When a child attends public school and they are ill, even for the flu, when they return to school they have to play “catch up”. They have extra school work to bring home to make up for missed days and they must try and figure out where the rest of the class is for the current lessons. This may be a little difficult if the illness was prolonged and it is a subject like math. The same would be for a child that has an on-going illness that requires missing many days through out the year.
For a child that is homeschooled, this is not the case. If they are ill with a cold, they can do lighter work or just relax. When they do get back to work, it isn’t make-up work. They just start off where they left off. For example, if they do their lessons for Monday, but are sick the rest of the week, they don’t “make-up” the school work the other four school days plus the following Monday, they simply do the lessons you had planned for Tuesday on Monday and you revamp your lesson days. Remember, we have 365 days a year that we can school, whereas the public school system averages around 180.
An on-going illness, like uncontrolled asthma, severe allergies, arthritis, cancer, and any other, also benefit from homeschooling. Via homeschooling, the parent can maximize the “good” days with the child’s education, while allowing the child to have the needed rest they require on bad days. It allows the flexibility to schedule lessons around appointments, treatments, and/or hospitalization. They never need to “miss” school; it just needs to be scheduled around them.
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