HEAV (Home Educators Association of Virginia) Convention!

3 – 2 – 1 : It’s here, It’s here, It’s here – 

In three days (as of today) the HEAV convention will begin.  It lasts for 3 days!  Are you ready?

Let’s start with a quick explanation of the HEAV Convention – then we will get to the checklist!

2012 HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention

Home Education: Touching the Heart

June 7, 8, and 9, 2012

Richmond, Virginia


email : office@heav.org;             Phone : 804-278-9200

Amazing speakers. Information-packed workshops. Huge Exhibit Hall. Money-saving Used Curriculum Sale (60,000+ items last year). Children’s Program, graduation, FREE how-to-begin sessions, and MUCH MORE. Affordable, practical, hands-on, and encouraging. Speakers include Dr. Tedd Tripp (Shepherding a Child’s Heart Ministries), Dr. Jason Lisle (Answers in Genesis and Masters Books), Hal and Melanie Young, Debra Bell, Inge Cannon, Woody Robertson, Mike Snavely, Crystal Paine (The Money-Saving Mom), Dr. Catherine Millard, Andrew Pudewa, Amanda Bennett, and many others! FREE attendance for qualifying parents of preschoolers and non-homeschooling grandparents.

Getting Ready!

Here are some ways to get ready for convention.

First off – Pray – pray for wisdom, pray for the convention people, pray for all those traveling

Second – Pack – How long are you staying?  That will partially determine what you need.

  • Clothes – while HEAV is a wonderful group and very family friendly – they do tend to frown upon those who show up sans clothing – Personally, I am leaving my kids with their grandparents during the convention as my youngest is learning to use the potty and likes to be au-natural from the waist down.
  • Books – I know what you are thinking.  (I have ESPN) – you are thinking that you are coming by buy books, why should you bring books?  To sell of course!  That way you have more money and space for new books.  The HEAV Used Curriculum sale is AWESOME!!!!  Last year they had over 60,000 items – YES Sixty Thousand!!!  You have to register your books in order to sell them.  Find more information and register your books at the UCS Barcoding Site.  Be sure to enter your books before the deadline of June 6, 2012 @ 4 pm.
  • Money – Be it cash, check or credit you will want some way to pay for your items.  If you bring cash, be sure to find a way to carry it safely.  I like to believe that most people, upon finding an envelope full of cash would turn it in, however there will be smaller children there who may not realize what they picked up.
  • Rolley Cart – You can find these are Staples, Office Max, or online.  Be sure to get a sturdy one that has wheels and a handle.  You can bungee cord a milk crate onto a small hand cart, or you can push a stroller.  The main idea is to bring something that you can push or pull so you don’t have to carry everything or make a bunch of trips back to the car.  Don’t worry you will be getting plenty of exercise so you don’t need anything extra to do.
  • Return Address Labels – Make these before you go.  Include your name, homeschool name (if you want), address, phone and email.  These are great for adding your name to mailing lists and for filling out door prize tickets.
  • Three Ring Binder – In this binder you will place your printouts.  What printouts?  Here’s the list – Print out the workshop handouts for the workshops you are planning to attend.  Print out the exhibit hall map, and convention map.  Print out the workshop schedule.  If you get a three ring binder that has clear pockets on the front and the back then you can put your maps on one side and your schedule on the other.  You will also want to include blank paper for taking notes.
  • File Folder – Put together a small file folder with dividers labeled with the things you are looking for.  (so your dividers will have lists of your subjects, or a field trip section, specials needs section – anything like that).  This is so that when you get all the papers from the various vendors, you have a place to put them and later on when you are looking through your things you know where to look for what you want.
  • Envelope – This can be a standard paper envelope, a plastic envelope, a 9 x 12 manila envelope.  The point is to have a place to put your receipts.  That way when you get home and say – “why don’t I have any money left?” you can look at your receipts and know why you don’t have money left.  If you have a paper envelope you can keep a running total on the outside – have a spot where you indicate how much you have to spend and then subtract as you go along, that way you know how much money you have left.
  • Change – At least a few dollars in quarters.  This is for the tolls – if you avoid the toll roads, then you are fine, but if you are driving in Richmond and you aren’t familiar with the roads, you may end up on a toll road.  The bonus here is that if you can avoid the toll roads, then you can stop for an ice cream or a drink on the way home with your change.  🙂

Ok – that’s it for now – if you want to read more in depth (albeit slightly crazy version) you can check out some of my other convention posts here :

I hope this has helped you.  I’ll see you at the 29th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention!