HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


November 15, 2012



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Don’t Miss the Last Mystery Speaker Clue!

You have a whole week to guess our last–and very special–mystery speaker! Watch for the clue this Monday, November 19, then make your guess by commenting on the blog post or e-mailing publications@heav.org. Guess correctly, and you may win a family convention pass!


Stay tuned–you won’t want to miss this one!


AND THIS WEEK Joel Salatin

Mystery Speaker #3: Yes! It’s… 

Joel Salatin brought optimism and energy to the organic farming industry by example with his “beyond organic” meats. He considers farming his ministry and raises livestock using environmentally responsible, ecologically beneficial, sustainable agriculture. Come and be energized when you hear this self-described “Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic” at the convention! Visit him at Polyface Farms!


Next Wednesday–November 21–No Update

The Update team will be taking a break over Thanksgiving, meaning no Virginia Homeschool Update next week. The Update will be back November 28. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


The Convention is Coming! June 6, 7, 8, 2013 

Come have your questions answered, your ideas challenged, your enthusiasm restored, and your heart encouraged at the 2013 Virginia Homeschool Convention. Here’s a sneak preview of what you will find!

  Mike Farris

A favorite speaker, Michael Farris, founding president of Patrick Henry College and the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, will share as a keynote speaker at this year’s convention. Learn more about him at the HSLDA website.

 Israel Wayne

Israel Wayne, a homeschool graduate and father of seven, will be a featured speaker at the convention. Mr. Wayne is a columnist for the Home School Digest and author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Perspective and Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship. Visit his website to learn more.

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Tell Us YOUR Story

Year after year, convention attendees say that a friend’s testimony brought them to the convention. We would love to hear your story as we prepare to celebrate 30 years of service to the homeschooling families of Virginia.  

How has HEAV changed or helped your homeschooling journey?  

How has the annual convention made a difference for you and your family? 

As we celebrate this wonderful milestone, we would love to put the spotlight on you–the homeschool families of Virginia–and allow your experience to bless fellow home educators.  

Take time to share your story with us, and we may select it to be featured in our publications. Please submit your stories to Christie Russell at publicity@heav.org by November 30.

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Scholarship Contest

CollegePlus is announcing a fall scholarship contest that features a $3,000 Grand Prize and more than $20,000 more in secondary and participation prizes, including a Kindle Fire HD. Enrollees will compete all this month through the online community of new CollegePlus partner Free Think U. To learn more click here.

Pick of the Month Pick of the Month 

America’s Cheapest Family by Economides was so practical and understandable a book that it only took three weeks to land on the New York Times Best Seller List! Get a glimpse of how the authors, a homeschool family, paid off their first house in nine years, raised five happy kids, never had a car payment, and had lots and lots of laughter.  

Member price $8.16 and non-member price $9.07.    


Regent University Regent University–$3,000 Tuition Discount for HEAV Members

Listed as a “tier 1” homeschool-friendly school by the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, Regent University offers HEAV members a tuition discount of $1,000/semester per student or up to $3,000/year per student. Learn more about HEAV member benefits here, and join now


Cyber Monday Deals!

Take Advantage of Online Discounts and Support HEAV at the Same Time!

Cyber Monday is November 26 this year and many online stores are offering special savings on that day. Click over to websites such as JCPenney, Staples, Home Depot, Kohls, and other major chains through the links on GoodShop and a portion of your purchase price 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, 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.


The HEAV Leadership Conference schedule and directions to the Woodlands Hotel and Conference Center are on now posted on the website. Check it out here!


Strengthening Homeschooling

The HEAV Leadership Conference purposes to inspire and encourage homeschooling leaders of today, and to equip and motivate the leaders of tomorrow. It would not be possible without the support of businesses and individuals who choose to support home education. Please show your support for our sponsors!

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Article of the Week

All It Takes Is Grace – Stephanie

The homeschooling mom who wrote this short blog entry illustrates by experiences shared with her preschooler that it is not necessarily patience we often need to homeschool–it’s grace.


Homeschool Q&A

Change Homeschool Compliance

Q. We have homeschooled for several years under option (i) of the homeschool law, but we have always had strong religious beliefs. Can we change how we file now that we understand the religious exemption option?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items  
1.1 Free Lessons: The Persecuted Church – VOM Open Classroom – Ongoing
1.2 Washington, D.C. with Carolina Homeschoolers – Washington, D.C. – Register by January 20
1.3 Free Knowledge House Thanksgiving PDF

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Virginia Historical Society Events – Richmond – Begins December 1
2.2 4-H Livestock and Poultry Club – Powhatan – December 3

2.3 Jamestown-Yorktown (and Other) Internship Opportunities – Multiple Locations – Application Deadline for Spring Is January 15, 2013
2.4 Lifeguard Employment and Training – Hampton Roads Area – Classes Begin January 2013
2.5 Free Christian Teen E-Magazine

2.6 Outdoor Writing Competitions – Deadline Is February 7, 2013

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Presidential Prayer Team
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Found Object Art as Centerpiece

3.3 Preschool, Kindergarten, and Older: 15 Colorful Activities Celebrating Fall Colors
3.4 Holidays: Free Thanksgiving Worksheets and Printables Galore!

3.5 Family: November 2012 Activity Calendar

3.6 Emergencies: What to Carry in a Car

3.7 Cooking: Top 101 Fall Crockpot Recipes

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4) Parting Thought – Let All Things Now Living

Let all things now living
A song of thanksgiving
To God our Creator triumphantly raise;
Who fashioned and made us,
Protected and stayed us,
By guiding us onto the end of our days.


Thus begins the beautiful hymn of thanksgiving by Katherine K. Davis. See the sheet music here and hear an a capella version on YouTube, which includes the lyrics on screen–and most importantly, have a Thanksgiving holiday blessed by God!


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5) Worth Repeating

“The redeemed have all their objective good in God. God himself is the great good which they are brought to the possession and enjoyment of by redemption. He is the highest good, and the sum of all that good which Christ purchased. God is the inheritance of the saints; he is the portion of their souls. God is their wealth and treasure, their food, their Life, their dwelling-place, their ornament and diadem, and their everlasting honour and glory.”

– Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), American theologian and pastor. Famous for the sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Edwards was a vital part of America’s First Great Awakening. Though Edwards gave a stern–and biblical– warning about a holy and righteous God, he clearly presented a loving God who sustains and provides for us.


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6) Verse of the Week

For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

– 2 Corinthians1:20 (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.