How to you handle sick days or days you’re to busy to do school? Well here’s what we do. If I am sick we still do school. Plain and simple. I still do housework and care for my family so I feel I can still be teacher. If our daughter is sick we take off until she is better. When she is sick I don’t feel she can focus on the learning. Now onto missed days. Some days you may have a lot to do or you may just want/need to take the day off. I use Saturday and Sunday as contingency days. So we can miss up to 2 days of school a week. I don’t like doing this because I have the year planned out and want to finish everything on time. I know with homeschooling you can finish things whenever but planning the year is what I prefer.
Since I like sticking to the schedule I’ve made with Timberdoodle’s online scheduler we do make up sick/missed days. When the snow storm hit Texas we missed a week of school. So upon returning home I had to figure out how to complete those 5 days of school. We could have used the weekend but instead we did what I call Combo School. What in the world is that? Well it’s doing two days worth of school in one day. Now you would think this would make our school day twice as long but it really only adds maybe 30 minutes more. When I was pregnant with our second baby we missed a lot of school because I was just to weak and sick to even get up. So once I felt a bit better we had a lot of days to catch up on. We did what I call Mega Combo School. This is when we do 3-5 days of school in one day. Yes it is a lot of work. So, if we do this I make sure to move on or stop if it’s too much work or too much of one subject at once. When doing either form of Combo School I add in breaks and lots of games. If you’ve read my blog before you know the majority of our games are educational so there is lots of learning during our break times. What do you guys do? How do you handle sick/missed days?