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THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 1 2 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SUMMER 2016 HEAV BOARD & STAFF HEAV Board of Directors Anne Miller President Williamsburg Patrick Ryan Vice President Purcellville Jennifer French Treasurer Williamsburg Linda Linder Secretary Manassas Rick Boyer Board Member Rustburg Cherrie Moore Board Member Virginia Beach Stephanie Konicki Board Member Midlothian Advisory Board Lauren Bell Virginia Beach Yvonne Bunn Murfreesboro Maureen Bittner Winchester Kevin & Katrina Hoeft Goochland Craig Konicki Midlothian Al Linder Manassas Joseph & Tiffani Miller Newport News HEAV Staff Anne Miller Executive Director Yvonne Bunn Director of Homeschool Support & Government Affairs Lauren Bell Convention Director Kevin Hoeft Director of Development & Public Policy Helen Wright Finance & Administration Manager Ann Miranda Office Manager Lora Howard Assistant Office Manager Morgan Langowski Receptionist Angela Palomo Transcript Editor Publications Team Maureen Bittner Director of Publications & Marketing Mary Kay Smith Magazine Editor editor Melissa Barnes Editor Kathleen Lansing Advertising Director advertising Robin Stephens Director of Event Sponsorships Kathleen Dillie Update Manager Karen Sweeney Update Content Editor update Linda Mesibov Update Editor Arielle Potter Copy Editor & Above-the-Fold Writer Maya Barnes Update Layout Laurie Sitterding Editor Michael Grice Webmaster Alyssa Mulhearn Web-Content Editor Mary Musick Writer Linda Mesibov HTML Coder Susannah Miller Graphic Designer Amanda Schwatz Graphic Designer Sandra Modersohn Social Media Manager Kelly Pedone Communications Coordinator Karen Coon Convention Publications Coordinator Sarah Dillie Marketing Assistance SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO Home Educators Association of Virginia 2100 W. Laburnum Avenue Suite 108A Richmond Virginia 23227 Fax 804-278-9202 E-mail office Phone 804-278-9200 or Web For fastest service send your former and new addresses. Check your mailing label to see if you are a member if not join today The purpose of the Virginia Home Educator is to provide information resources and encouragement to Virginia homeschool parents. The views expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect those of the Home Educators Association of Virginia. All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. The Virginia Home Educator is sent quarterly to Virginia s homeschooling families without charge. To receive a free subscription sign up at To inquire about advertising or submitting an article please contact HEAV at PO Box 6745 Richmond Virginia 23230-0745 or e-mail us at advertising or editor HEAV reserves the right to edit for style and space or to refuse any submission deemed inappropriate for our publication. 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For reprint permission please contact the editor at editor 2016 Home Educators Association of Virginia SUBMISSION DEADLINES ER Fall 2016 (Issue 3)--June 15 REGIST Winter 2017 (Issue 4)--September 15 Spring 2017 (Issue 1)--December 15 G EAV.OR Summer 2017 (Issue 2)--March 15 WWW.H 16 18 14 FEATURES 14 Five Flavors of Homeschooling Sonya Shafer DEPARTMENTS 5 6 From the Editor Mary Kay Smith 16 Homeschooling a Child Who Learns Differently Kathy Kuhl From the Director of Homeschool Support Yvonne Bunn 18 The Importance of Teaching History Rick Boyer 9 Freedom Watch 20 Teaching Our Children About Disappointments Joy Moore 21 Classified Ads 22 To Grade or Not to Grade Linda Lacour Hobar 2016 VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION AT THE DOOR June 9 10 & 11 VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR Kendrick THE More info on Pages 11-13 Alex war room & Facing the Giants Shaun Alexander WWW.HEAV.ORG 3 Seattle Seahawks HELPING YOUR FAMILY THRIVE IN THE AGE OF MODERN MEDIA FOR NEARLY THIRTY YEARS WORLD HAS PROVIDED CLARITY FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY WITH COMPELLING CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWS AND ENLIGHTENING EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS FOR KIDS AND OUR OFFERINGS ARE EVEN MORE COMPELLING TODAY. WORLD provides numerous ways to access reliable news including biweekly issues of award-winning WORLD Magazine the dynamic programming of WORLD Radio and the fully shareable content of WORLD Digital--all bringing clarity to the news Get WORLD today by visiting cslewis. God s Big WORLD is a rich environment for preschoolers to explore God s creation fostering your child s love for learning. Join today at purchase. WORLDkids will capture the imagination of elementary-age children while furthering their understanding of the Christian faith. Join today at purchase. WORLDteen engages young teens with the truth in a way that helps them pursue the kind of life God intends. Join today at purchase. With more than one WORLD News Group Membership you re eligible for a WORLD FAMILY MEMBERSHIP representing significant savings of up to 50 each year. TO LEARN MORE VISIT WNG.ORG FAMILY 4 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SUMMER 2016 I remember when I first heard about homeschooling. I was newly married and living in San Francisco and a new family moved into the community. They had three cute school-aged kids they carted everywhere many times with books in tow. The children were fun-loving well-behaved and smart and it wasn t too long before our conversations led to the family s school choice. They introduced me to Raymond and Dorothy Moore and their books Home Grown Kids and Better Late Than Early. I was hooked The arguments for homeschooling made sense and I loved the idea. My husband and I agreed we would do it--and I was not even pregnant. It helped that I was not at all concerned about the (at that time) unorthodox approach as I had some unconventional schooling myself. I did most of my high school work by correspondence courses from an American university the overstuffed airmail envelopes winging their way back and forth across the Atlantic from Africa. And then I went to college without even finishing the high school program. Alternative schooling works just fine What fun to pour through the immensely helpful The Big Book of Home Learning by Mary Pride and make curriculum choices and place orders when we were ready to start several years later Now homeschoolers have co-ops Google chat rooms and Face- book to find information--and especially the HEAV convention where you can hear speakers on every conceivable homeschool-related topic as well as view curricula math manipulatives DVDs science equipment books and just plain fun stuff first-hand. It just makes you want to take a huge grocery cart up and down the exhibit-hall aisles doesn t it How exciting Another year behind a new year ahead. Blank pages sharpened pencils fresh ideas new plans. I m just as thrilled about the promises of homeschooling today as I was more than thirty years ago and I m sad to only have one more year with my nephew. Guess it ll soon be time to see if my niece will let me start messing around with her little girls THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 5 From the Director of Homeschool Support Yvonne Bunn L ong before educational choice became a popular cry for change freedom-loving parents took responsibility for educating their own children instead of accepting government-controlled education. HEAV s homeschool roots began in 1983 when Dr. Mary Kay Clark set up a card table outside a General Assembly committee room during a public hearing on home education so interested people could communicate through a newsletter. In order to be effective parents needed a strong unifying voice. This was the beginning of Home Educators Association of Virginia. HEAV then sent an official letter on behalf of homeschooling parents to all Virginia legislators appealing to them to pass reasonable homeschool legislation. Their determination paid off and the homeschool law passed in 1984. HEAV led the way for Virginia homeschoolers and today HEAV continues to be on the forefront of educational change for Virginia homeschool families. Our mission statement Teaching Our Children Today Building Hope for Tomorrow reflects the truth and optimism that is possible only through the support of dedicated and concerned families like yours. specific bills and had a full-time lobbyist working on your behalf. FREEDOM Freedom and growth go hand-in-hand. Because our freedoms have grown the number of homeschoolers in Virginia have increased to almost 40 000. We generally see a nine- to twelve-percent yearly increase in the number of children being homeschooled. Our annual convention attendance has increased to more than 13 000 with hundreds of workshops presented by nationally known speakers. Curriculum choices have exploded covering preschool to high school and special needs to advanced learning--with many texts geared to specific learning styles. ALLOWS US TO BE THE EYES EARS AND VOICE FOR YOUR HOMESCHOOL Without your financial support through memberships and donations HEAV would never be able to reach out to the thousands of parents who are searching for an educational alternative. Home instruction is the only true educational choice offering parent-controlled education. Parents can now choose the curriculum that works best for their child instead of using one-size-fits-all public school curricula. Parents can choose the type of evaluation that best measures their child s progress instead of teaching to the required SOL tests. Parents can work one-on-one to educate their child for success instead of the child receiving group instruction. We have these freedoms because you have worked together with HEAV to strengthen homeschooling. HOW HAS THIS HAPPENED IN THE SHORT SPAN OF THIRTY YEARS HEAV has its finger on the pulse of home education in Virginia. We work for you each and every day. Hundreds of anxious concerned parents call our office each month and we communicate with individual homeschoolers on a daily basis listening to questions hearing concerns and working to meet parents home-education needs. Parents who are interested in home instruction have access to how-to-homeschool information and legal requirements through individual counseling or by checking our website. Support-group leaders come to us with local issues and school-board policies to discuss important questions about the Virginia homeschool law and clarify how the statute applies in different family situations. HEAV provides a forum for sharing practical and encouraging information leader to leader at HEAV s statewide leadership conference and on our dedicated leader Facebook page. From the Department of Education to local superintendent s offices HEAV connects with state and local education officials. We offer clarification when there is a questionable application of the homeschool law. In turn some officials call us when they have concerns or questions. You have a voice in the media and with public officials as HEAV participates in radio television and newspaper interviews and sends out press releases with important homeschool information. We speak with legislators and the governor concerning homeschool issues. HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN YOUR HOMESCHOOL FREEDOMS AND ENCOURAGE EVEN GREATER HOMESCHOOL SUCCESS HEAV works hard to make it easy for us to stay connected through our website magazine legislative updates Facebook pages and weekly on-line newsletters. We want you to know immediately about potential threats to your homeschool freedom. While HEAV supports ALL homeschoolers--members as well as non-members--your membership allows us to provide services and continue to be the eyes ears and voice for your homeschool. We must remain vigilant to guard our homeschooling freedoms. For just 35 per year you can help us monitor and guard Virginia s homeschooling rights as well as help others learn about this successful educational alternative. Call our office or go to http joinrenew heav-member-benefits to join or renew and see the many additional benefits of being an HEAV member and supporter We can t do what we do alone--join us WHY HAS HOMESCHOOLING CHANGED LEGISLATION With HEAV s leadership--and with the support of many homeschooling families--the homeschool law has improved greatly though we have much yet to accomplish. There is a fragile balance between the freedom we have to homeschool and the passage of intrusive laws. Some legislators are quick to let us know they support our efforts others strongly oppose parents rights to teach their own children and still others are unaware of the negative impact their proposed law changes have on homeschoolers. We know you can t be at the General Assembly to hear the general attitude that educators know better than parents that sports are a privilege for public school students only or that religiously exempt parents should be closely monitored --but HEAV is there to stand in the gap. This year alone your HEAV legislative team reviewed thousands of legislative proposals tracked thirty-three 6 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SUMMER 2016 COM MIT T ED TO Liberty s pre-law program equips students with a solid foundation in writing logic public speaking and more to help them succeed in law school. Law students receive unparalleled skills training and graduate practice-ready. - 1 in July Virginia Bar passage - A top 20 school for public defenders and prosecutors - Ranked 9th in the nation in Moot Court program - Honor Roll award -- Best school for practical training Virginia first-time test takers as defined by the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners Winter 2016 preLaw magazine February 2016 The National Jurist EXCELLENCE lawadmissions (434) 592-5300 Law HEAV THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 7 WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER R E AC H H I G H GROW DEEP MEET OTHER CHRISTIAN TEEN LEADERS DISCOVER THE CAMP FOR YOU STRATEGIC INTELLIGENCE LEVEL 1 STRATEGIC INTELLIGENCE LEVEL 2 SPEECH CAMP WRITING BOOT CAMP SONNETS SINGING & STAGE WHOSE TRUTH WORLDVIEW CAMP CONSTITUTIONAL LAW MOOT COURT LEADERSHIP & VOCATION TEEN LEADERSHIP CAMPS 8 THE VIRGINIAsHOME EDUCATOR SUMMER 2016 U e o prom 0ff 25- PHCTEENCAMPS.ORG W W W. P H C . E D U HEAV WATCHING AND WORKING FOR HOMESCHOOLERS Education was a major topic during this legislative session and innovation was the trigger word for the change that is coming. How some of these changes could affect homeschoolers remains to be seen but from the proposals and discussions HEAV is aware that some legislative trends could make a difference in homeschooling as well as change the opportunities homeschool students have for higher education and job training. HEAV s on-site lobbyist Ann Hoopsick heard numerous unnerving committee discussions. One heated debate centered on a law that would allow parents to opt out their high school student from reading what was considered a pornographic book. One legislator stated that the professionals should make educational decisions because only they--not parents--know what good education is. Some outspoken legislators (and former teachers) did not want parental involvement at any level. Our legislative team kept a careful eye on many educational bills that passed and thankfully some bills that failed--including multiple attempts to implement mandatory early childhood education. Legislation to fund the development of certifications and credentialing through community colleges was discussed as the newest innovation in education. Early in the session HEAV took initiative on several threats to homeschool freedoms. Our face-to-face meetings with legislators at the General Assembly resulted in the successful passage of legislation protecting the rights of homeschool parents in the following important ways protecting the right of parents to make immunization decisions for their children protecting parent-taught classroom and behind-the-wheel driver training from elimination and protecting the right of parents to allow release of homeschool information in a public forum such as a school board meeting if the parent chooses to have a public discussion. See all the legislative outcomes below. LEGISLATIVE OUTCOMES Sports Access HB131 (Bell R-Albemarle) and SB 612 (Garrett R-Buckingham) These two companion bills state that no public school can be a member of an organization that does not allow qualified homeschoolers to participate in sports and other interscholastic activities e.g. the Virginia High School League. The legislation passed both the House and Senate for the second year in a row and then was vetoed for the second time by Governor McAuliffe. FAILED Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts HB 389 (LaRock R-Loudoun) This bill allows qualified public school students to move state funds into a savings account. The funds will be restricted for payment to a private school sectarian or nonsectarian school or preschool. Passed then VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR. FAILED. Dual-Enrollment Tuition HB 30 (Bell R-Albemarle) This budget amendment requires the Department of Education in collaboration with the Virginia Community College System to ensure that the policy for dual-enrollment tuition payments shall be the same for public school students and homeschooled students. PASSED. Certification of Online Driver Education Courses HB 748 (Greason R-Loudoun) This bill changes the Virginia Code to allow online driver education courses to be provided only by driver-training schools that administer behind-the-wheel exams. The patron failed to realize the impact on homeschoolers. HEAV requested an exemption to protect parent-taught classroom instruction and parent-taught behind-thewheel training. PASSED Removal of Exemptions for Immunizations HB 1342 (Stolle R-VA Beach Filler-Corn D-Springfield) This proposed bill removed language that has historically given parents and guardians the opportunity to make decisions concerning immunizations. It removed a parent s right to claim a religious exemption as well as the right to present a medical professional s statement. Phone calls and e-mails got the attention of the patron and committee members. THE PATRON REQUESTED THAT THE HEALTH WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS COMMITTEE STRIKE THE BILL. Teacher Tax Credits SB 151 (Reeves R-Fredericksburg) As proposed teachers instructors counselors principals or aides would receive a state tax credit equal to 500 for materials used in teaching. HEAV requested removal of the reference to 900 hours and asked that teacher tax credits apply to all teachers including homeschooling parents. The bill s sponsor would not consider either change stating there is no funding for the bill as it is. FAILED Consent to Disclose Information SB 780 (Black R-Loudoun) This technical amendment improves last year s HEAV-initiated law prohibiting the release of homeschool information that could be included in longitudinal databases. Parents may now consent to release homeschool information for public discussion in school board meetings. PASSED THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 9 John & Julie s story College student Chest pain Members for three years Freedom to choose own provider Go to John & Julie When I had my need I talked to a gentleman who was able to answer all my questions and even prayed for me on the phone. For more than twenty years Samaritan Ministries members have been sharing one another s medical needs without using health insurance through a Biblical model of community among believers. Samaritan members share directly with each other and do not share in abortions and other unbiblical practices. Come see what our members are saying and start your own Samaritan story today at More than 60 000 families (over 196 000 individuals) Sharing over 17 million in medical needs each month The monthly share has never exceeded 405 for a family of any size 888.268.4377 samaritanministries samaritanmin As of April 2016 Biblical community applied to health care 10 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SUMMER 2016 33RD ANNUAL VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION n JUNE 9 10 & 11 n RICHMOND CONVENTION CENTER WWW.HEAV.ORG DOOR AT THE REGISTER Alex Kendrick Heidi St. John Mike Farris Shaun Alexander Joel Salatin Kirk Martin BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY--THERE S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. HIGH SCHOOL WRITING Presented by humorous and engaging founder of WriteAtHome Brian Wasko the High School Essay Clinic provides excellent information and hands-on experience for high school students 29 student. CONSTITUTIONAL LITERACY WITH MIKE FARRIS FREE for convention attendees Come to this three-hour crash course designed to teach the original meaning behind the Constitution--and how it differs from today s interpretations. Expanded DON T SWALLOW THE PIZZA WHOLE Writing can be fun Well if not fun at least... done This piece-by-piece approach to writing by Matthew Stephens of Essentials in Writing shows middle schoolers that writing doesn t have to be painful. 19 student. HANDS-ON SCIENCE Hissing cockroaches anyone Stop by Sciexperience s booth for an upclose look at these incredible critters BUY IT HERE See it here. Buy it here. Keep em here Support the exhibitors by purchasing in the Exhibit Hall when you can. Plus for every 25 you spend onsite you ll be entered in a 100 drawing. There will be one drawing EACH day of the convention FREE First-time parents of just preschoolers can attend the whole convention free of charge. FREE How-to-Begin Homeschooling workshops on Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. are open to anyone Free exhibit hall shopping afterwards (5-8 p.m.). No need to pre-register just come to the door. SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE Please don t let a sincere financial need keep you from the convention If you or someone you know need a partial or full scholarship submit a request online scholarship) give us a call (804-278-9200) or bring a written request with you to the convention. We want to bless your family. EXPANDED COLLEGE FAIR More than 30 colleges will be on hand Friday and Saturday to answer June 10 & 11 2016 your questions about admissions financial aid scholarships campus life and more FREE SHUTTLE BUS End your parking woes There will be a FREE shuttle bus service all three days of the convention. Park your car--free of charge--at the Diamond stadium and ride the shuttle right to the convention Buses run all day. CAMP INFINITY ROBOTICS TEEN PROGRAM Science and technology meet ROBOTICS Truth in this one-of-a-kind camp CAMP that combines STEM education with creation apologetics training BRING A FAMILY YOU can make a difference Hundreds of distressed parents seek help for their child who struggles with learning disabilities bullying cultural shifts--and more. These famFREE BOOK GIVEAWAY ilies need to know that there is hope that A copy of Rush Revere Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans will be given they have options and that HEAV is here to away to all attendees at a keynote session comhelp. Please let your friends church groups pliments of Rush and Kathryn Limbaugh MOPs groups and online communities know ALL-NEW CHILDREN S PROGRAM about the convention. Let your children experience All the Children Resources are available of the World with live animals on stage during special presentations by Wild Earth Encounters at THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 11 This is a tentative schedule subject to change. SCHEDULE-AT-A-GLANCE Thursday June 9 1 00 5 00 pm Brian Wasko Matthew Stephens Heidi St. John Room Ballroom Building Friday Keynote A 8 30 10 00 am Exhibitor Workshops Friday Session 1 10 30 11 30 am 11 30 am 1 30 pm LUNCH The Five Flavors of Homeschooling Sonya Shafer Why You Need to Teach Geology... and How to Do It Patrick Nurre Director s Breakdown Script to Edit Chad Burns When Bible History & World History Meet Face to Face Linda Lacour Hobar Friday Session 2 1 30 2 30 pm Easy Ways to Incorporate Literature Analysis into Your Language Arts Program Matthew Stephens Marine Biology & What the Oceans Have to Say About Evolution Sherri Seligson Friday Session 3 3 00 4 00 pm Overview of Components That Are Needed for a Balanced Language Arts Program Matthew Stephens Why Teaching Science Is a Critical Part of Education (Even for Poets) Sherri Seligson ROOMS E-10 A-D 1 pm 2 pm Introduction to Homeschooling Yvonne Bunn 2 30 pm 3 30 pm How to Begin What You Really Need to Know Yvonne Bunn 4 pm 5 pm Know the Law Notifying and Testing Demystified Yvonne Bunn FREE BEGINNER SESSIONS B-10 Ballroom Building B-15 A Ballroom Building B-15 B Lessons From the Valley Sonya Shafer Buttons Beans and Coins Making Math Come Alive Sonya Shafer To Grade or Not to Grade A Practical Workshop on How When &Why to Keep Grades in Homeschool Linda Hobar College Prep in K5 The Practicality of College Preparation Virginia Baptist College Ballroom Building B-15 C B-11 B-12 B-13 B-14 B-16 B-17 B-18 B-19 B-20 Seven Renaissance Artists Everyone Ought to Know Linda Lacour Hobar Classical Conversations WORKSHOPS ROOMS E-11 A B C 1 pm 2 pm Homeschool High School Joy Moore 2 30 pm 3 30 pm Preparing for College Joy Moore 4 pm 5 pm How to Ace the New SAT Jean Burk ROOMS E-21 B C NooN 2 pm High School Writing Brian Wasko 3 pm 5 pm Shark Dissection Sherri Seligson ROOMS E-23 A B NooN 2 pm Don t Swallow the Pizza Whole (A Piece-byPiece Approach to Writing) Matthew Stephens 3 pm 5 pm Understanding Art Basics A Strong Foundation Sharon Jeffus ROOM B-22 1 pm 5 pm Photography Workshop James Staddon v Ballroom Building Multi-Age and Multi-Subject All Together Without Mom Losing Her Mind Biblioplan for Families Teaching Lifelong Entrepreneurship World News Group Bryan College How to Teach the American Founding Heritage Foundation Ballroom Building Ballroom Building I Hate Math But I Want My Kids To Love It RightStart Math Understanding Your Artistic Child Creating a Masterpiece Veritas Press Experience Excellence in Writing Institute for Excellence in Writing Parental Rights at a Tipping Point Do Not Eat The Bread of Idleness The Bread Beckers Math from a Biblical Worldview Master Books Ballroom Building Ballroom Building College Preparation & the Homeschooled Student Regent University Getting to the Heart of It All BJU Press Ballroom Building Ballroom Building Introducing Essentials inWriting (Writing Curriculum on DVD) Essentials in Writing Margaret Sanger s Nemesis Anthony Comstock Family Vision Resources The Best College Plan Often Starts as Early as Middle School Age Your College Planning Coach Making Men with Chests Why Christians Should Read the Classics Memoria Press The Early Years Without Tears Ready-Made Preschool Benefits of a Strong Focus on American History GeoMatters X and Y Got Nothin on Me Algebra Like a Boss Ruth Cooper What Do You Think You Think Critical Reasoning & Thinking Skills James Glenn Ballroom Building Have You Ever Dreamed of Owning a Family Business Built on Biblical Principles Office Pride Understanding the Homeschool Law Educational Trends and Your Rights Yvonne Bunn Ballroom Building Knowing Who You Are and How to Get There James Glenn Ballroom Building B-21 A B C E-10 A KEYNOTE A B-21 A B C Ballroom Building The Father s Big Four Shaun Alexander Constitutional Literacy 2 Religious Constitutional Literacy 3 Judicial Liberty & Parental Rights Mike Farris Activism & Cultural Destruction Farris Teens Technology and the Truth Jean Burk Exhibit Hall Building Music Competition Winner Help Parents of Struggling Learners Munday Olbris Kuhl & Westscott Hypergraphia Genius Good Notes Good Grades Jean Burk The Classical Preschooler Building a Foundation of Wonder Lesli Richards Ten Threads of Success for Starting a Farm Joel Salatin Exhibit Hall Building E-10 B Keynote Train Up Shaun Alexander Preschool Science Encouraging a Lifetime of OrderlyThinking Lesli Richards Constitutional Literacy 1 Limitations on Government Power Mike Farris Encouraging Your Child Kathy Kuhl Exhibit Hall Building E-10 C D Family Fiefdoms Joel Salatin Exhibit Hall Building MUSIC COMPETITION ROOM B-15 A & C Competition 1 30 pm 5 30 pm Presentation of Awards 6 30 pm v Exhibit Hall Building E-11 C Leadership Luncheon at the Marriott Katrina Hoeft E-11 A B Stop the Yelling Lecturing and Power Struggles Kirk Martin Discipline That Works Get Your Kids Celebrate ADHD & Special Needs to Listen the First Time Kirk Martin How to Motivate Your Child Without Crushing His Spirit Kirk Martin Vocal Master Class Liberty School of Music Piano Master Class Liberty School of Music Exhibit Hall Building E-21 A B E-21 C College Panel Discussion The Digital Dulling of Our Children Dr. Carol Reynolds How to Fit Your Size-16 Day into a Size 10 Heidi St. John Better for Best Keeping Christ as the Center of Your Home Heidi St. John Exhibit Hall Building Why College Freshmen Fail A Teaching Your Children the Story of Professor s Perspective Dr. Reynolds Christian Music Dr. Reynolds Adapting Instruction Modifications & Accommodations Judi Munday Character Lessons from World War II Rick Boyer EXHIBIT HALL HOURS THURSDAY 5 pm 8 pm FRIDAY 9 30 am 8 pm SATURDAY 9 30 am 6 30 pm FREE SHOPPING SATURDAY 3 30 am 6 30 pm v Exhibit Hall Building Exhibit Hall Building E-23 A B E-24 A B E-25 A Critter Study Dr. Lainna Callentine Mountain Building Geological Apologetics Patrick Nurre Teaching Mathematics with Art Tom Clark Evaluating Student Writing Brian Wasko The Truth About Wheat Sue Becker Exhibit Hall Building Transitions Childhood to Designed for Purpose Help Your Adolescence to Adulthood Joy Moore Children Discover God s Call Joy Moore Understanding Learning-Related Vision Problems Dr. Kenneth Westcott Camp Infinity Robotics Teen Program 10 30 am 4 00 pm Learning Accommodations Dr. Kenneth Westcott Exhibit Hall Building E-25 B Homeschooling Math Without a Plan You ve Got to be Kidding Tom Clark Camp Infinity Robotics Teen Program 10 30 am 4 00 pm Teen Track E-22 A Camp Infinity Robotics Teen Program 10 30 am 4 00 pm Joy Moore SHARON JEFFUS Dr. Carol Reynolds Linda Lacour KIRK Hobar MARTIN Dr. Lainna Callentine Dr. Kenneth westcott Sherri Seligson Joel Salatin Kathy Kuhl JAMES R. GLENN Sue Becker Friday Keynote B 4 30 6 00 pm Exhibitor Workshops Room Ballroom Building Saturday Keynote C 8 30 10 00 am Saturday Session 4 10 30 11 30 am Producing a Film from Concept to Completion Chad Burns How to Identify Those Rocks Your Kids Are Bringing Home Patrick Nurre The Apprentice Getting High School Credit for Internships Sherri Seligson Unleashing the Power of World History Linda Lacour Hobar Saturday Session 5 1 30 2 30 pm 11 30 am 1 30 pm LUNCH Charlotte Mason and Her Methods Sonya Shafer Saturday Session 6 3 00 4 00 pm Laying Down the Rails The Power of Good Habits in Your Homeschool Sonya Shafer Creation Geology The Key to Unraveling Earth History Patrick Nurre When You Have a Child Who Is Not Driven Sherri Seligson B-10 Ballroom Building B-15 A Beyond the Books Take-Away Thoughts for Heading Home Linda Lacour Hobar Homeschooling & Homemaking From Mis-organization to Miss Organization Sherri Seligson Ballroom Building B-15 B Ballroom Building B-15 C B-11 B-12 B-13 B-14 B-16 B-17 B-18 B-19 B-20 Great Books for Regular Students Brian Wasko How to Do Literary Analysis That Doesn t Ruin The Book Brian Wasko Breathing Life Into Language Arts Total Language Plus Ballroom Building How to Build Lifelong Learners With Math-U-See Demme Learning How to Teach the American Founding Heritage Foundation Setting Your Children Up for Success Foreign Language For Kids By Kids Ballroom Building Ballroom Building Starting Your Own Homeschool Business 101 World News Group Teaching with Tapestry of Grace Tapestry Of Grace The Fundamental Right to Food Whose Choice Is It VICFA Walking With Jesus Daughters of Decision Why Are ADHD Learning Disabilities & Autism Spiking Brain Balance of Richmond Cultivating Men of Integrity Alert Academy Picture This Ballroom Building How Audio-Visual Processing Dysfunctions Affect Learning Autism and Behaviors Moore Auditory Integration Religious Liberty Common Core and the Threats to Homeschooling in Virginia The Family Foundation TheThree College P s Preparation & Planning with Purpose Paideia Academy Tutoring Preparation of the Future The Art of Learning Accelerated Christian Education Teaching Art at Home Sharon Jeffus How To Achieve Success in Photography Lenspiration Ballroom Building Ballroom Building Keep It Simple How to Teach Your Whole Family Together Simply Charlotte Mason Money and Your Children AE Money Quests What is HSLDA Online Academy HSLDA Online Academy Ballroom Building Why Aren t You Earning College Credit in High School Liberty University Online Another Way to Look at Learning Difficulties How to Unlock the Smart in Your Child Learning RX Personal Awareness & Self-Protection Mark Langowski Ballroom Building ADHD & Vision Unlocking the Mystery Dr. Kenneth Westcott Ballroom Building KEYNOTE B B-21 A B C Ballroom Building Ballroom Building B-21 A B C E-10 A KEYNOTE C B-21 A B C Ballroom Building Gospel Fluency Shaun Alexander PASTORS ONLY Will This Be the Last Generation That Knows True Religious Freedom Michael Farris Helping Teens Overcome Learning Challenges Kathy Kuhl Limited Language Limited Mind Jean Burk 3 30 pm 5 30 pm Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony Music Competition Winner Legislative Update Yvonne Bunn Exhibit Hall Building E-10 B Keynote Courageous Fatherhood Alex Kendrick Exhibit Hall Building E-10 C D Keynote Transforming Our Families & Our Nation Michael Farris Single Parents Luncheon in the Hilton Hotel Restaurant 11 30 am 2 00 pm Exhibit Hall Building Music Competition Winner Amazing America How to Make Your Kids Love History Rick Boyer When Handwriting & Spelling Don t Come Easily Kathy Kuhl The 12 Most Important Soft Skills to Teach Your Children Jean Burk Ten Ways to Stop Defiance Disrespect & Meltdowns Kirk Martin Beauty over Decadence Winning the Battle Against Pop Culture Dr. Carol Reynolds Our First 30 Years of Homeschooling Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Teaching 14 Kids Rick & Marilyn Boyer When Math Doesn t Come Easily Kathy Kuhl Freeze Your Teenagers Until They re 23 Jean Burk Wild Earth Encounters Exhibit Hall Building E-11 A B E-11 C Messy Marriage Stuff Ten Things Your Spouse Desperately Wants You to Know Kirk Martin My Kids Hate School Setting Them Free with Passion-Driven Learning Marilyn Boyer The Distracted Mom (iMom) Heidi St. John Exhibit Hall Building Developing Unit Studies A Hands-On Approach to Learning Dr. Lainna Callentine Exhibit Hall Building E-21 A B E-21 C Biblical Discernment in an Unbiblical Age Heidi St. John Equipping Your Child for a Focused Future James Glenn The Secret in the Sunset Heidi St. John Exhibit Hall Building A Year of Playing Skillfully Getting Organized for Young Learners Lesli Richards The Battle That Wages Within Our Immune System & Its Endless Combat on Microbiological Enemies Dr. Callentine Unlocking Reluctant Writers Matthew Stephens Critical Skills Your Child Needs to Be Successful James Glenn Intentional Parenting Joy Moore Exhibit Hall Building E-23 A B E-24 A B E-25 A The Power of a Blessing Joy Moore Slaying the Giant of Selfishness Marilyn Boyer Exhibit Hall Building Fathers Building Relationships Through Effective Communication Matthew Stephens Not By Bread Alone Sue Becker Hospitality Sue Becker Exhibit Hall Building What s Making It So Hard for My Child to Make Progress Judi Munday Is Math Straining Your Relationship with Your Children Tom Clark Camp Infinity Robotics Teen Program 10 30 am 4 00 pm Exhibit Hall Building E-25 B Scholarships Lorraine Santa Lucia Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner ( When Are We Going to Need This Stuff Anyway ) Tom Clark Camp Infinity Robotics Teen Program 10 30 am 4 00 pm Teen Track E-22 A Camp Infinity Robotics Teen Program 10 30 am 4 00 pm HOMESCHOOLING SONYA SHAFER SPEAKER D on t you love to look through recipe websites I just found a great recipe app for my computer. Now any time I see a recipe I like I can click and drag it into that app and it magically transfers all the information to my collection of recipes. That s the easy part. The hard part is looking through page after page of mouth-watering photographs and recipes and deciding what to serve my family. You know the more I talk to homeschoolers around the country the more I m convinced that the world of homeschooling is a lot like the world of food. There are so many possibilities for what educational food can look and taste like it can get overwhelming. Let s simplify the options. THE FIVE FLAVORS In the food world there are many different flavors--Italian Mexican Chinese or American dishes to name a few. In homeschooling there are also many flavors. You might prefer traditional classical Charlotte Mason unit studies or unschooling. What s the difference Here s a quick overview. TRADITIONAL HOMESCHOOLING is probably similar to what you grew up with in the classroom. It usually involves textbooks and workbooks for various subjects. You read the assigned chapter in the textbook and answer questions about the content. Usually the workbooks contain fillin-the-blank and multiple-choice questions. 14 CLASSICAL is another flavor. Classical homeschooling is based on teaching children in three stages called the Trivium. The Grammar Stage (ages six to ten) focuses on absorbing information and memorizing the rules of phonics spelling grammar foreign language history science math etc. The Dialectic Stage (ages ten to twelve) emphasizes logical discussion debate drawing correct conclusions algebra thesis writing and determining the whys behind the information. The Rhetoric Stage (ages thirteen to eighteen) continues the systematic rigorous studies and seeks to develop a clear forceful persuasive use of language. CHARLOTTE MASON is the third type. This approach to homeschooling uses rich literature and living books rather than textbooks. Charlotte was a British educator in the late 1800s and early 1900s who emphasized respecting each child as a person and giving him a broad education. This flavor of homeschooling includes nature study art and music appreciation and handicrafts as well as the usual academic subjects. It seeks to spread a feast before the child and let him digest what is appropriate for him at the time. And it uses methods that will nurture a love for learning and reinforce good lifelong habits it does not just present a body of information. UNIT STUDIES the fourth option takes a theme or topic and incorporates all the school subjects into that topic. For example when you study Ancient Egypt you read books about Egypt (history) make a salt dough map of Egypt (geography) determine how to calculate the height of a pyramid (math) explore how Egyptians irrigated their farmland from the Nile (science) read a historical fiction book set in Ancient Egypt (literature) build sugar cube pyramids (art) and learn how to spell pyramid (language arts). UNSCHOOLING can go by many names but it basically follows the interests of the child. There is no set curriculum. If a child is interested in butterflies you research and learn about them until the child is satisfied. If he develops an interest in race cars you give him information on race cars. THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SUMMER 2016 PLANNING THE MENU Do any of those flavor descriptions whet your appetite Just as you can find restaurants and stores that cater to each food cuisine you will find publishers that cater to each flavor of homeschooling. And those publishers will be gathered at your annual homeschool convention. Think of the convention as a Taste-of-Homeschooling event. You will be able to learn more about each flavor of homeschooling and take a closer look at different publishers materials. Shopping for curriculum and materials is a lot like shopping for a meal. You can buy a ready-made meal to go like pizza. Some publishers offer that all subjects in a grade are packaged for you--sort of like third grade in a box. The publisher gives you everything to do for that child for that year. Ready-made schoolin-a-box is convenient but not customized. An alternative to ready-made is shopping for different components of your meal. Instead of getting a pizza to go you might shop around for ingredients for a crust sauce and toppings to make your own customized pizza. It s the same with homeschool materials. You have freedom to choose components from various publishers and put them all together. It s not as con- venient as school-in-a-box and might take more time to plan or prepare but you can customize for each child. MAKING ADJUSTMENTS Whatever flavor you choose make sure it is one that you enjoy and works well for your family during this season of life. The key is to teach the child not just teach the curriculum. Feel free to tweak the spices in the sauce or change the toppings you use as you go along. One of the great things about homeschooling is the freedom you have to make changes as needed. If you re not enjoying something or discover that it s not your child s taste make adjustments. Swap out an ingredient. Trying a different flavor might seem a bit scary at first but give it some time and gain a little experience and you will settle into your favorite flavor of homeschooling. Soon you will find that you are navigating the homeschool world with ease. Sonya Shafer will be giving several workshops about the Charlotte Mason approach at the HEAV convention. 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Want to take a field day to go rock climbing visit a political rally take a hike or hear a symphony Do it IDENTIFY YOUR GOALS If your children face learning challenges don t come in expecting to fix them in a year. Set a few goals. When you set goals consider emotional moral and practical goals not just academic goals. Academic Understand what s hard for your children and find alternative ways to teach. A special-education consultant can help you understand test results and show you how to work around problems and strengthen areas of weakness. Books can help you understand different learning challenges and how to cope with them. Emotional If your child has become discouraged by school or thinks he or she is stupid aim to restore a love of learning. Build on his or her passions. Moral As they struggle with discouragement many of our kids don t recognize how important character is. What traits do you want to encourage Practical What life skills will you nurture this year Whether it s washing hands or washing laundry setting the table or setting a budget your child has lots to learn. Some of our kids need more detailed explicit and repeated instruction in these skills. BUILD ON THEIR STRENGTHS Whether our kids have learning difficulties are gifted or both we tend to focus on the problems. But their successes as adults will likely grow out of their strengths. Build your homeschool around those. Watch them and ponder What are they good at What do DON T PANIC You ve always been responsible for your children s education-- you just outsourced it to a school. Now you ll do lots of it yourself. You might still outsource some though to fellow homeschoolers in a co-op to tutors or to community classes. Think of yourself as facilitating your children s education not necessarily teaching every subject--especially as they grow older. (We outsourced Spanish biology chemistry driver s ed and one math class.) You ll need to educate yourself about home education. The HEAV website hosts several of my favorite introductory videos that help build a great foundation for homeschooling. Also don t forget the workshops for beginning homeschoolers offered the first day of the HEAV homeschool convention. Feeling intimidated Here s a way to think about this change to your child s education and your life. Imagine you d never done laundry before but instead had dropped everything off at the cleaners. Washing clothes at home might sound tough learning how to use a washer and dryer keeping up with the sorting folding and ironing and keeping track of what needs special handling. What a hassle you might think. But there are more choices in each part of the process when you do it at home just as there are with homeschooling. You can avoid that detergent (or curriculum) your child is allergic to you can keep closer track of what clothes (relationships or subject) need mending and you have more control over getting the exact care for each piece (child). With homeschooling you are the one who determines what your 16 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SUMMER 2016 WE TEND TO FOCUS ON THE PROBLEMS BUT OUR CHILDREN S SUCCESSES AS ADULTS WILL LIKELY GROW OUT OF THEIR STRENGTHS. they enjoy Look for ways to build your homeschool around their passions and abilities. For example my son has a phenomenal memory for story and loves history so we built on those. SHOP AROUND FOR CURRICULUM The question prospective homeschoolers ask me most often is What curriculum shall I use Some of us wish for an easy answer like Buy Super-Amazing-Brand Homeschool Curricula and just follow the directions. But if school wasn t working for your child you may need to use curriculum from a variety of publishers and adapt them. It is work to put together but it is not as hard as it sounds. To see the selection of curricula available I strongly recommend going to a homeschool convention even if you aren t sure you want to homeschool. With your goals in mind browse catalogs and the Web and read up on the different curricula ahead of time. Then hit the convention floor to see and handle materials for yourself. Many people working at booths have used or written what they sell they can talk to you about it. As you shop notice that each curriculum has assumptions behind it. For example some writers create curriculum to go with a particular teaching style such as Charlotte Mason unit study or classical. Decide which style is for you. CONNECT WITH OTHER HOMESCHOOLERS Get in touch with other homeschoolers online and in person. Both kinds of connections have advantages as I described in an earlier article. ( Finding Support When You Homeschool a Child with Special Needs The Virginia Home Educator vol. 19 issue 2 p. 14.) PLAN YOUR TIME AND SPACE Make a plan for your year quarter week and day. Write in pencil or on a computer because you will change it. I kept a copy of our weekly schedule posted on a whiteboard. Set up the physical space where you will homeschool. You may not have a designated room but your child will benefit from a seat that lets his feet reach the floor and a setting that doesn t distract the distractible child. But also remember this when you homeschool the world is your classroom. Get out and enjoy it So if you have a child who learns differently homeschooling is a great answer. Once you identify your goals check out the cur- riculum options and connect with other homeschoolers you can build on his strengths and create success. Though it is more work homeschooling can be much more satisfying to everyone. 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Now is the meeting place of eternity past and eternity future and it is not possible to separate the three time periods. They are siblings--in fact conjoined triplets. Why do your children need to know history THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON FOR IMMERSING OUR KIDS IN AMERICAN HISTORY IS THAT THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING IT. HISTORY PROVIDES A SOURCE FOR CHARACTER TRAINING History is a tremendous source of character training. Do your children whine Do they think life is tough because they have to clean their rooms and mow the grass Do they not appreciate the comfort in which they live every day Maybe it s because they re only comparing their situation with some friend whose life seems easier. Tell them about George Rogers Clark and let them compare their challenges with his During the Revolutionary War Major Clark led his unpaid undersupplied militiamen on a 180-mile trek across what is now Illinois to take the fort at Vincennes from Hair-buyer Hamilton a British officer who paid the Indians in gold for American scalps. They made the secret expedition in February across icy rain-flooded prairies. Day after day they marched--hungry wet freezing exhausted and sometimes unable to find a dry hill on which to camp at night. When they finally arrived at the last river between them and the fort they found its icy floodwaters spread out for five miles. By the time they waded across carrying their sick in canoes some of them were so far gone they collapsed while still partly in the water. 18 THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR SUMMER 2016 HISTORY PROVIDES VICARIOUS LIFE EXPERIENCE History is a great source of experience at somebody else s expense. Thomas Fuller English churchman and historian said History maketh a young man to be old...privileging him with the experience of age without either the infirmities or inconveniences thereof. Kids can learn positive lessons from Thomas Edison who for the most part educated himself and became the world s most prolific inventor. Or they can take warning from General Custer whose excessive pride led to his death and the deaths of his entire troop at Little Big Horn. There is no need to make all the mistakes in the world if you re willing to learn from the mistakes of others from the past. Sometimes individuals families and nations can avoid disaster by learning what caused disasters in time gone by. As journalist Norman Cousins said History is a vast early warning system. We should all hope that the phenomenon of Adolph Hitler is never forgotten lest whole nations again be deceived by a charismatic leader and the Holocaust repeated. Those who say it could never happen again have not read deeply in history. Hitler was not the first tyrant. HISTORY REMINDS US OF THE TRUTH As Americans we should value the study of history more than any other people. Why Because our history is something special. Our country is the first republic established by Christians and intentionally built on biblical principles. That is what has made America the leading nation of the free world for most of our history. America has recently been portrayed as greedy selfish tyrannical and unjust. We re also told that our Founders were Deists agnostics and atheists who were motivated only by greed and self-interest. If you believe that myth it s because you ve only read modern history books rather than the diaries of men such as Franklin Madison and Adams. If you haven t read the Declaration of Independence for yourself you may not know that the founders believed that the rights of men come from their Creator rather than from government. When Benjamin Franklin stood up in the Constitutional Convention to suggest daily prayer in that body he referenced Scripture at least half a dozen times in that brief speech. If a sparrow cannot fall without the notice of God he asked how can an empire rise without His aid Franklin was among the less religious of our founding fathers so that should tell us something about our heritage. The vast majority of the men who made America in the extraordinary years of the late 1700 s were godly or at least God-fearing. That s why our laws reflect the Ten Commandments. That s why the freedom of religion is dealt with in the very first Amendment in the Bill of Rights. It s only because we don t understand the godly roots of American government that it was ever possible for modern Supreme Courts to twist the Constitution as they have. If the Court of 1961-62 were correct in saying that prayer in school is unconstitutional why didn t the very men who wrote the Constitution know it Why was it okay to pray in school for nearly two hundred years under the Constitution People who know our history demand answers to such questions. Roe vs. Wade (1973) could not have happened a hundred years earlier. Justices would have been impeached over such a travesty. Why Because in 1873 Americans knew their history and clung to our early values. But after a hundred years of educational malpractice most of us just believe what our leaders tell us and just go along to get along. TOMORROW S HISTORY IS MADE FROM TODAY S DECISIONS The most important reason I think for immersing our kids in American history is that they are responsible for making it. What your children and mine do with their lives will have a part in shaping the events that are recorded by the historians of tomorrow. If we fail to learn and to teach them the lessons of the past godless social engineers will determine America s course. If our kids don t rise to leadership and reverse that course another few decades will find the United States of America looking like Europe with more families dissolved and churches abandoned--haunted by the outraged spirits of ideals that once glowed throughout the land. In 1630 Governor Winthrop stood on the windswept deck of the Arbella and delivered a bold sermon to the hardy souls who would soon establish Massachusetts Bay Colony. Without even knowing it he laid a great proposition before generations of Americans to come ...Consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill the eyes of all people are upon us so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us we shall be made a story and a byword through the world we shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God... Beloved there is now set before us life and good death and evil in that we are commanded this day to love the Lord our God... Therefore let us choose life that we and our seed may live by obeying His voice and cleaving to Him for He is our life and our prosperity. Rick Boyer is a speaker author who tackles the challenges of parenting head-on offering practical effective solutions based on Scripture and more than forty years of parenting experience. He and his wife Marilyn also wrote the Bible-based Character Concepts curriculum. THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 19 Disappointments SPEAKER TEACHING OUR CHILDREN ABOUT JOY MOORE L ife doesn t always go the way we plan and everyone experiences disappointment but how we deal with it can impact our families. Here are some ways to be a positive role model. restoration or change the outcome. When kids blame others encourage them to take the responsibility that is theirs and then to trust God to handle the rest. OWN DON T DEFINE Sometimes we are the cause of our own deep disappointments and failures or at least it seems that way. Ask God what you could ve done differently and accept responsibility. But also be willing to accept Nothing as His answer. Sometimes God asks us to do something that doesn t turn out the way we expected. Know that God has a plan even if it looks like the plan failed. His ways are not our ways. Our disappointments and failures do not define who we are. Maybe we failed but we are not failures or disappointments. We need to speak these words to ourselves and to our children when they have failures and disappointments. We are loved by a God who offers us mercy and forgiveness. USE IT DON T LOSE IT One of my young adult daughters who experienced great disappointment in the past year shared this idea. She realized she could lose the chance to grow in faith or use disappointment to trust God more. MOVE ON DON T STAY A disappointment is really only one part of one chapter of our lives. Instead of focusing on the past we need to focus on the future God has in store for us. We can t let disappointment disconnect us from our destiny. In our home we aren t allowed to say I should have. I learned this from my mom who experienced incredible disappointment and recognized its destroying powers. She taught me to hold on to this promise And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8 28 NKJV) Joy Moore is the wife of Harold and is a twenty-year homeschool veteran who has taught their four daughters from kindergarten through high school. She is the author of the popular Lady Day Letters to a Daughter About Becoming a Woman and regularly shares her experiences through workshops on parenting and homeschooling and at GRIEVE DON T EXPLODE Disappointment is defined as the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfillment of one s hopes or expectations. We think of grieving when someone dies but grief is processing loss in any area of life. If you feel angry privately find time to cry pray yell journal or whatever you do to process. Be honest about the loss and allow yourself time to grieve. When children face disappointments and are angry or emotional give them time and a safe secluded place to deal with their emotions. Take time to listen to their concerns worries and fears. WE CAN T LET DISAPPOINTMENT DISCONNECT US FROM OUR DESTINY. WAIT DON T JUDGE One reaction to disappointment is to judge its purpose. Why would this happen What is God doing But you ve heard it said that hindsight is 20 20 and it works that way with disappointments too. When kids question the purpose of disappointments explain that they may understand more in the future but whether or not they receive answers they can continue to trust that God s plan is the best. ASK DON T ASSUME Before we can truly process a disappointment it is important to ask ourselves what exactly is causing us to feel disappointed. Is it because the particular situation we wanted didn t happen or maybe won t ever happen Is it because of what we believe people will think about us Is it because we believe the disappointment affects our future personally financially or professionally Ask God for His truth and His perspective about your concerns. When children experience disappointment it s important to find out why they are disappointed and then to speak truth to them about their current situation. 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Do you struggle with blood-sugar balancing inflammation digestive health chronic pain no energy or IBS If you or anyone you know struggles in these areas contact me THE VIRGINIA HOME EDUCATOR WWW.HEAV.ORG 21 LINDA LACOUR HOBAR SPEAKER T o grade or not to grade While answers will vary depending on whether a family is relaxed or highly structured all families can benefit from developing a philosophy toward grade keeping that grows with them over the years. Simply put if you grade a little or grade a lot grades can help you manage measure and motivate your students when properly handled. Here are a few thoughts for establishing your philosophy on keeping grades. MANAGE To properly manage students with grades let s start with a biblical worldview of authority. In God s grand scheme of the universe there exists hierarchy order and a chain of command. Our children are our responsibility to lead train and teach (Deuteronomy 6 6-7). While this may seem obvious the right to homeschool and manage your children s grades will always be threatened by those who don t hold to a biblical worldview or agree on the value of home education. So value the right to use grades when and if you desire and manage them with integrity and in accordance with your state standards. MEASURE To properly measure students with grades consider what is age-appropriate. For example there is little need to use grades to measure learning with younger students (K-3rd grade) because parents are so highly involved in the teaching process. Sitting side by side with a little one you know what they re learning. What younger students need most is acknowledgment which can be offered through hugs praise and stickers--or whatever reward is needed Middle students (4th-8th grade) are a dif22 ferent story. Once a child is able to read and final GPA doesn t define the worth of that write the parent is usually less involved in student or of you but that doesn t mean we the teaching process. For this reason grades can t use grades along the way to help us find for independent work on a few subjects can problems. Poor grades might alert us to anxbe valuable in determining what students are iety issues special needs or the unfortunate learning without assistance. Quizzes tests reality that we re not doing our job well. and homework grades-- written or oral--can tell GRADES CAN HELP YOU you what the student realMANAGE MEASURE AND ly understands or doesn t MOTIVATE YOUR STUDENTS. understand and what needs more attention. Generally speaking Second another way grades may fail us is this age group still needs praise and acknowl- the fact that good grades won t inspire all edgment but additionally needs pushing personality types. Grades may mean more to in some areas and pulling in others. Grades highly driven overachievers and less to creative can be especially useful to leverage hard work free spirits who have other things on their from students who are prone to test authority. minds. So when considering whether or not Older students (high school) come with a you will keep a few grades or a lot of grades new set of issues because most homeschool on your students consider their God-given parents are required to count high school personalities. When grades don t matter be credits with grades. The path to success with creative with self-paced courses pass fail this age group is developing a clear purpose options credit for mentoring positions and for their education (determining if a student work-grade contracts (i.e. earn grades based is college bound heading into the work force on work rather than final test scores). or starting a family) establishing a plan to In summary homeschool families will vary reach that purpose (learning subjects at home on how when and why they keep grades. or taking outside classes) and creating ac- However all families can benefit from forcountability (deciding who grades the work mulating a philosophy of grading that evolves keeps the records and creates a transcript). with the needs of the family. In proper With a purpose plan and accountability you context grades can help most of us manage can use grades to document the fulfillment of measure and motivate our students. credits and measure academic success as you move your student to the next station in life. Linda Lacour Hobar author of The Mystery of History ( is MOTIVATE a follower of Christ a genuine people-person To properly motivate students by using and a fan of comfortable high-heels. Formerly grades we should first agree that grades a missionary she graduated from Baylor Unimight fail us in one of two ways. First be- versity where she first fell in love with world cause of stress learning disabilities or a lack history. Join her at the HEAV convention to of test-taking skills quiz and test grades learn more about grade keeping. don t always reflect true learning. 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