HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


March 29, 2012


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Wow! What a day! Registration opened this morning and is well underway! If you are still having trouble with the e-mail links, go to www.heav.org/convention/registration and register there. Thank you all for your continued prayers, support, and patience!

We’ll continue to prepare the new site for its debut, and in the meantime, keep watching the Update, our Facebook page, and the Virginia Home Educator magazine for more convention details.


If you can’t find the answer in the FAQs on the website, e-mail convention@heav.org for the quickest response, or post your question on the HEAV Facebook page. If you call the office, please expect the lines to be busy. (If anyone would like to come and volunteer for a few days, we could sure use your help!)



Register now through Friday to receive the long-promised $49 special, member-only price! AND–don’t miss these great NEW convention features:

convention busNEW! Spouse and Family Members Attend for Free

No More Teen/Tween Pricing!

Enjoy one day or all three days–bring the entire family–for one low price. No separate teen and tween pricing. Registration includes ALL shopping (UCS & Exhibit Hall) & workshops.

NEW! Children of Any Age May Attend Workshops

You asked and we listened! Children of any age are welcome to attend workshops with their parents.

NEW! All-in-One Convention, Hotel, and Travel Packages

Attend the convention in style with a package that includes bus transportation, deluxe hotel accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn for two nights, and a full convention registration–all for one great price. More information online. Spaces are very limited so reserve your space now!


Crystal Paine, the Money Saving Mom

You love her help online — you’ll love her in person!
Crystal speaks at a limited number of conventions, so we are blessed to have her with us this year! Want to cut your grocery bill without clipping coupons? Or add a home business to an already packed to-do list? Crystal Paine, author of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, teaches five workshops packed with practical advice and money-saving tips at this summer’s convention.

Graduation Registration Opens March 29, 2012


Thank you for your patience!  Graduation registration will open Thursday, March 29, 2012. Registration forms are available online, but hurry–spaces fill very quickly. Registration will close April 12, or when 200 participants have signed up.

Volunteer at the Convention!

Shop early in the Used Curriculum Sale when you volunteer! Amazingly, the convention relies on more than 400 volunteers! And volunteering has never been easier–simply fill out our Volunteer Checklist, and you will be contacted with more information.

Used Cirriculum SaleUsed Curriculum SaleUsed Curriculum Sale — Opening Soon!

The used curriculum sale is a great opportunity to get resources at bargain rates, as well as a chance to sell some resources you no longer need. Remember to pre-register or volunteer to get the best shopping selection.

*After early shopping for volunteers, admittance is based on registration time.

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 Creation Illustrated 


FREE Issue – Creation Illustrated – The Christian Answer to National Geographic!


That’s right! Get a Free issue of Creation Illustrated magazine as part of a subscription offer. Readers call it, “The Christian answer to National Geographic!”–every issue’s a KEEPSAKE. Stunning photography, uplifting Spiritual articles, even a Homeschoolers’ Instructional Guide–using Christ’s method of teaching through the things He made. Order NOW!

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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Join HEAV and Save on Convention Registration!

Your membership not only helps HEAV support homeschoolers across the country, it benefits your family as well! As an HEAV member, you will receive registration discounts up to $20 on HEAV’s annual Virginia Homeschool Convention and your HSLDA membership, not to mention a discount on HEAV’s graduation and a $5 discount on all Homeschool Success Seminars!


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Homeschool Day at the Mariners’ Museum

An HEAV-sponsored Event!

Friday, April 13, 2012, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.Homeschool Day at the Mariner's Museum

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.

Homeschool Success Seminar

How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need to Know!

Richmond, Thursday, April 12, 2012

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Get your questions answered and use the information from this seminar to prepare for a successful homeschool experience! Maximize your success with practical ideas from Yvonne Bunn, a veteran homeschool mom who has helped thousands of families begin homeschooling.

This informative seminar will help you focus on the things you really need to know for a successful homeschool year, including how to prepare, the ins and outs of the Virginia law, testing and evaluation options, how to choose curriculum, how to teach several levels at once, how to get the support you need, where to find the best resources, some things to avoid, and some secrets of success.


Dr. Tedd Tripp

Dr. Tedd Tripp has been senior pastor emeritus of Grace Fellowship Church since his retirement as senior pastor after 29 years of service, and he continues to serve as an elder there. He and his wife, Margy–married in 1968–have three adult children and nine grandchildren. Tedd is a graduate of Geneva College (B.A. in History), Philadelphia Theological Seminary (M. Div.), and Westminster Theological Seminary (D. Min. with an emphasis in pastoral counseling).

Tedd is the author of the popular child-rearing books Shepherding a Child’s Heart and Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Parent’s Handbook and co-author with Margy of Instructing a Child’s Heart. Before seminary Tedd worked in industry as a contractor. In 1979, Tedd and Margy founded Immanuel Christian School, where Tedd has served as both a teacher and an administrator; he continues to serve as ICS Board Chairman Emeritus. From 1985-1997, Tedd served as a counselor in the Lehigh Valley office of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Since 1994, Tedd has maintained an extensive ministry as a conference speaker and presenter of Shepherding a Child’s Heart seminars. His books, video presentations, and audio materials are used throughout the world

Don’t miss Tedd Tripp’s Workshops!

~ Getting to the Heart of Behavior

~ Giving Children a Vision for the Glory of God

~ Helping Children Understand How to Identify Attitudes of the Heart

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Article of the Week

Blessings of Obedience – Tedd Tripp

Pastor Tripp remembers his first memory verse: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth'” (Ephesians 6:1-3). He considers it a crucial principle for parents and children to learn because of two promises. First, things will go well spiritually; second, that things in life will go well practically. Read more about these simple, but critical points in the article.

Homeschool Q&A

Testing if Behind in One Subject

Q- My two elementary age children did not do well in math, so I put them back one grade level in math when we began homeschooling in September. They are doing well in other subjects. Do I have to test them for grade appropriate math? 

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1) Homeschool Items
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1.1 National Building Museum Homeschool Day – Washington, D.C. – Register by April 1

1.2 Alpaca Shearing Day – Windsor – April 6
1.3 Boat Trips with Living Classrooms – Washington, D.C. – Register by April 17 or 24

1.4 New Homeschoolers Meeting – Roanoke – April 24

1.5 ACT and Other Test Dates and Reviews

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2) General Interest Items  

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Spring Programs At Sully – Chantilly – Begin April 10

2.2 Battle of Petersburg Reenactment – Petersburg – April 21 and 22

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: “New Research: How American Adults Read the Bible”
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Economics in “The Homeschool Classroom” from von Mises Audio and Lectures
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Household Math and Science Activities
3.4 English: Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)
3.5 Art, Geography, and Bible: The Last Supper

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4) Parting Thought – Writing Tips

The importance of comprehensive cross-referencing will be covered elsewhere.

In the absence of a dictionary, stick to words of one syllabus.

The adverb always follows the verb.

Sure signs of lazy writing are incomplete lists, etc.

– As seen on the Internet (just thought we’d help).

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5) Worth Repeating

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

– Ray Bradbury (1920-present), American science fiction writer. He is perhaps best known for his book, Fahrenheit 451.

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6) Verse of the Week
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
– Proverbs 3:7 (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.

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If you know a family interested in homeschooling in Virginia, please !

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