HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


May 9, 2013


A Day of Appreciation and Gratitude…

A blessed Mother’s Day to all our homeschooling moms! Mother’s Day was first officially recognized in 1914. Hmm, maybe that could be worked into today’s history lesson….


UCS Barcoding System is Open UCS

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!


Calling All Experienced Used Curriculum Sale Cashier Volunteers!

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.


Lots of Volunteer Positions OpenGolden Ticket

Get YOUR Golden Ticket!

Everyone who volunteers at least two hours gets one! Your Golden Ticket gets you into the UCS at 9 a.m. on Friday–a full hour before the general public!


Additional Benefit – No Scheduling Conflicts!

If you volunteer by noon on Thursday, May 9, you will receive a guaranteed ticket time for the Duggars’ afternoon keynote on Friday. Gone are the potential conflicts between early volunteer shopping and the morning Duggar keynote! But you’ve got to act now. Once the Keynote Ballroom is full, we won’t be able to guarantee your keynote time, so vo lunteer today!

Facebook Party – Next Thursday!

Meet the Speakers

Join us on our Facebook page on Thursday, May 16 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., for a special night with HEAV convention speakers. Enjoy a special Q&A time with Heidi St. John, Dianne Craft, and others! Find out about special discounts and deals being offered by convention exhibitors–and great giveaways, too!  

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Now you can experience camp as a family!

Family Retreat at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center is a great place for your family to grow closer to God and closer to each other this summer. Activities include worship, Bible study, swimming, zip-line, canoeing, outdoor games, crafts and more. Visit our website for more information: www.wcrc.info




If you like flashcards you will love AmysFlashcards.com

Practice Mental Math — Add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

Learn Capitals, States, and Countries and print maps for free.

Also has music and vocabulary drills.

All interactive drills with instant answers!

First month is free and then pay only ten dollars per year.

Visit www.amysflashcards.com and give your child an edge.

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Help Get the Word Out About the Convention! 

We have FREE resources, including e-mail signatures, blog or website buttons, fliers, magazines, and more, so you can help get the word out about the 2013 HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention to those around you. Visit our page to download what you need!


Free Magazines

Bless your homeschool group and friends with The Virginia Home Educator magazine! The spring issue includes lots of convention information–PLUS a wonderful article by convention speaker Israel Wayne on “Dropping the Baton.” Just let us know how many you’d like, and we’ll send them out to you in time to distribute at your next event!

Speaker Handouts Are Now Online!

Go to the convention prepared to get the most from the workshops! Download the speaker workshop handouts here.


Discipleship Camp – Miracle Mountain Ranch 

Seven Action-Packed Sessions

Just $10 for Both Days!


For 49 years, Miracle Mountain Ranch has helped thousands of youth develop a firm foundation, rooted in Christ. Now, they’re bringing that same passion to the convention! Seven action-packed sessions coincide with the convention schedule, so you can choose one or all sessions!

Get more information and see the schedule here.


Teen Track Sponsor Herff Jones

Many Thanks to Herff Jones 


The HEAV Convention Teen Track is sponsored by Herff Jones, a great company that provides provides class rings & jewelry, yearbooks, graduation announcements and accessories, diplomas and diploma frames, graduation caps and gowns, and more! Visit their booth in the Exhibit Hall (#111) for some great deals!

Can’t wait that long? Check out their website today. 

Huge Exhibit Hall

  • Free vision and hearing screenings by Maderva (WHEELS)
  • Homeschool Chess Championships
  • Alan Hodge Family Jugglers
  • Dulcimer Music
  • Exhibitor Demonstrations and Music 
  • Hands-on Science Presentations
  • An Instrument “Petting Zoo”
  • Robotics Expo
  • LEGO Education
  • and more! 


175+ Vendors and Counting!

Here are just a few:

MOPS International

LEGO Education®

Cat & Dog Theology – UnveilingGLORY


See them all here!

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Homeschooling Around the World Homeschooling Around the World

HSLDA presented the case of the homeschooling Romeike family to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati in April. Please keep the family and judges in prayer as the judges prepare their opinion. See the HSLDA page with more steps you can take.


Also remember to pray for the tragic case of the Johannson family and their rejected Swedish Supreme Court appeal. You can still help by writing a letter to the family and to the court. Get information on HSLDA’s website.



Classroom Assistant Help Wanted!

Dan Nuckols (www.danspulpit.com) is looking for a classroom assistant, age 18 and up, for each of the three Cartooning Camp sessions:

  • Session A: Thursday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Session B: Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Session C: Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Experience working and assisting children is a must, and experience in some basic art principles definitely a plus. Compensation is $225 ($75 per camp), as well as a free copy of Dan’s cartooning textbook and a personalized caricature. Qualified applications should send a letter of introduction and qualifications to djnuckols@gmail.com by May 11, 2012.

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Article of the Week

The Truth Behind Homeschool Burnout – Amy Roberts

The author writes, “…all too often the true reason behind homeschooling burnout is not addressed,” and says, “Homeschool burnout happens when homeschooling priorities end up backward.” Read her very short piece to learn the cause and the simple–though not always easy–steps to remedy the problem.


Homeschool Q&A

Keeping Records

Q. Am I required to keep any records for my homeschooled children?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items

1.1 Home School to College Workshop with Dr. Ellen Fithian – Newport News – May 20

1.2 Grace Homeschool Used Curriculum Sale – Burke – May 17

1.3 CHESS Homeschool Classes – Centreville – May 21

1.4 Teaching Home: Getting the Most from Homeschool Events

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment Sales Tax Holiday – Virginia – May 25 through 31

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: Bible Based Homeschooling {on a Budget}

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Free Online – May Issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: World Book’s “Typical Course of Study”

3.4 Family Loss: The Grieving Mother

3.5 Art: Free Art Resources

3.6 English: Free Study Guide – The Hiding Place

3.7 History: Hillsdale College Constitution and History–New Courses and a Podcast

3.8 Gardening: Growing Wisdom YouTube Channel

3.9 Homemaking Outside: Five Easy Ways to Spring Clean the Outside of the House

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4) Parting Thought – Hymns for Speeders

45 mph – “God Will Take Care of You”


55 mph – “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”


65 mph – “Nearer, My God, to Thee”


75 mph – “Nearer, still Nearer”


85 mph – “This World Is Not My Home”


95 mph – “Lord, I’m Coming Home”


Over 100 mph – “Precious Memories”


Author unknown; as seen on the Internet.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

– Corrie ten Boom (1892-1993), Dutch watchmaker turned Holocaust rescuer, Christian speaker, and author. Be sure to include the Billy Graham book and film about her family, The Hiding Place, in your curriculum or leisure viewing (at the age you deem appropriate; not for young or unprepared viewers). Find a free study guide in 3.6.


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6) Verse of the Week   

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

– Psalm 32:7 (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.