I could joke and say if you have homeschooled for at least a day then you understand the need for rescheduling school work. Kids get sick, mom gets sick and family emergencies happen. Then the tension can rise when the colorful printed schedule grids have not been completed by the end of the week. Take a deep breath…slowly exhale.
Since the schedule software does not allow you to bump information to the next week how do you handle rescheduling?
Suggestions for Combining Weeks in Illuminations:
First I do not assign dates to the weeks in Illuminations. For example if we are on week 5 in the program and by Tuesday all my kids are vomiting, then the next calendar week we will still be on week 5. The only thing about this method you could spend most of your summer break completing school lessons.
Now if we get through most of the work for week 5 before tragedy strikes then I will asses what is the most important to complete and add that information to week 6 grids.
I have been known to drop subjects for a week or two to get back on track. Copywork, spelling or RAGs can be skipped all together without harming the flow of the lessons. Then the time saved can be used to double up on history and science lessons. I have also just had my kids read the recommended literature books before moving to the next week.
I might print week 6 and week 7 grids with only the necessary subjects, having skipped subjects usually completed each week. Then we can complete 2 weeks of ILM in one week. I try to avoid this option, but sometimes it can help with getting a big leap to being back on track.
Illuminations 2 through 6 include weeks of “catch-up.” Look for weeks 8, 16, 24, and 32 to have more down time. If everyone is moving on schedule we add extra projects. If everyone has been battling illness we skip the week and move forward.
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