I just figured out why I am an unschooler. Shanna is watching Ponyo for the... 11tybillionth time. *sigh* Hm. She hasn't figured out yet that this movie is actually in Japanese. She will. It's not going to take much longer before Noah carping on how bad the voice acting is will start to bug her. Because he is really obnoxious about it. I'll bet that soon he is going to get annoyed and sit her down and show her the movie in Japanese. He will be sitting there explaining his value system of why he believes the acting is better. Why it is more effective, etc. However... Shanna doesn't speak Japanese. So he is telling her extensively how much better the movie is... if she can read subtitles. So then she will discover a motivation for learning to read. We are taking her to Europe for a month. That kind of travel will continue to happen for us because I really prioritize it. My kids are going to have a lot of exposure to a lot of different cultures. Shanna is going to want to be able to talk to people. She is going to be able to keep watching Ponyo when we are home. She will want to learn how to "talk" to the characters. I am fully capable of providing her with the curriculum for learning Japanese. There are websites, books, dvds, classes.. If she wants to learn I can absolutely provide access.
I don't need to put her into a language immersion preschool to provide her with access to learning other languages. I've been kind of stressing about the fact that there is a Chinese Montessori preschool opening up a few blocks from my house. That would be a "good opportunity". But there are a lot of reasons that it is a complicated decision. Not least of all is money. I would have to increase our income or completely give up on all travel.
I'd rather travel.
And that sounds capricious and like I don't care about my kid, right? But have you met me? Have you read my blog for more than about 30 seconds? Do you really think my children will grow up illiterate and out of touch with the world? I can casually reference topics from politics, religion, history, math, science, english... We talk about the molecular structure of water as we are practicing pouring into cups. My children will have weird spots in their education because I do. But I can promise you that moving through 25 schools taught me that not everyone is learning the same things anyway.
And that's ok.