I've posted before about the benefits for our family to home school. One of the greatest ones is being able to spend the time as a family when daddy has off, even during the week days, especially after he gets home from a deployment or a TDY! We also LOVE our field trips, since we get to go to so many different places and see and do various things!!! However, another bonus is one that most people wouldn't think about. Nope - it is not sleeping in, doing school in our pajamas (which we hardly ever do). It is being able to still do school when we are sick! Yup - that's right! When we are sick, we STILL have school! Spring and Fall are our least favorite times of the year to have school, because it is so absolutely gorgeous outside. We much prefer doing our school work during the summer (and early Fall) and during the "Winter." Before you think we are absolutely nuts for WANTING to do school during the summer, let me try to explain.... Life here in the south is HOT! As in you walk outside and realize you shouldn't have taken a bath/shower, because you are drenched due to sweating and the humidity.
When we are ill, we grab our pillows and blankets, and "picnic" down on the living room floor. And we pull out our school books! I don't expect the same amount of school to get done, but I do expect some to get done when they are awake. If my child is healthy enough to read a book when ill, then it can be a school book! And we don't have to worry about missing out on a nice warm day with a cool breeze to enjoy family time, because we spent a sick day in bed not doing anything productive!