HEU Reporting Workshop – 16 Feb 2019

Do you struggle to prepare your annual report and send it to the Home Education Unit (HEU) with fingers crossed? Perhaps you are about to write your first ever report and you’d like some guidance.

If so, whatever your approach is to homeschooling, our FULL DAY HEU Reporting workshop in Paddington, Brisbane could be just what you are looking for.

This workshop is full of information, tips and tricks to make your report writing go more smoothly, so that you can get back to having fun with your kids. While you will not be writing your own work samples or reports during the workshop, you will be learning the skills, and gathering the knowledge and resources to successfully complete your work samples and reports for the years ahead.
You will learn how to describe the ways in which you are supporting your child’s learning needs in words that show the HEU that you are providing a ‘high quality education’. We will spend time deconstructing the ‘Criteria for a high-quality education’ and provide you with practical examples of how you can insert simple statements into your report to meet these criteria. 

You will be shown a number of different approaches to collecting and completing work samples, and we will share with you actual work samples at various Primary grade levels. These approaches are completely transferable and can be easily applied to higher grade levels.
We will also share with you many helpful resources and show you how to find the most useful parts of the Australian Curriculum to use in your reporting.

If your child is resistant to writing or ‘just does not write’, we will explain how you can still provide work samples in Mathematics and other subjects without your child needing to write anything. We can also provide guidance on how you can support your reluctant-writer to create ‘English’ writing samples. 

The facilitators, Nicole and Jeny, are both ex-teachers and passionate home educators who have designed this workshop to meet the diverse needs of homeschooling families who find navigating the Reporting process daunting. Between them, Nicole and Jeny have experience with reluctant writers, late readers, dyslexia, autism and gifted/exceptional learners. This is a small workshop, with a maximum of 10 participants.
What: REPORTING for the Home Education Unit (HEU) in Queensland.
When: Saturday 16th February, 2019. 10am to 4pm.
Where: Paddington, Brisbane.
Cost: $80 per person
Booking deadline: 9th February.

This is the last time this workshop will be offered in a face-to-face, full-day format. Stay tuned for online workshops.

If you have any questions about the suitability of the workshop for your needs, please don’t hesitate to send us an email. 

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to those people who have come along to our workshops thus far. It has been a joy meeting you all. Your positive feedback, constructive criticisms, helpful tips and lovely testimonials have given us the impetus to continue to develop and refine our presentations.  

As always, any feedback or comments you have are welcome. We are only an email away.

Kind regards,

Nicole Reardon and Jeny Kinnane

Email Nicole: homeschooling101qld@gmail.com
For more information or to enrol, click here: www.hs101qld.com/events
Testimonials from previous participants:

Wow! Nicole & Jeny go above & beyond to put together structured & informative workshops, and at bargain prices! With their combined knowledge, they took away any doubt I had of being able to write my report for the Home Education Unit, using the different strategies of finding useful data & sample collection. The amount of time Nicole & Jeny forfeit, shows the dedication they have to help other homeschooling parents like me.”- CHARLOTTE

Absolutely brilliant! Jeny and Nicole prepared meticulous notes and presented a quality workshop that I would thoroughly recommend to new and seasoned homeschoolers.” – CATHERINE


‘Helping Your Child Learn to Read’ Workshop

Jeny and Nicole are more than just ‘two mums who love to chat to other parents about home education.’ They are both ex-teachers and between them they have specialisations in Early Childhood Education, Teaching English as a Second Language and Primary Education. In addition, they have many years of experience teaching neuro-atypical children to read in one-on-one tutoring lessons. 

Being advocates of Natural Learning and Unschooling, Jeny and Nicole believe that the natural age of learning to read varies widely, and they agree with the ideas of Self-Taught Reading. Self-taught reading means that children are supported by their parent/s in their self-led efforts in learning to read. This is done without coercion, answering the child’s questions and providing assistance and knowledge when it is asked for. It acknowledges that some children may need more structured assistance than others, and that some parents may wish to use a more formal approach with the guidance of a reading program, and that is ok too.

So, if we believe in the basic tenets of child-led learning, why on earth are we running a full-day workshop called ‘Helping Your Child Learn to Read?’ Articles on unschooling approaches to learning to read give fantastic advice for helping home educating parents to relax about the teaching of reading to their children. However, there is often little guidance of how to answer their child’s questions about reading or what specific instruction might look like when it’s asked for. 

When you have trusted your child for many years, read to them, created a language-rich environment and they come to you and say they are ready to learn to read, what do you do? Our ‘Helping Your Child Learn to Read’ workshop gives guidance and provides knowledge to parents to help them to: 

  • understand how vital foundational reading-readiness skills can be imparted to children in a natural and fun way
  • understand the most efficient pathways for learning to read
  • integrate literacy learning into their everyday conversations in a real and fun way
  • create a language-rich environment
  • learn more about the English language, including sound awareness, phonics, word-level decoding, blending, segmenting and sight words so they have the knowledge they need when their child needs/requests it
  • understand the best ways to use decodable books, predictable texts and real books
  • learn how to introduce letter sounds, associated letter groupings and spelling choices in the most appropriate sequence for beginning readers
  • understand the importance of syllables in reading English words
  • understand that all of the above information will be equally applicable to those wishing to use a reading program


Tickets for our ‘Helping Your Child Learn to Read’ Workshop can be booked via our website: www.hs101qld.com/events

When: Saturday 24th November, 2018 

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where: Paddington, Brisbane 

Book before Wednesday 21stNovember.

Individual tickets $85

For email enquiries: homeschooling101qld@gmail.com

Workshop Updates: Oct & Nov 2018

Over the last 15 months, we (Jeny and Nicole) have developed 5, one-day workshops to help parents who Home Educate. Here is a long update about our upcoming workshops in October and November:

We want to let you know about our upcoming workshops in October and November. We have TWO NEW workshops: ‘Home Educating Your Child with Dyslexia’ and ‘Helping Your Child Learn to Read.’

These workshops have been developed in response to the large number of questions about these topics from parents at our ‘Introduction to Home Education’ and ‘Registration and Reporting for the Home Education Unit (HEU) in QLD’ workshops. We have been working for many hours to design and deliver content that will help parents to home educate their children, particularly in the area of reading and spelling.

‘Home Educating Your Child with Dyslexia’ is for parents who know or suspect that their child is dyslexic. Jeny has a wealth of knowledge in this area: she has a son and husband with dyslexia; she has done specialist training in teaching children with dyslexia; and she has been teaching dyslexic children to read and spell for almost a decade in one-on-one tutoring sessions.

In this workshop we will explore and demonstrate practical activities that parents can use with their children to teach them to read and spell. Jeny has put together an amazing ebook/PDF of excellent resources, articles, websites and assistive technology options for participants to use to follow through with what they have learnt in the workshop.

We are both excited to be offering this workshop to give parents the knowledge and confidence they need to help their dyslexic child develop reading and spelling skills while also reaching their learning potential in a home education environment.

‘Helping Your Child Learn to Read’ caters for parents who have children of any age who have expressed an interest in learning to read: AND who want to use a structured approach to teaching reading; OR who want to use a natural learning/unschooling approach to teaching reading. Whichever philosophy a parent chooses, the foundations for learning to read are the same.

We will discuss: phonemic awareness and phonics; teaching the alphabet; handwriting; sight words and spelling; and creating a language-rich environment. We will demonstrate practical activities to help participants learn more about written English and how it is learnt.

Our ‘Introduction to Home Education’, A.K.A. Getting Started with Homeschooling workshop is being held again on Saturday 13th October. Feedback from past participants indicates that this workshop provides great relief and reassurance to parents who are new (or new-ish) to home education.

If you feel these workshops would be helpful, please share with people or groups who might like attend. We rely on word-of-mouth to let others know about our workshops. Feel free to direct others to our website to read the testimonials of attendees.

The ‘Registration for the Home Education Unit‘ and ‘Reporting for the Home Education Unit (HEU) in QLD‘ workshops will be offered for the last time in January and February 2019, respectively. Why? We are going to provide these workshops ONLINE in a format that parents can access whenever they need them. Woohoo!

Newsletter subscribers will be the first to be advised of upcoming workshops.

Kind regards,
Nicole Reardon and Jeny Kinnane.

For more information about dates and cost please have a look at our website: www.hs101qld.com/events or Facebook Events.

Three workshops announced: June, July & August 2018

We are happy to announce that we are able to hold THREE workshops over three months. Yay!

‘Introduction to Home Education’ (a.k.a. How to Get Started with Homeschooling) – Saturday 23rd June, 2018.

‘REGISTRATION for the Home Education Unit (HEU) in Queensland – Saturday 28th July, 2018.

‘REPORTING for the Home Education Unit (HEU) in Queensland – Saturday 4th August, 2018.

Please see our EVENTS page of the website for all the details. Early-bird pricing is available now.

Kind regards,

Nicole and Jeny.



Date for our next workshop: Sat 28th July

Woo hoo! We have set a date for our next workshop: Saturday 28th July, 2018.

What workshop would you like to attend? We could hold:

  • ‘Introduction to Homeschooling’ session OR
  • ‘Registration and Reporting for the Home Education Unit (HEU)’ Workshop.

After feedback from our last workshop, we think that we can divide the Registration and Reporting workshop into two separate workshops. One workshop would be for people who are registering for the first time. We would spend more time on ‘the plan’ and just touch on ‘reporting.’ The other workshop would be for people who ARE registered with the HEU already. We would spend most of the time on how to do ‘reporting and work samples.’

Feel free to email us during the month of May with your preference.


Nicole and Jeny