HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


November 6, 2013


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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.


Phil Downer Convention News

Home Education: Hope and a Future

New Speaker!

Phil Downer, president of Discipleship Network of America, is a popular speaker on many topics that speak to the hearts of homeschooling parents: relationships, vision-sharing, discipline, work, accountability, and teamwork. A former machine gunner who served in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corps in 1967 and 1968, Phil was a successful lawyer before being led to Christ and discipled by fellow professionals. Phil also speaks at couples events with Susy, his wife of 41 years. He is the author of numerous books including Eternal Impact: Investing in the Lives of Others. Read more about the Downers and the Discipleship Network here.


Keep Up with the Convention!

New information is being added all the time. Visit our webpage and check back often for more news about speakers, workshops, the Exhibit Hall, UCS, How-to-Begin Homeschooling Session, FREE Parents-of-Just-Preschoolers, the Children’s Program, and 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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Herff Jones of Virginia It’s Your Story. Tell it!

Your experience is all your own–and your class ring should be too. With thousands of possibilities, you can design a custom ring that expresses what you’re about!

It’s Your Story. Tell It! Call us or go online to design your ring.

Herff Jones of Virginia.



LearnZoeOne-On-One On-Line Math Tutoring–The Smart Way to Get Smart 

At LearnZoe we build, enhance, and maintain your child’s mathematics skills with our one-on-one math tutoring sessions. Following the Virginia state curriculum for grades 3-12, we offer 30- or 60-minute, personalized sessions leveraging video technologies. To reserve a free, 30-minute math assessment, contact us at 703-662-0175 or info@learnzoe.com.

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The HEAV Office is CLOSED until Monday, November 11. 

The HEAV office will be closed while we move to our new location and set up the new database.

Please e-mail office@heav.org if you need to contact us during this time.


Our new address is:

2100 W. Laburnum Avenue, Suite 108-A

Richmond, Virginia 23227.


Please note that ALL other contact information remains the same, including phone number and e-mail addresses.

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Luray Caverns Home Educators of Virginia Week – This Luray CavernsWeek!

November 4 to November 10 – Luray 

Discover Eastern America’s largest and most popular caverns, known for their profuse variety of formations and unsurpassed natural color. From well-lighted, paved walkways explore cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high, filled with towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools. Hear the haunting sounds of the “Great Stalacpipe Organ,” experience the history of America in the “Car & Carriage Caravan” exhibit, and explore the new Luray Valley Museum!  


Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Pamplin ParkCivil 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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HELP WANTED  Help Wanted!

Transcript Editor Volunteer

Do you love editing and reveling in details? Did you love creating your child’s high school transcript and maybe helping other moms who were unsure of what to do? If so, you may be HEAV’s new transcript editor!


HEAV is looking for a volunteer willing to spend approximately three to six hours a week managing and editing transcript submissions. Work can be done from home and experience is not necessary (you will be trained to use the computer program), but the following skills are essential: accurate typing, organization, attention to detail, and a familiarity with high school course titles. A small stipend is provided. If interested, please contact Diana Un at office@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 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

What Is the Chief End of Homeschooling? – Erin Mallon

Homeschoolers are, for the most part, a very conscientious lot. We sometimes feel guilty if our five-year-olds are not fluent in Latin yet. Seriously, why are we homeschooling and can you meet that goal? Here are some words of encouragement to mothers from a daughter.

Homeschool Q&A
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 out. Must I provide both a letter and a form?

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The Inventions Bin 

Strings and things and Lego® wheels! Got a budding inventor on your hands? Kyndra Steinmann offers great suggestions for tapping into your child’s creative genius in this week’s “Hearts & Hands” blog post.

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Homeschool Day at Amazement Square – Lynchburg – November 19

1.2 Article: “Ten Things to Do with Your Child Before Age Ten”

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2) General Interest Items
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2.1 Association of Pro-Life Nurses 2014 Essay Scholarship – Deadline Is February 15, 2014
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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Article – How to Do Family Worship

3.2 Thrifty Ideas and Sewing: Free E-book – Nine Ways to Transform Old T-shirts

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Pine Cone Toss

3.4 Science and FUN with Dad: Build Cool Gadgets and Watch Science Videos

3.5 Arts and Crafts: Create with Kids

3.6 Cooking: National Split Pea Soup Week – Begins November 11

3.7 English: More Than 50 Journal Jar Writing Prompts

3.8 Geography: Mission Friends Curriculum

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4) Parting Thought – First and Last Verse Syndrome?

As with Christmas carols and our nation’s patriotic songs, we are often only familiar with the first and last verses of the classic hymns of the Christian church. In each case, we are deprived of the richness to be found in the remaining stanzas. Take for example, the third and fourth verses (out of the five verses commonly seen) of “Be Thou My Vision.”


“Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;

Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;

Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:

Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.


Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,

Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:

Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,

High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.”


What encouragement in the constant spiritual battles we face and the temptations to seek earthly riches or give in to peer pressure! The next time a hymn pops into your head, ask yourself if you know all the verses. Do your children?

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Voddie Baucham 5) Worth Repeating

“One of the mantras we hear repeatedly these days is, “we don’t want socialism.” While that sounds good (and conservative, and constitutional, and patriotic, etc.), it rings hollow when you consider the overwhelming majority of the people leading the charge have their children in what amounts to socialized education. What’s the difference? If you’re really against government-run, socialized programs, yank your kid off the yellow prison bus and just say no.”

– Voddie Baucham (1969-present), pastor, author, professor, and conference speaker. Mr. Baucham the keynote speaker at this year’s convention.

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6) Verse of the Week

The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

– Psalm 126:3 (KJV) 


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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Laugh of the Week