HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


March 21, 2012




One more week, and it will ALL be open–the website, convention registration, bus trip reservations, and graduation!

Crystal Creek Media’s Two-Day Film Camp is one of our special convention features this year. Dynamic, interactive, and fun, it’s sure to be a highlight of the convention for many! Also watch for these creative media workshops:

Anthony and Jessica Rondina

·        So You Want to Make a Movie?

·        Plastic Cinema

·        Filmmaking 101

Daniel Knudsen 

·        Would Your Kids Say You’re Media Savvy?

·        To Make a Movie

Zeezok Publishing 

·        Movies and Curriculum-Making Them Work Together


Attend a relaxing convention with a package that includes bus transportation, deluxe hotel stay for two nights, and full convention registration–all for one great price. Buses leave Thursday morning and return Saturday evening, and will leave from several points around Virginia. Look for more details on the new website next week!


  • Virginia Beach (occupancy/person: quad-$160; triple-$180; double-$230; single-$359; husband & wife special-$411)

  • Fairfax (occupancy/person: quad-$170; triple-$190; double-$240; single-$369; husband & wife special-$431)
  • Roanoke/Lynchburg (occupancy/person: quad-$180; triple-$200; double-$250; single-$379; husband & wife special-$451)
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Homeschool Open House

The Independence Golf Club would like to invite all Junior Golfers in your home to join us for an Open House. On April 2, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. our PGA/LPGA staff will provide complimentary clinic, tours, and a round on our short course.

Sign up and learn more at www.independencegolfclub.com.


Virginia PropertiesHomeschool Educational Space/Church Space for Lease

Virginia Properties, Inc. is proud to offer a 5,600 square foot homeschool educational or church space for lease in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Space includes: Fellowship Hall, Sanctuary, Lobby, Classrooms, Offices, Restrooms, Handicap accessible. Ideal Uses: Church Use, School Use, Worship Center, Educational Programs, Outreach Headquarters.  


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Congratulations to the Youngest Scripps Speller to Get to the NationalsScripps National Spelling Bee

Congratulations to six-year-old Lori Anne Madison, a homeschooler from Woodbridge, Virginia, who recently qualified for advancement to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. After winning a regional competition against 21 others, she is believed to be the youngest contestant to compete in the National Bee. You’ll have to read the article to see the word with which she won and learn more details about this delightful little girl. Expect to see the usual disproportionate number of homeschoolers in the nationals.

NHERI Study on African-American Students and Their Parents

Dr. Brian Ray and the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) are currently conducting a groundbreaking study of African-American students, examining parents’ educational choices and the academic achievement of black students in homeschools and conventional (public) schools.

NHERI would like your help in any or all of three areas:

  • If you are an African-American single parent or couple with an African-American child between the ages of 9-14 who has been homeschooled all or most of his or her school years, please e-mail NHERI at study@nheri.org. This email address is protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • If you know of an African-American family who has a child either homeschooled or in public school who may want to participate, please ask them to contact NHERI at study@nheri.org. This e-mail address is protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Please consider making a donation to support NHERI’s research on this unique, landmark study. Any amount–$10, $25, $100–will help. Thank you!

Read more about the study and Dr. Brian Ray at the NHERI website. 

Freedom to Grow

Until recently, homeschooling in the United States was practiced by mostly white families, but a growing number in the black community are now also educating their children at home. Here is an interesting BBC article explaining why.

Alberta Premier Sides with Homeschoolers

Premier Alison Redford says her Conservative government is staying out of the homes of Albertans to allow homeschoolers to teach their children their own views about morality, ethics, and religion. A controversial Alberta law would have required that homeschoolers’ academic content contain politically correct views, but the preamble was amended last week. The premier told a talk radio audience Thursday that because of the amendment “the preamble to the Act says that we respect the fact parents have choice.” Read more here.

Graduation Registration Coming Soon! Putting Together a Transcript? We’re Here to Help!

HEAV’s homeschool transcript service guides you effortlessly through the transcript process. Submitting your information online is easy and secure. HEAV editors process and review your information, offering suggestions and clarifications, and then mail you a finished, professional-looking transcript. No worries and no fuss!


Attend a MOPS group? Know parents of preschoolers? Tell them about the FREE admission to the convention for qualifying parents of preschoolers. And sign up as a MOPS Outreach Partner here for great resources, information, and fliers to share with your group.


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New Market DayNew Market

Special Homeschool Rate: $3/person, ages 6 and up

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at New Market Battlefield! Learn to drill with the Confederate Army; dance the Virginia Reel; enjoy 19th-century games and crafts; watch the Emmy award-winning film, Field of Lost Shoes; take a guided tour through the battlefield; and much more. Also enjoy a Chick-Fil-A sandwich and home-baked goodies from the food booth.

Click here to register online, or call 866-515-1864.


Homeschool Day at the Mariner’s Museum Homeschool Day at the Mariner's Museum

An HEAV-sponsored Event!

Friday, April 13, 2012, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Transport your students to the early 20th century as the Mariners’ Museum brings history to life with activities focusing on the tragic 1912 sinking of Titanic.

Students will interact with costumed interpreters, play period games, make crafts to take home, and participate in age-appropriate programs that introduce them to the history, technology, and mystery surrounding the R.M.S. Titanic.

  • Hardtack-the-Mouse Goes to America
    Grades K-2: 10:15-11 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m.
    Grades 3-12: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.
  • How the “Unsinkable” Ship Sank
    Grades 5-12: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.

See the website for registration and payment information.

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Article of the Week

Myth of Adolescence – Alex Jordan Harris
Society seems to have certain cultural expectations about how our teens will behave; need that always be so? Can we expect much more, and should we?

Homeschool Q&A

Testing History b>

Q. How do I know what type of history my child should be reviewing for the end-of-year test?

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1) Homeschool Items

1.1 Classical Conversations Information Meeting – Colonial Heights – March 29
1.2 Richmond Homeschool Prom – Mechanicsville – Register from April 1 through May 6
1.3 Areté Christian Academy Registration – Mechanicsville – Ends July 31
1.4 TV Series Mocks Christians, Potentially Undermines Homeschooling Liberty   


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2) General Interest Items

2.1 Pro-Life Movie: October Baby – Starts March 23
2.2 “Bible Talk!” Townhall-style Meeting – Midlothian – March 27
2.3 Joshua’s Hands Heritage Classes – Waterford – Register by April 1 for First Class
2.4 Henricus Camps – Chester – Register by April 3 for First Class
2.5 Civil War Adventure Camp – Petersburg – Camps Begins in June
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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Easter Unit Study
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Frugal Easter Ideas
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Typical Subjects of Study
3.4 English: Mnemonic for Cannon vs. Canon

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4) Parting Thought – Cats and Dogs: Interesting Trivia

Question: Rare and maybe the world’s most elusive cat, the ____ is very shy, so researchers were thrilled to capture them on hidden cameras!

Select Your Answer:

A. Sumatran Tiger
B. Snow Leopard
C. Maine Coon
D. Jamaican Jaguar


Only 4,000 to 6,000 Snow Leopards are left in the wild, but recently five of the beautiful and elusive cats were caught on camera. (Click for Photo and More!)

Check into FreeKibble daily for an interesting trivia question and information on dogs and cats (there are two linked sister sites). By the way, the sites were originally set up by a 12-year-old girl! When you visit the site, sponsors donate food to shelter pets and it costs you nothing but a minute’s time–and entertainment.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise.


“At present we are on the outside… the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the pleasures we see. But all the pages of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor that it will not always be so. Someday, God willing, we shall get “in”… We will put on glory… that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch.


“We do not want to merely “see” beauty–though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.”

– Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963), in “Quotes on Hoping For Something More.” This British author and Christian apologist was better known as C. S. Lewis. Read more in the article that includes many encouraging Bible verses (you may wish to memorize)!

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6) Verse of the Week
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

– Isaiah 58:11 (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.

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