HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


September 19, 2012


 Family Foundation's 2012 GalaJoin the organization Governor McDonnell calls “one of the most influential and effective family policy organizations in Virginia” for a special Gala celebration with Senator Rick Santorum on Saturday, October 6, at 6:00 p.m. The Gala will take place in the Ballroom of the Greater Richmond Convention Center, at the corner of 5th and East Broad Streets, Richmond, Virginia. 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.


The Family Foundation is one of the leading voices in Virginia for parental authority and a tireless advocate for the rights of homeschoolers. We hope to see you there!

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 Books and MoreHomeSchool Books & More

New year-round homeschool bookstore in Lynchburg, VA!

New & used books, ongoing classes in our upstairs classroom, internet, coffee, worktables, playroom, and more! Check our website for class schedules, field trips, support groups and playdates!
1701 Enterprise Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502


Paul D. Camp Community College

Enroll in an online freshman composition class through Paul D. Camp Community College! Taught by a 22-year veteran homeschooling mother with a passion for teaching English from a classical perspective, this course is transferable to a four-year college.

Class runs September 24 to December 17.

Questions? Contact Mary Ellen Gleason at 757-569-6740 or mgleason@pdc.edu.


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Biltmore MansionAn HEAV-Sponsored Event!

11th Annual Fall Homeschool Festival at the Biltmore – THIS WEEK

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 a fun, educational getaway for the whole family!


Frontier Culture MuseumAn HEAV-Sponsored Event!  

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! 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! 

Midlothian, October 9, 2012     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

Remembering the Cost of Not Homeschooling – Naomi Musch

Sometimes a family thinks it will cost too much to homeschool and forgets how much it really costs to send a child to public schools. This writer considers the cost of back-to-school spending and the infinite spiritual cost.


Homeschool Q&A

Financial Aid for Homeschoolers

Q. Have federal financial-aid laws changed for college-bound homeschoolers? Do homeschoolers now have to get a GED to receive financial aid?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 National Aquarium Homeschool Events – Baltimore – First Deadline Is September 24

1.2 Homeschool Skating – Virginia Beach – First Wednesday Monthly

1.3 Richmond Symphony Discovery Concert – Richmond – Register by October 17

1.4 National Building Museum Homeschool Days – Washington, D.C. – Registering Now!

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Conference: Apologetics and Christian Worldview – Spartanburg, SC – September 28-29
2.2 International Humans in Space Youth Art Competition – Deadline Is October 21

2.3 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading League – Richmond – Best Price by October 28
2.4 Free Online Hillsdale College Course: Constitution 201 – Underway

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Sermons on the Underground Church by Richard Wurmbrand
3.2 Thrifty Ideas and Homemaking: Stain Removal for Yucky Stains
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Indoor Bowling
3.4 Science: Eggstraordinary Science Eggsperiments
3.5 Reference: Create a Home Library

3.6 Music: Free Gershwin Unit Study

3.7 History: Revolutionary War Lapbook

3.8 History: Memorize the (U.S. Constitution) Preamble Kit – Available Only in September

3.9 Foreign Language: Reverso Free Translation

3.10 Family and Pro-life: Instilling Pro-Life Values in Your Children

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4) Parting Thought – It Depends on Your Perspective

The armies of Israel looked at the giant Goliath through the eyes of man and

said, “He’s too big to beat.”


David looked at him through the eyes of God and said, “He’s too big to miss.”


– From Dr. Bob Griffin and his free e-mail; subscribe at bob@grif.net or www.grif.net, if you wish.


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5) Worth Repeating  “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”  – Helen Keller (1880-1968), American author and lecturer. Though blind and deaf as a result of a severe childhood illness, Helen was patiently tutored by a very special teacher, Miss Anne Sullivan, who taught Helen to fingerspell and communicate. Miss Keller eventually also learned to speak (though it was difficult to understand her). She earned a degree from Radcliffe College–the first deaf and blind person to earn such a degree. See the house where Helen grew up on its website.     


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6) Verse of the Week 
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

– Proverbs 2:1-5 (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.

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