HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


September 25, 2013


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Senator Ted Cruz at Family Foundation’s Annual Gala Ted Cruz

Don’t miss this chance to hear Senator Ted Cruz speak at the annual Family Foundation 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. Reserve tickets by calling 804-343-0010, or registering online at www.familyfoundation.org/gala.

“Be-Not-Weary” Mug Giveaway Be-Not-Weary Mug

Respond “I’m Coming” to the Frontier Culture Museum event (see ad below) on our Facebook page, and be entered into a drawing to win one of five HEAV “Be-Not-Weary” mugs. You must be present to win, as you will pick up your mug at the HEAV table on site. (We cannot mail the mugs, so you must be present to win.)


Classical Astronomy with Jay Ryan Classical Astronomy

A tireless proponent of Classical Astronomy for 23 years, Jay Ryan has offered to make available an outdoor astronomy program for homeschoolers in the Eastern U.S. (in suitable, dark-sky locations) providing opportunities to learn about the night sky and sparking interest in this less-familiar, but fascinating subject. Visit his website to read his newsletter and find out how to become a part of this learning opportunity.

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Regent University Regent University’s Classical Christian Liberal Arts Curriculum
Purposefully interweaving faith and critical thinking, in classes offered online and on campus, our fully accredited degree programs are accessible from wherever you are. And with some of the lowest undergraduate tuition rates in the nation among Christian schools (CCCU Tuition Survey, 2013), Regent makes it possible for motivated students to excel in their calling.



Frontier Culture Museum Fall Homeschool Day at the Frontier Culture Museum Of Virginia 

Join us on Friday October 4, 2013, for our annual Fall Homeschool Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit our wonderful exhibits and historic interpreters and enjoy great hands-on and interactive education.  

Visit www.frontiermuseum.org/


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Virginia Homeschool Manual: Recently Updated  

The Virginia Homeschool Manual is your one-stop resource for all information relating to homeschooling in Virginia, packed with articles, forms, and helpful charts. Updated just this year, the manual now comes with a searchable CD!



Steve and Terri Maxwell and Family

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? 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

Got Events? 

Have an event to share with other Virginia homeschoolers? We’d love to help spread the word. Use our easy online form to submit your item for possible inclusion in our e-newsletter, The Virginia Homeschool Update. Please be sure to send information at least two weeks in advance of the event, so that we can get the word out in time!

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Virginia Air and Space Center

Virginia Air & Space Center Homeschool Appreciation Day

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!


Homeschool Days at The Frontier Culture Museum 

Friday, October 4 – Staunton

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

Instilling Vision in Our Sons – Lisa Jacobson

Here’s another article from Mrs. Jacobson who says it’s not sons alone who are the source of vision–where the boys are going in life–but it’s also parents who can play a significant role in instilling a godly vision in their sons’ lives.

Homeschool Q&A

Proof of Graduation

Q. My superintendent’s response letter says I must provide proof by August 1 next year that my twelfth-grade student has completed homeschooling. Does the law require that?

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1) Homeschool Items

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1.1 King’s Homeschool Football Team Schedule – Multiple Locations – September 28 Through October 26
Historic Mary’s City Homeschool Day – St. Mary’s City, MD – October 1

1.3 Article – “Homeschooling: The Forgotten Subjects”

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2) General Interest Items

2.1 Change the World: Science and Engineering Careers Fair – Dulles – September 27-28

2.2 Constituting America Contests – Deadline Is July 4, 2014

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 10

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Soap Dispenser Refills

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article – “Drawing and Storytelling with a Purple Crayon”

3.4 Video: Video Website – WatchKnowLearn

3.5 Family Fun: 50 Activities for Autumn

3.6 Sewing: Cheap Bibs from Plastic Bags

3.7 Preparedness: September is Preparedness Month

3.8 College: Homeschool-Friendly Colleges

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4) Parting Thought  – BOTH Parents Were Geeks…

HTML For Babies  

– Declan Kennedy, in a photo by his mom, Jennifer, as seen on Code Babies Media. HTML for Babies–yes, it’s a real bookis available at the usual booksellers. Used by permission.


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5) Worth Repeating  Samuel Adams

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”


– Samuel Adams(1722-1803), American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the founding fathers of the United States; he is known as “The Father of the American Revolution.” Read more at Samuel Adams, Son of Liberty.


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6) Verse of the Week

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

– Proverbs 29:25 (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.