HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update

October 16, 2013


We’re excited to announce that HEAV is moving to a new building. As of Wednesday, October 30, we will officially be in our new office at

2100 W. Laburnum Avenue, Suite 108-A

Richmond, Virginia 23227.

It’s not far from our current address (just a short drive away), but it’s a BIG move for us! So, the office will be closed October 28 through November 8 while we get moved and settled in.

Note that ALL other contact information remains the same, including phone number and e-mail addresses. Please e-mail office@heav.org if you need to contact us during that time.
View the map of our new location.

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2013 Voter Guides by Family Foundation

The Family Foundation’s voter guides for the 2013 elections are now available! These voter guides are non-partisan bulletin inserts comparing the positions of candidates on important issues such as life, marriage, parental rights, and religious liberty. The guides do not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party and are legal for distribution in churches. You can download them here.


2014 Convention News Adam Andrews

“Home Education: A Hope and a Future” is taking shape! The 2014 convention will feature more than 100 workshops led by engaging speakers, including Adam Andrews, director of the Center for Literary Education and a homeschooling father of six. With a passion for the world’s greatest literature, Adam equips parents and teachers with dynamic presentations that enable students to enjoy literature as never before, while his fresh insights inspire parents and teachers with new vision for their task as educators.

Convention details are being released all the time! Get more information here.

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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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Make Your Online Holiday Shopping Count!

Holiday shopping online? Click over to retailers such as J. C. Penney, Staples, Home Depot, 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.
Dangerous U.N. Treaty 

Supporters of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) continue to push for ratification, even in light of proof that it threatens American sovereignty. A CRPD-created committee found Hungary to be in violation of the treaty, and instructed Hungary to change its constitution and laws to comply with the treaty. Click here to see how the CRPD threatens American sovereignty and parental rights and what you can do about it.

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Homeschool Day at the Mariners’ Museum   Mariners' Museum

THIS Friday, October 18 – Newport News

During this special homeschool day, participants will learn about exploration during the time of Christopher Columbus, discovery and conservation of the USS Monitor, the Franklin Expedition, the use of shipwrecks as reefs, and much more. Students will make connections between explorations of the past and discoveries of today (and tomorrow) in this “Day of Exploration.”


Homeschool Day at Mount Vernon  Mount Vernon

November 1-2, Mount Vernon

Experience 18th-century plantation life as you tour George Washington’s mansion and meet people from his world. Learn all about Washington’s innovative ways as you explore his historic home, play colonial games, visit a restructured slave cabin, and more!


Luray Caverns Home Educators of Virginia Week 

November 4-10, Luray

Discover Eastern America’s largLuray Cavernsest 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!

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Article of the Week

Seven Ways for Busy Moms to Get in the Word – Courtney Joseph

Far too often we try to squeeze in the Bible, prayer, and meditation on Scripture after

we complete the rest of our busy schedules. The author gives us seven memorable, straightforward tips to make it easier to make God first and keep Him there throughout the day and week.
Homeschool Q&A

Special-Needs Requirements

Q. Are there extra requirements to homeschool a special needs child? Are they still eligible for services like speech and occupational therapy (OT)?

From Our Blog

Seven Million Whys – Kyndra Steinmann 

Why? Why? Why? As homeschool moms, we love our children’s curiosity, but trying to answer the never-ending questions can be exhausting and frustrating. In this week’s “Heart & Hands” post,  Kyndra offers good reasons to encourage your child to ask questions.

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items
1.1 Music for Young Children – Chesapeake – Ongoing

1.2 TeenPact Leadership Schools – Richmond – February 3-7 or February 10-14
1.3 The Teaching Home: Halloween

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2) General Interest Items

View All General Interest Items
2.1 History Essay Contest – Deadline Is November 8

2.2 Article – “Learn to Ignore the Internet and Steal Back Your Concentration”

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Oneplace.com – One-Stop Audio Broadcast Archives

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Affording the Homeschool Life

3.3 Preschool and Up: 35 Uses for Crayons Besides Color

3.4 Science: Wild Music

3.5 Economics: Modules in Basic and Intermediate College Economics

3.6 English: Corner Bookmarks

3.7 History: Online Maps Tell the Story of Buildings

3.8 Biblical Archeology–or Botany: Extinct Tree Regrown

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4) Parting Thought – Did You Know?

25,000,000 of your cells died while you were reading this sentence.


Bubble wrap was originally supposed to be used as wallpaper.


Wikipedia uses 885 servers!


You may not legally take a picture of a rabbit during June in Wyoming.


A village in Turkey sued Warner Brothers for using its name as a movie title–Batman. They were unsuccessful.


– As seen on the Internet.

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5) Worth Repeating

“We have a dangerous trend beginning to take place in our education. We’re starting to put more textbooks into our schools…containing fables and moral lessons…

We are spending less time in the classroom on the Bible, which should be the principal text in our schools.”

– Fisher Ames (1758-1808), Founding Father from Massachusetts, orator, and Federalist. According to the Foundation for Economic Education,” his warnings about the ‘dangers to American liberty'” have proven to be prophetic.

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6) Verse of the Week

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

– Romans 15:4 (KJV)

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Homeschool Laugh of the Week