HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


May 21, 2014

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Only Two Weeks Left!!


Preregistration Ends Thursday, May 22.*

Sign up now and save $10!

*After that, register at the door. 


New this year! Get the calendar version of the schedule here. It’s great for easy viewing on computers and mobile devices


Get the “schedule-at-a-glance” here!

Gifts, Giveaways, and Discounts…Oh, My! 

Need More Reasons to Register? With almost 40 fabulous speakers, the convention is an endless fountain of exciting shows, events, resources, and workshops. On top of that, HEAV has partnered with many of our wonderful exhibitors to bring you incredible add-on gifts and benefits.



Each convention participant will receive a “Virtual Gift Basket” full of coupons, specials, printouts, and more–worth more than $200. Watch for the special access link in your confirmation e-mail.



The Old Schoolhouse Magazine will be giving away a brand-new Kindle Fire tablet at each of the keynotes Friday and Saturday mornings. The winner must be present to win. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine may found in booth #428 (next to the FlyLady!)



Lee Binz, the HomeScholar, is giving away a copy of her Preparing to Home­school High School DVD–a $60 val­ue!–to the first 100 people to register onsite on Thursday! Find The Homescholar in booth #224.



Homeschool Astronomy is giving away an awesome, brand-new Celestron, 3x Optical zoom Telescope, perfect for viewing the planets and our moon! Home School Astronomy provides computer-based astronomy curriculum for homeschools.



Sam’s Club will be providing free eye exams at their booth (#313) on Friday and Saturday from 9:30 until 4:30.


Be sure to check out our exhibitor “discounts-and-deals” page for fabulous, one-of-a-kind values at the convention. And–the entire list will be available as a downloadable PDF that you can take with you to the convention!


Free Shuttle Bus and Discounted Sightseeing 
The free Diamond stadium parking and shuttle bus eliminates your parking woes–PLUS, the bus will stop at the Children’s Museum and the Science Museum where you’ll find great bargains! Just show your HEAV badge to receive half off at the Children’s Museum and BOGO free at the Science Museum! 


Volunteer in the Children’s Program Today! HEAV offers 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 you spend with the children is something you’ll never forget. All Children’s Program volunteers will receive a t-shirt, lunch on both days, and a Volunteer Service-Hour Certificate.

Have something else in mind? We have openings in other volunteer areas as well! Click here
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null 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! 

Environmental Conservation: Eight Principles of the American Conservation Ethic

Newly released from The Heritage Foundation–leading experts in environmental policy outline the principles that should guide America’s environmental policy, with specific recommendations for today’s policy debates.We are proud sponsors of the Home Educators Association of Virginia’s upcoming convention, so make sure to visit the Heritage booth where you can meet one of the authors of this book!

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Free Items!  

Only 2 weeks left before the UCS barcoding site closes! Now is the time to get your items entered onto the barcoding site. On Wednesday, June 4th, we will be closing the site to new entries in preparation for check-in on Thursday.


Do you have homeschool items you would like to bless someone else with by donating instead of selling them in the UCS? Several tables will be located near the entrance of the UCS hall and designated for FREE items. It is important that each item donated be clearly marked as “free” with labels provided on the HEAV website. Click here to access our FREE online labels to print and place on your donated items.


Help Share the Benefits of Homeschooling

Strong families make strong churches. Invite your pastor to attend the convention as our guest. Just have him e-mail office@heav.org and we’ll send him a code that will deduct the registration fee when he registers!


Got questions?

The convention’s two panel discussions have answers! “Help! 

Q & A for Parents of Struggling Learners” and “The Afterlife: Our Homeschooling Career Is Coming to a Close. What’s Next?” are designed to address your most pressing concerns. Submit your questions NOW to speakers@heav.org to be considered for discussion!
Prayer Stations

This year, look for our dedicated prayer warriors at the convention.

Need to Change Your Registration? 

Please do not try to make online changes to your registration. 

To add family members or purchase additional events, contact the office by TOMORROW (May 22) After that date, changes may be made onsite.

To cancel your registration or remove events from your ticket, submit a refund request here, or mail a written request to the office (postmarked) by May 30, 2014. A $7 cancellation fee will be deducted from the refund amount. No refunds will be made after this date.

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Building the Machine–Watch Online

What is Common Core? Will it affect homeschoolers? HSLDA’s new documentary, Building the Machine, explains what the Common Core State Standard Initiative is all about and why it’s important to know. Watch the film, or learn more about CCSSI and how you can be involved.


Experience State Government First-Hand at the Model General Assembly

For the first time, the YMCA Model General Assembly is open to homeschooled groups, if a parent is able to step up to coordinate the event. The Model General Assembly gives students in grades 9-12 a chance to try their own hand at the legislative process. Students can attend workshops on how a bill is written, meet and work with members of the General Assembly, and even lobby and debate in the actual Senate and House. The next MGA will take place April 16-18, 2015. If you are willing to head up this event–or if you’d like more information–please contact Dennis Gilbar at 434-385-9117 or dennis@vaymca.org.


A huge thank you to our sponsors of the 2014 convention — they help keep your convention costs low. Be sure to stop by their booths at the convention and say “Thank you!”



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Article of the Week

Ten Prayers for Your Daughter – Lysa TerKeurst

We may be tempted to act more like God than Mom when protecting–or controlling– our children’s lives or their little corners of the world. Instead, take a look at what God’s Word says we can legitimately pray on behalf of our daughters (in this case), let God be God, and let us be godly moms. In the process, we will learn to trust God more as we see Him work.

Homeschool Q&A

Testing for Language Arts and Math Only

Q. Is there a test available that only has the language and math parts?  I understand if I use a regular test I do not have to use the other subject areas, but I feel that looks bad when we turn in our results.

From Our Blog

Helping a Child with Auditory Processing Issues Follow Verbal Instructions – Kyndra Steinman

“Are you listening to me?” Find yourself repeating…and repeating…the same instructions to your child? It may be neither willfulness nor absent-mindedness. Get some tips from a parent who has been there!

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 NCFCA National Speech and Debate Championship – Purcellville – June 10-13

1.2 Classical Conversations Parent Practicum – Multiple Locations – Multiple Dates

1.3 Lower Cost Technology for Homeschoolers: Notebooks for Students

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2) General Items
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2.1 YouthSpark Summer Computer Camps – Arlington – June-August
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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Beta Version of Bible Gateway Is Up
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Article – Four-Week Financial Fitness Challenge
3.3 Preschool and Up: Get the Wiggles Out – Making Butter

3.4 Science: Oreo Phases of the Moon
3.5 Family Fun: Educational Outdoor Games and Activities

3.6 English: WorldCat, the Inter-library Loan Research Tool

3.7 History: Summer History Project – Family Trees Galore!

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4) Parting Thought – When You Read the Bible Through

I supposed I knew my Bible,

Reading piecemeal, hit or miss,

Now a bit of John or Matthew,

Now a snatch of Genesis,

Certain chapters of Isaiah,

Certain Psalms (the twenty-third),

Twelfth of Romans, First of Proverbs-

Yes, I thought I knew the Word!

But I found that thorough reading

Was a different thing to do,

And the way was unfamiliar

When I read the Bible through.

You who like to play at Bible,

Dip and dabble, here and there,

Just before you kneel, aweary,

And yawn through a hurried prayer;

You who treat the Crown of Writings

As you treat no other book-

Just a paragraph disjointed,

Just a crude impatient look-

Try a worthier procedure,

Try a broad and steady view;

You will kneel in very rapture

When you read the Bible through!  


– -Amos R. Wells


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5) Worth Repeating 

“And let us not trust to human effort alone, but humbly acknowledging the power and goodness of Almighty God, who presides over the destiny of nations, and who has at all times been revealed in our country’s history, let us invoke His aid and His blessings upon our labors.”

Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the United States, in his first inaugural address, 1885

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6) Verse of the Week

Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, thy power to everyone that is to come.

– Psalm 71:18 (KJV)

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Homeschool Laugh of the Week

Taken from The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons (www.familymanweb.com). Reprinted with Permission.