Or when we car-school in between doctor's appointments.
Or when it's a birthday for someone in our family (yes, I have been known to even include the dog in this rule) and there is no school allowed.
But sometimes that "our own schedule" deal backfires on me.
Take today, for example.
I was all pumped up. "It's Presidents Day, guys! And just in time for when we started learning about George Washington! We're going to do some fun learning about our first President!" Books, videos, art activities, all nicely in place. Kids even (somewhat) excited.
Then the doorbell rang.
It was a neighbor.
A public school neighbor.
In a moment of sheer indignation, my kiddos discovered that public school kids--ALL the public school kids--don't have to go to school for Presidents Day.
Alas, I did corral them long enough to read our cool books, learn some pretty neat stuff, and practice some copywork.
(Wonder how long I can keep the next Planning Day a secret?)