After being inspired by recent discussions on Charlotte Mason and Scholé, texasmom33 and I have decided to start a weekly thread to discuss the details of actual implementation. So often after one listens to a podcast or reads a book or blog, there is a feeling of blissful inspiration. Inspiration to...do...what? There's the rub. The what.
The plan is to start with a new topic at the beginning of the each week in the hopes of coming up with practical actions that can be done that week or at least soon. They may not be earth-shattering or mountain-moving in and of themselves, but they will at least get done. Many little actions can add up to big changes over time. Rome wasn't built in a day, and it wasn't built on inspiration alone.
- Woodland Mist Academy
This week, I wanted to see if anyone was up to discussing Gap Years, and how those can come into play encouraging our teens to be contemplative of the choices impacting their newfound adulthood, and hopefully to seek the true, the good, and the beautiful.
I've been told by multiple professors, and read much online, that the experience is truly something wonderful for most teens, yet I have not known anyone personally who has allowed, much less encouraged it in their own children. When I think about Scholé however, it seems like a quintessential coming of age experience, to take a year to contemplate one's self before continuing on with whatever he or she chooses to embark upon. So I know the theory, but would like to talk more about the actual implementation and experience for those who have chosen, or are thinking about doing this.
Have you/are you encouraging your children to consider a Gap Year? What do you see as being the biggest advantages? Disadvantages? How have their peers (and yours) responded if a Gap Year was taken? Did they participate in a program specifically for students taking a gap year, or did they craft their own opportunity?
Any other things related to Gap Years you would like to discuss?
(Posting early because another virus has invaded our house and I am about to retreat to my bed for a bit. )