HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


May 14, 2014


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Three Weeks Left! 


A New Convention Speaker

“When Mama Ain’t Happy”
Thursday, June 5

Clutter-buster extraordinaire Marla Cilley (TheFlyLady) shares how to create a spirit of peace in your home.

The Fly Lady has been a home-organization guru and a mentor to thousands of moms since 1999, and HEAV is thrilled to welcome her to the 2014 convention line-up!

Be sure visit her booth in the Exhibit Hall next to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (Booth #428)!

Check Out the Convention Workshop Schedule!

Check out this year’s convention schedule for more than 150 workshops, from finance and parenting to photography and reading. Scroll through to find your favorite topics–and start planning your convention trip today!

Fabulous Thursday!

The convention is not just Friday and Saturday! Bring along a non-homeschooling friend to the FREE “How-to-Begin Homeschooling” sessions with Yvonne Bunn. Get ready for the high school years with a four-hour, in-depth seminar by Lee Binz: “Preparing to Homeschool High School.” And kids of all ages will enjoy Carl Kerby’s talk, “What’s the Best Evidence God Created?”

Great Hands-On Teen Workshops

Don’t Short Circuit: Exploring the Eye-Brain Connection Through Hands-On Discovery ~ Dissection Lab with Dr. Lainna Callentine

Mind-Numbing to Mind-Blowing: How to Write an Essay that Someone Might Actually Want to Read  ~  Writing Clinic with Brian Wasko

Learning to Draw ~ Barry Stebbing – All that is needed is a pencil and paper for students of any age to enjoy this hands-on workshop!

Exhibit Hall Premier

Come visit the Exhibit Hall on Thursday at 5 p.m. for the special, early opening!

Vendor Discounts and Deals!

Discover exclusive discounts being offered by your favorite vendor at the convention. Check back often–more are being added all the time!

FREE Parking, Shuttle Bus, & Sight-Seeing Specials

On Friday, June 6, Park your car at the Diamond stadium–free of charge–and ride a comfortable coach bus right to the door of the con­vention center! Buses will run at least every 20 minutes.

Plus, get exclusive discounts for convention attendees at local museums! Just show your HEAV name badge and get half off all Children’s Museum admissions, and buy one get one free at the Science Museum of Virginia!

Shuttle Bus Survey

To ensure we have adequate coverage, please let us know whether or not you intend to use the service. Click here, and answer just ONE question!

Volunteers Urgently Needed

It takes a huge team of volunteers to run the convention, and we could use YOUR help in several areas:

UCS – Pre-cashiers don’t need to handle money, but are vitally important to keep things moving along.

Friday Registration – Please help us keep check-in lines moving quickly! Volunteer Thursday or Friday.

Silent Auction – Get in on the ground floor of this brand-new convention event! Plus, you’ll serve in the thick of things, smack in the middle of the Exhibit Hall!

Hospitality Suite – Is food service your niche? Help make our speakers and vendors feel welcome!

Children’s Program – Each volunteer receives a T-shirt, free lunch, and access to the Exhibit Hall after the Children’s Program closes. No need to register for the convention!

Go to the volunteer application to sign up today, and get your “Golden Ticket” to early UCS shopping!

Get more information and sign up here!

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Online Dual Enrollment – Exciting and Personal!

Flexible one- and two-year programs designed exclusively for you as a homeschool high school student. Exciting ‘on-mic’ web conferencing allows for personal interaction and relationship between you, other students, and faculty from around the world. Biblically based curriculum avoids the pitfalls of secular education. Affordable tuition.


The Frontier Culture Museum tells the story of people who migrated to colonial America, and of the life they created here. These first pioneers came to America during the 1600s-1700s from  England, Germany, Ireland, and West Africa.

Visit our exhibits and enjoy hands-on and interactive education.

Visit us at booth #726!

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Attention All Graduates!

Due to scheduling change, Herff Jones will not be selling caps, gowns, and tassels onsite. However, you may order your regalia no later than May 31, using this link, and your cap and gown will be steamed and labeled, and waiting for you onsite! You must order now, though, so they can be shipped in time.

Important: Do NOT use this link if you want to have your gown shipped directly to you. In that case, you will need to contact Herff Jones directly to order.

Hotel Updates

Cancelling a Hotel Reservation?

If you need to cancel a hotel reservation at the Marriott, please call the HEAV office (804-278-9200), so we may give the room to someone else on the waiting list. Please do NOT call the Marriott directly to cancel.

Looking for a Room?

The Crowne Royal Plaza still has room blocks open! Just five blocks from the convention center, with a great view of the James River, this hotel is economically priced and has its own shuttle bus to the convention center!

Single Parents’ Luncheon

Homeschooling, single parents are invited to a special Single Parents’ Luncheon. Get support and information from a homeschool veteran with more than 25 years experience! Get more information here.

UCS Barcoding Site Closes in 3 weeks!

Did you know your unwanted homeschool items can help make a difference around the world?

If you have homeschool items you no longer need, consider

donating them to a worthy cause. HEAV can connect you with local ministries who will gladly accept your donated items, prepare them for the UCS, and use the profits to fund their global outreach efforts. You’ll bless other homeschoolers while, at the same time, ministering to those in need around the world.

Sell items at the UCS here! Call HEAV at 804-278-9200 or e-mail us at ucs@heav.org for more information.

Finals Are Over…Now What Will You Do? 

How about supporting homeschooling families! If you are a college student with a heart to serve, the Children’s Program could use your help. Volunteer one day, or both…lead a game…share a craft. Your talents can be a blessing to many children!

Click here for more information and to volunteer, or e-mail childrensprogram@heav.org.

First Annual Music Competition is Open to the Public! 

Congratulations to the 40 students who are participating in HEAV’s 1st Annual Music Competition. Make time in your busy convention schedule to drop in and enjoy the music on Thursday from 4:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In Appreciation

Thank you, Liberty School of Music, for making this competition possible!

Liberty University’s School of Music (LUSOM) is a dynamic place for musicians to be trained and equipped for their career callings within the arts.   As the seventh largest music school in the country, LUSOM has faculty of the highest caliber in performance, worship arts, music education, music in world cultures, film scoring, and jazz.

And a huge “thank you!” to our donors, who have generously donated prizes, plaques, other items to support this competition:

  • Allan’s Musical Instrument Repair
  • Home Educator’s Exchange – Deb Plaster
  • Kapeller Violins
  • Music and Arts
  • Yasha Tulchinski /JT Violins
  • Beverly Grace Joy Piano Books
  • Csehy Summer School of Music
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Article of the Week

The Importance of Influence – Jay Younts

We have such a limited time to influence our children (“the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.”) Jay offers Scriptures and asks questions to help us all evaluate our influence–for when we are not there and our children must stand alone.

Homeschool Q&A

Testing Changes with the CAT

Q. Is the California Achievement Test (CAT) still available for testing?

From Our Blog

Birds That Fly and Creatures That Swim – Michelle Croker

Say hello to the birds in the sky and the creatures in the sea as you study day five in Michelle’s Days of Creation science series!

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Tri-Cities Home Educators Used Curriculum Sale – Colonial Heights – May 15

1.2 New Home Educator Meeting – Roanoke – May 19

1.3 Spring Cleaning Sale – Richmond – May 20-22
1.4 Home Front Educators Used Curriculum Sale – Lynchburg – May 23

1.5 Forrest Green Farm: Farm and Herb Festival – Louisa – May 26

1.6 Save the Date: Raising Kids to Do Hard Things – Virginia Locations – September 13 and 20

1.7 Have You Seen the “Legacy of Freedom” Video about HEAV’s History? Only Five Minutes

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2) General Items

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2.1 Jefferson Labs Open House – Newport News – May 17

2.2 Memorial Day – Nationwide – Commemorated May 26

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Wycliffe Bible Translators Children’s Curriculum

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Half-Price Sonic Shakes – Ends September 1, 2014

3.3 Kindergarten: End of Kindergarten Math Test

3.4 Math: Free Math Worksheets

3.5 Technology: ManualsOnline.com

3.6 Homeschooling: DonnaYoung.org Printables and Resources

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4) Parting Thought – Retronyms

Students, take note; these terms, if mastered, will make you sound brilliant to your older relatives:

Asia Minor

hardcover book

live music

pickup truck

silent film (and/or talkies)

land line

whole milk

Why are these terms anachronistic (there’s a vocabulary word for you)? What others can you think of? With what terms, products, or devices have they been replaced? Now let the kids name and draw the invention they would make. Go ahead parents-you, too!

– Inspired by lists seen on the Internet.

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5) Worth Repeating 

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”

– Nido Qubein (1948-present), businessman, author, and motivational speaker; president of High Point University. He is a Christian of Lebanese and Jordanian descent who came to the United States in 1966.

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6) Verse of the Week

And he said, The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: [he is] my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

– 2 Samuel 22:2-3 (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.