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Old 09-11-2010, 04:27 PM   #43
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Will there really be Caravans? Ones that are geared toward families with children? Sorry, just something that I do not remember having seen mentioned in TAC threads before... and something I could get excited about.
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(actually that's true, but I'm not organizing anything).
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:42 PM   #45
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Will there really be Caravans? Ones that are geared toward families with children? Sorry, just something that I do not remember having seen mentioned in TAC threads before... and something I could get excited about.
I'm organizing a true caravan next fall, following the entire Natchez Trace from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. It is 100% open and supportive of families with children of any age.

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I will also be organizing a full caravan of the entire length of Historic Route 66, where enough route exists to make it possible. That will be in 2012.
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Mid-August to June 1 is out for us with school age kids. Except Christmas & Spring Break.....

But maybe something will be planned for the summer. Maybe when the route 66 rolls thru OKC we could join for a few days but we will be sure to watch the procession!
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Will there really be Caravans? Ones that are geared toward families with children? Sorry, just something that I do not remember having seen mentioned in TAC threads before... and something I could get excited about.
I'm glad there's others out there that want to caravan and have concerns about doing in the schedule of kids (school). It is a pain the ^&$ and unless we're willing to sacrifice the attendance records of our children, homeschool, or plan around the school calendar...we're stuck with no caravans. I can't blame the planners for this. You do it when you can and that doesn't always coincide with the school year.

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I will also be organizing a full caravan of the entire length of Historic Route 66, where enough route exists to make it possible. That will be in 2012.
eeesch, I'd love to do both, but for the reason mentioned above (no fault of yours) I just can't to the time frame. Maybe in 10 years.

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Mid-August to June 1 is out for us with school age kids. Except Christmas & Spring Break.....
Preach on, brother.
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I'm sure there'll be at least two or three caravans during the summer vacation - we should start a separate thread for this.
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:41 PM   #49
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we should start a separate thread for this.
You are right, it does deserve it's own thread!
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no structure, just keep us posted on what's going on, where & what to bring. that's enough. i want some dancin' though, like square dancing where I get passed from man to man.
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no structure, just keep us posted on what's going on, where & what to bring. that's enough. i want some dancin' though, like square dancing where I get passed from man to man.
Can you teach square dancin.... I can only do old line dances!!
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.... i want some dancin' though, like square dancing where I get passed from man to man.
That doesn't sound very "square" at all.

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Old 09-20-2010, 09:57 PM   #53
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I'm glad there's others out there that want to caravan and have concerns about doing in the schedule of kids (school). It is a pain the ^&$ and unless we're willing to sacrifice the attendance records of our children, homeschool, or plan around the school calendar...we're stuck with no caravans. I can't blame the planners for this. You do it when you can and that doesn't always coincide with the school year.
A a teacher who once took his four kids out of school for 5 weeks to Airstream to Alaska and Yukon, I say take them out if that's all that's stopping you from a good adventure. Five years later my kids have lots of great memories of the trip, and no ill effects of missing school. I can't imagine anything that could have happened at school that would have come close to the experiences we had. My kids were in grades 2, 5 and 7 at the time.
Our oldest has just started university, and while we'll continue to travel with the three who are still home, the time for all of us going on an extended trip together has probably passed. I'm glad we did it when we could.

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I always felt the same way too. My oldest now in 7th grade has had "a lot of colds" on thursday and friday over the past few years. She had to go to a "doctors appointment" a few weeks ago and just yesterday she told us that we needed to schedule them better because one day away from her GT classes was killing her, two was crushing. She takes her school work very serious, and the Honor Roll is the result. Life experience is a good thing and I am all for it, but she has reached an age where school is very important to her. I guess an epic 5 week trip would need to be during the three months she is out of school. Glad to hear it worked for you, but missing that much school is just not realistic in my household.
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I guess an epic 5 week trip would need to be during the three months she is out of school. Glad to hear it worked for you, but missing that much school is just not realistic in my household.
I should clarify that this was the last five weeks of the school year, and the older two completed a couple of assignments on the road (related to the trip) and emailed them in to their teachers. In Ontario report cards are written a couple of weeks before school ends, so missing the last 5 weeks of school is not as serious as missing 5 weeks in the middle of the year. In Ontario we only get two months of summer holidays - school goes from the day after Labour Day to the end of June.

I've heard that some school districts/states really discourage parents from taking their children out of school for family vacations, but I think in many cases children learn more on these trips than they do in the classroom.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:24 AM   #56
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Most states here, have an attendance minimum. If you miss more days without a Doctors note you child can be held back no matter how good they are doing. I not sure what our current district's minimum days but it is usually around 15 days of unexcused absence.
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