HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


May 18, 2012


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LOTS of Volunteers Needed!

Without volunteers, HEAV could not serve the thousands of home educators who come every year. Thank you for prayerfully considering joining the team today.

Volunteer at least two hours, and you get to shop early in the Used Curriculum Sale on Friday morning–before the general public. Better yet, you have an opportunity to serve your fellow homeschoolers.

Click here to volunteer.

Volunteer as a speaker host in a workshop, and have an opportunity to meet and interact with the speakers! View the workshop schedule here.

Other opportunities available:

Used Curriculum Sale

Children’s Program


HEAV Tables

On-Site Registration

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Transcript Boot CampInge Cannon

Take Your Transcript Worries Away!

Check that dreaded transcript item off your high school “to-do” list! Come to Inge Cannon’s Transcript Boot Camp Thursday, June 6, at the convention.
Transcript Boot Camp is a phenomenal, four-hour workshop that will teach you virtually everything you need to know to graduate your homeschooled student and prepare him or her for college entrance. It includes valuable information about Carnegie units, GPA, weighted grades, test scores, and so much more!


If you plan to attend, you have the option of purchasing a complete syllabus here: Transcript Boot Camp Syllabus. The syllabus is very valuable and highly recommended, and it must be purchased in advance. Use the code heav25, and receive $4 off! Important note: The last day for ordering the syllabus is June 3.

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The May 21st pre-registration deadline is fast approaching! View the workshop schedule online, and register TODAY!

There are a limited number of spaces available in the Children’s Program, so preregister by Monday if you want to be assured of a spot.

New Exhibit Hall Features

With many exciting new features in the Exhibit Hall, this convention is sure to be a hit with the whole family!


Vendor Demonstrations


The children are sure to enjoy the exciting hands-on presentations by some of your favorite exhibitors. Schedule coming soon! 

Hands-on Science Presentations
NASA and the Virginia Air and Space Museum’s “Mysteries of Aerospace” and “Space Freeze”  are just a few of our Exhibit Hall attractions!

An Instrument “Petting Zoo!”

With this feature, compliments of Richmond Symphony and Music & Arts, you may try your hand at an instrument you’ve always wanted to try.

Reenactors from the Colonial and Civil War eras will be in the Exhibit Hall. Don’t miss them! 


A Young Entrepreneurs’ Display Area
Visitors may see the businesses of tomorrow–today! And if YOU are between the ages of 13 and 21, and have your own business, you may participate. E-mail exhibitors@heav.org for more information.

And MUCH more! 


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Get a well-deserved break at the Homeschoolers Appreciation WeekendGet a well-deserved break at the Homeschoolers Appreciation Weekend!

Build family memories and hang out with other homeschoolers at family-friendly Virginia Beach KOA! Camp or stay in a convenient cabin. Weekend fun includes a bonfire, crafts, tie-dye, games & tournaments, prizes, homeschool Q&A time, and all the fun amenities of the campground. Reserve by May 17.

Science Shepherd 

Science Shepherd – Take the FEAR out of Teaching Science!

Science Shepherd high school Biology and middle school Life Science were written by homeschoolers, for homeschoolers. Both programs feature fully integrated laboratory experiences, parent guides, examinations and answer keys for all exam and chapter questions. Biology has optional DVDs, including all labs with answers/demonstration of all findings.

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robotCalling All Robotics Enthusiasts!

Two homeschool robotics teams–Twisted Botz and RoboDesigners–will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall and could use your help! If you have experience with robotics and would like to help man the booth, contact Jeff Miller at 757-253-2518 for more information.

Used Cirriculum SaleUsed Curriculum SaleUsed Curriculum Sale

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

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Meet the Speaker


Take one mechanical engineer, add three bright and busy children and a loving husband, and you have the formula for a best-selling author and popular homeschool speaker. Amanda has more than 90 books and two college graduates to her credit–one with a degree in veterinary medicine, and the other with a business degree. Her third child just began his college adventure in the fall of 2011.  


Amanda lives on a tree farm in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee with her husband of 32 years. Together they enjoy the view of life’s ever-changing seasons. She is an avid photographer, a “wannabe” quilter, and a voracious reader, as well as a forgetful cook with a top-of-the-line smoke detector. Most of all, Amanda is a follower of Jesus Christ–forgiven, loved, and infinitely grateful. Visit Amanda’s website here. Don’t miss her informative workshops:


Top Ten Tips for Successful Homeschooling

Unit Studies-Powerfully Simple Tools

The Power of Homeschooling

Planning Your Year with Unit Studies

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Article of the Week

Having 19 Kids and Zero Expectations – MichelleDuggar

The article is subtitled, “Why liberating yourself from expectations could have a profound effect on your relationships and your life.” Michelle discusses how messages from their preacher helped her learn to “yield her ‘right'” to various expectations–a clean house, a full night’s sleep (for a couple of examples). Instead, she learned to replace those expectations with an attitude of gratefulness for the myriad blessings we do have.

Homeschool Q&A

Curriculum Description Law Change

Q. When does the new curriculum description law go into effect, and what information should be included? 

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1) Homeschool Items

1.1 Home Front Educators’ Used Curriculum Sale – Lynchburg – Sale Is May 18 and 19
1.2 IEW- High School Essay Intensive – Richmond – June 7
1.3 BOOK IT! Enrollment Time – Deadline Is September 1

1.4 Ballet: Coppélia or The Girl with the Enamel Eyes – Bridgewater – May 19 or 20


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2) General Interest Items 

View All General Interest Items


2.1 Wilton House Event – Richmond – May 19 and 20

2.2 Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday – Virginia – May 25 through 31
2.3 Eagle Forum Collegians Leadership Summit – Washington, D.C. Area – July 19 and 20
2.4 Three Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: 92 Ways to Share Your Faith
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Do You Investigate Before You Donate?
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: “Smile Smarts!” Oral Health Activities
3.4 First Aid: A Graduation Requirement?
3.5 Technology: Three Big Rules Your Kids May Be Breaking Online

3.6 Adoption: What to Do About “Family” Assignments

3.7 Logic: Your Logical Fallacy Is…

3.8 English: What Makes a Book Good

3.9 Christian Filmmaking: Free Introductory Course

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4) Parting Thought – Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon

Do you know it only takes about 90 hours to read the entire Bible aloud and without commentary? Each year, a group of volunteers meets on the U.S. Capitol steps to do just that. This year’s reading took place from 6 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2012 to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 1.


Why do we mention this now? Especially if you are close to Washington, D.C., you could begin planning now for a trip to the nation’s seat of power (though we could rightly say that power actually rests with each citizen) and take part in the next reading. Contact Terry Shaffer Hall at 202-441-6455 or dcbiblemarathon@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list. Alternately, you could get more details in the article. Perhaps your family could see some of the sights and be part of the Bible reading next year. You could also organize a reading for the steps of City Hall in your town.




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5) Worth Repeating   

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”    

-Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born, later a Swiss citizen, and lastly an American nuclear physicist. This article has an interesting–and different–take on the usual view of Einstein as a child and young student.

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6) Verse of the Week   

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good [thing].

– Psalms 34:10 (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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