When I typed up our homeschool plans for this week and scheduled them to post on Monday we only had one sick child (Joseph). I was optimistic that most of my children were going to miss the head cold he started on Friday. The doc said it would last about 10 days, with a fever the first 3 days and worsening symptoms for the first 5 days (cough, runny nose, sore throat). The last 5 days would be spent getting slowly better.
Monday morning the other 4 children woke up with fevers. We went ahead with homeschool that morning as everyone still seemed relatively cheerful, and we got a good bit accomplished. However, by mid-morning several children were down for the count.
Oliver took an early nap, and a late nap. Emma asked to be excused from lunch after two bites and went to bed. She slept for several hours. Immediately following lunch Makayla took a stack of books to bed. There she remained for the next 5 hours, alternating between reading, drifting off to sleep, and sleeping. It just went on from there, with nobody feeling up to doing much of anything.
Those lovely plans I posted ~ we’ll probably scrap half of them. I’m just going to take each day as it comes, offer the activities, and not be offended if they just want to be read to, or to sleep.
Makayla has already read all the lion books I gathered for lion day this week, Joseph looked through his monkey books too. I will read those to him still, I’m sure, and Emma was too busy sleeping to look at the jellyfish books. Maybe she’ll do that before the week is out.
Life happens. I love that with homeschooling there is no such thing as getting behind. We adapt and learn the lessons God offers. Right now those are going to be along the lines of serving others, being considerate of others, and learning about how good nutrition and adequate sleep helps our bodies recover.
I hope you have a healthy week where you are, but if not, just snuggle up with a book and let the children listen while they nap. That’s what we’ll be doing!