Jump to content

Re-imagine holidays to make them happy days


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 bluecardigans

Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:03 PM

SMH article

QUOTE
What if families could choose when they take their school holidays? At a time when there are cheaper travel opportunities, or a time that coincides with their own cultural festivals and family rituals. Or, a time when they feel they need a break. Together even. Not parents taking leave at staggered times to cover the school holidays.


As a family with both parents working full time, this sounds like an idea worth exploring, but I have no idea how this would work for students. Would there be a risk they could miss out on important parts of the curriculum?

#2 Jeyamoo

Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:13 PM

I think it sounds like an awesome idea! School holidays are a nightmare for working parents. Of course it will never happen though...

#3 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:19 PM

I can imagine the uproar over working parents who are also teachers taking advantage.

#4 *LucyE*

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:03 PM

I like the idea of re-working the school week so it isn't as hectic. My ideal would be a 3 or 4 day school week and a 3-4 day weekend.

If schools were flexible enough to allow students to learn at their own pace, it would allow quick learner more time to pursue other interests or some areas more deeply. It would also free up teachers to assist those who require more help.

The non academic school experience could still be scheduled for certain days when everyone is together on campus.

I disagree with the comment about students 'unlearning' during holidays because I believe there is more to education than what's in the curriculum (or a teacher's interpretation). I also think that some learning can be quickly forgotten if it wasn't taught properly and given the opportunity to fully understand and explore the issue. So often I hear the comment about there being so much to cram into such a short period of time yet there is so much time wasted because we are trying to box many individuals to conform and perform at the same rate.

Change is happening, but it is tinkering at the edges and is a slow process.


#5 Expelliarmus

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:09 PM

Actually it's common for children to 'go backwards' during the holidays. They do unlearn - reading levels slide backwards for example. That's just one measurable way.

I think it sounds like a great idea. I wish someone could figure out a way to do it!

#6 Holidayromp

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:14 PM

We are holidaying this time during the school term.  We will be off for three weeks in under two weeks.  It wasn't feasible to go away over the Christmas period this year and the school just faffs around with the students and class placements for at least the first two to three weeks.  It is a frustrating process so we will be taking advantage of that faff around process to go away, enjoy cheap rates at a virtually deserted holiday destination.  Win win for us.

We usually go away during the Christmas period but it is busy, the roads packed, holiday destinations packed and prices take a hike - I am dreaming of re going on a holiday to the gold coast during off peak and re-visiting the theme parks - I bet you they will not be packed.

#7 Justaduck

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:20 PM

QUOTE (Holidayromp @ 28/01/2013, 10:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We usually go away during the Christmas period but it is busy, the roads packed, holiday destinations packed and prices take a hike - I am dreaming of re going on a holiday to the gold coast during off peak and re-visiting the theme parks - I bet you they will not be packed.


I live in Brisbane and have park passes so have ducked down plenty of times on weekdays. Often they are busier than normal as they have the big tour groups from Asia there throughout the week.

#8 Holidayromp

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:22 PM

QUOTE (broncosbabe @ 28/01/2013, 11:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I live in Brisbane and have park passes so have ducked down plenty of times on weekdays. Often they are busier than normal as they have the big tour groups from Asia there throughout the week.


Doh!!!!!  My dream of a quiet theme park dissipates like steam on a hot summers day  sad.gif   Well at least I am under no illusions now!  biggrin.gif

#9 bluecardigans

Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:36 AM

QUOTE (*LucyE* @ 28/01/2013, 11:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like the idea of re-working the school week so it isn't as hectic. My ideal would be a 3 or 4 day school week and a 3-4 day weekend.

DS2 attends day care M & T, T & F.  It works out really well as he only does two days in a row before getting a break.  We used to have him attend M,T,W, and found that he was very grumpy on the Wed.  He seems to cope better with the four days rather than the three in a row.  I wish I could continue this next year which is FYOS.

#10 SplashingRainbows

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:04 AM

I love the idea, although I do worry for full time working couples or singles with kids at school if there were more than a four week minimum holiday period.

At the moment we do at least have options for vacation care up to 12 years old - I worry those options might disappear.

Otherwise it's great.

I have recently started my own business and my ideal is that all staff work no more than four days per week. I am also trying to mirror the public service flexible times I've seen used where there is a core "must attend" time say 9-3 and staff are free to base there hours around their commitments so long as they do their contracted hours.

I can see why similar concepts would work well in the school system (albeit with challenges).

#11 Froggilicious

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:34 AM

This sounds exactly like what my husband and I (both teachers) have been discussing as a better way to do school. Make schooł 4 days a week, reduce blocks of holidays and allow people to choose when they take them. by doing this the quality of teachîng and learning should improve as there is less opportunity for kids to unlearn things and teachers have the tme and space to develop better programs and resources. It may also reduce absenteeism particularly of kids taking time off for family holidays mid term.

We find that long holidaÿ breaks make the term timè far too intense because at the start of term you have to build back up, then there is the wind down to the next break. Tis means yoû are realistically trying tô cram quality learning into the five middle weeks of term. Add in fridaÿ afternoon itus and we always feel like we are playing catchup.

Sorrÿ for errors my ipad is playing funny buggers.

Eta realistically this is never going to happen as to be effective it would require more teachers working slightly reduced loads, so governments would never go for it. I don't see unions having a great shot at selling less holiday time either.

Edited by Froggilicious, 29 January 2013 - 06:56 AM.


#12 cinnabubble

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:54 AM

QUOTE
I like the idea of re-working the school week so it isn't as hectic. My ideal would be a 3 or 4 day school week and a 3-4 day weekend.

Every working parent's idea of hell. There'd have to be the equivalent of childcare for the working days that weren't school days.

#13 *LucyE*

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:08 AM

QUOTE
QUOTE
I like the idea of re-working the school week so it isn't as hectic. My ideal would be a 3 or 4 day school week and a 3-4 day weekend.

Every working parent's idea of hell. There'd have to be the equivalent of childcare for the working days that weren't school days.

Not necessarily.  Most of the working parents I know, have flexibility with their work so can manage their hours.  The balance of shorter weeks, would be to have less long blocks of school holidays so it balances out with not needing vacation care.

Anyway, my idea wasn't that everyone had to conform to the same novel hours, but that schools became flexible like many workplaces to allow for choice in school hours.  So, some families could continue with the status quo.  Others could choose different configurations.  

If it is working for so many businesses and government departments, why wouldn't it potentially work for schools too?

#14 Holidayromp

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

QUOTE (*LucyE* @ 29/01/2013, 10:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If it is working for so many businesses and government departments, why wouldn't it potentially work for schools too?


Because every family works differently.  It could work well with some but be a complete nightmare for others.  Unfortunately it is a blanket approach which won't suit all.

#15 *LucyE*

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:50 AM

I agree that a blanket approach wouldn't work but that is essentially what the current system is.

QUOTE (LucyE)
Anyway, my idea wasn't that everyone had to conform to the same novel hours, but that schools became flexible like many workplaces to allow for choice in school hours. So, some families could continue with the status quo. Others could choose different configurations.

The point is to offer choice.

#16 FeralAlpacaWarrior

Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:52 PM

But what happens in situations when parents can't get time off (annual leave), how do the kids get a break from school if holiday care doesn't exist anymore? As an ex-teacher, I can tell you that by the time kids get to 10 to 12 weeks of school in a row, they have had ENOUGH and need a break. So you'd still need holiday care to run somehow.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Lucky escape for mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Penny Wong

'The most hurtful argument in the marriage equality debate'

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.

Does exercise have to be fun to work?

Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?

Hair dye gives woman second-degree burns

She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.

Kelly Slater saves mum and toddler from 'freak wave'

A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.

Apple recalls millions of power adapters

Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.

Toddler's adorable alphabet goes viral

It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement  about the alphabet.

Tot's nighttime waking saves family's life

Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night. 

Australian mum gives birth to quintuplets

An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.

Dad of four girls faints at gender reveal for fifth baby

It was all too much excitement for this dad.

The simple way you can help your baby's language development

The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.

Zika virus is 'spreading explosively': WHO

The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.

National database recommended for child protection cases

Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.

Hospitals put babies at risk by ignoring policy on elective caesareans

Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.

Police help deliver baby on busy roadside

Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.

1D's Louis Tomlinson shares first photo of baby

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.

 

FREE TICKET

Free first aid demonstrations daily

Get your free ticket to the Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.