HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


November 13, 2013


Convention News 

Three Days That Will Change the Life of Your Family!
June 5, 6, and 7, 2014

Awesome speakers include Voddie Baucham, Adam Andrews, Rick and Marilyn Boyer, Phil Downer, Terry Mortenson, and others. More speakers are being added all the time! The exhibitor list is growing, too! Stay tuned for more information, and watch for a special contest–with a giveaway– this month.

FREE How-to-Begin Homeschooling workshops!

FREE attendance for qualified parents of just preschoolers!

PLUS a Young Entrepreneurs’ display area, a new Children’s Program, an Apologetics Track, the “Curriculum Doctors,” a chess tournament, live music, and much, much more!

Upcoming Closings/Holiday Break

To give the Update staff a much-needed rest and the ability to spend time with family, we will not publish the Update on November 27, December 25, or January 1. Please submit items you wish to share as early as possible so we can include them at the proper time. See below for the submission deadlines:


Submission Deadline   

Run Date

November 8  

November 20

November 27 – no Update

November 15

December 4

November 29

December 11

December 6

December 18


December 25- no Update


January 1 – no Update

December 27          

January 8

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Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center Stay at WCRC while you experience Christmas in Williamsburg!

Come see the colonial decorations, the Grand Illumination, Yorktown’s Lighted Boat Parade, Newport News’s Festival of Lights or First Night and stay with us! We have comfortable lodging and special rates for families! Visit our website: www.wcrc.info to book your holiday stay today!


Let Winterplace Ski Resort help you plan your next homeschool winter field trip!

Special Homeschool Weekday Discounted Group Ski Package Price is $33.00 Normally – $72.94. That’s a 55% savings!

Call NOW for your special homeschool discounted group package pricing and learn how to receive FREE Ski Packages for your group of 15 or more.

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Make Your Online Holiday Shopping Count! null

Holiday shopping online? Click over to retailers such as Staples, Home Depot, JC Penney, Kohl’s, or other major chains through links on GoodShop, and a portion of your purchases will go towards supporting the work of HEAV–all while you pay the same prices you normally would!

It’s easy! No logging in required, and you can easily find stores by searching for a name, choosing from an alphabetical drop-down menu, or browsing by category. Just visit GoodShop, make sure “Home Educators Association of Virginia” is selected as your charity, and begin shopping! Don’t forget to bookmark the page so you can easily visit it whenever you need to shop online.


Day at the Capitol, Richmond Day at the Capitol

February 4, 2014

You’re invited to join hundreds of other homeschoolers from across the Commonwealth on Tuesday, February 4, for HEAV’s annual Homeschool Day at the Capitol. Open to ALL homeschoolers, this is an opportunity to participate in a history lesson your family will never forget! Meet your legislators and view the hustle and bustle of a day at the General Assembly. Attend committee meetings; listen to debates and watch legislators vote; then take guided tours of the historic Capitol and Supreme Court. Watch for more information and registration details in future Updates.


HEAV Leadership Conference, Williamsburg

March 14-15, 2014

Mark your calendars for March 14-15! HEAV is making plans for HEAV’s Leadership Conference at the Woodlands Conference Center in Colonial Williamsburg. This conference is designed to inspire and stimulate ideas to help you build a stronger homeschool community in your area. Bring your whole leadership team! Schedule and pricing details will be coming soon–sign up to receive notification of the details by sending an e-mail to office@heav.org with “Leadership Retreat” in the subject line.

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Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

November 15 and 22

Bring a bag lunch, and spend a day at Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier! Jump right in to history as park educators deliver informative programs using fun, hands-on techniques to teach historical lessons. Special programs are specifically designed for children in grades 3 through 12. You won’t want to miss this event!

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Field Trip Hostess Help Wanted!

Like to be out and about, meeting new people? Enjoy hands-on learning with your children? We may have the perfect volunteer position for you!


HEAV is looking for field trip hostesses to set-up and man the HEAV table at Homeschool Day events. You would greet homeschoolers as they arrive, answer homeschool questions, and display free HEAV information. In exchange for manning the HEAV table for 3-4 hours in the morning, you and your family can visit the museum or park free of charge for the rest of the day.


If this sounds like a good fit for you and your family, contact Yvonne Bunn at support@heav.org. Please include your phone number.

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Article of the Week

Learning to Let Children Be – Cassandra

This veteran homeschooling mom has gradually learned when a hands off and encouraging attitude benefits the child and learning. She names several specific advantages of this strategy to the child, to the home’s atmosphere, and to mom. You’ll be encouraged by this short article.

Homeschool Q&A

Oops! Last week’s Q&A link didn’t work, so we’re running this one again.

Religious Exemption Form
Q. I mailed a religious exemption letter to my county school board, and the superintendent responded by sending me a religious exemption form to fill o
ut. Must I provide both a letter and a form?

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From Our Blog

It Melts in Your Mouth

What do chocolate and science have in common? Find out in this week’s “Hearts & Hands” post by Michelle Crooker. You WON’T want to miss this quite “tasteful” science lesson!

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1) Homeschool Items
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1.1 Play: So Many Miracles – Powhatan – November 15-16

1.2 The Teaching Home on Thanksgiving and Thankfulness

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2) General Interest Items
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2.1 Library Amnesty – York County (Check Your Area) – Ends November 16 (Check Your Area)

2.2 Winter Preparedness Week – Virginia – December 1-7

2.3 Virginia Museum of the Civil War: Christmas on the Farm – New Market – December 7

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
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3.1 Christian Resources: 30 Days of Thanksgiving

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Article – “Homeschooling on a Shoestring”

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Hanging Bird Treats

3.4 Technology and Family Fun: Free Knoala App

3.5 Cooking and History: National Indian Pudding Day – November 13

3.6 English: Tracing Lines Worksheets for Pre-writers

3.7 Arts and Crafts: Recycled Ornaments

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4) Parting Thought – Collections of Creatures

“What do you call two crows on a telephone wire? An attempted murder!” is an internet riddle and pun based on the intriguing words for groups of critters. You’ll find more than a thousand examples of these collective nouns in a wonderful book called An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition, by James Lipton (check your libraries or booksellers). Some of the examples include a “leap of leopards,” a “parliament of owls,” an “ostentation of peacocks,” and a “smack of jellyfish.” Stretch your vocabulary and have a great time with this one!


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5) Worth Repeating  Matthew Henry

“To wait on God is to live a life of desire towards Him, delight in Him, dependence on Him, and devotedness towards Him.”

– Matthew Henry (1662-1714), British Puritan clergyman; primarily home-educated by his father, who was also a clergyman. Henry’s Bible commentary is still widely used; it is also available in a concise version. You can find it on websites or buy a copy.

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6) Verse of the Week

The LORD [is] the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

– Psalm 16:5 (KJV)


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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Laugh of the Week