HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


June 26, 2013


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No Update Next Week!

Our Update team will be taking a small summer break, so there will be no Update July 3. Look for the next Update on July 10!

The HEAV office also will be closed on July 4. The HEAV staff wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday.


Virtual Gift Basket 

It’s not too late to claim your virtual gift basket–a special gift for attending HEAV’s 30th Annual Convention. Just look on page 11 of your program, type the URL into your browser–and get more than $300 worth of downloads, printables, coupons, and more!

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Schoolhouse Teachers

A $139 value, this incredible gift is yours for free, compliments of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and HEAV. Unit studies, writing prompts, lesson plans, lapbooks, and more–explore the possibilities to spice up–or even create–your homeschool curriculum this year!

Look for a welcome e-mail from the Old Schoolhouse Magazine that includes your start-up instructions.

MISSED THE CONVENTION? GET THE MP3 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.

Get your copy today


Individual MP3s of most workshops are also available.


*Exhibitor workshops (marked with a Δ), the Duggars’ sessions, Cartooning Camp, and IEW’s ACT/SAT Essay Strategies were not recorded. 


If you’re unsure which workshop you want to listen to, try browsing the workshop descriptions on our website. You can also download speaker handouts for some of the workshops. Many of these handouts contain valuable information you won’t want to miss!


Have a Problem with Your MP3 Set?

Please let us know at office@heav.org, and we will get it fixed!


Take the Survey – You Could Win a FREE Convention Registration!

To all who 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 have not yet had a chance to do so, take a moment now to fill out the survey. Your feedback is GREATLY appreciated.

In appreciation, we’re giving away one full convention registration with two nights at the Marriott Hotel, and two full convention registrations for the 2014 convention. Fill out the survey, and be entered for your chance to win!

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Paul D. Camp Community College

Classical English Classes


Enroll in an online freshman composition class through Paul D. Camp Community College!! Taught by a 22-year veteran homeschooling mother with a passion for teaching English from a classical perspective, this course is transferable to a four-year college. Class runs August 21 through December 16. Questions? Contact Mary Ellen Gleason at 757-569-6740 or mgleason@pdc.edu.



Dual Enrollment Opportunities 2013-2014

Juniors and Seniors earn up to 24 college credits in one year, taking courses live or online!

Composition I&II, English Literature, American Literature, US History I&II, Old Testament Survey, and New Testament Survey.

Registration and Application fees are waived for all DE students.

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Member Benefit–Free Gift Card When You Join Sam’s Club®

HEAV members receive a $25 gift card when joining or renewing a Sam’s Club Plus® membership plan, or a $10 gift card when joining or renewing a Sam’s SavingsTM or a Sam’s BusinessTM membership. Learn more about member benefits, and become a member today!

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Article of the Week

This Is the Day – Kari Lewis

The author suggests that one’s perspective can teach valuable lessons. We can benefit from looking back and looking forward, but most importantly we need to look at, learn from, and enjoy today. Don’t miss out!


Homeschool Q&A

Testing Credentials

Q. The superintendent’s office has requested to see my tester’s credentials. Am I required to supply that information with the test results?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 REACH Back to School Party – Fredericksburg – August 23

1.2 Northern Virginia Home School Symphonic Winds – Fairfax Station – Practices Resume September 11

1.3 The Teaching Home: Family Day Trips and More

1.4 Article – Homeschooling Duties of Fathers

1.5 Field Trip Idea: Bird Carving or Bird Watching – Virginia Beach

1.6 Homeschooling with Autism Group – Richmond – Ongoing


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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 John Adams on the Celebration of America’s Independence – July 4

2.2 FAYM Chorus Camp – Fredericksburg – Best Price by July 5

2.3 Virginia Museum of the Civil War: Jacob Bushong’s Birthday – New Market – August 17

2.4 Shooting Stars Square Dance Club Hoedown – Norfolk – August 17

2.5 Forty or More Free Things to Do While Vacationing in Virginia


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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Annual “Call 2 Fall” Prayer for the Nation – June 30

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Multiple Writers on Staycation Ideas

3.3 Kindergarten Through Second Grade: Unit Study – Beginning Money and Economics

3.4 Arts and Crafts: Yarn Craft Bracelets

3.5 Family Fun and Outdoors: Vintage Boy Scouting Publications Free Online

3.6 History: Cato Institute Free Online Course

3.7 Preparedness: Summer Attitude of Gratitude Slideshow

3.8 Needlework: Finger-Knitting Videos

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4) Parting Thought – Too True


The math teacher saw that a little student wasn’t paying attention in class. She called on him and said, “Josh! What is 4, 2, 28, and 44?”


He quickly replied, “NBC, CBS, HBO, and the Cartoon Network!”


– From the daily humor e-mail of Dr. Bob Griffin; subscribe free of charge at bob@grif.net or www.grif.net.


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5) Worth Repeating  Henry Ward Beecher

“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”
– Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), American preacher, speaker, author, and abolitionist. His sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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6) Verse of the Week   

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

– Psalm 145:3 (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.