HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


March 20, 2013 



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Graduation and the Used Curriculum Sale Will Open First!

Convention Registration Will Soon Follow

Thought you missed convention registration? You didn’t! It will open soon, but in the meantime, graduation registration and the just-updated UCS barcoding system are ready to go, so they will both open Monday, March 25.

Graduation opens Monday and will stay open until Friday, April 12, or until the ballroom is filled to capacity. Mark this special milestone among your friends and family with a meaningful, godly ceremony. But hurry! There is limited seating and graduation slots always fill quickly. Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries will give the commencement address this year! Get more information here


The Used Curriculum Sale barcoding system will also open Monday. Have used books or resources to sell? Do some spring cleaning and empty that bookshelf! Sell those items you don’t need any more AND get a great deal yourself at the Used Curriculum Sale. You’ll bess others and in turn be blessed yourself! Get more information about the Used Curriculum Sale here.    


Volunteers Volunteers Needed!

It takes more than 400 volunteers to run the convention, and the volunteer application will be available as soon registration opens. Volunteers get to shop early in the Used Curriculum Sale–before the general public. Plus, you’ll get the blessing of helping out homeschoolers across Virginia. Stay tuned!  


Young Entrepreneurs Young Entrepreneurs

Have a high-quality product or service you’d like to sell at the convention? The Young Entrepreneurs program is back, and registration will open April 1. Participation is open to young adults (10 to 21) who run their own businesses. Let others know about your business–and have FUN in the process! More information coming soon. 


Help Get the Word Out

Share convention information with your homeschool group, Facebook friends, and community. Check our promotions page to download pre-written information, graphics, e-mail signatures, and more. Be an Outreach Partner, too! We’ll mail fliers straight to you–ready to share with friends, bookstores, doctor’s offices, and community groups.

Convention--It's Coming!

Registration Opening Very Soon!

The new registration system will soon be up and running. Members, watch your inbox for an e-mail with your user ID and passwor–you’ll be all set to log in! If you’re not member, join today, so you won’t miss the three-day special! During the first three days of registration, members may register for just $59 for the whole family! This price includes

a keynote session with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, as well as keynote sessions with Mike Farris and Jeff Myers and LOTS of great workshops. See the website for a list of all the amazing speakers.



With Every Paid Registration 

Plus, get a FREE one-year membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com (regular price is $64.95), and a FREE subscription to the Old Schoolhouse Digital Magazine when you register for the convention. Just click ‘yes’ to the free gift offer on your registration form. Learn more about SchoolhouseTeachers.com here

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Free Cooking Demonstrations with Premium Freeze Dried THRIVE foods

Never tasted or cooked with THRIVE freeze dried foods? Natural foods — perfect for everyday healthy snacks, delicious and quick meals, and long-term food storage. Schedule a free demonstration and tasting party for your homeschool group, moms group, or join us at upcoming cooking demonstrations. Email sandy@wethrivetogether.com or call 757-774-6216. 

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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

Spring Encouragement for the Homeschool Mom – Jen Cushen 

Jen reassures homeschool moms that our non-traditional classrooms (at home and in the classroom of the world) work to produce curious and successful learners. She points out some of the more subtle signs of homeschool achievement and encourages us to keep going! Read her article for a creative lift in these days that often bring standardized tests and other assessments.

Homeschool Q&A

Governor’s Schools

Q. Can homeschool students participate in Governor’s Schools, and if so, who pays?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items

1.1 Field Trip Idea: Stratford Hall – Stratford, Virginia

1.2 Article – Learning Styles Visually Explained

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Aikman Opportunity Award for Young Christian Writers – Deadline Is May 1

2.2 Blue Star Museums – Nationwide – Emphasis Is Memorial Day to Labor Day Annually


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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Apologetics – Christian Answers

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Homemade Baby Gift: A Hankie Baby Bonnet

3.3 Toddlers and Preschoolers: Blog Post – “Playing with Your 21-Month Old”

3.4 Logic: The Fallacy Detective News Archives

3.5 Gardening and Farming: 30 Free Resources

3.6 English: A Recommended Reading List

3.7 Homeschool: Freebie of the Day

3.8 Family Finances – Free Financial Freedom E-book and Phone Consultation

3.9 Government and Economics: Frederic Bastiat’s The Law Online

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4) Parting Thought – God’s Voice vs. Satan’s Voice

God’s Voice              vs.         Satan’s Voice

Stills You                               Rushes You

Leads You                             Pushes You

Reassures You                       Frightens You

Enlightens You                      Confuses You

Encourages You                     Discourages You

Comforts You                        Worries You

Calms You                             Obsesses You

Convicts You                         Condemns You


– As seen on the Internet; author unknown.


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5) Worth Repeating  

“Do not let anything you are doing for God prevent you from being with God.”

– Michael A Youssef (1948-present), Christian pastor, evangelist, author of numerous books, and radio host. Born in Egypt (later emigrated to the U.S.), his mother was ill during her pregnancy and for that reason was scheduled for an abortion. The Youssef’s pastor arrived at their house before she could leave to have the abortion and told her God had a special mission for the baby and she should trust in His plans. She did.


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6) Verse of the Week 
And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them.

– Matthew 21:6 (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.