Eastern VA Fun

My latest post on the HEAV blog was the first part in a four part series about summertime schooling. The first post titled Summertime Schooling In Eastern Virginia is up right now, the next post Summertime Schooling in Central Virginia will be posted on August 12th.

In general we have a fairly relaxing approach to homeschooling during the school year and that roles over into the summertime. The kids attend various camps, Boy Scout Camp, Cub Scout Camp, and Girl Scout Camp, plus we do the summer reading program at the local library.

boy scout camp

In my series on Summertime Schooling I list various places throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

As we are currently living in PA I thought it might be nice to do something similar on here – however we are going to be traveling to Texas soon so I am not sure if it will be before or after our trip.  Until then, it would be great if you could share some of your favorite places to visit – either here in PA, in VA or wherever you live!

mcrooker – homeschooler on the edge

Lazy Days of Summer – Yeah right

Ok – since May this is what we have been doing -


princess's first communion dress in progress

  • Boy Scout Camping @ French Creek
  • Six Hands Birthday
  • CHAP Convention
  • Princess’s First Holy Communion
  • Closing ceremony for our co-op
  • Cub Scout Fun Fair
  • Boy Scout Scrap Drive
  • Cub Scout Movie Night



  • Girl Scout End of the Year Awards
  • HEAV Convention
  • SEARCH Convention
  • GSEP Leader Banquet
  • My Honey Pie’s Birthday
  • Birthday party for Nana in RI
  • Cub Scout Day Camp
  • Cub Scout Baseball Night
  • Baseball Night with my Honey’s work


cub scout camp bb range

  • Visited Studio B to complete a pre-req for a merit badge
  • Boy Scout Camp
  • Girl Scout Camp

August sees us camping, going to TX to visit grandparents, another Cub Scout event, and going to Pennypacker Mills for their History Adventures.

That being said – I am also working on my posts for the HEAV blog – be sure to check it out – and working on each room in turn to get the house ready to put on the market.  We are looking to move somewhere locally, that isn’t on the main road. I would like more than one tree and maybe even a creek.  :-)

So anything in particular that you want to hear about? Want to know more about camping? How about my mission to de-clutter the house room by room? Let me know in the comments and maybe it will be the next post!

Michelle – Homeschooler On The Edge


The best thing about convention!

Yes, this post is about volunteering.  How is that the best thing about convention?  Because it’s all about you (and me and everyone else that comes to the convention).  We are the reason there is a convention – we are HOMESCHOOLERS! Say it loud, say it proud!  We don’t just think outside of the box, we take a field trip to find out how the box was made, measure it to find the volume so we know what can fit inside of it and then we use that box and a few of it’s friends to make a tunnel water park in the backyard.

You think you can’t volunteer because you had a bad knee, hip, ankle, back or crocked pinky toe? That’s not a problem – we will find you a place.  If you need to sit, we can find you a sitting job (try registration), if you need to stand HEAV has that covered too (UCS, Hospitality, Silent Auction), love to talk (HEAV tables).

Think you can’t volunteer because the kids are with you?  Bring ‘em on! (at least to most places) Hello, this is a homeschool convention – HEAV expects there to be kids around.  Granted not all of the jobs are able to allow kids to help, but there are quite a few that do!

Ready to sign up – Great! Volunteer Sign Up Form.

Have you signed up to volunteer at the HEAV convention yet? After all of my exciting and encouraging words?  OK fine – here are more details.  Come on, you know you want to – Not only do you get the thrill of knowing that you are helping a great group like HEAV, but by volunteering for at least two hours you also get a golden ticket to get into the UCS before it opens to everyone else!  Whether or not you are registered for convention yet, you can sign up to volunteer online just visit the Volunteer Sign Up Form.

Here is a bit more about the jobs (with my comments about the benefits).

USED CURRICULUM SALE: We need more Pre-Cashiers for Friday and Saturday. This is the first year this coveted position has been advertised because it usually fills with return volunteers because, apparently, it is a lot of fun for the older teens. Must be age 15 or older.

Volunteering for the UCS allows you to see lots of the cool stuff before it even goes on sale, plus if you help with setup, you can eat chocolate for dinner and not have to exercise after.

REGISTRATION: Needs On-Site Registration volunteers for Thursday and Friday, and Pre-Registration Check-In volunteers for Friday. On-Site Registration volunteers must be adults because they will handle money. Also, no children allowed to volunteer alongside On-Site Registration. Well-behaved children are welcome at Pre-Registration Check-In.

Volunteering at Registration means that you will be one of the first faces people see when they come to the Convention. You get to make new friend and see adorable babies! Plus you are right in the heart of the action in the lobby!

SILENT AUCTION: Here is an opportunity to be involved with an exciting, fast-paced, new aspect of the HEAV convention, right in the middle of the excitement of the Exhibit Hall! Help with setup and you may get to hang in the exhibit hall before it even opens, or if you prefer a sitting job, you can check in items that are being dropped off on Thursday. Do you have small children with you?  GREAT – kids have lots of energy – I’ll put them to work too!

Volunteering at the Silent Auction means that you can keep your eye on those items that you really want (plus you can work with me!!) Statistically volunteers get all fo the best items at the best prices. (OK, I made that one up, it's our first year, we have no statistics on it yet!)

HOSPITALITY ROOM: Needs Friday and Saturday volunteers. Volunteers have the opportunity to help the speakers have a little rest and refueling before they return to the Exhibit Hall or workshops.

Volunteering for the Hospitality Suite means that you get to see the vendors and speakers in a more relaxed setting and that you get to give back to those who do so much for others.

HEAV TABLES: Needs volunteers all three days. Here is a great opportunity to share your enthusiasm for homeschooling with someone who is just thinking about it or who is confused about their rights. Experienced homeschoolers only. Yet another great place for dads to serve to give the “principal’s” perspective on the homeschooling lifestyle.

Volunteering at the HEAV tables with Sales or Counseling means that you can be an encouragement to new and veteran homeschoolers alike.

A few more locations that you can serve include as a workshop hostess, setup or tear down and graduation.

Volunteering as a Workshop Host means that you have a guaranteed spot in the workshop, plus you get to meet the speaker before hand to ask if they need anything.
Volunteering for set-up or tear down means that you get to be in the thick of the action AND that you don't have to exercise at all for the rest of the week!
Volunteering at graduation means that you get to help with parents and kids who "made it" - think of all of the collective knowledge in that room.
Volunteering in the Exhibit Hall means that you get to booth sit - which means that you get to hang out at any one of so many cool booths while the vendor takes a quick break.

Of the items listed there are three that I haven’t yet done – How about you? Where do you want to volunteer?

Sign ups online continue through Monday, then you can pick your area, and sign up at the Volunteer Table on-site on Thursday.  I can’t wait to see everyone!  Be sure to stop and say hi while you are bidding on things.

mcrooker – Homeschooler On The Edge