HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


September 11, 2013


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12 Years Ago Today 


Commemorating Patriot DayWorld Trade Center

A cloudless, strikingly blue sky; the first hint of crisp air just around the corner. September 11, 2001–a day we can never forget. Yet, this year’s graduates were mere preschoolers on that fateful day–barely old enough to remember–and many of us are teaching children who had yet to born. For them, truly, September 11 is relegated to the “history” of America, though they live in a world forever changed.


As homeschoolers, we have a great opportunity to present lessons in history to our children. Eclectic Homeschoolers has put together a page of Patriot Day resources to help you teach your students to better understand the event, its precursors, and its aftermath. Please take some time today and pray with your children–for those who lost loved ones on that day, and for those who have served in the military actions that followed.


Save the Date!

Home Education: A Hope and A Future 

Voddie Baucham Mark your calendar for the 31st Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention–June 5, 6, and 7, 2014! Keynote speaker Voddie Baucham is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker, and church planter. Currently serving as the Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas, Voddie’s journey to faith was a very unusual and intellectual one (he never heard the gospel until he was in college)–so he understands what it means to be a skeptic, and knows what it’s like to try to figure out the Christian life without relying on the traditions of men. As a result, he speaks to ‘outsiders’ in ways few Bible teachers can. Read more about his ministry here: http://www.gracefamilybaptist.net/voddie-baucham-ministries/


And of course–there will be an amazing display of homeschool support materials and resources in the huge exhibit hall, with hands-on demos, more than 140 workshops, the young entrepreneurs area, the humongous used curriculum sale, graduation, chess championships, and more.


Homeschool Day at the State Fair 

Ticket Purchase Deadline Coming Up Sept 18! Homeschool Day at the State Fair

Homeschool Day at the Virginia State Fair is coming up on Friday, October 4, 2013. HEAV’s partnership with the State Fair allows you and your family to attend at a discounted price! View more details about Homeschool Day at the State Fair. Tickets must be ordered through the HEAV office by September 18, 2013. Order your tickets here.

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Do you shop online at major retailers such as Amazon, Staples, Home Depot, Kohls, or other major chains? If you click over to these websites through the links on GoodShop, 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. Just visit GoodShop, make sure “Home Educators Association of Virginia” is selected as your charity, and begin shopping. And remember–bookmark the page so you can find it anytime you shop online!

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Homeschool Days at Jamestown & Yorktown

September 7-22 – Williamsburg/Yorktown

At Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, you will love discovering the sights and sounds of the 17th and 18th centuries while learning about our nation’s history. Visit re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village and of James Fort, discover the details of life at Jamestown, and enjoy colonial games. At Yorktown, you can visit the re-created Continental Army encampment and a 1780s’ farm.



12th Annual Homeschool Fall Festival at the Biltmore Biltmore Mansion

September 19-20 – Asheville, North Carolina

This one-day event is filled with hands-on activities, crafts, demonstrations, and fun. Also included in your day is a visit inside “America’s Largest Home.” The theme this year is “Go Green: The Sustainability of Biltmore,” and the activities will include using a Biltmore stick, making tree cookies, learning about erosion, visiting the solar fields, learning how to reduce our carbon footprint, and much more.



Virginia Air & Space Center Homeschool Appreciation Daynull

Thursday, September 26 – Hampton, Virginia

Get excited about NASA and the art of science, technology, engineering, and math! Learn about Mars and construct a futuristic Mars outpost; enjoy an “electrifying” science demonstration; learn to take care of your body with “Fueling Potential: Racing to Win” program; and discover how the NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) can enhance your curriculum.

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Article of the Week

Raising Children with One Heart and One Mind – Darlene Schacht

Mrs. Schacht reminds us of that powerful tongue and its role in keeping peace and unity. When we have self-control, we can hold our tongues as Scripture instructs, and Mom and Dad can better present a unified team in the home.


Homeschool Q&A

Beginning After the Deadline

This question comes up every year. Although it has been answered previously, this post has been updated for 2013.

Q. Can I begin homeschooling now, even though it’s past the August deadline?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Historic Polegreen Church Foundation 2nd Annual Homeschool Day – Register by September 13

1.2 Campaign Internships – Statewide – Until the Election

1.3 The Cashore Marionettes – Richmond – Begins October 2

1.4 Free Homeschool Student ID Cards – Through September 30–or While Supplies Last

1.5 National Museum of the Air Force Home School Day – Dayton, Ohio – October 7

1.6 Museum of the Confederacy Civil War Medicine Homeschool Day Richmond – Register by October 11

1.7 Field Trip Ideas: Grocery Stores  

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2) General Interest Items

2.1 Youth Services Citizen Board – Chesterfield – Meetings Held First Mondays 

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Free Book – Israel 101 – Praying for Israel

3.2 Article: False Guilt in Limited Circumstances

3.3 Devotional Lessons for Preschoolers (and Up)

3.4 Math: WebMath

3.5 English: Grammar Monster

3.6 History: U.S. History, Constitution, and Economics Courses

3.7 Organization: Printable Kids’ Daily Routine Checklists

3.8 Cooking: “How to Peel, Cut, Core, and Dice”

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4) Parting Thought – Can You Pass This Test?

You may have seen eighth grade exams purporting to be from late 19th- or early 20th-century schools, but there were questions about their authenticity. Here is one from 1912 and another from 1931 in photocopy form that may be more reliable. See how you do on the questions and challenge other adults or older students to attempt them. Homeschooling truly is a chance for parents to learn what they missed previously! Do you display enthusiasm about learning?


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5) Worth Repeating 

“The enjoyment of God…is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to Heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.”

– Jonathan Edwards(1703-1758), Puritan theologian, preacher, and author. This reflection on God and our earthly families is certainly one to call to mind when daily pressures seem too much–we can look forward to relief!


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6) Verse of the Week

Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

– Proverbs 23:23 (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.