HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


October 10, 2012


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Have you joined HEAV or renewed your HEAV membership this fall? Why not do it today!
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Leadership Conference November 16-17

Tools for Effective Leadership

The HEAV Leadership Conference is just around the corner! Are you a support group or co-op leader, e-mail list moderator, board member, newsletter editor, or coordinator? Come spend a fabulous weekend at the Woodland Conference Center in beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia, for a special time of encouragement, learning, and renewal. Doug Bartsch, homeschool dad and pastor of His Place Family Church in Spring, Texas, will be our special guest speaker.


Send Your Leader — A Great Way to Say “Thank You!”

Not in a leadership position? Then send your co-op leader, support group organizer, or newsletter coordinator. Pay all or part of their cost, and show your appreciation for the hard work they do for you all year round. They’ll enjoy a time of fellowship and networking, and come away rejunvenated from this weekend packed with workshops, round-table discussions, and fast-paced interactive times together.


Registration deadline is October 16. If you haven’t signed up yet, do it now! Read more here.


Where Do You Shop?Food Lion 

Whether you shop at Martin’s, Food Lion, or Harris Teeter (or even all three), you can support homeschooling–without costing YOU a cent!   


As Easy as 1-2-3...

Simply click the links below and enter your card Martin'snumber (have your bonuscard handy!) and the appropriate HEAV code. Every time you shop, they’ll donate a portion of your purchase dollars to HEAV–at no cost to you. Help keep Harris Teeterhomeschooling legal and support homeschoolers across the state!


Martin’s – Use HEAV code 03232. (Martin’s users must register each school year.)

Food Lion — Use HEAV code 218920

Harris Teeter – Use HEAV code 8152

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Educational Tours & Fiber Workshops at Alpaca Pastures of Virginia Educational Tours & Fiber Workshops at Alpaca Pastures of Virginia


Alpaca Farm Tour: Visit the barn and learn how alpacas are raised, see how fleece is processed, and “Touch” the fleece.

Add a Fiber Workshop and make a craft out of alpaca fiber: learn wet felting, make a refrigerator magnet, or color a worksheet.

Call Sherry: 804-449-1423

Click Here For Details


Homeschool Day at Mount Vernon

Homeschool Day at Mount Vernon – November 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Experience 18th-century plantation life on George Washington’s Pioneer Farm. Families can watch costumed interpreters produce 18th-century goods; learn about George Washington’s innovative farming practices; visit a reconstructed slave cabin; play colonial games; and tour the mansion and indoor exhibitions. Discounted rates for homeschool families available. Click for information and tickets.

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HOMESCHOOL NEWS AND REMINDERS    Elections are coming up!

Elections Are Coming Up!

The Virginia deadline to register to vote or to change your address is this Monday, October 15.

Please remember to pray for the upcoming elections and for our country.

Traveling this Fall? Save and Support HEAV! 
On a tight budget? Next time you’re in need of airplane tickets, rental car, or hotel rooms, visit www.ytbtravel.com/homeeducators. The rates are competitive with other super-saver travel sites, and by purchasing your tickets through YTBTravel (previously known as EduTravel), 40% of the travel commissions will go toward supporting HEAV!


October Pick-of-the-Month! Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens


This Month Only – Just $14

Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell

This book, by the best-selling author of the Ultimate Homeschool Planner, offers truly unique and helpful information for the new homeschooler and the veteran alike. It includes nine sections, each of which is full of practical information, clear explanations, and helpful resources. The sections include: Making the Decision, Educating for the Real World, the Middle-School Years, How to Do the Hard Stuff, College Credit at Home, and Record-Keeping–plus a whole lot more! The entire book is chock-full of practical advice, such as sample questions to prepare for a college interview, college-bound reading lists, sample transcripts, academic competitions, and much more.

Buy now and save 30% off the retail price! Special member price is $12. Non-member price is $14. Get your copy today!

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At the 11th Annual Homeschool Festival at the Biltmore, homeschoolers of all ages from Virginia and North Carolina enjoyed a day of studying history–and experiencing the past!  


To read an account of this special event and watch a slideshow, click here.

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Article of the Week

Life’s Little Decisions – Lori Clemmons 

How do you handle the disruptions of life, some of which occur while you are trying to be “spiritual”? Mrs. Clemmons gives biblical and personal examples as she reminds us to choose righteously in making hourly or even minute-by-minute decisions to honor God in daily events.


Homeschool Q&A
License Plate Purchase

Q. Now that I’m a homeschooler, I’m interested in getting an “Education Begins at Home” license plate. I’m so encouraged when I see them on cars! How can I get one?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items
1.1 Homeschool Campout – Virginia Beach – October 19 through 21

1.2 Home School Foundation Military Fund: Apply or Donate – October
1.3 HSLDA Presidential Essay Contest – Deadline Is November 1, 2012

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 New Market Evening Lantern Tours (Historical) – New Market – October 27
2.2 Bland Music ScholarshipCompetitions Begin in January 2013
2.3 Students for Life of America National Conference – Washington, D.C. – January, 26, 2013

2.4 Local Bible Bee Host Sites Needed – Register in February 2013 for Best Price

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Clergy Appreciation Month – October
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Cleaning and Home Repairs
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Twelve Play Dough Activities
3.4 Cooking: Produce in Season Charts
3.5 Fun: Fall Family Fun

3.6 Geography: Free D.C. United Soccer Geography Packet

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4) Parting Thought – Just Wondering

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?


Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end you first try?


Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaners, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, and put it down again to give the vacuum one more chance?


– As seen on the Internet.


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5) Worth Repeating   

“The worst evil that could be inflicted upon the youth of the land would be to leave them without restraint and completely at the mercy of their own uncontrolled inclinations. Under such conditions education would be impossible, and all orderly development intellectually or morally would be hopeless.”   – Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th President of the United States. If your travels ever take you that far, here is what awaits you at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.


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6) Verse of the Week   

He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

– Job 9:4 (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.