HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


October 2, 2013


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Gen2Survey–Enter for a Chance to Win an IPad MiniWin an iPad Mini!

Will our generation take up the mantle for freedom for which men like Chris Klicka and Mike Farris have fought for over the years? That’s the question addressed in the new Gen2Survey, now available at www.gen2survey.com. Are you between the ages of 18 and 38? Complete the 10-15 minute survey, and be entered for a chance to win one of three IPad minis!

Win a “Be-Not-Weary” Mug Be Not Weary Mug

Respond by Midnight Tonight!

Respond “I’m Coming” to the Frontier Culture Museum event (see ad below) on our Facebook page, and be entered into a drawing to win one of five HEAV “Be-Not-Weary” mugs. You must be present to win, as you will pick up your mug at the HEAV table on site. (We cannot mail the mugs.) Winners will be notified by 5 p.m. tomorrow, October 3! 

From Our Blog – Are You Being Kind?

Preschoolers are packed with energy and exuberance…maybe sometimes with a little too much. Keeping sibling squabbles in check is never easy, but this week’s post by Kyndra Steinman will give you some sage advice. Check out her post here!


Donated SAT and ACT Preparation Programs

The PowerPrep programs prepare students for SATs and ACTs with instruction videos, drills, quizzes, and schedules to track progress. Because of donations, these programs are available for a very low charge. To find out more and to order your own program, click here.

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Homeschool Day at Mount Vernon Homeschool Days at Mount Vernon – November 1 and 2

Experience 18th-century plantation life on George Washington’s Pioneer Farm from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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


Frontier Culture Museum Fall Homeschool Day at the Frontier Culture Museum Of Virginia 

Join us on Friday October 4, 2013, for our annual Fall Homeschool Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit our wonderful exhibits and historic interpreters and enjoy great hands-on and interactive education.  

Visit www.frontiermuseum.org/


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Museum Shut Down

Homeschool Day Affected

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is temporarily closed due to the federal government shutdown. All museum events and activities have been suspended until an appropriation bill or continuing resolution is enacted.If the Museum re-opens on (or before) Sunday, October 6, the Home School Day scheduled for Monday, October 7 will take place. Otherwise, the event will be cancelled or re-scheduled. Please check the website for more information.


The 2014 Convention is Coming 

Home Education: A Hope and A Future

The curriculum doctors are back! The “curriculum doctors”–experienced homeschool moms familiar with a wide range of resources–will help you choose a curriculum that works for you! Just stop by the “Curriculum Doctor” booth at the convention for lots of FREE, practical advice.

Virginia Air & Space Center’s Homeschool DayAstronaut  and friends

Is a Success!

More than 1,130 participants turned out for the 2014 Virginia Air and Space Center’s Homeschool Day last week. The event was well-organized, engaging, and provided many hands-on learning activities for the students. Enjoy the slideshow here!

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Article of the Week

Helping Children Interpret Life Correctly Jay Younts

Here is a short list of helpful points to keep in mind–then teach and re-teach before

a crisis arises! The sowing and reaping principle is one key, as is the fact that the aim of life is not amassing material goods. Read the rest and resolve to never stop teaching these truths to counter the lies of the world. The homeschool life presents a priceless opportunity in which to do it.


Homeschool Q&A

Common Core Question

Q. Can you direct me to a fact-based, not opinion-oriented, article about the Common Core?

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1) Homeschool Items 

1.1 Homeschool 4-H Day Camp – Front Royal – Register by October 9

1.2 Greater Richmond Homeschool Spelling Bee – Glen Allen – Register by December 27

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2) General Interest Items  

2.1 Tuckahoe YMCA Book Sale – Henrico – October 7-10
2.2 Sue Becker with Breadbeckers – Richmond – October 10
2.3 Sully Historic Site Fall Events – Chantilly – Begin November 2
2.4 American College of the Building Arts Open Houses – Charleston, South Carolina –

November 9

2.5 Veterans Day – Nationwide – Dates Surrounding November 11

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
3.1 Christian Resources: Christian Youth Worldview Conference – Memphis, Tennessee Area – January 2-4, 2014
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Apple Recipes
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Chore Charts
3.4 Math: Thirty Days Free Trial

3.5 Foreign Language: Free Language Learning

3.6 Arts and Crafts: Poppies–and Why – November 11 Is Veterans Day

3.7 English: Book Adventure

3.8 History: State Study

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4) Parting Thought – Generation Gap

A computer instructor for an adult education program at a community college came face to face with the technology generation gap when a new student walked into their library area and glanced at the encyclopedia volumes stacked on a bookshelf.  


“What are all these books?” he asked.


Somewhat surprised, the instructor replied that they were encyclopedias.  


“Really?” he said. “Someone printed out the whole CD?


– As seen on the Internet.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”

– John Cotton Dana (1856-1929), an American lawyer, but chiefly, a librarian who championed the idea of allowing the patron to search the stacks for reading material on his own. He opened the first-ever children’s library. He was so dedicated to the idea of the working man’s access to libraries that he gathered collections of foreign language material for the nation’s many immigrants then streaming in through Ellis Island.

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6) Verse of the Week   

Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

– Psalm 16:1 (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.