One of the best things about homeschooling is that you get to decide when class is in session. Homeschooling allows for a flexible schedule. Every family and situation is different, but here are ten different times when homeschoolers often take the day off from school!
10 Ways to Tell if You Should Take the Day off From Homeschooling
1. Family emergencies
We all hope they don’t happen, but family emergencies come up from time to time. Whether there is anything you can do about the emergency or not, some situations can be incredibly distracting, making homeschooling a bit tricky for the day.
2. The kids need a break
If you’re burnt out on something, sometimes the kids just need a break, and that’s okay! Public schools and private schools have random days off scheduled into particular months of their calendars, just because (think fall break).
3. You’re feeling sick
If you find yourself running back and forth to the bathroom, or cannot peel yourself from bed, it is best to put your lessons on hold for the day and pick it up tomorrow.
4. The kids are ill
Being sick is no phone and it can often be hard to focus! If the kids are sick, the school work can wait.
Holidays are the perfect time to get together with family. Take the day off (and maybe even the day before and/or after a holiday) to put the schoolwork aside and focus on family and holidays. Yes, your birthday can count as a holiday. 🙂
6. You’re not prepared
We all have those days when we are completely unprepared. In these cases, take a break from the work! Watch a fun historical movie or discover the many other fun ways the kids can learn without using the traditional textbook materials.
7. Vacation time
Most schools have at least an entire week or two off during the winter, and another week off in the fall.
These are the perfect times for vacation. Fortunately, when homeschooling, you can choose when to take your extra long vacations.
8. The kids just can’t focus
For no real reason, there are just some days when I can’t focus! Maybe I just had a ingenious project I can’t wait to try or I’m so excited to try something new. Whatever it is, if you’re having one of those rough days when the kids just can’t seem to focus, try getting outside or mixing up your schedule.
9. There’s a special event
Homeschooling isn’t just for learning from a textbook. Throughout high school, I had multiple chances to attend various networking events or speaking opportunities that were during the school day. If there’s something special going on that day (bonus points if it’s educational!), it can be a wise decision to skip school for the day, or get school done at a different time.
10. The weather is great
Whether it’s a snow day or the sun is too warm to pass up, you can have school outside or just decide to spend the day at the park!
Homeschooling provides so much flexibility that can accommodate so many schedules! What are your favorite days to take off of school?