HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


May 8, 2012




A HUGE thank you to all you wonderful moms out there! You make homeschooling possible! May the Lord bless your day and strenghthen your hand.

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Haven’t Registered Yet?

Pre-registration ends May 21–don’t miss this chance to save $10!

Check Out These Amazing Features

There’s Something for Everybody!

  • Dissection Workshop: Touching a Heart
    Touch a heart–literally! Dr. Lainna Callentine presents a hands-on science workshop on teaching science to your high school student.
  • 4th Annual Chess Tournament
    Prizes will be awarded for each skill level–beginner to advanced! Now inside the Exhibit Hall. Get more details and sign up online.
  • Exciting Vendor Demonstrations
    From Lego to NASA to robotics–these demos are not to be missed!
  • Hands-on Science Presentations
    NASA and the Virginia Air and Space Museum are sure to spark your child’s “wow!” factor with “Mysteries of Aerospace” and “Space Freeze.”
  • 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.
  • Jugglers
    We found them, and they’re coming back to the Exhibit Hall!
  • An Instrument “Petting Zoo!”
    Try your hand with the instrument you’ve always wanted to test thanks to the Richmond Symphony and Music & Arts.
  • Re-enactors
    This is it–your chance to talk with your favorite historical character from the American Revolution or the Civil War!
  • Children’s Program
    All children ages 5-12 are welcome to join HEAV’s all-new “Created!” program. Special guests: Mike Snavely of Mission: Imperative! and Dr. Lainna Callentine
  • Used Curriculum Sale
    Get some great deals, or make extra cash by selling items you no longer need. Don’t delay–ONLY 60,000 items may be sold. Barcode your items TODAY!
  • Huge Exhibit Hall
    With more than 340 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.
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Save 20% on Rosetta Stone

SAVE 20% on Rosetta Stone + FREE Shipping & SmartPoints!

Last year Rosetta Stone dropped their prices DRAMATICALLY. Now they have authorized an additional 20% off thru 5/15. Order now at the Homeschool Buyers Co-op, and get the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET, FREE shipping, and up to 4,000 SmartPoints. Membership is FREE.

Click here to find out more.


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.


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You’re Invited. . .Balloons


Come join our Facebook party on May 17, from 8 to 10 p.m. Just visit HEAV’s Facebook page, “like” the page, and introduce yourself! Chat live with HEAV staff members and convention exhibitors and speakers, and get a chance to win some great prizes!

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volunteersFinals Are Over…Now What Will You Do?

How about supporting homeschooling families! If you are a college student with a heart to serve, the Children’s Program could use your help. Volunteer one day, or both…lead a game…share a craft. Your talents can be a blessing to many children!

Click here for more information and to volunteer, or e-mail childrensprogram@heav.org.

You Make It Happen

The HEAV Convention operates almost entirely on volunteer power! Join our team and serve the families of Virginia. Volunteer at least two hours, and get early shopping 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.

Other opportunities available:

Workshop Host/Hostesses

Used Curriculum Sale


HEAV Tables

On-Site Registration

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Meet the Speaker



Debra Bell is the best-selling author of the award-winning Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling, Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens, Ultimate Planner for Moms, Ultimate Planner for Teens, and Ultimate Planner for Students. A former high school and college English teacher, Debra, along with her husband, Kermit, home educated their own four children, all of whom are now married college graduates. She is founder and lead teacher for Aim Academy, which provides online college prep courses for seventh through twelfth grades. Debra is scheduled to receive a Ph.D. in educational psychology in June 2012. More information about her online classes, books, forthcoming curriculum, and speaking schedule can be found at DebraBell.com

View Debra’s workshops

Homeschooling Teens

Using Graphic Organizers to Promote Learning

Study-Smart Student Strategies   

Determining Your Child’s Learning Style 


HEAV Tote Bag

Great for carrying books from the library! Red polyester, zippered tote bag with inside pocket and heavy vinyl backing. 20″ x 16″ x 6″    

WAS $14.95 — NOW ONLY $8.99 each!

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Education Day at Kings Dominion

An HEAV-Sponsored Event!

Friday, May 11, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

King's DominionMake your plans now to join us under the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a full day of fun and education at Virginia’s premier theme park. Be sure to come by the HEAV table and say, “Hello!”  

For more information, visit www.kingsdominion.com



High School at Home: Yes, You Can Do It!Yvonne Bunn

Richmond, Thursday, May 10, 2012

Do you wonder what subjects to include during the high school years? How to teach higher level courses like chemistry labs or calculus? How to develop a transcript, assign credits, and compute a GPA?!? Are you ready for AP courses, PSATs, SATs, and ACTs? And what about sports and extracurricular activities? Yes, it’s a whole new world!


In this seminar, Yvonne Bunn, director of homeschool support for Home Educators Association of Virginia, will cover these topics and more. Having graduated three homeschooled high schoolers and dealt regularly with college admissions officers through her work with HEAV, Yvonne will clarify important high school questions and share practical ways to implement an effective high school program.


Whether your student plans to go to college, join the military, or enter the workforce, this seminar will help you develop a well-planned high school course of study. You’ll learn where to get help, how to schedule important testing, and how to develop an acceptable transcript. You’ll leave this seminar with confidence to move forward and tools to develop a high school plan that will work for your student.


Teaching high school at home can seem like a daunting task–but the benefits of homeschooling during the high school years far outweigh the challenges!

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Article of the Week

“Super Mom vs. Abiding Mom” (with a Free Printable) – by Renee

Renee created this free printable that compares and contrasts a “Super Mom” in worldly terms to a mom who is abiding in the Word and in Christ. You may find it helpful to keep it where it’s easy to see and refer to it frequently.

Homeschool Q&A

Stanines, Percentiles, and Grade Equivalent Scores

Q. What are stanines, percentiles, and grade equivalent scores?

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1) Homeschool Items

1.1 Free Webinar: “College the Smart Way” – Online – May 14 or 17
1.2 Homeschooling Resources for Children with Special Needs


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2) General Interest Items 

View All General Interest Items


2.1 Regent University Government Camp – Virginia Beach – Best Price by May 31
2.2 Virginia Children’s Chorus Auditions – Norfolk and Virginia Beach – June and August Dates
2.3 Discover Lynchburg: Summer Camp – Lynchburg – June 11 through 15
2.4 VASC Science Summer Camps – Hampton – Registering Now; Camps Run from June through August
2.5 Claude Moore Colonial Farm Internships – McLean – 2012

2.6 Article – “Faith of our Mothers”

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

3.1 Christian Resources: Discoveries 4 Children – Children’s Bible Programs
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Article – Five Ways to Homeschool Free
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: “Zooborns” Animal Babies
3.4 Math: “Kids and Fun” Math Animations and Demonstrations
3.5 Biblical Archaeology: Temple Mount Video and More

3.6 Art: Scratch Art

3.7 History and Political Science: Cato Institute Free Audio Home Study Course

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

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Your membership support and tax-deductible gifts help us continue to promote and protect homeschooling in Virginia. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
Thank you for your support!

HEAV is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Upon written request, a financial statement is available from the Office of Consumer Affairs.  

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4) Parting Thought – The Mother’s Hymn

Lord, who ordainest for mankind

Benignant toils and tender cares!

We thank Thee for the ties that bind

The mother to the child she bears.

We thank Thee for the hopes that rise,

Within her heart, as, day by day,

The dawning soul, from those young eyes,

Looks, with a clearer, steadier ray.

And grateful for the blessing given

With that dear infant on her knee,

She trains the eye to look to heaven,

The voice to lisp a prayer to Thee.

Such thanks the blessed Mary gave,

When, from her lap, the Holy Child,

Sent from on high to seek and save

The lost of earth, looked up and smiled.

All-Gracious! grant, to those that bear

A mother’s charge, the strength and light

To lead the steps that own their care

In ways of Love, and Truth, and Right.

By William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

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5) Worth Repeating 

“Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within the hearsay of little children tends towards the formation of character.”

– Hosea Ballou (1771-1852), American clergyman and first president of Tufts University.

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6) Verse of the Week
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

– Ephesians 6:2 (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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