HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


October 9, 2013


From Our Blog
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In this new, semi-weekly feature, Michele Crooker, of Homeschoolers on the Edge, will share a science lesson or field trip to help engage your young student in a fascinating, hands-on experience. Check out this week’s post here!

Sign the Petition and Help Protect Homeschooling in the Netherlands

A new attack on homeschooling is underway in the Netherlands with the Dutch secretary of state for education proposing to ban homeschooling in that country. The Netherlands Association for Homeschooling is collecting signatures for a petition to stop the ban and you can help! Click here to sign the petition. Click here to read more about the petition and the proposed ban on homeschooling at the HSLDA website.

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Fall Family Festival: Get a free night of camping!  Virginia Beach KOA

Camping is good for families, and fall is great for camping! The 2nd Annual Fall Family Festival at Virginia Beach KOA is October 18-19. Activities include flashlight candy hunt, fall crafts and treats, pumpkin picking, tie-dye, bonfire, and all the campground fun! Bring your tent, camper, or rent a comfortable cabin. Call


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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.

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Convention NewsJune 5 Calendar


Bring-a-Friend – Thursday Is Shaping Up!

New to homeschooling–or know someone who is? Bring them to the convention with you on Thursday, June 5, 2014! Anyone can attend Yvonne Bunn’s free “How-to-Begin-Homeschooling” series and afterwards, shop the Exhibit Hall as our guest–absolutely FREE. And, if you register for the convention, YOU can attend any number of workshops.

So invite a friend, and mark your–and their–calendars today! Check back for updates–Thursday at the convention promises to be an action-packed day for the whole family!


And Speaking of the Convention…

“Uncle Rick” Boyer, popular convention speaker, will be featured this
Saturday, September 12, at Auburnlea Farm Fall Festival (see item 2.1 below).

Be sure to watch Uncle Rick–in costume–reading great books aloud in his own unique, folksy style! And don’t miss Character Concepts/The Learning Parent at the convention in June!

Gen2Survey – Enter for a Chance to Win an iPad Mini.

Will the next generation take up the mantle for freedom for which men like Christopher Klicka and Mike Farris have fought over the years? That’s the question that is being addressed with the new Gen2Survey, now available at www.gen2survey.com.

If you’re 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!


Booking Travel? 

Searching for flights or hotels on Hotels.com, Priceline, Travelocity, Expedia, Cheap Tickets, and others? First make sure HEAV is selected as your charity of choice, and then click over to the site, www.ytbtravel.com/homeeducators. Your purchase will effortlessly support HEAV, while you still get the same great deals!

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HOMESCHOOL DAY EVENTS & SUCCESS SEMINARSHomeschool Day at the Mariner's Museum
Homeschool Day at the Mariners’ Museum

Friday, October 18 – Newport News

During this special homeschool day, participants will learn about exploration during the time of Christopher Columbus, the 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.”

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Article of the Week

Being a Woman of Faith – Denise Mira

The author writes, “I refuse to lose hope, because I’ve found that a woman of faith is a woman who endures many difficulties and yet finds God in the midst of her troubles,” comparing and contrasting herself with Mary, the mother of our Lord. She encourages today’s women to live by faith and offers ways to make sure we do.

Homeschool Q&A
Common Core Curriculum Alignment

Q. How can I find out if my homeschool curriculum is aligned with the Common Core? Is there a list to which I can refer?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Patrick Henry Seminar – Silver Spring, Maryland – Register by October 12

1.2 Autumn Homeschool Day at James Madison’s Montpelier – Montpelier Station – October 21

1.3 Tidewater Christian Homeschool Spelling Bee – Chesapeake – Register by December 9

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2) General Interest Items
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2.1 Auburnlea Farm Fall Festival – Gladys – Begin October 12

2.2 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading League – Richmond – Best Price by October 27

2.3 Free Resources for International Day of Prayer (for Persecuted Church) – November 3

2.4 Bland Music Scholarship – Statewide – Competitions Begin in January 2014

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Christian Alternative to Facebook

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: The Best Time to Buy Anything During the Year

3.3 Toddler and Preschool: Toddler Bucket List

3.4 Math: Homeschool Math

3.5 Family Fun: Fall Foliage in Virginia

3.6 Sewing: Burp Cloth Tutorial

3.7 English: Free Notebooking Pages Resource Center

3.8 Multi-Subject: More than 200 Flashcard Sets!

3.9 Homeschooling: Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

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4) Parting Thought – Did You Know?

Queue is the only word that is pronounced the same without the four letters in the end.


There is a city called Rome on every continent.


Elephants are the only land mammal that can’t jump. (And aren’t you glad!)


Like fingerprints, tongue prints are also different.


Women blink twice as much as men.


An average person laughs ten times a day (at least).


Owls are the only birds who can see the color blue.


– As seen on the Internet.

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5) Worth Repeating

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

– John A. Shedd (1859-?), from the book, Salt From My Attic, 1928. Other writers have written various forms of the quote over the years.

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6) Verse of the Week

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

– Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Laugh of the Week