2020 Workshops

Reporting, special needs, mindset, money – if you need to know about it, chances are we’re covering it!

Welcome! The Australian Homeschooling Summit will run May 4 – 15, 2020. And it’s all online so you can watch from anywhere in the world – no travel costs or child-minding required!

We’ll present 30 fantastic homeschooling workshops over the two weeks, covering topics that homeschoolers like you have requested. We’re covering registration reporting, deschooling, habits, AIC + NDIS, and plenty more.

Read on to get details of all workshops we’re putting together – and you can secure your spot to join us right here!

Have any questions? I’ve probably answered them in this video – the FAQs are right at the beginning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to go anywhere?

No – Australia is just too spread out to put on an in-person event without excluding most homeschoolers, so the summit is held entirely online.

Is it just for Australians?

Not at all! While the presenters are Australian, and some workshops will only be applicable to Australians, the majority deal with issues we all face – organisation, unschooling, habits, etc.

We’ve had attendees from all over the world over the years, and none have ever complained that we were too provincial!

I can't attend live - will I miss out?

Definitely not! All workshops are recorded and added to the website for you to access whenever it’s convenient.

The 2017 workshops are still available, so you have plenty of time!

Will there be transcripts?

I hate saying no to this, but at the moment we aren’t providing them.

AI transcripts are too inaccurate to be useful, and transcription by a human is prohibitively expensive for 30+ hours.

If you have a solution to this problem I would love to hear it.

Is it all live?

About half the workshops are live, and half are pre-recorded (usually because the presenter doesn’t have reliable internet and can’t go live – we have a lot of rural presenters!)

However, when each workshop is released the presenter will be available to answer questions, either verbally if live, or in chat if pre-recorded.

I'm not on Facebook - will I miss out?

I’m definitely NOT going to punish you for boycotting the ‘book. All workshops are recorded and added to the website for you to access whenever it’s convenient.

And for the live workshops you’ll be able to watch it and ask questions within Zoom, so you’ll have complete access to everything except the chat in the FB community.

How about audio?

All the mp3 files are split from the workshop and uploaded to the website, so you can listen while you walk, drive, craft…..whenever!

Can I download the workshops?

Yep! All of the mp4 and mp3 files are available to download, so if you’re on slow or limited internet (hello everyone not on the NBN lines) you can download them elsewhere and watch them at home whenever you like.

I paid last year - is 2020 included?

No, each summit is completely new and requires a separate purchase.

Monday May 4

Welcome/Homeschooling Habits

8.00 am

Kelly George

Fearless Homeschool

I’ll start this section off with a quick welcome, then we’ll get stuck into the first workshop!

Homeschooling success results from the small actions we take consistently – habits. In this workshop we’ll talk about setting habits along with goals, how to establish good habits in line with your personality, keystone habits that you can use to leverage success, and the habits that you and your kids can implement.

At the end you’ll have a habit plan that will help you reach your goals on autopilot.

Setting your child up to WIN!

10.00 am

Andrew Lord

Blueprint Life Academy

The future is unpredictable. Information and technology is expanding at an seemingly impossible rate and we all know that the traditional model of school is failing to adequately prepare kids for this dynamic world of the 21st century.
Passion Based Learning is a powerful model to unlock your child’s inner brilliance and set them up for success.

In this workshop I’ll share with you my 5 keys to create an engaging learning experience that will inspire and motivate them to overcome the challenges they face and share their interests with the world.

Isolation - your greatest fear or current reality?

1.00 pm

Tamara Kidd

Tutor Your Own Child

Are you worried that choosing home education will isolate your child, or is this the reality for you due to your location?

There are many ways to navigate isolation to ensure you and your children have community networks where support and friendship can flourish.

Being part of the home education community is what I call the ‘special sauce’ on the experience of homeschooling.

Join us as we discuss the next level of the journey.

Tuesday May 5

Unschooling - The kids will be alright!

9.00 am

Vicci Oliver

Wildlings Forest School

New to homeschooling and wanting to find out more about unschooling? Been homeschooling awhile and want to dip your toe into unschooling but are worried about your children ‘falling behind’? Come and learn how unschooling can work for your family.

After this workshop, parents will:
– Understand what Unschooling is – and isn’t?
– Reporting as Unschoolers
– But how will they learn to read?
– And what about maths?
– What about University and Higher Education?
– What if they want to play video games all day?
– What about socialisation?
– Unschooling on the road
– How to follow your child’s interests

Go home with:
– A take home list of suggested books, resources, websites and social media pages to help you on your unschooling journey
– Resource to help you pinpoint your child’s strengths and interests

Retro-recording Real Home Education

1.00 pm

Tamara Kidd

Tutor Your Own Child

Have you ever intentionally, or otherwise, gone completely off the rails with home education and have thought “how do I document ‘this’?” or “we’re not going to pass registration!”

In this workshop I’ll teach you how to document learning for registration and reporting, whether you do school at home or radical unschooling.

Whether you are choosing to Unschool, Natural Learning, or have a departure from your usual system and have an interest in a more relaxed mode but don’t want to risk not having records, this is the presentation for you. You might have even decided to follow a traditional ‘school at home’ approach but want to document all of those incidental learning moments against the curriculum too. We will cover the ‘retro-recording method.’

Making the Most of the Journey

8.00 pm

Bel Moore

Belinda Moore

Through reflecting upon our family’s home education journey, I will share with you the value of incidental learning, life learning, co-operative learning, travel and other lifestyle choices.

This workshop and the included workbook will assist you to identify opportunities and goals for your own family.

I will share feedback from our six children (16-25) who were home educated, and what I have learnt from them. I am also currently embarking on a home ed journey with my youngest, who is 4 years old, so planning to make the most of these precious years is still very relevant to our family.

Wednesday May 6

Starting Homeschool Like a Pro


Karen Willson

Simply Homeschool

Whether you’re new to homeschool or just need to press the reset button, Karen will show you how to homeschool like a pro. If you have ever felt overwhelmed and low on confidence, then this talk is for you!

Join Karen as she gives you a refreshing perspective on homeschooling. Karen shares the seven subjects that really matter – and they might not be quite what you expect! Discover what you really do and really don’t need to have and do to homeschool well.

Navigating Neurodiversity in your Homeschool

Homeschooling a child with special needs can feel like an overwhelming and almost impossible task.

But what if we released the pressure valve of expectations (who put that there anyway?!) and created space to allow our children to learn in ways best suited to them and instead of seeing deficits, we saw passions, abilities and strengths?

Lusi has been homeschooling five children all with a diversity of special needs (health, behavioral and neurological) for 11 years and is passionate about encouraging families to live into their best individual and collective lives.

Bring Learning to Life with Stories

8.00 pm

Anthony Coafield

Living Book Press

Finding affordable curricula that your students (and you!) enjoy is one of the hardest parts of homeschooling. Our heart sinks when we see tears come into their eyes at the sight of another workbook, or when weeks after we’ve done so much work they can’t remember a thing!

Luckily there is a way to make schooling more fun and help students remember the information they’re given. In this workshop Anthony will give you some examples of how you can make learning more fun using story books. We’ll talk about how stories help us remember and I’ll read from an assortment of books that will illustrate how much easier and more fun your school can be by using living books.

By the end you’ll feel confident in ditching some of the workbooks, and instead curling up on the couch to share some stories.

Thursday May 7

Home Ed Graduates - what do they think?

8.00 am

Erin Hassett’s Adult Children

Seven Little Australians & Counting

Erin Hassett has graduated five home educated children and now also has a home educated daughter-in-law, and in this interview they chat about some common questions they get asked. What are they doing now? What are their thoughts on their education? And what advice do they have for you?

Tune in for a wonderfully candid and informal chat about what home ed is like on the receiving end.

Unpacking Maths For Every Day Life - & How to Teach It!

2.00 pm

Esther White

Maths Australia

With Australia dropping drastically further in the world scene for maths understanding, there’s an even greater need to know – and to teach – according to research and evidence-based practices. When it comes to teaching maths, there simply are ways that “work” (and always do) and ways that “don’t work” (and never will).

Regardless of your child’s maths ability ( or otherwise ), Esther will unpack the importance of sequential & multi sensory learning to build foundations, and to give your children the opportunity to truly master maths and feel good about their knowledge because they can apply it in everyday life.

Resource Ideas for Hands on Learning

7.00 pm

Rachael Clark

Unschooling Down Under

Providing a range of resources in our home ed life improves long term learning and understanding, while also assisting to learn in other ways.

Join me in this workshop as I share some of the many well-loved tools and resources I have collected over the last 10 years. Learn how to include some useful hands-on-materials in all areas of learning, so you can enrich your home ed life.

Gathering resources for 4 children ranging in ages and interests, has provided me with the opportunity to share some of those items, so you can strengthen your own child’s learning and engagement.

Friday May 8

Getting Started with Charlotte Mason

8.00 am

Carol Hudson

journey & destination

When we started teaching our children at home 27 years ago we were attracted to the timeless ideas of the 19th Century educator and writer, Charlotte Mason, and discovered that they were ideally suited to a home education situation. However, there were limited resources available at that time and the Internet was a few years away so over the years we’ve adapted the resources/curriculum we had available to us to suit our large family.

In this workshop I will be sharing the main features of the Charlotte Mason method; ideas on building your own curriculum or adapting another; getting started; teaching teens; how to choose living books and anything else that gets raised in Q & A.

There’s an Easier Way, Genius

10.00 am

Heidi Conway

Change Maker Mums

Every homeschooling family has challenging days. Days when it feels impossible to motivate your child who has special needs and actually learn something. Days filled with conflict and frustration.

Heidi can coach you through these bad days and show you how to make home-schooling easier for the whole family. Heidi has tested a revolutionary educational methodology to help her own children discover and live in their Genius. Now she wants to introduce communication tips and Genius Camps to other mums educating their children at home.

You can learn a way of ‘being’ as homeschool mum which works for you and your child, by unlocking how your child thinks and learns. The result? Ccommunicate together in a way and a space where lifelong learners and leaders can create and thrive.

Creating your own Booklists for a Literature Based Education

Do you want to design a literature based education for your family but don’t know where to start? Do you need assistance in creating a tailor made education to best suit your family? Do you want to use living books to nurture a passion for education in your family.

I will step you through how to create your own booklists for your topic choice of interest and share my passion and knowledge to help your children experience a literature based education.

Join us now!

Monday May 11

Embrace Nature Study Effortlessly

8.00 am

Marie Viljoen

Nature Study Australia

Would you like to include nature study into your homeschool, but don’t know where to start? Does the idea of adding another thing to the list overwhelm you? Perhaps you’re not an outdoor person or the prospect of drawing intimidates you?

Thankfully, nature study is not as complex or demanding as it seems. In this workshop, Marie will provide effortless nature study ideas to inspire a love for discovering nature’s mysteries that will form an excellent foundation for a scientific education naturally.

Then step outdoors with confidence and delight in nature’s secrets hiding in your backyard, neighbourhood or park.

12 Years of History and Geography - Why and How?

1.00 pm

Myfanwy Dibben


History is often seen as boring, unimportant, dull dates and dusty objects disconnected and irrelevant. This talk will show the opposite is true and how the home educator has a real advantage over the classroom teacher. Being a good historian will enable you to have the skills to:
* be a critical thinker
* be a discerning consumer of texts able to determine fact from fiction
* be able to understand how, why and what decisions were made and actions taken in the past in order to help you make good decisions in the future for yourself.
* to enable yourself to be a part of the “great conversation” as an educated voice.

Learn about some great resources as well as examples on how to make the learning relevant to your child in many different ways.

This talk will focus on having a narrative approach to teaching world history and how this approach helps make the learning stick and breathe life back into the people of the past. Having an historical context to better interpret current political events.

Home Educating Special Needs: Financial Assistance and NDIS

8.00 pm

April Jermey

Always Learning Books

Are you aware that there is some financial assistance available for home educating children with special needs?

I’ll show you how to apply for Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC), walking you through the process and forms involved.

I’ll also show you how to get the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to help kick some educational goals, even though it doesn’t fund educational needs directly.

Tuesday May 12

Mindset Matters – priming kids to succeed

10.00 am

Andrew Lord

Blueprint Life Academy

What is the difference between kids that succeed and kids that don’t?
Is it their socioeconomic status? Environment? Peer group? Their heritage or their opportunities?
All these factors matter – but recent studies in neuro-science show that there is something much more powerful, much more fundamental and much more critical to the future success of our kids…

In this workshop I’ll be sharing 5 key MINDSET principles that I’ve learned from my past 20 years as a parent/educator and the last 5 years as a life coach.
Change the mind – you change the outcomes. Change the outcomes – you change their life!

Eyes Wide Open: Benefits and Disadvantages to Home Educating

2.00 pm

Beverley Paine

The Educating Parent

I’m known for saying that the benefits of home educating your children just keep on growing.
And while that’s true, isn’t all love and roses, there’s a fair bit of sacrifice, hard work and way too many doubt-plagued days…

Let me talk you through the ups and downs and hopefully help to build your confidence as we piece together a realistic vision of what home education is and can be for your family.

Staying Organised while Homeschooling

8.00 pm

Patricia Fitzgerald

Homeschooling requires STUFF. We will go over keeping on top of the paper chaos that can ensue with homeschooling and record keeping. We’ll look at what I have done to get it all under control and minimise the overwhelming amounts of stuff that can accumulate, whilst maintaining easy access to what you need and want.

Wednesday May 13

Studying, Working, and Homeschooling: How to Juggle

10.00 am

Kelly George

Fearless Homeschool

Worried that you’ll have to give up all of your goals to homeschool?

Luckily, that’s not the case because I’d go crazy without a pile of projects! So while homeschooling my five children I’ve run two businesses and earned a Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction.
And while doing that we’ve also travelled widely, spending nearly four years travelling Australia, eight months in Europe/SE Asia, and two months hiking in New Zealand.

After all this I know a bit about juggling priorities! In this workshop, I’ll share strategies that help me get it all done, and assist you to work out whether you can achieve while helping your children learn.

Fitting In The Feast... so no-one Goes Hungry.

1.00 pm

Renelle Jones

A Walk in the Wildflowers

One of the biggest problems many people have when they first consider homeschooling, and in particular Charlotte Mason or Classical Education, is the sheer number of subjects.
People wonder how they can fit it all in and do so without burning themselves or their children out.

Well, I am about to let you in on a little secret and it’s not hard!

We will look at:
• What subjects?
• What subjects are age appropriate?
• Narration, the cornerstone of learning.
• Avoiding burnout.
• Working out a ‘schedule’.
• Your secret weapon.

If you or your child(ren) are guilty of … dawdling, lacking motivation, boredom or you are just at a loss of how to make it work, then this workshop is for you.

Responding to THOSE Comments

5.00 pm

Lusi Austin

You get a lot of questions and comments when you homeschool…..and not all of them are positive!

Join Lusi as she chats about the most common questions and comments you’ll get as a homeschooler, and helps you develop ways of replying with patience and grace, and think about them in a way that won’t cause you stress and angst.

Thursday May 14

Inspiration with EASE

10.00 am

Heidi Conway

Change Maker Mums

No matter how much you believe you are doing the right thing for your child, educating your children at home can be lonely, challenging, frustrating and even overwhelming some days.

ChangeMaker Mums offers members support, resources, coaching and community. It’s intention is growing to be a global movement that advocates EASE while educating young people. Heidi can facilitate and coach you on your unique journey to make educating your child a more peaceful and even more joyful experience. Overflowing with passion, knowledge, experience, and the belief that parents and children  don’t have to struggle through these important years, Heidi is ready to share the solutions that have worked for her family.

    Wildschooling in Australia

    3.00 pm

    Nicki Farrell

    Wildlings Forest School

    When doing this, ask ‘What’s in it for me?’
    From the attendees’ point of view, what’s in it for them? What will they get? What skills will they learn? How will this improve their homeschool? Why should they take the time to attend?
    After this workshop, parents will:
    – Have an understanding of what Wildschooling is and how it fits into the Home Schooling context
    – Understand the benefits of Wildschooling for your entire family
    – Know how to keep your family safe whilst Wildschooling
    – How to overcome the common barriers that keep families from Wildschooling
    – Understand how to map Wildschooling for reporting

    Go home with:
    – A suggested excursion back-pack list
    – Suggested list of tools and toys to encourage Wildschooling at home
    – Suggested list of books, apps, websites and resources to encourage extended learning at home and in the wild
    – A list of exciting activities to do with your children

    Websites to Enhance Your Home Ed Life

    7.00 pm

    Rachael Clark

    Unschooling Down Under

    Are you a bit unsure about all the programs available online? The number of educational based, on-line learning sites available today is substantial and wading through them all can be confusing. In this workshop we will gain some insight into the most frequently referred to programs mentioned in homeschooling circles. I will also introduce the more popular, newer sites and their advantages, as well as share how to find those discounts and freebies. We will explore some of the short courses for teens and review the Top 10 recommended home education websites to help you spend your money wisely.

    Friday May 15

    Structured Science for Homeschoolers

    This talk will focus on how to teach science for people who need structure and support. It will suggest ways you can ensure the Australia curriculum is covered and where to find worthwhile resources.

    How do you Afford to Homeschool?

    11.00 am


    Lots of people worry about how they’ll afford to homeschool. Many picture it as being forced to give up substantial income while taking on substantial costs – and that may be partly true.

    Luckily, homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive and there are many ways to homeschool well if you’re on a limited budget.

    In this collaborative workshop Kelly George, Tamara Kelly, and Bel Moore will share the strategies they use to afford to homeschool, covering everything from resources and activities to lifestyle.

    Nurturing your child's gifts & challenges beyond the curriculum

    Whilst we’ve all felt the need to go a different way with our child’s education, there is so much more our children are asking us to empower them with…. beyond the curriculum & homeschooling goals.

    Join my workshop to learn :

    – your child’s True Essence energetic profile

    – how this explains their challenges AND gifts under Star, Heart and Earth energy

    – using this True Essence profile of your child to call in the exact right opportunities to truly light them up

    – how to work with their challenges in an empowered way

    Join us for the 2020 Summit

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