Today, the 15 year old I tutor was not feeling well. This is often the case when he comes. He uses this as an excuse to cut tutoring short. His grandmother and I are working on getting him to stay the entire hour. Today he really did not want to come. I told him that it was not my fault if he stayed up too late. I could tell he did not have the energy for me to push him.
I started out giving him a drink of water to sip on while I made him some tea. He takes medicine that makes him feel ill. I also offered him some chips which seemed to help.
We started out reading the book I am reading aloud to him. He insisted he felt too ill to stand on the balance board. Then I had him play word go fish to encourage him. He did well at that and it gives him the confidence to continue learning. It is so much fun to see him forget he is not supposed to know how to read the word. He has to build his confidence as well as his ability to read. I also had him do some memory work.
I told him tomorrow hopefully he will feel better and he hopes so too.