This year our little man’s milestone was entering full-time compulsory school. Whilst not yet 5 years of age, the state government altered it’s schooling regulations and added Pre-Primary to compulsory schooling and with that a new learning curriculum.
Last year our little man was in Kindy which was not compulsory, I didn’t even give it a second thought about booking our family holidays during the school terms.
So this year when I started doing my planning and research for our family holiday, I initially chose time frames within the school term. The dates we travel are usually decided upon when my partner can get away from his business for a week or two.
When I came back to my partner with some prices and he asked, “what about school?” I hadn’t even thought about it. Normally my only concern is missing a paid swimming lesson now I had to consider school.
I also heard that principals and teachers don’t like you taking kids out of school for a holiday so we looked at travelling in the school holidays; the last thing you want to do is upset your teacher and get them off side with your child.
So I went and got new prices for the altered dates. Gosh they were high. Over $2000 difference for our little family of 2 adults and 1 child (aged 5). To me that’s a lot when your only going for 2 weeks.
So I started asking around. Did people take their kids out of school to travel? Most answered with a resounding “yes – it’s too expensive to travel in school holidays.”
Other comments included:
- “Only in primary school”
- “It depends if they are in private or public schools” (apparently private schools expect a higher level of commitment)
- “Depends what they are learning” (fractions are hard so keep them in school).
Some talked about what happened back when their parents took them out of school and what advice their teacher had given their parents, it included:
- “The experience will be far greater than what I can teach in a class room”
- “Just make sure your kids continue read”
- “Do some maths with them”
It is with this advise from the teachers of yesteryear that I booked our holiday during school term, saving the $2000.
So to make up for the missed time at school I have added handwriting and maths books (purchased from the supermarket and appropriate for my sons age) to the usual colouring and sticker books that I buy for in-flight entertainment.
We will also take the Tablet and connect to the hotels free WiFi to access the computer based learning programs that the school offers for homework.
Will we actually get around to doing these activities? Probably, there’s always a time of the day when my son gets a bit board in the room and this will be the chance to sit out on the balcony and do a little work together.
After all the holiday is about spending time together as a family no matter what the activity.
Have you taken the kids out of school travel?
What do you do?