Holiday Ideas for Handling Missed School
# Check School Policy
Before you start to plan your holiday travel, make sure you’re clear on the school’s policy regarding absences. You can usually find it on the school district website, otherwise you may need to call and ask. Usually there are a set number of excusable absences allowed each year. If your holiday will be longer than that or you’ve already used up some absences, you may need special permission from the administration to take your little learner out of school again.
# Do a Grades Audit
# Get Organized
Get a binder or folder together with worksheets, readings and study guides your little jet-setter will need to keep up with the class while he’s away. If he needs to do some schoolwork during vacation, take inventory to make sure you have all the books and materials needed to complete the assignments before your trip. Long car rides and layovers that would usually leave your child bored are a great opportunity for him to get his schoolwork out of the way.
# Plan Educational Activities
During vacation, there’s plenty of time for sledding, sing-alongs, snowball fights…and sneaking in some hands-on learning. Fun educational activities aren’t only great ways to keep young minds sharp and avoid a “brain drain” over holiday break—they’re family bonding opportunities as well. If you have a craft enthusiast, grab your art supplies for some winter-themed activities. Or, if your kid is a tech-lover, stock your tablet with educational apps and games. If you invest some time in learning during the break, he’ll hit the ground running when it’s time to go back to school.
# Build in Buffer Time
Whether you’re driving back from Grandma’s or flying in from Hawaii, sending your child back to school when he’s still in vacation mode is sure to leave him in a pickle. Plan to have some “buffer time” between vacation and school for your kid to switch gears and reacclimate to a normal schedule after late nights, treats, and running wild with his cousins. Flying in on the red eye and sending your child to school the next morning means his teacher has to try to catch him up while he’s still mentally on holiday break. Cutting your vacation short by an afternoon will give him a chance to reboot and get his head in the game before he’s back at his school desk.