HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


May 30, 2013


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Just One Week Left!

New! Preview the Program

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


Your registration confirmation was sent out earlier this week with your UCS and Duggar keynote times! If you didn’t receive yours, contact registration@heav.org.  


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.

Early check-in begins at 7 a.m. for those who have preregistered.

Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Convention Tips

  1. Check in on Thursday if possible.
  2. New! Sign in for the Children’s Program on Thursday.
  3. Arrive early on Friday. The ideal arrival time is by 7 a.m.–beat the rush, and have plenty of parking.
  4. Be in line on time for Duggar keynote seating.
  5. Bring essentials!
    • Speaker handouts (download them here)
    • A cart or small suitcase on wheels
    • Address labels (for filling out contact information sheets–it will save you a case of writer’s cramp)
Volunteers Urgently NeededGolden Ticket

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. 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!

Duggar Book Signing

Friday, June 7 – Richmond 

The Duggars will be available to sign books on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Save time and prevent delays by purchasing your book beforehand in the Exhibit Hall at booth 615.

Duggar Keynotes A & B

Mother-Daughter Q & A ~ Michelle Duggar and Daughters
This is a special time, just for moms and daughters! This is YOUR chance to get your questions answered, as Michelle Duggar and her eldest daughters will give a short presentation and then respond to questions from the audience.

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Be sure to stop by the Rosetta Stone Booth # 409 at this year’s annual Home Educator’s Association of Virginia Convention. You can try out our foreign language curriculum, ask our representatives questions, and hear about show specials! We look forward to seeing you in June.


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Did We Say Live Cow? Oh. We Meant Ice Cream. 

This year’s Exhibit Hall is a true extravaganza, with a marine animal touch tank and other live animals. The cow, however, is not alive, but rather a simulated milk cow brought by Avery’s Branch Farm (booth #109). The homemade ice cream samples, made with their dairy’s milk, are very real, though! Be sure to stop by.

Snips and Snails

Raising Boys Track

Raising sons presents its own special challenges–and blessings! Keep your sons out of the video-game-and-head-phones army, and raise them to be true warriors of faith. No need to go it alone! Here are just a few of the MANY workshops available:

Session 1: Courting, Dating, Waiting, and Parenting ~ Knight’s Book Knook

Session 2: Deadly Weaknesses in the Strong Man ~ Dennis Gundersen

Session 3: Boys Will Be Men ~ Rick Boyer

Session 4: Raising G-Rated Sons in an R-Rated World ~ Joe Tyler

Session 5: Cultivating Kids: Raising Children to Live Fruitful Lives ~ Jeff Myer’s Keynote

Session 6: The Homeschooling Father ~ Michael Farris

Session 7: You Want to What? Confessions of a Homeschool Dad ~ Joe Tyler

Workshops by Track

But that’s not all! There are tracks on relationships, preschool, teen interests, beginning homeschooling, and more. View more tracks here.

Convention Sponsor Spotlight

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Article of the Week

Encouragement for Moms of Young Children – Roan

Hang in there! This often exhausting season of your life will pass soon (you may even wish for more time with precious little ones). This homeschooling author comments that her older children are now a big help! See the article for practical suggestions to help you manage your household and teach good habits, too.


Homeschool Q&A

Transcript Course Placement

Q. If a high school student takes a summer course, where do I include that credit–in the year just finished or the year ahead?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items

1.1 Grace Homeschool Co-op Registration – Fredericksburg – May 31

1.2 Article: Suggestions for Summer Schedules to Prevent Learning Loss

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2) General Interest Items

View All General Interest Items 

2.1 Henricus Historical Park Camps – Chester – Begin in June; Register Early

2.2 Mini-Terms for College Credit – Oklahoma and Non-Credit Online Option – Oklahoma Program Begins June 18

2.3 International Christian Concern Seeks Interns and Volunteers 

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Church Listening Pages

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Reuse Soda Can Tabs

3.3 Toddlers and Up: Age-Appropriate Kids’ Cooking Lessons

3.4 Homeschooling: Charlotte Mason Methods That Don’t Look Like “School”

3.5 Gardening: Grow Food from Kitchen Scraps

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4) Parting Thought – Occupational Hymns

Realtor’s Hymn: “I’ve Got a Mansion”


Contractor’s Hymn: “The Church’s One Foundation”


Weatherman’s Hymn: “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing”


Electrician’s Hymn: “Send the Light”


– As seen on the Internet.

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5) Worth Repeating  

“I would marvel much that any man should be so mad, as to refuse in darkness, light: in hunger, food: in cold, fire: for the word of God is light, food, fire.”

Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of King Henry VIII. Cranmer played a large part in the English Reformation and wrote the first editions of the Book of Common Prayer.


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6) Verse of the Week   

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

– 1 Corinthians 10:31 (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.