I often set out to write a post explaining the what, how and why I have adopted the homeschooling technique that I have. Maybe it is because people sometimes ask me what kind of homeschooler I am or why do I homeschool. The truth is that the answer to that is dynamic. It changes as my children grow, as different options become available and how I view educational alternatives out there. I don't like to put myself in a box, because as soon as I do...I want to jump out. I do not have an A type personality. I don't need everything to go in straight lines to the destination. So what I am doing is really an experiment in how to help my children live in balance, be the best manifestation of themselves they can be, to try and work out the journey that they are on in this life and to facilitate getting them access to the resources they need to succeed. I also help them keep their goals in mind as they choose their activities and keep them on track in the work they do not enjoy so much.
Luckily over the past few years, universities have become more flexible in their entrance requirements. Some accept portfolios and most don't require a high school transcript from a school. The onus is on the children to prove they are capable of doing university level work. I am not worried about that.
In the mean time I focus on doing fun, interactive activities that inspire, engage and motivate my children to learn deeply about things they are passionate about. I also try and surround them with passionate people.
Tristan's dancing teacher showed him this youtube video today and invited him to watch her team perform at Evolution in November (an international breakdancing competition in NYC). This young man will also be there.
Tristan is no where near this level but he has started to practice everyday at least. There are dance crews of children his age that have 3 hour training sessions several times a week. He has been invited to watch. He loves dancing like this but the discipline to practice everyday will be the deciding factor. He is very motivated by other dancers so I wonder if he will pick the ball up and run with it.
In the mean time, I am glad my children are not in a class like this. And this is a good teacher!