HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


November 21, 2013


Home Education: Hope and a Future 
A Life-Changing Event

Be Encouraged, Equipped, and Empowered

Defending your faith in a harsh world is not easy. The HEAV convention offers a place of learning and encouragement through an apologetics track that includes some of the sharpest minds in Christian Apologetics today! Phil Downer (Discipleship Network of America), Dr. Terry Mortenson (Answers in Genesis), and Carl Kerby (Reasons for Hope) will share insight and wisdom. Bring your teens and be equipped and empowered as a family to share your faith!

  Bible Bee

National Bible Bee – Watch It Live This Saturday 
Watch the National Bible Bee finals with your family with a free webcast November 22 and 23! Semi-finals will be held Friday, November 22, beginning at 9 a.m., and finals will be on Saturday, November 23, beginning at 9 a.m. The webcast is free for anyone to watch. You may even want to host a Bible Bee party and watch the webcast with friends! Visit the National Bible Bee website to learn how you can participate in the Bible Bee next year.

Our HEAV Office Phone Lines Are Now Working!
Thank you for your patience as we’ve transitioned to a new VOIP system. We’re finally up and running!

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Homeschool Programming Computer programming courses for kids and teens!

If your students want to create their own computer programs, games, websites, and Android apps, Homeschool Programming, Inc. has the courses for you. Our award-winning, self-study curriculum teaches Java, C#, HTML, and VB programming languages from the ground up; no teacher expertise required. Visit us at www.HomeschoolProgramming.com to learn more!


Winterplace 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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No Update Next Week

The Update staff will be taking a short break this coming week. Look for the next Virginia Homeschool Update December 4. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


Make Your Online Holiday Shopping Count!

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.

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

This Friday (November 22)

Bring a bag lunch, and spend the 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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Office ManagerHelp Wanted!  

Do you love to answer homeschool questions? Are you comfortable with technology, energized by multitasking, highly organized, great with people, and a team player? HEAV has an opening for an office manager in our beautiful, new Richmond office. Responsibilities include managing and implementing office procedures, overseeing all office communicationsproviding support for events, managing the database, preparing bulk mailings, and more.

Proficiency with office software, including MS Word and Excel, is required, as well as excellent organization skills and the ability to manage a busy office and thrive under pressure. Homeschool knowledge a plus. This position requires 30 to 40 hours a week with flexible hours. Recent references required. Please send resume or questions to president@heav.org.


Field-Trip Hostess

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 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

The Tyranny of Tomorrow – Jay Younts

Worry about tomorrow can control our thoughts and decisions–especially with the uncertainties we face these days. Jay Younts gives a much-needed reminder that God has given us TODAY–and He is in control of tomorrow.

Homeschool Q&A

Religious Exemption Moving Within the State

Q. Our religious exemption has been recognized by our school board, but now we plan to move to another city in Virginia. Do we have to go through the religious exemption process again?

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From Our Blog

Turning Hindrance into Help

Teaching older children to help around the house isn’t too hard, but when younger children want to get into the act, it gets tougher. Find out how to help older siblings encourage their younger siblings in Kyndra’s “Hearts & Hands” post!

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1) Homeschool Items
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1.1 Homeschool Day at The Cavalier Skate Center – Stafford – Second Tuesday Monthly

1.2 The Teaching Home: Enjoy Autumn/Learn from Nature

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2) General Interest Items

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2.1 Regency Style Tea and Dance – Colonial Williamsburg – Register by December 6

2.2 Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment – Chesapeake – December 7-8

2.3 Holiday Open House at Ker Place – Onancock – December 14

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Bible Study Tools Online

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Free Printable ABC Sheets

3.3 Toddler and Up: 15 Toddler Craft Ideas

3.4 Science: Jefferson Lab Presents Frostbite Theater

3.5 Internet Learning Fun: Internet Scavenger Hunt

3.6 Economics and Life 101: Free Workbook for Teens: How to Buy Your First Car  

3.7 Foreign Languages: How Do You Say Thank You?

3.8 History: What Did They Eat? You Can Help Research, Too!

3.9 Preparedness: Winter Emergency Information for Children and Teens

3.10 DIY: Shelves and Storage

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4) Parting Thought – The Attack of the Puns Continues

There’s a band called 1023MB. They haven’t had any gigs yet.


A photon checks into a hotel. The clerk asks, “Need help with bags?”

The photon says, “Nah, I’m traveling light.”


Did you hear about the man who got cooled to absolute zero?

He’s 0 K now.


– As seen on the Internet; author unknown.


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5) Worth Repeating  William Law

“Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world: It is not he who prays most or fasts most, it is not he who gives most alms or is most eminent for temperance, chastity or justice; but it is he who is always thankful to God, who wills everything that God wills, who receives everything as an instance of God’s goodness and has a heart always ready to praise God for it.”


– William Law (1686-1761), clergyman in the Church of England. His works remain in print to this day.

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6) Verse of the Week

Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

– Psalm 147:7 (KJV)

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Laugh of the Week