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 Post subject: Holiday dilemma
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:34 pm 
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Hi
We go away for a week on the second week of August. My husband is keen on DS revising during the holiday whilst I recommend doing nada! Who is right? Surely he's not going to forget everything in seven days??
Any advice welcome


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 Post subject: Re: Holiday dilemma
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:52 pm 
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Let him enjoy his holiday I say!


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 Post subject: Re: Holiday dilemma
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:13 pm 
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I am in the Nada group tooo - enjoy the hols and come back refreshed


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 Post subject: Re: Holiday dilemma
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:16 pm 
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A rest is good, chance to recharge.

If your DH absolutely feels your DS must do some work, keep it low key, maybe one of those 10 minute tests once a day. Maybe over breakfast or some other down time. Certainly don’t let it interfere with doing the things you’d be doing,


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 Post subject: Re: Holiday dilemma
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:56 am 
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Hi
We had the same dilemma last year with the same difference of opinion. We adopted Tinkers advice: 1-2, 10min tests after breakfast and then no mention of the 11plus. I don’t believe my DS would have forgotten anything in a week but it was a compromise that kept DH happy and DS didn’t mind as it only took 20 mins of an otherwise fun-packed day. I wish you well as it’s a challenging time.


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 Post subject: Re: Holiday dilemma
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:55 am 
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Definitely nada.

If your husband insists, you could play scrabble or yahtzee, or you coukd all ignore him!


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 Post subject: Re: Holiday dilemma
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:52 am 
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We had a week's holiday at the start of the Summer and a week in the penultimate week with DD3 and didn't do any preparation whilst on holiday. The exam was the first week in September. We did do prep over the other 4 weeks.

We did take a book with us for the first week but it never made it out of the suitcase.


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 Post subject: Re: Holiday dilemma
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:18 pm 
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thanks everybody for taking the time to respond!


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 Post subject: Re: Holiday dilemma
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:07 pm 
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One week should not affect the exam results. If anything, it will recharge and replenish the child`s battery. My daughter last year was taken to London end of Aug for 4 days, and it did her the world of good. She passed her grammar exams. The word 11+ and any work associated with the exam were completely banned during this short holiday.

Another friend took her daughter to Spain for a week, mid Aug, and she passed at the score she was hovering around during the summer preparation.

Having said that, another friend, who had an able son, went overseas for 3 weeks. Her son was a whisker away from passing.

In short, and in my opinion, 1 week should be fine.

We are taking our younger daughter overseas for about a week end of July, before we honker down for a final focussed push during the summer holiday.


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 Post subject: Re: Holiday dilemma
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:59 am 
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Sound advice much appreciated.


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