Home schooling has proved challenging in many ways, mostly due to my 8 year old’s expert procrastination strategies. He really does go above and beyond in his efforts to avoid doing his school work (and we are only doing the minimum amount set, as with the many and varied work avoidance strategies, it takes us all day). Social media does not help, when you see other people’s children managing to complete all of their badges for Cubs etc and totally smashing through school work by lunch you feel a little inadequate. We’ve given up on Joe Wicks and his morning workouts for now as they just don’t settle to any work afterwards. Their daily exercise falls loosely under the heading of ‘wrestling’ each other (usually accompanied by me telling them to be careful because we definitely can’t go to A & E), although they do also play outdoors quite a lot and go to the allotment.
Anyway, back to procrastination and the title of this post. My son (and husband-who was also a master of procrastination at school) came up with a particularly fun way of getting out of work when they were distracted by a spider in the conservatory. In our house, we’ve given up trying to boot out all spiders to the garden and taken to naming them. We ran out of names starting with ‘S’, so they used a reverse alphabet method to change the first letter. I’m going to share it with you so you too can have the fun of trying it out. What you do is select the name of a family member, for example David. Count how many letters it is from the start of the alphabet (or end if it as N onwards), in this case 4. Then go to the other end of the alphabet and count that many letters in from that end-we ended up with W. There you have the new first letter of your spider’s name, so ours was called Wavid. In our house we also have spiders called Dilliam, Quessica and Paren.
It’s like a parallel universe, but it only adds to the weirdness of the current situation in an amusing way. I’ve also added a file here which contains a game of procrastination bingo to play if you too are finding home schooling hard work. The prize for a full house is whatever you choose-chocolate, wine, 5 minutes locked in the bathroom. Bonus points if you get them all within the first 10 minutes of school starting!
What are the top work avoidance strategies in your house (for you or the kids)? And is it just me, or is it hard to be productive yourself? (This blog post is a case in point-it has been in draft format for over a week!)