Merry Christmas! See You in 2017! 
There will be no Homeschool Update next week or the week after as the Update team takes a short holiday break. Have a blessed Christmas and New Year!
The NEW Digital Magazine Is Here!
The winter edition of the the Virginia Home Educator is here! Read all about the adventure of homeschooling in great articles, get convention news, read legislative updates and more! Read it now from any computer, tablet, or mobile phone!

LeaderLife Registration Opens This Week!
HEAV's annual leadership conference is a unique opportunity for homeschool leaders to meet, mingle, and learn from other leaders across the commonwealth. Be i nspired, encouraged, and renewed!

Join us for an unforgettable weekend in beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia on March 10-11, 2017.

Stay tuned for more information
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How-to-Begin-Homeschooling Seminar - January 5 
Just starting out? Yvonne Bunn gives you the information you need to homeschool with confidence. Sign up here.


CONVENTION REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 9
NEW Convention Speaker Kathi Lipp 
Don't let clutter hold YOU hostage! Kathi Lipp of "Hope, Humor, and How-Tos"--and host of the popular podcast "Clutter Free Academy with Kathi Lipp" --helps world-changers get free from clutter so they are free to change their world. Be sure to hear her at the convention in June!
STEM Teen Program 
The teen program add-on features fabulous, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) units on rockets, electricity, "super slime," catapults, bridges, and science in a bag--for teens aged 12 and up! Registrants also get reserved seating at the "Amazing Chemisty Show" keynote!
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MOM'S CORNER
Mom_s Corner
  
1.1 Article: "The Real Meaning of Christmas" 
1.2 Gift Ideas for Tutors, Music Teachers, and Others 
1.3 Play Time for Mom
 
HOMESCHOOL CLASSROOM
Preschool & Kindergarten
Elementary & Middle School 
Nativity
Coloring
Advent

2.1 Nativity Stained Glass Craft
2.2 Indoor Gross Motor Activity
2.3 Advent Coloring Pages
2.4 Teaching Mental Subtraction Strategies

2.5 Swedish Advent Stars
2.6 Free Placement Tests 

AROUND THE STATE
Around the State
  
3.1 MOCArt Studio - Virginia Beach - Begins January 19
3.2 Princeton University Summer Journalism Program - Princeton, NJ - Registration Deadline Is February 24 
 
VERSE OF THE WEEK
"But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."
Galatians 4:4-5 (KJV)

HOMESCHOOL Q&A
Three Gifts
Three Gifts to Give to Your Children - Lynna Sutherland 
Christmas is a time for giving. Here are three crucial gifts to give your children this holiday season that will stay with them all year long--and no wrapping paper needed!
 
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Helping Other Homeschoolers 
Q. I've finished homeschooling and would like to give back by sharing my experiences. I'm interested in working with new homeschoolers, but may not know all the answers. How can I help?

 
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Help Wanted
Graduation Volunteers Needed
Want to volunteer before convention weekend? The HEAV high school graduation team needs responsible, motivated people to help prepare for graduation. Contact Julia Thompson,  at graduation@heav.org
Phone Counselors Needed Homeschooling moms, here's a chance to serve other homeschoolers right from your own home! HEAV is looking for dedicated individuals to answer questions and offer support. Training is provided. Learn more here
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