Homeschooling With the Flu


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.

Flu Collage

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

Cold Medicine

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

Flu Day

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.

Dear Homeschool Mom Who Wants to Quit  

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.

Encouraging Your Struggling Learner 

How was your week?

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Marianne Sunderland

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  1. I’m so glad you linked with Collage Friday. I admire your positivity in the midst of a week of the flu. The information about the chicken soup is interesting — I’d say you all learned something this week for sure.

    I enjoy the glimpse into your life with high schoolers. I’ll have one of those in a couple of years.

    • Hi Mary. We are enjoying the high school years. The subject matter is interesting and getting to know these young people and their talents and thoughts is really rewarding. God bless!

  2. Oh, no. 🙁 What a week! But I have to say that soup looks really yummy! It’s been so cold here that soup is THE thing! I hope everyone is feeling better!

    • Hi Jessy. Nothing like a big pot of soup on a cold, dreary day. We are slowly recovering here, although I have not had the flu yet. Not sure if I have escaped or if it is coming! :/

  3. Ha! We did school on Monday and my kids complained but I said, “Dr. Martin Luther King would want you to be educated!!” I hope everyone feels better soon.

  4. Hi! I found you via Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. We too have teenagers and I totally get what you’re saying about the holidays! 🙂 I’m glad to have found your blog since I’m always on the lookout for blogs with highschoolers since we are just beginning that adventure in our own homeschool. Hope you all are feeling better soon.

    • Thanks Adriane. I am really enjoying the high school years. I used to get overwhelmed at just the thought of it but somehow seem to have found a good balance. Lots of blogs bout homeschooling the younger years but not so many for the older kids. Glad to have you here!

  5. Hope you’re all feeling better now. We’ve managed to avoid the flu so far this year.

    • There seems to be just a bit more laughing than crying now but, wow, was this a bad flu! Hope you are able to stay healthy!

  6. Hi, I am new to your blog. I am stopping by from weird unsocialized homeschoolers. We, too, suffered with the flu after the new year. I made it as far as grabbing the chicken to make soup, before I succumbed. It wasn’t pretty as 5 out of the 6 of us ended up in bed before it was over. I am not sure how the last one never ended up down…but I am grateful. I hope you’ll consider adding this to my end of the week link up, Its a Wrap. -Savannah

  7. We also had to contend with the flu as we started back after the holidays. Hope everyone gets to feeling better soon. Think you could post the recipe to the chicken soup you were making? It looked really yummy!

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