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ARTICLE OF THE WEEK:
Recovery - Making Up Schoolwork After an Illness
by Kayla Fay
If your local school
is like ours, it has been hit with a major epidemic of the
winter crud. We are suffering from 10% absenteeism, and children
are out of the classroom an average of four days. Returning to
school after a week's worth of the flu is horrible. The child is
probably still tired from the sickness, and has lost momentum
thanks to hours in front of the television. To add to the
misery, the first day back in the classroom the poor kid is
handed a stack of makeup work. It's enough to make anyone wish
for a relapse. Here's a prescription for recovering after the
Rx 1 - Get your child's makeup work early. Contact the
school each day she is out, and ask for an assignment list. Let
her do the easier subjects for about 20 minutes a few times a
Rx 2 - Go over the work before your child sees it. Make
sure you are familiar with the subject matter (including finding
the GCF!) so you can explain anything your son doesn't
Rx 3 - Help with the work. Copy the math problems onto
lined paper. Read chapters aloud. Let your child answer
questions orally, and write the answers down. Then have him
recopy them without having to worry about spelling and
punctuation. Give any assistance that doesn't take away from the
basic learning process of the subject at hand.
Rx 4 - Appeal to the teacher. Ask him or her if there are
some assignments that can be eliminated or abbreviated.
Rx 5 - Let your child stay out an extra day just to do
the makeup work. She is probably still weak, and doesn't need
the exposure to other children and their germs. The extra day of
rest will help her rebuild resistance. Plus, the entire day can
be devoted to working, and not in the many non-academic pursuits
of school, like waiting in line for the bathroom or listening to
a lecture on the dangers of body piercing.
Rx 6 - Continue to administer chicken soup and lots of
hugs and kisses.
I hope your child feels better soon.
About the Author
Kayla Fay is the author of "Who Put the
Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet?" a humorous yet informative
website for parents of children with ADHD/Inattentive Type.
Kayla has also produced "The Spy Game" a unique and exciting
birthday party idea. She and her husband live in North Carolina
with their four sons and a bird that can burp.
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