HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


March 13, 2013 



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Three New and Exciting Teen Programs
Something for Everyone


Cartooning Camp with Dan Nuckols

–one session on Friday and two on Saturday. (Each session is a different, stand-alone unit so you can come to one or all three!) Learn. Create. Excel. Cost: $69 first session; $59 each additional session; book included.


IEW’s writing seminar taught by Andrew Pudewa on Thursday, from noon to 6 p.m. Cost: $39/student; $19/accompanying parent.

The Miracle Mountain Ranch team brings passion and truth to seven action-packed sessions that are relevant to the lives of young adults today-purpose, faith, humility, leadership, forgiveness, responsibility, and reason.


Miracle Mount Ranch will give teens a taste of summer with this two-day teen program on Friday and Saturday. Just $10/student.

Stay Tuned for Preregistration and $59 Member Special!

Convention registration is opening soon–really! Registration includes a keynote session with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar; keynote sessions with Michael Farris and Jeff Myers; workshops with Joel Salatin, Heidi St. John, Steve Demme, and many, MANY others.


HEAV Members: Make sure you have your HEAV number handy–you can find it on your membership card and on your magazine mailing label. Not a member? Join today to take advantage of this special price!


Two Reasons to Preregister Early Convention--It's Coming!

1) To Get Your Duggar Tickets

Those with full three-day registrations may reserve tickets to a Duggar keynote session. Additional tickets may be obtained onsite if available. We expect tickets to go quickly, so preregister early! (Tickets are not available with shopping-only, scholarship, and free parent-of-preschooler registrations.)


2) Get an Early Used Curriculum Sale Entry Time

Remember, after early shopping for volunteers, entry to the UCS is based on preregistration time, so sign up early (or volunteer) for the best chance for great deals!

One More Time

Website Development

The web team will running a very brief test on the {{{soon-to-be-working}}} member login button tonight from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Again, the site itself will be available, but the behavior may be erratic, so we apologize for any inconvenience. Please pray for a successful test! We are SO very close!

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Herff Jones of Virginia

Your experience is all your own-and your class ring should be too. With thousands of possibilities, you can design a custom ring that expresses what you’re about!

It’s Your Story. Tell It! Call us or go online to design your ring. Herff Jones of Virginia

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Free Special-Needs Webinar

Have a child with special needs? The Home School Legal Defense Association is offering one free webinar! Choose from among the three they offer:

  • Homeschooling Struggling Learners: Yes, You Can Do It! presented by Faith Berens 
  • Learning Styles and Curriculum–Making the Right Choice! presented by Cathy Duffy 
  • Kids and Teenagers with Focus/Attention Issues: What’s Up? How Do I Help? presented by Dianne Craft 

Click here to register for your webinar now. If you still have questions, or would like more information, contact HSLDA at 540-338-5600. Don’t miss Dianne Craft, Kathy Kuhl, and Kathie Morrissey at the convention in June!


Homeschooling in America–Saving Taxpayers Billions

NHERI’s research reveals one unexpected but significant benefit of homeschooling in America: saving taxpayers over $16 billion; along with the other great pluses you are already familiar with–higher scores on standardized tests and SATs, higher graduation rate, and better socialization skills. Read the whole article here.

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An HEAV-Sponsored Event!

Homeschool Day at The Virginia Museum of the Civil War 
Saturday, March 23 – 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! 

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Salesforce Development Help Wanted!

Do you, or someone you know, have experience with Salesforce? HEAV is looking to hire help for form integration (we’re using Formstack), data transfer from our WordPress website, ongoing development, building reports and auto-responses, as well as staff training. Please e-mail Anne Miller at president@heav.org for more details.


Marketing & Publicity Coordinator 

Do you love letting people know about a good thing? HEAV needs someone to help develop a team and implement and augment the current convention marketing and publicity plan. The ideal candidate would be ready to hit the ground running. Prior marketing or publicity experience and careful attention to detail coupled with the ability to juggle many tasks are essential skills. Interested? Contact Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org.

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Article of the Week

Homeschooling Through Difficult Times – Harriet Yoder

When life’s daily circumstances become more difficult–illness, a financial crisis, or other struggles–homeschooling families sometimes think of dropping the endeavor in an attempt to ease the burden. The author encourages trust in God, applying the Scriptures, and carefully evaluating the true cost of alternatives.


Homeschool Q&A

Portfolio Evaluation

Q. Can I evaluate my child’s portfolio and send the evaluation letter to the superintendent?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Animal Husbandry Homeschool Clinic – Yorktown – Underway

1.2 Dinner Theater: Meet Me at Luigi’s – Richmond – Reserve Now: Begins March 21

1.3 Homeschool Co-op Open House and Used Curriculum Sale – Glen Allen – March 26

1.4 Used Curriculum Sale – Harrisonburg – April 6 

1.5 Charlotte Mason Conference – Ferrum – Best Price by April 21

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 For the Birds Family Fun Day – Newport News – April 6

2.2 Amy Writing Award – First Deadline Is July 15


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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Andrew Murray – The Deeper Christian Life: Daily Fellowship with God   

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Ten Uses for Plastic Milk Jugs
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Fun Phonics
3.4 Homeschooling: 2012 Top Homeschool Special Needs Blogs

3.5 Technology: Online Timers

3.6 Outdoor Family Fun: Virginia Birds List

3.7 English: Specialty Dictionaries and Glossaries

3.8 Preparedness: 10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit

3.9 Arts and Crafts: Tutorial – Finger Knitting for All Ages

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4) Parting Thought – St. Patrick’s Day: Did You Know That…

…40 pounds of green dye are used to dye the Chicago River for St. Patrick’s Day?


…Americans send about eight million St. Patrick’s Day cards annually?


…more than 650,000 Americans have been named “Patrick” in the last 100 years?


…Patrick was not Irish at all, but British? He was taken captive and made a slave in Ireland. From there he escaped only to go back to share the Gospel! There are plenty of legendary aspects to his story, but he was a real man whose phases in life were certainly not what he had envisioned for himself. God allowed–and used–a radically different path, all for His own glory and the salvation of many.


Rest assured you too will take detours from the path you had planned. Trust that it fits into God’s plan.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“Beginning is a day’s work, but finishing is the work of a lifetime.”

– Irish proverb


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6) Verse of the Week   

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

– Proverbs 16:9 (KJV)

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week

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