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    Default WDYT of kids missing school to holiday

    What is your opinion and why, for parents taking kids out of school for weekends away/holidays? What if they take required work/homework with them? Encourage personal reading etc etc. How often is too often?

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    I think if it's not a regular thing it would be okay as long as you talk to the teacher beforehand and try to keep them up to date with school work.

    I wouldn't be doing it more than once a year. I'm not sure if I would even be comfortable doing it every year but my parents would never have taken us out of school for a holiday so it's just not my normal. I'm sure others would be more comfortable with it.

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    We do it every year, generally towards the end of the year. Although my oldest went to Europe mid year and missed close to three weeks off school. She hasn't suffered because of it. No homework was sent with her because her teacher said holidays are not for school work.
    There was a thread on here about this not too long ago. There were some strong opinions that it's not something that should be done but the school my kids go to have no problems with kids going away during school terms.

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    I do, I'm comfortable with it. If it is for a long weekend - e.g. missing one day. I wouldn't even think of doing extra work (I personally think the young ones get way too much as it is). If it is for a few weeks (which I haven't done yet, but we are planning it), then the kids will keep an diary of their experiences on their travels.

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    I personally wouldn't, only because there's so many school holidays and public holidays I would reserve that time for holidays and weekends away so that my children didn't have to miss any school.

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    We did this year for 10 days . We took no school work. It was a once of thing and we did in the beginning of the year. The kids learnt heaps. It was well worth it for us. I wouldn't do it every year.

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    We plan on doing this when the kids are school age. I think it's fine as long as it's not often, and towards the end of the term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CazHazKidz View Post
    I personally wouldn't, only because there's so many school holidays and public holidays I would reserve that time for holidays and weekends away so that my children didn't have to miss any school.
    The problem it is it costs us up to three times as much for accommodation during school holidays. We would never holiday if we limited ourselves to school holidays. If there wasn't such a huge price difference we'd probably go away in January, but instead we go away Nov/Dec every year and save ourselves a bucket load. Every year when I've spoken to the teacher about us going we've been told the kids won't be missing anything because all official 'school work' is done by then.

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    My children aren't in school yet, but I don't have an issue with it, unless it's happening so often that it's impacting their schooling.

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    I think it's fine as long as the timing is well considered.

    My family used to holiday during school terms as it was more affordable and less crowded. The maximum we'd have off school was 2 weeks, and not every single year.

    Also I don't recall going on a family holiday during school terms whilst I was in year 10/11/12 of schooling. Perhaps this was due to the amount of important exams that occur in these final years of high school.


 

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