About this episode
In this episode, Brett and Ellen discuss:
- Introduction to Neena’s Homeschooling Journey: Neena Tester, a seasoned homeschooling mother, shares her journey of homeschooling her four children, highlighting the initial motivations and her approach to education at home. She emphasises the desire to instil faith and protect her children from negative school experiences.
- Challenges and Triumphs: Neena discusses overcoming the anxieties associated with homeschooling, particularly concerning socialisation and academic pressures. She underscores the importance of a supportive community and flexible curriculum in facilitating a rich homeschooling experience.
- Transition to Senior Years: The conversation shifts to how her family navigated the senior schooling years, particularly the transition to more structured learning through programs like Euka. Neena notes the significance of adaptability and parental support in ensuring children’s success.
- Reflections on Homeschooling’s Impact: Neena and the hosts reflect on the positive outcomes of homeschooling, including the development of mature, confident adults. She advocates for a balanced approach to education that prioritises character development and family bonds over traditional academic success.
- Advice for Prospective Homeschooling Families: Offering advice to families considering homeschooling, Neena emphasises the importance of enjoying the journey, focusing on character development, and adopting a flexible approach to education.