HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


September 27, 2012


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Time Is Running OutHomeschool Day at the State Fair

Don’t Miss Friday’s Deadline! 

Homeschool Day at the State Fair

The HEAV-cosponsored Homeschool Day at the State Fair is next Monday (October 1, 2012)!

We have a limited number of tickets we will continue to offer through this Friday (September 28, 2012), or while supplies last. Reserve your tickets by calling 804-278-9200. All tickets must be picked up at the HEAV Richmond office by this Friday. Tickets will not be available for pick up on the day of the fair.

Educational Exposition Guides – You can now download and print educational guides to take with you to the fair.

Find out more! Learn more about Homeschool Day at the State Fair of Virginia.



Scripps Spelling Bee Registration is Underway!

Registration for Scripps Spelling Bees is now open for all students in public, parochial, charter, and home schools. The deadline for enrollment is October 15. Read more about it here.

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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.


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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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Homeschooling families in France and Austria are facing increased pressure and unfair tactics by authorities who wish to keep them from homeschooling. Read the details on the HSLDA website and add them to your prayers!


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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 hnt. All participants will receive a commemorative Natural Bridge patch.  


Homeschool Success Seminar

High School at Home: Path to Success! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 – Midlothian    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

Tomorrow’s Legacy Today: What Will the Children Remember? – David Rupert

Mr. Rupert uses the illustration of going through a lifetime’s stash of old photographs to ask us to think about what our children will remember about us when we are gone.

Homeschool Q&A

Beginning After the Deadline

Q. Can I begin homeschooling now?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items 

1.1 Culpeper Parents of Children With Special Needs Support Group – Culpeper – Various Dates

1.2 Article – September Surprises for Homeschoolers
1.3 The Teaching Home – Government


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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Free Family Research Council Webinar: “Save Me From College Debt” – Live September 27; Online Afterwards

2.2 Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy Contests – Deadline Is November 1
2.3 Pro-life Essay Contest – Deadline Is November 30

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

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3.1 Christian Resources: Daily Devotionals by E-mail
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Free Printable Planners, Checklists, and More
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: 13 Simple Learning Activities Using Balls
3.4 Math: XtraMath
3.5 Homemaking: Tips from Heloise on Household Sponge Safety

3.6 Technology: Pics4Learning

3.7 English: National Library Card Month – September

3.8 Government: Presidential Debates

3.9 Family: Free Printable Chore Charts

3.10 College: Family Research Council’s Save Me from College Debt


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4) Parting Thought – World’s Funniest One-Liners

Time is what keeps things from happening all at once.


Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.


Never answer an anonymous letter.


We have enough youth. How about a fountain of “Smart”?


– Ray Comfort, from the tract “101 of the World’s Funniest One-Liners”


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5) Worth Repeating   

“It therefore becomes our indispensable Duty, not only to acknowledge, in general with the rest of Mankind, our dependence on the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, but as a People peculiarly favoured, to testify our Gratitude to the Author of all our Mercies, in the most solemn and public manner.”

– John Langdon, Ph.D. (1741-1819), in a proclamation, October 21, 1785, made as Governor of New Hampshire. Langdon was also president of the New Hampshire Bible Society.


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6) Verse of the Week   

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

– Proverbs 4:7 (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.