As for us, I've been tweaking our organization and our curriculum. I had been trying to do way too much, and though it was possible pre-baby, now I need to be much more concise with our time. So, here is how our filing is going (I originally posted this on WTM):
Filing is going well for me, though as I'm going, especially now with an infant in arms, I am realizing how I need to tweak it to work better. First, what is working:
*I filed by subject within the weekly files. So, in week 20, for instance, I have a file for Latin, a file for history, a file for science, etc. That way, if we don't get to something (we haven't done history or science since dd was born ... we will get back to it in February I think), I can just move that individual file to the next week.
*I did not cut up spelling (AAS), grammar (though we are only doing MCT now, we were alternating with FLL and GWG), or math. I did plan out math so I had an idea how long I could expect to be in each level of Singapore and how LoF would fit in for ds#1. But, I did not tear up those workbooks. And, I don't even plan spelling or grammar ... usually we get to 2-3 spelling lessons a week, but sometimes less; we do one Practice Island sentence a day (averaging 4 a week), but we read the other books until we get to a part that feels natural to stop.
What isn't working this year, which I plan on tweaking now as we still have approximately 17 weeks of school left:
*I wrote lesson plans for each subject all together. So, week 20's lesson plans are all on the same grid. It looks nice and neat, but it's not working because if I need to back up history but get through Latin and math, I have the next week's lessons on two different pages. It is getting a little confusing. I only write out lessons for Latin (chapter and page numbers for each day), math, history, science, and make notes on what we are doing for art and nature study each week. I use a weekly planner grid from Donna Young.
So, what I'm going to do this week (I'm calling an audible and taking it off to work on interpersonal relationships ) is print out the 6-week lesson plan grids from Donna Young and plan each subject 6-weeks at a time, and keep each subject on a separate sheet. So, I should end up with five 6-week planning sheets at a time. That way I have the freedom to move one subject to the next week and not affect my planning of the other subjects (what I do is use a highlighter to "check off" assignments as we do them).
As for our curriculum, I've dropped FLL and GWG. MCT Island is working quite well and I can keep the older two boys together, so it frees a bit of time too. Both older boys are working through Singapore and ds#1 is doing Life of Fred Fractions on Fridays. Ds#2 has more Miquon, but he'll pick it back up in April when he starts Singapore 3A. He'll do Miquon on Fiday while ds#1 does LoF. And though I was afraid it wouldn't work, I am really liking applying WWE principals to our own books, and also to history and science instead of doing the WWE workbooks. I have all four, so they are there for back-up (I might have ds#1 do level 4 next year; I'm not sure). But, again, I can keep the older two boys together while we all enjoy a great book (we are going to read The Moffats after we finish Mr. Popper's Penguins).