Enchantment Force 4: Adventure!
Adventure implies an active journey—looking forward to something, having an experience with unknowns that can’t be predicted in advance, making plans. Adventure involves some risk, but it also has a narrative arc. It often tests self-reliance and self-sufficiency. As Julie explains in The Brave Learner:
Adventure doesn't have to mean risking life and limb, but it does imply hazard. A learning adventure may mean that you (the parent) will feel a little uncomfortable (okay, a lot uncomfortable). The key difference in our enchanted use of risk and adventure is this: risk may apply to thoughts, activities, and ideas. Adventure is about location—to infinity and beyond! Or at least—somewhere not in your house. (page 59)
Get Out Into the Big Blue World
Kids need time away from us, their parents. A time when we are not there to rescue and help them. "Give your kids the chance to revise, to adapt to fit in. It matters. Believe in their ability to do so."
These chances can be academic adventures, such as learning from outside classes and experts. Or opportunities for performance via sports or musical performances. They can include learning to be away from home through sleep overs, weekends away, or camps.
We want to let our kids experience different expectations and give themselves a chance to challenge themselves as they "sand the edges" of their personalities. This is especially important for teenagers who are trying to figure out where they fit into the larger world.
Readings about Adventure
- Enchanted Roadschooling Adventures for Families with Ashley White (podcast)
- Globe-Trotting + Homeschooling! (podcast)
- You gotta be home to homeschool
- One Thinging High School: Principles 1-3
Thoughts to Ponder
When your children hit the wall and nothing entices them, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do they need to leave the house?
- Where can they go for new stimulation?
- What adventures can they take without you?
Try the following:
- See Differently—Make a list of places your teen can go. What adventures can be experienced in the places your teen will go?
- Brainstorm adventures your kids can experience away from home.
- Pick a place from your list and create a plan for visiting that spot. Who is involved? What do you need to make it happen? Equipment? To save up? Research? Completing an application?
- Make it official! Schedule their adventure on your calendar (print and cut out the Calendar Markers on page 24 of the Brave Learner Companion Guide!)
Consider the following:
- What does adventure mean to you? Are you all in? Or does this feel a bit out of your comfort zone?
- Do you prefer spur of the moment adventures? Or do you like to savor the planning?
- What about your kids—are they are adventurous types?
Print pages 23-25 of the Brave Learner Companion Guide and write your answers.
Posted March 23rd, 2019
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