I track our attendance and my children always end up with far more than our required 180 days of instruction, so I’m not worried about someone needing an occasional sick day. If the child was sick, she wouldn’t go to public school, either. Homeschool sick days don’t need to be any different.
I mark sick days as a day of school in our yearly calendar, so that day is numbered and included in our count. I also mark on the calendar that it was a sick day. I keep track of our total sick days. Since we end up with more than 180 days anyway, it’s not a problem.
I see this question come up often, though – homeschool moms wonder what to do about counting a day of instruction if the child was sick. I think that it’s fine to count a sick day as an instructional day – but as a homeschool mom, I’m not primarily concerned with a child’s body being present in a seat. I want my child to learn what they’re supposed to learn. So, if he was sick and couldn’t do math lesson number 27, then the next day he does math lesson number 27. He doesn’t skip ahead to 28. We don’t skip the signing of the constitution because he was sick that day, either.
Usually, we all work through sickness. But sometimes…we get too sick.
We had the flu. Not the 2-3 day flu, either. We were seriously wiped out! 5-6-7 days of fever, and a week of feeling wiped out the week after. We all laid around for a week, feverish, subsisting on cereal, 7Up, and fever-reducing medicine.
For a few days, we didn’t do much school. I’ve taught my kids to be pretty independent, and their work was already set up for the week, so the ones who hadn’t gotten terribly sick yet were able to keep on with most of their school routine.
The next week was a problem. I was too sick to set up the week’s work, and by then the kids were all too sick to do anything but lie there and occasionally make an effort to watch TV.
Thanks to my efforts in setting up a strong bilingual environment in our house, my children still practiced a lot of foreign language because they watched their playlists that I made for them on my YouTube channel.
My kids played video games (well, the ones who were starting to feel better played video games). Yes, I let them play video games during what were supposed to be our usual “school hours.”
I didn’t count those days as school days. I’m not worried about it, either. We had to take an unplanned week off? So what? I started school early, we’ve kept up, and I’ll have no trouble getting in more than the required days of school. I start school early each year just for this exact reason. I love not having to stress about trying to cram school days in.
We don’t quite follow a year-round homeschool schedule because we do have a summer break. It’s just a shorter summer break. And, during summer we switch it up and study some different things than our normal yearly curriculum. But, starting early and kind-of following a year round schedule allows us a little leeway to take a break.
Overall, this system works very well for us. What do you do for homeschool sick days?