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What to do When the Homeschool Mom is Sick

What happens when the teacher is sick? In a public school, they call in a substitute teacher, but when you, the homeschool mom is sick, what then? What happens to your carefully planned out day? It helps to be prepared for the common cold or to battle the flu. You might want to have a small plan for when you are sick.

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What to do When the Homeschool Mom is Sick

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When you have finally succumbed to the germs that can be picked up anywhere and everywhere, what happens to the homeschool day that you had planned out?

Does it go out the window? Do you get through the plans with a box of Kleenex or a bucket at your feet?

It helps to have a plan in place, a Plan B if you will, for those days when you are sick and need to be able to have a slower day or two but you don’t want to have total write-off days.

Educational Ideas for When a Homeschool Mom is Sick

When a homeschool mom is sick, she may find it difficult to keep up with her schoolwork. However, there are many educational ideas that can be used when a mom is ill.

Screen Time

Watch educational movies or documentaries. Check out the Magic School Bus series on Netflix or DVD, they’ll be learning and entertained at the same time. My kids loved Magic School Bus and loved that they were learning.

There are also a number of documentaries available on Amazon Prime, and then of course there is Curiosity Stream, which is all documentaries. If you can’t find something to go along with your current lessons I’d be shocked.

A reading day

Whether they are curling up with a pile book of their own, or you are all taking turns reading. You could also check out both audio books and e-audio books.

Arts and Crafts Day

Having good arts and crafts supplies on hand can make this much easier. Set out some supplies, those that aren’t going to cause too much mess. Pencils, crayons, markers, and paper, but perhaps steer clear of glitter because that is not going to help you relax.

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A Game Day

Hull out the board games that have been gathering dust, or card games that haven’t been used in a while and put them to use. It’s a great way to entertain, and practice skills.


Maybe you aren’t normally workbook users but having some on hand for sick days can be useful, or go online and print a few off.

Just take a break!

Relax, and have a quiet day without worrying about homeschooling. It is not going to hurt, it might just give everyone the rest they need.

Once you’re sick, what happens to your carefully planned out day? It helps to have an emergency plan for medical emergencies or family illnesses. That way, you can be prepared for the common cold or to fend off the flu. It is better to have a plan for such an event that is likely to happen when we are heading to homeschool groups and hanging out with friends.

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