HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


September 3, 2014



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Facebook Party – Tomorrow!    

Raising Kids to Do Hard Things with Gregg Harris


Haven’t registered yet? Wondering if you should attend? Come to HEAV’s Facebook page on Thursday, September 4, at 8 p.m., for a chance to meet Gregg Harris, and find out more about the conference. This will be a great time of connecting, updates, prizes, and giveaways. More importantly, you’ll get a preview of conference topics that provide a life-changing understanding of

  • Encouraging “delight-directed” study
  • Changing bad attitudes–theirs and yours
  • Motivating the “bored” or “lonely” child
  • Helping your children manage their time and space (think “bedroom”) without reminders (nagging)
  • Mending breaches and strengthening family relationships
  • Teaching your family to work as a team
  • And so much more!

Register Today and Save $5 Per Person! 

Saturday, September 13 – 8:30 a.m.  5:30 p.m.


New Life Providence Church–Deep Creek Campus

423 Shell Road

Chesapeake, VA


Saturday, September 20 – 8:30 a.m.  5:30 p.m.


Capital Life Church 

1800 North Glebe Road

Arlington, VA



Time is running out! Please share with your community groups, church, and online venues–and encourage them to attend the conference. It may be the most powerful thing they do for their families! Just use one or all of these prepared-for-sharing resources:

  • A short description, ready for posting on your Facebook page, e-mailing to friends, and sharing in blog posts, groups, and web pages
  • A downloadable PDF flier that can be posted online; e-mailed as an attachment; or printed out to take to church, co-op, or support group
  • Tell us how many printed fliers you’d like to distribute, and we’ll mail them to you right away.
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Yakov Tulchinsky Violins

J.T. Violins studio offers violin and viola private lessons from beginners to advanced students. After graduating from prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory, Yasha Tulchinsky has over 40 years of teaching experience. Some of his students have been accepted to music colleges. (804) 740-6674(H) or (804) 356-5061(cell) to schedule a free initial lesson. www.tulchinskyviolins.com     



Calling Young Scholars: Home Educators’ Day at Jefferson’s Monticello

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – $15 adults/$6 for students

Explore the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and take a special guided tour of Jefferson’s iconic home, Monticello, to learn more about the people who lived and worked here. Interactive indoor and outdoor activity stations will explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics. www.monticello.org/homeeducators


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Maxwell Family: “Energize!” Conference – Midlothian – September 15

Be encouraged, meet like-minded believers, and get your energy-tank filled! Bonus sessions are “Schedule Triage” for moms and daughters and “Making the Best of Work: Employed or Self-Employed” for dads and sons. Following those, hear the main sessions, “How to Have an Awesome Day” (moms and daughters), “Supersonic Leadership: Is Everyone Strapped In?” (dads and sons), and “Today Children–Tomorrow Leaders” for everyone. Click here for details.

Find out more about the Maxwell’s, and enter to win their newest book, Great Conversationalists, here. 


Watch Your Mailbox!

The fall edition of the Virginia Home Educator is on its way! This season’s issue focuses on “Family Living,” with topics like:

“Why Can’t We Just Stay Organized” by Cheryl R. Carter 

“Nurturing Your Marriage” by Heidi St. John 

“Apprenticeship and Mentorship Making a Comeback” by Mike Cheney 

Yvonne Bunn’s Freedom Watch 

Coming to Virginia  


State Employees Can Support HEAV Through CVC 

HEAV has been approved for the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC). If you are a state employee, check with your workplace to see if you can contribute. Find out more on the website. Be sure to use Home Educators Association of Virginia’s number 3698.


September Pick of the Month Is in the Bag
Our convention “In-the-Bag” specials are now offered–for a limited time ONLY!–on our website at unbelievable bargains. Every year at the convention, these bags are quickly snatched up by participants, and now, you can get the same bargain here.

The entire “In-the-Bag” pack is LESS THAN 65% of the retail price. With three packs to choose from–and your choice of a black or red tote bag–whatever the age of your child, you’re certain to find the right pack for you! 

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Christian Homeschool Connections of Goochland (CHCG) Meeting – Today!

Grace Episcopal Church

2955 River Road

West Goochland, VA


Wednesday, September 3, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Fellowship Hall of the Parish House next to the church. Parking is available behind the Parish House. No childcare is provided.


Join us for a night of fellowship and sharing with special speaker Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool Support, HEAV. Prepare to be inspired as she shares her heart as a fellow homeschool mom and informs us as to the current status of homeschool freedom in Virginia. She will answer questions and tell us how to stay informed and to stand ready to defend our liberty to homeschool.


RSVP to Katrina Hoeft at katrinahoeft@hotmail.com


Homeschool Day at the State FairHomeschool Day at the State Fair
Only Two More Weeks to Order Tickets!  
September 26, 2014 – Meadow Event Park – Doswell 

Join homeschoolers across Virginia at the state fair this fall! Order tickets through HEAV at a special education rate. Hurry! Tickets are only available for two more weeks.


NEW! Once again, you may pre-order ride wrist tickets along with your admission ticket.


Get more information and order tickets here.


Virginia Air Space Center Homeschool Appreciation Day 

Thursday, September 17 – Hampton, Virginia 

Learn what NASA has discovered about the Moon, Mars, and the rest of the solar system; find out how the NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) can enhance your curriculum; discover NASA Langley’s role in the Orion and the Space Launch System; enjoy a “cool science” demonstration; and find out more about special programs at VASC, such as overnight “camp-ins” and STEM Saturdays.


Homeschool Days at Biltmore

September 18-19 – Asheville, North Carolina

This two-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.” Activities include a self-guided visit inside Biltmore House, Gardens, Conservatory, Winery, and Antler Hill Village, as well as hands-on activities for the homeschool festival at Antler Hill Farm.

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Article of the Week

4 Tips for Homeschooling Preschoolers – Jen McDonald

In addition to homeschooling, Mrs. McDonald is the Managing Editor of Home Educating Family Magazine. She suggests answers to the common question, “What do I do with the younger children while I homeschool?” One solution is to spend time with the little ones first. Read the short article to see her other ideas.


Homeschool Q&A

Special Needs and Parents’ Rights

Q. May I remove my preschooler with special needs from school and homeschool him? Are there additional requirements?


From Our Blog  

Does Attitude Matter? – Kyndra Steinmann

We all recognize a bad attitude when we see it in our children–and we don’t like it, either. But how important is it to focus on attitude, when there are so many other things that need attention?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items
1.1 Homeschool First Friday Rock Climbing – Roanoke – Monthly on First Fridays; Begins September 5

1.2 Hal and Melanie Young Workshops – Manassas – September 8

1.3 Homeschool Open House and Curriculum Swap – Hopewell – September 9

1.4 Isle of Wight County Museum: Tell Me a Story – Smithfield – Begins September 18

1.5 Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing Class – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is September 19

1.6 Earthquake Drill: Great SouthEast ShakeOut – Virginia – October 16

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2) General Items

View All General Interest Items
2.1 Abundant Life Conference for Women – Williamsburg – Best Price by September 6

2.2 Communicators for Christ Conference – Virginia Beach – October 10-11

2.3 Joshua’s Hands: Fall Festival – Waterford – October 11

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Apologetics – Proof That God Exists

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Repurpose a T-shirt into a Tote

3.3 Preschool and Under: Baby and Toddler Play Activities

3.4 STEM: Earthquakes

3.5 Foreign Language: Linguanaut

3.6 Arts and Crafts: Free Simple Felt Projects

3.7 Family Fun and English: Kids Birthday Questionnaire

3.8 Homemaking: ABC Snacks

3.9 College Resources: Affordable Christian Colleges

3.10 Reading and More: Loom Band Activities

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4) Parting Thought – Van Gogh’s Family Tree

You know about the famous artist, Vincent van Gogh, but have you heard of his lesser known relatives…

…his dizzy aunt–Verti Gogh.

…his brother who worked at a convenience store–Stop an Gogh.

…his grandfather from Yugoslavia–U Gogh.

…his cousin from Illinois–Chica Gogh.

…And his uncle the magician–Where-diddy Gogh.


As seen on the Internet.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. 
If you look within, you’ll be depressed. 
If you LOOK at GOD, you’ll be at REST.”

– Corrie ten Boom (1892-1993), Christian speaker and author. The book, The Hiding Place was written about her family’s Bible studies with Jewish people in the Netherlands that took the form of rescuing them from the Nazis during World War II.

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6) Verse of the Week

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

– Psalm 62:5-7 (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.