HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


October 25, 2012




Guess the Speaker Contest!

Who is coming to the HEAV 30th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention? Watch our blog for clues to see if you can figure it out! Then, make your guess by commenting on the blog post. All those who guess correctly will be entered to win a family convention pass!


What a fun way to kick off the 2013 convention season!  

Don’t miss it! The clues for the first speaker will be announced Monday, October 29. Make your guess on the blog before midnight on Tuesday, October 30.



HEAV Leadership Conference

Although our room block is full, the Woodlands Hotel has extended our room rate as long as they have rooms available! That’s good news if you missed the deadline or your support group didn’t get the word that they could chip in and send you!

At least one leader from every support group should hear the powerful presentation Doug Bartsch will share from the Ministry Institute. Your entire support group will benefit from the insight you will gain about leadership! Good leadership and strong organization makes everyone’s job easier. It could totally change the way your group functions!


Don’t wait! Register now for this year’s HEAV Leadership Conference at Colonial Williamsburg’s beautiful Woodlands Conference Center on November 16-17.  

Register online today, or call the HEAV office immediately (804-278-9200) for information.

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Will you, or a company you own or work for, help sponsor the HEAV Leadership Conference this November? Sponsorships are tax deductible.

Designed to inspire and stimulate ideas to help leaders build strong groups and co-ops without burning out, this annual conference is a unique weekend focused distinctively on strengthening and encouraging leaders in the most critical and timely support-group and co-op issues.

Hard-working leaders come to be encouraged, equipped, challenged, inspired, and connected with fellow leaders, as well as to share their struggles and learn practical, nuts-and-bolts solutions from those who have been in the “trenches.”     

Sponsoring the HEAV Leadership Conference helps strengthen homeschool leaders who in turn help support and strengthen the families in their communities.  


Won’t you join HEAV in underwriting this event by becoming a sponsor?  

From a table sponsor to a full retreat sponsor, you can support these strategic leaders by participating in one of several levels of sponsorship. You can also provide a product gift or gift certificate for a giveaway drawing. Your generous support will be acknowledged at the conference and in the program.

For more details, please visit our website, or call 804-278-9200.  

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STRUGGLING LEARNER SEMINAR Struggling Learner Seminar  

Conducted by Dianne Craft

Is learning more of a struggle than it should be for your child or teen? You don’t need to travel to Colorado for a private consultation! Dianne Craft, an expert in learning glitches will conduct a Struggling Learner Seminar at Hyles Baptist Church in Chesterfield, November 2-3. Designed to provide you with the tools you need to help your child at home, this seminar is a great opportunity to learn Dianne’s teaching methods and quick therapies for all subject areas and all blocked learning gates. Don’t wait, though–seating is limited, and the registration deadline is October 29. Cost is $50/individual or $75/couple. Read more here.



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IT’S THAT TIME  Update Your Support Group Information

Update Your Support Group Information

HEAV provides support group information on our website as one of the many services we offer. Organized by county, this feature is a blessing to both new and veteran homeschoolers. Please take a moment and check to see that the information for your group is up-to-date. If the contact for your group has changed, please update our records online, by calling 804-278-9200, or e-mailing office@heav.org 

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Williamsburg's Homeschool Family Base Camp

Williamsburg’s Homeschool Family Base Camp


Let Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center be your base of operations when you visit Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Affordable family lodging in hotel-style or cabin-style accommodations or stay in our RV campground. Great options for large families.  See our website and book your trip today!



Homeschool Day at Mount VernonHomeschool 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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October Pick-of-the-Month!Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens 


This Month Only – 30% Off 

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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An HEAV-Sponsored Event!Mount Vernon

Homeschool Day at Mount Vernon

Friday, November 2, 2012 – Mount Vernon, Virginia

Experience 18th-century plantation life during this special one-day event! As you tour the beautiful mansion and grounds, you’ll find yourself stepping into George Washington’s world, meeting people from his times, learning about his innovative farming practices, and discovering more about the life of this amazing American.

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Article of the Week

A One-Cup LifeGlynnis Whitwer

Have you ever been over-committed in your schedule? See how teaching her daughter with a recipe helped teach this mom to evaluate her daily schedule to keep home and family a priority. Visit Glynnis’ blog (link at the end of the article) for a checklist to help determine God’s will for you in this season of your life.


Homeschool Q&A

Dual-Enrollment Financial Aid

Q. Can a homeschool student who is dual enrolled in community college receive financial aid?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 “Charlotte Mason Living” Education Seminar – Roanoke – Best Price by November 2
1.2 Raising Real Men with Hal and Melanie Young – Richmond – November 8

1.3 Concert: Eastern Virginia Brass Trio – Virginia Beach – November 16

1.4 Horseshoes: Homeschoolers Invited to Participate – Multiple Locations and Dates

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Young Christian Musicians Talent Search – Front Royal – Apply by October 31

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Christian Grandparenting
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Free Christmas Planner
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Pilgrim and Indian Puppets – Craft and Activity
3.4 Science: Science Toymaker
3.5 Economics and Government: Stossel in the Classroom

3.6 Music Appreciation: “Listening to Music” from Yale

3.7 History: Election Sermons Are Traditional

3.8 Safety: Toaster Fires and Four Family Fire Safety Tips

3.9 Citizenship: Vote Smart Voter Guide 

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4) Parting Thought – To Handle Life’s Troubles Simply Remember…

…Who God is.


…What He has done.


…What He has promised to do.


– As seen on the Bible.is Facebook page.


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5) Worth Repeating

“The question is not–how much does the youth know when he has finished his education–but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?”

– Charlotte Mason (1842-1923), in School Education: Developing A Curriculum. Miss Mason was a British educator and worked to help parents better rear and teach their children. She believed in a broad general education for children from all classes of society.

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6) Verse of the Week   

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.

– Psalm 77:11 (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.