It has started.
We had a slight bump in things last week as we took off for Stockton (so glad we did!), but that is the beauty of homeschooling - it gives us the flexibility to make time for the things that are truly important. However . . . there are days when EVERYTHING and EVERYONE except school "feels" important. So, therefore a schedule is a vital part of our homeschooling. We try not to be a slave to it, but it does serve to keep this circus on track most days.
I have a love/hate relationship with our school schedule. I love the accountability most days, but I buck against it often as well, as it just feels like a "hard task master". But then again, this season is the most difficult of our schooling that we've encountered so far. Everyone is doing a "full school schedule" and everyone's schooling must fit somehow into the limited day time hours allotted us and my limited energy. (Forget about housekeeping, grocery shopping, relationships, etc.. Just kidding. But I am amazed at how those things do get my attention at all, considering the "all-consumingness" of homeschooling.) I'm not complaining. Just trying to paint a realistic picture for you so that you can be amazed with me at God's goodness that He allows us to accomplish so much. Apart from Him, I really could not accomplish anything of real lasting value.
I poured sweat, blood and tears into this year's schedule. I wrote it. I tweaked it. I re-wrote it. Then I typed it up, passed it out . . . and it is what it is. Most days don't reflect the schedule even close to perfectly. But, like I said, if we didn't have it at all . .. our schooling would be chaos.
So, for those who have asked, or for those of you who are just curious as to how we manage to "do this homeschooling thing" . .. here is a copy of our schedule. This year, Emily is in 10th grade, David is in 9th grade, Molly is in 6th grade, Annie is in 5th grade, and Jonathan is in 3rd grade. You'll see that E & D are combined in some subjects, and M & A are pretty much doing the same curriculum. Jonathan gets most of my one-on-one instruction, but they all get daily time with me so we can touch base where we need to.