HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


May 31, 2012



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

Download Your Speaker Handouts Today

Don’t forget to check the speaker handout page! Download and print handouts for all workshops you’d like to attend. Handouts will not be available onsite.

Volunteers: Always Needed, Always WelcomeVolunteers Needed!

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 homeschooolers. Click here to volunteer.

Volunteer in the Children’s Program Today


HEAV has a fantastic opportunity for teens and young adults 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 thoe 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. Your talents can be a 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.

Registration & UCS Volunteers are needed, too!

Help out at the Registration Table–there are opportunities Friday & Saturday morning, and Friday afternoon.

Or, if you’d rather be more active, help out for a few hours in the UCS Friday or Saturday. This is perfect for teens who would like to serve! Click here to volunteer.


Do your friends know about the convention?
You can help get the word out–forward this e-mail to a friend! There are so many parents out there wondering how to teach and train their children in today’s society; our prayer is that each of them would hear about the support and resources available to them. Thank you for helping us reach YOUR community.


The Curriculum Doctors – Back by Popular Demand! 

With all the options out there, choosing a curriculum that works for your child can be a challenge. But there’s help! Just stop by the “Curriculum Doctor” booth in the Exhibit Hall for lots of FREE, practical advice. The “curriculum doctors”–experienced homeschool moms familiar with a wide range of materials–will be happy to answer your questions and help you decide what curriculum is right for you.


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, and
  • each person to get the help and encouragement he or she needs!

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.


Robotics Expo

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

A Young Entrepreneurs’ Display Area 
See the businesses of tomorrow–today! Bright and innovative teens who run their own businesses take part in our Exhibit Hall.

Two Movie Previews followed by Q&A with the Directors and Producers – FREE to Convention Attendees!

  • IndoctriNation View the trailer here.
  • Rescued: The Heart of Adoption and Caring for Orphans
    Don’t miss the movie preview during the lunch break on Friday.

4th Annual Chess Tournament –

Whether you’re an experienced chess player or just beginning, you won’t want miss this fun morning of chess! The championships will take place on Friday, June 10, 2011, from 9 a.m. to noon at the HEAV convention. There’s still time to sign up online.

Resources, Resources, and More Resources! 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.

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

Eye ExamsFree Eye Exams

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

Do You Have a Heart for Children?Limited Space Available in the Children’s Program

Register soon! HEAV’s own “Created” program is being offered this year. The Children’s Program is already full for Friday, and has a very limited number of spaces available on Saturday. Register onsite only.

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Colonial Williamsburg

Worth seeing. Worth remembering. Worth passing on. 

Students arriving here are in for an unforgettable experience. They’ll enjoy special tours featuring hands-on, interactive activities that make events from the past come alive. Don’t miss this chance to help your kids gain insights that will last a lifetime. Visits can be tailored to any group’s needs.  

 Learn more 


Apologia Conference Special


Supe Up Your Budget with the Apologia Conference Special!

Visit the Apologia booth to receive 25% off of curriculum and other helpful resources by providing a valid email address. Current newsletter subscribers eligible. Offer valid only at the Apologia booth at a 2012 conference.  

Click link for more details.


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Something to Think About

“Homeschoolers love to save money! I certainly do. But I know how hard it is for a homeschool family to run a small, homeschool products business. They are homeschoolers like you and welcome your business, but they can no longer attend conferences in today’s economy if attendees don’t purchase from them there. Please give them your business and save your dollars somewhere else. If you don’t, they will no longer be able to offer their products and the homeschooling community will be worse off for the gap in such worthy materials. We need them!”  


–Marilyn Rockett, Editor in Chief of Homeschooling Today magazine and author of Homeschooling at the Speed of Life. Read her article about attending the convention here.

 Emma Clifton

Congratulations to 13-year-old Emma Clifton of Leesburg, Virginia, who recently won third place in the Classical Association of Virginia’s (CAV) Latin Tournament for Level II.  Emma studies one day per week with the Classical Cottage School in Winchester where she is instructed in Latin by Wendy Gooditis; Susan Schearer is head of the Latin department.


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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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The Paine Family: Living Debt-Free Is Not a Pain

Getting through tough times to ultimately increase their standard of living–that was the motivation for this family. Read how they did it and why! (And then come and hear Crystal Paine speak at the convention!) 

Homeschool Q&A

Curriculum Description Form Incorrect

Q. I received a letter from my superintendent with what he termed the “new forms.” One includes a place to list the subjects and then a blank for the “objectives” of each subject. Is this required?

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1) Homeschool Items

1.1 Arundel Homeschoolers Curriculum Fair – Arnold, MD – June 5
1.2 Seeking Military Homeschoolers for GeoPlunge Tournament – Washington, D.C
 . – July 11

1.3 Tradewinds Homeschool Shop Program – Virginia Beach – September 2012 through May 2013
1.4 Article: “How to Prepare a Topical Bible Study”
1.5 Article: Year-Round and Summer Homeschool Opt

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2) General Interest Items 

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2.1 OpSail 2012 – Port of Norfolk and Hampton Roads Region – June 1-12

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

3.1 Christian Resources: Complimentary Copy of Tortured for Christ
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Money Saving Mom
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Charlotte Mason Early Years Guide
3.4 Social Media: Pedophilia Groups Invade Facebook

3.5 Games: A Sailor’s Life for Me!

3.6 History: Decoration Day – May 30 or Memorial Day: Traditional Date – May 30

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4) Parting Thought – Memorial Day

  A handful of old men walking down the village street
In worn, brushed uniforms, their gray heads high;
A faded flag above them, one drum to lift their feet–
Look again, O heart of mine, and see what passes by!

    There’s a vast crowd swaying, there’s a wild band playing,
The streets are full of marching men, or tramping cavalry.
Alive and young and straight again, they ride to greet a mate again–
The gallant souls, the great souls that live eternally!

    A handful of old men walking down the highways?
Nay, we look on heroes that march among their peers,
The great, glad Companions have swung from heaven’s byways
And come to join their own again across the dusty years.

    There are strong hands meeting, there are staunch hearts greeting–
A crying of remembered names, of deeds that shall not die.
A handful of old men?–Nay, my heart, look well again;
The spirit of America today is marching by!


– Theodosia Pickering Garrison (1874-1944)


We hope you will take a moment out of your day to remind your family that, traditionally, Memorial Day was observed on May 30 and that every day our Armed Forces put their lives on the line for us or are prepared to defend us, wherever the need.


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5) Worth Repeating   

“School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.”

-Ivan Illich (1926-2002), Austrian philosopher and social critic.

As a critic of modern social institutions (such as schools), he thought that as students became conditioned to accept them, “The pupil is thereby ‘schooled’ to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence…” as one article ab  out his ideas explained.

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6) Verse of the Week   

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

– Psalm 20:7 (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.

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

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