When you are a homeschooling parent, all of the responsibility of caring for your child’s education falls on you. When mom is sick, however this can be especially difficult. Many moms often make the joke that they are not allowed to get sick. This is especially the case if mom is responsible for caring for the educating needs for the kids. Below are some ideas, and suggestions on how to ensure that your children do not fall behind when they are sick.
Plan for sick days
You will first want to start by planning in advance before you even get sick. I have often made what I like to call sick boxes. I take a plastic bin, and pack away extra fun assignments that the kids can do by themselves. This allows mom plenty of time to rest and recover, from being sick. By taking the time to prepare these boxes in advance you will be able to sit on the couch and supervise, as your children get their work done. I have found it best to pack a week’s worth of work into the boxes. You can divide them up by using folders, and writing the days of the week on them. This way the kids will still have plenty of order to their regular day. You will also want to have an inbox where the kids can put all of their completed work when they are done. This way when you are feeling better you can easily check their work and have them fix any errors.
Extend your school year
Extending your school year is very similar to what the public schools like to do, when they have snow days. If you are sick for a week or a few days, you can always just pull out some educational games for your kids. You can then extend your school year by a few days. The best part of being a homeschooler is that you can add these days whenever you like. You can add one or two days here and there.
Time for review
There are plenty of online programs that offer some review for your children. They can easily review items that they have already completed. You can have some review worksheets are set, and ready to go. You can pull them out when you need them. Or you can make up a list of online games that your child can play during the course of the school day.