HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


March 5, 2014




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13 Weeks Left!


Meet the Speaker: 

Tracy Klicka (MacKillop) is the widow of former HSLDA Senior Counsel Chris Klicka and a seasoned homeschooling mom and gifted writer and speaker for more than 17 years. She blogs at www.tracyklicka.com and currently serves as Director of Development for the Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA. You won’t want to miss her workshops at the convention:


I Think I’ll Quit HomeschoolingThrough God’s mercy, the presence of brokenness and conflict in parent/child relationships can serve as a tremendous example and springboard from which parents and children can grow in communicating with grace.


The Power of Mercy in ParentingLearn how you can keep from becoming a dropout!   


Convention Workshops Are Now Online 

Take a look at this year’s convention workshops, and check back later for more! The 2014 Virginia Homeschool Convention will have workshops for preschool, high school, college and career, special needs, character training, home organization, and much, much more! Mark your calendars, register today, and tell a friend!

Just for Teens  

Generation Joshua Presents iCommand and IAdvocate 

The Generation Joshua team takes government and in just two days turns it into a full-scale, interactive, learning process. In each of these courses, teens actually get to practice the material they learn, rather than just read about it–and have fun, too!


Sign up for iCommand or iAdvocate when you register for the convention. Already registered for the convention? Call the office (804-278-9200) to add a teen program. 

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WCRC Attention Men: Register now for the Men’s Retreat at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center March 21-23, 2014. This will be a time of meaningful worship, inspired teaching, and great fellowship. Our speakers, Duane Yoder and Luke Hartman, will speak on spiritual mentoring. For more information or to register online go to www.wcrc.info.




Hope Egan Homeschoolers Qualify for Cash Back through Homes for Heroes

As a homeschool family, when you buy or sell your home through Exit First Realty’s Brian Hall Homes Team, you are eligible to receive cash back for 25% of our commission on the transaction. Visit www.HomeschoolHomes.com

or contact Realtor® and former homeschool mom Hope Egan, Exit First Realty at HopeEganHomes@gmail.com.  
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Remember to Volunteer 

Amazingly, the convention relies on more than 600 volunteers to run smoothly! Volunteering has never been easier–simply fill out our volunteer application, and choose an area of service that suits YOU. Don’t forget, volunteers shop first in the Used Curriculum Sale! 


Do you have a heart for children? The Children’s Ministry needs volunteers. Come and help with the HEAV Children’s Program at this year’s convention and bless the children–and be blessed yourself! Interested? Apply here. Questions? E-mail childrensprogram@heav.org


Haven’t Registered Yet? Do It Today!

Check out this year’s exciting line-up of speakers and exhibitors! Online registration is easy and takes only a few minutes, saving you lots of time at the actual convention.


Not an HEAV member? Join or renew today and save $10 on preregistration.


Music Competition – Registration Open

Share the talent you’ve worked so hard to develop! HEAV’s first annual music competition for convention attendees has launched. All homeschooled students, grades 12 and under, are eligible to participate in one of three categories: vocal, instrumental, and piano. Applications are being accepted here, or e-mail music@heav.org for more information.


Silent Auction Is Gearing Up

Silent Auction donations are pouring in! You’ll get to bid on the items during the convention in June, but you can get a sneak peek at the items for auction here.


If you have a business–or know of a business–that would like to donate to the Silent Auction, please use this online form, or contact Michelle at silentauction@heav.org.

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null Food Lion MVP Program

Monday, March 10 Is Double Credit Day!   

Food Lion customers can effortlessly support HEAV while they shop! Shop on the tenth of each month, and HEAV will earn double the normal earnings.      

Link your MVP card by going to Food Lion.

Use HEAV code 218920.

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Please be aware that some events have been rescheduled due to inclement weather. Be sure to check the website often for updates on these events.


Virginia Living Museum

This Friday – March 7, 2014  

If you’ve registered for the VLM Homeschool Day, you’ll enjoy a fabulous selection of engaging classroom programs that highlight important natural science and earth science concepts. Elementary students (kindergarten-grade 4) study natural science programs and older kids (grades 5-12) will enjoy environmental science labs. Space science programs in the planetarium are available for grades K-9.   


Pamplin Historical ParkPamplin Historical Park 

This Friday – March 7 

Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier offers a special field-trip program for homeschool families and groups! . These programs are specifically designed for children at grade levels 3-12. Payment in advance is required.


Homeschool Day at the Virginia Museum of the Civil WarCivil War Museum 

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!

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Article of the Week

True Joy – Karen DeBeus

While the world can often focus on suffering and the unhappiness it brings, this author and homeschool mom discusses her radical idea of embracing suffering as a source of joy. (Really, the idea is biblical.) Read how her spiritual outlook and attitude towards homeschooling–and life–have changed. And be sure to see Karen at the convention in June!


Homeschool Q&A

Last Date to Test

Q. What is the latest I should test? I want to make sure we finish all the material before testing.


From Our Blog 

Getting Started Again

Midyear doldrums? It IS possible to rejuvenate your homeschool plan. Kyndra tells you how to step back, reassess, and then start fresh!

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 College Plus Program: “What’s Your Plan?” – Newport News – March 7

1.2 Homeschool Science Fair – Manassas – March 8

1.3 Homeschool Days at Jamestown and Yorktown Victory Center – Williamsburg and Yorktown – March 8-16

1.4 Classical Conversations Meetings – Multiple locations – Multiple Dates

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2) General Items

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2.1 Jewelry, Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show – Gaithersburg, MD – March 15-16

2.2 Performing Arts Workshop: “What Is 4-H? 4-H Is You!” – Newport News – Register by March 20

2.3 4-H Junior Camp – Newport News – Best Price by April 4

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson

3.2 Thrifty: Simplify Cooking and Teach Meal Planning

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Jan Brett

3.4 Economics: Two Views of the Federal Reserve

3.5 Homemaking and Organizing: Sewing a Denim Organizer

3.6 History: Free Hillsdale College Course: Constitution 101 – Revamped

3.7 Homemaking: Home Management Training Checklist

3.8 Homeschooling: Free Multi-subject Printables

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4) Parting Thought – Psalm 23 – Elaborated

The Lord is my Shepherd–that’s relationship!

I shall not be in want–that’s supply!

He makes me lie down in green pastures–that’s rest!

He leads me beside quiet waters–that’s refreshment!

He restores my soul–that’s healing!

He guides me in the paths of righteousness–that’s guidance!

For His name’s sake–that’s purpose!

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death–that’s testing!

I will fear no evil–that’s protection!

For you are with me–that’s faithfulness!

Your rod and the staff, they comfort me–that’s discipline!

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies–that’s hope!

You anoint my head with oil–that’s consecration!

My cup overflows–that’s abundance!

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life–that’s blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord–that’s security!

Forever–that’s eternity!


– Author Unknown


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5) Worth Repeating 

“History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances.”

– Donald Creighton, (1902-1979), Canadian historian, university instructor, and writer. About his upbringing, he commented, “I was born into a household in which books, history, biography, literature were all about.”

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6) Verse of the Week

Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

– Psalm 97:12 (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.