HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


June 5, 2013




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The 2013 Convention begins tomorrow!

We look forward to seeing you in Richmond for three incredible days of encouragement, support, resources, and inspiration! Thank you for your prayers for all the speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, coordinators, and attendees!

Last-Minute Reminders

  • Barcode any remaining books for the Used Curriculum Sale (Hurry! The barcoding system closes TODAY at 4 p.m.!)
  • Download the Exhibitor list with booth numbers.
  • Download speaker handouts and directions to the convention center.
  • Preview the Program. View the final schedule, workshop descriptions, exhibitor information, and more in this year’s convention program!
  • Check in on Thursday if possible.
  • Arrive early on Friday. The ideal arrival time is by 7 a.m.–beat the rush, and have plenty of parking.
  • Be in line on time for Duggar keynote seating.

Registration Hours

Thursday 1 p.m.-9 p.m.

Friday 7:30 a.m.-7.30 p.m.

Early check-in begins at 7 a.m. for those who have preregistered.

Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It’s not too late to volunteer!

Volunteers are still critically needed in some service areas. Stop by the volunteer table (right next to Registration) to see where YOU might be able to help out. Everyone who volunteers for two hours will get a Golden Ticket for early entrance into the UCS on Friday.

Did you know?

National Doughnut Day is June 7

You can get a FREE Krispy Kreme Doughnut, just by visiting your local Krispy Kreme, no purchase necessary! Visit here for a list of participating locations.

Did you know that you can search online for books and resources in the UCS? Just create a free username and password on the HEAV barcoding page, and use the search feature. Read more–and get other great convention tips–here.

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Virginia Soaps and Scents Get your shopping list ready for the 2013 HEAV Conference!

Virginia Soaps & Scents is back this spring bigger and better than ever! We have lots of new soap fragrances and now carry sunscreen! – E-mail your large bulk order ahead of time and we’ll have it ready and waiting for you. Can’t wait to see you at our favorite conference!  


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Convention Gifts Worth More than $350 

It Actually Pays for YOU to Come to the Convention!


1) Virtual Gift Basket   

Each convention participant will receive a Virtual Gift Basket full of coupons, specials, printouts, and more–worth at least $300. We appreciate your attendance and want to bless you with this gift. Watch for the special access link in the program!


Schoolhouse Teachers2) PLUS–SchoolhouseTeachers.com Subscription  

Given Away with Every Registration

Get a FREE one-year membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com ($64.95 value), and a FREE subscription to the Old Schoolhouse Digital Magazine when you register for the convention. Your free subscription will begin in July 2013. Learn more about SchoolhouseTeachers.com here.  



Invite a friend to join you at the convention–one day, two days, or all three!

Too Many Features to Mention Them All — Here Are Just a Few:

  • FREE How-to-Begin Sessions on Thursday
  • Milking Cow and Ice Cream Samples from Avery Farms
  • Touch Tank by Marine Science Consortium
  • Robotics Demonstrations in the Robotics Expo 
  • Lots of Hands-On Exhibits
  • Hodges Family Jugglers
  • LEGO Education
  • Music
  • Instrument Petting Zoo 

…and so much more!

This year’s “Heroes of the Faith” Children’s Program utilizes several books from YWAM’s wonderful Hero Biography series. Read our review of these books here. These books make an excellent addition to your summer reading list. Be sure to visit the YWAM booth at the convention.

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Article of the Week

Giving, Without Giving Up – Monica Heffner

In a world typified by over-scheduling–and the additional demands of homeschooling–how do you find “extra” time to give to others and teach your children to do it too? Mrs. Heffner has practical suggestions to help us give without burning out and to show our children how to share Christ’s love to the lost world.


Homeschool Q&A

Superintendent’s Approval for Driver’s License 

Q. I happened to notice the following language on the DMV website. Isn’t this incorrect?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items

1.1 Article – “How to Create a Learning Lifestyle”

1.2 Article Advantages in Homeschooling an Only Child

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2) General Interest Items

View All General Interest Items 

2.1 Virginia Museum of the Civil War Camp – New Market – Register by July 5

2.2 Summer Camp: “That Dance Thing” – Mechanicsville – July 15-19

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Hymns of the Faith

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: G. A. Henty Classics Free for Kindle

3.3 Preschool Gardening: Vertical Vegetable Gardening

3.4 Arts and Crafts: Patriotic Crafts

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4) Parting Thought – “How Great Thou Art”

The world lost George Beverly Shea of the Billy Graham Crusades at age 104 this April. See a video on YouTube of him singing his signature hymn when he was nearly 103, and then read the story of how the hymn came to be written.


Have you looked up the history of your favorite hymn? In addition to being a critical part of worship, hymns were especially important in days gone by when many members of the congregation did not read; the music was a powerful tool to teach essential doctrine. Are you passing on these great works to your children?


Some families with perfectly ordinary singing abilities have rewarding ministries singing in nursing homes like groups of carolers. Homeschool groups are welcomed in most hospitals and care homes–and not just near Christmas. Learn some patriotic hymns before July 4th and schedule a visit. Nursing home residents love to see children. You’ll bless God with your heartfelt praise and bless your children with a wonderful opportunity to lift some spirits, both their own and those of the hearers!


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5) Worth Repeating 

When you educate a man, you liberate a man.”

– Dr. Ben Carson (1951-present), at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast.

Dr. Benjamin Carson is an American neurosurgeon and the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


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6) Verse of the Week   

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

– 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 (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.