HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


May 29, 2014


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8 Days Left!!

2014 Convention Program Cover

Preview the Program

View the final schedule, workshop descriptions, exhibitor information, and more in this year’s convention program!


Your registration confirmation will be coming soon! Your UCS time will arrive in a separate e-mail.

Missed Preregistration? 

Just register at the door!

Registration Hours

Thursday 1 p.m.-9 p.m.

Friday 7:30 a.m.-7.30 p.m.

Saturday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


On-site Book Signings

Our keynote speakers will be available to sign books onsite!

Voddie Baucham – Friday, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., and 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Gary Thomas– Friday, 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m., and 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Michael Farris – Saturday, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Convention Tips

  • Get the convention calendar here. Great for mobile devices!
  • Don’t forget to download workshop handouts (get them here).
  • Bring a cart or small suitcase on wheels.
  • Bring address labels (for filling out contact information sheets–it will save you a case of writer’s cramp)

Bytes of Memory

Check out Lynsday’s post, “Hands-on at HEAV,” at Bytes of Memory and enter for your chance to win. But hurry–this LAST CHANCE to win a free convention registration ends Saturday!


Please keep the convention and everything related to it lifted up in your prayers!
Please pray for

  • the speakers and exhibitors as they prepare and as they travel to Richmond from across the country.
  • all the convention coordinators and HEAV staff during the busy days ahead.
  • people to hear about the convention in time to attend.
  • each person to get the help and encouragement he or she needs!

Calling All Experienced UCS Cashiers! 

If you have served as a cashier in the UCS and would consider serving again this year, we need to hear from you. Please contact our UCS coordinators at ucs@heav.org or call us at 804-278-9200.

UCS Barcoding Closing Wednesday 

Listed your items yet for the Used Curriculum Sale? Don’t put it off any longer! The UCS barcoding site closes next Wednesday, June 4th.

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Homeschool Heroes Program Saves You Money on Home Purchases and Sales

Homeschool families receive a variety of unique discounts and money-saving benefits when they use Hope Egan–the Homeschooler’s Realtor®–to buy or sell their homes. To find out more, contact Hope Egan of EXIT First Realty, Glen Allen, VA at HopeEganHomes@gmail.com, or visit her new, user-friendly website at www.HomeSchoolHomes.com.

Kaleidoscope Camp: Register Now for Summer Camp! 

Camps for ages 7-17 and run June 24th through July 31st. Safe, Fun and Christ-Centered! Enjoy archery, slingshot, canoeing, zip line, tree climb, high ropes, bonfires, swimming, great food, awesome counselors, worship, cabin devotions and more! For more information visit www.wcrc.info, call 866-566-9272, or visit us at convention booth 618!

Volunteers Urgently Needed

It takes a huge team of volunteers to run the convention, and we could use YOUR help in several areas:

  1. Friday Registration – Please help us keep check-in lines moving quickly! Volunteer early Friday morning.
  2. Hospitality Suite – Is food service your niche? Help make our speakers and vendors feel welcome!
  3. Silent Auction – Serve in the thick of things, smack in the middle of the Exhibit Hall!
  4. Children’s Program – Each volunteer receives a T-shirt, free lunch, and access to the Exhibit Hall after the Children’s Program closes. No need to register for the convention!

Go to the Volunteer Application  to sign up today, and there will be a Golden Ticket waiting for you at the convention!

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Sixth Annual Chess Tournament Chess Tournament  

Whether you’re an experienced chess player or just beginning, you won’t want to miss this fun morning of chess! The championships will take place on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the HEAV convention. Sign up online now!

Resources, Resources, and More Resources!  Exhibit Hall

With more than 350 booths of resources–and LOTS of new exhibitors–this is an event with something for everyone! Browse the exhibits as long as you like and chat with the vendors who are always glad to share their expertise. And please support them by purchasing from them when you can.

After-Sale Gleaning at the UCS

Items marked for donation may be “gleaned” by convention-goers after the Used Curriculum Sale has ended. Free items are available from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m on Saturday. Last year 13,000 items were donated for gleaning.

UCS sellers: Please be sure to check the packing instructions when getting your books ready to go!

Free Eye Exams 

Sam’s Club will be in the Exhibit Hall, and will be offering free eye screenings to convention attendees! No extra charge–don’t miss this opportunity. Be sure to visit Booth #1112.

Children’s Program Full on Friday 

There will be no onsite registration for the Children’s Program on Friday. There are still a few spaces available on Saturday.

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Article of the Week

How to Celebrate the Seasons at Home – Joshua Greer

One of the wonderful things about homeschooling is that the world becomes our classroom and provides seasonal changes to reinforce a lifelong love of learning. The author shares brief, subject-specific ideas (science, art, language, and so on) for each season of the year. You’ll see opportunities to learn as all sorts of similar things pop into your head as you read. This is one of the great foundations of home education!

Homeschool Q&A
How to Report Test Results

Q. How do I report the testing score to the superintendent? Do I use a form or do I write a letter to tell him the results?

From Our Blog

God Made Man – Michelle Crooker

Day Six of Michelle’s “Days of Creation” science series is another exciting adventure in experimentation. Don’t miss it!

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items
1.1 Homeschool Day At The National Building Museum – Washington, DC – June 2; Register by May 29

1.2 Used Curriculum Sale – Fishersville – May 30
1.3 Online Dual Enrollment for $130 per Class – Online – Begins August 25
1.4 The Teaching Home – Year-End Activities

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2) General Items

View All General Interest Items

2.1 Water Safety for Everyone and Accessibility Summit Info – Vienna – June 2

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: 90-Day Bible Challenge

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Living Well–Spending Less

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Year-End Assessment

3.4 Math: Math for Little Kids and for Big Kids

3.5 History: Holiday Helper – Memorial Day

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4) Parting Thought – Prayer for Year’s End

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for a favorable state legal environment in which to raise our blessings in the nurture and admonition of the Lord by homeschooling. Help us to protect it. Continue to teach us so that we may teach our children. Help us to be refreshed and to learn and grow so we will and continue to honor You. Guide our decisions for next year so that You will be glorified in all we do.

In Jesus’ Name,


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5) Worth Repeating 

“The function of education is not to give technical skill but to develop a person.” 

– Charlotte Mason (1842-1923), a British educator who taught a generation of parents how to teach their own.

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6) Verse of the Week

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

– Romans 14:19 (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.