.5 Homeschooling: Free Unit Studies Index

3.6 Science and Preparedness: Rip Current Awareness Week

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4) Parting Thought – Latin You May Have Missed

“Nucleo predicus dispella conducticus.” – Remove foil before microwaving.


“Bodicus mutilatimus, unemploymi forevercus.” – Better take the nose ring out before the job interview.


“Domino vobiscum.” – The pizza guy is here.


– As seen in 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 

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”

Charles (Chuck) Swindoll (1934-present), American pastor, author, and broadcaster.


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6) Verse of the Week   

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

– Psalm 27:14 (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.