HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


June 25, 2014


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Summer Break

There will be no Virginia Homeschool Update July 2 and 9. Our Update team is taking a well-deserved break, so the next Update will arrive on July 16.

Family Economics & Mentorship Conference Special Extended Until Saturday!

November 6-8, 2014 – Hampton

Ever thought about starting a family business? Looking for ways to increase your income, but don’t know where to begin? Come and learn from families who have “been there and done that”…successfully!

Register today for the Family Economics & Mentorship Conference, sponsored by HEAV, and get an exclusive early-bird rate of just $79 for the entire family–that’s 60% off the full price of $199–if you register by Saturday, June 28. Simply register here and use referral code: HEAVDISCOUNT


Now in its fifth year, the nationally acclaimed Family Economics & Mentorship Conference is coming to Virginia for the first time, and HEAV is pleased to be a sponsor for this special event! Join us for this vision-packed, nuts & bolts conference on business and mentorship–for the whole family! Through a powerful speaker lineup, interactive panel discussions, and the opportunity for one-on-one encouragement.




2014 convention workshops are now available in MP3 format for $99 per full convention set, plus $4 shipping and handling. You can download directly from the website (no shipping fee!), or order the CD or thumb drive.

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


Take the Convention Survey

You Could Win a Free 2015 Convention Registration

We take your feedback very seriously, and it helps us plan next year’s convention. If you attended the convention, please take a moment now to fill it out! When you do, you’re automatically entered into a drawing to win a free 2015 convention registration!

Telescope Giveaway Winner! 

Congratulations to Beth Tinsley, the winner of the brand-new Celestron, 3x Optical Zoom Telescope giveaway. Thank you, Home School Astronomy, for donating the this fabulous prize! Home School Astronomy provides computer-based astronomy curriculum for homeschools.

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Looking for a safe, educational, Christian game app for children?

CreationZoo is a fun, family-interactive animal Christian trivia game app for children. CreationZoo was made by a homeschool father for his child for learning while having the comfort of a fun and safe app game to play. For just $0.99 cents it is available in the Apple or Android store.



Two Websites for Virginia Homeschoolers – Field Trips and Festivals!

Visit Virginia Field Trips website for information including Featured Field Trips and links  to almost 1,000 venues – also field trip tips and a locator map. Request a complimentary copy of the current homeschool issue.

For Virginia (and Carolina) Festival information go here. Virginia event calendar here. Both are free websites.

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UCS Seller Results Are Posted!

If you sold items in this year’s UCS, you should be able to access your sales results once you’ve logged in to your UCS account. Check the e-mail that was sent to you last week for complete instructions. Questions? Contact ucs@heav.org, or call the office at 804-278-9200.


Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Watch our Facebook page for the latest about homeschooling news and events and/or check us out on Twitter (Twitter.com #heav).


First Lego League Startup

The Chesterfield County Public Library would like to develop First Lego Leagues (http://www.firstlegoleague.org/) at some of their branches if there is enough local support. Interested? Contact Jennifer Shepley at ShepleyJ@chesterfield.gov.

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

Thursday, August 21 – Richmond

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.

“Homeschooling Through High School: The Path to Success”


Thursday, August 28 – Richmond

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

Homeschooling: Finding Freedom from the Four Walls – Jennifer Smeltser

This mom of three shares how homeschooling gives her family the freedom to learn about God’s world everywhere they go–whether they’re out enjoying nature or visiting an art museum. The best part of all, of course, is being together.


Homeschool Q&A
Homeschooling Another Child
Q. I have looked at the Virginia laws and can not find any clear word on whether or not it is legal to homeschool someone else’s child.


From Our Blog

Five Steps for Successful Homeschool Planning – Kyndra Steinmann

Just getting your breath after a full year of school? Take that break, but now is the time to evaluate the past year–while it’s still fresh in your mind. And who doesn’t love collecting school supplies?

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1) Homeschool Items
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1.1 LIFE Homeschool Support Classes – Gainesville – Begin September 3
1.2 Alberta Conservatory of Christian Film Makers: Weekend Intensive – Alberta, Canada – September 12-14
1.3 Homeschooling High School Symposium – Purcellville – November 8
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2) General Items

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2.1 4th of July Celebration – Beaverdam – July 4
2.2 Summer Reading Programs – Your Library – Underway
2.3 Sully Historic Site July Events – Chantilly – Begin July 3

2.4 Baseball from a Different Angle – Portsmouth – July 7; Register by June 30

2.5 17th-Century Domestic Material Culture Symposium – Surry – July 12

2.6 Moneyball – Portsmouth – July 21; Register by July 7

2.7 Youth Triathalon Camp – Richmond – August 18-21

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Voice of the Martyrs – New Class Posted
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Gas Buddy
3.3 Math: High School Math

3.4 STEM: NASA/Langley for Students
3.5 Technology: Free Ad Blocking Software

3.6 Technology Reviews: CNET

3.7 English: Free Audio Downloads from Adam Andrews of Center for Lit

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4) Parting Thought – Just Thought You Should Know

Tomato ketchup is banned in France.

The cardboard sleeve around your Starbucks coffee cup is called a “zarf.”

The tip of your shoelace is called an “aglet.”

When offered a new pen to write with, 97% of people will write their own name.

– As seen on the Internet.

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5) Worth Repeating

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American author, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement.

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6) Verse of the Week

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed [is] the man [that] feareth the LORD, [that] delighteth greatly in his commandments.

– Psalm 112:1 (KJV)

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Laugh of the Week

Taken from The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons (www.familymanweb.com). Reprinted with Permission.