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Holiday is here
August 16 , 2013

Holiday is coming; Holiday is coming, no more morning bell, no more teacherís whip, goodbye teacher, goodbye students, we are going to spend; a jolly holiday. From the part of the world where I come from that is the joyful song students sing gleefully as they march to the beat of different drums, yes I didnít make a mistake, which is the lyric of the song that welcomes you into the ambience environment of any school as the summer holidays approaches and I believe this must be a close scenario; if not the same, of what happens in most part of the world. Yes, holiday is well deserved after the traditional nine months school calendar year that is run in most school, but the questions are: what happens to the students during the summer? Is there any summer plan for summer holiday for the students? At the end of every school calendar, these are questions that must be faced by teachers and parents.  

The traditional school year is scheduled to run from September to May in most countries and studentsí activities in and out of school is streamlined and determined by the teachers and parents likewise, the decision is totally taken out of the students grasps. But the students are excellent planners too and they are very good at planning their time if given the liberty to do so; holidays inclusive. Some students even fantasize about how they will spend their holiday and sheepishly make their intentions very clear even before their exams are over. In view of the fact that summer breaks are very exciting for the students, it is highly pertinent that the parents should structure their time and plans as to the way theyíll fit into what the students love during summer holidays. Alongside the original plan, there should be a backup plan thatís equally interesting and captivating and will be activated in case things donít work as planned and if glitches are experienced, so the students wonít be affected adversely.

Questions always arise in parentsí minds every time they deal with this special window of the year. Some parents are already thinking about holiday preparations weeks before or month, so many destinations cropping up making it harder to decide on the final plans; either to fly somewhere abroad by the shores or spend the time with distant relatives. As meticulous as parents may try to plan and may also include amazing packages with lovely moments of relaxation, it may surprise them that the children may oppose the plans. The children may not agree with their parentsí idea of fun instead they just want to be with their friends, hang out with them and be free away from rules, entrapment, time-table and parents.

One environment that offers such freedom to students is the Youth Camp; it offers opportunities for fun, play and making friends, in a controlled setting. Visiting grandparents in the countryside, also, will be an unforgettable experience for the students as they explore the free and wild nature of the scenery and give the only family the opportunity of bonding. 

Another alternative of spending the time during holiday is to send the children on course trainings of childrenís interest. Many items make the selection lists of courses; improving their language skills (either another local or foreign language), learning a musical instrument, studying new disciplines such as geography, art, sport and so much more. As a matter of fact, the children have their own hobbies, talents and interests, so all parents have to do is to find out what prospects are close to these: hobbies, talents and interests.

At the end of it all, the children should make the most out of the holidays as planned so that they are refreshed after the holidays and full of the same excitement to resume back at school. There may be few downsides, but for the most part, the positives outweigh the negatives.

Though, you may not be able to afford money to spend a holiday abroad, you know for sure you can make everywhere look like the spot of your dream trip, just make this holiday: an unforgettable one.

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