I think going on a long European holiday (or something similar) where they gain life experience & learn about world history is beneficial, especially writing a journal and teaching them along the way, plus that family time is priceless... but in the same light I don't agree with taking your kids out of school to go to Bali for a week just cause it's cheaper... They aren't going to gain much from that, it's more about the parents than the kids, IMO... My sister & BIL do it every year, I'd rather do it every second year in the school holidays...
We are going to USA for 1month in November, chose those dates for thanksgiving and other amazing things over there, but also as it's easiest for hubby to get time off not in school holiday period. so my 5yr old will miss out on the final month of school. I called the education dept and was told pretty much that it didn't matter as she is so young and just to let the school know. Of course I will make her write a journal about her holiday, she wouldn't be doing much else at school anyway. I honestly think that there is so much more to be learnt outside school, and can't wait to give her this experience and opportunity.
My kids are still in primary so it may be harder to in high school but we do it every year (and we're big fans of Big4 caravan parks ).
Why? Because it's heaps cheaper and quieter to go outside of school holidays.
By the end of this year our kids will have seen the east coast of Australia from Noosa down to Port Fairy at the end of the Great Ocean Rd....one Big 4 caravan park (where available) at a time thanks to our travels during school time.
Teachers and the principal at our school are perfectly fine with it...recently one of my children went on a trip to Europe to meet family...so that particular child will miss 6 weeks of school this year due to holidays...and yet her naplan results have come back all band 5's and 6's and above the national average in everything...I don't take much notice of naplan, but she's certainly not falling behind from her time away from school experiencing the country.
ETA - I gave my DD a travel journal for her European holiday but just so she would have a memorable keepsake.
Last edited by Full House; 08-09-2014 at 20:04.
I think children (and families) can gain a lot from spending quality time together. If the best time (for whatever reason) for the family to have holidays is outside school holidays, I see nothing wrong with it. I think that education and learning outside of school are also very important, not to mention bonding time with the family. As long as the child copes well I see no reason for being rigid about that.
- I'm not trying to have a dig at those who holiday in caravan parks and can't afford overseas holiday (this is me... I go to a coastal Big4 every year with the family and dream of taking the kids to Europe when I win lotto).
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