As of Sept 1 we are on the clock to meet or exceed our state's required 900 hours.
I know I don't have to do 900 hours of tedious book work, that activities and field trips and such count.
We've just started, and it just seems like a lot to get used to. I was hoping people might share how it was an adjustment but they got used to it. DD is 6 and this is "grade 1" - we kept her home for kindergarten too but we were not required by our state to report anything. We did work with her but it was extremely informal, entirely unscheduled, untracked, etc. Just very organic. But suddenly trying to get in 4 hours a day on average (I'm thinking this because we need a little buffer, some days we won't feel like it, or when grandparents come for the week the schedule will probably fly out the window, etc.) is just... a lot. Maybe it's stupid, we're homeschooling and not just taking an extended summer vacation. But it's sure an adjustment.
One thing that will have to change is that DH likes to relax with a TV show (on DVD - we don't have TV reception) at night. Just one, but we don't have time for that anymore.
I work full time from home, and DH has his own business from home (but he does his work at night, mostly). We're still figuring out the split of responsibilities - I originally said I'd do 2 hours after dinner and he does 2 hours during the day. He said he'd try to do 3 hours so I could just do 1. It's just been a lot - because we need time to plan lessons (even if it's just going to the forest and getting leaf rubbings, we're having to think of ideas of what to do) and plus we have all our usual household and familial chores. Like DH needs to gather more wood for the winter (DD helps with kindling but I can't count that as homeschool, lol) and other yard work. Maintaining the house takes some time each day, especially since we all live here all day. I have some of my own projects I'm trying to work through, some of which have real deadlines (like a project to help my grandpa, who is sliding into dementia and forgetting key memories but who is still with us enough to be REALLY interested in having me write down what he has told me before about the war, etc. - I can't just wait 4 months or it might be too late. And other things too, just one example). It's tomato canning season and my freezer is stuffed full with tomatoes (seriously, can't fit 1 more tomato in) and tomatoes are rotting on the vine because I haven't gotten to them. That I can maybe make a homeschooling lesson though. I guess.
ANYWAY... yeah. It's an adjustment. Am I alone? Can I look forward to hitting our stride?