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Old 04-30-2016, 12:30 PM   #21
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In terms of pulling kids from classes or sports programs..........


Be pro-active. Ask the teacher to provide the week's study guide or class plans so you can have the kids do some work to help bridge the gap while you're away. If there is an exam or major paper due while you're away, know how that will be dealt with. And don't expect the teacher to take time away from the other kids to help yours get back up to speed or caught up, not fair to the other kids. If required, that part is your job.


If your child is in a competitive sports situation (is a starter on the varsity football team and will miss 5 practices and a game for example) being gone could impact his/her status as a starter. Of course, if he/she is a "star," he/she will likely be welcomed back with open arms. For recreational sports, being gone is no big deal.
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Old 05-01-2016, 10:48 PM   #22
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Gee tough choice, Soccer practices in summer or trip to Europe for 4 weeks.
I had this issue come up and it wasn't even Europe.
We proposed to our kids that we do 4 months in Europe (leave sometime right around now or maybe a couple weeks ago on a transatlantic cruise then return at the end of summer). We'd have to pull them from school and home school I guess for April/May.

But nope. The 5th grader wanted to walk in her graduation in elementary school. I think she also didn't want to be away from her friends for that long.
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Chances are, we'll be going this route as well. (You all may recall a thread "Child free" from a couple years ago... well, not a question any longer... DW and I are expecting Thing 1 in September.)
I just saw this in the life changing thread. How exciting. Congratulations!!!
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We are getting ready to RE later this year at 44. Our kids are 11 and 8. We decided to sell our house and buy an RV to travel the country. Both kids are excited to launch on our journey this month and we've already connected with other families who fulltime out of their RV. We expect to settle somewhere again by the time our oldest starts highschool and then will explore some part time opportunities.
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We are getting ready to RE later this year at 44. Our kids are 11 and 8. We decided to sell our house and buy an RV to travel the country. Both kids are excited to launch on our journey this month and we've already connected with other families who fulltime out of their RV. We expect to settle somewhere again by the time our oldest starts highschool and then will explore some part time opportunities.
Are you planning on homeschooling or settling down somewhere during the school year?
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We will be homeschooling. We want to take advantage of our freedom from schedules before my oldest hits high school age.
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:24 PM   #27
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We will be homeschooling. We want to take advantage of our freedom from schedules before my oldest hits high school age.
That's our rationale as well. Although our kids are 4 and 2 so I have no idea what they will think of "our" decision. If the kids want to go to school I have no problem with that ... I guess more free time for me.

We're currently on a month long vacation so we'll see how they feel by week 3

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Congrats to Nash!
And for you others, contemplating homeschooling: I know a good many folks that dip in and out of homeschooling, depending on the kids' current interests and opportunities. A number of folks in the sailing community will pull kids from school for a year to go sailing, then drop back into regular school for a while. Rinse, repeat. I will say the kids I've met who have had these kinds of experiences are marvelous. Polite, interesting, able to be comfortable in different environments, able to entertain themselves, etc.
My boss has one in public school, one in private, and one homeschooled by his wife (SAHM). That's what happened to work for them. I would have appreciated that kind of flexibility as a kid, and maybe would have been a more enthusiastic student with more choices than "insert tab A into slot B".
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