No one likes when their child doesn’t feel well, but school doesn’t stop just because Jr’s sick. Just because a child is out sick doesn’t mean that you can’t request all their in class school work for homework. Some teachers will even create alternative or even an easier version of the in class assignment for a child that’s out sick. Here are 10 detailed tips to keep your child where they should when they’re home sick. It’ll as if they never missed a day.
1.Doctors Note– Firstly take your child to the doctors, to confirm their illness and get all the details of their illness, and the estimated amount of time it may take you child to recover. Be sure to get all of the names of the medication if your child is prescribed. Ask the doctor to write a note, so you can give it to the principal and the teachers.
2. Contact Principal– Go to your child’s school and ask to meet with the principal. Depending on where your child attends school you may have to call first. Give the principal the doctors note and explain any added details about your child condition/symptoms you feel necessary. Be sure to explain to the principal that your child does miss school and is looking forward to a speedy recovery.
3. Contact all teachers– Setup an after or before school meeting with each one of your child’s teachers including extra curriculum teachers. Show them the doctors note as well, and let them know that you have spoke with the principal and explain everything. Ask every teacher for makeup work/ homework so your child will not fall behind. Stress to the teacher that your child will be completely healed before returning back to class. Remember teachers hate to get sick! Also stress that your child wants to learn and dreads the thought of falling behind or failing.
4. Find the troubled classes– If you can’t get it out of your child you’ll get it out of the teacher. Ask each teacher is this class your child trouble class? Such as math or science which are troubled classes for must children.
*You do not want your child to fall behind in a class they already find difficult!
5. Study with your child– Two is better than one. Sit on the bed with your child and look over the English assignments. When your child feels like sitting up make a pot of tea and go over a few math problems. Be sure to wash your hands after contact with your child. You don’t want to get sick or infect the rest of the family. Don’t over whelm your child. Remember he/she already doesn’t feel well, so don’t nag them or give them a headache. You don’t have to do the whole assignment at once do a little here and there.
6. Flash cards– Save money and make your own flash cards. If your child feels up to it ask them to help. All you need is scissors, construction paper, glitter glue, and markers. Write vocabulary words, math problems, or even history questions on one side and answers on the other side.
7. Read out loud– As your child lay read the history, English, or story math problems to them. Keep their brain working. Just don’t over whelm your child.
8. Tell stories/Give examples– For fun and because laughter is the best medicine tell stories of when you were in elementary, middle, high school, and even college. It’s always fun imaging mommy and daddy young =)
9. Plenty of fluids, vitamins, and medicine– Make sure child stays hydrated. Try to provide vitamins for your child. Be sure to stay on top your their medication. Read all labels carefully!
10. Encourage your child to get well– Smile at your child and tell them they’ll feel better soon. Promote positive thinking in your child. Talk to them about their future hockey, soccer, and volleyball games.
These are 10 simple but very effective tips to keep your child caught-up in school while sick at home. If you need anymore tips contact me and I’ll help as best as I can.
Remember to talk to your child about healthy living so they’ll get sick less as they get older.