2022-2023 Kickoff Picnic
Welcome to We Home Educate and Train!
Welcome to We Home Educate and Train (W.H.E.A.T.), a homeschool support group for Woodbridge/eastern Prince William County, Virginia and the surrounding areas. Our mission is to share information, provide support for homeschooling, and to enrich those families spiritually, academically, and socially. We believe in the God-given right of parents to teach their children at home.
W.H.E.A.T. is a volunteer-run organization. All of our events and activities rely on the willingness and ability of members to coordinate them. While leading an activity is not a requirement for membership, it does help the group be able to offer more to its members.
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Annual Membership and Dues
Current memberships run from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 at which time they will be need to be renewed. Annual dues per family will be $40 for the 2022-2023 school year.
New memberships are currently turned off; if you are interested in joining us next year, please email us at [email protected] and we'll let you know when our memberships open (late June/early July).
Tell me about WHEAT. Who are you and what are you all about?
We Home Educate and Train ("WHEAT") began in the early 1990's as a loose-knit group of about a dozen families who desired fellowship and encouragement in their homeschooling efforts. The mission of WHEAT remains the same today: to share information, provide support for homeschooling families and those interested in homeschooling, and to enrich those families spiritually, academically, and socially. We are a local support group, not a co-op, but we offer many opportunities for fellowship and enrichent!
Do you offer co-ops and classes?
WHEAT is primarily a homeschool support group; we do not host an official co-op. However, we share a wealth of information about clubs, co-ops, and other enrichment opportunities offered both throughout the community that some of our families are often involved in. Our families are encouraged to offer and participate in these opportunities!
If you don't have an official co-op or classes, how will I get to know the WHEAT family?
We are a friendly bunch! Our annual school year kick-off picnic is a great way to meet veteran and new WHEAT families. Becoming involved in clubs and activities that WHEAT promotes is a good chance to meet others. Recently, we've offered:
- Regular fellowship events for moms called "Heart to Heart"
- A winter talent show that is fun for the whole family.
- Field trips throughout the local and regional area
- Teen game nights (ages 12 and up)
- Field day for all ages in May
- A one-day local Moms' retreat- a day for homeschool moms only to relax and be encouraged and renewed
- Stay abreast of what's happening through the newsletter and this website's member forum and join in the activities!
- Park days and playdates for younger kids
- An online member forum through our website
- A periodical digital newsletter highlighting group activities and area homeschool days and opportunities.
Free Printable Worksheets & More
Donna Young started this web site in 1998. She was teaching her children at home, had bought a new internet capable computer, and decided to put her homeschool and household files online. Aside from a few donated files, Donna makes all the content for donnayoung.org using several programs such as drawing programs and word processors. Most of all, this website is a place on the internet from where you may print homeschool planners, household planners, Calendars, handwriting lessons, printable worksheets or papers for several subjects. DonnaYoung.org has grown over the years and continues to grow. Meanwhile, Donna's children have graduated from home school and life goes on.
Homeschool Legal Defense Association
This organization provides a wealth of legal information pertaining to homeschooling. It also provides advise and services to members involved in homeschool-related legal disputes.
Home Educators Association of Virginia
Home Educators Association of Virginia is a member-supported, statewide, 501(c)3 non-profit homeschool association. Since 1983, HEAV has successfully worked to promote and protect home education in Virginia by working with the Department of Education and legislators, having a presence during the General Assembly sessions, and providing up-to-date information to homeschooling families, the media, and officials. HEAV, coming from a Biblical worldview, serves all homeschoolers—regardless of religious or philosophical beliefs. Membership is, and always has been, open to all. With a full-time office staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, we’re ready to answer your questions, offer support, and serve your needs year-round—just give us a call (804-278-9200) or send us an e-mail.