HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


November 7, 2012


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Win a Convention Ticket!

Who is coming to the 30th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention? Check out our blog each week for clues to the mystery speakers, then make your best guess by commenting on the blog post. Answers will be posted in the Update and on our Facebook page. All those who guess correctly will be entered to win a family convention pass!


Congratulations to Rhoda, this week’s winner! Rhoda and her family have won a full registration to the 2013 Convention in June!


Mystery Speaker #2 – How Did You Do? 


The mystery speaker for this week is Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries and author of many books and video courses, including Of Knights and Fair Maidens, From Playpen to Podium, Secrets of Great Communicators, Secrets of World Changers, Secrets of Everyday Leaders, Handoff, and, most recently, Cultivate: Forming the Emerging Generation through Life-on-Life Mentoring (check out the Summit Ministries website here to learn more). We’re excited to have him speaking at the 2013 Virginia Homeschool Convention! 


“A man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” –Josh McDowell on Jeff Myers  


Keep checking our blog for more clues! The next

mystery speaker clue will be posted on the blog on Monday, November 12. Make your guess before midnight on Tuesday, November 13, for a chance to win a family convention pass.


The Contest is Extended   

We’re having so much fun, we’re extending the contest one more week, giving YOU one more chance to win a full, family registration to the 30th Annual Homeschool Convention in June.

The LAST mystery speaker is an extra-special guest we know will make the 30th Annual Homeschool Convention an incredible event for the whole family! So stay tuned–you won’t want to miss this one!


We have a lot of GREAT speakers planned this year, and we’re not going to make you guess every one! Here is a quick peek at two speakers we’re thrilled to announce.

Amanda Bennett was unable to attend last year due to unavoidable circumstances, and we–along with many convention attendees–really missed her. So we are excited to tell you she is coming in 2013! Amanda is a favorite homeschool speaker and author (with more than 90 books under her belt!), whose humor and candor will both encourage you and provide practical help. Be sure to visit her website at www.unitstudy.com! Workshop information will be coming soon.

 Diane Craft

Is Your Child Struggling?  

Help is on the way! If you missed her seminar a few weeks ago, don’t worry–Diane Craft is coming back to Virginia in June! With more than 35 years experience teaching children who are struggling because of a learning “glitch” (otherwise known as a learning disability), Dianne is the “go-to” person when you’re feeling overwhelmed by your child’s problems. Visit her website for more information, and don’t miss her at the convention!

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CollegePlus Scholarship Contest 

CollegePlus is announcing a fall scholarship contest featuring 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.

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Time is Running Out

Still undecided about the Leadership Conference on November 16-17? I don’t want you to miss this important opportunity! Here’s a sneak peek of some of the questions Pastor Doug Bartsch will cover:

  • How do you structure and place people in your organization?
  • How do you fill organizational holes?
  • How do you have effective meetings?
  • What do you do if someone can’t handle the workload?
  • And how do you evaluate your current reality?

Understanding the answers to these important questions will strengthen your leadership skills! Pastor Doug Bartsch’s presentation–based on leadership experience in the business world and in the church–will give you practical ways to carry out God’s vision in your homeschool group.

It’s not too late to register! Click here!

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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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Sam’s Club Benefits for HEAV Members!

Now, when you join or renew a Sam’s Club Advantage Plus membership plan, you’ll receive a $20 gift card, or a $10 gift card when you join or renew a Sam’s Club business membership. Not a member yet? Join Now!

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Color the Classics



Using a multisensory approach your children will relive the lives of famous composers.
NO PREP TIME!! Read the short biography while listening to the music, as your children color, paint, or use any other media on reproducible images (within family). 
www.colortheclassics.com (see: Christmas Special)

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Upcoming Closings/Holiday Break 

The Update staff will be taking a little break through the holiday season. 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 9

November 28 (No Update November 21)

November 16

December 5

November 30

December 12

December 7

December 19

December 26 – No Update

January 2 – No Update

December 28

January 9


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Article of the Week

The Education of Character Building–Changing the Atmosphere of Heart AND Home  

– Carlie

See the verses that the author says changed her children’s character and the atmosphere of her home as she homeschooled three strong-willed children.


See 1.2 for a related item–a free character study on thankfulness.


Homeschool Q&A

Teacher License Renewal 

Q. I would like to begin homeschooling under the certified tutor provision, but my teaching license recently. Can I get an extension and homeschool under the certified tutor statute while I earn the necessary points to renew my license?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items  

1.1 Teaching Home – Free Thanksgiving Unit Study
1.2 Teaching Home – Free Character Study on Thankfulness

1.3 Article: “The Radicalization of Teacher Education”

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Youth Rugby Clinic – Culpeper- November 10
2.2 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Week – Nationwide – November 12 to 19
2.3 Gift Bag Sewing Workshop – Waterford – Register by November 15
2.4 Nutcracker Ballet – Staunton – December 8 and 9 

2.5 Sportable Adaptive Sports – Richmond – Ongoing

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Free Instilling Biblical Character E-book
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Sale Candy Makes Inexpensive Holiday Wreaths
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article – “Hey Parents–Why the Rush???”

3.4 Technology: Free (Bad) Apps Can Steal Your Data

3.5 Family: November is National Adoption Month

3.6 Geography: Geography Awareness Week

3.7 DIY: “Teen Finishes His Own Mortgage-Free Tiny House at Age 17”

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4) Parting Thought – Bad Jokes for November

Why did the police arrest the turkey? They suspected it of fowl play.


Why do turkeys always go, “gobble, gobble”? Because they never learned good table manners!


What sound does a space turkey make? Hubble, hubble, hubble.


If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?

Their ages!


– As seen on the Internet–with apologies from your editor–but they will make the kids laugh.

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5) Worth Repeating   

“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.”

-Joseph Story (1779-1845), in Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833. Story was a founder of Harvard Law School who was appointed to the United States Supreme Court (1811-1845) by James Madison. Story was also a poet.

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6) Verse of the Week   

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee. 

– Psalm 55:22a (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.