HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


May 22, 2013


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Convention Parking Information is Online

Plan ahead! Arrive at the convention center early and avoid traffic and parking. Registration will open at 7 a.m. Friday. Get more information and download Richmond’s parking handout here. The handout includes pricing and parking-lot locations. 


It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Golden Ticket! Golden Ticket

Didn’t preregister for the convention? No problem–just register on site, but you can still sign up to volunteer NOW, and be guaranteed a Golden Ticket to the UCS! Go directly to the Volunteer Application. Choose a service area, position, and time slot–and there will be a Golden Ticket waiting for you when you register at the convention on June 6 or 7. There are still plenty of desirable time slots left, so sign up today!

Volunteer in the Children’s Program Today   

Play a Game. Share a Craft. Change a LIFE. 

Do have a heart to serve? The Children’s Program is a huge blessing to families with young children–and the time you spend with a child can change his life. Adults are needed, but there are also opportunities for teens who are looking to earn:

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


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.    

If you’ve already volunteered for the Children’s Program, and haven’t heard back from us, please let us know! E-mail childrensprogram@heav.org for a quick response. 


Workshop Hosts Needed 

Are You Graciously Bold to Speak Up When There’s a Problem?

Admit it–you know who you are! Our speakers depend on us–and we depend on you–to keep our recorded workshops distraction free and running smoothly. Volunteer to be a workshop host and help parents know when it’s time to step out–workshop attendees will love you for it! Just choose “Workshop Host” on the volunteer form here, and Ann Harrell, our wonderful workshop host coordinator, will contact you.

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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 patience and understanding.

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FUN Math and Science!
Regent University’s Martinson Mathematics & Science Center is offering exciting
kids’ camps and educator workshops! Come for information-packed, hands-on math and science for K-12 educators and non-stop summer camps for kids. Workshops can be taken for $200 – you will earn 1 graduate credit (30 license renewal points). regent.edu/mcms or 757.352.4250.

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Convention News

curriculum doctors Curriculum Doctors – Back by Popular Demand!

Trouble choosing a curriculum? There’s help! Stop by the “Curriculum-Doctor” booth in the Exhibit Hall for lots of FREE, practical advice. “Curriculum Doctors,” Cherrie Moore, Deb Plaster, and Christal Waite–experienced homeschool moms–are happy to answer your questions and help you decide what curriculum is right for you!


MarilynBoyerRickRickBoyer & Marilyn Boyer – Starting out young and “green” in a time when only a handful of families were homeschooling, Rick and Marilyn had to blaze their own trail, surviving such obstacles as skeptical grandparents, hostile school authorities, unhelpful curriculum publishers, blizzards, Indian attacks (just kidding)….Join them at the 

convention as they share some of the most profound lessons they have learned along the way. Be sure to check out all their workshops!  

Tim Chambers

Tim Chambers Timothy Chambers – Is art one of those subjects you struggle to teach? Join Timothy Chambers, professional painter, author, teacher, and speaker, for inspiration, tips, and advice with great workshops like these: “

Six Ways to Inspire Your Art Student,” “Values in Art,” and “Can You Really Learn Art Online?” Be sure to view Tim’s artwork online at TimothyChambers.com


UCS Barcoding

Time is Slipping By 

Just a few weeks left to sell those no-longer-needed items! Make some extra cash, and get your bookshelves clear at the same time! Don’t delay, as it’s filling up fast, and we can only accept up to 60,000 items.

Start listing your items here.


Help Get the Word Out About the Convention! 

We have FREE resources, including e-mail signatures, blog and website buttons, fliers, magazines, and more, so you can help get the word out about the 2013 HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention to those around you. Encourage every family to bring a family!   

Visit our page to download what you need!


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 

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).


A HUGE Thank You to Our Convention Sponsors!

Be sure to stop by their booths in the Exhibit Hall and show your appreciation!  


Sprinter Heritgage  

Logos Bible Software Stone Mountain Consultants Herff Jones Wheels

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Article of the Week

The week I didn’t get everything done – Amanda Evans

All is not lost if parts of the lesson plan or the household chores do not get done sometimes. Read the light-hearted comments of a homeschooling mom as she juggles cookie-baking, toddlers, and a busy household. Bet you’ll recognize yourself–and be reassured!


Homeschool Q&A

Work Permits 

Q. Does my 15-year-old homeschooler need a work permit before trying to find a summer job? What forms does he need and where does he get them?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Homeschoolers Invited: High School Football – Richmond – Underway

1.2 HOPE Bookswap – Manassas – May 28  

1.3 H.O.P.E. Used Curriculum Sale – Virginia Beach – May 30; Sellers RSVP by May 27 

1.4 Used Curriculum and Book Sale – Culpeper – June 1

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Year of the Historic Home – Virginia – 2013


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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Matthew Henry’s “Prayer to be Used by Children”

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Clothes Mending Guide

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Coloring Pages and More

3.4 Science: Backyard Ballistics Teacher Resources

3.5 English: Vintage Speller – Three Thousand Practice Words by Westlake

3.6 Family: Free Chore Charts

3.7 Virginia Tourism Website

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4) Parting Thought – Did You Know?

Did you know that deaf babies who are exposed to sign will babble in sign just as hearing babies will use spoken babble to entertain themselves?


Did you know that India and Brazil produce most of the world’s black beans?


Lastly, do you know what the long-tailed dunnart, the quoll, and the sandstone false antechinus are? They are all marsupials created by the same Almighty One who created you. If He is wise enough to create them for His own purposes, don’t you think He has a reason for creating you? Yes, He does! He knows every little, obscure, “insignificant” odd fact like those above, including the number of hairs on your head and the days of your lifespan. You can trust Him and lean on Him as you follow the path to which He has called you.

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5) Worth Repeating 

“A letter should be regarded not merely as a medium for the communication of intelligence, but also as a work of art.”

– J. Willis Westlake(1830-1912), American educator. He also wrote a textbook on letter-writing. See item 3.5 for a look at a vintage speller he authored.


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6) Verse of the Week   

The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

– Proverbs 18:10 (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.