Hip Homeschooling Mom tweeted one day, “What does your homeschool day look like when someone is sick?” It didn’t exactly say it like that per say, but it was something in the lines of “how do you homeschool when sickness is running around in your family?”
My initial answer was stop and go apple picking.
Of course, when I wrote that, I was the one who was sick out of everyone and was getting better. My kids had begged to go apple picking and a friend offered the apples and pears from her trees. So on a day I felt slightly better we went apple picking, those I was totally wiped out later. I guess, based on what my son has this week, I had a double ear infection and swollen lymph nodes. It was a very painful sickness and when my son this week showed signs of having the thing that I had, I knew I better take him to the doctor. I did not want him to end up getting as sick as I had felt.
Too late. There he was with that double ear infection, swollen lymph nodes and a high temperature.
And what did I do?
I took care of him.
I pretty much stopped all regular school (meaning anything that was sitting at a desk and having to write or think too hard) and had everyone help around the house. And, actually, all my kids stopped their school work because I had to focus so much on the one sick child. They aren’t all the point of working without Mom being there so I just let it go.
School became book reading each night. We have gotten tons a books on butterflies, cactuses, deserts and Mexico from the library that my book basket is filled to the brim. Also, my bookshelves have tons of great things I can pull from. My daughter handed my 6 year old an Usborne Fish book, which he soaked up as I read, even though he was sick, because he loves animals so much! I had my oldest finish his reader (we only have two chapters left!) and I began the read-aloud we needed to do as part of our curriculum.
We did what we could and soaked in what we were interested in. Who said this isn’t learning?
Also, my older two kids had to step up their game and help slightly more around the house while I helped the one who was sick. They did okay and it wasn’t easy. They took turns helping and playing with their three year old brother and also did different jobs around the house. Not always willingly but I think overall they did a good job! (I think the TV shows pulling them in was one culprit.)
The day after my 6 year olds temperature went up and then down, I took him to the doctor, got medicine, and when we got home Octonaughts, Wild Kratts, and other shows were watched as he rested. (Can I just say, I am so glad these types of shows are available for kids now where they can learn so many neat facts about animals in an interesting way?)
People who have blessed me in all of this? Many! Through prayers and food. My Mom helped me with the kids at the doctors and bought pizza for us for lunch. Another friend bought us Chinese food last night and that was such a relief! I did not know what to cook nor have had any energy to do so! (And my husband was very thankful when he got home to Chinese food because it has been rough or him
In the middle of the night I gave my son his next dose of medicine but I couldn’t fall asleep. I maybe dozed a little but my spirit seemed unsettled. Around 3 am my 3 year old was crying. I got him and he was shaking and his temperature had sky-rocketed. “Here we go again. I got you buddy. It will be okay.”
I got my small arsenal out (though I wish more of it was a natural arsenal, because thought Tylenol and ibuprofen lower temperature, they aren’t that good for you) and helped him cool down. He finally fell asleep at 6am after watching some favorite shows as well, because it was the only way I could help him focus on something else and get him to relax.
It has been a very tiring couple of weeks. And it’s okay to take care of your family and let “normal school” fall by the wayside. Lessons are in everything and I know God has a plan in all this. It’s hard to watch my little ones suffer and struggle and I know I am where I am suppose to be, comforting them and helping them the best I can.
What do you do when your family is sick? You take care of them. You love them. You teach them how to take care of others. And learning happens in the midst of it.
So pray for us when you get a chance. I don’t think this is over, but I do think great things will happen through it.
Be inspired today.