Now here’s an idea I can get behind (and I’m sure most kids would like it as well): Emma Thompson, who recently said she would be taking a hiatus from acting, is giving daughter Gaia a little respite, too – she’s letting the 10-year-old take a year off from school.
“Gaia finishes her little [primary] school next year, but I’m going to give her a break from education and show her the world a bit and take a break myself,” Emma said in a recent interview. “I just thought it was really good timing between those two schools to have a bit of a break.”
But this isn’t something the Nanny McPhee actress is doing haphazardly – she will first have to prove to school officials that Gaia will be adequately educated while traveling, either by having a tutor or presenting her own lesson plans.
Emma’s mother, actress Phyllida Law, admits her daughter ‘has the travelling bug’ and approves of the family’s adventure. “They haven’t said where they will go, but I’m sure like most other ten-year-olds Gaia would be thrilled by the idea of going traveling in another country,” she said.
Emma and her husband Greg Wise are also parents to son Tindyebwa, 23, who they adopted from Rwanda in 2003.