HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


May 15, 2013


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Facebook Party – Tomorrow!

Meet the Speakers Join us on Facebook!

Join us on our Facebook page tomorrow, May 16 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., for a special night with HEAV convention speakers. Enjoy a special Q&A time with Heidi St. John, Dianne Craft, and others! Find out about special discounts and deals being offered by convention exhibitors. Find out about–and maybe win–some great giveaways, too!


Preregistration Ends Monday!

Don’t miss your last chance to reserve Duggar tickets and register at the preregistration price of $69/member | $79/non-member. Register now!


The Convention Schedule Is Available

To get the most out of the convention, start planning your time now with the convention schedule! Get it on the HEAV website.


Used Curriculum Sale – List Your Items 

The barcoding system is buzzing! We are only able to accept 60,000 books and items, so don’t delay. Enter your books today and make cash to buy the curriculum you need next year. Start listing your items here


Volunteer in the Children’s Program Today 

HEAV has a fantastic opportunity for teens–and adults!–with a heart to serve and ambition to succeed. The Children’s Program is a huge blessing to families with young children–AND it creates an opportunity for teens ages 13 and up who are looking to earn:

    • Service-Hour Requirements
    • Boy Scout or Girl Scout Merit Badges
    • Rank Advancement
    • Childcare Experience
    • Citizenship Recognition


On top of that, you’ll have a lot of fun working with fellow teens and young adults. Volunteer one day, or both…share a craft…lead a game. The time they spend with the children is something they’ll never forget. All Children’s Program volunteers will receive a t-shirt, lunch on both days, and a Volunteer Service-Hour Certificate.


Find out more information on our website, or e-mail childrensprogram@heav.org.  

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(And wondering about your membership cards?) 

This has been a bountiful and blessed year, and we are so grateful for your membership support. Membership cards are being sent out as quickly as possible, but due to an incredible response, we are behind in getting the membership cards to you. We appreciate your incredible patience and understanding.

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Discipleship Camp 

Miracle Mountain Ranch 

Move that Mountain!

Don’t let the low price fool you! Join Matt Cox and his dogs–along with the whole Miracle Mountain Ranch team–for a MOUNTAIN of fun! Discover power and freedom as they share about topics that matter to YOU–relationships, commitment, success, leadership, and more. Seven action-packed sessions coincide with the convention schedule, so you can choose one or all sessions!

Get more information and see the schedule here.


Convention Gifts Worth More than $350

Be Sure to Get Yours!

1) Virtual Gift Basket – full of coupons, specials, printouts, and more–worth at least $300–from companies like these: Draw & Write Through History, Institute for Excellence in Writing, We Choose Virtues, A+ Interactive Math, and MORE!


2) SchoolhouseTeachers.com Subscription – a full-year, free subscription will begin in July 2013 for all convention registrants (just click “yes” on your registration form”) Learn more about SchoolhouseTeachers.com here.


Exhibit Hall ExtravaganzaCarver

Master storyteller, Cedric Saunders, will delight and engage you and your family as he portrays larger-that-life stories of American heroes, from Booker T. Washington to Frederick Douglass to George Washington Carver, and others.

Be sure to catch his workshop
Incorporating Storytelling into Your Homeschool!”

Many New Features and LOTS of Fun 

Live Milking Cows from Avery Farms

Hands-on Science Exhibit by Marine Science Consortium

Robotics Demonstrations in the Robotics Expo 

FREE Vision and Hearing Screenings

Hodges Family Jugglers

LEGO Education


Instrument Petting Zoo 

…and so much more!

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Walk in Truth Home Educators’ History Team Makes It to the National History Bowl!

Evan Smith, Weston Stoneman, Eoghain Thomas, and Alex Wallace, all from the Richmond area, will compete as a team at the National History Bowl in Arlington, Virginia on May 17 through 19, 2013.


HEAV’s Free Magazine

Watch your mailbox! The summer issue of The Virginia Home Educator will be arriving soon. If you do not receive the magazine, but would like to, subscribe today–it’s free!

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Article of the Week

Don’t Miss It–the Blessings of Homeschooling – Christa Sterken

The author noted her child’s enthusiasm when she completed an assignment and wondered if we are missing those simple joys–and more. Read her blog entry and see if you don’t agree about the joys and benefits of homeschooling we should not miss!


Homeschool Q&A

Oops! Last week’s Q&A link didn’t work, so we’re running it again.

Keeping Records

Q. Am I required to keep any records for my homeschooled children?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Tri-Cities Home Educators Used Curriculum Sale – Colonial Heights – May 23

1.2 Free: New Charlotte Mason Magazine – Online – Current Issue Available Now

1.3 The Teaching Home – End-of-School-Year Activities

1.4 Classical Conversations Information Meetings – Multiple Locations and Dates

1.5 CHESS Open Registration for New Families – Centreville – May 30-August 1

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Peace Officers Memorial Day – United States – May 15

2.2 Rain Barrel Workshop – Newport News – Register by June 7

2.3 Young Writers’ Workshop in the Valley – Winchester – June 27 and/or 28

2.4 Volunteers Wanted: Henricus Historical Park – Chester – Ongoing

2.5 History and Science Camps – Multiple Locations and Dates

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Stories Behind the Hymns

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 50 Ways to Save Money

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Golden Books Online

3.4 English: The Online Books Page

3.5 History: Take a History Tour of American Education

3.6 Homeschool: Free Curriculum Planner

3.7 Homeschooling: Free Download in May – Homeschooling for FREE & Frugal

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4) Parting Thought – Using Windows in the Bible

“Then Noah decided to check and see if there was dry land. He must have had a laptop computer that seemed to take forever to boot up and finally, “After 40 days, Noah opened the window he had made”(Genesis 8:6). He was very frustrated that it took him 40 days to open the window, but he was only using a 286 cubit with 3 RAM (and 4 ewes), so what could he realistically expect?…”

– Read the rest of this amusing take on “Windows” in the Bible on Bob Griffin’s site, Grif.net, with his free daily humor e-mail.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“Nourish a child daily with loving, right and noble ideas…which may bear fruit in his life.”

– Charlotte Mason (1842-1923), British educator who worked to help parents better rear and teach their children. Read a short article on the “Seven Characteristics of a Charlotte Mason Education.”


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6) Verse of the Week   

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

– Psalm 8:9 (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.