Cat, your plan sounds workable to me.
Let us know whether you do decide to do it that way, and how it goes.
LMB, I think whatever works for each family (in terms of scheduling). In an ideal world, I would prefer to take my walk/shower while the girls play and gradually get going for the day; then do 3 lessons in the morning, take a break/lunch, then do a couple lessons after that (most days it's 4/5 lessons). And then some activities (like swim lessons) later in the day.
In my *real* world -- the schedule is pretty fluid. Days go better when I can do it that way, but for instance, Thursday is story day at the library. That means that I don't do any school Thursday 'til after lunch. Wednesday is Ina's weekly art class, and our 'awful' day, with lots going on - we usually bring school and do 2-3 lessons between the art class and swim lessons that day and for whatever reason, that's usually the first school I get in that day (after 3pm).
I am not a regimented, scheduled person. Large to-do lists, we get things done, but 'routine' would be a loose description of how our days go.
I do try but I don't worry about it.
Talked with our new teacher on the phone today. She seems nice. We will have *THREE* weekly elluminate sessions - two are "all the first graders" together in a classroom setting, and one is a weekly 1:1 with the teacher. No parent/teacher calls except 1/semester (this may be because I'm a returning learning coach?). I am really not excited about the two 'class' elluminate sessions. Color me scrooge, but it'll be 45 minutes out of those days which will NOT be completing any school work per se (time in school, but not completing any coursework, per the teacher). She says it will be mostly 'fun learning games and interactive time.' So I'll spend that time trying to make sure Ina's participating and trying to keep SJ from being too loud or trying to join in. Yes, I have a bad attitude on this. I'm trying to work on it as I want Ina to have a positive attitude about these sessions but so far I'm not feeling too positive myself.
At least we don't start 'til mid-September; and she did say that they aren't "mandatory," and it will be OK to miss when we're traveling.
We are ordering the new math curriculum, she said we should just take unit assessments until we find one she doesn't pass, and then start the new curriculum there. So that's good.
Anyway, school starts "officially" here tomorrow morning. SJ is really excited, she's planning to start school tomorrow too (!). So -- we've got some activities for her. Parents with littles: in my experience, the language, history, science, art, and music will all work with younger siblings joining in (Susan turned 3 last year, and turns 4 this fall).