Our Thursday Photo #39

I’m very aware of how much both girls are growing up and changing each week, but occasionally something really makes me stop and think about it. 

This week, the trigger has been lots of talk about school. I overheard a conversation earlier in the week about the problem parents face when taking school age children on holiday. 

Some people were willing to take their children out of school to avoid the price hikes during holidays and all of them were complaining about the fact that they could be penalised for doing so. 

We’re not yet in that position ourselves, but it got me thinking about how I’d feel when we were. 

I do appreciate that there are cost considerations and that for many of us, this can be prohibitive when it comes to a foreign holiday. 

By the same token though, in wanting to take our children out of school purely to avoid cost considerations associated with going away during school holidays, are we undervaluing their education?

I wonder what Malala Yousafzai’s opinion would be on this debate. Having fought for her right to an education, would she find a the right to a cheap holiday somewhat trivial in comparison to the importance of being educated? 

For me, I think the consideration will be more around whether I will be able to get the girls back into the same school if I remove them from school for a year to home educate them. 

I would like to travel for a year with the girls towards the end of their time at primary school and educate them as we go.

I would of course cover all their curriculum subjects for the year, but it is my opinion that they would learn a lot more by getting out into the world than staying at home and reading about it in a textbook. 

It seems that Libby has school on the mind this week as well. When a friend of mine called over for lunch, Libby was explaining to her that she was going to school soon and asking me which school she was going to go to. 

It’s difficult to explain to a two year old that I currently have no idea which school she will go to, but that we’re doing our very best to make sure it’s a good one. 

It seemed like a very grown up conversation to have with her and perhaps made her come across as more mature than she is.

This evening, we talked about taking the bars off her cot bed so that she could get out. She wasn’t keen on that idea at all and wanted to keep her cot, so perhaps she will stay a baby in some ways for a little longer. 

Talking of babies, Lia is now crawling quite proficiently, but only when it suits her. She isn’t managing to pull herself up to a standing position yet, so I think walking is a long way off. I’m quite pleased, it’s going to be chaos with two of them mobile. 

Our Thursday photo #39 was taken whilst they were both having a rare treat of watching the television. As you can tell, they were both rather transfixed! 

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8 Comments

  1. February 5, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    We almost always went on holiday when the school went back as my dad worked in shifts and couldn’t always get time off. I don’t think any of us suffered for it. We were given piles of homework to do but we enjoyed doing it as we knew we got to go on holiday for it.

    • monsterid February 5, 2015 / 10:55 pm

      That’s really interesting, thank you for comment. I had forgotten about time off work, of course that is more difficult during school holidays too.x

  2. February 6, 2015 / 12:11 am

    I’m a teacher so I’ve experienced it from both sides. The older the child is the more of a problem it is and in fact in my school we are not obliged to give students work to do while on holiday. It really messes with a teachers assessment plan when kids go away and doesn’t allow them to gain a good idea of where they are at. I absolutely hate it when kids are away during term time.

    On the other hand I agree nothing beats travel for learning. But…sitting by a pool is not learning so make sure you’re not kidding yourself. My husband and I took our two children to Europe when they were 9 and 11. We organised the holiday to miss the last two weeks if one term and the first two weeks of the next term plus the two weeks in between. We gave the teachers heaps of notice.

    One final thing – a lot of parents assume nothing gets done at the end of a term after the assessment period is over. A good teacher does not only teach to assessments. Very often what the kids see as more fun learning activities are carried out at the end of term. This is social development and is just as important.

    Hope this helps.

    • monsterid February 6, 2015 / 12:56 am

      Thank you for your comment Suzi, that’s a really useful point of view, I hadn’t thought about it from the point of view of the teachers, I suppose it must be a complete nightmare. Interesting about the social development towards the end of term too, I hadn’t considered that. Thank you.x

  3. February 6, 2015 / 9:26 am

    What a lovely photo!
    It would be great to take the kids out of school for a holiday as it’s a massive price difference and I don’t think they miss too much, as long as they haven’t also had lots of time off sick during the year. Holidays are an educational experience in themselves.
    However, it is against the law, and parents can and do get fined 🙁 For this reason, of course, most schools won’t authorise holidays, so you end up lying to school and saying the child is ill for a week, which isn’t a nice thing to do!
    Re taking them out for a year – I don’t think there would be any guarantee of getting back in. I may be wrong, but I think they will keep a place for three months. Of course there’s every likelihood the place will still be there, but it depends on how desperate other families are to get into the school! A friend of mine travelled with her three kids for a year and they all found it an amazing experience.
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    • monsterid February 6, 2015 / 9:40 am

      Thank you so much for taking the time to post your comment again Sarah, sorry it didn’t work yesterday. I agree that holidays can be an educational experience if you make the effort. Really useful to know about getting them back into school after 12 months as well, thank you. That’s definitely a consideration.x

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