Wednesday, February 26, 2014

U is for Under the Weather

It's that time of year.  Lack of sun and plenty of germs going around.  It's inevitable someone in the house will be sick and without a doubt the majority of the household will become sick.  As a mom you can't call in sick.  Your kiddos are at home, and if you are anything like me you are worried about them losing out on educational opportunities.  So what do you do?

Well here are some things that we do when the kids are feeling "under the weather"....

1.  Educational videos
2.  Board games
3.  Small craft projects
4.  Education iPad games

If the kids are not fever bound, I try to leave out the paints/watercolors, markers and crayons to let the kids create.  I try to keep little projects stocked away.  Things like foam craft kits, puppet sewing, fashion dress-up stickers, mosaic kits.

If they are fever bound or have a stomach bug, that is where Netflix and Amazon Prime are handy.  They can lay in their rooms and watch movies and rest.  I try to keep the cartoons more educational but fun.  So I try to make choices like Super Why, Curious George, Berenstain Bears, Wild Kratts, or for the boys History documentaries and Mythbusters.

Some other favorites:

Magic School Bus Complete Set
Liberty Kids
Schoolhouse Rocks
Where on Earth is Carmen Santiago?

If they have colds and are just not feeling well, board games in the living room can be an option.  We pop in a movie too and relax.  This is really handy when mommy isn't feeling well.  I can rest on the couch and know where they are.

I try to keep healthy popsicles on hand (organic, no corn syrup and dyes) for the kids if they have fevers.  Popsicles help cool them some, but also keep them hydrated.

Another favorite is Ginger Ale and cinnamon toast.  Of course, lots of homemade chicken broth is also a great choice to help their immune systems fight and also helps keep them hydrated.

Another trick that I try and do is collect mini LEGO kits for both the boys and the girls.  If mommy is not feeling well, and I actually feel bad enough to have to lay down, I can use those as an idea to keep down the fighting.

This is also a time when I pull out my Dollar Tree stash of toys that I have hidden. They love all those trinket toy items, that I hate any other time.  But it's a cheap way to keep them happy so that I can rest.

Of course, if it is just a cold, We still do school the best we can.  I might cut back on the amount of assignments depending on how the child is feeling.

What are some ways that you guys keep life just kind of going?  Do you take sick days or just school through everything?

Linking up with other homeschool moms at Blogging through the Alphabet.


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