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Did you know that there are so many special days & celebrations that present learning opportunities that you could pretty much base your homeschool curriculum around them! Here's what's coming up in May:

Who doesn't love Star Wars Day?! If you are looking for inspiration beyond a movie marathon and dressing up, head over to the official website for free activities you can do at home - some of them might even be educational! Cooking, drawing, crafts, book club, discussion topics and more.

I love this years theme:

"We had each other, that's how we won." From our galaxy to yous, #MayThe4thBeWithYou.


Sydney Writers’ Festival is one of the world’s leading and most beloved literary institutions. It is a place for readers, writers and thinkers to share ideas, tell stories and celebrate literature.

Part of the Festival is Primary School Days (April 29-May 5) & Secondary School Days (April 30-May 4)

The Primary School Days program brings together prominent authors and illustrators for a fun, interactive and educational day that inspires students to discuss books and creativity.

The Secondary School Days program gives students the opportunity to speak directly with their favourite authors, think critically about new concepts, and encourages them in their creative pursuits.


National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family life. What a perfect celebration for home educating families! Find out how you can be involved & access free resources here>>>


Not only is National Volunteer Week a great time to recognise & thank all our amazing HEA Volunteers - it might be a good time for you to consider volunteering too! There are also free curriculum linked resources available to teach your kids about the value of volunteering.

The HEA is 100% volunteer run! That means if you bought a subscription, used the insurance, asked for registration support, participated in Solar Buddy, read a newsletter or Stepping Stones, accessed information on the HEA website or called the Helpline, a volunteer assisted you. Our volunteers are amazing! They serve our community tirelessly in a myriad of ways, and they continue to serve when they move house, when they are writing thesis's (theses?), when they are sick, when their pets die and when they holiday. And they do it all for you!

Do you have a thank-you message for one of our amazing volunteers? You can leave a message here, or email


National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

Registration for National Simultaneous Storytime is free, and there are teaching resources also freely available for you to use.



On 26 May 1998, the first National Sorry Day was held to commemorate the anniversary of the report and remember the grief, suffering and injustice experienced by the stolen generations.

You could share the book "Sorry Day" with your children to start the conversation about this important part of Australia's history. Sorry Day is available through Story Box Library, included free in your HEA membership.


National Reconciliation Week: 27 May - 3 June

Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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