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School & Travel

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When to take the kids out of school for travel.
Parents... read before sharing with your kids!

    Summer vacations afford us time to travel as a family, offering money saving deals, family packages and a whole slew of family vacation ideas and tours--many only available during this time of the year.  Yet, travel at this time also can be crowded and hectic incurring booking problems; filled-up tours, sites, and hotels; over pricing and plenty of... if something’s about to go wrong it will--travel problems.
    Now that the kids are back to school, planning family vacations around our school age children may be limited to holiday times and spring vacation.  Like summer vacation, however, these periods are also subject to the same advantages and disadvantages.
    But there’s another option to planning a family vacation--take the kids out of school!  You’ll find no crowds, off season special pricing and greater availability... yet, the kids will miss school--a time of learning, or will they?
    Here are somethings to consider... before you tell the kids about this fantastic idea!
    Taking the kids out of school, and the length of vacation, will largely depend on your child and how well he or she can adapt.  
    Most teachers are receptive to working out plans covering missed lessons--from making up homework prior to leaving, for short trips, to taking homework along for daily study in combination with themed vacation projects,
for longer leaves.  The writing of a journal along with photos and drawings is a good idea for any out of school getaway.  Also, upon return, a presentation of the trip to the class is a nice reinforcement.
     Kids are required to attend a specific number of school days each year to assure the school of state funding for that child.  High school students need so many hours of credit for graduation.              
    Schools are usually prepared to accommodate two to three weeks of vacation but longer trips may take some creative planning.  Inquire about district policy and discuss your plans with your school principal or superintendent.  Independent study programs approved by the school district can provide continued funding in your child’s absence.
    For extended travel, home schooling has proven very successful.  You can contact Home Education Magazine for a resource guide, (800) 236-3278.
     Travel is rich in history, language, culture, politics and the arts along with the practical uses of math and science, problem solving, communications and negotiations; it’s a confidence builder too--what could be a better class room?

In doing, we learn. --George Herbert

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