HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


March 8, 2012


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Don’t worry–you haven’t! The new website is just DAYS AWAY. Convention Registration will be opening soon after with a member-only special price of just $49, which includes spouse and dependent children.  

Keep watching for details!



Attend the convention in style with a package that includes bus transportation, deluxe hotel accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn fo r 2 nights, and a full convention registration–all for one great price. Buses leave Thursday morning and return Saturday evening, and will leave from several points around Virginia:

  • Virginia Beach (occupancy/person: quad-$160; triple-$180; double-$230; husband & wife special-$411)
  • Fairfax (occupancy/person: quad-$170; triple-$190; double-$240; husband & wife special-$431)
  • Roanoke/Lynchburg (occupancy/person: quad-$180; triple-$200; double-$250; husband & wife special-$451)

Important: A minimum of 40 people per bus is needed–we can add extra buses as necessary. To secure your seat, a non-refundable* deposit of $49 must be made when you register. Final payment will be due by the close of registration on May 21.

*In the event minimum enrollment is not met, your deposit will be fully refunded. If you wish to apply your deposit to a convention registration, the early-bird price of $49 will apply. Used Curriculum Sale shopping time is determined by the date of your original response to the bus trip. Watch for more details as registration opens! 



Most People Hear about the Convention from a Friend 

The convention is coming, and we could use your help to get the word out! When asked, most people say they heard about the convention through a friend. Will you reach out to the homeschooling families in YOUR community?


Our outreach program makes it easy–simply sign up as a church, community, MOPS group, or Internet Outreach Partner, and we’ll have specially-prepared announcements, bulletin inserts, fliers, web banners, and more available. Your outreach work will be almost effortless!


Go here for ready-made posts, downloads, and graphics you can send friends and family or post on blogs, groups, and forums to invite others to the convention.



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.



Used Cirriculum SaleUsed Curriculum SaleGet Ready for the Used Curriculum Sale 

New! More Checkout Lines Open This Year

Whether you want to sell your used books, or look for bargains among the 60,000 anticipated items, we have good news for you–this year, we’ll have more checkout lines and faster service. Get ready for some great bargains! 


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Save $5 on HSTOnline using coupon code: heav312

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This Saturday, March 10, is Double Credit Day at Food Lion Let Your Grocery Shopping Count!

Calling all families large and small! Food Lion customers can now effortlessly support HEAV while they shop! Do your grocery shopping on the tenth of each month, and HEAV will receive double the donations from Food Lion!


autumn roadLeadership Retreat Rescheduled

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Leadership Retreat at the Woodlands Conference Center in Williamsburg has been rescheduled for October 26 and 27. We’re so sorry the retreat won’t be this spring, but just think how lovely Williamsburg will be in the fall!


Graduation Registration Coming Soon!The Granville P. Meade Scholarship Deadline March 12!


For the first time, the Granville P. Meade Scholarship, which awards $2000 each year for four years, is available to homeschoolers! The application must be postmarked no later than March 12.  Additional information may be found at the here. Interested homeschool students must submit the Virginia Department of Education 2012 Granville P. Meade Scholarship Application to the HEAV office no later than March 12, 2012. 

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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.

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Article of the Week

Beating the Mid-Year Slump by Melanie Hexter 

In this article, Melanie Hexter offers several suggestions for overcoming the winter homeschool blues, such as connecting with others, tackling practical indoor jobs, and planning for next year.


Homeschool Q&A

Physical Education Requirements

Q. What are the physical education requirements for homeschoolers, and how do homeschoolers meet them?

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1) Homeschool Items
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1.1 Classical Conversations Information Meeting – Christiansburg – March 10
Southside Homeschool Academy Open House – Powhatan – March 15
Homeschooling Through High School With Classical Conversations – Virginia Beach – March 15
Annual Tornado Drill – Statewide – March 20
Homeschooling Towards College – Williamsburg – April 17

1.6 Sign Up for Your Own Teaching Home Newsletter!

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2) General Interest Items
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2.1Reminiscences of Petersburg: A Woman’s Perspective” – Petersburg – March 18
2.2 Monumental Movie – Theaters Nationwide – March 27 Only
2.3 “Breakthrough” Battlefield Tour – Petersburg – Register by March 28
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Volunteer Park Day – March 31

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Digital Puritan
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Supercook
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Dripless Honey Spread
3.4 Science: Nature Study Resources
3.5 Cooking: Crunchy Veggie Salad

3.6 Crafts: Cross-stitch for Kids

3.7 English: Spelling Games – Preschool through Ninth Grade

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4) Parting Thought – Favorite Bible Verses

YouVersion, the popular new Bible app, recently listed the Top 10 Bookmarked Verses of 2011. Are you curious about what others have chosen? They are:


Philippians 4:6


Jeremiah 29:1


Proverbs 3:5


Romans 12:2


Philippians 4:13


Philippians 4:7


Romans 8:28


Proverbs 3:6


Matthew 6:33


1 Corinthians 13:4


Wow, Philippians 4 is sure a favorite! Do you have a favorite–or “life”–verse? Have you shared your favorite(s) with your children?


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5) Worth Repeating

“The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the creator. Into his tiniest creatures, God has placed extraordinary properties….”

– Louis Pasteur, 1822-1895. This outstanding French scientist believed deeply in God, the Creator of the Universe. Read an Answers in Genesis article about him here.


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6) Verse of the Week

But the salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time of trouble.

– Psalms 37:39 (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.

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

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