HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


September 18, 2013


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The HEAV office will be closed for continuing education on Monday, September 23, and Wednesday, September 25. The office staff will answer e-mails and phone messages as quickly as possible the remainder of the week.

Your phone calls are urgently needed! Wunderlichs

Tomorrow (September 19), homeschoolers Dirk and Petra Wunderlich will ask a judge to return their four children, who were forcibly removed from their home three weeks ago for the sole reason that the Wunderlichs were homeschooling.  


Please call or email the German embassy and consulates now! If you’ve already contacted them–that’s okay, please do it again. It extremely important that the German authorities know the Wunderlichs are not alone in this fight.  


To read more of the Wunderlich’s heart-wrenching story, click here.

The Convention is Coming!THE CONVENTION IS COMING!
June 5-7, 2014
We’re off and rolling! Mark your calendars now, and get ready for LOTS of encouragement, resources, and information at the 31st Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention “Home Education: A Hope and a Future.” Click here for a sneak preview of the 2013 exhibitors!


Check back often, and watch for updates on speakers and exhibitors, as well as other details, soon!


Visit Our Pinterest PagePinterest

Looking for projects for the kids, or encouragement for yourself? Check out our Pinterest page for great fall craft ideas–plus lots of resources for parents: recipes, encouragement, projects, blogs, and many others!


Last Day to Order Tickets! Homeschool Day at the State Fair

Homeschool Day at the Virginia State Fair

Homeschool Day at the Virginia State Fair is coming up on Friday, October 4! Tickets must be ordered through the HEAV office by midnight tonight–Wednesday, September 18.


Picking your tickets up at the office? If you’ve ordered your tickets, they will be available during office hours on Thursday, September 26 through Thursday, October 3.  

Having them mailed to you? They are sent U.S.P.S. Certified Mail; a signature is required. If you are not home to sign, your tickets will be waiting for you at your local post office!


After September 26, a limited number of tickets may be available at the HEAV office until they run out, but they MUST be picked up in person. It is strongly recommended that you call first.

THE INSPIRE! CONFERENCE – Steve and Terri Maxwell and Family null

October 4-5, 2013 – Roanoke, Virginia
Do you feel like you are running on a treadmill? Do you want to have sweet relationships with your children as they are growing up and not experience the heartache of rebellion and immorality? Do your children have greater purpose in life than just to have fun? Be challenged and find ways that God can set your family on a journey of spiritual unity, purpose, and direction. Join us at Inspire!

Come hear Steve and Teri Maxwell, the authors of Managers of Their Homes. This October their family will be leading a weekend conference in Roanoke focusing on the interaction of family members one to another. The primary goal is to equip families to lead lives sharing evidence of their faith in Jesus Christ.

The conference is free of charge and open to all. Information and schedule are here. www.titus2.com

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

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

757-428-1444. Learn more


Family Foundation Senator Ted Cruz in Richmond for Family Foundation Annual Gala

Plus special remarks from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli! The Gala is Saturday, October 5, at 6:45 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Space is limited so please reserve your tickets or sponsorship today by calling 804-343-0010, e-mailing gala@familyfoundation.org, or registering online at www.familyfoundation.org/gala.

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Congratulations to Hampton’s Homeschooled Miss Virginia Contestant

Just turning 16 years old this month, Cassie Donegan of Hampton is the new Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen, the younger version of the Miss America contest. Cassie won the preliminary talent competition and its scholarship award and was fourth runner up overall. She begins a busy year of representing Virginia and promoting arts education. Currently a junior in high school, she takes classes in several venues, including Bridgeway Homeschool Academy and Bob Jones University.

Read the item from the Daily Press and learn more about this busy and talented young lady.

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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.


Homeschool Days at Jamestown & YorktownJamestown

September 7-22 – Williamsburg/Yorktown  Just a few days left, but with five new classes this year, Homeschool Days is still going strong! More than 400 students attended last Thursday. Take advantage of this special opportunity to discover the sights and sounds of the 17th and 18th centuries, visit re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village and of James Fort, enjoy colonial games, and much more.

Virginia Air & Space Center Homeschool Appreciation Day Virginia Air and Space Center

Thursday, September 26 – Hampton

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.


The Natural Bridge Homeschool Recognition Day

Thursday, October 3 – Natural Bridge

Visit this national historic landmark on a day designed just for home educators. Explore the Natural Bridge and caverns and the “Butterflies at the Bridge,” and discover the authentic Monacan Indian Village exhibit. Walk through history in the wax and toy museums, participate in a scavenger hunt, and enjoy many other exhibits and opportunities in this beautiful corner of Virginia!


The Frontier Culture Museum is a living-history museum showing sites from West Africa, England, Ireland, and Germany and telling the story of how these cultures came together in early America. The Museum also has a one-room schoolhouse and a working blacksmith’s shop. On the Fall Homeschool Day, visitors will participate in extra hands-on activities and schoolhouse lessons!

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Article of the Week

10 Habits of a Happy Marriage – Lisa Jacobson

Don’t lists have a catchy way about them? Some of the points in Mrs. Jacobson’s list will stick in your mind and make a difference to you and your husband–and they’re easy to do! Smile first thing in the morning. Bless him with a kind word…

Homeschool Q&A

No Response from Superintendent

Q. I filed my NOI in early August and haven’t had a response yet from the superintendent’s office. Should I be concerned?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 Sully Historic Site Home Schooler Days – Chantilly – September 19 or 26

1.2 Marine Corps Museum Homeschool Day – Triangle – September 23

1.3 Article – “Effective Teaching Strategies”

1.4 Article – “When Momma Is Too Sick to Teach”


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2) General Interest Items

2.1 Rain Barrel Workshop – Newport News – Register by September 20

2.2 Go Green Expo with Farm Documentary, Much More – Newport News – September 21

2.3 Sully Historic Site Events – Chantilly – September 22 Through October

2.4 Rock Climbing for Children with Autism – Midlothian – Begins October 3 then Open Enrollment

2.5 The Inspire! Conference with the Maxwells – Roanoke Area – October 4-5

2.6 Free Speech Essay Contest – Deadline Is January 1, 2014

2.7 Conditions of a Free Society Essay Competition – Deadline Is January 10, 2014


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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: “Ignite the Fire of Your Passion” Christian Marriage Series

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Live Dirt Cheap

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: ABC Printables

3.4 Math: Kids, Chores, and Allowance

3.5 Homeschooling: Boyschooling
3.6 Homeschooling: Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) e-lert Newsletters  

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4) Parting Thought – We Apologize Ahead of Time

Why can’t clown noses be 12 inches long?

Because then they would be a foot.


Why did the clown eat a dollar bill?

It was her lunch money.


Why was the clown holding a mirror in front of her face with her eyes closed?

She wanted to see what she looked like when she was sleeping.


Why did the clown wear loud socks?

So his feet wouldn’t fall asleep.


Why did the lion eat the tightrope walker?

He wanted a well-balanced meal!


What happened to the kid who ran away with the circus?

The police made him bring it back.


Nota bene: If you can stand it, tell these to your kids–they’ll love ’em. They will also love your old elephant jokes! Get even with the kids. Watch them roll their eyes and groan!


– From Dr. Bob Griffin’s daily humor e-mail; subscribe free of charge at bob@grif.net  or www.grif.net.


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5) Worth Repeating

“We cannot but believe that He who made the world still governs it.”

– Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States, upon observing the Battle of Antietam, expressed his enduring faith in God’s continuing control.


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6) Verse of the Week   

I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. 

– Psalm 9:2 (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.