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Welcome to the Northern Virginia chapter of the Holistic Moms Network. Our purpose is to generate national awareness, education, and support for holistic parenting and to provide a nurturing, open-minded, and respectful community for parents to share these ideals. There is no checklist or litmus test of "holistic enough." HMN welcomes anyone who is interested in holistic health, natural parenting and/or green living. Please take a moment to browse the posts and learn a little more about us. As always, feel free to contact co-leaders, Alexa & Laurie, at HMNofNOVA@gmail.com with any questions or for more information.
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We welcome all people, both parents and non-parents, of all races, national origins, colors, creeds, religions, sexes, ages, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. We are a warm and inclusive group, and welcome you to join us wherever you are on the holistic path in an environment that does not judge. Come as you are!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

November Meeting Location Change

Due to a previously planned event at the church, our November meeting will be held in an alternate location. We will meet at The Infant & Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church located at 3750 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. A map can be found at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/itc/ITC-FFCMap-English.pdf
Hope to see you on November 3rd!

Monday, October 12, 2009

DC Green Festival

We had a great time this weekend at the DC Green Festival. What a great event! For more information, check out: http://www.greenfestivals.org/

Thank you, Stephanie!

We had a GREAT October meeting on homeschooling with almost 50 people present. A huge thank you to Stephanie Elms for her presentation. For more information, visit:
Stephanie also provided some other great resources:

VaHomeschoolers has a couple of events coming up:
2010 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair
March 12-13, 2009 - Glen Allen, Virginia

Homeschooling and College Entrance Seminar
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - Richmond, Virginia

For folks who were not able to make it to the talk, here are a few links to start learning about what is required to homeschool in Virginia:
Filing Your Notice of Intent

Evaluations and Testing Requirements

Finding Local Support

A couple of recommended email lists:
VirginiaEclecticHS - statewide homeschool email list and great way to start learning about homeschooling from other homeschoolers in Virginia

NoVaUnschoolers - a Northern Virginia homeschool email list and a great way to start networking and learning about activities and events in the area

A couple of recommended books to start out with:
The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start by Linda Dobson

Teach Your Own and Learning All the Time by John Holt (Learning All the Time is a good book on how kids naturally learn, even if you do not plan on homeschooling).