Every so often the debate about parents taking their kids out of school for a ‘holiday’ raises its head. There’s been a bit more coverage about that today.
So let me be clear: this is not (just) a holiday!
I admit, I was a bit apprehensive about having to tell the boys’ school that they would be out of class for a whole term… but they were really good about it.
The reality is that this is not a holiday. We will be living in France and trying to experience, as much as we can, normal daily life, albeit in a different environment. Most importantly, the boys will be going to school and they would be the first to argue that is NOT a holiday! They’ll be blogging about their experience (writing), they’ll be visiting monuments, museums and galleries (inquiry), they’ll be operating in a foreign currency (maths), they’ll be exploring the local countryside (field trips). They’ll be learning another language.
This is not the first time we’ve taken the boys out of school for a ‘holiday’. In 2013 they missed two weeks of school so they could accompany me to my brother’s wedding in New Jersey. In 2012 they had four weeks out of school for a trip to Europe. Similarly in late 2008.
Here’s Ollie overcoming his fear of heights by climbing the Eiffel Tower, age 10.
I’ve always believed that holidays are a right, not a privilege. We usually take our holidays in the school breaks, but every so often we need to take them in school time. I’ve always seen this as an educational opportunity and have found the schools very amenable.
Having said that, I’m not sure if I’ll be brave enough to take them out of their French school for a long weekend!
What’s your experience?