HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


October 3, 2012


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This is our 30th anniversary, and we’re excited about the 2013 Virginia Homeschool Convention, “Home Education: A Bountiful Harvest.” Held June 6-8, 2013, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, this promises to be another awesome, bring-the-whole-family event!


We’re working hard to bring you the most exciting convention ever–and it’s all coming together! Details on this year’s fabulous speakers, exhibitors–along with many of last year’s exciting new features–will be unveiled later this month! Look for hands-on science demonstrations, historical re-enactors, an instrument petting zoo, larger aisles, and well-placed seating areas–as well as the Used Curriculum Sale, Children’s Program, Graduation, and fabulous workshops!


Mark your calendar now, and stay tuned for more information.

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Fun Activity Non-Political Civics Lesson: Kids K-5 Learn About Voting

Fun Activity Non-Political Civics Lesson:  

Kids K-5 Learn About Voting 

Full-Color Illustrated 24-Page Book–Charming Story about Apples Kids Will Love

Perfect FALL ACTIVITY to Include Kids in Election-Year Excitement–All You Need Is One $11.95 book! Order today from Amazon.com.

FREE DOWNLOADS–For Lesson Plan & Voter Registration Ballots, call 941-870-3422, or e-mail janet@grannyapplepublishing.com 

Author Will Be at the Winchester Book Gallery on October 6.


 Two magazine guides to Virginia fun and learning!

Two magazine guides to Virginia fun and learning!


Virginia Field Trips Guide provides information about museums, venues, and attractions that allow students to explore the future, the past, and every endeavor of mankind. Request complimentary copy.


Virginia Festivals magazine provides a complete listing of family events with articles, photos, and contact information. Request complimentary copy here.


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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!

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Homeschool Day at the Natural Bridge

Thursday, October 4, 2012 – Natural Bridge, Virginia

Don’t miss the special home educator’s day at this historic landmark! Experience “Butterflies at the Bridge,” a special exhibit that’s new this year! You’ll also have a chance to explore the Natural Bridge and caverns, visit the authentic Monacan Indian Village exhibit, and walk through history in the wax and toy museums–plus participate in a fun scavenger hunt. All participants will receive a commemorative Natural Bridge patch.  


Homeschool Success Seminar

High School at Home: Path to Success! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 – Midlothian    Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool Support


Teaching high school at home can seem like a daunting task–but the benefits of homeschooling during the high school years far outweigh the challenges!

Do you wonder what subjects to include during the high school years? How to teach higher level courses like chemistry labs or calculus? How to develop a transcript, assign credits, and compute a GPA?!? Are you ready for AP courses, PSATs, SATs, and ACTs? And what about sports and extracurricular activities? Yes, it’s a whole new world!


In this seminar, Yvonne Bunn, director of homeschool support for Home Educators Association of Virginia, will cover these topics and more. Having graduated three homeschooled high schoolers and dealt regularly with college admissions officers through her work with HEAV, Yvonne will clarify important high school questions and share practical ways to implement an effective high school program. Whether your student plans to go to college, join the military, or enter the workforce, this seminar will help you develop a well-planned high school course of study. You’ll learn where to get help, how to schedule important testing, and how to develop an acceptable transcript. You’ll leave this seminar with confidence to move forward and tools to develop a high school plan that will work for your student.


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Article of the Week

Encouragement for Homeschool MomsPatti Love Johnson

A homeschool mom describes how her “perfect” homeschool eventually crumbled and how she learned to rely not on her own strength and good intentions, but on God’s grace and provision to homeschool. In a breakthrough moment, the author says she realized that, “we did not bring my children home to ‘school them.’ Rather, my loving heavenly Father had brought our whole family together so that He could teach us all.


Homeschool Q&A


Grading Requirement

Q. I just started homeschooling my kindergartner. How much grading/grade-keeping I am required to do?


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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items 

1.1 Fire and Personal Safety Show – Virginia Beach – October 5

1.2 Struggling Learner Seminar with Dianne Craft – Chesterfield – November 2 and 3 

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Workshop: Music, Learning, and the Brain – Virginia Beach – Register by October 12

2.2 Richmond Symphony Lollipops Concert Series – Richmond – Begins October 27
2.3 Orphan Sunday – Nationwide – November 4
2.4 Short Story Contest – Deadline Is February 15, 2013

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Limit the Internet and Reconnect to God
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 16 Clever Uses for Binder Clips
3.3 Preschool Through Third Grade: Dental Unit Study
3.4 Learning Fun and Family Adventures: Fall in Virginia
3.5 Cooking: National Apple Month – October


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4) Parting Thought – Laws of Proportionality

The value of what you learn by experience is directly proportional to the cost of the equipment ruined.


The legibility of a copy is inversely proportional to its importance.


At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.


– As seen on the Internet.


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5) Worth Repeating   

“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install,
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”

– Roald Dahl, (1916-1990), in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. British author Roald Dahl, whose parents were Norwegian, was born in Wales and became a Royal Air Force fighter pilot and ace in WWII.


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6) Verse of the Week   

And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

Isaiah 46:4 (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.