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I have kids in K, 3 & and want to take a vaca to go visit family in Germany. The prices fly during school vaca are crazy and we are thinking of taking them out of school for 2 weeks. Curious to hear people think this is ok. Not sure what their teachers will think!




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I have kids in K, 3 & and want to take a vaca to go visit family in Germany. The prices fly during school vaca are crazy and we are thinking of taking them out of school for 2 weeks. Curious to hear people think this is ok. Not sure what their teachers will think!


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Lisa @ School Family writes:
Hi Janey- From a parent's perspective I think that this sounds like a great family and educational opportunity. Life experiences with your family are their own form of education. Time goes so quickly and before you know it your kids will be in JH and HS where it's MUCH harder to have them miss school! Curious to hear what teachers think about this.
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tmonetb writes:
I personally think it's a great idea. After graduating from college I decided to home school my son because I wanted to show him the world first hand, not just through a book. We have been to so many countries and had so many field trips!! It's amazing to experience other cultures, people and ways of life "together". Go for it!!
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cmccarthy writes:
Hi Janey, As a parent I understand your dilemma. From a teacher's perspective it's always difficult when a child misses school, primarily because the curriculum keeps moving forward. But, travel itself can be a great leaning experience! I would suggest that if you do go during school time try to incorporate as many educational aspects of the trip as possible, for example, historical sites or great museums. Ask their teachers, well in advance, for work that the children could do during the trip. Have them keep a daily journal in a small notebook. Take a lot of photos. When they return to school they could share the stories and photos with their class.
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ErinTM writes:
When I was a kid my dad took me out at the end of the year to go on a long trip. You know those end of school year days, after exams, just making up for snow days. I missed nothing and will never forget the trip! (To England: think castles, wars, history.)
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