That being said, I have pulled out all of my paperwork and binders and whatever what-nots that I started with when I began planning to homeschool last year and I have decided that I need to really start getting my act together and clean out what has and hasn't been working for us.
One of the things that hasn't been working is not having a set schedule. I tried having a really tight schedule when we started and then that transformed into no schedule at all. Now it's come back to we need a routine, but not anything that is too strict or confining (The Monk HAS to have wiggle room - pun intended). So I have developed a schedule that I think is very right for us (it even includes afternoon tea at 3 so that we can have a snack and just hang out before The Hubs gets home and the wild rumpus of dinner, bath, and bed begins).
Another change that needs to happen right now is my being more organized about how and what The Monk is learning. That being said, I've finally broken down and checked is learning against the CCSS. Ugh. I know, I thought that I left that in the classroom as well, but our state requires that he take a national standardized test in the 3rd grade, so I figured I might as well check to see where we are at (above in reading, behind in math). That being said, I have to get my act together and have a system that works for me to be able to track and monitor his growth. It sort of takes all the fun out of things, but it is a necessary evil, especially for me to feel like I am being successful as his teacher (elementary curriculum is very different from what I was doing while teaching middle school). I have piecemealed some things and am getting ready to sit down and sift through it all so that I can spring clean myself into feeling better about what I'm doing (btw, I found the great teaching binder here). Hopefully during the household purges and deep cleaning and the seed planting and everything else that leads me to love spring, I can get myself and The Monk on a better track towards success.