Hi, Teaching Friends!
It happens to all of us sometimes. Suddenly at the end of a school day, with no prior notice, you get a request for a few days of homework for a child. Noooooo! No matter how organized you are, even if you have the work for your week in school copied and ready to go, you know you’ll need more. After all, the today’s school day is made up much more of experiences than paperwork anyway, so you know that sending papers home to do will never really replicate the learning for a child who’s missing school.
Instead of panicking, consider giving families a list of learning activities that they can do at home any time an emergency absence pops up. You might want to distribute this list at a Meet the Parents Night, and also keep a few on hand to send home when that last minute call comes along. The list includes ten ideas like playing card games, making a candy graph, and writing stories and letters.