HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


May 25, 2012


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More Great Reasons to Attend!

New! Hands-On Robotics, Engineering, Science & Technology Exhibitors

Look for NASA, the Virginia Air & Space Center, Civil Air Patrol, VEX Robotics, FIRST Tech Challenge, Apple Computers, and many others in the Exhibit Hall.


New! Robotics Expo

Join Twisted Botz and RoboDesigners–two homeschool robotics teams–for a hands-on experience driving robots and trying out the skills challenges. Lots of giveaways and information!


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Click on the image to the left, download the convention program, and begin planning your convention strategy.  


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New! Two Movie Previews followed by  

Q&A with the Directors and Producers – FREE to Convention Attendees!

  • IndoctriNation is a featurelength documentary that explores one of the most important and controversial issues in the history of mankind–the issue of education. A Q&A with producer Joaquin Fernandez will follow Thursday’s premiere. View the trailer here.
  • Rescued: The Heart of Adoption and Caring for Orphans
    A powerful Christian film you won’t want to miss
    . More than 130-million children have lost one or both parents, and every 18 seconds, another child becomes an orphan. What is the call of the Christian in this war against the forces of darkness? Don’t miss the movie preview during the lunch break on Friday.

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Need to Cancel Your Hotel Reservation?

Please call the HEAV office with your cancellation request, and we’ll take care of it for you! Please do NOT call the hotel directly. In order for us to maintain our room block and open up the room for another family coming to the convention, all cancellations must be made through the HEAV office at 804-278-9200 or office@heav.org.

We have filled all the affordable downtown hotels, so “recycling” room reservations will allow other families to get a room closer to the convention center.

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Parents of Preschoolers

Qualifying parents of preschoolers may attend the entire convention as our guest, and we’ve put together a track especially for you:

  • Affordable, Flexible, Tax-Advantaged College Savings ~ Virginia 529
  • Toddlers and Preschoolers (Ages 2-5) ~ Inge Cannon
  • Gotta Love Those Preschoolers! ~ Marilyn Boyer
  • Homeschooled from the Beginning – What to Do When Your Children are Young ~ Melanie Young
  • Occupying Preschoolers While Teaching Older Children ~ My Father’s World

PLUS–there are three “How-to-Begin Homeschooling” sessions on Thursday afternoon that are free to all!   


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Volunteers: Always Needed, Always Welcome

Without volunteers, HEAV could not serve the thousands of home educators who come every year. Thank you for prayerfully considering joining the team today. As a token of our appreciation, if you volunteer at least two hours, 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 in the Children’s Program Today

School’s almost out, and HEAV has a fantastic opportunity for teens with a heart to serve and ambition to succeed.


The Children’s Program, a ministry to the parents who attend the convention, is a huge blessing to families with young children. It also creates a great opportunity for teens ages 13 and up who are looking to Createdearn:

  • 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. Your talents can be blessing to many children, and the time you spend with them is something they truly will not forget. All Children’s Program volunteers will receive a t-shirt, lunches 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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Exhibit Hall Access Expanded for Graduates and Guests

Families of graduates who have tickets may explore the Exhibit Hall Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.


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Ready to Sell That Math Book?

Make some money with those used books at the Used Curriculum Sale! It’s a tremendous opportunity to sell those items you no longer need! Start labeling your books online now; the barcode system will close when we hit 60,000 items.


At the UCS, you’ll get homeschool resources at great bargain prices–and, if you have the patience to wait, you can glean items at the convention Saturday afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. That’s a bargain that can’t be beat!


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The 2012 Convention Program is Now Online

Get a preview of all the fantastic new features this year, workshop schedules, graduation ceremony, UCS information, Children’s Program–all in advance! You can download all 88 pages by clicking here.


Children’s Program is Full on Friday


The HEAV Children’s Program is full on Friday, and there are a very limited number of spaces available Saturday.
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Free eBook: The Official Homeschoolers Guide to Dual Credit Free eBook: The Official Homeschoolers Guide to Dual Credit

Click here to download this new eBook from CollegePlus and learn how combining high school and college can set your student on the path to success.



The Ultimate Homeschool Planner from best-selling author Debra Bell

Count your blessings while charting your family’s homeschool journey with this gorgeous day planner from best-selling author, Debra Bell. Prayerfully prioritize your family’s lessons, assignments, and activities as well as academic and personal growth goals for each of your children. Includes teaching helps, record-keeping, and pages to document God’s faithfulness throughout the year.


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We let this one slip on by–but make sure you don’t!

Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center Camp Registration is Open Now!  Register Today!

Your Close-to-Home Summer Camp:
Kaleidoscope Camp

Kaleidoscope Camp at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center is a great place for your child to grow spiritually this summer. Activities include worship, Bible study, swimming, zip-line, high ropes, canoeing, outdoor games, crafts and more. For ages 7 to 16.
Visit our website for more information: www.wcrc.info

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Tuesday, May 29 at 8 p.m.

The Joy of Teens: Seeing Your Children Walk in Truth

Webinar by Hal and Melanie Young of Raising Real Men

We’ve all heard the warning “Just wait until they’re teens!”–but it doesn’t have to be that way. Join Hal & Melanie Young, parents of two homeschool graduates, two more teens, and four younger ones, as they share how to help your teens navigate the years to adulthood and how to really enjoy those last few years you have with them at home.

Hal and Melanie are presenting this live webinar just for HEAV as a special “sneak preview” of the convention–and it’s FREE. Click here for more information.

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Homeschooled Team Wins Constitutional Contest

The Richmond Tea Party recently held a “Battle of the Brains” contest with questions on the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Founding Fathers, and similar topics.  


The Constitutioneers homeschooled team took first place! Team members are Weston Stoneman, Travis Foster, and Warren Freidrichs (middle school students from WIT Home Educators), and Taylor Turner, who will graduate this June at the HEAV graduation ceremony.

 OM Team

Homeschooled OM Team Places 1st in State Finals

The Skye Chase Odyssey of the Mind team–the only homeschooled team to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind Virginia State Finals– took 1st place, allowing the team to compete in the OM World Finals. Find out more about Virginia’s homeschooled team here.


Hannah WinterCongratulations to Hannah Winter of Amelia, Virginia, who was awarded Bluefield College’s Spire academic scholarship. Hannah intends to major in interdisciplinary studies and to earn her teacher’s license in elementary education, as well as play on the Bluefield volleyball team.

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Homeschooling Around the WorldHomeschooling Around the World

Brazilian Congress Reinforces Ban on Homeschooling

The reinforcement of the ban on homeschooling means Brazil is still firmly in the growing camp of countries that have banned homeschooling. Teachers in Brazil are increasingly leftist and are openly imposing that view in the classroom.


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HEAV Tote Bag on Sale!

Red Polyester, zippered tote bag with inside pocket and heavy vinyl backing. Size 20″ x 16″ x 6″. Member & Non-Member price – $8.99 each!


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Article of the Week by Convention Speaker Kathy Kulh 

Homeschooling Children with Learning Disabilities – Kathy Kuhl

In addition to several basic, practical steps to begin addressing special-educational needs and a short list of some useful resources, Mrs. Kuhl encourages parents by telling them they are capable of home education even if their situation is not typical.

Homeschool Q&A (The link didn’t work last week, so we’re running this one again.)

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 Three-Group Used Curriculum Sale – Culpeper – Reserve Table by May 25
1.2 HERE Used Curriculum Sale – Newport News – June 1
1.3 Homeschoolers and Historic Houses – Richmond – June 5
1.4 Article: “Why I Homeschool–Part One: (Because I Was Homeschooled)”
1.5 Article: “Making a Strong Impression on College Admission Officers”


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2) General Interest Items 

View All General Interest Items


2.1 Revolutionary War Encampment – Gloucester – May 26
2.2 Virginia War Museum Camps – Newport News – First Deadline Is May 31
2.3 Virginia Festival of History – Charlottesville – May 26 through June 3
2.4 Great American Backyard Campout – Nationwide – June 23
2.5 Article: “The Government Would Like You to Write a ‘Social Media Will'”

2.6 Article: “An Ivy League Education? Online Is the New Option”

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

3.1 Christian Resources: Foster Care Prayer Vigils – Anywhere – Ends May 27
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Window Washing Hints
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Early Years Read-Alouds
3.4 Science: Pet Wiki
3.5 Technology: Stop Yourself from Falling for Fakes!

3.6 Holidays: Memorial Day – Observed May 28

3.7 Free Rice: Feed the Poor and Learn While Playing Games

3.8 Physical Education: 20-Minute Daily Exercise Plan

3.9 Health: The Case of the Contaminated, Reusable Grocery Bag

3.10 Biblical Archaeology: Archaeologists Uncover a First Temple Seal

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4) Parting Thought – Pet Trivia

Dogs are not color blind, but they don’t see colors as clearly as humans do.


Hermit crabs love to eat fruits, vegetables, steak, cheese, popcorn, meatballs, fish heads, and scrambled eggs.


Cats lack a true collarbone and can generally squeeze their bodies through any space they can get their heads through.


Out of 20,000 species of bees, only four make honey.


Mammals recognize their young ones by smell while birds recognize their voices.


– Collected from various Internet sources


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5) Worth Repeating  

“The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and Heaven without Hell.”

– William Booth, (1829–1912), founder–with his wife Catherine–of the Salvation Army.   


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6) Verse of the Week  

I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.

– Psalm 108:3 (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.


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If you know a family interested in homeschooling in Virginia, please !

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