HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


September 12, 2012


Save the Date!   

Convention 2013 Is Coming!

It’s HEAV’s 30th anniversary, and we are working to bring you an extra-incredible lineup of speakers.

The 2013 Virginia Homeschool Convention “Home Education: A Bountiful Harvest,” will be held June 6-8, 2013, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Mark your calendar now, and stay tuned for more information.


Look for many of last year’s exciting new features! Hands-on science demonstrations in the Exhibit Hall, historical reenactors, an instrument petting zoo, larger aisles, and well-placed seating areas, are just a few of the elements we’re working to include. And, of course, the Used Curriculum Sale, Children’s Program, Graduation, and fabulous workshops will definitely be back!


Be sure to pick up FREE bookmarks for the whole family at the next HEAV Homeschool Day event.

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Homeschool Day At the State Fair 

Discounted Ticket Deadline is Friday!  Homeschool Day at the State Fair 

Homeschool Day at the Virginia State Fair is coming up on Monday, October 1, 2012. Thanks to HEAV’s partnership with the State Fair, you and your family can attend at a discounted price! View more details about Homeschool Day at the State Fair, and get your tickets now! Tickets must be ordered through the HEAV office by September 14, 2012, to be mailed to you.


After the mailing deadline, a limited number of tickets will be available at the HEAV office until Friday, September 28, or until they run out, but they MUST be picked up in person.

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Educational Tours & Fiber Workshops at Alpaca Pastures of Virginia

Educational Tours & Fiber Workshops at Alpaca Pastures of Virginia

Alpaca Farm Tour: visit the barn and learn how alpacas are raised, see how fleece is processed, “Touch” the fleece.

Add a Fiber Workshop and make a craft out of alpaca fiber: learn wet felting, make a refrigerator magnet, or color a worksheet.

Call Sherry: 804-449-1423

Click Here For Details


Regent UniversityRegent University: Training Christian Leaders to Change the World

Top-tier academics. Biblically centered focus. At Regent, you never have to choose one value over the other. For 35 years Regent has graduated Christ-centered, top-level professionals who are changing the world. Our close-knit community of students and faculty enrich Regent’s atmosphere of success even more. Learn why we’re ranked a “Tier-1” homeschool-friendly university today: regent.edu/homeschool


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Bag Deal — Save Up to $61 Off the Retail Price

For the whole month of September, we’re offering the convention “In-the-Bag” specials on our website at the same bargain price convention attendees love. The entire “In-the-Bag” pack is MORE THAN 65% off the retail price. With three packs to choose from–and your choice of a black or red tote bag–you’re certain to find the right pack for you! Get more information here.

New SchoolHouseTeachers.com Lessons 

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Biltmore MansionAn HEAV-Sponsored Event!

11th Annual Fall Homeschool Festival at the Biltmore

Thursday, September 20 to Friday, September 21, 2012 – Asheville, North Carolina

Get to know the Vanderbilts–how they lived, traveled, and entertained–and what their contribution was to their community and state! Learn about the Vanderbilts’ private railway car, find out how steamships sent messages, enjoy lawn and parlor games, and much more. Don’t miss this opportunity for a fun, educational getaway for the whole family!


An HEAV-Sponsored Event!  Frontier Culture Museum

Homeschool Day at the Frontier Culture Museum

Friday, October 5, 2012 – Staunton, Virginia
Discover how life in the United States is shaped by its frontier past, and how that life has changed over more than a century. Learn about the early immigrants through reproductions of traditional buildings from England, Germany, Ireland, West Africa, and America. Watch living history demonstrations and learn about the colonists daily lives, both in their homelands, and in the new country.


An HEAV-Sponsored Event! 

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! You’ll 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 and receive a commemorative Natural Bridge patch.


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Article of the Week

Don’t Look at the Wind – Katharine Trauger

Read the author’s observations on the Bible’s account of Peter walking on the water and how it applies to homeschooling.


Homeschool Q&A

Transcript and Testing Information

Q: On a high school transcript, should I indicate that my special-needs teen took a special type of achievement test, or should I list the name of the test? The transcript may be used for college admissions.

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items
Living History for Homeschool Students – Brookneal – Register by September 17
1.2 WeatherFest – Roanoke – October 19 (Reserve Now!) or 20
1.3 Northern Virginia Generation Joshua Club – Manassas – Underway
1.4 College Placement Test Dates 

Articles – Homeschooling on a Budget

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Free Goochland Farms Tour – Goochland Area – September 15
2.2 Henricus 1611 Publick Days – Chester – September 15 and 16

2.3 Free2BMe After School Club – Richmond – Ongoing

2.4 Rain Barrel Workshop – Newport News – Register by September 21

2.5 Go Green Expo – Newport News – September 22

2.6 Beautiful Brokenness Events – Multiple Locations – Multiple Dates

2.7 Jif Most Creative Sandwich Contest – Deadline Is October 11

2.8 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 11

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: 11 Simple Theological Terms We All Need to Know
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: $5 Dinners
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Indoor Camping Trip
3.4 Science: Hurricane Central
3.5 Homeschooling: Classical Curriculum List

3.6 Sewing: Sewing Simple Rainbows

3.7 Geography: Israeli Culture for Kids

3.8 Reference: “Short List of Books We Could Not Do Without” 

3.9 First Aid: Online First Aid and Online CPR Certification

3.10 Logic: Free Online Christian Logic Course


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4) Parting Thought – Church Signs

“Prayer should be the Key in the Morning and the Lock at Night!”


“Prayer is instant wireless communication with God–and no roaming charges!”


“I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.” 


– As seen on various church signs.


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5) Worth Repeating   

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”  – Cicero (106 B.C.-43 B.C.), Roman philosopher and statesman. His full name was Marcus Tullius Cicero, but he is most commonly known simply as “Cicero.” See a short biographical sketch and links to some of his works on the Open Library.


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6) Verse of the Week
Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

– Psalm 18:49 (KJV)


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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week

Laugh of the Week
Taken from The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons (www.familymanweb.com). Reprinted with Permission.

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