How do you deal with sickness?

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Nell4Him's picture
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How do you deal with sickness?

Today I was sick enough to have my parents come and take my kids for the day. I sent DS with a math test to do..

I regret it, cause he failed and I think he would/could have passed here at home. I only sent him with that cause it was the one thing on his lesson plan that he HAS to do by himself. We are now a day behind on our lessons and I'm just irritated.

How do you guys deal with the kids being sick, or you (the teacher) being sick?

gardenbug's picture
Joined: 03/12/07
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I don't know, I'd not blame anyone or even the situation. I think a different environment is good for kids to adjust to. Frequently tests are given in different locations and people get used to it. For example, a test for a job, SATs later on, interviews, etc. Maybe he didn't really understand that the work had to be done by him today - and solo! With time it should make sense to him.
Now you get better and carry on until the holidays, OK?

AlyssaEimers's picture
Joined: 08/22/06
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I build days into the year to plan for sick days. We started the first week in August when public schools started after Labor Day. That gives us about 1 month of days to use as sick days or I just can't do it today days. We can also make days up. We just missed several days due to live happening so instead of taking 2 weeks off for Christmas we are taking 1 week off. I am pretty strict about getting my 180 days in, but there is lots of wiggle room in making sure you get that many days in there.

For my lesson plans not getting messed up, I do not date them, but give them a number. For example on the first day of school, all of lesson 1 gets done. Say we were all sick on the second day of school we would just not do lesson 2 until the 3rd day. That was I do not have to change all the days each time we miss a day.

Nell4Him's picture
Joined: 10/25/06
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Thank you both.

Since we do Connections Academy, the days are set for him. I am not sure how "sick" days work with them. He has has two before and the teacher marks it "excused" on the calendar, but then the next day all the lessons for that day show up in the "overdue" section of his planner. I know at a certain age, brick and mortar schools start sending home work for the student to make up, but I'm not sure if we have hit that age yet.

I hate seeing that we are "overdue" on something. I just bugs me. I do know how to re-run the scheduler so that those lessons get pushed back, but then it tells us that our scheduled "end" date is too late into June and we need to adjust it. :/

I don't think we will be doing Connections again next year. I think it was a good step towards giving me the tools to do it on my own.

As for him not knowing about the test "rules", he knew. I made sure that he knew and I also told my mom. It was not his first test. He does all his tests solo here at home, but usually at the table and I keep the little siblings far away so he can concentrate better. We are getting him a lap desk so I can close him in his room on his bed to complete them, as well.

He did, also, fly through the lessons leading up to it, so perhaps he didn't quite grasp the subject entirely. Since he is a few days ahead of schedule in math, we are taking time today to review before we move on to the next topic.

Thank you both for your input. I greatly appreciate it.

AlyssaEimers's picture
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Oh wow. It would be difficult to follow someone else's schedule and not be able to take a sick day when needed. That flexibility is one of my favorite parts of homeschooling.

tink9702's picture
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I agree with Alyssa - one of the reasons I'd homeschool is the flexibility to move lessons to the weekend or do more on a day that things are going well.

I'd speak to someone about the program and what does happen. Good luck!