So my voice is gone, the wall in the basement froze (and so did the pipes inside it!), My cold settled into my chest so when I do try to whisper at the boys I start a coughing jag that doesn't end until I tear up. Yeah, bad day!
So we decided to take a sick day except, we just don't take sick days. This is what we came up with..... For MUS they are halfway through the lessons, so they simply did the next worksheet and brought it to me to check. I gave a smiley sticker on each and every correct answer and they just kept going back to think again if they didn't get a sticker on the problem.
For language arts and phonics, Levi read a story to me. I have a pen with an LED light on the top that highlights a word, until he got it right, the pen light wouldn't move on. Xavier read an article to me (about Nautuluses) from his Ranger Rick magazine. Sure it wasn't the Ants book we've been reading and outlining, but he has been needing to do some reading aloud work anyway. Then we rolled our "reading for info" dice and he answered the questions....no momma speaking necessary. Then they both picked up "ending" families and built words that ended that way (Xavier's pile has only vowel sounds like aw, oi, etc and Levi's has simpler endings like ack, ight, etc). They flipped a 3 minute timer and they would build as many words as they could until the timer ran out.
For Europe (geography), we had read about the Balkans yesterday, so today they needed to color and label the countries on their own blank map of Europe. Again no talking necessary.
For history, we just read about Robin Hood, so today they are watching a Robin Hood movie. I hear them chattering away right now about how the story in this movie is the same and different from the stories we've read.
Learning can still happen when the teacher is sick.
(DH is STILL doing the science lessons, so I am off the hook for that!)
Now I'm going to go melt some snow to make tea!
Have a great day ladies!