2017 Workshops

Getting into university, homeschooling styles, , natural learning, homeschooling teens – if you need it, chances are we’re covering it!

Welcome! This Australian Homeschooling Summit ran in June, 2017.

But don’t be sad you missed it – we recorded it all for you!

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Or read on to get details of all 17 workshops we held.


Designing your own Personalised Homeschool

Do you feel like you’re in a homeschooling rut? That your homeschool is repetitive, uninspiring, and bland? That you struggle too much with boredom and resistance?

Then it’s time to shake things up! There are so many styles of homeschooling and resources out there that there’s something to suit everyone – if you know what to look for. In this workshop, Kelly gives a brief overview of the most common styles of homeschooling. Plus, you’ll learn how to incorporate aspects of many different styles so you can build a truly personalised and interesting homeschool.


Herding Cats: How to Make homeschool Groups Work

Tamara Kelly

Organising a homeschooling group can be hard work, but very rewarding.

In this workshop Tamara will take you through how to find, form and maintain homeschooling groups that are fun and educational for the kids, while also supporting parents.

Unschooling: Birth to Five

Have you got a baby or youngster and want to start homeschooling (because you are so excited) but think you have to wait until they get to 5? Think again!
Since my son was born, we have unschooled. This, for us has meant different things at different times of his development. This session is about learning what you can do with your child to engage in the fun & educational opportunities life gives us every day.

Natural Learning: Simply Living

Natural Learning isn’t a home educating method or an approach, it is a way of looking at children and life. Rather than an educational choice, it is a lifestyle choice!
Through a collection of powerful and profound slides let experienced unschooler Beverley Paine help you learn to trust in your children’s natural learning ability.

Natural Learning: Simply Living begins by describing how we learn before exploring what natural learning is and isn’t, before concluding with a series of useful and handy tips on how to ease into a natural learning simply living lifestyle with your children.

Getting Out from Under the 'Mother Load' and Move from Manic to Marvellous

Shannon Young

The Care Factor

Homeschooling is hard work and sometimes we don’t think that we are doing the best we can. We can forget to take care of ourselves in our quest to be our best. We put ourselves down or get overwhelmed with pressures and demands. We end up bogged down and lost underneath the “mother load”.

In this workshop, you’ll learn to identify common mental blocks that weight people down, and how they affect your brain and your children’s development. Plus, you’ll learn an evidence-based process to transform these mental blocks and remove the ‘mother load’ from your shoulders and move your parenting and homeschooling from manic to marvellous!

An Introduction to Steiner-Inspired Homeschooling

Kirstee Raki

Kiki Wylde

Interested in introducing the beauty and calm of a Steiner/Waldorf education to your child?

Kirstee will show you the main points of a Steiner-based homeschool and how to implement it in your home.

But What About University?

Kelly George

Fearless Homeschool

One of the most common worries about homeschooling is how children will access university without year 12 results.

Luckily, it’s easier than ever before to access tertiary education and training without formal school results. In this workshop, Kelly will teach you a number of different ways to gain entry to university, TAFE and other educational and training options, without going through the rigmarole of school.

By the end, you’ll know that school is definitely not necessary, and feel confident in homeschooling all the way through!

Nurturing a Love of Learning

Join Erin as she shares how her family has enjoyed reading together for decades and how they go about it. She will explain just what quality books are, where to find them, and suggest ideas on how you can incorporate read alouds into your family life. Erin’s goal is to help you nurture a love of literature within your family.

Raising Kids of Strong Character

Belinda Letchford

Live Life with your Kids

We all know that character is important but how do we fit teaching it into our already busy homeschool days? Raising Kids with Strong Character is a practical session where we look at making the most of every day situations to help our kids understand the importance of virtues and to help them make choices based on these values. As our kids practice making character-based responses in life their character muscles will grow stronger – equipping them to live well as adults.

    Homeschooling Multiples: Different Ages, Personalities and Learning Styles

    Victoria will outline her key principles for successfully homeschooling across multiple ages, with a focus on developing an approach that meets the needs of multiple children, ages and learning styles simultaneously, whilst still getting in that special one on one time. Join her as she shares practical tips on homeschooling your family as happily, efficiently and stress-free as possible!

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    Motivating Your Homeschooled Teenager

    In this workshop, Allira Caddies goes to the root of motivation and problems with motivation using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. She gives real-life examples of each stage and how it may or may not be met. Great for working out the real root of problems that arise, and working out how to solve them.


    100 Interviews Later: 10 Unforgettable Lessons I've Learned from homeschooling Parents

    Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall inside another family’s homeschool? Curious to see if it’s all as good as it looks on their Instagram feed? Want to know if other parents struggle with the same challenges you do?

    I’ve interviewed more than 100 homeschooling  families over 7 issues, and have been inspired and challenged by their wisdom, humour and ability to ‘let go’ of their own expectations and embrace their kids as lifelong learners. Here are 10 practical ideas that stuck with me long after the interviews finished.

      Unschooling our Children, Deschooling Ourselves

      At its heart unschooling challenges the prevailing dogma that education equals schooling. Unschooling trusts that children will learn naturally without coercion or manipulation what they need and want to learn. Deschooling is the process of letting go of the need to teach our children what other people think they should know and be able to do.

      Let experienced unschooler and educating parent Beverley help you become aware of and challenge your conditioned thoughts about education and schooling and free your mind from these limiting constraints.

      Preparing Your Homeschooled or Unschooled Teen for University

      You do not need to graduate high school to get in to university – the most important skills that are needed to gain entry in to a degree are motivation, determination and passion for the path that you want to follow – and this talk will show you how to get there.

      This presentation will focus on:
      • Finding what motivates your teenager
      • Working towards passion-based learning
      • Practical steps that you can take to prepare your child for university study
      • Motivating your teenager to want to work towards their goals
      • Creating a plan to get where you want to go
      • Understanding what universities want from your teenager, and how your teenager can gain those skills
      By the end, you will be clear about the next steps to take to work towards your teen’s academic future, and how to have fun along the way. Getting into university should be an exciting, exhilarating learning process, and by the end of this talk, you will feel excited about all the possibilities that the future holds.


      Respectful Parenting

      Brett Darnesh

      As homeschoolers we spend a lot of time relating with our children. We have an amazing opportunity for our children to learn respectful relating from us in our everyday lives. The trick is to remain respectful when our children present challenging behaviour. This means aiming for connection instead of trying to correct ‘poor’ behaviour. Over time this creates a relationship that is open, mutually respectful, trusting and emotionally safe.


      Respectful parenting:

      • is neither punitive or permissive
      • places reasonable limits without coercion or demands
      • empowers children to become cooperative, motivated and open in their communication.
      • meets challenging behaviours with respect

      Breaking Down the Barriers to Balance

      Shannon Young

      The Care Factor

      Now that you know the process to move from Manic to Marvellous, how do you make that happen in the real world as your educate your kids at home? It is not like you can up and leave! This workshop examines the notion of change:

      • how it happens in your brain and in your life;
      • the unwitting accomplices to keep you in the status quo
      • your #1 excuse and how to get over it
      • the action plan and support systems required to implement your shift.
      The result: you can get past the thought “Yeah that’s great, BUT…..” and actually make the lasting changes to be balanced in your life.

      Better than University-Creating Your Own Lifelong Educational Opportunities

      You’ve homeschooled primary school, and you’ve homeschooled high school – now what? Straight into formal education?

      Not necessarily. Formal education is not always the best option. In this workshop, work out whether formal education is really the best option in your unique circumstances, or if you can create a better, real-life learning experience.

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