I have been a mom for almost a quarter century so I feel as though I can claim veteran status when it comes to kids in school. I am not, however a veteran homeschooling mom as my older children were only homeschooled for a couple of years before they attended public school. Bookworm Beauty did just the opposite, she started in public school, migrated to a charter school and has now been homeschooled.
There are several differences between homeschooling vs sending the kids to school. We can talk all day about curriculum, the ability to work and soar at one’s own pace, the opportunity to have a more hands on education, and so much more. One of the blessings of homeschooling that seems to rarely be brought up is that of sick days. We have not had any sickness in our home for nearly two years. I credit some of that success to not having the kids in a cesspool of germs at school – although I know that isn’t the sole reason.
This year, however has been the opposite. It seems that just as one person is getting over the germ of the day, the next person begins showing signs. It is as if we have been playing piano rounds with germs throughout the family!
One of my greatest pet peeves is people hauling their germ-laden kids all over the place and keeping them in their normal activities where other kids are. I can not count the number of times I have taken my healthy kids to Sunday school only to have them sick the following Tuesday. Keep sick kids home so they can get rest, recover and avoid passing the germs elsewhere. It is that simple.
Schools are one of the few places that enforces their sick policies – to the best of their ability. I have to make the point that if our kids were enrolled in the local school, Bookworm Beauty would have missed so much school this year that there could have been a question about her attendance. It seems that whatever germ was being bounced around, it started with her. To be fair, she is the one that is the most active and involved in the most activities where she is exposed to more germs because other parents don’t keep their sick kids home, ahhh but I digress.
Many days, one of the kiddos would have had enough symptoms to have to be kept home from school, but they were well enough to resume a fair amount of normal daily activities – albeit slightly modified. The fact that they are homeschooled is a tremendous blessing this year. They have been able to focus on getting the rest that was needed yet still complete some school work throughout the day when feeling up to it. We have been able to maintain an almost normal school schedule at home even while the kiddos have been under the weather.
Truth be told, there have been days that no schooling took place. If one is still in the stage of needing complete rest, then she gets complete rest.
How do you handle sick kiddos during your homeschooling days?