You know, I’m not sure what it says that I’ve been meaning to write a post with this title since August 2013, but here it is. Because I told the Internet I’d do one post a day this week.
As I stare down the barrel of a Most Significant Birthday this year, I find myself distilled into the personality I’ll be stuck with going forward. And somehow this now involves being a person who calls children “sweetheart” and “honey,” but who is also Not Messing Around with You.
Uh-Uh, I Know You’re Not Talking While I’m Talking to the Class, and I’m Not Messing Around with You.
I mean, it’s convenient, when one can’t quite remember a name, to just go with “honey.” Isn’t it? What do non-Southerners say in this situation?
(At present, we are talking about names of children, but I reserve the right when I am 20 years more significant to employ this tactic with grownups.)
Anyway, this was supposed to be about how this year, the Speed Family Homeschool is Not Messing Around. We are about Seriousness and Focus.
No, really! Why are you looking at me like that? Because it’s February? It’s because it’s February, I just know it. Oh, I read something somewhere recently where the author was like “never ask a homeschooler about February” and I have to say, that’s true. We are February’d to the hilt. But as it is also the start of baseball season, there is no time to think about February; no time to mess around.
And now that I’ve arrived at that declaration, I can’t quite put my finger on what we’re doing that’s so much more serious. We did declare that the office would be converted into the classroom, which meant I moved copious amounts of junk out of the office and put copious amounts of junk into the classroom, but school is still happening mostly in the kitchen.
Seriousness, for me, is dependent upon outside activities of a mandatory nature. Prevents procrastination, because Tuesdays are for art, CCE, and (now) baseball. Thursdays are for piano, Mathcounts (more on that later), choir, and did I mention baseball? MWF are for seriousness…and baseball.
Seriousness also comes from entering the occasional competition. Not necessarily to win, but to have an external goal and a deadline. Well, I do like contests, which I think I’m supposed to apologize for and add a disclaimer about how I’m not scarring the children’s psyches by signing them up for academic meet. So – disclaimer:
I probably am scarring the children’s psyches, but it has nothing to do with academic meet. It’s probably more to do with the state of the classroom, and the Christmas tree*.
Which we will have fully taken down by Ash Wednesday, because we are SO not messing around.
*It’s a smaller, secondary tree we got in a moment of weakness. It apparently doesn’t need water or attention to thrive. And yet I’m pretty sure it’s not plastic. I’m waiting until I have time to patiently cut it into small, trashcan-sized pieces, so that my neighbors won’t know we still have this Christmas tree sitting around when they walk by our house on trash pickup day.