We have had a nasty cold virus creep through our house this week. Rose was home two days this week with a horrible cough and Walsh was home yesterday and today snotty with a fever.
I always worry about the kids feeling overwhelmed by work when they return to school after being home sick, especially if it is more than one day. I try to get them to do easy stuff if they feel up to it, like read a couple of chapters or do a worksheet here or there.
So I am wondering do you try to get the kids to do some assignments when they are home sick or just let them rest?
I think this also may depend on how severely sick they are. Over the weekend, Rose felt awful and didn’t do anything. On Monday we went to the doctor so she didn’t do much that day, but by Tuesday she felt better but stayed home because she needed to used the nebulizer multiple times during the day.
I tried to get her to work on math and lit questions but it was slow going.
Walsh was pretty happily playing Nintendo DSi so I felt like he could read a couple of chapters in his book and do a little math homework.
The teacher emailed me a project he could work on and an open-book test he could take. He worked on the project a little bit but not the test.
So what do you expect when they are home sick? Do you try to do a little work so they aren’t so overwhelmed when they go back or just let them completely vegetate?