Has the flu infected your classroom? How do you homeschool if the teacher, namely you, gets the flu?
What is the flu? Start with an understanding of what the flu actually is. Some people think the flu is a stomach virus, but it is not. Following are links to sites with easy-to-understand, and some complex explanations, as to what the flu is.
- Kidshealth.org offers an easy-to-understand explanation, complete with pictures, of what the flu is.
- Howstuffworks.com explains how people get the flu.
- Webmd.com explains a more in-depth description of the flu.
Of course, you probably already try to take preventative measures to avoid the flu in the first place. However, even people who get the flu vaccine sometmes come down with the flu. The Center for Disease Control offers suggestions for preventing the flu.
Once it strikes, how do you cope? As a homeschooler, do you go on teaching lessons or give the kids the day off? What if you, the parent teacher, gets the flu?
Before you are sick, there are some things you can prepare for such an occasion. Fill a box with educational entertainers, and call it your “Teacher’s Sick Today Basket”. Load it up with items that have an educational theme but will also keep your children quiet so you can rest, much like a church-time quiet box.
- Educational DVDs, such as Magic School Bus DVDs
- Audio books
- Coloring books and crayons.
- Laminated step-by-step instructions for a few easy-to-make kid-friendly meals, and be sure to keep the ingredients on hand before you’re sick.
Try to throw in something that reflects as many subject areas as possible. Whatever you include, be sure they are not items that will create a huge mess for you to clean up.