HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


March 12, 2014



~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~


12 Weeks to Go!


NEW Convention Event 

Special Buddies Program Is Open!

Applications are being accepted for HEAV’s Special Buddies program, a brand-new  program for children with moderate to severe special needs. The Special Buddies staff and volunteers are equipped with the heart and the training to faithfully serve the children and their families. Activities will include a Bible-based curriculum with music, crafts, and videos–all presented in an environment with a low staff-to-student ratio. Get more information or apply here.


Volunteers Are Always Welcome

Do you have experience with–or a heart for–children with special needs? HEAV is looking for volunteers to serve in this very special children’s ministry. Experience is extremely helpful–and a desire to serve is a must. Interested? Apply here. References and background checks are done for Special Buddies volunteers


Have You Registered Yet? 

Don’t miss this year’s exciting line-up of speakers and exhibitors! Online registration is only a few minutes and saves you $10 over the regular admission price. Want to save even more? Become an HEAV member and get and additional $10 off!


Used Curriculum Barcoding System Is Now Open!

We are excited to announce that the  

Used Curriculum Sale barcoding system is now open and ready for business. This year’s UCS is expected to be our biggest and best sale ever as we have made plans to increase the number of items we accept into the sale from 60,000 to 70,000.

This is an excellent opportunity to offset the costs of your homeschooling efforts while blessing other homeschool families at the same time. 
Start entering your books here!


We’ll need lots of help sorting and distributing, so please consider joining the UCS volunteer team. If you volunteer at least two hours, you get to shop early in the Used Curriculum Sale on Friday morning before the general public. To sign up as a volunteer, simply fill out our online volunteer application.  

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

Online Dual Enrollment – Exciting and Personal!

Flexible one- and two-year programs designed exclusively for you as a home school high school student. Exciting ‘on-mic’ web conferencing allows for personal interaction and relationship between you, other students, and faculty from around the world. Biblically based curriculum avoids the pitfalls of secular education. Affordable tuition. http://www.belhaven.edu/high-scholars/index.htm


Heritage The 2014 Index of Economic Freedom 
For 20 years, The Heritage Foundation has tracked the march of economic freedom with the influential Index of Economic Freedom. Explore economic freedom on our website and be sure to visit us at the Home Educators Association of Virginia’s 2014 Convention. 

Download the Country Rankings, Interactive Maps, Explore Data, Download the Index

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
Music Competition Announcing Music Competition Prizes
HEAV’s first annual music competition for convention attendees has launched, and first- and second-place prizes have been announced! All homeschooled students, grades 12 and under, are eligible to participate in one of three categories: vocal, instrumental, and piano. The first-place winner in each category will receive a plaque and $100; second-place winners will receive $50. Limited spaces are available. Apply here, or e-mail music@heav.org for more information.
~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
Homeschool Day at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War

An HEAV-Sponsored Event! 

Saturday, March 22 – New Market

Join the Confederate Army and learn to drill, try 19th-century games and crafts, watch the Emmy Award-winning film Field of Lost Shoes, and peruse displays on wildlife and protecting our waterways. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Shenandoah River from the overlooks!


Children’s Museum of Virginia and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Two great field trips in one! This fabulous field trip takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes an educational program at each site for only $9 per person! Younger children may play on the fire truck and go bonkers for bubbles at the Children’s Museum, while older kids will be inspired by Virginia’s incredible sports history and hit the basketball court and other interactive play areas at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Be sure to visit the website for the education program schedule.



Office Manager Help Wanted!

HEAV is looking for a team player with the ability to assist the executive director and other staff/coordinators in meeting the organization’s goals and objectives and to carry out daily operations of the HEAV central office. This is a full-time position located in the new Richmond HEAV office and it has somewhat flexible hours. Homeschool experience a must.


Interested or know someone who may be interested? 

Please see the complete job description here. If interested, please send cover letter, resume, references, pay requirements, and questions to president@heav.org.

Phone Volunteers NeededPhone Call Help Needed

Do you enjoy talking on the phone to connect with fellow homeschoolers? We need your help to reach out to support group leaders as the convention approaches. This is a great opportunity for homeschooling moms who want to stay in touch! Sound interesting? Contact Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org.

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

Article of the Week

Will We Tell Them? – Whitney

Children do not usually miss things while they’re growing up, but they would certainly miss Jesus if we left Him out of their lives. The homeschool mom and author of this short blog remembers the spoken and unspoken ways her mother “told” the children about her Lord and Savior.


Homeschool Q&A
Q. When filing a Notice of Intent, should I send it to the superintendent’s office or to the person listed on the school division’s website? They are two different people.


From Our Blog  

Let There Be Light 

Michelle Crooker of “Homeschoolers on the Edge,” is on day one of her seven-part “days of creation” science series! (And yes–of course Michelle, the “chocolate-science lady,” found a way to include snacks in the process.) You won’t want to miss this!

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items
1.1 Homeschool Plus Open House – Norfolk – March 16

1.2 Homeschool Spring Ball – Troutville – April 11

1.3 CVHAA Disciples Football May Training Camp – Henrico – May 12-16

1.4 Meeting – “Introduction to Home Education” – Culpeper – May 13

1.5 Article – “Top 10 Ways to Help a Tactile Learner”

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
2) General Items

View All General Interest Items
2.1 Engineering for Kids: Straw Rockets – Multiple Locations – Multiple Dates

2.2 15th Annual Free Civil War Seminar – Farmville – March 15

2.3 Beautiful Brokenness Pancake Breakfast – Richmond – March 15

2.4 Children’s Art Studio: “Sunrise over Our Community” – Multiple Locations –

Registration Opens March 15

2.5 Chesterfield Comic-Con – North Chesterfield – March 22

2.6 Kite Day – North Chesterfield – Registration Opens March 22

2.7 Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream – Multiple Locations – Registration Opens March 31

2.8 “Get Steamed with Geysers” – Midlothian – Registration Opens April 1

2.9 Poem Crazy – Chesterfield – Registration Opens April 8

2.10 Chess Tournament – Norfolk – Best Price by April 18

2.11 Awesome Anime Afternoons – North Chesterfield – April 19 (and Third Fridays Monthly)

2.12 Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference – Springfield – Register by April 28

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Apologetics – “Got Questions?”
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Five Thrifty Gardening Ideas
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: National Water Day – March 22

3.4 Creation Science: Kids Free at the Creation Museum in 2014
3.5 Technology: 25 Scariest Things You Didn’t Know About Using Public Wi-Fi

3.6 English: iPad Apps for Struggling or Beginning Readers

3.7 Geography and Cooking: Recipes from 50 States

3.8 Homeschooling: Freebie of the Day

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

4) Parting Thought – 20 Things to Give Up for Lent

Even folks who are not from liturgical traditions often find inspiration from a well-written Lenten devotional. This list is composed of things a Christian could choose to give up for Lent–in fact, for the rest of your life. Before you panic, look at a few things to give up forever-things you’ll be much happier without.


“Guilt – I am loved by Jesus and he has forgiven my sins. Today is a new day and the past is behind.”


“Impatience – God’s timing is the perfect timing.”


“Bitterness and Resentment – The only person I am hurting by holding on to these is myself.”


Read the rest online and take time to meditate on what God may be saying to you.


– As seen on the website of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Old Bridge, New Jersey.


~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

5) Worth Repeating 

“In 100 years we have gone from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to teaching Remedial English in college.”

– Joseph Sobran (1946-2010), American writer and journalist.

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

6) Verse of the Week

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

– Ephesians 4:31-32 (KJV)       


~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Laugh of the Week

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