Our family got back to homeschooling with a great start after our Christmas break. It seemed that everyone was well-rested and ready for some academic challenges (thank you God!). So in the usual homeschool style, that lasted about one week before the long awaited flu entered our home through our unsuspecting 9-year old.
Monday being Martin Luther King Day, meant no school because when you have teenagers with friends in public school – they know it is supposed to be a holiday and give you the look like “We’re not actually doing school aaaaaare weeee?” <shudder> Of course we’re not doing school. Go have fun!
It was just as well since our flu scout, the 9-year old, woke in the wee hours of the morning (oh, how I despise you, croup!) desperate for air and burning with a fever. Most of Monday was spent in an over crowded Emergency Room (for which we are all truely grateful) awaiting a breathing treatment.
We managed to make it through that next night only to wake to child number two, the unsuspecting 8-year old, burning with fever and crying from hot eyeballs followed by one trip to the pediatrician and a stop at the pharmacy and back home to convalesce.
Our bedroom was like a temporary hospital room that night at we set up rolls of blankets for the two sickies plus one for the jealous 5-year old!
Wednesday found the flu somewhat under control but both my husband and I seeking for some cleanliness so we dejunked and cleaned most of the morning while the few kids who were not sick did the subjects that they could manage on their own.
The crock-pot did double duty making pot after pot of chicken soup which, by the way, has been scientifically proven to shorten the duration of colds and flu by 50%! One theory is that cooked chicken releases cysteine, an amino acid that is chemically similar at acetylcysteine, a bronchitis drug. You can add to this potency by adding garlic and red pepper which contain capsaicin, a powerful decongestant. Source
Academically, there is not much to write about except that our highschoolers were able to work fairly independently until they came down with the flu this morning. It is nice to know that we can relax and recover this weekend and not be overly worried about ‘being behind’.
There have been lots of card games played
and a bit of stomping in the rain, and lots of napping!
Did you miss our other posts this week?
Homeschool burnout is on the rise this time of the year. Do you ever get to feeling like you just cant do it any more? Read this post for some encouragement to press on and tried and true tips for overcoming burnout in your homeschool.
Kids who struggle in school and who are behind their peers can tend towards low self worth and a lack of confidence. Here are some ways to encourage your struggling learner, helping them to accept their limitations and embrace their talents and gifts.
How was your week?
Linking up today with:
- Collage Friday Mary at Home Grown Learners
- Homeschool Mother’s Journal iHomeschool Network
- Weekly Wrap-Up Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
- No Fear Homeschool High School at The Daisy Head